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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Karen Battjes, MSSW, LCSW

Karen Battjes attended the University of Louisville where she graduated in 1971 with a Master of Science Degree in Social Work.  Since then, Karen has gained significant experience in the field of behavioral health —she has been employed as a social worker with the National Institute of Mental Health and has worked in a variety of inpatient substance abuse units, treating individuals hospitalized for detoxification.  In addition to her work with substance abusers, Karen has worked extensively with program development and implementation, as a Clinical Director within the community mental health center setting, and also with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Karen is presently employed with Burrell Behavioral Health, providing social work services to adults and senior adults at Burrell’s Berrywood location in Columbia, Missouri where she specializes in group therapy and chemical dependency treatmentsProgram, Chair of the 2010 Project Homeless Connect, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Supervisor.

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.

Kevin Crosby, MEd, LPC

Kevin Crosby earned a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2010.  Kevin gained experience in the delivery of behavioral health services through counseling positions held at the University of Missouri Career Center, where he counseled students and community members on issues relating to relationships, gender roles, academia, careers, and more, and also through his internship with the Phoenix Programs in Columbia where he provided individual counseling, facilitated psycho-educational groups,  and assisted with the re-entry of incarcerated individuals into the community.  A Licensed Professional Counselor, Kevin currently serves as clinic manager at Burrell Behavioral Health’s outpatient clinic in Boonville where he provides client assessments, manages a team of community support specialists, facilitates weekly therapeutic groups, provides crisis intervention services, and more.

Grace Devenport, LPC

Grace Devenport is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing behavioral health care in Burrell’s Central Region for clients ages six and up. Grace graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she earned a Master of Education in Counseling degree.   In addition to providing clinical assessments, treatment and discharge planning, and individual therapy, Grace also specializes in treatment through other modalities including group, family and marital therapies.  In addition to her experience with standard methods of treatment, Grace has earned certification in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Caring for People God’s Way, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Exposure Therapy.  Her background includes working with a diverse clientele including youth, adolescents and adults presenting with a variety of issues including developmental disabilities, severe and persistent mental illness, dual diagnosis and more.

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.

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.

Kavita Pendurthi, MD

Kavita Pendurthi, MD practices outpatient psychiatry in Burrell’s Central Region providing care to both adults and senior adults.  In addition to providing assessments, treatment planning, individual therapy, medical psychotherapy, medication management and administration, and psychiatric evaluations, she specializes in psychiatric care for individuals with chemical dependency and MRDD diagnoses.  A graduate of Kurnool Medical School in India, Dr. Pendurthi completed a family practice residency at Southern Illinois University, followed by a four-year psychiatry residency at Western Missouri Mental Health Center.  Dr. Pendurthi has practiced in a variety of clinical and behavioral health settings and has twice held the position of Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Pendurthi is fluent in the English, Telugu and Hindi languages.

Anita Pinson, MA, LPC

Anita Pinson is a 2003 graduate of Webster University where she earned her Master of Arts in Counseling degree.  Upon graduation, Anita completed a counseling internship at Cornerstone Counseling providing therapy to all ages.  She has since worked in the Missouri Head Start Program where she implemented curriculum, modeled appropriate teaching methods for teachers, linked children and families with community resources,  problem solved in the classroom, and taught teaching techniques designed to promote positive classroom behavior.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Anita is experienced in the delivery of individual, family, and play therapies and in the design and implementation of treatment plans.  Currently, Anita serves as a Community Support Specialist, supporting clients and assisting them in connecting to community resources, reaching treatment goals and helping them understand and manage their mental health diagnoses.

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.

Sara Samuels, MA, LPC

Sara Samuels graduated from Maryville University with a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2006.  Since 2004, Sara has worked in a variety of behavioral health and human service environments, working as a counseling assistant, youth specialist and community support worker while she pursued her Master’s degree.  Since earning her degree and becoming licensed as a Professional Counselor, Sara has practiced in both residential and outpatient settings.  Sara has also worked extensively with adults with eating disorders, in providing family, individual and group therapies for adolescents with drug and alcohol abuse issues, providing case management to severely mentally ill adults, and more. Sara has served as the director of a grant-funded substance abuse program, providing care to many with substance abuse and legal issues to develop collaborative treatment plans, and also in communicating with caseworkers, psychiatrists and other providers as needed. Additionally, Sara’s background includes providing individual and group counseling in a maximum security institution.  Sara currently serves in Burrell’s Central Region where she sees clients of all ages and specializes in chemical dependency and group, family and marital therapies.

Laura Smith, DO

Laura Smith earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Education from Mississippi State University in 2004, where she continued until 2005 to fulfill pre-medical requirements.  In 2006, Laura enrolled in the A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri where she earned a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine.  Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Laura completed both a psychiatric internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center which included practice in the areas of primary care, neurology, inpatient psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and more. Currently, Dr. Smith is a member of Burrell Behavioral Health’s psychiatric team, providing clinical assessments, treatment planning, individual and medical psychotherapy, medication management and administration, and psychiatric evaluations in Burrell’s Central Region to both adults and senior adults.

Megan Steen, MSW, LCSW

Megan Steen graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2009; Megan has since gained significant experience in the delivery of behavioral health services. In addition to her extensive volunteer experience, Megan’s background includes work as a Care Manager, coordinating individualized services for children and families, developing treatment plans, facilitation of Family Support Team meetings, providing crisis intervention, and more. As a respite care provider, Megan provided respite care to individuals with developmental disabilities before joining Burrell in 2010. During her employment with Burrell, Megan has worked as Community Support Supervisor, supervising a team of individuals assisting adults diagnosed with mental illness, planning crisis intervention and related services as needed, performing clinical assessments, documenting psychosocial histories, facilitation of skill building groups and more. Currently Megan serves as the Director of Adult Services for Burrell’s Central Region, including Columbia, MO and several area communities.

Timothy Von Engeln. MSW, LCSW

Timothy Von Engeln earned his Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1983. Since that time Tim has acquired extensive experience in the delivery of behavioral health services within the Community Mental Health Center environment. Tim’s background   includes the delivery of screenings, assessments and treatment for the chronically mentally ill, treating severely emotionally disturbed youth, counseling chemically dependent individuals and their families, and providing crisis-intervention services. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tim is a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional and has directed a variety of mental health programs, conducted community and professional trainings, has actively participated in the development of integrated health programming, and operated as a Behavioral Health Consultant. Tim is a part of Burrell Behavioral Health’s outpatient team in Columbia, Missouri where he sees patients as young as six years old and specializes in chemical dependency services and group therapy.

Jeannette Welty, MSSW, ACSW, LCSW

Jeannette Welty is a 1991 graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Master’s of Science in Social Work. Jeannette is a licensed clinical social worker with significant experience in several areas of behavioral health care including case management, assessment, individual and family counseling with developmentally disabled and dual diagnosed populations in state facilities. Jeannette’s background also includes the development and implementation of services for a state sex offender unit and she has worked extensively with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents in residential treatment programs.  As a member of Burrell’s Central Region staff, Jeannette provides psychotherapy to children, teens, adults, senior adults, and families, specializing in chemical dependency, MRDD services, play therapy, group therapy, family therapy and marital therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and trauma recovery treatment.

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.

Timothy Woodard, MD

In 1999, Timothy Woodard completed his Medical Degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School at Houston. Upon completion of his degree, Dr. Woodard entered the psychiatric residency program at the University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute/Harris Psychiatric Center and in 2002 he was named Chief Resident in Psychiatry for that facility. Dr. Woodard has practiced psychiatry in Colorado for several years and in 2014he acquired license to practice in the State of Missouri where he will administer psychiatric care to Burrell Behavioral Health clients in Columbia and surrounding areas. In addition to his volunteer service with the University of Texas AIDS Education Project and the Emergency Center of the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Dr. Woodard has significant teaching experience and has educated professionals on topics related to Professional Burnout, Antipsychotic Therapy, Inpatient Medical Detox, Psychopharmacology and more.