Meet the Healthwise Team

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Kristin Dahl

PsyD, LP, RYT

  • Holistic & integrative approach
  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Anxiety, depression & relationships
  • Interests: Health psychology & stress management

Kristin Dahl, PsyD, LP, RYT

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher

Dr. Dahl provides therapy services for adults and couples (18+).

Although current evidence-based treatments are the foundation of her work she values a mind-body connection and offers a holistic and integrative approach to therapy. Through mindful conversation and a strong belief in the importance of a compassionate relationship with oneself, she supports client change by offering encouragement and fresh perspectives to patterned thinking and decision-making.

In addition to working with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and life change, Dr. Dahl is experienced in the delivery of psychological services to patients in medical settings including therapy for those dealing with a serious or chronic illness (e.g., fibromyalgia, lymes disease, cancer, digestive disorders, chronic pain, diabetes and heart disease). Stress management and coping with stress related illnesses are additional areas of interest.

Dr. Dahl is certified in HRV Biofeedback. Biofeedback in conjunction with therapy can often reduce anxiety, lift depression and improve stress management.

Education

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Master of Arts (MA); Counseling Psychology; City University, Seattle, Washington
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Experience

  • 16+ years of clinical practice in various settings including Medical and University settings, Community Mental Health and Private Practice
  • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for LP, LPC & LPCC

Specialties

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Stacey Nelson

PsyD, LP

  • Anxiety, mood & behavioral disorders
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychological evaluations ages (8+)
  • Child/family & forensic psychology

Stacey Nelson, PsyD, LP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Stacey Nelson provides clinical assessments and therapy services for children (5+), adolescents, and adults. Psychological evaluations and psychological testing (ages 8+).

Dr. Nelson's practice philosophy is grounded in the belief that emotional and behavioral health and well-being are what provide the foundation for life satisfaction. She focuses on skill-building and the exploration of thoughts, feelings, and behavior, toward increased problem-solving and achievement of higher levels of functioning. Dr. Nelson provides therapy services to individuals and families, while providing parental support and education when working with children.

In addition to working with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, and adjustment to life change, Dr. Nelson is experienced in the delivery of psychological services to forensic/court-ordered populations, as well as individuals with childhood disorders including ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She conducts psychological evaluations/testing to clarify diagnosis and make recommendations for appropriate treatment. Dr. Nelson strives to help individuals and families build a strong foundation to achieve their goals, and works toward providing psychological services that will meet the specific needs of her clients.

Education

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Master of Arts (MA); Clinical Psychology; Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BS); Psychology; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Criminology, minor in Sociology; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Experience

  • 10+ years of clinical practice in various settings including Community Mental Health, Forensic settings, and Private Practice
  • 8+ years of advocacy and providing support services to victims and family members impacted by domestic violence
  • 2+ years forensic psychometrist
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Marci Theisen

PsyD, LP, CPRP, RYT

  • Mindfulness-based psychotherapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Treatment of eating disorders
  • Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner

Marci Theisen, PsyD, LP, CPRP, RYT

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher

Dr. Marci Mueller Theisen provides individual psychotherapy services for adolescents (16+ years of age) and adults.

Dr. Mueller Theisen partners with clients to help improve their emotional management skills, increase positive coping and strengthen interpersonal relationships. Psychotherapy involves exploring thoughts, feelings and behaviors, to help create a balanced, healthy and effective lifestyle. Treatment is tailored to meet the unique strengths, needs and preferences of each individual.

In addition to working with issues such as anxiety, depression, and life transitions, Dr. Mueller Theisen is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Other specialties include evidenced-based practice in the treatment of Eating Disorders and the use of Psychiatric Rehabilitation principles in illness management and recovery from serious & persistent forms of mental illness, such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, Dr. Mueller Theisen incorporates mind-body principles into psychotherapy. She values providing high quality and compassionate care.

Education

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Master of Arts (MA) - Counseling & Psychological Services; St. Mary’s University, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Psychology; Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN

Professional Experience

  • 28+ years of clinical practice experience in a variety of settings, including: inpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, community mental health, corrections, and private practice.
  • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for LP, LPC, LPCC
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Heidi Kopacek

PsyD, LP, RYT

  • Holistic & integrative therapies
  • Mind-body-spirit approach
  • Nutritional interventions for anxiety & depression
  • Interests: anxiety, depression, stress management & mindfulness

Heidi Kopacek, PsyD, LP, RYT

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher

Dr. Heidi Kopacek provides therapy services for adults.

Dr. Kopacek’s training is in mindfulness-based therapy. The skill of mindfulness helps one to counter their reflexive fight, flight, or freeze responses both physiologically (through relaxation and breathing techniques), intellectually (by gaining insight into emotional triggers) and spiritually (by connecting to compassion, core beliefs, and vision). Mindfulness-based therapy can be helpful for managing life transitions, dealing with ongoing feelings of anxiety and depression, or simply working toward a higher sense of purpose and meaning in life.

In addition to mindfulness-based therapy, Dr. Kopacek supports a holistic approach to emotional health. She is versed in nutritional interventions for anxiety and depression, the practices of yoga and meditation, sleep hygiene, breathing techniques, and energy awareness. Exploring supports for the mind, body, and spirit is an important part of her therapeutic process.

Education

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Capella University
  • Master of Arts (MA) Counseling Psychology; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Experience

  • Certified yoga instructor & workshop presenter of stress reduction @ wellness seminars in Twin Cities area
  • 8+ years providing psychological services in a variety of community health settings
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Rebecca Fischer

PsyD, LP

  • Individual therapy ages 8+
  • Psychological testing ages 7+
  • Couples counseling
  • Special Interest: Parenting therapy with Circle of Security

Rebecca Fischer, PsyD, LP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Fischer provides therapy and psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Fischer provides individual therapy with adolescents and adults as well as couple's counseling. Her therapy services are grounded in the value of acceptance as she works to encourage and support her clients in achieving their goals.

Dr. Fischer also has specialized training in Circle of Security which focuses on attachment in the parent-child relationship, and how an individual's upbringing strongly influences parenting practices as well as other interpersonal relationships. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and integrates DBT-specific skills into her therapeutic practice.

Her evaluations include ADHD evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, developmental disability evaluations, court-ordered psychological evaluations, mental health assessments, anger evaluations, and autism evaluations. Dr. Fischer completes a thorough interview, gathers collateral information when relevant, and synthesizes this information with the psychological testing results to help clarify mental health and cognitive diagnoses. Detailed treatment recommendations tailored to specific resulting diagnoses are provided.


Education

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Master of Arts (MA); Clinical Psychology; MSPP, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Professional Experience

  • 10+ years of experience working in community mental health and private practice.
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Jackie Micklewright

PhD, ABPP-CN

  • Neuropsychological Assessments
  • Concussions & traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Neurological conditions & dementias
  • Cognitive concerns

Jackie Micklewright, PhD, ABPP-CN

Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Micklewright conducts neuropsychological assessments with adults.

Dr. Micklewright is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in conducting evaluations of adults with a wide variety of concerns regarding their cognition and functioning in daily life. She has extensive experience and enjoys working with individuals with a wide variety of medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions, including, but not limited to: concussion/traumatic brain injuries, neurological conditions, strokes, cancer, and heart disease (i.e., diabetes mellitus, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.).

Dr. Micklewright takes a client-centered approach and focuses on understanding the individual in the context of their past, current circumstances (concerns and challenges), and goals for the future. She integrates empirically-supported methods, knowledge of brain-behavior relationships, and the fundamentals of clinical psychology to support clients and families as they navigate what can often be an uncertain and challenging time. She strives to generate meaningful and individualized recommendations/treatment plans to help clients improve their functioning and achieve their potential in daily life.

Recommendations are tailored to each individual but may include: strategies to help patients compensate for cognitive difficulties in daily life, referrals for appropriate follow-up services (psychiatric, medical, and neurological, rehabilitative therapies), education about self-care and wellness planning, necessary academic and work accommodations, information regarding state/community-based resources, and eligibility for social services/programs.

Education

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PhD), with specialization in Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience, Georgia State University
  • Pre-doctoral Internship Training, Emory University School of Medicine
  • 2 year Post-doctoral Residency in Neuropsychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Professional Experience

  • 6+ years clinical experience working with individuals with a variety of complex medical and neurological conditions across multiple settings including a Level 1 trauma center, hospital and clinic settings, and private practice.
  • Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) since 2014.

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Patty Hlava

PhD, LMFT, AWC, C.MI., RYT

  • Mindfulness & holistic therapies
  • Emotional health
  • Anxiety, depression & relationships
  • Interests: Meditation & Ayurveda

Patty Hlava, PhD, LMFT, AWC, C.MI., RYT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, Certified Meditation Instructor, Registered Yoga Teacher

Dr. Hlava provides individual therapy services for adults.

Blending Western and Eastern philosophies, Dr. Hlava offers an integrated approach to emotional and mental health. Grounded in transpersonal theory, her therapeutic style merges contemplative, body-centered, mindfulness-based, and cognitive-behavioral approaches with the philosophies of yoga psychology and Ayurveda. Through reflective dialogue, she fosters a collaborative relationship that emphasizes personal growth, self-empowerment, and attending to the mind-body-spirit as pathways to healing.


Dr. Hlava specializes in working with individuals navigating such issues as life transition, relational conflict, self-esteem, stress management, anxiety, and depression by helping them feel more connected with their bodies and attuned to their needs and inner wisdom.

Dr. Hlava is certified as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, meditation instructor, and is a registered yoga teacher. A selection of her meditations can be found on the Insight Timer app (for Apple and Android).

Education

  • Doctorate of Transpersonal Psychology (PhD); Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sofia University), Palo Alto, CA
  • Master of Arts (MA); Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); American Academy of Fine Art and Graphic Communication, Chicago, IL

Professional Experience

  • 13+ years of clinical practice in Community Mental Health, Managed Care, Corrections & Private Practice
  • 7+ years of providing mindfulness meditation instruction
  • 7+ years of teaching in University settings including Master’s level clinical supervision
  • AAMFT, MAMFT, BBHT Board Approved Clinical Supervisor
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Ju-Ping Huang

PhD, LP

  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MCBT)
  • Trauma counseling
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Multicultural counseling & Integrative therapy

Ju-Ping Huang, PhD, LP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Huang offers therapy services and psychological testing for adults (18+).

As a therapist, Dr. Huang strives to create a collaborative and safe space where individuals can embark upon the journey of self-discovery. In this process, individuals identify their strengths and resiliency while working through their struggles. Her integrated therapy approach focuses on understanding individuals’ unique needs and their context (environment, spirituality, and culture).

Dr. Huang’s special interest areas include: trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, health issues (e.g., head injury; concussion, MS, chronic pain, etc.), reproductive trauma (e.g., infertility, miscarriage, birth trauma), cultural/racial concerns, gender identify, and sexual orientation. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and can offer DBT informed individual counseling. She is also interested in multicultural counseling and can offer culturally responsive therapy.

Education

  • Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PhD); University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Masters of Counseling Psychology (MA), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Experience

  • 6+ years of clinical experiences in Medical and University settings, Mental Health Community and Private Practice.
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Sydney Erickson

PsyD, LP

  • Individual therapy & clinical assessments
  • Integrative approach
  • Treatment of eating disorders
  • Interests: self-esteem, relational concerns & anxiety

Sydney Erickson

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sydney Erickson provides therapy and clinical assessments for adults and adolescents (age 13+).

Dr. Erickson's therapeutic philosophy centers on empowering clients to make decisions that promote their overall well-being and life satisfaction. She believes this starts by establishing a therapeutic relationship wherein clients feel supported and understood. Sessions may focus on skill building, psychoeducation, or exploring how past experiences may influence our current perspective. Dr. Erickson's therapeutic style is collaborative and integrates aspects of CBT, mindfulness, relational, and psychodynamic techniques depending on clients' needs and preferences. In addition, she considers each client's unique cultural factors, both individually and in the context of the larger societal culture.

Dr. Erickson has experience working with a broad range of concerns including stress management, anxiety, relational issues, identity concerns, and life changes. She also has specialized training and experience in working with clients with eating disorders.

Education

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Arts (MA); Clinical Psychology; Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; University of Wisconsin—Madison

Professional Experience

  • 5+ years of clinical experience in various settings including college counseling centers, community mental health centers, and inpatient treatment
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Marla Wojtanowicz

MA, LMFT

  • Individuals, couples & families
  • Eye-movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Collaborative approach
  • Interests: Alpha-Stim AID for anxiety, depression & insomnia

Marla Wojtanowicz, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Marla provides therapy for individuals, couples, families, and children (ages 5+).

Marla’s therapeutic approach is grounded in a collaborative and integrative process that is tailored to meet her client's expressed needs. She offers support and encouragement as she works to help clients identify challenges and establish clear pathways to achieve their goals. As she understands that each person is unique and has their own individual story, she tailors her work to be respectful of one's history, perspectives and culture.

Additionally, Marla is trained in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. EMDR therapy can be useful for reducing the intensity and healing a range of psychological concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma and areas where clients experience "being stuck”. She also offers the use of Alpha-Stim AID (in tandem with talk therapy), which effectively decreases anxiety, depression, and insomnia through cranial electrotherapy stimulation.

In her work with individuals and families, Marla brings focus to strengthening behavioral and emotional management skills, improving family communication and enriching the home environment. Special attention is given to holding a safe and trusting space where one can feel free to be themselves without judgement and experience feeling more understood. Further, she believes therapy, when rooted in collaboration, can offer opportunities for increased self-awareness and give fresh perspectives in dealing with life challenges.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Marriage & Family Therapy; Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology, Minor in Cultural Diversity; University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Professional Experience

  • 10+ years of therapeutic practice in community support and family & child services & private practice
  • Previous clinical practice in Hawaii & New Zealand.
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Meghan Kane

MA, LMFT

Meghan Kane, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Meghan provides therapy services for adults, couples, and families.

Meghan's therapeutic approach is centered around building an atmosphere of safety and trust in order to facilitate long-term growth and wellness. By connecting past experiences with present responses, Meghan helps individuals bring awareness to their full potential and authentic self. Meghan's open-minded and empathetic style fosters individual resiliency, whether healing from disruptive patterns or striving for peace and presence in a stressful world.

In addition to her experience working with issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction/recovery, eating disorders, and relational struggles, Meghan is also trained in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. EMDR can reduce the intensity of symptoms related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and help individuals break free from negative core beliefs, allowing them to lead a more fulfilling and enriching life. Further, Meghan has a passion for helping couples and families learn to communicate and connect on deeper levels, cultivating meaningful and lasting relationships.

Now accepting appointments in our White Bear Lake office.

Education

  • License Completion (LMFT); Adler Graduate School
  • Master of Science (MS); Counselor Education, Winona State University
  • Bachelor of Arts; Psychology/Women’s Studies (BA); Gustavus Adolphus College

Professional Experience

  • Therapeutic experience working with individuals, couples & families throughout addiction recovery process
  • Trauma specific training and experience, including EMDR & the treatment of dissociation
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Stacey Allen

MA, LMFT, CCLS

  • Couple & family therapy
  • Children, teens & parenting
  • Grief & loss
  • Interests; Oncology- individual & family therapy

Stacey Allen, MA, LMFT, CCLS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Child Life Specialist, Psychomedical Consultant

Stacey Allen provides therapy services to couples, families, adults, children (4+), and teens.

Stacey specializes in psychosocial oncology, medical issues, chronic illness, and couple relationships. She is devoted to helping adults, children, teens, and families through all forms of loss, including grief. She has had extensive training and experience working in a couples counseling clinic and can assist couples in discernment, relationship repair, affair aftermath, or respectful uncoupling.

Stacey works cooperatively with her clients to bring awareness to negative patterns and explore new techniques for success. Stacey assists families in reorganizing thinking, roles, responsibilities, and helps to increase understanding during illness or crisis. Stacey also provides assistance in dealing with ways anxiety and depression affect individuals and families through psychoeducation and mindful awareness techniques. Stacey enjoys working with couples and whole families because she believes the entire system contributes to both happiness and chaos.

Stacey believes alliance with clients is the single most important aspect of a successful therapy experience.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Marriage and Family Therapy; St. Mary University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Child Psychology; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Association for Child Life Professionals

Professional Experience

  • 25+ years working with families in various settings including education, pediatric hospitals, both private & group therapy.
  • Group Facilitator at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a cancer support clubhouse in Minnetonka where Stacey currently runs two support groups each week for adults living with cancer and has done so since 2014.
  • Trained in Gottman Level One for couples' counselors.
  • Certified in Prepare/Enrich, an assessment and counseling program for new and long-term couples.
  • Certified Child Life Specialist with experience working in Twin Cities pediatric hospital settings offering psychosocial care and education for patients.
  • Child Life Internship at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Tracey McCabe

MA, LPCC, RYT

  • Children, adolescents & young adults
  • Solution-focused approach
  • Self esteem & peer relationships
  • Interests: Yoga calm for anxiety & depression

Tracey McCabe, MA, LPCC, RYT

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Yoga Teacher

Tracey specializes in providing individual therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Tracey strongly believes in working with clients from a strengths-based perspective and works to build a positive working rapport. Her focus is in tailoring her therapeutic approach to meet the unique needs of the children and families with whom she works. Tracey has experienced positive outcomes with the treatment of anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma and behavioral difficulties in addition to contributing to positive change in families. In her work with clients, Tracey strives to help build and develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and identity.

Tracey utilizes a holistic approach and is trained in Yoga Calm, a technique that specializes in using yoga and mindfulness to manage and decrease symptoms of anxiety, ADHD and depression. She believes that all children and families deserve the opportunity to experience joy and real happiness.

Education

  • Masters of Forensic Psychology (MA) Professional School of Psychology, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (BA) University Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Professional Experience

  • 6+ years Clinical practice in various mental health settings including community mental health and private practice.
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Kelly Senesac

MA, LMFT

  • Individuals, couples & families
  • Marriage & relationship counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Solution-focused approach

Kelly Senesac, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kelly provides therapy services for individuals, couples, and families.

She offers her clients a strengths-based approach to therapy where she believes that each person offers unique strengths and gifts to the relationship. She views this therapeutic relationship as one of equals where healing and growth take place is a space of non-judgment and unconditional regard. Kelly believes that each client is able to utilize their own strengths and build resilience to live a full and abundant life.

Kelly enjoys helping families, and couples who struggle with a variety of concerns. Her specialties include addressing anxiety and depression, addressing eating disorders, working with the family system through transition, loss and life stress, as well as, helping couples improve communication skills to build a healthy marriage.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Marriage & Family Therapy; St. Mary's University, Twin Cities
  • Master of Arts (M.Ed); Education; University of Notre Dame, IN
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Communication, College of St. Benedict, MN

Professional Experience

  • 12 years as a marriage and family therapist working in a variety of settings including in-home, outpatient, inpatient, residential, and school based settings.
  • Certified in Family Based Treatment for Anorexia (FBT) through Stanford University.
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Kathryn Schuster

MSW, LICSW

  • Individual, couples & family therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Strengths-based approach
  • Interests: anxiety & depression

Kathryn Schuster, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kathryn provides individual, couples and family therapy services to adults and adolescents (14+).

Kathryn's priority when working with clients is to provide a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment from the very first meeting. She practices a daily intention to offer a client-centered and strengths-based approach to those she works with in hopes to assist her clients in feeling empowered. Kathryn feels passionate about helping her clients reach their full potential by building upon their resiliency and ability to overcome challenges they may be facing.

Kathryn has experience working with a wide variety of presenting issues including, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, disordered eating, relationship challenges, and life transitions. She enjoys working with clients from different backgrounds and life experiences and feels truly grateful for the opportunity to support those desiring to become the best version of themselves.

Kathryn's primary therapeutic interventions include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Future Directed Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Clinical Social Work; St. Ambrose University, Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology, University of Iowa

Professional Experience

  • Clinical experience in private practice, community mental health, adult in-patient treatment and crisis intervention services.
  • Adjunct faculty in a university setting.
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Brad Branham

MA, LMFT

  • Children, teens, adults, couples & families
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Parent support & education

Brad Branham, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Brad provides therapy services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

In order to meet the specific needs of each client he serves, Brad is flexible in his therapeutic approach and relies heavily on the presenting concerns of the client to guide intervention. While he considers himself eclectic, he draws primarily from a client-centered and systemic approach to therapy. He believes that understanding an individual’s unique past and present experience is critical to identifying and developing goals and guiding necessary change. Additionally, Brad believes that the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the individual is critical for success.

Brad has worked with clients in a number of different treatment settings including school, in-home, day treatment and outpatient settings. He works with a variety of presenting issues but specializes in anxiety disorders, trauma history, attachment difficulties, depressive disorders, relationship and marital difficulties, parenting skills and support, and behavioral disorders.

In his work with children, Brad strategically integrates play and talk therapy with direct parenting support and skill-building. He frequently meets with parents to discuss their child’s progress, success, challenges, and stressors. While many therapists shy away from challenging adolescent clients, Brad is passionate about working with adolescents who are exhibiting non-compliance, defiance, and oppositional behaviors.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Counseling Psychology; University of St. Thomas, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Experience

  • 7+ years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings including day treatment, private practice, play therapy, and both individual and group therapy.
  • Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Trained in Gottman Level One for couples' counselors.
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Erin Green

MA, LMFT

  • Children, adults, couples & families
  • Parenting support & education
  • Collaborative & holistic approach
  • Interests: Multicultural & Christian counseling

Erin Green, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Erin provides therapy services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

She is passionate about supporting others through challenges and works to assist clients in overcoming obstacles and managing difficult life transitions. While working in collaboration with clients, she focuses on helping to strengthen coping skills while providing support to create change.

Erin uses mindfulness-based therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, and other theories to promote healing, growth and wellness. She has experience working with clients with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has interests in Multicultural Counseling and can provide Christian Counseling upon request. She desires to support her clients in building resiliency to thrive in whatever challenge they may be facing.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Marriage and Family Therapy; Bethel Seminary, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA);

Professional Experience

  • 6+ years of professional experience in various mental health settings including Community Mental Health, Crisis Facilities, In Home (ARMHS and CTSS), Private Practice, DBT and Day Treatment.
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Kelly Berscheit

MSW, LICSW

  • Adults, children & families (5+)
  • EMDR & trauma-focused CBT
  • Psychodynamic approach
  • Interests: Trauma, loss & difficult life stress

Kelly Berscheit, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kelly provides individual therapy for adults, children (5+), families and seniors.

With a foundational belief that persons are born mentally healthy, the psychotherapy question is what happened? From a scientific perspective, our self--mind, body, spirit, are designed to resolve and heal from injury and illness, and systemically programmed to return to a healthy functional state. In a hopeful, safe, trusting therapeutic relationship and environment, with a holistic, psychodynamic, integrative therapy approach Kelly helps her clients to manage their symptoms, discover, recover, and heal. Kelly believes that "healing is an active process."

Kelly specializes in treating trauma, and related mental health pathologies of stress, anxiety, PTSD, depression, attachment, grief and loss. She has experience treating ADHD, substance abuse and more. She is certified in Trauma Focused-CBT and EMDR trained. She creatively uses a variety of supportive, expressive, and experiential therapeutic interventions including art, sand tray, narrative, play, mindfulness, along with psychoeducation and parenting education to stabilize and empower clients to live a healthy, more satisfying, and fulfilling life that they desire.

Education

  • Master of Social Work (MSW); University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Science (BS); Social Work; St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate; St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • Certified Trauma Focused CBT
  • EMDR trained by Emdria

Professional Experience

  • 27+ years experience in variety of settings; outpatient, school based, residential, in-home & community sites.
  • Successful collaboration with diverse client populations, colleagues & community partners.
  • Certified Trauma Psychotherapist & Trauma Informed provider
  • Co-founder, developer, and administrator of community mental health services agency for 14 years.
  • 9+years of assessment & case management at county human services in Child Protection, Chemical Dependency, Early Intervention Services.
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Lorilee Virnig

MA, BCC, RYT

  • Adults, children & families (4+)
  • Parent/child conflict
  • Anxiety, depression & ADHD
  • Grief/ loss & life transitions

Lorilee Virnig, MA, BCC, RYT

Master of Arts Counseling and Psychological Services, Board Certified Coach, Registered Yoga Teacher

Lorilee provides therapy services for children (4+), adolescents, adults and families.

Lorilee has extensive training in individual and family play therapies including collaborative problem-solving, healthy parenting and relationship skills, and mindfulness techniques. She believes that therapy is an art as well as a science and uses her authenticity, experience and wisdom to customize her therapeutic approach to the needs of each client.

Lorilee incorporates kindness, compassion and humor into the therapeutic process to help individuals and families overcoming both ordinary and extraordinary challenges that life may bring. She has expertise and advanced training in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and EMDR.

She is a Board Certified Life and ADHD Coach and completed her yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is also a certified instructor of Yoga Calm® for Children, Yoga4Cancer®, and mindfulness training for children, teens and parents.

Education

  • Masters in Counseling & Psychological Services (MA); St. Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Certified instructor of Yoga Calm® for Children, Yoga4Cancer®, and Mindfulness for Children, Teens & Adults
  • Trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Filial Family Therapy, & Sandtray Therapy
  • Trained in EMDR


Professional Experience

  • 20+ years experience in US and Pacific Rim Fortune 100 Corporation and served as a Director and Vice President in non-profit governance.
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Jenn Benson

MA, LMFT

  • Individual & family therapy (13+)
  • Anxiety, depression & trauma
  • Increase self-esteem & coping skills
  • DBT, CBT, & mindfulness-based approach

Jenn Benson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jenn Benson provides individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults. (Ages 13+).

Throughout life, people face various obstacles. These obstacles may feel overwhelming and sometimes, insurmountable. However, working with a therapist can offer guidance and strength during these challenging times. Jenn works to garner this strength in clients by creating a safe environment to foster development of healthy communication skills. Further, focus is given on how to utilize support systems and increase healthy coping skills.

Jenn's experience spans working with adolescents in school settings, day treatment settings and group therapy. She has also worked with adults in various settings in addition to individual outpatient therapy. Her areas of interest include increasing self-esteem and coping skills to help manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Clinical Psychology; Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; St.Mary's University, Twin Cities

Experience

  • 5+ years working with adults and adolescents from all socioeconomic statuses & various cultures.
  • Outpatient mental health including group therapy, individual therapy & family therapy.
  • Provided services in a variety of settings; school, intensive outpatient treatment, in-home therapy, day- treatment & individual/family outpatient therapy.
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Abby Swandal

MA, LAMFT, LADC

  • Teens, adults, couples & family therapy
  • Holistic approach
  • DBT Skills
  • Addiction Recovery

Abby Swandal, MA, LAMFT, LADC

Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Abby provides therapy services for individuals, adolescents, couples and families.

The cornerstone of Abby's approach is one that brings focus to the importance of a supportive therapeutic relationship as this can be a key element in helping one discover a life that is uniquely authentic and valuable. Utilizing a strategic mix of historical experiences and patterns with present day struggles and stress, individuals are able to expand on their strengths and challenge negative core beliefs. In her work with couples, Abby offers guidance on how to create vulnerable, interdependent relationships as she understands this is often the foundation for a safe and fulfilling connection.

Abby’s experience includes treating substance use in tandem with mental health concerns, as well as working with families after crisis to cultivate a new normal. This experience has provided her with the ability to help parents discover a healthy family structure and foster a parenting style that works for their individual circumstances. Abby specializes working with couples and families who may be struggling with alcohol or drug abuse and misuse.

Education

  • Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy (MA); Adler Graduate School
  • Bachelors Degree in Sociology & Minor in Psychology (BS); North Dakota State University

Professional Experience

  • One year internship at Riverridge Treatment Center
  • In home therapist for 1 year


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Scott Yarosh

Psychiatry

  • Board Certified Psychiatrist
  • Adults & adolescents (12+)
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Medication management

Scott Yarosh, MD

Psychiatry

Dr. Yarosh is a Board Certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist with an eclectic perspective on the practice of psychiatry. He provides medication management for adolescents (12+) and adults with a variety of presenting issues.

Dr. Yarosh views clients as individuals possessing areas of relative strengths and with opportunities for growth and to shore up areas of vulnerability. This relatively uncommon perspective sharply deviates from that of many psychiatrists who may view client’s difficulties in terms of the more medically based disease model in which psychiatric disorders are frequently seen in terms of illness, diagnoses and biologically based diseases. While temperament, hereditary factors and brain chemistry play a vital role in the state of an individual’s mental health, Dr. Yarosh firmly believes in emphasizing psycho-social factors when addressing individuals mental health state and their treatment needs.

Dr. Yarosh brings a wealth of experience and a hybrid of medical knowledge coupled with psycho-social training to his practice style. He possesses empathy for others; which only evolves with exposure to a wide range of difficulties endured by human-kind. He is not judgmental of others' circumstances, recognizing that people are human and that circumstances of one's current psychological status are not always readily apparent.



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Kristin Cromie

Certified Yoga Teacher

Kristin Cromie

Certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner

Kristin Cromie, affectionately known as Yoga Spice, spent nearly 15 years in corporate America. After a running injury lead her to yoga, she quickly realized that the healing aspects of yoga went far beyond physical. Soon after moving to Minnesota, she began practicing Reiki Healing, allowing her to connect with the depth of spirit in a therapeutic environment, and ultimately fulfilling her dharma to help others heal.

"Yoga has been my journey through healing and forgiveness. After suffering for many years, I'm reminded each time I step onto my mat how soul-drenching and compassionate yoga is. Yoga is the mind-body-spirit-connection through breath."

She commits to a daily yoga practice, meditation and teaching, as well as long-distance running and backpacking.

Specialties

  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Energetic Healing
  • Yoga
  • yoga sessions
  • Mind-body-spirit approach
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Betty Christensen

Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Yoga for Inner calm
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Yoga for those affected by cancer
  • Mind-body-spirit approach

Betty Christensen, RYT

Certified Yoga Teacher

Betty believes in the many benefits of yoga - from calming the mind and body through movement and breath, to learning to live in the present moment through meditation, to understanding the importance of restful awareness through a restorative yoga practice.

She has always been physically active - from biking, swimming, teaching step classes, and keeping active in her garden - as well as working in the corporate world for 35 years. But yoga was an entirely new form of "exercise" that engaged mind, body and spirit - it fulfilled her desire for physical exercise and at the same time helped to ground her for the changes life constantly offers us.

Betty currently teaches various yoga formats including Hatha, Restorative, Trauma Sensitive, and Chair yoga - offering a meditation at the end of each class. She also is a volunteer instructor at Gilda's House - a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide an emotional, social and psychological support community for everyone living with or affected by cancer. Guided by compassion and an inner spirit, Betty seeks opportunities to serve others in a heartfelt and mindful manner through a compassionate and gentle yoga practice.

Education

  • 1993 - 2017 Worked at General Mills as Associate Package Design Manager. Retired after 24 years.

Experience

  • August 2017 - Yoga Alliance RYT 200Hr+ (over 1,000 hours of teaching achieved)
  • April 2016 - YogaFit Warrior Program for Trauma
  • August 2012 Yoga Alliance – RYT 200Hr.
  • July 2010 - YogaFit Level I Foundations – Certified
  • Current Group Exercise Instructor Certification - National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

Specialties

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Yoga for inner calm
  • Meditation
  • Yoga for those affected by cancer
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Nasa Mitchell

Certified Yoga Teacher

Nasa Mitchell, RYT

Certified Yoga Teacher

Nasa is a compassionate yoga student-teacher who leads alignment based Hatha, Flow, Gentle, and Restorative yoga classes. She aspires her students to connect with their body through mindful movements linked with breath and meditation. Nasa inspires students to tap into deeper levels of self awareness in order to facilitate healthier changes in lifestyle.

Nasa strongly believes that through tools of mindfulness, yoga and emotional healing, we can bring more ease, acceptance, and happiness to the world. Everything else unfolds from this balance. She works with various body types and fitness levels by offering proper challenges, modifications, body-mind alignments to ensure healthy, long term practice to her students.

Education

  • RYT-500, Yoga Alliance
  • BA in English, State University of Mongolia
  • MA in Linguistics, State University of Mongolia

Experience

  • RYT 200, Yogaworks, San Francisco CA
  • RYT 300, Professional Teacher Training, YogaWorks San Francisco CA
  • Yoga Journal Live Conference (Continue on Education) 2013 and 2014
  • Art of Sequencing Workshop
  • Reiki Healing, lineage of Terra Mai and Usui Reiki

Specialties

  • Hatha Yoga-Move-Breathe-Meditate
  • Subtle Body
  • Pranayama-Breath Technique
  • Yogic Philosophy
  • Reiki Healing
  • Believes in Power of Kindness and Compassionate Hearts
  • Restore and Rejuvenate
  • Anatomy
  • Mantra/Chant
  • Couples’ Yoga
  • Private Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra-Art of Conscious Sleep or Art of Deep Relaxation
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Wendy Lotter

Master Meditation Instructor

  • Cultivating compassion workshops & series classes
  • Professional speaker & presenter
  • Interests: Meditation, breathwork & positivity skills
  • Private appointments available

Wendy Lotter, MHSA

Master of Health Services Administration & Master Meditation Instructor

Wendy Lotter is a personable professional speaker and stress reduction instructor, practicing and sharing stress reduction techniques since 2008. She started meditating as the result of anxiety and the nearly immediate improvement made her a believer! Her knowledge and experience, both personally and professionally, provides clients with tangible stress reduction takeaways that can be positively life changing. She loves to teach people that Calm is a Superpower and they deserve to Turn Compassion Inward.

Wendy’s nonjudgmental, spunky and humorous teaching style puts clients at ease and allows for greater receptivity and retention of material and techniques. Her commitment to learn, share, teach, then master, led her to train under Dr. Deepak Chopra for three years, earning her meditation teacher certification. She has taken that knowledge and experience to now offer teachings in meditation, breathwork, and positivity; as well as, incorporating holistic health, physical wellness, and energy healing modalities.

Always an advocate for people, Wendy has also worked in clinical quality and healthcare outcomes for 20-plus years. In this line of work, she helps ensure, at a national level, that all individuals have the opportunity to receive the best treatment possible regardless of socioeconomic status.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration
  • Master’s Degrees in Health Services Administration
  • Certifications include: Health Coach, Meditation Instructor (Chopra Center University-Dr. Deepak Chopra), Usui Reiki Master (people and animal), Crystal Healing, Lean Process Improvement, and Six Sigma Green Belt.

Professional Experience

  • Professional Speaker on Stress Reduction (Local, State, and International Conferences)
  • 9+ years teaching meditation and many other stress reductions practices
  • 5+ years practicing energy healing
  • 20+ years clinical quality and health outcomes

Specialties


  • Meditation instruction
  • Workshop & Series Class presenter
  • Professional speaker
  • Non-judgmental teaching style
  • Energy healing
  • Stress reduction
  • Health coach
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Kim Plessel

Integrative & Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Kim Plessel, MS, RDN, LD

Integrative & Functional Certified Practitioner

Kimberly views mindfulness as a key component of nutritional well-being. In 2000, she was first introduced to this concept through yoga. To deepen her awareness, she has participated in several trainings related to mindfulness-based strategies for wellness and intuitive eating. She enters into partnership with her clients to explore the positive and nourishing opportunities of food in their lives. Mindfulness provides a framework to raise awareness of personal motivations, actions and insights into the roots of ones’ health. With this awareness, each of us is empowered to trust our own intuitive wisdom, preferences and internal cues to guide our food choices.

Kimberly Plessel holds a master’s degree in nutrition. She is a registered and licensed dietitian. She holds several certifications that include intuitive eating, adult weight management and chronic disease self-management. Kimberly is currently completing a certification program to become an “Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner."

Kimberly provides clinical nutrition counseling and speaks at local women's health conferences for Oakdale ObGyn in Maple Grove. She has written several articles for local healthcare organizations, including Minnesota Health Care News. Kimberly has served as a content expert for the Star Tribune, Minnesota Magazine, Minnesota Statement and Club Business International magazine. She also appeared on KARE 11 News to share strategies to combat emotional eating.

Education

  • Bachelors of Science: University of Wisconsin
  • Masters of Nutrition: University of Minnesota
  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
  • Certified Practitioner, Integrative and Functional Nutrition
  • Certified Adult Weight Management Counselor
  • Chronic Disease Self-management Master Trainer

Experience

  • Licensed Dietitian, Minnesota State Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Specialties

  • Mindfulness
  • Wellness
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Nutrition
  • Adult Weight Management
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management
  • Clinical Nutrition
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Shannon Whealy

Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Essential Oils educator
  • Mindfulness meditation, vinyasa & yin yoga instructor
  • Natural & plant-based wellness
  • Wellness Workshop presenter

Shannon Whealy, RYT

Certified Yoga Teacher

A mom, nature lover, natural wellness devotee and life-long creative, Shannon left behind a 25-year career in graphic design to share with others the amazing benefits of yoga that continually transform her life.

She has taught vinyasa, yin yoga and meditation classes to all levels of experience since she completed her 200-hour teacher training in the spring of 2016.

Shannon believes that yoga is practice for life. By teaching yogic philosophy, asana and breathing practices, she encourages students to connect with themselves, cultivate self-compassion, find peace within and live more fully off the mat.

She is also passionate about the power of plants, both through diet and through utilizing their health benefits with essential oils. She became an essential oil educator to share their amazing uses with others.

Education

  • BA in Psychology and Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
  • 15-hour Meditation Certification, Yoga Center of Minneapolis

Professional Experience

  • 5 years as a graphic designer at fast-paced print shops
  • 20+ years as a business owner: Turnaround Design, LLC 1996-2016, Good Well Life LLC 2017-present
  • Teacher of meditation, vinyasa and yin yoga since May 2016

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Kelsey Marquette

Clinic Manager

  • Office Management
  • Credentialing Specialist
  • Insurance billing & claims management
  • Scheduling

Kelsey Marquette

Clinic Manager

Kelsey Marquette provides office management and administrative oversight for providers and clients at Healthwise.

Kelsey's kind and genuine demeanor welcomes those who utilize the services of our practice. She understands the importance of health and she recognizes that therapy can play an important role in helping people navigate times of stress and life challenges.

She strives to help you find a provider who will be a good fit for you and your needs. Her goal is to help you feel comfortable and at- ease and works to make the admistrative process as seamless as possible.

Education

  • Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) Nutrition; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Specialties

  • Office Management
  • Administration oversight
  • Insurance billing & payroll specialist
  • Provider credentialing
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Jessica Dedrick

Administrative Assistant

  • Clinic administration
  • Provider Information Specialist
  • Insurance verification
  • Scheduling

Jessica Dedrick

Administrative Assistant

Jessica Dedrick offers administrative support to both providers and clients.

Jessica posses excellent organizational and listening skills and works to match you with a provider that best suits your needs. She provides information on services and provides scheduling assistance via phone contact and emails.

She gives excellent attention to the needs of clients and providers and makes your scheduling and administrative needs a priority.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Concordia University, St. Paul

Specialties

  • Provides Administrative Support
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Provides Service Information
  • Scheduling
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