Professional Staff-Central Missouri

Meet the Staff

Burrell takes pride in the quality of the individuals we employ to serve our communities’ mental health needs. We have doctoral and master’s level staff members licensed in specialties such as psychiatry, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, psychiatric nursing, substance abuse counseling, individual and group counseling and clinical social work. For information about a specific licensed provider, please click on one of the links below.

Central Missouri Professional/Clinical Staff (Columbia and surrounding area)

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Lisa Baeza, MD

Dr. Baeza earned her medical degree from The University of Iowa and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is a psychiatrist at Burrell’s Outpatient Clinic in Columbia and also provides psychiatric services via Telehealth technology.

Margaret (Peggy) Brothers, ANP

Peggy Brothers, ANP, graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with her Master of Science in Nursing and is a licensed Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Peggy practices in the Adult Psychiatric Clinic in Columbia and also provides services via Telehealth.

Melissa Connoley, MSW, LCSW

A graduate of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Melissa Connoley obtained her Clinical Social Worker license in 1997 and has since acquired significant experience in her field through her work as a clinical case manager and therapist providing case management and behavioral health services through individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention, treatment plan development, service coordination, support group facilitation and more. In addition to the above, Melissa has shared her clinical expertise with a number of community organizations through both practicum assignments and volunteerism. As part of Burrell’s Central Region staff, Melissa is available to provide services to children, adolescents, adults and senior adults.

Emily Crawford, PhD

Emily Crawford, PhD. earned her doctorate from Miami University; and completed her post-doctoral residency at Harry S. Truman VA Hospital where she specialized in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury. Emily Crawford, PhD is a licensed psychologist who currently provides a variety of individual psychological assessments and counseling with adults in Burrell’s Outpatient Clinic in Columbia.

Jairam Das, MD

Burrell Psychiatrist Dr. Jairam Das is a 1993 graduate of Sindh Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his Psychiatric Internship and Residency programs at the University of Missouri – Columbia and his resume demonstrates extensive experience in both teaching and practicing in the field of Psychiatry. Dr. Das is part of Burrell Behavioral Health’s Central Region staff where he provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation, medication management, medical psychotherapy, treatment and discharge planning, and medication management, to adult and senior adult patients.

Tina Drury, MD

Dr. Drury earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She also completed her psychiatric residency, fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Missouri, and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics. She is a Licensed Psychiatrist at Burrell’s Outpatient Clinic in Columbia.

Andrea Earlywine, MSN, APRN

Andrea Earlywine, APRN, earned her masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia and is a licensed Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Nurse Specialist as well as a Registered Nurse. She provides services in Burrell’s Outpatient Clinic in Columbia.

Armando Favazza, MD

Dr. Favazza graduated from the University of Virginia with his medical degree and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Michigan. He is a board certified psychiatrist and emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri.

Mathew Gass, MSW, LCSW

Mathew Gass, LCSW, received his Masters of Social Work from University of Missouri Columbia and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He is an outpatient clinician in the Sedalia office. His area of focus is working with adults, families and children, primarily through Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Kristen Hayes, MSW, LCSW

Kristen Hayes, LCSW, holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is an outpatient clinician in Columbia with expertise in group, family, and couples therapy, as well as working with clients with chemical dependency.

Marlene Howser, MA, LPC

Marlene Howser, LPC, is the Director of Youth Special Services at the Child and Adolescent Clinic in Columbia. She graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Rachel Jones, MEd, LPC

Rachel Jones received a Masters of Education degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2007. Ms. Jones has experience in serving children, adolescents and adults through group therapy, parenting and crisis services. Currently, Ms. Jones serves as Director of Berrywood Child & Adolescent Clinic located in Columbia, Missouri.

Susan Langstraat, MSW, LCSW

Susan Langstraat is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Social Work and has an extensive background in treating individuals coping with depression, anxiety, physical and/or sexual abuse, PTSD, dissociative disorders, adjustment disorders, grief, and much more.  Susan has worked extensively in the area of family therapy, counseling individuals and families with issues relating to blended families, parenting concerns, marriage and relationship difficulties, and improving family dynamics.  Susan has worked significantly with seriously emotionally disturbed youth and provided parent coaching and counseling for many families.  Additionally, Susan has assisted many individuals and caregivers coping with an Autism diagnoses by helping them navigate the system of care, access services, and providing emotional support.  Susan is a member of Burrell Behavioral Health’s Central Region outpatient staff, specializing in chemical dependency, MRDD services, and group, family, play and marital therapies.

Robin McCartney, MSW, LCSW

Robin McCartney graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri Columbia in 1998. She has since gained significant experience in the delivery of behavioral health care through her work as a therapist and a clinical supervisor. Robin has served as a probation and parole officer, responsible for providing substance abuse and therapeutic treatment programming and, as a therapist, Robin has experience in providing individual, group and family therapies. Additionally, Robin’s background includes the facilitation of psycho-educational groups, assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical supervision of social work candidates and practicum students. Today Robin provides general behavioral health services as well as marital, group, family and substance abuse therapies in Burrell’s Central Region.

Karen Moss, MSW, LCSW

Karen Moss, LCSW graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with her Masters in Social Work in 1992. Since that time she has gained significant experience in the field of behavioral health, working in both a supervisory and hands-on, clinical capacity. Currently, as Clinical Manager of Burrell’s Marshall, MO facility, Karen is available to provide care for children ages six and up, as well as adolescents, adults and senior adults. In additional to general clinical services, Karen specializes in therapies for individuals with MRDD and also provides counseling to groups, couples and families.

Katherine Ottofy, MSW, LCSW

Katherine Ottofy, LCSW, earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri in Columbia and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is an outpatient clinician at Burrell’s Stephen’s Lake Clinic in Columbia and has experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Kristin Parkinson, MD

Dr. Parkinson earned her medical degree from University of Missouri in Columbia and completed her psychiatry residency at the University’s Hospitals and Clinics. She currently practices at the Stephens Lake Clinic in Columbia. She sees adult patients with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders.

Lora Rooker, MA, LPC, NCC

Lora Rooker, a Master’s level graduate of the University of Iowa, is a Licensed Professional Counselor available to provide behavioral health services to children, adolescents, adults and senior adults from Burrell’s Berrywood clinic in Columbia. As a Nationally Certified Counselor, Lora’s behavioral health care background includes significant experience in the areas of school counseling as well as the provision of group, individual and recreational therapies, and the delivery of care and daily living training to children and adults with Autism. Additionally, Lora’s experience includes the administration of individual and couple’s therapy, crisis evaluation and debriefing, and case management responsibilities.

Albert Shaw, MD

Dr. Shaw earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia; he also completed his psychiatry residency at the University. He is a licensed psychiatrist and currently practices at the Stephen’s Lake Clinic.

Gary Stoner, MSW, LCSW

Gary Stoner graduated from Missouri State University with his Master’s in Social Work where he was a member of the National Disability, National Adult Student, and National Social Work Honor Societies. Gary comes to Burrell with a broad spectrum of behavioral health care experience that includes working with troubled teens in both individual and group settings; policy-making, research and data collection done through Greene County’s Family and Juvenile Drug Court program; and, practicum work in Burrell’s Homeless Services Department including case management, daily operations at the drop-in center, and the facilitation of related trainings. Additionally, Gary has served at Burrell as a Community Support Specialist conducting clinical assessments and acting as Administrator of the Supportive Community Living Housing Program, Chair of the 2010 Project Homeless Connect, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Supervisor.

Ahmed Taranissi, MD

Dr. Taranissi earned his medical degree from the Cairo Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at the University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia Missouri. Dr. Taranissi’s areas of interest are ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and MDD. He is board certified in General and Child and Adolescent psychiatry and is currently practicing at Burrell’s Outpatient Clinic in Columbia.

Abram Wilks, MSW, LCSW

Abram Wilks, LCSW, graduated with his Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri in Columbia and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Abram is an outpatient clinician Burrell’s Outpatient Clinic in Columbia and has over six years of experience working with adolescents and adults suffering from an array of chronic mental health issues.

Johanna Womack, LPC

Johanna Womack is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing behavioral health care in Burrell’s Moberly, Missouri facility. Johanna earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University-Rolla in 2008 and has since gained extensive experience in various areas of behavioral health care including case management, independent living instruction, completion of assessments, development of treatment plans, and providing individual and group therapies. Johanna is available to provide care to children, adolescents and adults.

Kimberly Yeagle, LCSW

Kim Yeagle, LCSW, holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri in Columbia and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the Director of Burrell’s Healthcare Homes projects. She has experience in relationship and family counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and working with adolescent sex offenders.