Staff

Administrative
Ned Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Ned helps clients and staff at our St. Paul location. He is looking forward to completing his Master’s degree for Counseling. Ned enjoys reading and deep conversations.

Lisa Atkinson

Administrative Assistant

Lisa provides administrative support to clients and staff at our St. Paul Adolescent office. Lisa has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and is currently completing her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy. Lisa enjoys creating mandalas, watching TED Talks, making lists (and, of course, checking things off said lists), and road trips.

Mike Ballard

Administrative Assistant

Mike gets clients to where they need to go, schedules them for where they need to be, helps providers do what they want to do, finds what they want to have, and doesn’t stop smiling while he does it. Mike went to the University of Minnesota for film studies; has his MA in being a dad; is working on his parenting PhD; and is taking courses at Century College to eventually apply for nursing school. Mike loves being a dad to his son, Milo, and a husband to his wife, Jenna. He has a passion for cinema, movies, and media culture. He would love to one day work as a nurse in pediatrics, and or obtain a super power, like being really fast (like the Flash) or laser eyes (like Cyclops).

Cassi Betker

Quality of Care Coodinator

Cassi works with the compliance team to ensure The Emily Program is meeting quality of care and audit requirements. She provides quality improvement analysis. Cassi earned her B.A. from Metro State University. Away from work she loves spending time with family hiking, camping, and geocaching. Cassi also sits on the Board of Directors for an inter-generational summer camp.

Alex Betzler

Administrative Assistant

Alex works at the Como and Toogood front desks, and enjoys providing a friendly welcome to clients. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Macalester College.  Alex loves to paint, draw, write, quote NPR, refinish found furniture, and hike through the dog park with her hound dog, Rufus.

Eve Bird

Office Manager, Spokane

Eve oversees all front desk and client care duties for the Spokane office. She ensures our clinical team feels supported while also helping clients navigate insurance benefits, scheduling and coordination of care.  Eve strives to be a confident, calming presence for our clinical team while building meaningful relationships with clients in order to assist them on their recovery journey. She loves working with our clients and feels blessed to be a part of such a fantastic, passionate team of people! Eve earned her B.L.A. in Humanities from Whitworth University. She’s an East coast transplant who absolutely loves living in the great Northwest!  She adores her family and enjoys hiking, playing and watching various sports (especially basketball & football!), and spending time with friends.

Dawn Boettcher, Psy.D., L.P.

Clinical Manager, Anna Westin House -Adolescent

Dawn has worked with adolescents for over 19 years, primarily in residential settings.  Her role as clinical manager of the adolescent residential program is multifaceted: she works with the leadership team to develop adolescent programming; works closely with clients through individual, adolescent and family services; completes intake evaluations; co-facilitates therapy groups; and serves as part of our “conversation” (aka intervention) team, which provides guidance to families and friends who want to approach a loved one with their concerns. Prior to joining The Emily Program, Dawn was the clinical supervisor of the residential substance abuse treatment program at the MN juvenile corrections facility in Red Wing. Dawn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  Outside of work, Dawn enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, traveling, and attempting to learn about photography. 

Solina Bressler

Administrative Assistant

Solina provides administrative support for clients and staff at the new Spokane, Washington office.  She loves being the first positive impression for clients and providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  She enjoys helping others and being part of a Program that provides excellent personalized care. Solina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Idaho and multiple Associate of Science degrees in Business Administration from North Idaho College.  She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, journaling, photography, and traveling.  After studying abroad at the University of Oslo, Solina had an exciting trip exploring Western Europe.  She loves performing with her mother and brother in a musical singing trio, which has produced a full-length CD of Norwegian folk tunes entitled Reflections of Norway.

Lindsey Cherry, B.S.W.

Office Manager, Seattle

Katy Christensen, Psy.D., L.P.

Senior Director, Clinical Services

Katy oversees clinical services at all our locations. She also sees adult clients in individual therapy and facilitates a skills group outpatient clients. Katy most enjoys working with clients to understand their stories and help them achieve peace, healing and a higher quality of life. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her MA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from University of Minnesota, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Katy has clinical experience in chemical dependency, personality disorders, depression and anxiety. She also focuses on trauma, and uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in therapy. She loves to read, sing (off-key) with and chase her children, and just hang out with her husband and friends.

Aryn Citowicki

Executive Assistant and CEU Coordinator

Aryn coordinates all the details for our training, intake, and intensive program teams. She has a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Bemidji State University and is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor. Aryn loves The Emily Program’s holistic approach to therapies. She likes science and outdoor activities, as well as learning about international cultures.

Keri Clifton

Outreach Manager

Keri helps to raise awareness about eating disorders and related issues in the community through the coordination of The Emily Program’s community education and outreach efforts.  She speaks to schools, health care professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more about eating disorders. She also coordinates The Emily Program Foundation’s volunteer program. She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Brenda Cornelius

Operations Associate

Brenda joined The Emily Program after a long career in journalism in Nebraska, Iowa and mostly recently as managing editor for a group of community newspapers in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. While her vocation has been the newspaper industry, her longtime interest has been supporting girls and women to be empowered and self-confident.

Julie Cosgrove, M.B.A., S.P.H.R.

Director of Human Resources

Julie oversees The Emily Program’s vision of an employee-oriented culture of empowered, creative, and collaborative staff who are passionate about the work that we do. She leads all aspects of employee relations and development, organizational development, performance management, staffing and recruitment, and compensation and benefits programs.  Julie is inspired every day by the genuine care, integrity, and dedication of employees throughout the organization. Julie received her Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her Master’s of Business Administration from Bethel University.  In her free time, Julie enjoys exploring new cities, cooking, reading inspiring books…or the most recent Oprah magazine, and attempting photography.

Birdie Crossett

Administrative Assistant, Woodbury

Birdie is the first face and voice of The Emily Program that many clients will encounter at the Woodbury office. She is certified in massage therapy. Birdie loves travel, photography, singing and playing her guitar. She recently got the opportunity to live on Kauai, HI for two and half years.

Scott Crow, M.D.

Director of Psychiatric Services and Research

Scott provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for clients. He also helps oversee research that The Emily Program conducts in partnership with the U of M. Scott earned his medical degree and had his psychiatric residency at the University of Minnesota, where he is now a professor. Scott has been active in national and international eating disorders groups and is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders. He loves travel, skiing and tennis with his family.

Beth Dean

Financial Care Coordinator

Beth works with clients to get insurance authorizations and benefits. She also coordinates payment agreements for uninsured or under-insured clients. She likes to help minimize clients’ financial worries while getting the services they need. Beth loves to read, travel and spend time with her husband and children.

Katie Dent

Office Manager, Cleveland

Katie is the point of contact for clients, staff, and external contacts. She earned her B.S. in Consumer Affairs from Ohio State University. Katie loves spending weekends at her family’s beach house, working in the yard, and going to her kids’ activities.

Lindsay Drebenstedt, M.B.A.

Senior Director, Business Operations

Lindsay provides general operations leadership for The Emily Program’s existing treatment sites as well as playing a central role in expanding treatment access to new markets with a need for eating disorder services. She manages site selection, leasing, construction and design for new treatment facilities. She also manages relationships with insurers and oversees the revenue cycle which includes commercial and client accounts. Lindsay began working at the front desk of The Emily Program during her senior year of high school. This experience offered the unique opportunity to observe both the clinical and business sides of eating disorder treatment. Lindsay joined the administrative staff full-time after receiving her bachelor’s in business administration (concentrating on international business) from George Washington University in the District of Columbia. Lindsay earned her master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Nic Durham

EHR Technical Support Analyst

Nic works with our IT and EHR teams. He is working on the implementation and support of the new electronic health record system. Nic earned his B.S. in Health Informatics. Away from work he is a board game enthusiast.

Sydnee Erickson

Office Manager, South Sound

Kierst Finsand

Administrative Assistant

Kierst provides administrative support from the front desk to clients and staff at The Emily Program.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies.  Kierst loves a number of outdoor activities including kayaking and camping.  She also enjoys reading, playing the oboe, and card making. 

Kari Fox, M.A.

Digital Marketing and Content Manager

Kari works on all aspects of digital marketing and content management for The Emily Program. She loves conceptualizing, implementing and analyzing our digital strategies. Kari received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master’s degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota.

Abbie Fox

Assistant Office Manager

Abbie works at the adult outpatient facility. She checks clients in for their appointments, helps them reschedule and make appointments, answers the phone, and provides support to all providers at the TEP. She has a B.S. in Wildlife from the University of Minnesota. Abbie loves spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and also owns her own wedding floral business, which is so fun!

Christina Geng, LSW

Outpatient Authorization Specialist

Christina works with the client management team and ensures clients receive necessary authorizations from their insurance company to participate in certain outpatient services. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and concentration in Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College. Prior to working at The Emily Program, Christina spent five years practicing social work with children and teenagers with disabilities as well as their families. She is humbled to be serving The Emily Program’s amazing clients as they seek access to medically necessary healthcare. In her free time, she loves to volunteer, dance, and spend all day long at the coffee shop with special family and friends!

Shirley Gottwalt

Executive Assistant

Shirley has provided support to The Emily Program and its staff in a wide range of roles since 1999. In the early stages of The Emily Program’s growth, Shirley did many administrative tasks including accounting, tracking and invoicing vendors, payroll, etc. Shirley now focuses primarily on transcription.

Ellen Habben

Utilization Reviewer, St. Paul (Toogood) & Anna Westin House-Adolescent

Ellen works with our adolescent and young adult residential and intensive outpatient programs. She enjoys coordinating the various pieces to make residential or intensive treatment an option for clients. Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in nutrition and biology from the College of Saint Benedict. Ellen enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, scrapbooking, and trying new restaurants. 

Tiffany C. Hammer

Community Outreach Specialist

Tiffany speaks with various community groups, associations, healthcare professionals, and school groups to educate and provide resources around eating disorders. She earned her Bachelor’s in History with Dept. Honors and Spanish, cum laude from Seattle University. Tiffany has worked in volunteer and event management, fundraising, and community engagement for over 10 years. She enjoys laughing, growing, dreaming, and exploring. She loves rocks and crystals, interior design, her poly-dactyl cat, Digit, and meeting new people.

Laura Helmbrecht

Human Resources Generalist

Everyday, Laura feels honored and inspired to be a part of a strong team that builds and maximizes on employees’ talents and contributions throughout an organization that is so passionate. She is committed to being a strong support to the organization and the employees who make a difference in the lives of people struggling with eating disorders. Laura earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Human Resources at the University of St. Thomas. She enjoys biking, running, and swimming along with participating in the occasional triathlon. She also loves to travel and share in good, authentic meals with family and friends.

Chris Herdegen

Property Manager

Chris manages and helps to maintain all of the properties occupied by The Emily Program staff and offices. When he is not racing from Burnsville to Stillwater, Chris loves long walks with his family’s yellow lab, and he spends many hours working with his boys in Boy Scouts.

Erin Heyduk

Human Resources Coordinator

Erin is the point of contact in the Human Resources department for employees. She works with scheduling interviews, paperwork, and other support for the HR team. Erin earned a B.A. in English Literature and Writing from Bethel University in St. Paul and an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland. She lived in Northern Ireland for a year and rarely misses an afternoon tea. She enjoys classic literature, running, and Doctor Who marathons with her husband and cat.

Laura Hoeppner

Administrative Assistant

Laura works at the front desk at the Anna Westin House, helping residents and staff with scheduling needs. Laura is currently completing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of St. Thomas. She hopes to one day specialize in family work, mindfulness, and play therapy with children. Laura loves yoga, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to finish school soon and have her Master’s degree!

Randi Johnson

Systems Support Level II

Randi works as a Level 2 technician with IT, specializing in desktop services. She also works on networking, telephony, and communication projects and enjoys interacting with each department at The Emily Program. Randi began work as a Technical Support Assistant in 2011 and has enjoyed playing a part in developing and strengthening the IT department over the years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and has an AAS in Graphic Design, but has an interest in promoting and supporting women to be self-confident and so found her way to The Emily Program.  Away from the office, Randi is a freelance graphic designer and flutist and loves live music, B- and C-grade movies, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Emily Johnson

Executive Assistant

Emily supports four directors at The Emily Program: Operations, Human Resources, Finance, and General Counsel. She enjoys coordinating details and projects behind-the-scenes and is excited to be a part of the administrative team. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics with a minor in music from Augsburg College. Emily loves music, reading, old movies, being outdoors, and spending time with her two nieces.

Jill Johnson, M.A.

Medical Assistant

Sharon Koch

Administrative Assistant, Spokane

Sharon is part of the administrative support team for clients and staff. She enjoys connecting with clients and making them feel welcome. Sharon has a passion for helping others and her experience spans scheduling, insurance and collections, and accounts receivable and payable. She enjoys spending time with family and friends (and her dogs), running, camping, boating, and riding her motorcycle.

Jillian Lampert, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D., F.A.E.D.

Senior Director, Business and Community Development

Jillian brings expansive experience to The Emily Program’s clinical, research, education and program development areas. She also provides nutrition education and counseling. Jillian is on the board of the Academy for Eating Disorders, an international professional organization of clinicians and researchers, and co-chairs its Nutrition Special Interest Group. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on nutritional treatment of eating disorders, body image, sports participation, and adolescent health. She completed her doctorate in nutrition and epidemiology, master’s of public health and dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota and a master’s in nutrition at the University of Vermont.

Jennie Laskow, M.A., L.P.C.C.

Clinical Manager for COE Intensive Programs, St. Louis Park

Jennie facilitates the compulsive overeating intensive outpatient program and does individual therapy in St. Louis Park. She has worked in residential and outpatient settings with people facing a broad range of issues including mood, anxiety and thought disorders, chemical dependency and HIV. Jennie received her master’s in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She completed her practicum at the Park Nicollet Mental Health Department in Minneapolis.

Lindsay Lindall

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay’s special interest in media and body image grew from her undergraduate studies the University of Minnesota- Morris, where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology. Prior to joining The Emily Program, she completed an internship in the Research, Education and Outreach division of the Eating Disorders Institute at Methodist Hospital. Lindsay also worked for seven years at a long-term health care center in Glencoe.

Anne Marcus

Administrative Coordinator

Angie Marsh

Human Resources Generalist

Stacy Mettner

Office Manager, Duluth

Stacy’s responsibilities include front desk management such as scheduling appointments, answering the phone, and maintenance of the office space, as well as meeting with new clients after their intakes to schedule appointments based on the intake therapists’ recommendations. Assisting clients in navigating their care is an integral part of her role. This includes managing internal referrals as well as answering any administrative questions or addressing concerns. She enjoys being the first point of contact for Duluth clients, and loves helping create a positive atmosphere for those seeking care. Stacy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She enjoys music, including singing and playing her guitar. She also loves culture and traveling, which includes the local Duluth scene with all the area has to offer such as camping, hiking, fishing, campfires, and the North Shore.     

Stefania Metzger

Telephone Operator

Stefania works with the administrative team answering and directing incoming calls. She loves the passion and positive atmosphere that The Emily Program provides for clients and staff.

Dirk Miller, Ph.D., L.P.

Executive Director

Dirk has been dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders for over 20 years. Dirk oversees all clinical and administrative activities in addition to working directly with clients. He completed his doctorate in psychology at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation was in the area of eating disorders treatment. He developed and administered an inpatient/outpatient eating disorders program at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, which was the first such program in Indiana. In addition to his work with individuals struggling with eating disorders, Dirk also has been involved in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse.

Kristen R Myers, Psy.D., Dr.PH, L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Kristen works with adults and adolescents in individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as in the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization (intensive day) programs at our Seattle office. She is passionate about supporting and challenging clients working through traumatic experiences, grief and loss, shame, finding and supporting healthy emotional and self expression and engaging in healthy relationships. Kristen cherishes the passion, authenticity, and compassion her coworkers have in their work at The Emily Program. She earned Doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Public Health, Preventive Care, at Loma Linda University. Outside of work, Kristen loves almost any activity with family and friends, including: table and party games; hiking, running, camping and other outdoor adventures; movies; music; dancing; traveling; theme parks and costume parties.

Lynn Nathanson

Administrative Coordinator, Anna Westin House

Lynn oversees administrative operations at The Anna Westin House. She manages the office and provides administrative support so clinical staff can devote themselves to helping clients regain their health and focus on recovery. Lynn has an extensive background in executive support roles and came to The Emily Program in search of new challenges She likes working in a place where people care about the work they do, and go home each day feeling as if they have made a difference.

Shannon O’Donnell, Psy.D., L.P.

Senior Director of Residential Services

Shannon has worked in eating disorders since 1990 conducting research, providing clinical care and developing treatment programs. She returned to Minnesota to open the Anna Westin House, the state’s first residential treatment facility. As Director, she guides, supports and encourages the Anna Westin House staff. Shannon also sees a small caseload of individual clients. Shannon received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She loves to dance to just about anything with her two kids (especially the song, “Bust a Move”) and says: “I am also very grateful for the relationships that I have and try to spend as much time as I can with those important people in my life.”

Brian Otten

Facilities Services Technician

Brian is our facilities services technician. He helps keep each of our locations functioning properly. He will graduate in 2013 with his BS in construction management. In his spare time he enjoys drumming and loves to build things.

Justine Patterson

Communications Generalist

Justine works with the communications and marketing team. She supports all internal and external communications and manages The Emily Program’s social networks. Justine loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, live music and continually learning about new people, places and environments.

Becca Sawyer-Smith

Administrative Assistant

Becca assists clients at the St. Louis Park office. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and is currently enrolled in St. Thomas’ MA counseling program (will finish in Spring 2015). Becca loves dogs, traveling, reading, and being outdoors. She hopes to use her MA degree to work/volunteer abroad.

Deborah Schermann, M.A., L.P.

Director, Consultative Services

Deborah has worked in the area of eating disorder treatment since 1987 as an individual, family and group therapist. She helped develop and administer an outpatient eating disorders clinic at Allina. She is committed to providing education to health professionals and the public regarding eating disorders prevention and treatment. Most recently, she has participated in research and has developed expertise in the area of obesity treatments.

Stacy Schilter Pisano, M.A., L.M.F.T., C.E.D.S.

Site Director, South Sound (Lacey)

Stacy oversees the South Sound office, while also running groups and working with individual clients and families. She is an Olympia native and is passionate about helping people impacted by eating disorders and intrusive body image. Stacy earned her B.A. in Human Services at Western Washington University and acquired her Master’s in Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family therapy from Antioch University. Living in Olympia with her husband, young son and chocolate lab, Stacy enjoys all things related to Puget Sound and other bodies of water, in particular, paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and boating.

Suzette Schommer, J.D.

General Counsel

Suzette provides legal guidance on all aspects of The Emily Program, including real estate, employment and general corporate. Suzette is The Emily Program’s first in-house counsel, bringing with her her experience in-house at a national bank and working on health care issues at the MN Attorney General’s office. Suzette also a board member of Women’s Advocates. She really appreciates the unique opportunity to merge her legal experience with her personal passion for the amazing work that The Emily Program does. Suzette earned her law degree from the University of MN. In her spare time she participates in a variety of sports, and enjoys books and movies.

Angie Scott, Ph.D., L.P.

Site Director, St. Paul & Duluth

Angie oversees the 2265 Como office in St. Paul and the office in Duluth. She also sees clients individually. She loves the mix of things she does here – working with clients across the spectrum of eating disorders as individuals and in groups. Angie completed her doctoral degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She interned at the University of St. Thomas Personal Counseling Center. She has worked with depression, anxiety, relationships, developmental transitions, eating disorders, and abuse recovery in university settings and community mental health agencies. Angie still has family in her native Rhode Island, so her children get to experience the ocean. She has also officiated at two weddings.

Monique Silver, M.A., L.P.

Clinical Manager, Anna Westin House

Monique is a licensed psychologist and clinical manager at the Anna Westin House. She’s worked within residential services for over 5 years.  As clinical manager, she provides individual and group therapy, supervises EDTs, and participates in various meetings. She received her master’s in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis. Outside of work, Monique spends time (preferably outdoors) with her dog, family and friends. She also enjoys a good read.

Rebecca Sorenson, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Utilization Reviewer, Anna Westin House

Rebecca works with our staff, clients, and insurance companies to ensure smooth admission and discharge for our adult residential program. She completed her Bachelor’s in Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work in 2009 and earned her license in 2012. Rebecca has previous experience working in hospital and home-based settings. She’s also been on the other side of insurance in terms of coordinating county resources, initiating and renewing benefits coverage, and increasing services such as social security.

Joanna Stagg, Psy.D., L.P.

Site Director, Seattle

Joanna provides individual therapy, intake assessments, and intensive outpatient treatment. She enjoys being a part of the healing process and helping people develop a new relationship with their emotions and more power and freedom in their lives. She also is passionate about helping people through the process of healing from trauma and offers specialized trauma therapy, including EMDR. In addition to her role as a therapist, Joanna provides management support to the Seattle office and loves being a part of the gifted and passionate Seattle staff team. Joanna earned a Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. She completed her internship at The Fremont Community Therapy Project where she was trained in trauma therapy and mindfulness-based treatments, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Joanna loves walking in the woods or by the water, exploring all that Seattle has to offer, and spending time with friends and family.

Katie Stedman

Learning and Development Specialist

Katie works with our human resources team. She coordinates the new employee experience program, ensuring all staff are set up to succeed in their positions throughout The Emily Program. In addition, she facilitates ongoing learning across the organization to support the development of our employees. Outside of the office, Katie loves living in the city and taking advantage of all the great restaurants, shops and entertainment it has to offer.  She enjoys spending time with family, working on her house, and spending time outdoors.

Donna Susnjara, CPC

Billing Lead

Donna manages TEP-Cleveland’s business office including credentialing for all Cleveland providers and analysis of all accounts receivable reports to monitor front end collections, monthly patient billing and collection accounts. She manages the revenue cycle process from the point of prior authorization to receipt of payment. Donna acts as a liaison between our clients and their insurance carriers to obtain coverage at the highest benefit level possible by negotiating ad hoc agreements and filing appeals in treatment cases that are denied by insurance carriers. She received her Certified Professional Coding Certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders in December 2001. Donna has extensive experience in insurance billing and financial counseling. Donna loves her family, the outdoors, bonfires and loud music and enjoys spending time with all of the above!  She has received her Reiki I certification and is working toward becoming a Reiki Master.

Mark Sylvester, J.D.

Director of Finance

Mark oversees The Emily Program’s financial department and provides the financial “vision” for our growing agency. His responsibilities include banking and lending, financial plan management, forecasting/budgeting, and various growth strategies. Mark began his career consulting to institutional clients at Morgan Stanley. He earned his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Away from work, Mark is passionate about lake issues, and is a current board member of the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District.

Chee Thao

Accounts Payable Specialist

Chee works on accounts payable in The Emily Program accounting department. She works with all the bills and invoices. Chee earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of MN-Duluth. She loves to watch cooking shows and spend time with her daughter. Chee is also in the process of learning to be a photographer and gardener.

Kisha Wagner

Administrative Assistant

Kisha works as an administrative assistant at the Cleveland location, helping clients and staff as needed. She is a trained medical assistant. Away from work she loves traveling, reading, and spending time with her two teenagers.

Brittany A. Ward

Scheduling Specialist

Brittany is the first point of contact who welcomes clients to the Program and assisting them with any question they may have and helping to arrange outpatient scheduling needs. She earned a B.S. in Human Geography and International Studies and Relationships/World Cultures at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Brittany is currently enrolled at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN taking continuing education credits in computers and technology. She has previously worked as a Behavior Therapist/ Mental Health Practitioner assisting Autistic children ages two to eighteen at the Minnesota Autism Center with daily skills, education, and conducting Applied Behavior Analysis therapy.  As a Direct Service Professional and Job Coach she aided individuals with physical and mental disabilities in gaining equal employment and access to the community. Outside of work Brittany volunteers with the Bloomington City Government as a Photographer at the Creekside Community Center.  She enjoys nature photography, scrap booking, hiking and exploring nature, reading, and also cooking and collecting recipes. Brittany has three cats and a pet tarantula.

Christy Zender, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Site Director, Woodbury and Toogood

Christy leads the development and coordination of our outpatient services for adolescents and their families. She helps lead the Adolescent and Family Intensive Programs and loves helping people see that they can get through a challenge! Christy completed a dual graduate degree in social work and theology at the College of Saint Catherine/University of St. Thomas. She earned a bachelor’s in religion from Belmont University in Nashville with a concentration in youth ministry, Judeo-Christian history and Hebrew. Christy likes to travel, read historical fiction and is “slightly obsessed” with the TV series “Lost.”

Anna Westin House-Adolescent
Carol Barry, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Dawn Boettcher, Psy.D., L.P.

Clinical Manager, Anna Westin House -Adolescent

Dawn has worked with adolescents for over 19 years, primarily in residential settings.  Her role as clinical manager of the adolescent residential program is multifaceted: she works with the leadership team to develop adolescent programming; works closely with clients through individual, adolescent and family services; completes intake evaluations; co-facilitates therapy groups; and serves as part of our “conversation” (aka intervention) team, which provides guidance to families and friends who want to approach a loved one with their concerns. Prior to joining The Emily Program, Dawn was the clinical supervisor of the residential substance abuse treatment program at the MN juvenile corrections facility in Red Wing. Dawn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  Outside of work, Dawn enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, traveling, and attempting to learn about photography. 

Rachael Dziuk

Eating Disorder Technician

Brooke Eastman

Program Support Coordinator

Libby Felling, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Libby works with adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy. She especially enjoys helping clients deal with trauma and abuse, and working with high-conflict families. Libby earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University Twin Cities and her Bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota. She has also received specialized training in suicide risk assessment and crisis response, and in EMDR for the treatment of trauma. Libby loves exploring the woods with her highly energetic dog as well as debunking the myth that redheads are going extinct.

Sonya Fuad, M.D.

Medical Director

Sonya enjoys seeing new clients and helping with their medical needs in their recovery process. She also likes the flexibility of working with teens and adults. Sonya graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her Family Medicine Residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before coming to The Emily Program, she worked at a number of community clinics in Minneapolis; most recently at the U of M’s Smiley’s Clinic. While there, she enjoyed teaching and working with new family medicine physicians as a clinical associate professor. Sonya loves to travel and tries to take a hiking trip every year with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Alyssa Greene, M.S.

Eating Disorder Technician

Alyssa is an Eating Disorder Technician at the Anna Westin House–Adolescent & Young Adult. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin–Stout with concentrations in eating disorders and AODA counseling. Alyssa completed her internship at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Counseling Services. She’s excited to be working with adolescents and encouraging and empowering them on their journey to recovery.

Ellen Habben

Utilization Reviewer, St. Paul (Toogood) & Anna Westin House-Adolescent

Ellen works with our adolescent and young adult residential and intensive outpatient programs. She enjoys coordinating the various pieces to make residential or intensive treatment an option for clients. Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in nutrition and biology from the College of Saint Benedict. Ellen enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, scrapbooking, and trying new restaurants. 

Paul Huff

Eating Disorder Technician

Paul works as an Eating Disorder Technician at the Anna Westin House-Adolescent residential program. He is passionate about encouraging residents on their path to recovery. Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree in Honors Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and is now pursuing a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. In his free time, Paul enjoys jogging, swing dancing, listening to NPR and reading.

Jeanne Kolojeski, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Edie Kuss, R.Y.T.

Registered Yoga Instructor

Edie works with clients in group yoga classes. She is passionate about helping clients regain self awareness and healthy mind-body relationships through the development of their yoga practice. Edie earned her 40 hour level two vinyasa training and her 200 hour vinyasa training of extensions program for vinyasa training through CorePower Yoga. In her spare time she enjoys a variety of activities including: practicing yoga, visits to the farmers market, listening to groovy music and cooking, spending time with her dogs, and much more!

Bevie LaBrie, M.A., L.A.M.F.T., A.T.

Art Therapist

Bevie works primarily with adolescents and young adults. She enjoys helping clients find their voice, identity, and empowerment through creative expression and wilderness experiences. Bevie earned her B.A. in Child and Family Studies and specialized in art and youth ministry at Seattle Pacific University. She studied Studio Art at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and completed her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at Adler Graduate School. Bevie grew up in Washington state and loves the outdoors, including: traveling and exploring by rock-climbing, back-packing, and canoeing/kayaking. Additionally, she enjoys playing guitar and creating through painting, pottery, and photography as well as yoga and skate-skiing.

Anna Lamphere, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Anna works with residents at Anna Westin House-Adolescent. She enjoys empowering adolescents and their families to overcome challenges and lead healthy and happy lives. Anne received her Master’s of Social Work degree from The College of St. Catherine. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors—in every season. Anne also likes to read, fish, go to concerts, and watch her children grow.

Anne Lamphere, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Melissa Maddy, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Anne Marcus

Administrative Coordinator

Sarah McClaren, M.A.

Eating Disorder Technician

Sarah is an eating disorder technician that works with the adolescent population at the Anna Westin House-Adolescent and Young Adult. She enjoys building therapeutic relationships with clients and supporting them through their journey. Sarah earned her Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling & Psychotherapy with a dual emphasis in Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler Graduate School. She enjoys traveling, playing the piano, scuba diving, and spending time on the water. She loves being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Kayla McElroy

Eating Disorder Technician

Amy Nygaard, M.D.

Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist

Amy works with residents at Anna Westin House-Adolescent as well as children and teens in outpatient services. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Amy specializes in anxiety disorder, mood disorder, and ADHD. She loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Luke Paquin

Office Manager, St. Paul (Toogood)

Nicole Preston

Eating Disorder Technician

Una Setia

Yoga Instructor

Jill Seward, B.S.N., R.N.

Director of Nursing & Client Management

Jill works with our nursing, medical support staff, and client management staff, ensuring the highest quality care and experience for our clients. She received her A.S. in Nursing from College of St. Catherine and her B.S.N. from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Jill is a quilter and enjoys using vintage fabric for her projects. She also likes baking, traveling, camping, and “junk"tiquing.

Vanessa Sovine, L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Vanessa works with adolescents in individual, family, and group therapy at Anna Westin House-Adolescent. She earned her Master’s degree at Adler Graduate School. Vanessa specializes in eating disorders, body image work, CBT, and DBT. She loves traveling, karaoke, and her Green Bay Packers.

Megan Tarmann, M.S., L.A.M.F.T.

Eating Disorder Technician

Megan works with residents at Anna Westin House-Adolescent. She enjoys watching the personal growth in the youth we serve and being a part of it. Megan earned her Master’s in Family and Couples Therapy at Portland State University in Oregon, and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  Away from work Megan like to hike, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Kristen Wood, M.A.

Eating Disorder Technician

Kristen works directly with adolescent and young adult residents, providing them support and encouragement. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Children & Adolescents from Bethel University. Kristen loves spending time with friends and family, playing volleyball, and traveling.

Emily Zabeli, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Emily is an on-call nurse at the Anna Westin House. She enjoys caring for and getting to know the residents throughout their treatment. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with her B.S. in Nursing. In addition to her work at The Emily Program, Emily currently works as an RN in the Adult Med-Surg Float Pool at Fairview. Away from her jobs, she love traveling, art, music, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Anna Westin House
Heidi Banks, M.A.

Therapist

Heidi works with adults in individual and group therapy at Anna Westin House. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Heidi has experience in the areas of mindfulness, DBT, trauma, and chemical dependency, with special interest in the area of self-compassion. Heidi loves connecting with nature, staying active, trying new foods, organizing, and reading books about inspiration, meaning, and growth.

Jennifer Beldon, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Jennifer sees clients who could benefit from working with a psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and belongs to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Starting her eating disorder career in research as an undergraduate, Jennifer has many years of experience working with individuals who struggle with eating disorders.

Mary Benson

Eating Disorder Technician

Lindsey Bergin

Eating Disorder Technician

Lindsey works at Anna Westin House. She loves helping and interacting with the residents and staff. It gives her great satisfaction connecting with individuals and knowing she is making a difference. Lindsey received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamline University. She enjoys roller derby, spending time with her new cat, Bailey, traveling, and watching movies.

Kelly Berlin, R.D., L.D.

Registered Dietitian

Kelly works with residents at the Anna Westin House in St. Paul, MN. She completed her B.S. in Nutrition at Virginia Tech and completed her dietetic internship with Pasco County Health Department. Prior to The Emily Program, Kelly specialized in working with children and their parents on establishing healthy eating habits within the WIC program. She loves to travel, explore new restaurants and cuisine, and spend time with her family.

Julie Blatz

Eating Disorder Technician

Breanna Bosshart

Eating Disorder Technician

Breanna earned her B.S.W. at St. Catherine’s University. She loves playing sports, doing outdoor activities, and her siberian husky Draco.

Robert Bouley, M.A., L.P.C.C., N.C.C.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Robert enjoys working with individuals, families, and groups to help them improve their lives. He obtained his Master’s in Counseling from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Robert is passionate about traveling, writing, and making new friends. Laughter is a critical part of his daily life.

Michelle Bové, R.N.

Lead Nurse

Michelle values the opportunity to build therapeutic relationships and follow clients throughout their treatment journey as they develop skills to manage their lives in a more healthful way. Michelle earned her RN at Minneapolis Community and Technical College; she also has a Culinary Arts diploma from Le Cordon Bleu.

Mary Bretzman, M.D.

Family Medicine Physician

Mary provides medical monitoring and ongoing healthcare. She loves meeting new patients and is committed to the belief that health is much more than just physical well being. A graduate of St. Olaf College and The University of Minnesota Medical School, Mary is experienced in family based care for all ages with a special interest in women’s and children’s issues.  She has practiced in Salt Lake City, UT, Willmar and Eagan. She is also medical director for the Grace Centre, a Minnesota-based mission working with two communities in Guatemala. Mary spends a lot of time in hockey rinks with her hockey and figure skating children.  Her interests include gardening, nutrition, and the Down Syndrome community.

Amra Budimlic

Eating Disorder Technician

Amra helps residents at Anna Westin House. She completed her degree in Psychology at Winona State. Away from work she enjoys reading and writing. Originally from Bosnia, she loves traveling home to visit her family.

Courtney Cannon, P.A.

Physician Assistant

Emily Carlson

Eating Disorder Technician, Lead

Lauren Carlson, R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Lauren works with residents at the Anna Westin House in St. Paul.  She completed her B.S. in Dietetics at the University of MN Twin Cities and completed her dietetic internship at University of MN Medical Center Fairview. Lauren earned her R.D. credential in a high-acuity teaching hospital with a focus in medical nutrition therapy. Her background includes working with patients mental health and rehabilitation units at UMMC. In her free time Lauren enjoys running, hanging out with friends and family, cooking, and traveling. Her favorite season is fall because of the change in weather, football games, and pumpkin everything!

Scott Crow, M.D.

Director of Psychiatric Services and Research

Scott provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for clients. He also helps oversee research that The Emily Program conducts in partnership with the U of M. Scott earned his medical degree and had his psychiatric residency at the University of Minnesota, where he is now a professor. Scott has been active in national and international eating disorders groups and is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders. He loves travel, skiing and tennis with his family.

Jessica Daigle, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Michael Donndelinger, M.D.

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Michael has done extensive work with eating disorders, anxiety, OCD and mood disorders, as well as behavioral issues. He received a bachelor’s in biology and genetics/cell biology (minoring in psychology) from the University of Minnesota. He received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School and was a resident in psychiatry, and child and adolescent fellow, at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry.

Megan Dotson, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Brooke Eastman

Program Support Coordinator

Lisa Eisenbacher

Eating Disorder Technician

Lisa works with adults at the Anna Westin House. She received her B.S. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Music, physical fitness, and nature walks in the middle of no where.

Lucy Fagan, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Lucy works with adolescents and their families individually and within the adolescent and young adult residential program. She enjoys helping people create a positive relationship with food and learn to trust and respect their body. 
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a minor in Psychology from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Lucy loves taking walks with her dog, cooking, saltwater fishing, and spending time on the water (ocean or lake)!

Miranda Fassbender

Eating Disorder Technician

Sonya Fuad, M.D.

Medical Director

Sonya enjoys seeing new clients and helping with their medical needs in their recovery process. She also likes the flexibility of working with teens and adults. Sonya graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her Family Medicine Residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before coming to The Emily Program, she worked at a number of community clinics in Minneapolis; most recently at the U of M’s Smiley’s Clinic. While there, she enjoyed teaching and working with new family medicine physicians as a clinical associate professor. Sonya loves to travel and tries to take a hiking trip every year with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Jeanna Godin, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Jeanna provides nursing care to adults and adolescents in residential care. She enjoys educating residents and families in the changes occurring in their bodies as a result of medication, stress, nutrition, and illness. She received her BSN from St. Catherine University. Jeanna balances her life away from TEP by staying active outdoors, making cheese, traveling, and exploring holistic healing.

Candace Hall

Sous Chef, Anna Westin House

Candace provides meals for residential clients. She received her associate of applied science degree in the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program at Brown College. Candace has worked as a food service director and manager, overseeing café and catering operations that catered for 100-600 people a day!

Jill Hansen

Eating Disorder Technician, Lead

Arica Hanson

Eating Disorder Technician

Arica is an eating disorder technician at the Anna Westin House. She enjoys working with residents and being able to see first hand the amount of progress made throughout their stay.  She also enjoys being part of the daily activities of the House, including going on outings, playing games and engaging in fun conversations.  Arica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is currently a graduate student studying Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University, Twin Cities. Arica loves to be outdoors, including sitting by campfires, walking, biking or being by the water.  She also enjoys reading novels, doing yoga, cooking/baking and spending time with friends and family.  Arica plays a variety of instruments and enjoys a wide variety of music. 

Elizabeth Hedlund, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Elizabeth helps with the medical management of clients, which includes making sure their physical health is stable and improving and becoming as healthy as possible. She earned her B.A. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and her Graduate certificate in Physician Assistant Studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Elizabeth holds her Board Certification from the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants. She has experience in patient education, preventative health and wellness, and functional medicine. Elizabeth adores her husband and three children and spends most of her time outside of work with them.

Laura Hoeppner

Administrative Assistant

Laura works at the front desk at the Anna Westin House, helping residents and staff with scheduling needs. Laura is currently completing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of St. Thomas. She hopes to one day specialize in family work, mindfulness, and play therapy with children. Laura loves yoga, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to finish school soon and have her Master’s degree!

Alison Hosterman, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Alison is passionate about working in the behavioral health field and promoting health and wellness to clients. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science in Interior Design at the Arts Institutes. She also earned her Associate Degree of Science in Nursing at Inver Hills Community College and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Outside of work, Alison enjoys running, practicing yoga, and completing arts and crafts projects. She is in the process of adopting a dog—an ex-track racer greyhound.

Lindsay Howard

Eating Disorder Technician

Linsday works with residents at Anna Westin House. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics from St. Olaf College. Lindsay loves to play intramural sports, spend time with friends and family, and read.

Kristen Johnson, R.N., M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy

Kris is a trauma therapist and family services program coordinator at The Anna Westin House. She enjoys helping clients and families achieve a holistic perspective in their treatment experience. She’s trained in EMDR. She is a Registered Nurse and has earned her Bachelor’s degree in ministries from Northwestern College, a Master’s degree in clinical pastoral counseling from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology, and most recently received her Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Caleb Kaihoi, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Therapist

Caleb provides treatment planning and therapy with individuals, groups, and families at the Anna Westin House. He earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Caleb has experience in residential treatment as well as CBT, DBT, the impact of traumatic experiences, chemical dependency (dual-diagnosis) and the impact of family relationships in recovery. He likes to spend free time with his family and friends, preferably outdoors on a walk, grilling, golfing or completing projects around the house. Caleb also really enjoys listening to music, new and old, and from a wide range of genres.

Anna Kocian

Eating Disorder Technician

Anna enjoys every aspect of her job at the Anna Westin House, especially working with residents: getting to know them, knowing their stories, helping them with anything and everything they have concerns or joys about. She co-facilitates a Laughter Therapy Group that she describes as “a blast.”  Anna earned a bachelor in communication studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In her free time she travels, enjoys improv and practicing different dialects, and spending as much time as possible with her family.

Sonja Kromroy

Therapist Trainee

Bevie LaBrie, M.A., L.A.M.F.T., A.T.

Art Therapist

Bevie works primarily with adolescents and young adults. She enjoys helping clients find their voice, identity, and empowerment through creative expression and wilderness experiences. Bevie earned her B.A. in Child and Family Studies and specialized in art and youth ministry at Seattle Pacific University. She studied Studio Art at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and completed her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at Adler Graduate School. Bevie grew up in Washington state and loves the outdoors, including: traveling and exploring by rock-climbing, back-packing, and canoeing/kayaking. Additionally, she enjoys playing guitar and creating through painting, pottery, and photography as well as yoga and skate-skiing.

Na Lee

Eating Disorder Technician

Melissa Maddy, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Brittany Maier, R.N.

Nurse

Brittany provides nursing care and support to the residents of the Anna Westin House.  She received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Before coming to The Emily Program, she spent 5 years caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. At the AWH, Brittany enjoys learning the individual life stories of the residents, watching them progress in their recovery process, and supporting their progress toward wellness. She also enjoys working in collaboration with other team members to provide comprehensive care to residents. Outside of work Brittany loves to travel, decorate, read, spend time with family, and get together with friends.

Hayley Maxwell

Eating Disorder Technician

Jennifer McBride

Intensive Program Coordinator

Natale Mooney, M.A.

Doctoral Intern

Natale provides individual therapy, group therapy, and assessments to individuals and families participating in the intensive day program in St. Louis Park and the adolescent residential program at the Anna Westin House. She emphasizes viewing individuals holistically and meeting clients where they are at. Natale is completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Family Studies from the University of St. Thomas. Natale has clinical experience in conducting a wide range of psychological assessments with a diverse population of all ages. She has experience providing individual and group therapy with adolescents and adults with eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues, such as mood disorders, chemical dependency issues, personality disorders, and a history of trauma. She also has experience in working with individuals with eating disorders and Type I diabetes. Her special interests are in mindfulness and spirituality. Outside of work, Natale enjoys “do-it-yourself” projects and photography. She also loves dancing, practicing yoga, traveling, playing board games, watching professional sports (especially the MN Twins and the MN Wild), and most importantly spending time with friends and family. She loves all animals, especially dogs. 

Lynn Nathanson

Administrative Coordinator, Anna Westin House

Lynn oversees administrative operations at The Anna Westin House. She manages the office and provides administrative support so clinical staff can devote themselves to helping clients regain their health and focus on recovery. Lynn has an extensive background in executive support roles and came to The Emily Program in search of new challenges She likes working in a place where people care about the work they do, and go home each day feeling as if they have made a difference.

Shannon O’Donnell, Psy.D., L.P.

Senior Director of Residential Services

Shannon has worked in eating disorders since 1990 conducting research, providing clinical care and developing treatment programs. She returned to Minnesota to open the Anna Westin House, the state’s first residential treatment facility. As Director, she guides, supports and encourages the Anna Westin House staff. Shannon also sees a small caseload of individual clients. Shannon received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She loves to dance to just about anything with her two kids (especially the song, “Bust a Move”) and says: “I am also very grateful for the relationships that I have and try to spend as much time as I can with those important people in my life.”

Lindsey Peck

Food Service Manager

Kristin Reilly, M.A., MT-BC

Eating Disorder Technician and Music Therapist

Maureen Rivord

Eating Disorder Technician

Erin Roberts

Eating Disorder Technician

Jill Seward, B.S.N., R.N.

Director of Nursing & Client Management

Jill works with our nursing, medical support staff, and client management staff, ensuring the highest quality care and experience for our clients. She received her A.S. in Nursing from College of St. Catherine and her B.S.N. from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Jill is a quilter and enjoys using vintage fabric for her projects. She also likes baking, traveling, camping, and “junk"tiquing.

Tara Cindy Sherman, ERYT 500

Certified Yoga Instructor

Tara teaches therapeutic yoga to residential and outpatient adults and adolescents. She feels both grateful and blessed to be able to share such an important part of her life, and the profoundly healing benefits of yoga to a population so deserving. Tara has multiple yoga certifications in a variety of styles: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Expanding Light in Grass Valley, California; 120 Hour Yoga Dance Certification from Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts; 200 Hour Atma Yoga Certification from Christopher Baxter in Red Wing, Minnesota; 90 Hour Yoga of the Heart Certification from Nischala Devi in Grass Valley, California; and 35 Hour JAI Prenatal Certification from Jennifer Gray in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her free time Tara loves being in nature, being with loved ones, and being creative. She also studies African djembe drumming and teaches an ensemble drum group that performs locally.

Monique Silver, M.A., L.P.

Clinical Manager, Anna Westin House

Monique is a licensed psychologist and clinical manager at the Anna Westin House. She’s worked within residential services for over 5 years.  As clinical manager, she provides individual and group therapy, supervises EDTs, and participates in various meetings. She received her master’s in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis. Outside of work, Monique spends time (preferably outdoors) with her dog, family and friends. She also enjoys a good read.

Cindy Solberg, M.A., L.P.C., L.A.D.C.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Cindy works with clients who struggle with both eating disorders and chemical dependency. She provides assessments, group therapy, and awareness of cross addiction to clients and staff. Cindy enjoys being able to provide services for people who struggle with dual disorder of CD and ED. Cindy received her Master’s in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School and her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Metropolitan State University. Outside of work she enjoys traveling—while studying in England she lived in Alnwick Castle where the first two Harry Potter movies were filmed. Cindy likes to spend time outdoors, fishing, taking walks, and playing with her dogs.

Rebecca Sorenson, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Utilization Reviewer, Anna Westin House

Rebecca works with our staff, clients, and insurance companies to ensure smooth admission and discharge for our adult residential program. She completed her Bachelor’s in Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work in 2009 and earned her license in 2012. Rebecca has previous experience working in hospital and home-based settings. She’s also been on the other side of insurance in terms of coordinating county resources, initiating and renewing benefits coverage, and increasing services such as social security.

Patti Suhr, M.S.W., L.G.S.W.

Eating Disorder Technician

Patti works the overnight shift as an eating disorder technician at our adolescent residential program. She enjoys watching each adolescent make big strides in their treatment, as the treatment team works together to empower both adolescents and their families.Pattie earned her Bachelors degree in Social Work at Carthage College and Masters degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Michigan. Previously she worked as a school social worker, a domestic violence shelter care advocate, a foster care case worker, a therapist for children with developmental disabilities/significant mental health issues, a counselor for low income and at risk youth, and as a mental health specialist with elementary school children. Patti enjoys reading, swimming, and playing games (like Settlers of Catan and Rummy). But mostly she enjoys laughing, dancing, and anything tie-dye.

Theresa Tingerthal, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Lindsey Tucker, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Lindsey works with residents at Anna Westin House (AWH).  She provides individual nutrition counseling and education, supports therapeutic meals and snacks, and leads and facilitates nutrition group, activity group, and cooking group. Lindsey enjoys getting to know each of her clients, helping them to learn how nutrition plays a role in recovery and to find enjoyment in eating.  Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and graduated from the Penrose-St. Francis Dietetic Internship Program in Colorado Springs. She likes to spend her free time traveling to new places or at her family cabin—boating, water skiing, or just relaxing with family, friends, and some good music.

Jacqueline Vlietstra

Yoga Instructor

Jim Wells

Cook

Jim is part of the kitchen staff at Anna Westin House. He prepares meals for residents on the weekends. Jim has over six years of experience working in the food industry and holds a degree in Food Production from Western Technical College. He likes playing and recording music, and hanging out with his awesome wife and daughter.

Alison Whiteaker, B.A.

Eating Disorder Technician

Alison works with residents at the Anna Westin House. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the U of M and is currently attending St. Mary’s University for her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Alison has experience with eating disorders, substance abuse, and hoarding. Away from work Alison likes to read for fun (I don’t get to do that often while I’m in school) and be outdoors (often at the same time).  She also loves puzzles and games.

Emily Zabeli, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Emily is an on-call nurse at the Anna Westin House. She enjoys caring for and getting to know the residents throughout their treatment. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with her B.S. in Nursing. In addition to her work at The Emily Program, Emily currently works as an RN in the Adult Med-Surg Float Pool at Fairview. Away from her jobs, she love traveling, art, music, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Emileah ZumBerge

Eating Disorder Technician

Emileah works as an EDT at the Anna Westin House. She is passionate about helping others experience success. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychological Science at Gustavus Adolphus College and hopes to continue her education in the mental health field. Emileah loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys dancing, camping, and going for walks.

Cleveland
Pam Bertaud, M.A., A.T.R.-B.C., L.P.C., C.T.S.

Art Therapist

Pam facilitates art therapy groups with adult and adolescent patients. She received her Master’s in Art Therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University. Pam specializes in eating disorders, abuse and neglect, and trauma. She loves to paint, draw and turn them into weavings. She enjoys gardening in the summer months and skiing with family and friends during the winter.

Kelly Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

Site Director, Cleveland

Kelly oversees the design and implementation of all research protocols, provides training and supervision in FBT to staff and students, works with families, adolescents, and adults providing FBT and CBT treatment. Kelly earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.A. in Experiential Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Clinically, she specializes in FBT, CBT, and DBT for eating disorders, and body image disturbance treatment. Within research she has published and presented program outcome data, treatment for body image disturbance, and development and outcomes for the FBT-DBT treatment model. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, and singing ... especially karaoke.

Katelyn Burrows

Program Coordinator

Susan Clark, M.A., L.P.C.C., A.T.R.-B.C.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Art Therapist

Susan facilitates the DBT outpatient skills groups, DBT in the adult and adolescent partial hospitalization programs, DBT-informed art therapy, and individual DBT and CBT therapy. She earned her MA in Professional Counseling and holds a certificate in advanced graduate studies in Art Therapy. Susan has experience with DBT, CBT, chemical dependency, grief and loss, and community mental health. She enjoys hiking, cooking, making art and performing with a West African percussion group.

Darla Crow

Clinical Support Staff

Brittany Davis, M.Ed., P.C.C.-S.

Adolescent Program Manager

Brittany works with adolescents in group therapy and oversees the adolescent FBT and DBT PHP/IOP programs. She received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Kent State University. Brittany specializes in working with eating disorders, FBT, CBT, and DBT. Away from work she is a die hard Cleveland sports fan.

Katie Dent

Office Manager, Cleveland

Katie is the point of contact for clients, staff, and external contacts. She earned her B.S. in Consumer Affairs from Ohio State University. Katie loves spending weekends at her family’s beach house, working in the yard, and going to her kids’ activities.

Jean Doak, Ph.D.

Site Director, Cleveland

Rachel Durst

Client Account Representative

Cynthia A.G. Girard, M.S.S.A, L.I.S.W.

Licensed Independent Social Worker

Cynthia is an individual and family therapist. She works with adolescents and their families doing FBT, works with adults facilitating CBT, and also works with families of adult clients. Cynthia earned her Master’s in Social Work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She specializes in individual and family therapy with a focus on eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and grief. Cynthia has completed intensive DBT training and uses this therapeutic modality with patients. Outside of work, Cynthia enjoys traveling and most outdoor activities including biking, hiking, kayaking, running, and swimming.

Joanna Hardis, L.I.S.W.-S.

Therapist

Joanna works with adolescents and adults. She earned her M.S.S.A. at Case Western Reserve University and her B.S. at Cornell University. Joanna specializes in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and has specialized training in treating obsessive compulsive disorder.

Ellen R. Hoffman, M.A., P.C.C.

Family and Individual Therapist

Ellen provides Maudsley/Family-Based Therapy and individual therapy with adolescents and adults. She earned her MA in Counseling at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ellen has experience in eating disorders, is trained in Gestalt Body Process Psychotherapy, embodiment, and is a graduate and faculty member of The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.  She is also a dancer with over 25 years of professional experience performing, teaching and facilitating modern/contemporary dance and movement exploration with people of all ages, abilities and training.

Stacie Hutner, R.D., L.D.

Registered Dietitian

Jamie Kahn, R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Amy Kalasunas, P.C.C.-S., N.C.C.

Therapist

Amy works with adults in individual and group therapy who are enrolled in our Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs. She also work individually with clients in the Cognitive Behavior Therapy track. Amy earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from John Carroll University. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and stays current on adaptations to the model , such as PTSD exposure within a DBT model, and Radically Open DBT for disorders of Over-control. Amy has experience treating individuals with eating disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders at all levels of inpatient and outpatient care. Amy aspires to someday work for The Onion.

Stephanie Kinch, P.C.

Licensed Counselor

Stephanie is the adolescent assessment coordinator and manager of outpatient services at The Emily Program - Cleveland. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Counseling at Youngstown State University. Stephanie specializes in eating disorders and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She loves yoga, traveling, cooking, and coffee shops!

Kathie Kintz

Insurance Account Receivables

Kathie works with the account receivables team. She is responsible for posting all payments, following up on insurance denials and claims, and other miscellaneous AR tasks. She is a Certified Group Trainer and occasionally teaches a boot camp exercise class at a local fitness center. Whenever possible, she enjoys travelling to Florida to visit her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.

Karen Kristy, A.P.R.N., B.C.

Intake and Assessment Coordinator

Amy Luzar, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W.-S.

Licensed Independent Social Worker

Amy is a Family-Based Therapist (FBT) who works with adolescents and families in outpatient and intensive treatment, and with adults in outpatient treatment. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration at CWRU-MSASS, her certification in CBT at The Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy, and completed her post-graduate training in Gestalt Couple and Family Therapy. Amy specializes in FBT, couples and family therapy, and CBT. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga, running/walking outdoors, and is learning how to play piano.

Stephanie MacDonald, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.-S.

Intake Coordinator

Stephanie answers the intake calls at the Cleveland office, completes assessments, and addresses barriers to treatment to improve resources for clients. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Ohio State University. Stephanie specializes in eating disorders, adolescent and adult assessments, and adolescent dialectical behavior therapy. She enjoys reading, spending time with her kids, being outdoors, and traveling.

Dean Malec, P.C.C.

Program Manager

Dean works with adult and adolescent patients through individual and group CBT and DBT. He has a Master’s in Clinical Counseling through John Carroll University. Dean specializes in the use of DBT for treating eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. Dean plays the trumpet in local orchestras and bands and can recite lines from pretty much every episode of The Golden Girls!

Caitlin Martin-Wagar, M.A.

BED-IOP Manager and Research Coordinator

Caitlin works with adults in group therapy who are struggling with Binge Eating Disorder. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology and B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies at Cleveland State University. Caitlin has experience in CBT, DBT, eating disorders, sexual assault, and research. She has worked with both adults and adolescents. She enjoys being active and traveling with friends and family, spoiling her dogs, and advocating for causes focused on the improved treatment of women and animals.

Kayla Meckley

Clinical Support Staff

Kayla works with FBT and DBT Day Treatment as well as IOP Adolescent group at The Emily Program - Cleveland. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a neuroscience concentration from John Carroll University. Kayla has experience working with the adolescent population. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her mom, practicing yoga, crafting, and country music/concerts.

Samantha Mishne, L.I.S.W.-S., L.I.C.D.C.

Therapist

Samantha provides Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to adults and adolescents; as well as, Family-Based Therapy at the Cleveland office. She earned her Master’s in Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work. Samantha specializes in being a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor, eating disorders, DBT with adults and adolescents, OCD and anxiety disorders, training and clinical supervision. She likes to collect things—primarily prints and pez dispensers. She also enjoys spending time with her two children, traveling, reading, gardening, getting together with friends and co-workers, and has a pinball machine in her basement that provides lots of entertainment.

Victoria Patrello, M.S.S.A., L.S.W.

Program Coordinator

Victoria works with adults in the DBT program and facilitates an outpatient adolescent multifamily skills group. She earned her Master’s of Science and Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Victoria specializes in DBT and eating disorders. She loves playing with her cat, being outdoors, and visiting her family.

Anna Ronis

Administrative Staff

Anna works at the front desk helping and assisting patients and employees at The Emily Program - Cleveland office. She has studied at Savannah College of Art and Design and Penland School of Craft. A fun fact about Anna is that she has been a professional clown since the age of five.

Christina Scalese, R.D., L.D., R.Y.T.

Registered Dietitian

Christina works with the adult CBT and DBT programs as well as the BED IOP at our Cleveland location. She double majored with a Bachelor’s in Communication and a Bachelor’s in Nutrition at the University of Akron. She is a registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance. Christina specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and weight management. In addition to teaching yoga at a local studio, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family and two dogs, Bear and Balboa.

Kara Schellenberg

Administrative Staff

Kara works with clients and staff at the front desk. She earned her BFA in Art History from University of Florida. She loves to read and take walks.

April Sobieralski, Psy.D.

Therapist

April works with clients individually and in DBT Groups at The Emily Program - Cleveland. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University. April specializes in DBT for adults and adolescents and adolescent behavioral disorders. She enjoys hanging with her dog and two cats, scouting out fun restaurants and had a shameless obsession with reality TV.

Donna Susnjara, CPC

Billing Lead

Donna manages TEP-Cleveland’s business office including credentialing for all Cleveland providers and analysis of all accounts receivable reports to monitor front end collections, monthly patient billing and collection accounts. She manages the revenue cycle process from the point of prior authorization to receipt of payment. Donna acts as a liaison between our clients and their insurance carriers to obtain coverage at the highest benefit level possible by negotiating ad hoc agreements and filing appeals in treatment cases that are denied by insurance carriers. She received her Certified Professional Coding Certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders in December 2001. Donna has extensive experience in insurance billing and financial counseling. Donna loves her family, the outdoors, bonfires and loud music and enjoys spending time with all of the above!  She has received her Reiki I certification and is working toward becoming a Reiki Master.

Caitlin Urdiales

Eating Disorder Technician

Caitlin works with the Adult Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a mental health concentration and is currently in a Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at John Carrol University. Caitlin has experience working with eating disorders. Away from work she enjoys watching cute animal videos, looking at cloud shapes, and going to shows.

Michelle Voll

Business Office Coordinator

Melinda Waggoner, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W.-S.

Adult Program Manager

Melinda is the adult CBT program manager and works with adults in individual and group therapy at the Cleveland location. She earned her Master’s of Science in Social Administration at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Science. Melinda specializes in eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and women’s issues.

Kisha Wagner

Administrative Assistant

Kisha works as an administrative assistant at the Cleveland location, helping clients and staff as needed. She is a trained medical assistant. Away from work she loves traveling, reading, and spending time with her two teenagers.

Mark Warren, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.E.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Mark is the chief medical officer for The Emily Program. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. His practice focuses on bringing the most up-to-date research into evidence-based care. Mark specializes in psychiatry, DBT, FBT, and males and eating disorders. He serves on the faculty of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and teaches at University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, where he leads the Special Interest Group in Males and Eating Disorders. He is a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a winner of the Woodruff Award. Dr. Warren co-chairs the Academy of Eating Disorders Presidential Task Force for Medical Care and serves on the FEAST Medical Advisory Board and the London-based Succeed Foundation Medical Advisory Board. He has presented extensively at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, The Renfrew Foundation and the Multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Association. From time to time you might find him showing off his juggling skills.

Tiffany Wilson, M.Ed.

Adult CBT Program Coordinator

Tiffany works with adults in group therapy. She earned her Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Kent State University. She has experience in mood disorders, eating disorders, and adjustment disorders. Tiffany is a sports fanatic. She loves going on vacations and enjoys reading romance novels.

Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., F.A.E.D.

Co-Founder of CCED and Clinical Director

Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED, is clinical director and co-founder of CCED and is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Wisniewski received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an NIMH supported Clinical-Research Post-doctoral fellowship at the Eating Disorders program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. A leader in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dr. Wisniewski worked with Dr. Marsha Linehan’s group at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Wash., from 1998-2000. Since 2000, she has been a trainer with Dr. Linehan’s group, The Behavioral Technology Transfer Group, as their eating disorder expert, giving workshops on the treatment of eating disorders nationwide. Because of her leadership in the field of DBT and eating disorders, she was asked to be first author on the chapter addressing this topic in one of Linehan’s group’s recent book, “Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice” (2007).

In 2000, Dr. Wisniewski was named the first Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Programs for University Hospital’s Health System’s Laurelwood Hospital. In that role she created the first PHP programs for eating disorders in Northeast Ohio. She pioneered the use of both DBT and Maudsley Family Based Therapy during her tenure with UHHS.

Her research and clinical interests include using empirically founded treatments to inform clinical programs. She provides workshops on the CBT and DBT treatment therapies of eating disorders nationally and publishes in peer-reviewed journals, as well as invited book chapters. Dr. Wisniewski has been elected fellow and has served on the board of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Currently, she co-leads the AED Borderline Personality Disorder special interest group.

Adena Zlochower, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Adena works with children and adolescents using the Maudsley family based treatment (FBT) approach and/or behavioral exposure. She works with adults in both the standard and Binge Eating Disorder program using the enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. Additionally, she uses CBT approaches to treat co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and body dissatisfaction. Adena earned her doctorate in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an internship in pediatric psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She specializes in FBT and CBT-E for the treatment of eating disorders, CBT, behavioral exposure approaches to the treatment of ARFID. Adena loves taking RV trips with her family and relaxing vacations on the beach!

Client Management Team
Lisa Atkinson

Administrative Assistant

Lisa provides administrative support to clients and staff at our St. Paul Adolescent office. Lisa has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and is currently completing her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy. Lisa enjoys creating mandalas, watching TED Talks, making lists (and, of course, checking things off said lists), and road trips.

Mike Ballard

Administrative Assistant

Mike gets clients to where they need to go, schedules them for where they need to be, helps providers do what they want to do, finds what they want to have, and doesn’t stop smiling while he does it. Mike went to the University of Minnesota for film studies; has his MA in being a dad; is working on his parenting PhD; and is taking courses at Century College to eventually apply for nursing school. Mike loves being a dad to his son, Milo, and a husband to his wife, Jenna. He has a passion for cinema, movies, and media culture. He would love to one day work as a nurse in pediatrics, and or obtain a super power, like being really fast (like the Flash) or laser eyes (like Cyclops).

Steve Beitelspacher

Scheduling Specialist

Alex Betzler

Administrative Assistant

Alex works at the Como and Toogood front desks, and enjoys providing a friendly welcome to clients. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Macalester College.  Alex loves to paint, draw, write, quote NPR, refinish found furniture, and hike through the dog park with her hound dog, Rufus.

Eve Bird

Office Manager, Spokane

Eve oversees all front desk and client care duties for the Spokane office. She ensures our clinical team feels supported while also helping clients navigate insurance benefits, scheduling and coordination of care.  Eve strives to be a confident, calming presence for our clinical team while building meaningful relationships with clients in order to assist them on their recovery journey. She loves working with our clients and feels blessed to be a part of such a fantastic, passionate team of people! Eve earned her B.L.A. in Humanities from Whitworth University. She’s an East coast transplant who absolutely loves living in the great Northwest!  She adores her family and enjoys hiking, playing and watching various sports (especially basketball & football!), and spending time with friends.

Ashley Bradbury

Office Manager, St. Paul (Como)

Lindsey Cherry, B.S.W.

Office Manager, Seattle

Katie Dent

Office Manager, Cleveland

Katie is the point of contact for clients, staff, and external contacts. She earned her B.S. in Consumer Affairs from Ohio State University. Katie loves spending weekends at her family’s beach house, working in the yard, and going to her kids’ activities.

Lindsay Dibble

Office Manager, Woodbury

Sydnee Erickson

Office Manager, South Sound

Marnie Fisher

Utilization Reviewer, St. Paul (Como) & Duluth

Susan Fleming

Office Manager, Burnsville

Susan is responsible for the overall client experience at our Burnsville site.  She lends support to our clients by providing a personal, positive and meaningful connection by being the “onsite” point of contact while they are in our care.  Along with the Site Manager, she provides team leadership to our clinicians as we all work towards ensuring an exceptional experience for each and every client. Susan holds a degree from University of St. Thomas. She enjoys photography, reading, traveling and spending time with her family!

Abbie Fox

Assistant Office Manager

Abbie works at the adult outpatient facility. She checks clients in for their appointments, helps them reschedule and make appointments, answers the phone, and provides support to all providers at the TEP. She has a B.S. in Wildlife from the University of Minnesota. Abbie loves spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and also owns her own wedding floral business, which is so fun!

Christina Geng, LSW

Outpatient Authorization Specialist

Christina works with the client management team and ensures clients receive necessary authorizations from their insurance company to participate in certain outpatient services. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and concentration in Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College. Prior to working at The Emily Program, Christina spent five years practicing social work with children and teenagers with disabilities as well as their families. She is humbled to be serving The Emily Program’s amazing clients as they seek access to medically necessary healthcare. In her free time, she loves to volunteer, dance, and spend all day long at the coffee shop with special family and friends!

Ellen Habben

Utilization Reviewer, St. Paul (Toogood) & Anna Westin House-Adolescent

Ellen works with our adolescent and young adult residential and intensive outpatient programs. She enjoys coordinating the various pieces to make residential or intensive treatment an option for clients. Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in nutrition and biology from the College of Saint Benedict. Ellen enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, scrapbooking, and trying new restaurants. 

Laura Hoeppner

Administrative Assistant

Laura works at the front desk at the Anna Westin House, helping residents and staff with scheduling needs. Laura is currently completing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of St. Thomas. She hopes to one day specialize in family work, mindfulness, and play therapy with children. Laura loves yoga, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to finish school soon and have her Master’s degree!

Heather Imamovic

Outpatient Authorization Specialist

Emily Jacobsma, M.S.W., L.G.S.W.

Admissions Specialist

Emily helps clients coordinate admission into The Emily Program. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Emily has training in clinical assessment, individual therapy, couples and family therapy, as well as trauma and grief work. She also has experience working in adoption, LGBTQ issues, and eating disorder treatment. Emily loves traveling, playing with her dog, and listening to folk music!  One of my favorite memories is climbing Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic!

Katie Jacobson

Outpatient Authorization Specialist

Katie works with insurance payers to cover outpatient services for clients. She earned a BS in Human Development and Family Studies at UW-Stout. Katie has experience in insurance, billing, benefits, and eating disorders. She loves to spend time with family and friends, enjoys having BBQs and bonfires at her house with her fiancé.

Kristin Klungness

Office Manager, St. Louis Park

Martie Kuzzy

Scheduling Specialist

Lindsay Lindall

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay’s special interest in media and body image grew from her undergraduate studies the University of Minnesota- Morris, where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology. Prior to joining The Emily Program, she completed an internship in the Research, Education and Outreach division of the Eating Disorders Institute at Methodist Hospital. Lindsay also worked for seven years at a long-term health care center in Glencoe.

Karina Martin

Scheduling Specialist

Stacy Mettner

Office Manager, Duluth

Stacy’s responsibilities include front desk management such as scheduling appointments, answering the phone, and maintenance of the office space, as well as meeting with new clients after their intakes to schedule appointments based on the intake therapists’ recommendations. Assisting clients in navigating their care is an integral part of her role. This includes managing internal referrals as well as answering any administrative questions or addressing concerns. She enjoys being the first point of contact for Duluth clients, and loves helping create a positive atmosphere for those seeking care. Stacy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She enjoys music, including singing and playing her guitar. She also loves culture and traveling, which includes the local Duluth scene with all the area has to offer such as camping, hiking, fishing, campfires, and the North Shore.     

Amanda Mitchell

Outpatient Authorization Specialist

Margaret Nimocks, B.S.

Utilization Reviewer, St. Louis Park & Burnsville

Margaret helps clients get started in Intensive Programs and coordinates their insurance authorizations for Intensive Programs. she received her B.S. in Family Social Science and B.A. in Art History from the University of MN - Twin Cities. Margaret has experience with eating disorders, autism, homelessness, and working with older adults. She also has a background in History and Art Education, teaching, and medical experience as a CNA in the developing world. Margaret loves to take long walks with her dog, cook and eat a variety of foods, and spend time with her family and friends. She runs a vintage store with a group of friends and loves exploring the Twin Cities.

Luke Paquin

Office Manager, St. Paul (Toogood)

Allie Rykken, L.S.W.

Admissions Specialist

Allie is part of the Client Admissions team, where she fields calls from community providers and prospective clients, conducts phone assessments, and schedules new clients for intake appointments. She is energized by the multidisciplinary, collaborative environment at The Emily Program and enjoys the opportunity to serve as a warm and welcoming first point of contact for new clients. Allie earned her B.S. in Social Work at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Prior to The Emily Program, she worked as a CADI case manager in Ramsey County. Outside of work, Allie can be found walking her Siberian Husky around the MN lakes, rowing down the Mississippi River or cheering for the Packers.

Becca Sawyer-Smith

Administrative Assistant

Becca assists clients at the St. Louis Park office. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and is currently enrolled in St. Thomas’ MA counseling program (will finish in Spring 2015). Becca loves dogs, traveling, reading, and being outdoors. She hopes to use her MA degree to work/volunteer abroad.

Jill Seward, B.S.N., R.N.

Director of Nursing & Client Management

Jill works with our nursing, medical support staff, and client management staff, ensuring the highest quality care and experience for our clients. She received her A.S. in Nursing from College of St. Catherine and her B.S.N. from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Jill is a quilter and enjoys using vintage fabric for her projects. She also likes baking, traveling, camping, and “junk"tiquing.

Rebecca Sorenson, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Utilization Reviewer, Anna Westin House

Rebecca works with our staff, clients, and insurance companies to ensure smooth admission and discharge for our adult residential program. She completed her Bachelor’s in Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work in 2009 and earned her license in 2012. Rebecca has previous experience working in hospital and home-based settings. She’s also been on the other side of insurance in terms of coordinating county resources, initiating and renewing benefits coverage, and increasing services such as social security.

Linnea Stevens, L.S.W.

Admissions Specialist

Linnea is part of the Client Management team, where she fields calls from community providers and prospective clients, conducts phone assessments, and schedules new clients for intake appointments. She is energized by the multidisciplinary, collaborative environment at The Emily Program and enjoys the opportunity to serve as a warm and welcoming first point of contact for new clients. Linnea earned her B.A. in Social Work at Bethel University in St. Paul. Prior to The Emily Program, she worked in the fields of child respite care, refugee resettlement, and financial assistance case management. Outside of work, Linnea loves interior design, international travel, choral music, and a good cup of coffee.

Kristin Surdick

Manager, Client Management

Dietitians
Erin Barnes, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Erin sees outpatient clients and co-facilitates groups. Erin is a member of the American Dietetic Association’s Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group and has worked with Naturopathic Doctors providing nutritional consultation.  She has a keen interest in whole foods nutrition, community-supported agriculture, complementary and alternative medicine. Her nutrition practice is guided by the philosophy that an individual’s nutritional health goes beyond simply what they eat and drink. She believes that mental, physical, and emotional health are intricately weaved together and must be in balance to achieve whole body health and wellness. Erin received her BA in Psychology from University of Wisconsin–Madison; BS in Nutrition from the University of MN–Twin Cities; and completed her dietetic internship at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. Outside of work, Erin can be found riding area bike paths, shopping for good eats at farmers markets, walking or running around the city lakes, or enjoying any of the fabulous local ethnic restaurants in the Twin Cities.

Kelly Berlin, R.D., L.D.

Registered Dietitian

Kelly works with residents at the Anna Westin House in St. Paul, MN. She completed her B.S. in Nutrition at Virginia Tech and completed her dietetic internship with Pasco County Health Department. Prior to The Emily Program, Kelly specialized in working with children and their parents on establishing healthy eating habits within the WIC program. She loves to travel, explore new restaurants and cuisine, and spend time with her family.

Laura Bisek, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Laura came to The Emily Program from Scripps Clinic in San Diego, Calif. where she was the primary dietitian and nutrition resource for the nationally-recognized nutrition research organization. Her extensive professional experience with eating disorders includes specialized treatment of athletes. She has presented to both local and national organizations on topics related to eating disorders and was an R.D. and health educator at Methodist Hospital’s Eating Disorder Institute. Laura received her bachelor’s in dietetics, food and nutrition from Mankato State University in Minnesota.

Karla Borchardt, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Karla works at our Duluth office. She loves working with all types of people who are struggling with their relationship with food, but specifically with compulsive over-eaters and gastric bypass clients. She earned her Bachelor’s in dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica, and completed the Mid Willamette Valley dietetic internship in Salem, OR. In her spare time, Karla spends time with her family and following her kids’ sports. She also enjoys her ministries in her local church and reading a good book in her quite time.

Karla Borchardt, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian, Duluth

Rachel Bowers, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Rachel works with the Intensive Day Program in St. Louis Park, and also sees clients for individual nutrition counseling.  Her mission is to help people rediscover a healthy and positive relationship with food. Rachel completed her nutrition studies, dietetic internship and received a Master of Public Health in Nutrition degree at the University of Minnesota.She loves to go on walks with her dog, read books, and in the summer, attend as many Twins games as she can.

Lauren Carlson, R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Lauren works with residents at the Anna Westin House in St. Paul.  She completed her B.S. in Dietetics at the University of MN Twin Cities and completed her dietetic internship at University of MN Medical Center Fairview. Lauren earned her R.D. credential in a high-acuity teaching hospital with a focus in medical nutrition therapy. Her background includes working with patients mental health and rehabilitation units at UMMC. In her free time Lauren enjoys running, hanging out with friends and family, cooking, and traveling. Her favorite season is fall because of the change in weather, football games, and pumpkin everything!

Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., R.Y.T.

Director of Nutrition and Yoga Manager

Lisa works with clients to find a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body through nutrition counseling and teaching yoga. Also, as Director of Nutrition and Yoga Program Manager, she oversees the operations and direction of these two disciplines for The Emily Program. Lisa is passionate about the healing power both nutrition and yoga provides to those struggling with disordered eating and negative body image.  She is humbled and honored to be a part of the recovery journey. Lisa earned a B.S. in dietetics, food and nutrition at Minnesota State University-Mankato and graduated from the U of M Medical Center, Fairview and U of M Children’s Hospital dietetic internship program.

Lucy Fagan, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Lucy works with adolescents and their families individually and within the adolescent and young adult residential program. She enjoys helping people create a positive relationship with food and learn to trust and respect their body. 
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a minor in Psychology from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Lucy loves taking walks with her dog, cooking, saltwater fishing, and spending time on the water (ocean or lake)!

Shira Feldman, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.

Lead Dietitian, Anna Westin House-Adolescent

Shira works with residents at Anna Westin House-Adolescent. She especially enjoys working with adolescents, but overall the best part of my job is helping people establish their own healthy relationship with food. Shira did her undergraduate work at Miami University of Ohio, her dietetic internship at Cornell University, and earned a Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She is a big fan of sports, especially college basketball, and especially the Indiana Hoosiers. Shira also enjoys playing volleyball and is always up for a good game of Scrabble.

Katie Gilder, R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Katie loves helping people develop healthier relationships with food through nutrition counseling, support groups, and other experiences. She earned her B.S. at MN State-Mankato and is currently working toward her M.P.H. at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Katie enjoys running the lakes, yoga, grocery shopping, perusing the local farmer’s markets, playing trivia with friends, reading, and laughing.

Kelsey Hudson, M.S., R.D., C.D.

Registered Dietitian

Kelsey works with adults and adolescents in individual and group nutrition therapy sessions as well as the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She enjoys getting to know and caring holistically for each of her clients. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at Seattle Pacific University, and completed her dietetic internship and Master’s degree in Nutrition at State University of New York at Oneonta. Kelsey enjoys spending her time playing cribbage, traveling abroad, hiking, and is currently searching for the tastiest tamale in Seattle.

Kelsey Johnson, R.D.

Registered Dietitian

Jamie Kahn, R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Andrea Kurilla M.P.H., R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Andrea sees outpatient clients in St. Louis Park and co-facilitates the Friends and Family Group.  She believes in the importance of approaching health from a holistic standpoint: nourishing one’s body through whole foods, mindful eating, and most importantly having a healthy relationship with food.  Andrea has worked in inpatient, residential, and outpatient eating disorder treatment settings and has specialized with athletes with eating disorders. She received her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota where she also completed her dietetic internship, and her B.S. in Dietetics from Seattle Pacific University. Outside of The Emily Program, Andrea is a professionally certified snowboard instructor and a chapter leader for the Weston A Price Foundation.  She loves snow and water sports, riding horses, and time spent with family. 

Jillian Lampert, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D., F.A.E.D.

Senior Director, Business and Community Development

Jillian brings expansive experience to The Emily Program’s clinical, research, education and program development areas. She also provides nutrition education and counseling. Jillian is on the board of the Academy for Eating Disorders, an international professional organization of clinicians and researchers, and co-chairs its Nutrition Special Interest Group. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on nutritional treatment of eating disorders, body image, sports participation, and adolescent health. She completed her doctorate in nutrition and epidemiology, master’s of public health and dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota and a master’s in nutrition at the University of Vermont.

Krista Lillehei, D.T.R.

Dietetic Technician for Adolescent Services

Krista works with adolescents. She enjoys helping clients during challenging meals and being their support system on the nutrition side of treatment. She also loves to see the progress they make throughout programming. Krista earned her B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Mass Communications and Journalism with a concentration in Advertising and a double minor in Psychology and Graphic Design. She also obtained her Associate of Applied Science Degree in the Dietetic Technology Program from Normandale Community College. Outside of work Krista loves spending time at the cabin with her family and pets where she can relax and play.

Abby Ludwig, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Abby works with adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of diagnoses. She also co-facilitates a Compulsive Overeating IOP group and an eating out group for individuals who continue to have challenges with food and socialization. Abby’s overall goal is to help clients find balance in mindful and intuitive eating; and develop healthy attitudes toward body and fitness. She has a degree in food, nutrition and dietetics with a minor in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, and completed her dietetic internship at St. Mary’s Hospital/Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Abby believes that incorporating a diverse clientele into her practice furthers her knowledge and helps her be the best dietitian she can be.

Aly Luftman, R.D.N., L.D.

Registered Dietitian

Aly works one-on-one with clients and supports meals and groups at the St. Louis Park, MN location. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Minnesota State University, Mankato and completed her Dietetic Internship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Aly has a passion for yoga! She also loves adventures in travel and trying new activities as well as spending time with family, friends and her little malti-poo pup Sprout.

Kirsten Nielsen, R.D., L.D.

Lead Dietitian, Duluth

Kirsten has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds and particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents to restore healthy and normal nutrition and eating. She received her degree in food, nutrition and dietetics from Concordia College in Moorhead. She completed her dietetic internship at St. Mary’s Hospital/Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She previously worked at Methodist Hospital’s Eating Disorders Institute in the outpatient clinic and coordinated the Intensive Outpatient Program and was involved in The Emily Program’s first IOP.

Amy Patefield, R.D., L.D.

Clinical Nutrition Manager, St. Louis Park

Amy has worked with The Emily Program since 2004. Her particular interests include obesity and compulsive overeating, although she enjoys working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds on weight management and healthy eating. She has experience working with individuals who are pre- and post bariatric surgery and occasionally completes bariatric evaluations. Amy enjoys helping post-bariatric surgery clients utilize their Gastric Bypass or lap-band “tool”. A majority of her time is spent working with individual clients; helping each person through their personal struggles and personal successes. She understands and appreciates that each client has a wealth of knowledge and enjoys helping them find the middle ground with food, including thoughts and behaviors. Amy likes to work with clients to develop intuitive eating patterns. In addition to individual nutritional counseling, Amy co-faciliates some of the COE/BED groups and helped develop the first COE IOP at The Emily Program. Amy received her degree in dietetics and completed the coordinated internship program from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. She also holds a Certificate in Adult and Adolescent Weight Management. She previously provided nutrition evaluations for surgery candidates and one-on-one nutritional counseling for individuals, both pre- and post-surgery, at the HCMC Bariatric Center. Her life is kept very busy with two small kids. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors during the summer and fall seasons, and enjoys playing cards with family and friends.

Becca Phillips, R.D.N.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Becca works with outpatient clients, intensive programming, and nutrition groups. She has a passion for eating disorders and strives to make clients feel empowered to make positive changes with their relationship with food while working toward recovery. Becca has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Minnesota. She completed her Dietetic internship with The University of Minnesota in conjunction with The Emily Program; she was part of the first class of 2011-2012. Becca loves to play indoor or beach volleyball on a weekly basis, enjoys attending any sporting event, especially those her husband is coaching (high school football and wrestling) and any outdoor activity, more specifically, walks to the park with her family (husband, son, and dog).

Michele Rock, D.T.R.

Dietetic Technician, Registered

Michele works closely with staff (registered dietitians, therapists, and food service) and clients to provide quality nutritional service, guidance, and support for nutritional needs specific to individual’s needs. Michele earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Art from St. Catherine University and her Associate of Applied Science in the dietetic technology program at Normandale Community College. Michele loves spending time with her family, making and teaching art, and taking long bike rides or walks. She is also learning how to keep up her old house, and is very proud of her new sheet-rocking skills.

Amy Sauter, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Amy works with clients in group and individual sessions. She is passionate about helping clients establish a healthy relationship with food. Amy earned her Master’s at Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine. Away from work she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and walking with her dog.

Anne Savat, R.D, L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Anne meets with individual clients in St. Paul and supports dietitians for all intensive programs. Anne has the benefit of developing relationships with clients and bringing joy back into their lives. She enjoys helping clients break down food rules and rituals to help them discover their own values and strengths. Her hope is for clients to realize that their well-being does not have to be hindered by their relationship with food. Anne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Dietetics with a minor in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. As well, she was fortunate enough to be a part of the inaugural class of dietetic interns to complete the first dietetic internship with an emphasis in eating disorders through the University of Minnesota and The Emily Program. Aside from work, Anne loves serving and spending time with high school students through a ministry called Young Life. She also enjoys taking walks with her husband, trying new recipes, finding new ways to organize her home (usually through Pinterest), and spending weekends at the cabin.

Christina Scalese, R.D., L.D., R.Y.T.

Registered Dietitian

Christina works with the adult CBT and DBT programs as well as the BED IOP at our Cleveland location. She double majored with a Bachelor’s in Communication and a Bachelor’s in Nutrition at the University of Akron. She is a registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance. Christina specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and weight management. In addition to teaching yoga at a local studio, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family and two dogs, Bear and Balboa.

Laurie Schaetzel-Hill, M.S., R.D.N., C.E.D.R.D.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Laurie works with clients individually and in a group setting. She received her Master’s in Human Nutrition and is a Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian. Laurie has treated men, women, and adolescents with food and weight issues as well as eating disorders for 18 years in Olympia, WA. Away from work she composes piano music, loves wilderness travel, biking and gardening. Ask her about being bit by a rattlesnake!

Jessica Smith: R.D.N, C.D

Registered Dietitian

Stacey Trogdon, R.D., C.D.E.

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Stacey works with adolescents and adults in intensive programming and outpatient capacities. She has a great passion for combining dietetics and psychotherapy in the treatment of disordered eating. Stacey earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and completed her dietetic internship and graduate level classes at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator with the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Stacey has a broad range of dietetics experience including clinical work, private practice, diabetes education, health coaching and corporate wellness. She specializes in working with clients with chronic diseases including diabetes and pre-diabetes that also engage in disordered eating. Stacey has enjoyed many years of engaging in moderate exercise including jogging, road biking and swimming. She married her college sweetheart and has a teenage daughter that keeps her busy by playing club soccer and competitive piano. She loves the San Juan islands in the Pacific Northwest, the feel and smell of the rain and humid environs.

Lindsey Tucker, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Lindsey works with residents at Anna Westin House (AWH).  She provides individual nutrition counseling and education, supports therapeutic meals and snacks, and leads and facilitates nutrition group, activity group, and cooking group. Lindsey enjoys getting to know each of her clients, helping them to learn how nutrition plays a role in recovery and to find enjoyment in eating.  Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and graduated from the Penrose-St. Francis Dietetic Internship Program in Colorado Springs. She likes to spend her free time traveling to new places or at her family cabin—boating, water skiing, or just relaxing with family, friends, and some good music.

M. Hilmar Wagner, M.P.H., R.D., L.N.

Registered Dietitian

Hilmar sees individual clients for all diagnosis and co-facilitates an Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals struggling with Compulsive Overeating (COE). He also shares administrative activities.

Shena Washburn, R.D.N., C.D.

Certified Dietitian

Nicole Wavra, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Nicole is a registered dietitian with our adolescent services. She enjoys working with clients one-on-one, as well as, adolescents and families in the adolescent intensive day program (AIDP) and adolescent and family intensive outpatient program (AFI) to achieve their own healthy relationship with food. Nicole completed her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota, where she is also working toward a Masters in Public Health Nutrition. In her down time Nicole enjoys running, playing tennis, photography, traveling and practicing speaking Spanish.

Michelle Weinbender, R.D., C.D.

Registered Dietitian

Michelle works with people of all ages to find a comfortable relationship with food that enhances their overall health and quality of life through individual and group nutrition counseling. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Central Washington University. Michelle loves spending time with her family, renovating their old house, learning to fly fish, and is an avid college basketball fan. 

Jessica Welch, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Jessica works with adults in individual counseling and part of the IOP programming team. She has experience working with clients with dual diagnoses; eating disorders and chemical dependency. Jessica enjoys working with clients to build a more positive and healthy relationship with food, weight, and body image while on the journey towards eating disorder recovery. She holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition Education from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago, IL and a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from College of St. Catherine, St Paul. Away from work Jessica loves traveling, cooking, being outdoors, trying new restaurants, sports, and spending time with her two nephews. 

Kim Wood, R.D., L.D.

Licensed Registered Dietitian

Duluth
Angie Adams, M.A., L.P.C.C., R.Y.T.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Angie works with clients in individual, group and intensive program settings. She has experience in chemical dependency, eating disorders, LGBT community, and is a registered yoga teacher. Angie graduated from Adler Graduate School with a Master’s in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, holds Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Away from work, Angie loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and practice yoga.

Jean Baribeau-Thoennes, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Duluth

Karla Borchardt, R.D., L.D.

Registered Licensed Dietitian, Duluth

Missy Nervick-Thornton, M.S.Ed., L.P.C.C.

Therapist, Duluth

Melissa ‘Missy’ became passionate about issues surrounding food, body image and self esteem during nearly a decade as a counselor, and later director of student support services at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Missy served on the Eating Disorder Task Force, helping develop a protocol to identify students needing support versus those needing formal treatment. She also helped develop eating issue prevention strategies on campus. Missy has a master’s in education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, with a concentration in community counseling and is a licensed professional counselor. Her experience also includes working with issues surrounding depression, anxiety, and adjustment.

Stacy Mettner

Office Manager, Duluth

Stacy’s responsibilities include front desk management such as scheduling appointments, answering the phone, and maintenance of the office space, as well as meeting with new clients after their intakes to schedule appointments based on the intake therapists’ recommendations. Assisting clients in navigating their care is an integral part of her role. This includes managing internal referrals as well as answering any administrative questions or addressing concerns. She enjoys being the first point of contact for Duluth clients, and loves helping create a positive atmosphere for those seeking care. Stacy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She enjoys music, including singing and playing her guitar. She also loves culture and traveling, which includes the local Duluth scene with all the area has to offer such as camping, hiking, fishing, campfires, and the North Shore.     

Kirsten Nielsen, R.D., L.D.

Lead Dietitian, Duluth

Kirsten has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds and particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents to restore healthy and normal nutrition and eating. She received her degree in food, nutrition and dietetics from Concordia College in Moorhead. She completed her dietetic internship at St. Mary’s Hospital/Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She previously worked at Methodist Hospital’s Eating Disorders Institute in the outpatient clinic and coordinated the Intensive Outpatient Program and was involved in The Emily Program’s first IOP.

Petra Woehrle, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Therapist

Petra works with adults and adolescents and is part of the intake team. She takes a holistic approach to mental health, meaning that she likes to help clients explore the interplay between multiple dimensions of health (physical, mental, spiritual, relational, etc.). Petra received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. She enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking overly ambitious meals, and spending time her family.

Medical Staff
Carol Barry, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Jennifer Beldon, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Jennifer sees clients who could benefit from working with a psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and belongs to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Starting her eating disorder career in research as an undergraduate, Jennifer has many years of experience working with individuals who struggle with eating disorders.

Michelle Bové, R.N.

Lead Nurse

Michelle values the opportunity to build therapeutic relationships and follow clients throughout their treatment journey as they develop skills to manage their lives in a more healthful way. Michelle earned her RN at Minneapolis Community and Technical College; she also has a Culinary Arts diploma from Le Cordon Bleu.

Mary Bretzman, M.D.

Family Medicine Physician

Mary provides medical monitoring and ongoing healthcare. She loves meeting new patients and is committed to the belief that health is much more than just physical well being. A graduate of St. Olaf College and The University of Minnesota Medical School, Mary is experienced in family based care for all ages with a special interest in women’s and children’s issues.  She has practiced in Salt Lake City, UT, Willmar and Eagan. She is also medical director for the Grace Centre, a Minnesota-based mission working with two communities in Guatemala. Mary spends a lot of time in hockey rinks with her hockey and figure skating children.  Her interests include gardening, nutrition, and the Down Syndrome community.

Courtney Cannon, P.A.

Physician Assistant

Scott Crow, M.D.

Director of Psychiatric Services and Research

Scott provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for clients. He also helps oversee research that The Emily Program conducts in partnership with the U of M. Scott earned his medical degree and had his psychiatric residency at the University of Minnesota, where he is now a professor. Scott has been active in national and international eating disorders groups and is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders. He loves travel, skiing and tennis with his family.

Jessica Daigle, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Michael Donndelinger, M.D.

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Michael has done extensive work with eating disorders, anxiety, OCD and mood disorders, as well as behavioral issues. He received a bachelor’s in biology and genetics/cell biology (minoring in psychology) from the University of Minnesota. He received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School and was a resident in psychiatry, and child and adolescent fellow, at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry.

Megan Dotson, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Tonya Forgey, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Sonya Fuad, M.D.

Medical Director

Sonya enjoys seeing new clients and helping with their medical needs in their recovery process. She also likes the flexibility of working with teens and adults. Sonya graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her Family Medicine Residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before coming to The Emily Program, she worked at a number of community clinics in Minneapolis; most recently at the U of M’s Smiley’s Clinic. While there, she enjoyed teaching and working with new family medicine physicians as a clinical associate professor. Sonya loves to travel and tries to take a hiking trip every year with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Kathleen Fugere Larson, M.N., A.R.N.P.-B.C.

Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen works in the Partial Hospitalization Program in Seattle and South Sound providing psychiatric medication management and consultation. She really appreciates the team atmosphere and working collaboratively. Kathleen received her BA in Psychology in conjunction with her nursing degree at The University of Washington in 2001. She returned to University of Washington in 2005 to get her Master’s degree and Psychiatric A.R.N.P. Kathleen also works in the outpatient setting at the University of Washington and has previously worked in the inpatient psychiatric unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Outside of work Kathleen loves spending time with her twin girls and getting away to practice yoga when she can. She also enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time outdoors during Seattle summers.

Jeanna Godin, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Jeanna provides nursing care to adults and adolescents in residential care. She enjoys educating residents and families in the changes occurring in their bodies as a result of medication, stress, nutrition, and illness. She received her BSN from St. Catherine University. Jeanna balances her life away from TEP by staying active outdoors, making cheese, traveling, and exploring holistic healing.

Elizabeth Hedlund, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Elizabeth helps with the medical management of clients, which includes making sure their physical health is stable and improving and becoming as healthy as possible. She earned her B.A. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and her Graduate certificate in Physician Assistant Studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Elizabeth holds her Board Certification from the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants. She has experience in patient education, preventative health and wellness, and functional medicine. Elizabeth adores her husband and three children and spends most of her time outside of work with them.

Alison Hosterman, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Alison is passionate about working in the behavioral health field and promoting health and wellness to clients. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science in Interior Design at the Arts Institutes. She also earned her Associate Degree of Science in Nursing at Inver Hills Community College and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Outside of work, Alison enjoys running, practicing yoga, and completing arts and crafts projects. She is in the process of adopting a dog—an ex-track racer greyhound.

Jill Johnson, M.A.

Medical Assistant

Jeanne Kolojeski, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Melissa Maddy, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Brittany Maier, R.N.

Nurse

Brittany provides nursing care and support to the residents of the Anna Westin House.  She received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Before coming to The Emily Program, she spent 5 years caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. At the AWH, Brittany enjoys learning the individual life stories of the residents, watching them progress in their recovery process, and supporting their progress toward wellness. She also enjoys working in collaboration with other team members to provide comprehensive care to residents. Outside of work Brittany loves to travel, decorate, read, spend time with family, and get together with friends.

Diane Melcher, R.N., C.N.S.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Diane works with clients regarding medication management and diagnostic assessment. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing with a mental health focus. Diane enjoys bead-work, crochet, reading, and traveling.

Amy Nygaard, M.D.

Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist

Amy works with residents at Anna Westin House-Adolescent as well as children and teens in outpatient services. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Amy specializes in anxiety disorder, mood disorder, and ADHD. She loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Jill Seward, B.S.N., R.N.

Director of Nursing & Client Management

Jill works with our nursing, medical support staff, and client management staff, ensuring the highest quality care and experience for our clients. She received her A.S. in Nursing from College of St. Catherine and her B.S.N. from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Jill is a quilter and enjoys using vintage fabric for her projects. She also likes baking, traveling, camping, and “junk"tiquing.

Susan Swigart, M.D.

Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist

Susan’s areas of interest include working with adolescents and young adults with co-morbid anxiety and mood disorders, as well as with athletes with eating disorders. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Susan received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. She then completed a general adult psychiatric residency followed by a fellowship training program in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. During residency and fellowship, her primary area of research was in the area of eating disorders.

Theresa Tingerthal, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Kristin Townsend, M.N., R.N., A.R.N.P.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Kristin works with clients for medication management. She loves listening to people’s stories to identify how she can help them improve and become who they want to be. Kristin earned her Master’s in Nursing from Washington State University, College of Nursing. Away from work she enjoys hiking, biking, swimming—anything outdoors.

Megan Villares, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Emily Zabeli, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Emily is an on-call nurse at the Anna Westin House. She enjoys caring for and getting to know the residents throughout their treatment. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with her B.S. in Nursing. In addition to her work at The Emily Program, Emily currently works as an RN in the Adult Med-Surg Float Pool at Fairview. Away from her jobs, she love traveling, art, music, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Therapists
Angie Adams, M.A., L.P.C.C., R.Y.T.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Angie works with clients in individual, group and intensive program settings. She has experience in chemical dependency, eating disorders, LGBT community, and is a registered yoga teacher. Angie graduated from Adler Graduate School with a Master’s in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, holds Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Away from work, Angie loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and practice yoga.

Aimee Arikian, Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Aimee works primarily with adults to provide culturally relevant individual, family, and initial interview counseling services. She also facilitates Intensive Day Program (IDP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) group meetings and supportive meals. She loves helping individuals discover and utilize their strengths through one-on-one sessions and within group dynamics. Aimee completed her Doctorate in Counseling and minor in Prevention Science from the University of Minnesota, where she also worked for eight years in eating disorders research. In past therapy roles, she specialized in abuse recovery, residential therapy, school counseling, Latino, and crisis services. For self-care, Aimee enjoys nature walks, practices yoga, plays Scrabble, and delights in spending time with family, including her niece and nephews.

Heidi Banks, M.A.

Therapist

Heidi works with adults in individual and group therapy at Anna Westin House. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Heidi has experience in the areas of mindfulness, DBT, trauma, and chemical dependency, with special interest in the area of self-compassion. Heidi loves connecting with nature, staying active, trying new foods, organizing, and reading books about inspiration, meaning, and growth.

Jean Baribeau-Thoennes, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Duluth

Sarah Barrett, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Sarah works with adults in individual and couples therapy.  She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. Outside of work, Sarah loves spending time with her family, swimming, biking, walking, cooking, enjoying her book club, and shopping at consignment stores.

Kathleen Bernhoft, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kathleen “Kat” Bernhoft works with individual clients and co-leads the Intensive Day Program (IDP) in St. Paul.  Kat allies with the GLBTQ community and enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds. She draws from a variety of treatment methods including Mindfulness Practice, relational approaches, CBT, DBT, IFS and responding to trauma. Kat received her bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree in social work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas. In her free time, Kat works on mosaic art in her garage.  She also enjoys walking her dog and playing poker with her family.

Kristina Bielke, RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Kristina runs group yoga classes for clients.  She loves sharing her passion for yoga with others and helping people to become more in tune with their bodies, minds and spirits. She earned her 200 and 500 hour yoga certifications from Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis and a Graduate Level Certificate in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University. Kristina loves yoga, running, being outdoors, reading, music and art.

Dawn Boettcher, Psy.D., L.P.

Clinical Manager, Anna Westin House -Adolescent

Dawn has worked with adolescents for over 19 years, primarily in residential settings.  Her role as clinical manager of the adolescent residential program is multifaceted: she works with the leadership team to develop adolescent programming; works closely with clients through individual, adolescent and family services; completes intake evaluations; co-facilitates therapy groups; and serves as part of our “conversation” (aka intervention) team, which provides guidance to families and friends who want to approach a loved one with their concerns. Prior to joining The Emily Program, Dawn was the clinical supervisor of the residential substance abuse treatment program at the MN juvenile corrections facility in Red Wing. Dawn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  Outside of work, Dawn enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, traveling, and attempting to learn about photography. 

Molly R. Borchardt, M.A.

Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Intern

Molly provides individual therapy, group therapy, and assessments to individuals and families participating in the compulsive overeating intensive outpatient program and the intensive day program in St. Louis Park. She is completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Molly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. She has experience in hospital-based and outpatient treatment of trauma, eating disorders, self-injury, and mood disorders, and she values the role of social justice issues in clinical practice. Molly was a college athlete who enjoys soccer, running, and yoga, as well as karaoke night. 

Randi Born, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Randi sees individual clients, couples and families. She earned a Masters in psychology from the University of St. Thomas and a drug counseling certificate from the University of Minnesota, where she also earned a BA in psychology and Studio Arts. Randi has been a private practice therapist, an instructor at Argosy University’s clinical psychology program, and a free-lance illustrator.  She has provided therapy services for a wide range of community organizations and colleges.

Robert Bouley, M.A., L.P.C.C., N.C.C.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Robert enjoys working with individuals, families, and groups to help them improve their lives. He obtained his Master’s in Counseling from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Robert is passionate about traveling, writing, and making new friends. Laughter is a critical part of his daily life.

Rebekah Brandvold, L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Rebekah facilitates several groups and sees individuals, couples and families. She enjoys helping people in their faith and meaning struggles. Rebekah has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and a Post-Graduate Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University. She has also taught as an adjunct psychology instructor at the College of St. Scholastica, Northwestern College and the Art Institute International. Rebekah loves pets and currently has a dog, a cat and several goldfish (Bob, BellaTrix, Albus, George, and Lipstick).

Hoinu Thirumalai Bunce, M.S. Ed., Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Hoinu completes initial assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University at the Twin Cities Campus and completed her internship at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota. Hoinu has experience working with pre/post bariatric surgery, depression, anxiety, chronic medical illness, eating disorders and chemical dependency.

Joan Caillier, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist and Director of Intakes

Joan enjoys working with individual clients, facilitating groups, supervising trainees, and providing leadership in assessment and intakes. Her main focus is working with clients to establish a positive, healing experience at The Emily Program. Joan received her doctoral degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and interned at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City. Her special interests include obesity treatment, trauma recovery, management of chronic medical illness and working with various cultural and economic issues. Joan is developing her internal athlete with triathlon training.

Elizabeth Campbell, Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Elizabeth conducts initial assessments in Spokane. She works with a variety of clients and presenting concerns, and her clinical expertise includes identity development and mindfulness meditation. She loves collaborating with clients to establish a positive, healing experience. Elizabeth earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from University of North Texas, and completed a Predoctoral internship at Texas Woman’s University Counseling Center. In addition to The Emily Program, Elizabeth is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Whitworth University.  She loves cats, playing flute and piccolo, and geocaching.

Katy Christensen, Psy.D., L.P.

Senior Director, Clinical Services

Katy oversees clinical services at all our locations. She also sees adult clients in individual therapy and facilitates a skills group outpatient clients. Katy most enjoys working with clients to understand their stories and help them achieve peace, healing and a higher quality of life. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her MA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from University of Minnesota, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Katy has clinical experience in chemical dependency, personality disorders, depression and anxiety. She also focuses on trauma, and uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in therapy. She loves to read, sing (off-key) with and chase her children, and just hang out with her husband and friends.

Susan Clark, M.A., L.P.C.C., A.T.R.-B.C.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Art Therapist

Susan facilitates the DBT outpatient skills groups, DBT in the adult and adolescent partial hospitalization programs, DBT-informed art therapy, and individual DBT and CBT therapy. She earned her MA in Professional Counseling and holds a certificate in advanced graduate studies in Art Therapy. Susan has experience with DBT, CBT, chemical dependency, grief and loss, and community mental health. She enjoys hiking, cooking, making art and performing with a West African percussion group.

Krista Kubiak Crotty, C.E.D.S., L.M.F.T., Psy.D.

Site Director, Spokane

Krista is the site director for Spokane. In addition, she works with clients of varying ages and diagnoses. Krista loves working with clients around body image issues. She draws from a variety of methods including narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy. Krista loves the use of the creative process in conjunction with the therapeutic process. She earned her Master’s of Science from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in family and pediatrics from Azusa Pacific University. She trained at Harbor UCLA medical center and Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. She is also a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Away from work, Krista loves being a mom to her three boys, playing outside, going on adventures with her family, skiing, hiking, biking, and camping.

Brittany Davis, M.Ed., P.C.C.-S.

Adolescent Program Manager

Brittany works with adolescents in group therapy and oversees the adolescent FBT and DBT PHP/IOP programs. She received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Kent State University. Brittany specializes in working with eating disorders, FBT, CBT, and DBT. Away from work she is a die hard Cleveland sports fan.

Monique DesChane: M.A., C.R.C., L.M.H.C

Residential Site Director, Seattle

Monique works with adolescents and adults in Seattle. She is trained in ACT, DBT, CBT, and MI. She uses a humanistic approach to help clients address disordered eating. Monique earned her undergraduate degree from Washington State University, and her Master’s degree in Counseling, Community Agency from Whitworth University. The Emily Program - Residential opens in early 2015 and Monique is currently training and planning for this Seattle expansion. She is an avid outdoors person. Living in the great Northwest, she enjoys boating, camping, snowmobiling, and riding her ATV.

Alysondra Duke, Ph.D.

Therapist

Alysondra conducts group and individual sessions for adult and adolescent clients at The Emily Program Seattle office. She earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Alysondra has significant experience working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, intimate partner violence, gender issues and identity concerns. As well, she is particularly passionate about working with the LGBT community and infusing social justice and empowerment into sessions with clients. Personally and professionally, Alysondra considers it a gift and honor to be able to work with individuals on their journey toward recovery and healing. Outside of work she has a special place in her heart for Seattle, loves spending time by and/or in the water, dancing, exploring the city, sleeping in, riding the Seattle Great Wheel, and spending quality snuggle time with her dog. She also has a significant passion for manatees and good coffee.

Laura Evenson, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Therapist

Laura sees individual adult clients and works in two of our Intensive Outpatient Programs. She also facilitates an outpatient anorexia/bulimia support group and co-facilitates a Christian group. Laura loves working with groups and hearing the feedback clients give each other and witnessing the power of people sharing their knowledge and experience with each other. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work at Providence College in Rhode Island and her maters in social work at the University of Minnesota. Laura enjoys being outside, reading, and traveling.

Erica M. Falconer, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Erica was a student marital and family therapist at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a behavioral health intern at Red Cedar Medical Center, Mayo Health System, both in Menomonie, before accepting a position with The Emily Program. She also was a domestic violence family advocate at The Women’s Center Domestic Violence Shelter in Red Wing. Erica received her bachelor’s in family studies in psychology from St. Olaf College and her master’s in marital and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Libby Felling, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Libby works with adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy. She especially enjoys helping clients deal with trauma and abuse, and working with high-conflict families. Libby earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University Twin Cities and her Bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota. She has also received specialized training in suicide risk assessment and crisis response, and in EMDR for the treatment of trauma. Libby loves exploring the woods with her highly energetic dog as well as debunking the myth that redheads are going extinct.

Anna Fox, Psy.D.

Therapist

Anna works with the intake and evaluation team. She also works individually with clients. Anna has diverse clinical interests, including: interpersonal/relational patterns and how to assist clients in identifying and changing unhealthy patterns; chemical dependency and addiction recovery; and LGBT issues. She received her MA and a PsyD from the University of St. Thomas in counseling psychology. A fun fact about Anna is that she has two cats, Elphi and Nessa, who are litter-mates. They were named after the witch sisters from the Broadway play “Wicked.”

Victoria “Tori” Frye, M.S.E.D., L.P.C

Licensed Professional Counselor

Tori works with adults, adolescents, and their families in Duluth and Saint Paul. She also facilitates various groups in each location.  Tori likes working with clients challenged by compulsive eating, anxiety, self esteem, and body image issues.  She particularly values using mindfulness-based strategies to assist clients toward gaining clarity and peace within their healing journey.  Tori’s interests include gardening, yoga, reading, biking with her husband, and attempting to add new phrases to her quaker parrot’s boisterous vocabulary.

Kimberly Gerads, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kim provides individual and family counseling in the area of eating disorders and facilitates the daytime Intensive Outpatient Program for people with anorexia and bulimia. She has broad clinical experience assessing and treating a range of mental health issues. Kim received a master’s in clinical social work from the University of Houston. She completed an internship on a psychiatric unit at Memorial Hospital Southwest and worked for Family Services of Houston for 10 years.

Missy Nervick-Thornton, M.S.Ed., L.P.C.C.

Therapist, Duluth

Melissa ‘Missy’ became passionate about issues surrounding food, body image and self esteem during nearly a decade as a counselor, and later director of student support services at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Missy served on the Eating Disorder Task Force, helping develop a protocol to identify students needing support versus those needing formal treatment. She also helped develop eating issue prevention strategies on campus. Missy has a master’s in education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, with a concentration in community counseling and is a licensed professional counselor. Her experience also includes working with issues surrounding depression, anxiety, and adjustment.

Joanna Hardis, L.I.S.W.-S.

Therapist

Joanna works with adolescents and adults. She earned her M.S.S.A. at Case Western Reserve University and her B.S. at Cornell University. Joanna specializes in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and has specialized training in treating obsessive compulsive disorder.

Alison Hawkinson, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Alison sees individual adult clients, facilitates the Recovery Group, and works on psychological intake evaluations and testing interpretation. She especially enjoys working with young adults and individuals with a history of trauma. Alison received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities. She completed her internship at the Metropolitan Community Mental Health Center in St. Paul. Alison has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, autism, chemical dependency, personality disorders and chronic mental illness.

Jenny Hermanson, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Seattle

Jenny provides individual and family therapy, groups, and intensive programming. She received her master’s from Seattle Pacific University, and previously worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. Jenny is passionate about this work. She enjoys collaborating with people as they build meaningful lives and relationships, and supports them to challenge those areas that keep them stuck. Jenny uses a variety of approaches based on what people need, and is experienced in family systems therapy, Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based approaches.  In her free time she enjoys outdoor adventure and travel, her violin and music community, and spending time with family and friends.

Kris Holm, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kris sees adult clients and co-facilitates the Saturday Friends and Family Group. She works evenings and Saturdays to give clients more flexibility with appointments. Kris admires the courage of clients who decide to make change in their lives. She earned a Masters of Social Work from University of Illinois, Chicago and spent 10 years as a clinical social worker in a school district working with children and adolescents. Kris has also worked in chemical dependency. An avid reader and puzzler, Kris is also drawn to and delighted by children.

Kristy Hommerding, M.A., L.P.C.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kristy works with clients in our Intensive Outpatient Programs and individual therapy. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of MN-Twin Cities and her Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University. Kristy completed her Practicum at The Emily Program.

Alan Hunt, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Alan works with individual clients and groups. He loves working with his clients to build a strong therapeutic relationship and facilitate progressive and positive change. Alan takes great pride in working collaboratively with his colleagues in order to best help his clients. He has training in Modern Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York City. He earned his Master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine and his Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Alan enjoys spending his time with family and friends. He loves playing hockey and golf as well as watching sports. Alan has an ear for music and played the guitar for 15 years.

Gwen Ingram-Jones, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Gwen works with adults in individual and group therapy at the Seattle location. She earned her Master’s degree in Psychology at Anitoch University Seattle. Gwen specializes in eating disorders and has a great deal of experience with drug and alcohol addiction. She loves traveling, baking, and spending time with her family.

Melissa Irisarri, M.S.W., L.G.S.W.

Therapist Trainee

Melissa works with adults in individual and group therapy at the Woodbury office. She earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University. Melissa has experience in chemical dependency and eating disorders, as well as mindfulness meditation and other holistic healing modalities. She loves traveling to South America and being a mom to her two cats and dog.

Kate Jalma, Ph.D., L.P.

Training Director

Kate is passionate about helping people create the life they desire. She has profound respect for the courage it takes to confront one’s eating disorder and feels honored to join people on their journey towards recovery. Recovery can mean different things to different people, and usually incorporates improved experiences with food, body, identity, and relationships. Kate takes an interpersonal approach to therapy, and utilizes multiple strategies to support clients in the recovery process.  In addition to doing therapy, Kate is the Training Director.  She is enthusiastic about supporting students, trainees, and staff in their professional development and integration of self-as-therapist. Kate started with The Emily Program in 2007 and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Counseling Psychology. 

Robyn Janssen, Psy.D., L.P.

Clinical Coordinator

Robyn provides individual, group, and family therapy services. She has worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment centers, day treatment, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, private practice, and as an instructor in Argosy University’s clinical psychology program. Robyn earned her Doctorate in Psychology at the University of St. Thomas and completed her internship at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends and taking walks with her two spoiled dogs.

Kristen Johnson, R.N., M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy

Kris is a trauma therapist and family services program coordinator at The Anna Westin House. She enjoys helping clients and families achieve a holistic perspective in their treatment experience. She’s trained in EMDR. She is a Registered Nurse and has earned her Bachelor’s degree in ministries from Northwestern College, a Master’s degree in clinical pastoral counseling from the Minnesota Graduate School of Theology, and most recently received her Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Erin Johnson: M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Erin provides individual and group therapy to adolescents, young adults and their families. Erin enjoys helping families navigate their journey through recovery; her motto is “trust the process.” Erin earned her B.S. in Family Social Science at the U of MN-Twin Cities and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of WI-Stout. She has experience working with at-risk/homeless youth, GLBTQ youth/young adults, chemical dependency, family in-home therapy and family crisis management. Outside of work Erin loves traveling and experiencing other cultures. She believes this passion came from moving over 15 times before turning 25.

Heather Johnson, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Heather works with adults in individual and group therapy. She’s passionate about helping clients understand their stories in a way that promotes health, well-being, life satisfaction, and empowerment. She works primarily from a narrative perspective, but also incorporates, interpersonal and psychodynamic work, along with mindfulness. Her primary interests include working with trauma, anxiety disorders, LGBT issues, and substance abuse disorders. Having previously worked at the University of Minnesota, she also has a passion for working with the college student population. Heather received her Master’s and Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas and completed her pre-doctoral training at the University of Minnesota Counseling Center. In her free time, Heather enjoys running, biking, camping, watching the Vikings, traveling, reading, playing with her niece, Molly, and hanging out with her cats, Leo and Addy.

Dasherline Cox Johnson, M.A.

Pre-Doctorate Intern

Dasherline has a wealth of experience working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), who have a dual diagnosis with chemical dependency. She also has enormous experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds including immigrants, trauma victims, and other special needs populations. Dasherline primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has specialized training in providing Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment, is a Certified Dialectical Behavioral therapist, and is well versed in motivational interviewing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing fun activities with her family, playing soccer, reading, or meditating.

Caleb Kaihoi, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Therapist

Caleb provides treatment planning and therapy with individuals, groups, and families at the Anna Westin House. He earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Caleb has experience in residential treatment as well as CBT, DBT, the impact of traumatic experiences, chemical dependency (dual-diagnosis) and the impact of family relationships in recovery. He likes to spend free time with his family and friends, preferably outdoors on a walk, grilling, golfing or completing projects around the house. Caleb also really enjoys listening to music, new and old, and from a wide range of genres.

Amy Kalasunas, P.C.C.-S., N.C.C.

Therapist

Amy works with adults in individual and group therapy who are enrolled in our Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs. She also work individually with clients in the Cognitive Behavior Therapy track. Amy earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from John Carroll University. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and stays current on adaptations to the model , such as PTSD exposure within a DBT model, and Radically Open DBT for disorders of Over-control. Amy has experience treating individuals with eating disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders at all levels of inpatient and outpatient care. Amy aspires to someday work for The Onion.

Jason Kell, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C.

Licensed Therapist

Jason works with adolescents in outpatient individual therapy. He has completed training in work with individuals who have experienced trauma and has focused experience with play therapy. Jason completed his Master’s in Counseling at Denver Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys triathlons, singing, traveling, and being a dad.

Ryoka Kim, M.S.

Psychology Practicum Student

Ryoka works with individuals, groups and families. She takes a relational approach to psychotherapy and values the genuineness in the process. Ryoka earned her B.A. in Health Sciences from Waseda University in Tokyo and her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University. Currently she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Ryoka moved from Japan to the U.S. 6 years ago. In her spare time she loves watching romantic comedies and has a fondness for orange cats.

Sonja Kromroy

Therapist Trainee

Colette Kuhn, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Colette has worked in a variety of settings including educational institutions, chemical dependency treatment centers and community mental health agencies. She has extensive individual and group therapy experience working with a wide range of mental health issues. Before joining The Emily Program, Colette worked as a staff psychologist at the University of St. Thomas Counseling Center where she provided counseling to undergraduate and graduate students and trained and supervised doctoral interns and practicum students in the counseling profession. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas

Bevie LaBrie, M.A., L.A.M.F.T., A.T.

Art Therapist

Bevie works primarily with adolescents and young adults. She enjoys helping clients find their voice, identity, and empowerment through creative expression and wilderness experiences. Bevie earned her B.A. in Child and Family Studies and specialized in art and youth ministry at Seattle Pacific University. She studied Studio Art at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and completed her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at Adler Graduate School. Bevie grew up in Washington state and loves the outdoors, including: traveling and exploring by rock-climbing, back-packing, and canoeing/kayaking. Additionally, she enjoys playing guitar and creating through painting, pottery, and photography as well as yoga and skate-skiing.

Anna Lamphere, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Anna works with residents at Anna Westin House-Adolescent. She enjoys empowering adolescents and their families to overcome challenges and lead healthy and happy lives. Anne received her Master’s of Social Work degree from The College of St. Catherine. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors—in every season. Anne also likes to read, fish, go to concerts, and watch her children grow.

Anne Lamphere, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Jennie Laskow, M.A., L.P.C.C.

Clinical Manager for COE Intensive Programs, St. Louis Park

Jennie facilitates the compulsive overeating intensive outpatient program and does individual therapy in St. Louis Park. She has worked in residential and outpatient settings with people facing a broad range of issues including mood, anxiety and thought disorders, chemical dependency and HIV. Jennie received her master’s in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She completed her practicum at the Park Nicollet Mental Health Department in Minneapolis.

Natalie Lau, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Natalie works primarily with adolescents and their families in outpatient individual therapy, family therapy, and intensive group programming. She is passionate about the prevention and individualized treatment of eating disorders at The Emily Program. Natalie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University-Twin Cities. Away from work, Natalie loves to travel, bake cupcakes, and is excited to start learning Greek!

Jenny Lees, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Jenny does individual and group therapy with adults and older adolescents. She enjoys working with clients across the diagnostic spectrum of eating disorders. In addition to “talk” therapy, Jenny likes to use elements of mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing. She earned her undergraduate degree at the of Minnesota, Twin Cities and completed her Psychology Doctorate at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Jenny is married and is the mom of 2 children and 2 dogs. She is a beginner gardener and enjoys crafty things, being outside, reading, and music.

Kristin Lyon, C.T.R.S.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Kristin uses recreation experiences to address recovery issues and help clients work towards their recovery goals. Her passion comes to life when a client can introduce elements of leisure into their lives, to discover new sources of coping, meaning, enjoyment, and self-discovery in recovery. Kristin obtained her degree in Recreation Therapy at the University of Minnesota and has since been working in mental health. In her personal recreation time, Kristin is developing a new game involving kayaking, karaoke, and a trampoline.

Stephanie MacDonald, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.-S.

Intake Coordinator

Stephanie answers the intake calls at the Cleveland office, completes assessments, and addresses barriers to treatment to improve resources for clients. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Ohio State University. Stephanie specializes in eating disorders, adolescent and adult assessments, and adolescent dialectical behavior therapy. She enjoys reading, spending time with her kids, being outdoors, and traveling.

Lindsey Mackereth, M.A., L.P.C.

Therapist Trainee

Lindsey works in the Intensive Outpatient Programs and provides outpatient individual and group therapy for clients in Woodbury. She completed her practicum at The Emily Program and is honored to continue her work within this innovative agency. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and is currently completing her coursework in the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies program at the University of Minnesota. She enjoys spending time with her family, video art, yoga, gardening and playing fetch with her dog, Bessy.

Tamar Melmed Marmor, M.P.S., A.T.R., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Tamar works with individuals, couples and families. She facilitates a number of outpatient groups and is involved in many of our intensive programs. Tamar is also a registered art therapist and integrates experiential, somatic, and psychodynamic approaches into her work with clients. She received her Master’s in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and her post-master’s certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. Tamar hails from California and appreciates visits back home to spend time by the ocean. 

Dirk Miller, Ph.D., L.P.

Executive Director

Dirk has been dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders for over 20 years. Dirk oversees all clinical and administrative activities in addition to working directly with clients. He completed his doctorate in psychology at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation was in the area of eating disorders treatment. He developed and administered an inpatient/outpatient eating disorders program at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, which was the first such program in Indiana. In addition to his work with individuals struggling with eating disorders, Dirk also has been involved in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse.

Natale Mooney, M.A.

Doctoral Intern

Natale provides individual therapy, group therapy, and assessments to individuals and families participating in the intensive day program in St. Louis Park and the adolescent residential program at the Anna Westin House. She emphasizes viewing individuals holistically and meeting clients where they are at. Natale is completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Family Studies from the University of St. Thomas. Natale has clinical experience in conducting a wide range of psychological assessments with a diverse population of all ages. She has experience providing individual and group therapy with adolescents and adults with eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues, such as mood disorders, chemical dependency issues, personality disorders, and a history of trauma. She also has experience in working with individuals with eating disorders and Type I diabetes. Her special interests are in mindfulness and spirituality. Outside of work, Natale enjoys “do-it-yourself” projects and photography. She also loves dancing, practicing yoga, traveling, playing board games, watching professional sports (especially the MN Twins and the MN Wild), and most importantly spending time with friends and family. She loves all animals, especially dogs. 

Laurie Mueller, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

After a two year relocation to Denver, CO, Laurie rejoins The Emily Program’s St. Louis Park outpatient team. Laurie works with individuals of all ages in individual and family therapy. While in Denver, she worked as a therapist in the inpatient/residential/partial hospitalization unit at The Eating Recovery Center. Laurie received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas.

Nicole Munger, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Nicole works with children, adolescents and adults individually and in groups. She also works with clients who have chemical dependency issues. Nicole earned her bachelors in sociology from the College of St. Benedict, and her masters in clinical social work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas. She enjoys traveling and photography; she’s also camped in the Himalayas.

Kristen R Myers, Psy.D., Dr.PH, L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Kristen works with adults and adolescents in individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as in the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization (intensive day) programs at our Seattle office. She is passionate about supporting and challenging clients working through traumatic experiences, grief and loss, shame, finding and supporting healthy emotional and self expression and engaging in healthy relationships. Kristen cherishes the passion, authenticity, and compassion her coworkers have in their work at The Emily Program. She earned Doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Public Health, Preventive Care, at Loma Linda University. Outside of work, Kristen loves almost any activity with family and friends, including: table and party games; hiking, running, camping and other outdoor adventures; movies; music; dancing; traveling; theme parks and costume parties.

Sarah Nowak, Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Sarah works with individuals in an outpatient setting in St. Paul. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University, and completed her doctoral internship at the University of Minnesota Counseling and Consulting Services. Having previously worked as a Senior Clinician at Hazelden addiction treatment center, Sarah brings an interpersonal/emotion-focused approach to her work in therapy. Some of her areas of interest include working with substance abuse, LGBT clients and career/values exploration. She also has experience and a passion for group therapy and holistic treatment approaches. She values all forms of teamwork and empowering relationships with clients, colleagues, and her volleyball team.

Shannon O’Donnell, Psy.D., L.P.

Senior Director of Residential Services

Shannon has worked in eating disorders since 1990 conducting research, providing clinical care and developing treatment programs. She returned to Minnesota to open the Anna Westin House, the state’s first residential treatment facility. As Director, she guides, supports and encourages the Anna Westin House staff. Shannon also sees a small caseload of individual clients. Shannon received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She loves to dance to just about anything with her two kids (especially the song, “Bust a Move”) and says: “I am also very grateful for the relationships that I have and try to spend as much time as I can with those important people in my life.”

Louise Page, M.A., L.P.C.C.

Site Director, St. Louis Park

Louise works individually with adults and older adolescents; facilitates an Intensive Outpatient Program; and co-facilitates groups for post-gastric-bypass, compulsive overeating and people with eating disorders who also have chemical dependency (ED/CD). She especially likes working with ED/CD clients and clients recovering from trauma. Louise earned her masters in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. She likes spending time with family and friends, knitting, reading, outdoor activities, and has a newfound love of deep-sea fishing.

Lori Peiffer, Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Lori primarily treats adults in individual and group therapy. She often works with people who have eating disorders and a history of trauma. Lori received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed her internship at the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium. She has facilitated groups for individuals with anorexia, bulimia, compulsive over-eating, and for people who have had bariatric surgery. Lori also has significant experience conducting Dialectical Behavior Therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy groups. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her family.

Lucinda A. Pepper, C.M.T., C.Y.T., R.Y.T.

Massage and Yoga Therapist

Lucinda uses different techniques to customize sessions to a client’s needs, using massage therapy, bodywork, and yoga as powerful treatment tools. She calls her yoga classes and massage sessions “gently deep” experiences, because she honors the client’s capacity to release and open into a safe atmosphere where skillful use of the body, mind, and breath can foster deep healing. Lucinda has been a massage therapist since 1996 and a yoga teacher since 2005. A graduate of the Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork, she is also trained in basic somatic therapy, which helps clients stay grounded and safe as they explore where trauma is active in their bodies.

Jodi Pierce, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Seattle

Jodi works with individuals, families and groups including the Intensive Outpatient Groups. Originally from Seattle, and an alumni of the University of Washington, she earned her Master’s degree from Bastyr University in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling. Jodi also works at University of Washington, helping her clients recover from a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury. Jodi is interested in new individual and family based research in the emerging field of brain neuroscience—the end goal being to help clients make long-lasting change. Outside of work, Jodi loves to travel and has done so extensively throughout Europe and Asia. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.

Vanessa Rempel, Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Vanessa is part of the intake assessment team and provides individual and group therapy. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and gradually worked her way south since then, completing her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota. Vanessa says Minneapolis/St. Paul is the warmest climate her Canadian skin can withstand. She loves to sing, read (anything and everything), bike, hike, and watch movies with her husband.

Mary Robertson, M.A., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Mary provides individual therapy to clients. She earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at The College of St. Catherine and completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at St. Mary’s University. Mary enjoys creating a place of safety and connection when working with individuals, groups, couples, and families. She has completed the intermediate training level for Somatic Experiencing therapy, and is skilled in helping clients address life issues that include abuse/trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, parenting, addiction/recovery, and self care. In addition to being the proud mom of two sons, Mary enjoys gardening, biking, reading, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.

Kate Robinson, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Kate conducts intake assessments and provides individual and group psychotherapy for adults. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Loyola College in Maryland and completed her predoctoral internship at the Hamm Clinic in St. Paul. Kate is committed to forming non-judgmental and trusting relationships with clients and helping them to more fully understand themselves. With this deeper understanding of themselves, clients are able to make personally meaningful choices and to live in ways that are important to them. Kate’s approach to therapy draws on psychodynamic and mindfulness-informed perspectives. At the heart of her work is the belief that difficulties in life are inevitable for all of us and that they are opportunities to deepen our compassion for ourselves and others. Outside of work, Kate enjoys jogging around the lakes, biking, seeing live music of all sorts, and dancing.

Krystle Robinson, Psy.D., L.P

Licensed Psychologist

Krystle works with outpatient clients providing individual and group therapy; and completing intake evaluations. She appreciates the holistic and individualized approach to treatment that The Emily Program believes in; as well as the enthusiasm from other staff for eating disorder assessment and research. Krystle received her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. A Nebraska native, she enjoys cheering on the Huskers during college football season and exploring the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. Krystle likes outdoor activities such as running, fishing, canoeing; free time is spent with family, friends, and getting acclimated to Minnesota.

John Rogers M.A., L.P.C.

Licensed Professional Counselor

John works with clients in our Intensive Outpatient Programs. He received his Bachelor’s in Business and his Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University. John has worked with children, teens, adults, and families affected by serious illness, trauma, and loss in Ireland, California, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. John completed his internship at The Center for Grief, Loss, and Transition in St. Paul. Away from work John likes to be outdoors and is a certified lifeguard, high ropes/zip line facilitator, archery instructor, and rattlesnake wrangler.

Anna Roth, Ph.D., L.M.H.C., R.Y.T.-500

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Anna provides individual, group and yoga therapy in the Seattle office. Her orientation to therapy is rooted in psychodynamic, common factors and strengths-based modalities, and incorporates various skills-based therapies as appropriate (DBT, ACT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, etc.). Anna is passionate about holistic and integrative mind/body healing approaches and loves helping clients re-connect to heart, intuition and self-compassion through experiential yoga therapy. Anna is finishing her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology with an emphasis in Alternative Healing Therapies. She is also a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and completed her yoga training at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and in Dharamsala, India in 2009. Away from work Anna loves being active in nature, deepening her yoga practice and exploring the Pacific-Northwest with her fiancé.

Danielle Rothfork, M.A.

Therapist Trainee

Danielle enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to find a healthy balance in their life. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict in Nutrition/Dietetics and her Master of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University of MN in Marriage and Family Therapy. Danielle loves to spend time with her friends and family, travel, read, and scuba-dive.

Diane Rubright, M.A., M.Ed., Psy.D., L.P.

Post-doctoral and Practicum Training Coordinator

Diane works with adolescents and adults struggling with a range of eating disorders and disordered eating in individual and group therapy. She enjoys working with 8-12 year olds struggling with disordered eating and their families.  Diane also has experience with in-vivo exposure training and addressing anxiety (i.e., abuse, sexual trauma, phobias, social anxiety, and obsessive compulsive issues). She also provides career counseling for Emily Program clients and works with practicum students learning to be therapists.

Diane earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She also has Masters degrees in Education and Second Languges and Cultures from the University of Minnesota. Diane loves learning other languages and cultures.

Stacy Saindon, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Clinical Manager of Family Services

Stacy takes a systems approach to healing the mind, body and spirit; she is the family services coordinator and believes that our families are our first world and, within this context, we began the process of authoring our life-story. Stacy provides outpatient family, couples and individual therapy. She co-facilitates a Compulsive Overeating Intensive Outpatient program and groups for Creative Arts and Sexual Healing, Yoga and Body Image, and College Age clients. Stacy also supervises marriage and family therapy students and trainees. Stacy received her bachelor’s in family social science from the University of Minnesota and her master’s in psychotherapy and counseling, with a focus on marriage and family therapy from Alfred Adler Graduate School in Hopkins. She believes that healing and insight lie in the intersection between self and others. Stacy finds it highly rewarding to witness and navigate towards this sacred space.

Geri Scherer, M.A., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Geri works with adults in individual therapy to transition forward toward healing and improved well-being.  Developing an empathic, therapeutic relationship, she helps clients break troublesome patterns, challenge negative beliefs, and learn healthy alternatives to problematic behaviors that have left them feeling stuck.  The main goal of her work is to help people gain self-awareness, resilience, and useful internal and external resources to help them expand their capacity to live a value-driven life. She earned her B.A. in Speech-Communication from the University of Minnesota and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Away from the office, Geri enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, walking her dog (Millie), water and snow skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Deborah Schermann, M.A., L.P.

Director, Consultative Services

Deborah has worked in the area of eating disorder treatment since 1987 as an individual, family and group therapist. She helped develop and administer an outpatient eating disorders clinic at Allina. She is committed to providing education to health professionals and the public regarding eating disorders prevention and treatment. Most recently, she has participated in research and has developed expertise in the area of obesity treatments.

Stacy Schilter Pisano, M.A., L.M.F.T., C.E.D.S.

Site Director, South Sound (Lacey)

Stacy oversees the South Sound office, while also running groups and working with individual clients and families. She is an Olympia native and is passionate about helping people impacted by eating disorders and intrusive body image. Stacy earned her B.A. in Human Services at Western Washington University and acquired her Master’s in Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family therapy from Antioch University. Living in Olympia with her husband, young son and chocolate lab, Stacy enjoys all things related to Puget Sound and other bodies of water, in particular, paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and boating.

Angie Scott, Ph.D., L.P.

Site Director, St. Paul & Duluth

Angie oversees the 2265 Como office in St. Paul and the office in Duluth. She also sees clients individually. She loves the mix of things she does here – working with clients across the spectrum of eating disorders as individuals and in groups. Angie completed her doctoral degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She interned at the University of St. Thomas Personal Counseling Center. She has worked with depression, anxiety, relationships, developmental transitions, eating disorders, and abuse recovery in university settings and community mental health agencies. Angie still has family in her native Rhode Island, so her children get to experience the ocean. She has also officiated at two weddings.

Tara Cindy Sherman, ERYT 500

Certified Yoga Instructor

Tara teaches therapeutic yoga to residential and outpatient adults and adolescents. She feels both grateful and blessed to be able to share such an important part of her life, and the profoundly healing benefits of yoga to a population so deserving. Tara has multiple yoga certifications in a variety of styles: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Expanding Light in Grass Valley, California; 120 Hour Yoga Dance Certification from Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts; 200 Hour Atma Yoga Certification from Christopher Baxter in Red Wing, Minnesota; 90 Hour Yoga of the Heart Certification from Nischala Devi in Grass Valley, California; and 35 Hour JAI Prenatal Certification from Jennifer Gray in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her free time Tara loves being in nature, being with loved ones, and being creative. She also studies African djembe drumming and teaches an ensemble drum group that performs locally.

Monique Silver, M.A., L.P.

Clinical Manager, Anna Westin House

Monique is a licensed psychologist and clinical manager at the Anna Westin House. She’s worked within residential services for over 5 years.  As clinical manager, she provides individual and group therapy, supervises EDTs, and participates in various meetings. She received her master’s in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis. Outside of work, Monique spends time (preferably outdoors) with her dog, family and friends. She also enjoys a good read.

Rachel Slater, Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Rachel sees individual clients, facilitates groups, and works with the assessment and intake team. She loves spending her days working with others to seek out and develop strengths and understanding in our lives. Rachel completed her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, developmental transitions, relationships, and sexual assault and trauma. Rachel has three cats, a husband and a British accent. She tries to bike to work and admits to domesticity, enjoying cooking, baking bread, and knitting.

April Sobieralski, Psy.D.

Therapist

April works with clients individually and in DBT Groups at The Emily Program - Cleveland. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University. April specializes in DBT for adults and adolescents and adolescent behavioral disorders. She enjoys hanging with her dog and two cats, scouting out fun restaurants and had a shameless obsession with reality TV.

Cindy Solberg, M.A., L.P.C., L.A.D.C.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Cindy works with clients who struggle with both eating disorders and chemical dependency. She provides assessments, group therapy, and awareness of cross addiction to clients and staff. Cindy enjoys being able to provide services for people who struggle with dual disorder of CD and ED. Cindy received her Master’s in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School and her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Metropolitan State University. Outside of work she enjoys traveling—while studying in England she lived in Alnwick Castle where the first two Harry Potter movies were filmed. Cindy likes to spend time outdoors, fishing, taking walks, and playing with her dogs.

Vanessa Sovine, L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Vanessa works with adolescents in individual, family, and group therapy at Anna Westin House-Adolescent. She earned her Master’s degree at Adler Graduate School. Vanessa specializes in eating disorders, body image work, CBT, and DBT. She loves traveling, karaoke, and her Green Bay Packers.

Joanna Stagg, Psy.D., L.P.

Site Director, Seattle

Joanna provides individual therapy, intake assessments, and intensive outpatient treatment. She enjoys being a part of the healing process and helping people develop a new relationship with their emotions and more power and freedom in their lives. She also is passionate about helping people through the process of healing from trauma and offers specialized trauma therapy, including EMDR. In addition to her role as a therapist, Joanna provides management support to the Seattle office and loves being a part of the gifted and passionate Seattle staff team. Joanna earned a Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. She completed her internship at The Fremont Community Therapy Project where she was trained in trauma therapy and mindfulness-based treatments, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Joanna loves walking in the woods or by the water, exploring all that Seattle has to offer, and spending time with friends and family.

Kristen Stevens, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Therapist/Fellow

Kristen works with adults in individual and group therapy. She is also involved in the COE/BED intensive program and in the intake process for clients new to The Emily Program. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis in Counseling Psychology. Kristen has worked in a variety of settings with adolescents, families, couples, and adults. She has worked in chemical dependency, eating disorders, and community mental health providing DBT, CBT, and emotion focused/relational therapy. Kristen loves to watch movies, read, and spend time with her family.

Quinn Sullivan, Psy.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Quinn sees individuals, couples, and families; and works with our intensive programs. He also performs intake assessments and chemical dependency assessments. Quinn earned his doctorate at The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, where he received the school’s Presidential Leadership Award. His dissertation studied identity development in the age of social networking. Quinn had clinical training at the Hazelden Foundation, UW-Stout Counseling Center, and The Emily Program. He has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Studio Art from Connecticut College where he created mixed media pieces from Mapuche myths. He was in business in the Americas and Europe until getting up enough courage to quit his job and follow his intuition to work in psychology. Quinn is left-handed in a right-handed world.

Kimberly Sweeney, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kimberly sees individual adults, adolescents, families and couples and works in the Intensive Day Program.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.
Kimberly provides a safe, nonjudgmental and empathic environment.  She has witnessed her clients successfully use therapy to break troublesome patterns, challenge negative beliefs and find healthy alternatives to problematic behaviors that have left them feeling stuck or dissatisfied.  The main goal of her work is to help her clients gain self-awareness and expand their capacity to be more fully alive.

Joan Testa, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Joan provides outpatient individual, couple, and family therapy. She invites a holistic approach to healing and personal growth, recognizing the impact of relationships and spirituality upon this journey. Joan loves collaborating with clients to develop self awareness, positive self regard, and emotional balance so that clients can live their lives to the fullest. Joan worked as a Registered Nurse before returning to school at mid life to pursue her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel University. Prior to joining The Emily Program, she worked with individuals, couples, and families for 6 years in private practice. In addition to her passion for helping others with eating disorders and body image, she has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma-related concerns, and relationship distress. Away from work, Joan enjoys walking in the woods, taking in a beautiful sunset, and sharing coffee and conversation with friends and family.

Mary Thomas, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Mary is a therapist at our St. Louis Park location. She has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her program emphasis was working with American Indians, especially in rural communities. Mary loves playing with her dogs, hiking, listening to music, and reading.

Anna Tierney, Ph.D. L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Anna performs intake assessments and provides psychotherapy to adult clients. Her interests are in clinical and health psychology. Anna’s priority is to provide a safe and comforting environment to allow clients to heal. Anna earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the St. Louis University.  She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Psychology at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. She also worked as a psychologist at Webster Wellness/McCallum Place, an eating disorder treatment facility, in St. Louis, Missouri before coming to The Emily Program. In addition to eating disorders, Anna also has expertise in the areas of mood and anxiety disorders, obesity, trauma, and comorbid medical conditions. Anna enjoys walking her chocolate lab Charlie, reading, hiking, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Talia Torrano, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ann Trench, M.S.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Ann is co-leader of the Individual Day Treatment Program and provides individual, group and couples therapy. She is also interested in adoption, infertility, attachment, grief and loss, death and dying, depression, cross-cultural issues, and schizophrenia. Ann is passionate about building community and helping others discover the wonder and beauty that is already within. She earned her BA from St. Olaf College and Master of Science in Social Work from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ann has worked in adoption and hospice care, and her clinical internships included training at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Unit at the Mental Health Center of Dane County, Wisconsin.

Nicole Uchal, M.S., L.P.C.C.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Nicole works with adolescents and adults in individual therapy and intensive programming. She earned her Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Winona State University. Nicole completed a practicum/internship at The Emily Program in 2011. She has experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, and has training in DBT, CBT-E, sensorimotor psychotherapy. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys running, attending a variety of sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

Erin VandenLangenberg, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Post-Doctoral Intern

Erin works primarily with adolescents and their families in individual therapy and intensive programming.  In therapy, she draws from CBT, DBT, and client-centered approaches.  She received her Doctorate in Psychology and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.  Erin completed her clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Pediatric Psychology and Child Psychiatry.  She loves trivia, traveling, running with her dog, and watching football.

Anna Vogel, L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Anne works with individuals (adolescents 12+ and adults) and couples and families. She has over three and a half years experience working with individuals who struggle with eating disorders. Her other special interests include work in depression, anxiety and body image therapy. Anne is also experienced with integrating Christian beliefs into the therapy experience for individuals desiring this approach. She received her degree in social work from Baylor University and a her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Bethel University. Anne is a mother of two girls, which takes up most of her time. However, when she has free time she enjoys hiking, water and downhill skiing, and traveling.

Melinda Waggoner, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W.-S.

Adult Program Manager

Melinda is the adult CBT program manager and works with adults in individual and group therapy at the Cleveland location. She earned her Master’s of Science in Social Administration at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Science. Melinda specializes in eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and women’s issues.

Tracy Williams, L.I.C.S.W.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Tracy is primarily an individual therapist who works mostly with adults. She co-facilitates the outpatient and Intensive Day Program cooking groups. She grows vegetables and herbs at our St. Paul location to incorporate into cooking and has co-facilitated a mindfulness group. Prior to joining The Emily Program, she provided therapy at the Winona Eating Disorder Collaborative and worked with at-risk children and their families for the Yakama Nation in Washington. She received her master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Tracy trains in Somatic Experiencing trauma and is part of The Emily Program’s trauma special interest group, “which I find very exciting, as we learn and explore new ways to understand and heal from trauma.” Tracy loves sitting with people in individual therapy as they take the journey of discovery, growth and intimacy. She also loves puttering in the garden.

Shauntae Willis M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., C.D.P.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Chemical Dependency Professional

Shauntae works with adolescents and adults providing individual, family, and group therapy in our outpatient and intensive outpatient programs. Shauntae brings a social justice lens to her practice and enjoys holding space for exploration, transformation, and healing to occur emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Shauntae earned a Master’s in Social Work from Eastern WA University in 2003 and completed her addiction course work at Seattle Central Community College in 2005. She enjoys learning and is continuing her training in cross cultural Shamanism and Somatics & Trauma. When not working or in classes, Shauntae loves to explore, travel, dance, take pictures, spend time outdoors in the sun, and hangout with friends.

Petra Woehrle, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Therapist

Petra works with adults and adolescents and is part of the intake team. She takes a holistic approach to mental health, meaning that she likes to help clients explore the interplay between multiple dimensions of health (physical, mental, spiritual, relational, etc.). Petra received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. She enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking overly ambitious meals, and spending time her family.

Melissa Young

Psychology Practicum Student

Melissa works with adolescents and their families. She enjoys building relationships with clients, helping them find their strengths and watching them grow through treatment. Melissa earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Northwestern College in St. Paul, and is completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University. Away from work she enjoys biking around the Twin Cities, supporting local music, playing Speed Scrabble and trying new kinds of tea.

Christy Zender, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Site Director, Woodbury and Toogood

Christy leads the development and coordination of our outpatient services for adolescents and their families. She helps lead the Adolescent and Family Intensive Programs and loves helping people see that they can get through a challenge! Christy completed a dual graduate degree in social work and theology at the College of Saint Catherine/University of St. Thomas. She earned a bachelor’s in religion from Belmont University in Nashville with a concentration in youth ministry, Judeo-Christian history and Hebrew. Christy likes to travel, read historical fiction and is “slightly obsessed” with the TV series “Lost.”

Janelle Zimmerman, M.A.

Therapist Trainee

Janelle works with adolescent and young adult clients individually and in groups.  Janelle completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2011 and she has a BA in studio art and art history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Because of her background in art, Janelle enjoys incorporating art into her professional work. Janelle spends free time reading, painting, and hanging out with her nieces and nephews. She also enjoys biking around Minneapolis and is still searching for the best place to play Late Night Trivia.

Adena Zlochower, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Adena works with children and adolescents using the Maudsley family based treatment (FBT) approach and/or behavioral exposure. She works with adults in both the standard and Binge Eating Disorder program using the enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. Additionally, she uses CBT approaches to treat co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and body dissatisfaction. Adena earned her doctorate in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an internship in pediatric psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She specializes in FBT and CBT-E for the treatment of eating disorders, CBT, behavioral exposure approaches to the treatment of ARFID. Adena loves taking RV trips with her family and relaxing vacations on the beach!

South Sound
Sydnee Erickson

Office Manager, South Sound

Kathleen Fugere Larson, M.N., A.R.N.P.-B.C.

Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen works in the Partial Hospitalization Program in Seattle and South Sound providing psychiatric medication management and consultation. She really appreciates the team atmosphere and working collaboratively. Kathleen received her BA in Psychology in conjunction with her nursing degree at The University of Washington in 2001. She returned to University of Washington in 2005 to get her Master’s degree and Psychiatric A.R.N.P. Kathleen also works in the outpatient setting at the University of Washington and has previously worked in the inpatient psychiatric unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Outside of work Kathleen loves spending time with her twin girls and getting away to practice yoga when she can. She also enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time outdoors during Seattle summers.

Tiffany C. Hammer

Community Outreach Specialist

Tiffany speaks with various community groups, associations, healthcare professionals, and school groups to educate and provide resources around eating disorders. She earned her Bachelor’s in History with Dept. Honors and Spanish, cum laude from Seattle University. Tiffany has worked in volunteer and event management, fundraising, and community engagement for over 10 years. She enjoys laughing, growing, dreaming, and exploring. She loves rocks and crystals, interior design, her poly-dactyl cat, Digit, and meeting new people.

Kelsey Johnson, R.D.

Registered Dietitian

Laurie Schaetzel-Hill, M.S., R.D.N., C.E.D.R.D.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Laurie works with clients individually and in a group setting. She received her Master’s in Human Nutrition and is a Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian. Laurie has treated men, women, and adolescents with food and weight issues as well as eating disorders for 18 years in Olympia, WA. Away from work she composes piano music, loves wilderness travel, biking and gardening. Ask her about being bit by a rattlesnake!

Stacy Schilter Pisano, M.A., L.M.F.T., C.E.D.S.

Site Director, South Sound (Lacey)

Stacy oversees the South Sound office, while also running groups and working with individual clients and families. She is an Olympia native and is passionate about helping people impacted by eating disorders and intrusive body image. Stacy earned her B.A. in Human Services at Western Washington University and acquired her Master’s in Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family therapy from Antioch University. Living in Olympia with her husband, young son and chocolate lab, Stacy enjoys all things related to Puget Sound and other bodies of water, in particular, paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and boating.

Talia Torrano, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Seattle
Lindsey Cherry, B.S.W.

Office Manager, Seattle

Monique DesChane: M.A., C.R.C., L.M.H.C

Residential Site Director, Seattle

Monique works with adolescents and adults in Seattle. She is trained in ACT, DBT, CBT, and MI. She uses a humanistic approach to help clients address disordered eating. Monique earned her undergraduate degree from Washington State University, and her Master’s degree in Counseling, Community Agency from Whitworth University. The Emily Program - Residential opens in early 2015 and Monique is currently training and planning for this Seattle expansion. She is an avid outdoors person. Living in the great Northwest, she enjoys boating, camping, snowmobiling, and riding her ATV.

Alysondra Duke, Ph.D.

Therapist

Alysondra conducts group and individual sessions for adult and adolescent clients at The Emily Program Seattle office. She earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Alysondra has significant experience working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, intimate partner violence, gender issues and identity concerns. As well, she is particularly passionate about working with the LGBT community and infusing social justice and empowerment into sessions with clients. Personally and professionally, Alysondra considers it a gift and honor to be able to work with individuals on their journey toward recovery and healing. Outside of work she has a special place in her heart for Seattle, loves spending time by and/or in the water, dancing, exploring the city, sleeping in, riding the Seattle Great Wheel, and spending quality snuggle time with her dog. She also has a significant passion for manatees and good coffee.

Kathleen Fugere Larson, M.N., A.R.N.P.-B.C.

Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen works in the Partial Hospitalization Program in Seattle and South Sound providing psychiatric medication management and consultation. She really appreciates the team atmosphere and working collaboratively. Kathleen received her BA in Psychology in conjunction with her nursing degree at The University of Washington in 2001. She returned to University of Washington in 2005 to get her Master’s degree and Psychiatric A.R.N.P. Kathleen also works in the outpatient setting at the University of Washington and has previously worked in the inpatient psychiatric unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Outside of work Kathleen loves spending time with her twin girls and getting away to practice yoga when she can. She also enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time outdoors during Seattle summers.

Tiffany C. Hammer

Community Outreach Specialist

Tiffany speaks with various community groups, associations, healthcare professionals, and school groups to educate and provide resources around eating disorders. She earned her Bachelor’s in History with Dept. Honors and Spanish, cum laude from Seattle University. Tiffany has worked in volunteer and event management, fundraising, and community engagement for over 10 years. She enjoys laughing, growing, dreaming, and exploring. She loves rocks and crystals, interior design, her poly-dactyl cat, Digit, and meeting new people.

Jenny Hermanson, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Seattle

Jenny provides individual and family therapy, groups, and intensive programming. She received her master’s from Seattle Pacific University, and previously worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. Jenny is passionate about this work. She enjoys collaborating with people as they build meaningful lives and relationships, and supports them to challenge those areas that keep them stuck. Jenny uses a variety of approaches based on what people need, and is experienced in family systems therapy, Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based approaches.  In her free time she enjoys outdoor adventure and travel, her violin and music community, and spending time with family and friends.

Kelsey Hudson, M.S., R.D., C.D.

Registered Dietitian

Kelsey works with adults and adolescents in individual and group nutrition therapy sessions as well as the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She enjoys getting to know and caring holistically for each of her clients. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at Seattle Pacific University, and completed her dietetic internship and Master’s degree in Nutrition at State University of New York at Oneonta. Kelsey enjoys spending her time playing cribbage, traveling abroad, hiking, and is currently searching for the tastiest tamale in Seattle.

Gwen Ingram-Jones, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Gwen works with adults in individual and group therapy at the Seattle location. She earned her Master’s degree in Psychology at Anitoch University Seattle. Gwen specializes in eating disorders and has a great deal of experience with drug and alcohol addiction. She loves traveling, baking, and spending time with her family.

Erin Johnson: M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Erin provides individual and group therapy to adolescents, young adults and their families. Erin enjoys helping families navigate their journey through recovery; her motto is “trust the process.” Erin earned her B.S. in Family Social Science at the U of MN-Twin Cities and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of WI-Stout. She has experience working with at-risk/homeless youth, GLBTQ youth/young adults, chemical dependency, family in-home therapy and family crisis management. Outside of work Erin loves traveling and experiencing other cultures. She believes this passion came from moving over 15 times before turning 25.

Kristen R Myers, Psy.D., Dr.PH, L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Kristen works with adults and adolescents in individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as in the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization (intensive day) programs at our Seattle office. She is passionate about supporting and challenging clients working through traumatic experiences, grief and loss, shame, finding and supporting healthy emotional and self expression and engaging in healthy relationships. Kristen cherishes the passion, authenticity, and compassion her coworkers have in their work at The Emily Program. She earned Doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Public Health, Preventive Care, at Loma Linda University. Outside of work, Kristen loves almost any activity with family and friends, including: table and party games; hiking, running, camping and other outdoor adventures; movies; music; dancing; traveling; theme parks and costume parties.

Jodi Pierce, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Seattle

Jodi works with individuals, families and groups including the Intensive Outpatient Groups. Originally from Seattle, and an alumni of the University of Washington, she earned her Master’s degree from Bastyr University in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling. Jodi also works at University of Washington, helping her clients recover from a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury. Jodi is interested in new individual and family based research in the emerging field of brain neuroscience—the end goal being to help clients make long-lasting change. Outside of work, Jodi loves to travel and has done so extensively throughout Europe and Asia. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.

Anna Roth, Ph.D., L.M.H.C., R.Y.T.-500

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Anna provides individual, group and yoga therapy in the Seattle office. Her orientation to therapy is rooted in psychodynamic, common factors and strengths-based modalities, and incorporates various skills-based therapies as appropriate (DBT, ACT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, etc.). Anna is passionate about holistic and integrative mind/body healing approaches and loves helping clients re-connect to heart, intuition and self-compassion through experiential yoga therapy. Anna is finishing her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology with an emphasis in Alternative Healing Therapies. She is also a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and completed her yoga training at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and in Dharamsala, India in 2009. Away from work Anna loves being active in nature, deepening her yoga practice and exploring the Pacific-Northwest with her fiancé.

Jessica Smith: R.D.N, C.D

Registered Dietitian

Joanna Stagg, Psy.D., L.P.

Site Director, Seattle

Joanna provides individual therapy, intake assessments, and intensive outpatient treatment. She enjoys being a part of the healing process and helping people develop a new relationship with their emotions and more power and freedom in their lives. She also is passionate about helping people through the process of healing from trauma and offers specialized trauma therapy, including EMDR. In addition to her role as a therapist, Joanna provides management support to the Seattle office and loves being a part of the gifted and passionate Seattle staff team. Joanna earned a Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. She completed her internship at The Fremont Community Therapy Project where she was trained in trauma therapy and mindfulness-based treatments, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Joanna loves walking in the woods or by the water, exploring all that Seattle has to offer, and spending time with friends and family.

Shena Washburn, R.D.N., C.D.

Certified Dietitian

Shauntae Willis M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., C.D.P.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Chemical Dependency Professional

Shauntae works with adolescents and adults providing individual, family, and group therapy in our outpatient and intensive outpatient programs. Shauntae brings a social justice lens to her practice and enjoys holding space for exploration, transformation, and healing to occur emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Shauntae earned a Master’s in Social Work from Eastern WA University in 2003 and completed her addiction course work at Seattle Central Community College in 2005. She enjoys learning and is continuing her training in cross cultural Shamanism and Somatics & Trauma. When not working or in classes, Shauntae loves to explore, travel, dance, take pictures, spend time outdoors in the sun, and hangout with friends.

Spokane
Eve Bird

Office Manager, Spokane

Eve oversees all front desk and client care duties for the Spokane office. She ensures our clinical team feels supported while also helping clients navigate insurance benefits, scheduling and coordination of care.  Eve strives to be a confident, calming presence for our clinical team while building meaningful relationships with clients in order to assist them on their recovery journey. She loves working with our clients and feels blessed to be a part of such a fantastic, passionate team of people! Eve earned her B.L.A. in Humanities from Whitworth University. She’s an East coast transplant who absolutely loves living in the great Northwest!  She adores her family and enjoys hiking, playing and watching various sports (especially basketball & football!), and spending time with friends.

Solina Bressler

Administrative Assistant

Solina provides administrative support for clients and staff at the new Spokane, Washington office.  She loves being the first positive impression for clients and providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  She enjoys helping others and being part of a Program that provides excellent personalized care. Solina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Idaho and multiple Associate of Science degrees in Business Administration from North Idaho College.  She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, journaling, photography, and traveling.  After studying abroad at the University of Oslo, Solina had an exciting trip exploring Western Europe.  She loves performing with her mother and brother in a musical singing trio, which has produced a full-length CD of Norwegian folk tunes entitled Reflections of Norway.

Elizabeth Campbell, Ph.D., L.P.

Licensed Psychologist

Elizabeth conducts initial assessments in Spokane. She works with a variety of clients and presenting concerns, and her clinical expertise includes identity development and mindfulness meditation. She loves collaborating with clients to establish a positive, healing experience. Elizabeth earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from University of North Texas, and completed a Predoctoral internship at Texas Woman’s University Counseling Center. In addition to The Emily Program, Elizabeth is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Whitworth University.  She loves cats, playing flute and piccolo, and geocaching.

Krista Kubiak Crotty, C.E.D.S., L.M.F.T., Psy.D.

Site Director, Spokane

Krista is the site director for Spokane. In addition, she works with clients of varying ages and diagnoses. Krista loves working with clients around body image issues. She draws from a variety of methods including narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy. Krista loves the use of the creative process in conjunction with the therapeutic process. She earned her Master’s of Science from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in family and pediatrics from Azusa Pacific University. She trained at Harbor UCLA medical center and Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. She is also a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Away from work, Krista loves being a mom to her three boys, playing outside, going on adventures with her family, skiing, hiking, biking, and camping.

Monique DesChane: M.A., C.R.C., L.M.H.C

Residential Site Director, Seattle

Monique works with adolescents and adults in Seattle. She is trained in ACT, DBT, CBT, and MI. She uses a humanistic approach to help clients address disordered eating. Monique earned her undergraduate degree from Washington State University, and her Master’s degree in Counseling, Community Agency from Whitworth University. The Emily Program - Residential opens in early 2015 and Monique is currently training and planning for this Seattle expansion. She is an avid outdoors person. Living in the great Northwest, she enjoys boating, camping, snowmobiling, and riding her ATV.

Tiffany C. Hammer

Community Outreach Specialist

Tiffany speaks with various community groups, associations, healthcare professionals, and school groups to educate and provide resources around eating disorders. She earned her Bachelor’s in History with Dept. Honors and Spanish, cum laude from Seattle University. Tiffany has worked in volunteer and event management, fundraising, and community engagement for over 10 years. She enjoys laughing, growing, dreaming, and exploring. She loves rocks and crystals, interior design, her poly-dactyl cat, Digit, and meeting new people.

Sharon Koch

Administrative Assistant, Spokane

Sharon is part of the administrative support team for clients and staff. She enjoys connecting with clients and making them feel welcome. Sharon has a passion for helping others and her experience spans scheduling, insurance and collections, and accounts receivable and payable. She enjoys spending time with family and friends (and her dogs), running, camping, boating, and riding her motorcycle.

Maja LeBon, M.S., L.M.H.C.A.

Eating Disorder Technician

Maja has a background in child and family counseling, as well as work with adults of all ages. She loves group therapy and creative approaches to treatment. Maja received her Bachelor’s in Philosophy at Gonzaga University and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Washington University. She loves spending time with her kids and husband, swimming, cycling, running, fixing up her new (old) house.

Kristin Townsend, M.N., R.N., A.R.N.P.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Kristin works with clients for medication management. She loves listening to people’s stories to identify how she can help them improve and become who they want to be. Kristin earned her Master’s in Nursing from Washington State University, College of Nursing. Away from work she enjoys hiking, biking, swimming—anything outdoors.

Stacey Trogdon, R.D., C.D.E.

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Stacey works with adolescents and adults in intensive programming and outpatient capacities. She has a great passion for combining dietetics and psychotherapy in the treatment of disordered eating. Stacey earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and completed her dietetic internship and graduate level classes at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator with the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Stacey has a broad range of dietetics experience including clinical work, private practice, diabetes education, health coaching and corporate wellness. She specializes in working with clients with chronic diseases including diabetes and pre-diabetes that also engage in disordered eating. Stacey has enjoyed many years of engaging in moderate exercise including jogging, road biking and swimming. She married her college sweetheart and has a teenage daughter that keeps her busy by playing club soccer and competitive piano. She loves the San Juan islands in the Pacific Northwest, the feel and smell of the rain and humid environs.

Michelle Weinbender, R.D., C.D.

Registered Dietitian

Michelle works with people of all ages to find a comfortable relationship with food that enhances their overall health and quality of life through individual and group nutrition counseling. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Central Washington University. Michelle loves spending time with her family, renovating their old house, learning to fly fish, and is an avid college basketball fan.