Meet the Healthwise Team

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Kristin Dahl

PsyD, LP, RYT

  • Holistic & integrative approach
  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Anxiety, mood & 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

  • Founder & Owner of Healthwise Behavioral Health & Wellness and Healthwise Studio, LLC
  • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for LP, LPC & LPCC
  • 20+ years of clinical practice in various settings including medical & university settings, community mental health & private practice

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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 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
  • Nutritional interventions for mental health
  • Interests: stress management, anxiety & mood
  • TeleHealth appointments only

Heidi Kopacek, PsyD, LP, RYT

Licensed 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. Author of the book Soothe: Your Mind Body Spirit Guide for Dealing with Crappy Emotions, 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
  • Certified with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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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Janice Beauduy

MD, MS, LP, RYT

  • Individuals (18+)
  • Board certified in Family Medicine & Integrative-Holistic Medicine
  • Chronic medical illnesses
  • EMDR

Janice Beauduy, MD, MS, LP, RYT

Licensed Psychologist, Family Physician and Registered Yoga Teacher

Dr. Janice Beauduy provides therapy for adults (18+ yo).

Dr. Beauduy is a licensed psychologist and medical doctor. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Integrative-Holistic Medicine. She has a holistic perspective in both her professional and personal life. She loves learning and encourages others to approach problems with a sense of curiosity and determination. She believes that self-compassion and self-care are primary components in healing.

Dr. Beauduy uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to support her clients, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation,yoga, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), CRM (comprehensive resource model) and Alpha-Stim. Alpha-Stim is a well researched medical device that treats anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain. It can be used during therapy sessions.

She has many years of experience working with clients who have anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic medical illnesses that negatively impact their quality of life. She does not prescribe medication for her patients but will refer them, if needed, for medication management.

Education

  • Master of Science (MS); Community Counseling; Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
  • Family Practice Residency; Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Saginaw, MI
  • Medical Doctor (MD); University of MN School of Medicine, Duluth and Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelor of Science (BS); Biology; University of MN, Morris

Professional Experience

  • 25+ years of clinical practice in various medical and mental health settings, including conventional and holistic practices
  • Registered yoga teacher with 10+ years of teaching experience in medical settings and private practice

Specialties

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Jackie Micklewright

PhD, ABPP-CN

  • Neuropsychological Assessments
  • Concussions & 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.

Specialties

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Jessica Wright

PsyD, LP

  • Individual therapy (18+)
  • Stress management, mood & relationships
  • Strength-based approach
  • Interest: multicultural counseling

Jessica Wright, PsyD, LP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Wright provides individual therapy for adults (18+).

Dr. Wright utilizes a variety of treatment approaches with a specialization in mind-body psychotherapies for individuals with trauma. She views the therapeutic relationship to be an integral part of helping individuals increase self-awareness, manage stress, and exercise their use of choice on their journey towards self-acceptance, freedom, growth, and healing.

With an integrative, holistic and strength-base therapeutic style Dr. Wright works with individuals with a wide range of concerns including stress, mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, personality problems, trauma, identity concerns, relational distress, boundary disturbances, grief/loss, and transition.

Education

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Minnesota School of Professional Psychology; Argosy University - Twin Cities
  • Master of Arts (MA); Clinical Psychology; St. Mary's University; Minneapolis, MN
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Applied Psychology; St Cloud State University; St. Cloud, MN

Professional Experience

  • 16+ years of clinical practice in various settings, including community mental health, medical, university, and correctional settings.

Specialties

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Sydney Erickson

PsyD, LP

  • Individual therapy (18+)
  • Integrative approach
  • Treatment of eating disorders
  • Interests: self-esteem, relational concerns & anxiety

Sydney Erickson

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sydney Erickson provides therapy 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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Caryl Boehnert

PhD, LP

  • Individual therapy (21+)
  • Stress management & anxiety
  • Issues related to aging adjustment
  • Interests: chronic illness & pain management

Caryl Boehnert, PhD, LP

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Caryl Boehnert provides individual therapy for adults and elders (ages 21+).

After completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Boehnert went on to complete a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. This additional clinical training well equips Dr. Boehnert to work with those coping with pain, diabetes, autoimmune conditions,cancer and cardiac and pulmonary issues.

Previous training and experience includes working with elders/issues of aging; and with those with mood disorders, stress, 'cabin fever,' and anxiety in communities in Alaska, Oregon, Montana and rural and urban Minnesota. Dr. Boehnart served for a year as Director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic in the Department of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School. More recently, she served as a Behavioral Medicine Psychologist for VA Montana Home Based Primary Care (adult and geriatric patients seen in their homes); and for United Pain Center, part of Allina Health.

Dr. Boehnert uses a variety of psychological techniques based on current research and practice. These complement her belief that adults can make significant positive changes in their lives, no matter what age or prior diagnosis. In her experience, therapy can be instrumental in heightening coping skills and enjoyment in life.

Education:

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Health Psychology, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1985
  • Ph.D. and MA in Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1983 and 1979
  • BA in Psychology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 1976
  • ABT, Master’s Program in Theology and Social Justice, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO; 2011

Experience:

  • +40 years of clinical practice in medical, mental health, and VA settings.
  • Additional training in geriatrics, theology, and use of creativity and art in adult patients.

Specialties

  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Women's Issues
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Robert Hinman

M.Ed., LP

  • Individuals (16+) & couples
  • Anxiety, mood & relationships
  • Solution-focused & positive psychology approaches
  • Interests: Military & their families, parent support, geriatrics

Robert Hinman, M.Ed., LP

Licensed Psychologist

Robert provides therapy services for individuals, couples, and families ages (16+) through the lifespan.

In his clinical work Robert works to establish a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship as the foundation of his work. He utilizes this professional relationship and the strategies developed through years of experience to help clients feel empowered to recognize, understand, and overcome their unique challenges. Robert is honest and kind, yet direct and solution focused. He emphasizes acceptance, clear communication, and focus on positive efforts in a client’s journey.

Robert has helped clients successfully work through issues of anxiety,depression, anger, relationship and parenting difficulties, trauma/PTSD, grief,life transitions, major mental illness and chemical abuse. He continually utilizes personal growth, reflection, study, and journal review to remain current and relevant to the needs of the people he serves.

Client Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relationship Enhancement and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy are the primary therapies Robert draws from in his work with others. He has additional formal training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is a Love and Logic Parenting© Facilitator.

Education:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.), Counseling Focus; Boston University, MA
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology; Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD

Experience:

  • Former Active-duty Military with more than 40 years of clinical experience in individual, couples, parents/families and group settings. He has worked in mental health clinics, residential treatment facilities, schools and In-home family therapy.
  • APA Affiliate Member

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Life Transition
  • Family Change and Divorce
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Stress Management
  • Panic Attack
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness - Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Person - Centered Therapy
  • Dialectic Behavior Treatment (DBT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Reunification Therapy
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Solution Focused Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Positive Psychology
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Marriage and Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Work / Life Balance
  • Sleep Issues / Insomnia
  • Academic Issues
  • Childhood Depression
  • Childhood Anxiety
  • Managing Chronic Conditions
  • Emotional Management
  • Emotional Health
  • Child & Adult ADHD

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Lorilee Virnig

MA, LPCC, RPT, BCC, RYT

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

Lorilee Virnig, MA, BCC, RYT

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, 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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Nicholas Anderson

MA, LPCC, LADC

  • Individual therapy (18+)
  • Anxiety & mood disorders
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Interests: Addiction counseling & chemical assessments

Nicholas Anderson, MA, LPCC, LADC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Nick provides therapy services for individuals (18+).

Nick seeks to create a supportive and compassionate environment where clients can be empowered to create positive change in their life. He draws from positive psychology perspectives and utilizes practical skill based education to help guide clients on their path to health and wellness.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are a few of the therapeutic theories he draws from when working with others. Nick also is able to provide flexibility in his therapeutic approach and he always welcomes feedback from clients about their experience.

Nick has extensive training and experience working with individuals dealing with addiction. Chemical assessments, anxiety management skill building and trauma work are additional areas of focus in his practice.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Counseling Psychology; University of St. Thomas
  • Basic Certificate in Addiction Studies from Harold Washington College
  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)
  • Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS)
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Professional Experience

  • 10+ years experience providing mental and chemical health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Additional focus of practice was serving as Outreach Director for mental and chemical health services.
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Jenn Anderson

MA, LMFT

  • Individual & family therapy (13+)
  • Anxiety, depression & trauma
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • DBT & mindfulness-based approach

Jenn Anderson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jenn Anderson 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); Marriage and Family Therapy; Argosy Unitversity, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; St.Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona Campus

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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Stacey Allen

MA, LMFT, CCLS

  • Psycho-Oncology - Individual, couples, & family therapy
  • Chronic illness
  • Grief & loss
  • Couples & family therapy

Stacey Allen, MA, LMFT, CCLS

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

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

Stacey specializes in psychosocial oncology, medical issues, chronic illness, grief, and couple relationships. Stacey facilitates two weekly support groups at Gilda's Club Twin Cities. Stacey has had extensive training and experience working in a couples counseling clinic and can assist couples in relationship repair, affair aftermath, or respectful uncoupling.

Stacey assists her clients during long or short term illness, and through the post-treatment phase to increase understanding, re-organize thinking, re-evaluate roles and responsibilities, and explore changes in identity. Stacey also provides help in managing anxiety and depression through psychoeducation and mindful awareness techniques. Stacey works co-operatively with her clients to bring awareness to negative patterns and explore new techniques for success. Stacey enjoys working with couples and whole families because she believes the entire system contributes to both happiness and chaos.

Stacey believes in building a strong, lasting alliance with clients as this "fit" 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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Lauren Simensen

MSW, LICSW

Lauren Simensen, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Lauren provides individual and family therapy services to children (4+), adolescents, and adults.

Lauren understands that reaching out for support and guidance during difficult times can often feel challenging. Therefore, her focus is on creating a safe space that fosters a positive experience.

She brings a strength-based, relational and collaborative approach to her work and she draws from an integrative model that incorporates a mind-body-spirit connection. This can include identifying core beliefs, challenging negative-thinking patterns, incorporating nutritional services and physical exercise as a form of intervention, and using a mindfulness approach to strengthen the spirit.

Lauren has experience in working with a variety of concerns, including: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, low self-esteem, substance abuse, processing addictions, and autism spectrum challenges. In addition to outpatient therapy, she has worked in a variety of settings including school, day-treatment, and in-home.

Education Professional Experience

  • Master of Social Work (MSW); University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Science (BS); Psychology; Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

Professional Experience

  • 7+ years of clinical practice and experience working in schools, in-home, day-treatment, and outpatient therapy settings.

Specialties

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Erin Green

MA, LMFT

  • Children, adults, couples & families
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Collaborative & holistic approach
  • Interests: multicultural 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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Darci Witasek

MA, LMFT

  • Individuals, adolescents & couples
  • Mindfulness-based therapy & CBT
  • Interests: anxiety, depression, life transitions & relationships
  • Telehealth appointments only

Darci Witasek, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Darci provides therapy services for individuals, adolescents (10+) and couples.

In her work, Darci utilizes such therapy approaches as solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and systems-based perspectives. She assists those she works with by offering expertise in a diverse range of mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, behavioral disorders, health concerns, divorce, and stress management.

Darci believes in a collaborative approach to counseling to help one create positive and meaningful change in their lives in order to achieve deeper levels of happiness and success. She believes that people have the innate ability to heal themselves and works together with others to find alternative solutions to life's challenges.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Marriage and Family Therapy; University of St. Thomas, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology, Minor in Spanish; University of Minnesota - Duluth

Professional Experience

  • 5+ years experience in various settings including private practice
  • Certified to administer the Prepare/Enrich Program
  • Fluent in Spanish


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Sarah Cross

MSW, LICSW

  • Adults, children, teens & families
  • Experiential Play Therapy & Theraplay
  • Sand tray & art therapy
  • Interests: Trauma & behavioral challenges

Sarah Cross, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Sarah provides individual and family therapy for adults, children, and adolescents.

Sarah believes in connecting and building safe and trusting relationships with clients to find a path to health and happiness. Therapy can be hard work but also a fulfilling experience when embarked upon with someone who is willing to support you on your journey.

Sarah specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma, as well as related mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, attachment, stress, and behavioral challenges. Sarah has been intensively trained in Experiential Play Therapy and Theraplay and uses creative and experiential techniques in her approach to working with children and families. These creative approaches include sand tray, art therapy, narrative work, mindfulness, and movement. Sarah also partners with parents to provide guidance, education, and support.

In addition to working with children, Sarah also works with adolescents, couples, and families who have experienced trauma, family conflicts, and divorce. Sarah partners with parents, family systems, teens, adults, and couples who are experiencing life challenges, relationship concerns, sexual issues, conflict, and communication difficulties.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; University of Missouri – Columbia; Columbia MO
  • Master of Social Work (MSW); Clinical social work with children and families; University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; Minneapolis MN

Professional Experience

  • 10 years in outpatient private practice conducting mental health assessments and providing individual and family therapy
  • 5+ years in various settings such as hospital social work on a pediatric unit, school based mental health services, in home and community based mental health services, domestic violence shelters, and case management in Child Protection Services
  • 5 years supervising and training crisis response teams for children and adolescents, as well as adults with severe and persistent mental illness
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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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Beverly Buchanan

MA, LMFT, LADC

  • Adults, couples & family therapy
  • First responders & veterans
  • LGBTQ
  • Adults & teens; high functioning autism spectrum

Beverly Buchanan, MA, LMFT, LADC

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Beverly provides therapy services to individuals, couples, families, and teens.

Throughout our lives, we have experiences and we develop meaning about them.These narratives we create interact and influence our thoughts, feelings, and interactions with others.Sometimes, our narratives create interpersonal problems or hold us back in living our day-to-day lives.Beverly helps her clients to see and separate themselves from the problem and to help them find solutions and hopefulness. Beverly utilizes a mindfulness-based approach with many clients, particularly those who have experienced trauma.

Beverly has a special interest in working with first responders and military/veterans; transgender individuals and couples; and individuals and families experiencing or recovering from substance use problems.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); University of Nevada, Reno
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; University of Nevada, Reno

Professional Experience

  • 9+ years providing co-occurring substance use and marriage and family therapy in a variety of settings: residential, intensive outpatient, and private practice
  • Outpatient mental health including group therapy, individual therapy & family therapy
  • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for LADC
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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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Kathryn Schuster

MSW, LICSW

Kathryn Schuster, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kathryn provides individual, couples and family therapy services to adults.

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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Marla Wojtanowicz

MA, LMFT

  • Individuals (13+), couples & families
  • Collaborative approach
  • EMDR
  • 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
  • Trained in Gottman Level One for couples' counseling
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Emily Marrs

MA, LMFT

  • Individuals (18+)
  • Relational issues
  • Mindful CBT
  • Interests: ADHD & BFRB's Trichotillomania/Dermatillomania (15+)

Emily Marrs, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Emily provides therapy services for adults, as well as couples with ADHD, and for adolescents (15+) dealing with either ADHD or hairpulling/skin picking concerns.

Each of us can come to a time in our lives when we feel stagnant or stuck in unhelpful patterns. As difficult as this can be to navigate, it can be a valuable opportunity to connect with a professional to experience support and learn new tools to help you shift in positive ways.

As an attentive listener, Emily offers a secure space that is focused on helping you to identify what you need now to learn new ways to problem solve, and build healthier relationships. Most importantly, you will grow closer to your authentic self and feel empowered to make changes you feel are most important to you.

Emily works with a variety of teen and adult concerns and is especially interested in teen/adult ADHD, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (Trichotillomania/hair pulling & Excoriation/skin picking), emerging young adult issues, single hood/dating, narcissistic abuse, codependency and caregiver stress. She also brings experience and training in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges.

Many people experience a sense of isolation, shame and guilt around their ADHD and BFRB challenges, as well as from their toxic relationships. Emily works to help you strengthen self compassion, create helpful strategies, and to feel more empowered managing these areas of your life.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; University of Colorado; Boulder CO
  • Master of Arts (MA); Counseling Psychology; Bethel University; Arden Hills, MN Certificate of Marriage and Family Therapy; Adler Graduate School; Richfield, MN

Professional Experience

  • 10 + years in outpatient private practice conducting individual and family therapy
  • 6 years in case management/care coordination for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness across varied multi-cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
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Alicia Losier

MA

  • Individuals, families & teens (13+)
  • Anxiety, depression, & trauma
  • Holistic approach
  • Interests: relational issues

Alicia Losier, MA

Therapist

Alicia provides therapy services to individuals, families, and teens (ages 13+).

Alicia believes in the power of self-awareness as the vehicle to foster personal growth and healing. Although she values each person as being the expert on their own lives, through attentive listening she works to bring focus to what our first-person perspective can sometimes miss. Through self-exploration of both the present and past experiences, Alicia values her role as a helpful guide to help increase one's self-understanding as this often assists a person in dealing with current challenges.

In relational work, she aims to help improve relationships by increasing mutual understanding and shaping communication to reduce conflicts. Relationships of all kinds have their challenges, many of which can be navigated with the help of a fresh set of eyes and ears. She is passionate about helping people in various relationships, from couples, to parent-child, navigate differences and realign their ways of relating to improve the connection.

Alicia takes a holistic view of her clients and uses encouragement when working with others. She stays mindful on how attachment patterns may be influencing relationships, and offers a systematic lens by which to better understand how interpersonal systems may be influencing current relationship dynamics.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Adlerian Counseling & Psychotherapy; Adler Graduate School, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS); Communication, English, and Photography; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Professional Experience

  • Individual, Family, and Adolescent In-Home Therapy
  • In-Home Children and Adolescent Skills Services
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Nina Vadnais

MS, LMFT

  • Individuals, couples & families
  • Stress management & anxiety
  • Depression & trauma
  • Interest: Marital & relational counseling

Nina Vadnais, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Nina Vadnais provides therapy services for individuals, couples and families.

As a therapist, Nina has experience supporting and guiding others with a broad range needs, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, stress management, behavioral disorders, grief and loss, and life transitions.

Nina works diligently to foster a warm, comfortable, and safe environment and she believes a therapeutic relationship based in openness and trust are essential to one's change process for themselves, their partners, and their families. Nina believes in building on existing strengths to foster growth and positive change is possible for each individual.

Nina implements therapeutic interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness concepts, narrative therapy techniques, and motivational interviewing within a systems-based theoretical approach.

Education

  • Masters of Science (MS); Marriage and Family Therapy; University of Rhode Island
  • Bachelors of Science (BS); Child Development and Family Studies; Minnesota State University; Mankato, MN

Professional Experience:

  • 5+ years working in clinical practice in a wide range of mental health settings including, in-home, school-based, outpatient settings.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transition
  • Family Change and Divorce
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Stress Management
  • Person -Centered Therapy
  • Marriage and Relationship Counseling
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy
  • Parenting
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Work / Life Balance
  • Emotional Management
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Katie Walker

MA, LMFT

  • Individuals (13+),couples & families
  • Strength-based approach
  • Relational concerns
  • Interests: Mood management & anxiety

Katie Walker, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Katie provides individual therapy for adults, adolescents, couples and families

Katie works to provide a space where people feel both welcomed and supported. She utilizes a strength-based approach that strives to make therapy a worthwhile and inclusive experience for all clients. Her focus is on assisting clients in identifying areas they wish to see change in their lives and helping them on the journey to reach their goals. She understands that this process is unique to each individual, couple and family and works with others to best fit their respective needs.

Katie has been in the behavioral health field for over ten years and has extensive experience working with an array of concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, mood problems, women’s health, relationship concerns and anger management.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology (BA) St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Professional Experience

  • 10+ years of experience providing services in clinics, day treatment programs, hospitals and emergency rooms
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Jeanine Clapsaddle

MA, LMFT, CCLS

  • Individuals (4+) & families
  • Holistic & Integrative approach
  • Grief & loss for children and parents
  • Interests: Multicultural counseling; Health Psychology

Jeanine Clapsaddle, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Child Life Specialist

Jeanine Clapsaddle provides therapy services to children (ages 4+), adolescents, and families.

Jeanine specializes in working with children and families experiencing chronic illness, trauma related to medical experiences, and grief and loss for children and parents. She also has extensive experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Using a holistic integrative approach, Jeanine partners with her clients during and after health care experiences to increase understanding and minimize misconceptions, offer opportunities for meaning making, identify and reframe trauma reactions, and address grief and loss concerns. Through the use of evidence-based interventions such as play and medical play, bibliotherapy, guided imagery and creative art therapies Jeanine helps her clients identify their strengths and current obstacles, working to promote coping and resilience.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Human Development; Stephen’s College, Columbia, Missouri
  • Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Association for Child Life Professionals

Professional Experience

  • 25+ years working with children and families in various healthcare settings
  • Certified Child Life Specialist with experience working in pediatric hospital settings locally, nationally and internationally offering psychosocial care and education for patients as well as training for clinical providers
  • Multi-cultural counseling, health psychology interests
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Jenny Johnson

MA, LPCC

  • Individual therapy (14+)
  • Anxiety & mood management
  • Strengths-based approach
  • Interests: Trauma, self-compassion & self-acceptance, mind-body connection

Jenny Johnson, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Jenny provides therapy services for adults and teens ages (14+).

Jenny offers a holistic approach to therapy with the focus on strengthening skills that support others to make lasting and positive changes. She creates therapeutic alliances with her clients by providing a safe place for people to feel heard without judgments or assumptions, so they can build insight and confidence while incorporating self-compassion,self-validation, and self-acceptance. Her therapeutic approaches include DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Insight Oriented, Attachment, and Solution Focused Therapies.

Jenny has experience providing both group and individual therapy services to adults and adolescents in an intensive outpatient setting, with specific focus on mental health and intellectual disabilities, including mood and personality challenges, trauma, and developmental delays. She also has experience working with adolescents in a school-based setting.

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA); Clinical Psychology; Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Metropolitan State University, Twin Cities

Professional Experience

  • 8+ years experience providing mental health services in outpatient settings including DBT IOP, group therapy, individual therapy, and school based mental health services

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectic Behavior Treatment (DBT)
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy
  • Emotional Management
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Thomas Kennison

MSW, LICSW

  • Holistic & integrative therapies
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Stress management
  • Relationships

Thomas Kennison, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Thomas provides individual therapy for adults and teens (15+).

Thomas strongly believes that everyone deserves to live a happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life. He takes great joy in helping others to navigate their unique path towards wellness in all aspects of their lives. He places great emphasis on meeting individuals where they are, while also working collaboratively with them to develop a relationship built on compassion, understanding, and trust.

Placing great value on the importance of a holistic approach to wellness (unifying the mind, body, and spirit), Thomas utilizes an integrated approach in his practice, combining mindfulness-based therapy with various psychodynamic theories. Using various breathing and relaxation techniques, mindfulness practice helps in learning how to identify and break away from negative thought patterns that often lead to a depressed and/or anxious state of mind. In addition, Thomas focuses on the connections between the person and the relationships they have formed throughout their lifetime, specifically focusing on early-life experiences with parents, siblings or guardians, and how these experiences may have impacted their overall happiness and health as an adult.

Thomas has experience working with a wide variety of issues including chronic feelings of anxiety and depression, grief and loss, difficult life transitions, and general feelings of existential angst in which one may simply be seeking a greater sense of meaning or purpose in life.

Education Professional Experience

  • Master of Science in Clinical Social Work (MSW); University of Louisville, Kentucky

Professional Experience

  • 11+ years providing psychological services in a variety of community health settings.
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Tracey McCabe

MA, LPCC, RYT

  • Adolescents (15+) & 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 Adolescents (15+), 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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Jamie Nupen

MSW, LICSW

  • Individuals (16+) & couples therapy
  • Anxiety, mood & relationships
  • Grief/ loss & life transitions
  • Somatic/trauma therapy

Jamie Nupen, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jamie Nupen works with individuals and couples (16+).

Jamie strongly believes that every person deserves to live a life that is fulfilling and meaningful. Within all of us, there is the capacity for awareness, change and healing. Through compassion, collaboration and guidance, she assists her clients in understanding and changing their maladaptive behaviors so they can lead happier and healthier lives.

Jamie has training and experience in working with clients with a wide variety of issues, including anxiety,depression, PTSD, personality challenges, and relational issues. She uses several therapeutic approaches such as Somatic Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Psychodynamic Theory.

Education

  • Masters of Social Work (MSW); University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Twin Cities
  • Bachelors of Arts (BA); Psychology; University of Minnesota, Morris,MN

Professional Experience

  • 12+ years of clinical experience in outpatient settings.
  • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for LPC, LPCC and MSW

Specialties

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Haley Carlock

Medication Management

  • Individual medication management services (18+)
  • Mood, anxiety & trauma/PTSD
  • Interests: Veteran & healthcare workers
  • Offers genetic testing

Haley Carlock, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified

Dr. Haley Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma.

Informed by her experience working as a psychiatric nurse in the inpatient and outpatient setting, as well as the VA treating veterans, Dr. Carlock completed her education and training to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner in order to provide additional services to her clients.

As she believes mental health symptoms can often improve when nutrition, regular exercise, self-care, and good sleep hygiene are practiced, she teaches mind-body skills in collaboration with her medication management services. In her practice, Dr. Carlock strives to create an environment in which each patient feels understood and genuinely cared for. She enjoys getting to know her patients and believes that building a warm and trusting relationship is crucial for success.

Together with patients and their support network, she will formulate a treatment plan specifically tailored for each individual clients’ needs. Dr. Carlock’s goal is to help patients restore, improve, and maintain optimal health and wellness so that individuals can reach their fullest potential.

Education:

  • Doctoral in Nursing Practice (DNP) - College of St. Scholastica
  • Registered Nurse (BSN, RN) - Winona State University

Experience:

  • Outpatient clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults during clinical rotations for graduate school.
  • Outpatient medication management experience with adolescents and adults in the outpatient/clinic setting

Specialties

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Natalie Brandsrud

Medication Management

  • Adults, adolescents & children (6+)
  • Mood, anxiety & attention issues
  • Interests: young adults, adolescents & children
  • Offers genetic testing

Natalie Brandsrud, APRN, CNP, PMHNP-BC 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified

Natalie is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management (ages 6-60) with special interest in children, adolescents, and young adults.

In her practice, she strives to create an environment in which each patient feels understood and genuinely cared for. With extended appointment times, she has the ability to listen to every individual story. She enjoys getting to know her patients and believes that building a warm and trusting relationship is crucial for success. She brings friendly smiles and optimism into her everyday practice.

Natalie values collaboration between patients, their families, and other healthcare team members. When it comes to prescribing medication, she uses the latest research to provide a holistic approach, remembering the unique needs of each individual. Together with patients and their families, she will formulate a treatment plan based on symptoms, needs, and goals.

Natalie’s ultimate goal is to help patients restore, improve, and maintain optimal health and wellness so that individuals can reach their fullest potential.

Education:

  • Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty - The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD

Experience:

  • Outpatient clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults
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Kirsten Wyffels

Medication Management

Kirsten Wyffels, DNP, ARNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Dr. Wyffels is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in mental health and well-being. She provides medication management for adults, adolescents and children (6+) for a variety of mental health issues.

In her work, Dr. Wyffels brings both medical expertise and compassionate listening to the care she offers each patient. Time and attention for one to share their current health concerns is a hallmark of her practice. This holistic approach in assessment and diagnosis allows for her medical services to be tailored to meet the individual needs of those with whom she works with.

Dr. Wyffels enjoys educating patients and their families about mental health issues and the steps they can take to enhance their well-being.

Dr. Wyffels offers services via TeleHealth only. Afternoon & evening appointment times available.

Education:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Winona State University, Winona, MN
  • Master's of Science in Nursing (MS) with Advanced Specialization in Family Practice, Winona State
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BA); University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, WI
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANP) – Family Nurse Practitioner

Experience:

  • Winneshiek Medical Center- Mable Clinic: Mable MN - Present

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • ADHD; Adult & Child
  • Insomnia/Sleep Issues
  • Childhood Depression
  • Childhood Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)

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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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Nasa Mitchell

Registered Yoga Teacher

Nasa Mitchell, RYT

Registered Yoga Teacher

Nasa is a compassionate yoga student-teacher who leads alignment based hatha and gentle flow 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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Shannon Whealy

Meditation Teacher

Shannon Whealy, RYT

Registered Yoga Teacher

A passionate natural wellness and self care advocate, Shannon left behind a 25-year career in graphic design to share with others the amazing benefits of yoga, meditation and energy healing that are continually transforming her life.

She has taught heart-centered breath and movement, yin yoga and meditation classes to all levels of experience since she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in the spring of 2016. She then discovered the power of energy healing and became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2018.

Her own healing journey inspires her to create a safe, nurturing space for students to cultivate awareness, connection and self-love through yogic philosophy, mindful movement and breathing practices.

Shannon believes that a dedicated personal practice is the key to raising the collective vibration. The mission of her teaching is to provide tools and experiences that students can take off the mat so they can live more fully, find more peace and presence in each moment – and be more compassionate with themselves, the earth and all beings.

Education:

  • BA in Psychology and Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
  • 15-hour Meditation Level I Certification, Yoga Center of Minneapolis
  • 15-hour Meditation Level II Certification, The Yoga Center Retreat
  • Reiki Master Teacher, Usui System of Natural Healing
  • Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification, National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

Experience:

  • 1996-2016 ~ Graphic Designer and Owner of Turnaround Design, LLC
  • 2016-present ~ Yoga Teacher
  • 2017-present ~ Natural Wellness Teacher and Owner of Good Well Life, LLC
  • 2018-present ~ Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner


Specialties

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Energy Healing Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Yin Yoga
  • Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga
  • Natural Wellness Education
  • Reiki Healing
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Betty Christensen

Registered Yoga Teacher

Betty Christensen, RYT

Registered 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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Laura Honeck

Registered Yoga Teacher

Laura Honeck, RYT

Registered Yoga Teacher

Laura is a student, teacher, and mother who has grown in kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity through her study and practice of Yoga.

As a student of Yoga, Laura uncovers and expands her understanding of herself and her purpose in the world. She is grateful to the Minnesota masters who have guided her in this process: Tanya Boigenzahn (Devanadi Yoga), Indu Aurora (Yogsadhana), Chanti Tacoronte Perez (Yantra Wisdom), Sarah Longacre (Blooma), Jennifer Gray (Yoga Center Retreat), Matthew Sanford (Mind Body Solutions), Mira Binzen (Global Family Yoga).

As a teacher, Laura shares the tools of Yoga—physical postures, breathwork, meditation, guided relaxation, energy work—and the wisdom of Ayurveda to cultivate an individual client’s or whole-class intention. Laura skillfully tailors these tools to bridge the gap between modern medicine and ancient wisdom for women looking to support their health and their families with holistic self care. She is equally comfortable creating an engaging practice for five year olds and their parents as she is developing empowering, inspirational classes for women preparing to birth.

Education

  • Yoga Alliance Experience Yoga Teacher with over 1000 hours of teaching—RYT 500, E-RYT 200, RPYT
  • DONA Post Partum Doula Training
  • DONA Birth Doula Training
  • Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification, Himalayan Institute
  • B.S. English Secondary Education
  • B.A. Spanish Secondary Education

Experience

  • Yoga Teacher, 2010-present
  • Curriculum Specialist, Elk River Schools, 2005-2006
  • Teacher, Elk River Schools, 1998-2006

Specialties

  • Children, Teens, Families
  • Yoga to Support Imbalances in Children and Adults
  • Pregnancy and Post Partum Yoga & Care
  • Mom and Baby Yoga
  • Yoga for Pelvic Floor Health
  • Yoga to Support Women’s Life Cycles (moon cycle through menopause)
  • Mindful Parenting
  • Personal Practice Development and Guidance
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Kristin Cromie

Registered Yoga Teacher

Kristin Cromie, RYT

Registered Yoga Teacher

Kristin “Spice” Cromie began attending yoga after a running injury and quickly understood the physical, emotional and mental benefits. Immediately she wanted to share these benefits with everyone.

Spice is a Certified and Licensed Yoga Teacher with CorePower, Broga and Veteran’s Yoga Project. She has studied under Kathryn Budig and Tiffany Cruikshank for body mechanics and mindful breathwork.

She is also Certified Reiki II, and an Intuitive Medium.

Her life’s work is to bring Calm to the Chaos, specializing in treatment of Combat PTSD, trauma-sensitive environments, and TBI. Her approach to healing includes awareness, mindful resilience, love and support.

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Kelsey Marquette

Clinic Manager

  • Office management
  • Credentialing Specialist
  • Provider administration
  • Insurance billing & claims management

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

Clinic Coordinator

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

Jessica Dedrick

Clinic Coordinator

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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Payton Schneider

Clinic Coordinator

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

Payton Schneider

Clinic Coordinator

Payton Schneider offers administrative assistance to both our clients and our clinicians. She assists in scheduling, gathering client information, and answers any client questions or concerns.

Payton possesses excellent communication skills and has a warm demeanor. Her focus is to foster a comfortable environment for clients and provide helpful information regarding insurance benefits and scheduling.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Specialties

  • Provides Administrative Support
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Provides Service Information
  • Scheduling
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Marilyn C.

Psychiatric Coordinator

  • Psychiatric administrative lead
  • Provider information specialist
  • Insurance verification
  • Scheduling

Marilyn C.

Psychiatric Coordinator

Marilyn offers psychiatric coordination for medical providers and their patients.

Marilyn communicates with psychiatric providers and their clients to ensure medication management is a smooth process. She provides information on psychiatric services and offers empathetic and detail oriented assistance via phone, contact, and emails.

She offers excellent attention to the needs of patients and their providers and makes your psychiatric scheduling and administrative needs a priority.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA); Psychology; completion 2020; Metropolitan State University, St. Paul

Specialties

  • Provides psychiatric administrative support
  • Excellent patient/provider communication liaison
  • Scheduling specialist
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