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.

Southwest Missouri Clinical Staff (Springfield and surrounding area)

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Pratibha Agarwal, MD

Dr. Pratibha Agarwal is a medical graduate of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Nepal. During her study at Tribhuvan, Dr. Agarwal completed a compulsory, rotating internship where she gained experience in internal medicine, surgery and orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. While at Tribhuvan, she also earned distinction in Microbiology, Community Medicine, Applied Epidemiology, and Forensic Pathology. Between 2009 and 2013, Dr. Agarwal completed a post-graduate psychiatric residency program at Nassau University Medical Center in New York where she served for one year as Chief Resident. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Agarwal pursued a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stony Brook University Hospital. In 2013, Dr. Agarwal earned the Ambulatory Mental Health Services Award, for her excellence in clinical care and leadership and Nassau University Medical Center. As part of Burrell Behavioral Health’s outpatient psychiatric team, Dr. Agarwal provides care to patients of all ages, specializing in treatment for chemical dependency and also in the delivery of play, group and family therapies.

Jeffrey Alderman, MA, PLPC

Jeffrey Alderman, PLPC is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Branson Adult CSTAR office in Branson.  Mr. Alderman received his Masters from Louisiana Tech University in November of 2015, and completed an internship at Youth Rescue Center in Ruston, LA in 2015 as well, working predominantly with high risk youth. Jeffrey has been with Burrell since June of 2016, and works with children to senior adults, specializing in Group Therapy, Marital Therapy, Family Therapy and Chemical Dependency.

Patrice Allmon, BCBA

Patrice Allmon, BCBA, graduated from Missouri State University with a Master of Science in Education and is a licensed Behavior Analyst. She practices at our Children’s Center, and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

Lori Appleman-Eck, MSW, LCSW

Lori Appleman-Eck, MSW, LMSW, graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Northwest Missouri State University in August 1990, and then received her Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in July 2016.  Lori has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 2016.  Lori has joined the staff at Burrell’s Hollister Location as an Outpatient Clinician. She provides behavioral health care to clients as young as 6 to senior adults.

Kerrie Armbruster, MA, PLPC

Kerrie Armbruster, PLPC, graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1999, and then proceeded to finish her Master of Art in Counseling from Webster University in 2006. She has worked in several different settings in which she performed counseling for individuals, as well as family counseling of mentally ill children. Mrs. Armbruster is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, who is currently providing mental health care to a variety of clients ranging in age from children as young as 3 to senior adults. Kerrie is the Clinic Manager of Burrell Behavioral Health’s Sedalia Clinic and has served in that role since October 2015.

Sabrina B. Aronson, MS

Sabrina B. Aronson is a Psychologist and Clinical Coordinator at our Children’s Center in Springfield. She earned a Master of Science from Central Missouri State University. Her specialties include working with children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety disorders, trauma, identity issues, and/or depression.

Susan Baker, MS, LPC

Susan Baker, LPC, graduated from Missouri State University with a Master of Science in Counseling with a Community Agency tract and is a licensed professional counselor. She is a Community Support Supervisor at our Transitions office in Springfield, and has experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Paula Barnes-Wiesehan, RN, FPMHNP

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwest Baptist University, Paula Wiesehan continued her education through the University of Missouri-Kansas City, earning a Master of Science in Nursing. Additionally, Paula is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree with Chamberlain College of Nursing, which she will complete this year. As a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Paula has experience in primary care, providing diagnosis and management of acute illnesses and minor injuries. Through her psychiatric outpatient practice, Paula is passionate about providing high quality, patient-centered psychiatric care that includes medication management and psychotherapy to patients struggling with psychiatric and mental health issues. Currently, Paula is a member of the Advanced Psychiatric Nurses Association, Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks, Missouri Nurses Association, and Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners. As a member of Burrell Behavioral Health, Paula will provide services to children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults.

Shawna Baron, PsyD

Shawna Baron is a licensed psychologist who obtained her doctoral degree from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2012. Dr. Baron conducts psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults at Burrell’s Kingsley Clinic. Clinical assessments include diagnostic clarification regarding ADHD, intellectual testing, dementia/neurocognitive disorders, pre-bariatric surgery, behavioral disorders, and serious mental illness. Dr. Baron’s special interests include religious identity, trauma and law enforcement issues, as well as criminal and sexual offending. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Baron enjoys providing professional education and supervising predoctoral level psychology interns. She also serves as the Early Career Professional Chairperson for the Missouri Psychological Association.

Eileen Bartow-Rives, PhD

Eileen Bartow-Rives, Ph.D., earned her Bachelor’s degree from Blackburn College in 1972, majoring in Psychology & Sociology. She went on to complete not one, but two Masters Degrees both from University of Illinois-Springfield; one in 1973 with a focus on Human Development Counseling and the second one in 1977 focusing on Psychology-Clinical Sequence. Dr. Bartow-Reeves then proceeded to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology in 1982 from Union Graduate School.   Dr. Bartow-Rives has worked in all different areas of Mental Health since 1974 and is currently providing psychological services at Burrell’s main campus.  She treats clients of all ages and specializes in Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Play Therapy and Group Therapy.

Bonnie Baumberger, MS, LPC

Bonnie Baumberger attended Missouri State University in Springfield, where she earned a Master of Counseling Degree in 2004. In 2005, Bonnie became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri and has since provided behavioral health services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families presenting with a variety of counseling needs including marital therapy, crisis intervention, chemical dependency, play therapy, and more. Bonnie has significant experience in working with foster children and their families and in appearing as an expert witness, providing testimony in foster care cases within the court system. Bonnie has provided outpatient care in several clinics and has also managed a private practice in the Springfield, MO area.   Currently, Bonnie is employed with Burrell Behavioral Health where she delivers crisis intervention and related care at Burrell’s Adult Crisis Facility.

Kyle Bersted, PhD, Provisional Psychologist

Kyle Bersted, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and graduated Magna cum laude, from Creighton University in 2010. Dr. Bersted then received his Master of Arts, specializing in Clinical Child Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 2013. He did his Pre-doctoral Internship in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School between July 2015 and June 2016. He then completed his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University; again specializing in Clinical Child Psychology in 2016. Finally, Dr. Bersted finished his Post-doctoral Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences from August 2016 to August 2017. Dr. Bersted has been providing behavioral health to clients at Burrell’s Berrywood Facility since August 2017. He works with clients that range in age from 2 years old to adult. He specializes in Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy and Biofeedback.

John Bertsch, MA, LCSW

John Bertsch, LCSW, received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Evangel College in May 1982, then went on to earn his Master of Arts in Human Relations and Supervision from Louisiana Tech University in August 1984. Mr. Bertsch completed a 2 year Marriage and Family Therapy Training program with clinical supervision in March 1996. John is returning to Burrell and providing Behavioral Health to clients at Burrell’s Children’s Center. Mr. Bertsch specializes in Individual Therapy, Chemical Dependency, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Marital Therapy and Play Therapy.

Sandra Best, MSW, LCSW

Sandra Best, LCSW, is a Master’s level graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing care to all ages and specializing in MRDD services;  sexual abuse evaluations; play, group, family and marital therapies; and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.  Sandra’s background includes extensive experience in dealing with cases of child abuse and neglect, developing services for the developmentally disabled, and providing crisis intervention services.  Since 1993 Sandra has provided behavioral health services as an outpatient clinician and currently sees individuals in Burrell’s Branson facility.

Chelsie Black, PsyD

Chelsie Black, Psy.D., first received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009 from the University of Arkansas; continued on to get her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and finally received her Doctorate of Psychology with an accent on Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Black has been with Burrell since September of 2016 and provides outpatient services at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Children’s Center in addition to being a member of the multidisciplinary Autism Evaluation Team at the Autism Center.  Dr. Black is a provisionally licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children and adolescents ages 3-18 in individual and family therapy services as well as providing psychological evaluations within the Autism Center. 

Mark Bowers, RN, FPMHNP

After completing the ASN Nursing program at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, in conjunction with Mercy, Mark Bowers continued his education at Saint Louis University where he graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2014. For several years, Mark has practiced nursing within the inpatient psychiatric setting, providing both psychiatric and physical assessments of patients, medication administration, and facilitating patient transfers and discharges. Additionally, as a psychiatric evaluation nurse, Mark’s experience includes interviewing and assessing individuals of all ages experiencing crisis, consulting with physicians and advanced nursing staff regarding patient care, facilitating transfers and connecting patients to appropriate community resources upon discharge. Mark is presently a member of Burrell’s outpatient psychiatric team and delivers care to adults and senior adults at the Main Center in Springfield.

Lori Breedlove, MD

Lori Breedlove, M.D., received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  She completed an internship, residency in General Psychiatry, and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dr. Breedlove is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Breedlove is currently the Medical Director of Burrell’s Youth Residential facilities, Bramblewood and Milano House.

Amber Brewer, MSN, FPMHNP

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cox College of Nursing and Master in Health Administration from Ohio University, Amber Brewer earned her second Master of Science in Nursing from Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2014. As a Board Certified Family Practice Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Amber has experience with inpatient adult psychiatric units, therapeutic nursing in an acute psychiatric setting, as well as executing detailed evaluations. Currently, Amber is a staff member at the Main Center of Burrell Behavioral Health and assists with the psychiatric needs of adults and senior adults.

Jessie Brimer, MS, PLPC

Jessie Brimer, PLPC is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor who has been with Burrell  since 2011 in various positions, and has been providing services at our Boonville Clinic since February 2017.  Jessie received her Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri Valley College in 2009, and then completed her Master’s at Central Methodist University in May 2016. Ms. Brimer currently serves clients ranging from young children to senior adults and she specializes in Group, Family and Marital Therapy.

Mandy Browning, MSW, LCSW

Mandy Browning, MSW, LCSW, graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Missouri Southern State University in 2004, which she then followed with a Master of Social Work from Missouri State University in 2008. Ms. Browning is a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 2007. She performed years of community service with the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, and has developed many years of experience working in Social Services as well as mental and behavioral health organizations. Mandy joined Burrell as of June 2017 and provides behavioral health to clients of all ages and specializes in Family Therapy.

Chelsea Brumstrom, MEd, PLPC

Chelsea Brunstrom, MEd, PLPC, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Missouri in 2010. She then went on to earn her Masters of Education in Counseling from Stephens College in 2013. Chelsea has completed specialized trainings in smoking cessation education including the Mayo Clinic Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) certification and the American Lung Association “Freedom From Smoking” program. Ms. Brunstrom has providing mental health care with Burrell Behavioral Health since December 2014 and works as a Community Support Supervisor at Burrell’s Stephens Lake Clinic. Chelsea sees clients ranging in age from childhood to senior adult.

Shelley Buck, MS, LPC

Shelley Buck, LPC, graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with her Master of Science in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Shelley is the Coordinator the Semi-Independent Apartment and START Living programs.

Melissa Burns, MSW, LCSW

Melissa Burns, LCSW, is our Childrens Day Treatment Assistant Director. Melissa earned a Master of Social Work from Southwest Missouri State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in child and family therapy.

Lauren Burwell, MS, PLPC

Lauren Burwell, MS, PLPC, is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Arkansas in 2013, and went on to earn her Masters of Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2015. Ms. Burwell works in our Youth Residential Department at our Bramblewood location in Nixa. She is capable of treating clients ranging in age from young children (6-12) up to senior adults. Lauren has experience in Chemical Dependency treatment, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Marital Therapy and Play Therapy. She’s been with Burrell Behavioral Health since January 2016.

Lutie Butcher, Psy.D, LPC

Lutie Butcher, LPC, earned her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and is an outpatient therapist and Community Support Supervisor in Burrell’s Bolivar office. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in child and adolescent individual, group, family, and play therapy.

Barbara Campbell, MS, LPC, CASAC

Barb Campbell, LPC, is the Health Coach Supervisor for the Missouri Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (MOSBIRT) project which is currently based in Cox North Emergency Room. She earned her Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Southwest Missouri State University. Barb is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Substance Abuse Counselor.

Jordan Campbell, MS, PLPC

Jordan Campbell, MS, PLPC, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication in December 2013, and went on to earn her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in July 2016. Ms. Campbell completed training in Conflict and Dispute Resolution in December 2013. She has experience with Counseling Outreach and Peer Engagement, is a member of the American Counseling Association, has received her Psychological First Aid Certificate and is a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Jordan has joined the Youth Residential team at Burrell’s Milano House as of June 2017, where she provides counseling services to youth who are struggling with serious mental health concerns.

Marissa Casey, PsyD

Dr. Marissa Casey graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Missouri State University’s Honors College in 2009. Marissa continued her graduate education at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology where she submitted a thesis on “Socioemotional Challenges of Gifted Children: Comparison with the Autism Spectrum,” and earned a Master’s degree in 2012. In 2015, Marissa was awarded a Doctorate in Psychology following completion of a pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology in Logansport, IN. During her internship, Marissa provided psychological care to children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting and delivered acute care to adults in an inpatient crisis stabilization facility. Additionally, Marissa provided educational assessments and gained significant experience in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of psychological disorders including serious mental illness, comorbid personality disorders, and comorbid substance-related disorders. Dr. Casey delivers care in Burrell Behavioral Health’s Marshfield Clinic, where she sees individuals aged six and up, providing individual therapy, assessments, treatment and discharge planning and psychological evaluations. Additionally, Dr. Casey provides group therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

William Russ Carter, PsyD

Russ Carter began his study of psychology in 1976 at Willamette University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in the field.  He continued at Pittsburg State University, earning a Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Community Agency Counseling and, in 1989, earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO.  Dr. Carter has extensive experience in the delivery of psychological care and has practiced family therapy, marital therapy, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and more in a variety of clinical settings.  His background includes performing assessments, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive, emotional and behavioral disorders in adolescents and adults and he has worked extensively within the Federal Prison system treating inmates manifesting major mental illness.  Currently, Dr. Carter delivers outpatient psychological care to adults and senior adults at Burrell’s Main Center, specializing in chemical dependency, forensic evaluations, and group, family and marital therapies.

Melissa Chang, MS, LPC

Melissa Chang graduated from Missouri State University with a Master of Science degree in counseling, following completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Drury University.  Melissa, a Licensed Professional Counselor, completed a counseling internship at The Kitchen through which she provided
behavioral health care for individuals presenting with bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol dependency, sexual abuse, and much more.  Upon completion of her internship, Melissa continued her service at The Kitchen, leading groups in anger management, anxiety and depression.  Additionally, Melissa continued to provide counseling services to homeless individuals, families and children while providing crisis intervention and conflict resolution as needed.  Currently, Melissa provides outpatient counseling services at Burrell’s Clarity – Park Facility where she specializes in the treatment of chemical dependency as well as group, family, and marital therapies.

Teresa Coleman, MS, LPC

Teresa Coleman, LPC, is a 2008 graduate of Missouri State University and holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling /Secondary School Counseling. Ms. Coleman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with significant experience in addressing a variety of issues ranging from severe depression, relationship concerns, and parenting difficulties and she holds certification in Child Parent Relationship Training. Additionally, Ms. Coleman’s background includes instructing graduate-level courses in career counseling and the delivery of career counseling to persons with physical and or mental impairments. Today, Ms. Coleman is part of Burrell’s School-based programming through which she provides individual therapy and facilitates group and family programming.

Natasha Corkins, MA, PLPC

Natasha Corkins, MA, PLPC, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business Administration from Columbia College in 2011, and then proceeded to obtain her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Forest Institute in 2015.  Natasha has volunteered for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Southwest Missouri since July 2015. She has worked for Burrell Behavioral Health in different capacities and at varying locations since December 2011. Most recently, she has returned to the staff at Burrell’s Marshfield Clinic, as Community Support Supervisor overseeing Child & Youth Community Support Services. Natasha is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, providing treatment to clients ranging in age from Child (2-5) to adolescent, and she specializes in Play Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Michael Cotter, MS, PLPC

Michael Cotter, MS, PLPC, earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Addiction and Recovery from Liberty University in May 2013. Mr. Cotter then went on to graduate with this Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University in May 2016. Michael is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a qualified MCB Clinical Supervisor and has completed EMDR Basic Training.   Mr. Cotter has been providing behavioral health since 2012, and has been with Burrell’s Murney Clinic as a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor since October 2017. He treats adult and senior adult clients and specializes in Chemical Dependency.

Jessica Cox, MS, LPC

Jessica Cox, MS, LPC, completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Truman State University in December 2007 and went on to earn her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Central Methodist University in July 2013.  Jessica is a Clinic Manager at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Versailles Clinic, and has been with Burrell since April 2014.  Ms. Cox provides mental health to clients ranging in age from children ages 6 and above to senior adults, and she specializes in individual therapy. Ms. Cox is also a Provisional Tobacco Cessation Specialist.

Deonna Crabtree, MA, LPC

Deonna Crabtree is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing behavioral health care within Burrell’s Transitions program in Springfield, MO. Deonna attended Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH and earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling in the year 2000. Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, Deonna held a variety of related positions, including a faculty position in the psychology department at Southeastern College where she also served as the Director of Counseling and established a campus counseling center, conducted mental health screenings, trained student leaders about mental health issues and more. Deonna’s background also includes work as a campus residential director and as a match support coordinator in a child mentoring program. Additionally, Deonna has previous experience as an Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness. Currently, she is a member of Burrell’s Transitions team where she provides counseling services to adults of all ages and facilitates counseling group counseling programs.

Terri Crawford, M.Ed., LCSW

Terri Crawford, LCSW, is a Clinical Coordinator for Burrell’s Crisis Assist Team (CAT) located in our Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit (ACSU). Terri graduated from Drury University with her Master of Education and Human Services and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Cara Crumley, MEd, PLPC

Cara Crumley, PLPC, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2007. She then went on to earn her Master of Education in School Counseling and Licensed Professional Counseling from Stephens College in 2012. Ms. Crumley is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with children. She interned at Paxton Keely Elementary School, as well as Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. Cara has been providing mental health care at Burrell Behavioral Health since January 2013 and is qualified to work with all ages of clients, ranging from children (6-12) to senior adults. Ms. Crumley is a therapist in our Family Health Program at Burrell’s Berrywood location.

Amy Dennis, MSW, LMSW

Amy Dennis, MSW, LMSW, is a Licensed Master of Social Work who has been providing mental health to her clients at Burrell Behavioral Health off and on and throughout her educational career since 2006. Amy currently works as an Outpatient Therapist for our Children’s Day Treatment Program. Mrs. Dennis received her Bachelor of Education from Missouri State University in 2007, and then went on to earn her Master of Social Work from the University of New England in 2016. She belongs to the National Association of Christian Social Workers and also the National Association of Social Workers. Amy’s focus is on working with children and treats children ranging in age from 2 through adolescent. Her specialties include Play Therapy, Group Therapy and Family Therapy.

Allan DeWoody, MS, LPC

Allan DeWoody, LPC, holds a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Southwest Missouri State University and is a therapist for Burrell’s Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit. Allan is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Jeremy Dickson, MA, PLPC

Jeremy Dickson attended Evangel University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 2010.  In 2014, Jeremy was awarded a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO.  Jeremy’s background includes providing services to adult clients living in residential care facilities who suffer from persistent and chronic mental illness; delivering individual, group, and family therapies in various settings; teaching independent living skills and social skills development; facilitation of psycho-educational groups; and more.  As a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, Jeremy’s work within Burrell Behavioral Health’s continuum of care goes back to January 2011, and includes positions as both Community Support Specialist and Community Support Supervisor, and currently as PPR outpatient therapist at the Transitions facility. 

Diane Ellis, PsyD

Diane Ellis earned both her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO. Following her psychology internship in Southeast Kansas, Diane completed a psychology residency at the Robert J. Murney Clinic where she continued her psychology practice, providing individual and family therapy, psychological evaluations, psycho educational programs, substance abuse evaluations and more. Dr. Ellis also served as Practicum Supervisor and the Director of Internship Training at the Murney Clinic. She has earned certification in a number of behavioral health areas including that of Qualified Substance Abuse Professional; Integrated Health Care: Practice, Consultation, and Management; Pain Management; and Mediation Training. Additionally, Dr. Ellis has earned Core Certification in Missouri in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and she is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. At present, Dr. Ellis provides care to adults and senior adults at Burrell’s Transitions facility where she conducts clinical assessments, psychosocial histories, individual and group therapy, and psychological evaluations.

Jessica Ellis-Hall, PsyD

Jessica Ellis-Hall, PsyD, earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Missouri State University in May 2009. S he then went on to complete her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, also from Missouri State University in August 2012. Dr. Ellis-Hall completed her pre-doctoral internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium from August 2016 to August 2017 and received her Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, from Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in August 2017.   Dr. Ellis-Hall provides behavioral health care to adults and senior adults at Burrell’s main campus since October 2017. She specializes in Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and Marital Therapy.

Zachary Engler, MS, PLPC

Zachary Engler, PLPC, is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Youth Substance Abuse Program.  Zachary earned both his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and his Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis on Mental Health Counseling, from Missouri State University.  Zachary has been a member of the American Counseling Association since October 2015.  Mr. Engler provides behavioral health to children, adolescents and adults and specializes in Chemical Dependency, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and Family Therapy.

Merry Escano-Brown, MD

Dr. Escano-Brown graduated from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center with her Medical Degree and completed her psychiatry residency at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She specializes in adult and senior adult psychiatric services and practices at Transitions.

Tedra Estis, PMHNP

Tedra Estis, PMHNP, received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2011, Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 2012, and Master’s Degree in Nursing Education in 2013 from Southwest Baptist University, in conjunction with Mercy College of Nursing. Tedra continued her education at the  University of Cincinnati where she graduated and earned her certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Tedra has extensive experience instructing and guiding students in clinical settings as a clinical instructor for multiple colleges. Currently, Tedra is a member of the Advanced Psychiatric Nurses Association and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner board.  Tedra provides psychiatric evaluations, individual and medical psychotherapy, and treatment planning of adult and senior adult patients at Burrell’s Transitions facility.

Joyce Everson, Psy.D.

Joyce Everson is a licensed Psychologist who has enjoyed working at Burrell for over 25 years. Dr. Everson earned her Doctor of Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and she specializes in adult psychotherapy at the Main Center in Springfield.

Andrea Fenton, MSW, LCSW

Andrea Fenton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Mississippi in 2006 and, in 2009 earned her Master’s in Social Work from Missouri State University. Throughout her practicum experience, Andrea gained valuable insight into the facilitation of psycho-educational groups, conducting mental health screenings and assessments and coordinating care within the community for families and individuals. Since that time, Andrea has continued to develop her skills as a social worker through the delivery of care in a hospital setting and also as an outpatient counselor, helping families and individuals of all ages with a variety of behavioral health concerns including anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship and family issues, and more. In addition to providing individual counseling, Andrea also provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

Sheila Forsyth, MS, LPC

With a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling, both earned at Missouri State University, Sheila Forsyth, LPC comes to Burrell with broad-based knowledge of the delivery of behavioral health services. As Clinical Coordinator for Burrell’s Crisis Assist Team, Sheila’s background includes experience as a Rehabilitation Counselor, Clinical Trial Coordinator, Psychotherapist and Transition Coordinator. In additional to providing general clinical services for adults and senior adults, Sheila specializes in behavioral health care for MRDD clients as well as group or family therapies.

Janet Fritsch, MS, CCC-SLP

Janet Fritsch, CCC-SLP, graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences with a Master of Science in Speech Pathology/Communication Disorders and is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. Janet currently works in the Burrell Autism Center located in the Child and Adolescent Center in Springfield.

Edgar Galinanes, MD

Dr. Galinanes earned his Medical Degree at Central University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and completed his psychiatry residency at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in the Bronx, NY. He is a board certified psychiatrist and practices inpatient psychiatry at Cox North.

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.

Krishnendu Ghosh, MD

Dr. Krishnendu Ghosh is a medical graduate of Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Through the course of his study of psychiatry, Dr. Ghosh has completed research and written peer reviewed papers on the subjects of Alzheimer’s disease, the validity of the Schwartz Outcome Scale, and Penduncular hallucinosis. Dr. Ghosh served as Medical Officer and Surgical Medical Officer in India, prior to beginning his post-graduate residency at the Nassau University Medical Center in New York. At NUMC, Dr. Ghosh served as Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry and earned the Research Scholar Award for two consecutive years. Dr. Ghosh is a member of Burrell Behavioral Health’s outpatient psychiatric team where he sees individuals ages 13 and up and specializes in treatment for chemically dependent individuals.

Sally Gibson, MS, LPC, NCC

Sally Gibson earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at Oklahoma State University in 1989. In 1997 she earned certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors and in 1998 became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Sally’s background includes counseling and teaching learning disabled and emotionally disturbed youth, working as a teaching and/or research assistant at the University level, and significant experience as a University instructor and substance abuse counselor. Currently, Sally serves as the Director of Burrell’s Adolescent Substance Abuse program, known for its practical, effective and evidence-based approach to helping adolescent alcohol and/or drug abusers and their families.

Natalie Grier, MA, PLPC

Natalie Grier, MA, PLPC, graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Missouri State University in December 2012, and went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Forest Institute in August 2015. Mrs. Grier completed an internship at Burrell Behavioral Health working with adult clients in Outpatient Therapy, as well as with children in a therapeutic group setting in day treatment & behavioral treatment programs. Natalie has been with Burrell since May 2016, and works as a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor at Burrell’s main campus in Springfield. Mrs. Grier works with children as young as 2 years of age through adolescent aged children and specializes in Play, Individual, Group and Family Therapy.

Sateesh Gunda, MD

Dr. Sateesh Gunda earned his medical degree at Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India in 2006. In 2012, Dr. Gunda completed a psychiatry internship at the University of North Dakota, followed by a psychiatric residency, also at the University of North Dakota, which concluded in 2015. Dr. Gunda has participated in significant research related to ADHD and related evidence-based treatments, has served in inpatient settings with children, adolescents and adults presenting with mental health issues, chemical dependency addiction, and co-occurring disorders, and has gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry through his respective rotations. Currently, Dr. Gunda provides psychiatric care at Burrell’s Main Center in Springfield where he sees adult clients ages 18 to 54.

Joel Gurule, MA, LPC

Joel Gurulé attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005.  In 2009, Joel was awarded Master of Arts degrees in his dual concentrations of Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy by the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.  Joel’s background includes the delivery of behavioral health services to children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances/neurobiological disorders; delivering individual, couple, group and family therapies; teaching independent living skills and social skills development; facilitation of psycho-educational groups; and more.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Joel’s work within Burrell Behavioral Health’s continuum of care includes positions of residential specialist, community support supervisor, and currently ICRC Program Director and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Therapist.

Michael Hall, MA, LPC

Michael Hall, LPC, earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from the Denver Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in individual and family counseling, including children, adolescents and adults. He is an outpatient therapist at the Children’s Center in Springfield.

Suzan Hamilton, MS, Provisional BA

Suzan Hamilton, MS, Provisional BA, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2011 from Southwest Baptist University.  Ms. Hamilton then went on to earn her Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis in August 2015 from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Ms. Hamilton is currently working on her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis through the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Suzan did her internship at Burrell’s Autism Center from 2014-2015. She is currently working as a Provisionally Licensed Behavior Analyst for Developmental Services, and works predominantly with adults ages 18-75.

Elena Hart, MS, LPC

Elena Hart earned her Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University in 1996 and in 1998 became a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her work in the behavioral health field includes experience in the delivery of individual, family and group therapies, performing assessments in cases involving sexually maladaptive behavior, trauma, anger management and family issues, and also adult targeted case management and crisis intervention. Elena is a member of the National Association for Professional Women and also the American Counseling Association and currently provides behavioral health care within Burrell’s Transitions program.

Susan Henderson, MS, Psychologist

Susan Henderson is Director of the Burrell Autism Center and Childrens Day Treatment. She earned a Master of Science from the University of Central Arkansas and is a licensed psychologist with specialties in Autism, Attachment Disorders, and various childrens mental health issues.

Thomas Heslin, PsyD

Tom Heslin, PsyD, completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from John Carroll University in 1969. He then earned his Master of Divinity from Assembly of God Theological Seminary in 1986. Finally he completed his Doctor of Psychology at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 1991.  Dr. Heslin has been providing behavioral health to clients at Burrell since 1990. He currently practices Psychology at Burrell’s main campus and sees clients ranging in age from child to adult. Dr. Heslin specializes in Individual Therapy, Family Systems, and Christian Counseling.  Dr. Heslin also provides clinical supervision and support to our Children’s Day Treatment Services.

Cynthia Hollis-Keene, PMHNP

Cynthia Hollis-Keene, PMHNP, has an extensive educational background; she received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri State University in May 1994, and then completed an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Fort Scott College in December 1998. Mrs. Hollis-Keene pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Missouri State University in December 2005, and then went on to graduate with Honors from University of Central Missouri with a Master of Science in Nursing in December 2009. Finally, Cynthia graduated with Honors in July 2013 from the University of Kansas, completing her Post Masters Course Work. Cynthia Hollis-Keene has joined the staff at Burrell, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and is treating clients at the Transitions Facility. Cynthia works with children as young as 2 years old and treats all clients up to senior adults. She specializes in Chemical Dependency and MRDD Services.

David Holloway, MS, PLPC

David Holloway, PLPC, received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Psychology from Drury College in December 1998. Mr. Holloway then went on to receive two Master’s degrees; one in Criminal Justice from Drury University in May 2014, the second in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University in August 2016. David completed his graduate Internship at Burrell Behavioral Health, providing outpatient counseling to adult & adolescent patients, families & couples; as well as worked with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Anger Management for adults. David Holloway is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor at Burrell’s Children’s Center, and has been a full time therapist with Burrell since September 2016. He provides mental health care to clients ranging from children to senior adults and specializes in Individual and Group Therapy.

Wanda Holloway, Psy.D, LCSW, CASAC, LPC

Dr. Wanda Holloway, Psy.D, LCSW, CASAC, LPC, graduated from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology with her Doctor of Psychology. Dr. Holloway is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Advanced Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Certified Forensics Addictions Examiner. She is an outpatient therapist at the Main Center in Springfield who specializes in chemical dependency, eating disorders and obesity, as well as biofeedback.

Linda Holtz, MA, LPC

Linda Holtz, LPC earned a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Siena Heights College leading her to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. A background for Linda includes specialized treatment in crisis intervention, immediate support and guidance, individual and family counseling, and provided various behavioral trainings. Linda is working with Burrell’s Emergency Room Diversion program known as ERE, and is successfully finding alternatives to costly inpatient admissions for those in crisis.

Subodh Jain, MD

Dr. Subodh Jain is a Board Certified Psychiatrist practicing outpatient psychiatry at Burrell’s Main Center in Springfield. Dr. Jain earned his medical degree in India before completing both his post-doctoral internship and residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in general psychiatry as well as other disciplines including family medicine, neurology, and child and adolescent psychiatry. Following completion of his residency, Dr. Jain completed a fellowship through SIU in child and adolescent psychiatry where he gained significant experience in the practice of inpatient psychiatry for those age groups and served as Chief Administrative Fellow. Dr. Jain provides outpatient psychiatric care to individuals of all ages, specializing in the clinical treatment of those with MRDD and chemical dependency diagnoses.

Jeffrey Jenkins, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine where he completed a one year post-graduate internship and a two-year residency program in Psychiatry at the University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, MO.  Dr. Jenkins completed his fourth year Psychiatry residency at the University of Utah where he was appointed Assistant Chief Resident. As a member of the United States Army Reserve, Dr. Jenkins’ background includes active duty service during the Persian Gulf War where he served as both a general medical officer and general psychiatrist.  Dr. Jenkins’ experience includes the delivery of general psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as psychiatric care for adolescents in residential care.  Currently, Dr. Jenkins delivers outpatient psychiatric care and consultation to adults and senior adults at Burrell’s main center in Springfield.

Cheryl Johnson, MS, LPC

Cheryl Johnson, LPC holds a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Southwest Missouri State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Cheryl is an outpatient therapist at the Cox North Children’s Clinic providing therapy to children and adolescents in northern Springfield.

Sarah Johnson, MS, LPC

Sarah Johnson, MS, LPC, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Resources from Harding University in 2000. Ms. Johnson then earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Missouri State University in 2005. Sarah has worked many years in behavioral health and is returning to Burrell as a Crisis Specialist at our crisis facility Springfield.  Ms. Johnson treats a range of clients from adolescent to senior adult and she specializes in Individual Therapy, Chemical Dependency, Group Therapy and Family Therapy.

Tanya Johnson, MS, PLPC

Tanya Johnson, MS, PLPC, received her Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University in 2011 and then graduated with her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Missouri State University in 2014. Ms. Johnson completed a Psychology internship with the Greene County Jail in April 2014.   Tanya has been providing behavioral health care to clients at Burrell’s Transitions facility since August 2017. She works with clients ranging in age from 6 years old to senior adults and she specializes in Individual Therapy, Chemical Dependency and Group Therapy.

Candace Jones, MSW, LCSW

A 1994 graduate of Walla Walla University, Candace Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker delivering behavioral health services to adolescents, adults, and senior adults in Burrell Behavioral Health’s Children’s Center facility in Springfield, MO. Ms. Jones specializes in the facilitation of group, family and marital therapies as well as the delivery of behavioral health services to individuals of the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled populations. Ms. Jones’ background includes extensive experience in providing case management, therapeutic services and service coordination for a variety of age groups including those with severe and persistent mental illness.

Garu June, PsyD

Gary June, PsyD, completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Kansas City in 1998. He then earned his Doctor of Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2002. Dr. June completed a Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship at Smoky Mountain Counseling Center in 2002. He then went through a Psychology residency, also at Smoky Mountain Counseling Center that ended in 2003. Dr. June has been with Burrell since 2016.  His practice focuses primarily on adults, providing Individual Therapy, Marital Therapy and EMDR.  Dr. June also has experience in mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, working with behavioral health and family programs, and in military mental health services. Dr. June is also a Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) certified Instructor.

Rebecca Koehler, MA, SLP

Rebecca Koehler obtained a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Kansas in 1974. She worked for 23 years for the State of Kansas at a residential treatment center and has over 35 years of experience with individuals who have autism spectrum disorders and others with severe communication and language problems. She is licensed in the state of Missouri as a Speech Language Pathologist and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Ms. Koehler provides speech/language assessments and related therapy to children ages two and up, adolescents and also adults in Burrell’s Autism Center.

Rebecca Kendrick, MA, PLPC

Rebecca Kendrick, MA, MAADCII, PLPC, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Park University in May 2004, and went on to graduate with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from University of Missouri (Kansas City) in August 2013. Rebecca has experience as a student counselor and a case manager for underprivileged youth, as well as their families. She also worked as a Disability Advocate since 2015. Rebecca joined the team at Burrell in February 2017, and is working as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor at Burrell’s Branson Facility. She provides behavioral health care to clients ranging in age from children to adults and specializes in chemical dependency services.

Angela Klemm, PhD, Provisional Psychologist

Angela Klemm, PhD completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Art Therapy, at Edgewood College in 2007. She then went on to earn her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University in 2011; and finally Dr. Klemm received her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in 2017.   Dr. Klemm completed a Pre-doctoral Internship at Burrell Behavioral Health and has been providing behavioral health care at Burrell since October 2017.  Dr. Klemm is Provisionally Licensed Psychologist who treats clients of all ages ranging from children 2 years of age to senior adults. She specializes in Individual Therapy, Psychological Evaluations, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Play Therapy, Marital Therapy and MRDD Services.

Shirley Ann Kolkmeyer, MS, LPC

Shirley Ann Kolkmeyer, LPC, earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is an outpatient clinician at the Children’s Center in Springfield and her clinical specialties include children over six years of age, adolescents, adults, and families, as well as Christian-based counseling.

Karen Kovalik, MS, LPC

Karen Kovalik earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2004 and in 2008 graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. Karen’s background includes significant experience in crisis intervention services, working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and mental health and risk assessments for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Additionally, she has experience in assertive community treatment, intensive case management, treatment planning and individual and group therapies with adults having severe and persistent mental illness. Working from Burrell Behavioral Health’s Children’s Center, Karen is available to deliver behavioral health services to individuals of all ages and specializes in counseling for chemically dependent and MRDD clients. Additional specialties include play, family, group and marital therapies.

Jennifer Krause, MS, LPC

Jennifer Krause, LPC, earned her Bachelor Degree from Columbia College in June 2006, and went on to graduate with a Masters in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Evangel University in May 2012. Jennifer works at Burrell’s South Creek office as Project Coordinator for the SOCESS Grant, and has been with Burrell since April 2017. She provides mental health treatment to children ranging in age from 6-12, all the way to senior adults and she specializes in Family, Group and Marital Therapy.

Lori Lawrenz, Psy.D.

Lori Lawrenz, Psy.D, earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Dr. Lawrenz works in the Main Center in Springfield and her specialties are individual and group psychotherapy, and psychological evaluations for the adult population.

Kandra Kummemann, MS, PLPC

Kandra Kunnemann, MS, PLPC, graduated from Creighton University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and then proceeded to earn a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University in May 2016. Kandra is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor at Burrell’s Transitions Facility and has been with Burrell since February 2017. Ms. Kunnemann has experience providing mental health care to adult clients.

Linda Lazzari, APN

A Master’s level graduate from Upstate Medical University in New York, Linda Lazzari earned her post-master’s Board Certification as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2011 from Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing. Linda’s extensive background in nursing includes all levels of care including work as a staff nurse, charge nurse and nurse supervisor. Additionally, as a Certified Nurse Educator, Linda has significant experience in clinical nursing instruction. Linda, who works primarily from Burrell’s Main Center in Springfield, is available to deliver individual therapy, treatment planning, psychiatric evaluations, medical psychotherapy, medication administration, and discharge planning to individuals over the age of six years.

Cheryl List, Ph.D.

Dr. Cheryl List is a licensed psychologist and graduated from Northwestern University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is an outpatient psychologist at the Main Center in Springfield and works with adults, and senior adults and specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders.

Sharon Logsdon, MS, LPC

Sharon Logsdon, MS, LPC is a therapist at Milano. Sharon earned her Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001. Her areas of expertise are children, adolescents, family, and group therapy.

William Mallot, Psy.D.

Bill Mallot earned his doctorate degree at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist providing counseling to adults at Burrell’s Main Center in Springfield, MO. Dr. Mallot practices with an emphasis in Narrative Therapy and he is also trained in the delivery of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Cristin Martinez, MS, LPC

Before earning her Master of Science Degree in Community Agency Counseling from Missouri State University, Cristin Martinez attended College of the Ozarks where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and another in Spanish. Cristin has significant counseling experience acquired through internships with the Women’s Crisis Center of Taney County, Upward Bound and Center City Counseling of Springfield, MO. Her background includes significant experience in the delivery of counseling services to both individuals and families, facilitating support team meetings, working with families to connect with local resources, teaching parenting, anger management, life, and budgeting skills, and much more. Cristin, who is fluent in Spanish, is currently available to provide outpatient counseling in Burrell’s Branson office.

Cheryl Maras, MS, LPC

Cheryl Maras, MS, LPC, completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 1980 and then went on to earn her Master of Science in Education in May 1982, with emphasis in community guidance and counseling, both from Eastern Illinois University. Cheryl has worked in the mental health field since 1983 and has extensive experience in many different areas of behavioral health. Ms. Maras’s has experience in crisis intervention, family therapy, depression, and child development.  As of June 2017, she has re-joined the staff at Burrell’s Autism Center as a Professional Counselor. Cheryl is qualified to provide behavioral health care to clients ranging in age from small children (2-5), to senior adults. She specializes in youth and family therapy.

Kristen Marshall, MSN, RD

Kristen Marshall earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, where she was a student-athlete. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University, a leader of education in natural health arts and sciences, located in Seattle, WA. There she was a student of a science-based curriculum that provided education on whole foods, environmental awareness of food choices, and complimentary medicine. She gained clinical experience at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and electively took courses in Intuitive Eating, Therapeutic Cooking, and Herbal Medicine Making. She was additionally selected to be a student clinician for the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Wellness Clinic at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in 2015, following the completion of a supervised practice that emphasized community/public health and clinical nutrition through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Kristen advocates a sustainable, non-diet approach to nutrition therapy and believes in the importance and possibility of developing a healthy relationship with food and body. She currently provides dietitian services at the Burrell Kingsley Clinic, where she specializes in eating disorders and offers individualized nutrition assessment and therapy, to include nutritional counseling and/or education, for a variety of health concerns including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, food allergies, and more.

Leigh Ann McGhee, MA, LPC

Leigh Ann McGhee, LPC, graduated from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary with her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is an outpatient therapist at our Transitions facility in Springfield and works primarily with individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Susan McGilloway, MS, PLPC

Susan McGilloway, MS, PLPC, completed her first Master of Science in Psychology in 2012 from Walden University, as well as her second Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016, specializing in Trauma, Crisis and Substance Abuse Treatment. Ms. McGilloway is a Nationally Certified Counselor and has knowledge of family systems theory and group practice. Susan provides behavioral health care to adults & senior adults and specializes in Group Therapy. She has been with Burrell since 2015, and most recently joined Burrell Transitions Facility as a Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor.

Elizabeth Mills, MS, PLPC

Elizabeth Mills, PLPC, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Services and Music from Cornell College in May 2009. Mrs. Mills then went on to graduate with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Missouri State University in May 2013. Elizabeth has experience providing individual & couples counseling for adults and adolescents as well as play therapy for children. She has also worked in a group counseling setting for stress management. Mrs. Mills became an approved Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor in January 2016, but has worked with Burrell as a clinical coordinator in the START Living program since February 2015.   Elizabeth is qualified to provide mental health treatment to clients of all ages ranging from children to senior adults. In her current position she primarily provides mental health care to adults and senior adults and specializes in individual and group therapy.

Teddi Mitchell, MA, LPC

Teddi Mitchell, LPC graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Leo College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then continued her education at Richmont Graduate University, earning a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Teddi’s background includes experience in counseling individuals with grief, mood disorders, depression, codependency, career and relationship concerns and substance abuse. Teddi is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing outpatient behavioral health services to adults in Hollister, Missouri.

Darren Myers, MS, LPC

A member of Burrell’s Crisis Team, Darren Myers obtained his Master of Science in Counseling from Missouri State University. In addition to crisis prevention or intervention services, Darren has extensive experience as a case manager, residential specialist, special education teacher, BD/ED classroom instructor, and MO Options Program Director. He has worked with clients in both academic and behavioral health environments and has completed over 400 hours of professional development while maintaining membership in a number of professional organizations. Darren is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds Missouri Certification in Secondary Counseling and also a Missouri Teachers Certification (cross categorical).

Jeff Morgan, MS, LPC

Jeff Morgan, LPC, graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with his Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works in Burrell’s Crisis Assist Team (CAT) in Springfield. Jeff has experience in family, group, and marital therapy, as well as treating individuals with chemical dependency issues.

Carol "Jean" Orr, PsyD

Carol “Jean” Orr, PsyD, first received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Evangel University in 1986; then went on to earn her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 1988, and subsequently completed her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, also from Forest Institute of Psychology in 1993. Dr. Orr then did her Internship and her Residency at Piney Ridge Center, specializing in Clinical Psychology, from 1992 to 1994.  Dr. Orr has been with Burrell Behavioral Health since 1999. She is currently providing behavioral health care at Burrell’s main campus in Springfield, treating clients ranging in age from 2 years old to senior adults. Dr. Orr has a number of specialties that include Individual Therapy, Marital Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Play Therapy, Sexual Abuse Evaluations, Custody Evaluations, Psychological Testing, Chemical Dependency and MRDD.

Kendra Page, MS, LPC

Kendra Page earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ashland University in Ohio, then attended Evangel University where she graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. In 2011, Kendra became a provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor and began practicing outpatient therapy in the Springfield, MO area. Kendra’s background includes the implementation of behavioral interventions to improve classroom behavior, the delivery of therapy to children, adolescents, and families, and the investigation of abuse and neglect allegations. Now a fully Licensed Professional Counselor, Kendra provides individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents in Burrell Behavioral Health’s Outpatient/School-based Services program.

Christine Pietz, PhD

Christine Pietz, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in 1982, and then graduated with her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 1984. She did a Clinical Internship at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and then Dr. Pietz went on to complete Doctor of Philosophy from Texas A & M University in 1989, majoring in Counseling Psychology.   Dr. Pietz has been with Burrell Behavioral Health since 2002, and is currently providing primarily forensic mental health services at Burrell’s main campus in Springfield. She serves clients ranging in age from adolescent to senior adult and specializes in Individual Therapy and Forensic Evaluations.

Susan Pyle, Psy.D.

Dr. Susan Pyle, Psy.D, earned her Doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology after completing a Masters of Education from Louis University. Dr. Pyle is an outpatient psychologist in the Branson and Monett offices.

Jonathan Richards, MS, LPC, CADC

Jonathan Richards earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Boise State University in 2008 and continued his education at Missouri State University where he earned a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology. In 2011, Jonathan completed the requirements of the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board and was then conferred the title of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. During his employment with Clarity, Recovery and Wellness, Jonathan served as a drug court counselor providing screenings and assessments, individual and group counseling, treatment planning, and facilitating educational groups. Jonathan also has experience in the area of vocational rehabilitation and has provided individual counseling to rehabilitating clients. Jonathan, now a Licensed Professional Counselor, provides behavioral health services and chemical dependency counseling at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Murney Clinic in Springfield where he sees primarily adolescents and adults.

Stephanie Robbins, MS, LPC

Stephanie Robbins earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Evangel University where she continued her education, graduating summa cum laude, receiving the adult education award of excellence, and earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2011. Stephanie’s background and experience are demonstrative of her desire to help others—she has worked with families in need of family and/or foster care counseling, has significant experience in the facilitation of group counseling sessions, and has worked extensively with individuals struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction issues, and other traumatic experiences. Stephanie currently provides behavioral health services at the Burrell North Children’s Clinic where she provides assessments, treatment planning, and therapy for individuals, and also delivers specialized care in through group, play, family or marital therapies.

William Robison, MDiv, PsyD, LMFT, HSPP

William Robison earned a Doctorate in Psychology from the Illinois School of Psychology as well as a Master of Divinity from the Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. In addition to being a licensed psychologist, Dr. Robison is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a registered Health Service Provider in Psychology and a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. Dr. Robison has had significant training and/or experience in a variety of clinical areas including chemical dependency, the treatment of sexually aggressive children and youth, clinical pastoral education, marriage and family therapy and clinical supervision. Dr. Robison provides outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults of all ages at Burrell’s main center in Springfield.

Billie Rudminat, MS, OTR/L

Billie Rudminat is a licensed Occupational Therapist with the Burrell Autism Center located within the Child and Adolescent Center in Springfield. She received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She has practiced as a pediatric therapist for the past 12 years in a variety of settings including clinics, homes, and schools, working with children from birth through graduation. She is also certified as a Level 1 therapist through the American Hippotherapy Association. Billie is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the Burrell Autism Center to assist all kids in exploring and achieving all that they choose to do.

Sue Ann Rybarczyk, MA, LPC

Sue Ann Rybarczyk earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2006 and currently works as a Licensed Professional Counselor at Burrell North Clinic. Sue’s background includes working in Russia assisting in the development of special education programs, teaching marriage and family courses and implementing teacher and student curriculum. Additionally, Sue has experience in counseling children, adolescents, families and learning disabled, as well as holding a professional membership through the Association for Play Therapy.

Paul Schulte, MS, LCSW

Paul Schulte, LCSW, is an Outpatient Clinician and has been at Burrell since 1989. Paul earned a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University. He specializes in marital and family therapy and practices in the Main Center in Springfield.

Michael Sears, MA, PLPC

Michael Sears, PLPC, earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drury University in 2012 and completed his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in May 2015. Michael has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 2013, and also of the Missouri Psychological Association since 2013.  Michael provides behavioral health care at Burrell’s Autism Center, where he has worked as a Family Resource Specialist since February 2016.  Michael works with children ages two and older, as well as adolescents, adults and senior adults.  Michael provides play therapy (with supervision), PCIT (with supervision) and Group Therapy.

Andrea Simkins, MSW, LMSW

Andrea Simkins, MSW, LMSW, completed her Bachelor of Social Work, maintaining a spot on the Dean’s List every semester from 2011-2012, and graduating May 2012 from Missouri State University. She then earned her Master of Social Work in May 2015, also from Missouri State University.  Andrea has several years of experience working in behavioral and mental health, in the positions of Community Support Specialist, Community Support Supervisor, and as a Medical Social Worker. Ms. Simkins has been with Burrell Behavioral Health since March 2016, and provides behavioral health care to clients ranging in age from children to senior adults.

Julie Skodak, MSW, LCSW

A graduate of Aurora University, Julie Skodak of Burrell’s Branson office, has significant experience in delivering mental health services to teens and adolescents. With Spanish as a second language, she has worked in collaboration with many school systems and agencies providing clinical assessments, adaptive behavioral assessments and individual and family therapies to mainstream and special-education students and their families. Julie’s background in counseling also includes work with teen runaways, high-risk pregnant teens and women, and counseling all ages on issues of divorce, grief, drug education, HIV/Aids, peer mediation and conflict resolution.

Joshua Soward, MA, LPC

A 2009 graduate of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Joshua Soward comes to Burrell with significant experience in the delivery of behavioral health care. Joshua’s experience includes teaching and facilitating group therapy sessions relating to restorative justice within area detention centers and also the provision of individual counseling to youth offenders. Joshua’s background also includes providing individual, family, group and marital counseling to adults presenting with issues relating to depression, trauma, substance abuse, oppositional defiance and adjustment disorders. Joshua is a member of Burrell’s children’s residential team and also available to provide outpatient, individual counseling, MRDD services, and play, group, family and marital therapies for children, adolescents and adults.

Elizabeth Spraggins, MEd, LPC

Elizabeth Spraggins, LPC, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, then went on to earn her Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Lincoln University in 2012. Ms. Spraggins is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides behavioral health care to children and adolescents at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Murney Clinic, as a Substance Use Disorder Family Therapist. She specializes in Chemical Dependency, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and Family Therapy.

Richard Stephenson, ACSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Rick Stephenson, is a 1981 graduate of the University of Georgia.  He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and holds the ACSW Certification.  With over 40 years experience in the field of mental health, he delivers outpatient psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and senior adults, as well as couples and families.  He is also a specialist in trauma treatment and is trained in the use of EMDR therapy.  Rick is part of the clinical team at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Main Center in Springfield.

Brent Sugg, MS, LPC

With a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University, Brent Sugg, LPC is currently the coordinator for Burrell’s “Transitions-n-Training” program. Brent’s background in guidance and counseling, combined with his history of employment in a variety of residential settings, enhances his ability to deliver care to clients utilizing comprehensive Transitions services for the long-term mentally ill, helping them to realize their full potential. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Brent is qualified to deliver general clinical services including individual therapy, clinical assessment, psychosocial history, treatment and discharge planning for adults and senior adults.

Candace Tate, PsyD

Dr. Candace Tate is a graduate of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and a licensed Psychologist. Dr. Tate completed both a clinical psychology internship and post-doctoral residency at the Otis R. Bowen Behavioral Health Center in Warsaw, Indiana, where she also spent several years practicing clinical psychology, crisis intervention, working as a behavioral health plan facilitator, conducting psychological testing, and supervising rehabilitation service providers. Dr. Tate now practices outpatient clinical psychology at Burrell’s Main Center in Springfield, Missouri, where she sees adolescents, adults and senior adults. In addition to the provision of individual therapy, clinical assessments and psychological evaluations, Dr. Tate specializes in delivering behavioral health care to those diagnosed with MRDD and also in the delivery of psychotherapy through group, family, and marital therapies.

Charles Thomas, MD

Dr. Charles Thomas earned a medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1986 prior to completion of his psychiatric residency in 1990 at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. Since then, Dr. Thomas has provided psychiatric care including, but not limited to, treatment planning, individual therapy, medical psychotherapy, and medication management and administration to both adults and senior adults. Currently, he practices Adult Psychiatry at Burrell’s Main Center in Springfield.

Alisha Tuttle, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Alisha Tuttle, APRN, PMHNP-BC, graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2011 from Missouri State University, and then went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing – PMHNP in December 2015 from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Tuttle belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners since 2015, the Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks since 2014 and is CPR Certified as well. Alisha has worked for Burrell in different capacities over the years, but has currently joined the staff at Burrell’s Transitions location in June 2017 as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Alisha provides care to clients ranging in age from Adolescent to Senior Adult.

Fred Ulam, PhD

Fred Ulam, a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology is a licensed psychologist.  Dr. Ulam has been named a Diplomate of the QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalograph) Certification Board and has also received specialty certification in neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  Dr. Ulam has conducted significant research relating to QEEG, head and brain injuries, stroke, and other neuropsychological conditions and has many time been invited to share his work with the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  Dr. Ulam’s background in neuropsychology includes extensive experience in both clinical and rehabilitative neuropsychology and he has helped many individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, cerebrovascular accidents, metabolic and/or infectious encephalopathies, post-craniotomies and other neurological conditions. Additionally, he has developed behavior management plans for individuals with behavior disturbances related to neurological impairment and has counseled many individuals and families affected with a variety of serious medical conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and other neurological afflictions. Dr. Ulam is part of Burrell Behavioral Health’s outpatient psychological team, specializing in forensic and neuropsychological evaluations and group, family and marital therapies.

Amy Vaughan, OT

Amy Vaughan graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1998 and in the same year received certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. In 1999, Amy became licensed by the State of Missouri to practice occupational therapy and in 2003 she received certification from Sensory Integration International after successful completion of her Sensory Integration and Praxis exam and requirements. Amy has an extensive background in the administration of occupational therapy, especially in pediatric and educational environments, and also in the instruction of occupational therapy applications at both the collegiate and professional levels. Currently, Amy practices at Burrell Behavioral Health’s Children’s Center where she provides occupational therapy assessments, consultation, evaluation, and direct treatment for both children and adolescents.

Paula Warner, MSN, RN, NP-C

Paula Warner earned a Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialization in education from Walden University, followed by a Post Masters certificate from Cox College for the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2014. As a past educator, Paula has held professional education positions such as course coordinator, clinical instructor and certified nurse assistant instructor. Additionally, Paula has experience with terminally ill patients, adult psychiatrics, examinations, medical technology, IV therapy, and CPR. Paula is presently a member of Burrell’s outpatient psychiatric team and provides care to children, adolescents, and adults.

Tana Leigh Warren, MS, LPC

Tana Leigh Warren, LPC, is an Individual and Family Counselor at Bramblewood Children’s Residential Facility. She earned a Master of Science from Missouri State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Teacher, a Certified School Counselor, and a Certified Mediator. Her areas of expertise are individual and family therapy.

Matthew Weatherly, MA, LPC

Matthew Weatherly earned his Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and now works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Burrell Behavioral Health’s Children’s Center. In addition to providing individual, outpatient counseling for children and adolescents, Matthew also specializes in family therapy and also play therapy through which he is able to assist young children in coping with trauma. Matthew has over ten years of experience working with troubled youth and their families and also in the use of de-escalation techniques for crisis situations, facilitating psycho-educational groups geared toward anger management and self-esteem, and the implementation of various play therapy approaches including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and use of the sand tray in treatment.

Sherrie Wallace, MSW, LCSW

Sherrie K. Wallace, LCSW, earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Weber State University in 2012. Ms. Wallace then went on to complete her Master of Social Work at the University of Utah in 2014. Sherrie Wallace is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker delivering behavioral health services to children (2-12) as well as adolescents in Burrell Behavioral Health’s Children’s Center facility in Springfield, MO. Ms. Wallace specializes in Group Therapy, Family Therapy and Play Therapy.

Michelle Whitmire, PsyD

Michelle Whitmire is a 2005 graduate of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology where she earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and also a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Whitmire completed a pre-doctoral internship with the Carol Jones Recovery Center for Women/Alternative Opportunities in Springfield, MO and a post-doctoral residency with Ozark Center in Joplin. Dr. Whitmire’s background includes the delivery of individual therapy to adult, outpatient clients; she has earned certification by the American Academy of Pain Management and has historically maintained a caseload comprised primarily of patients suffering from chronic physical illness, impaired physical functioning and/or chronic pain. Through her training and practice, Dr. Whitmire has successfully helped many individuals improve their quality of life by teaching effective symptom management and also through medication compliance counseling. Additionally, Dr. Whitmire has practiced within Health Care Home programming, is a Certified Health Service Provider, and has earned a Certificate of Completion in Integrated Health Care: Practice Consultation and Management.

Carolyn Williams, MS, LPC

Carolyn Williams, MS, LPC graduated with honors from Southwest Missouri State University with her Master of Science Degree in Guidance and Counseling. She is employed with Burrell Behavioral Health as a part-time, outpatient counselor and has significant experience in delivering therapeutic treatment to adolescents, adults and senior adults. In addition to providing individual, group, family, and marital therapies, Carolyn has expertise in treating individuals with chemical dependency and those presenting with co-occurring disorders. Carolyn is also part of the treatment team at Cox Health Systems Center for Addictions.

Rachel Winkler, MSW, LCSW

Rachel Winkler, MSW, LCSW, earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree in Spring of 1992 from Missouri State University and then went on to receive her Master of Social Work degree in May 1997 from University of Missouri – Columbia. She completed her internship at Burrell’s Bramblewood location in Columbia, MO as an intern clinician working with youth. Ms. Winkler’s style as a Licensed Social Worker is in her blend of cognitive behavioral, strengths-based and rational emotive therapies. Rachel works with clients of all ages ranging from Children (12 and up) to Senior Adults providing Individual, Family and Group Therapy.  Ms. Winkler is based at our main campus in Springfield. 

Lacey York, MS, LPC

Lacey York is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from Missouri State University with a Master’s of Science in Counseling in 2009. Lacey’s background includes experience in several facets of behavioral health care including the delivery of counseling for individuals and couples, facilitation of therapeutic anger management groups, conducting client intakes, maintaining client records and making referrals. As a Community Support Worker, Lacey provided support to individuals diagnosed with mental illness by assisting with doctor appointments, medication and treatment compliance, and education regarding their diagnoses. Lacey also has experience as a Community Support Supervisor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and providing outpatient counseling to both children and adults.

Woodrow Younts, MA, NCC, LPC

Woody Younts, LPC, graduated from Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. He is the Assistant Director of Burrell’s Child and Adolescent CPRC Services and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.

Deseri Cunningham

Deseri Cunningham, PsyD, completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary education & Special education at Southwest Missouri State University in 1996. She then went on to graduate with her Master of Science in School Counseling, also from Southwest Missouri State University in 2002. Finally, Dr. Cunningham completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology/ The Wright Institute in 2016. Dr. Cunningham completed both her Psychology Internship as well as her Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency at Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions (MAPS).  Dr. Cunningham is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist who is providing behavioral health care at Burrell’s Children’s Center. She sees clients ranging in age from children as young as 2 to adults. She specializes in Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Play Therapy and Marital Therapy.