Clinic & In-Home Staff

Dr. Suzanne Aoun, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Education: University of Minnesota – Fellowship Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Syracuse University Health Center – Residency Adult Psychiatry
American University Beirut MD
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 18

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Clinical Approach
Dr. Aoun utilizes a Multi-Disciplinary Approach which puts an emphasis on collaborating with pediatricians, therapists, parents and school staff.

Clinical Interests
Dr. Aoun specializes in working with children and adolescents who struggle with Mood & Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

Hobbies
In her free time Dr. Aoun enjoys running and traveling.

Kellie Bernal, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
Location Served: ITFC, Hayes, Stevenson Elementary
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Kellie’s approach to therapy is strengths based and person centered. Her practice is influenced by attachment theory, trauma-informed care, and systems theory.

Clinical Interests
Kellie enjoys working with all clients off all ages and families. Her specific areas of interest include: grief and loss, family change, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, emotional regulation, and behavior concerns.

Hobbies
In her free time, Kellie loves spending time with family, camping, swimming, traveling, reading, and drinking sweet iced coffees.

Amy Davis, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 1

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Clinical Approach
Amy’s approach is strengths-based and she believes in utilizing interpersonal process in the therapeutic relationship to help clients increase self-awareness and promote change.

Clinical Interests
Amy has experience working with adolescents and teens in both community and school settings. She has a background supporting youth experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, and emotional regulation and behavioral concerns.

Hobbies
In her free time Amy spends way too much money buying and enjoying vinyl, books, and comics. She also has a love for music and like to attend shows throughout the Twin-Cities.

Tess Gonyer, MA, MFT

Therapist I

Education: MA, Syracuse University
Location Served: CTSS & ITFC
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Tess believes that therapy should meet the specific needs of each individual client. Because of this, she enjoys using a variety of systematic theoretical orientations and approaches to allow therapy to meet the client where they are in their therapy process.

Clinical Interests
Tess has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Child Therapy and has completed coursework specific to trauma-informed care. She has worked with ages ranging from 5 years old to 60+ years old.

Hobbies
In her free time, Tess enjoys walking/hiking with her dog, reading, paddle boarding, and rollerblading.

Kari Griffin, MSW, LICSW, C-HHS, 200-RYT

Manager, Integrative Mental Health

Education: MSW, Augsburg College
Location Served: ITFC, Bridgeview, Columbia Academy
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Kari specializes in solution focused, strengths based and relationship based therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. She works with children and youth, ages 5-15 experiencing social and emotional regulation issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, trauma, attachment issues as well as working with family system issues. Kari graduated from Augsburg College with her master’s degree in multicultural clinical social work in 2013.

Clinical Interests
Kari obtained her certificate in Holistic Health from St. Catherine’s University May 2017 and is a registered yoga teacher. Other areas of specialization include mind/body connection, holistic health, nutrition and yoga.

Hobbies
Kari enjoys doing yoga, dance and playing with her two dogs.

Amber Haley, MA, LPCC

Supervising Therapist

Education: MA, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Location Served: ITFC, Spring Lake Park High School
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Amber’s approach to therapy is trauma informed and relationship based.

Clinical Interests
Amber works primarily with adolescents between 14-18. Amber has extensive clinical experience in trauma (physical abuse, sexual trauma, neglect, complex trauma) and related issues like self-harm, emotional regulation and relationships. Amber is trained in implementing the ARC model in trauma work, balanced and restorative justice practices and mindfulness strategies.

Hobbies
Amber enjoys yoga, dance, reading and adventures with her kids.

Jordan Hempel, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Columbia Heights, CTSS
Years Experience: 6

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Clinical Approach
Jordan's favorite part about her job is building relationships. She believes that creating a safe and supportive environment builds trust and can lead to success.

Clinical Interests
Jordan is currently on track to obtain her LPCC. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Jordan has worked with a variety of diagnosis including: FASD, ASD, and anxiety.

Hobbies
In her free time, Jordan loves to travel and be outdoors. She particularly likes hiking, swimming, and tennis.

Paul Hildebrandt, Ph.D., LP

Therapist II

Education: MA, University of Wisconsin- River Falls
Ph.D Union Institute, Cincinnati OH
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 30

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Clinical Approach
Paul uses both behavioral and cognitive behavioral approaches in working with people. He tend to use an approach where he helps individuals identify problems and issues, then engages in shared problem solving with the individuals.

Clinical Interests
Paul has a broad range of experience in working with issues related to anxiety, depression, severe and persistent mental illness, special education needs, aging and family therapy.

Hobbies
Paul enjoys boating, fishing, rehab work on homes and maintaining healthy forests.

Sheila Hoemberg, APRN, CNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Education: Masters of Science in Nursing – F-PMH, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 8

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Clinical Approach
Sheila doesn’t like labels – therefore she treats the person, not a disorder. If someone is having mental health symptoms that negatively impact their lives, she believes that the clinical focus needs to be a partnership in identifying effective ways to alleviate those specific symptoms – thereby promoting that persons return to optimal functioning.

Clinical Interests
Sheila has worked with people of all ages, in a variety of settings and truly have found all experiences rewarding. She has learned something valuable from each person she has had the privilege to work with and therefore feels that each and every one of these experiences has helped her to gain personal knowledge and insight, in turn making her a better clinician.

Hobbies
Sheila enjoys traveling to “warm” places, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

Jeff Hoffman, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 18

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Clinical Approach
Jeff provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and groups. As a therapist at Lee Carlson Center, he works with adolescents, young adults, and adults.

Clinical Interests
Jeff has experience working with people with serious and persistent mental illness, MI/CD, depression, anxiety, cognitive-behavior therapy, group therapy, family therapy and the Domestic Abuse Program

Hobbies
Biking, running and spending time with family.

Jodie Holzman, MSW, LICSW

Site Manager

Education: MSW, University of Denver
Location Served: Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience:  15

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Clinical Approach
Jodie comes from a person-centered approach. She believes that therapy goals are centered around finding new paths and interrupting patterns that are no longer effective. Jodie also comes from a feminist perspective and incorporates mindfulness into therapy.

Clinical Interests
Jodie’s has worked with a certified team providing DBT services since 2004. The typical age range of those she works with is 16 years and older. Other interests she has are facilitating skills groups, as well as incorporating the work of Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson featuring mindfulness and neuropsychology.

Hobbies
Jodie has a dog, 3 cats, and 2 kids that keep her busy and laughing! She also enjoys hiking and skiing.

Kristine Hughes, MA, LMFT, RPT

Therapist II

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic
Years Experience: 6

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Clinical Approach
Kristine primarily utilizes Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray, and mindfulness training. She follows a humanistic approach focused on the relationship with the client and accessing what they already have within them to heal.

Clinical Interests
Her clinical interests include trauma, attachment, foster care/ adoption, and traumatic grief.

Hobbies
In her free time, Kristine like photography, spending time outdoors, and going to her family's cabin.

Alyssa Larson, MA, LPC

Lead Therapist

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: CTSS, Columbia Heights Schools
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Alyssa is a lead therapist for Lee Carlson Center. She believes in the uniqueness of each individual and is passionate about working with teenagers and their families. Pulling from their strengths and values, she enjoys helping individuals realize their full potentials.

Clinical Interests
Alyssa has worked at Columbia Heights High School for three years as well as partnered with other schools in Anoka County. Alyssa has experience supporting teenagers through anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment difficulties, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also has experience working with adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and is trained in DBT.

Hobbies
Alyssa enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, cooking, and skiing.

Briana Lindsey, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine's University
Location Served: CTSS/ITFC
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Briana’s therapeutic approach is centered on meeting the client where they are at. She utilizes multiple therapeutic interventions including, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems, strengths-based approach and insight-oriented therapy.

Clinical Interests
Briana’s clinician specialties include working with children and adults with various diagnoses including anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia/ schizoaffective disorders, bipolar disorder and substance related disorders. She has experience working in areas including domestic violence, parenting, anger management and re-entry. Briana has also completed trainings in the area of trauma informed care, cultural competence and suicide screening. Screening tools that are frequently utilized in her work are the Columbia Suicide Screen, PHQ-9, GAD-7, WHODAS, PCL-5 and SRS/ORS.

Hobbies
Briana enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also works as a Community Outreach Perinatal Educator (Childbirth Education, Doula and Lactation Educator).

Nan MacDonald, MS, LP

Testing and Assessment

Education: Master of Science in Education in School Psychology
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience:

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Clinical Approach
Nan specializes in psychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults.

Clinical Interests
Nan plays an important role in approaching client needs from a multi-disciplinary lens. She believes that clarification of the diagnosis is critical for treatment planning and improving mental health and well-being. and utilizes psychological testing to inform and work with clinicians and families.

Hobbies
Nan enjoys spending time with family and friends, knitting, swimming, biking, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Troy Mathias, MSW, LGSW

Therapist I

Education: MSW, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Location Served: CTSS & ITFC
Years Experience: 3

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Clinical Approach
Troy’s goal as a therapist is to promote inclusive settings where students and families can find the power, wisdom, and courage to overcome obstacles.

Clinical Interests
While at the University of Minnesota, Troy specialized in working with families and children. He has worked with K-12, as well as students within the alternative school setting.

Hobbies
Troy enjoys hanging out with friends or family, video games, and the Korean Sword Art “Haidong Gumdo”.

Brian Nelson, MA, LP

Therapist II

Education: MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Location Served: Brooklyn Center Clinic
Years Experience: 41

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Clinical Approach
Brian’s approach to therapy is holistic: consider the entirety of an individual’s circumstances and history in developing a treatment plan, and providing on-going care. He holds a non-judgmental, grace-filled philosophy of care and believes each individual has been uniquely created and there is a purpose and meaning for that individual’s life. Brian’s goal of therapy is to lead clients as they discover their own unique and incomparable value.

Clinical Interests
Brian’s professional drive and passion is to help hurting people who are seeking restoration and life-transforming guidance for their emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Hobbies
As far as hobbies and interests, Brian enjoys biking, walking, sailing in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior (his wife and 4 out of 5 of their children are ASA trained sailors), kayaking, paddle boarding, mission trips, traveling, playing cards, and reading. Some of Brian’s favorite adventures include: dog sledding, bareback riding in the Rockies, and hiking around a volcano in Nicaragua!

Amanda Neumann, MA, LMFT

Site Manager

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Fridley Clinic, Blue Heron Elementary
Years Experience: 9

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Clinical Approach
Amanda uses a client-centered and strengths-based approach. She finds it best to allow clients to lead the session and move at their own pace.

Clinical Interests
Amanda as worked with all ages, but she has the most experience with children, adolescents, and teens.

Hobbies
In her free time, Amanda likes to be outside, read, and spend time with her friends and family.

Jon Newcomb, MA, LMFT

Therapist II

Education: MA, Minnesota State University of Professional Psychology/Argosy University
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic
Years Experience: 14

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Clinical Approach
Jon practices from the viewpoint that all people have several basic emotional needs. Including the need to be nurtured in a caring environment as they grow and develop, as well as, the need to have close relationships with family, friends, and others. When these needs fail to be fully met, it can result in imbalances. Inappropriate behaviors, depression, or anxiety are often present for those who seek professional help. Jon sees his role as assisting those he works with in finding and maintaining a balance in life.

Clinical Interests
Jon often works with individuals in personal distress as a result of neuro-chemical imbalance. Jon is trained in the administration of EMDR for the treatment of trauma-related disorders. Jon also has advanced training in the most effective methods of healing broken marriages and other intimate relationships.

Hobbies
Jon enjoys spending time with his wife, five adult children, and four grandchildren. Jon is an avid “newshound” and spends free time reading about current events. When it’s warm out, Jon is often boating or swimming.

Mary Omiyi, MS, NCC

Therapist I

Education: MS, Shippensburg University
Location Served: CTSS
Years Experience: 2

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Clinical Approach
Mary has an eclectic approach to therapy with a person-centered foundation. She believes that creating a trusting relationship and a sage space for self-exploration can facilitate growth and change.

Clinical Interests
Mary has experience working with diverse clients presenting with variety of diagnoses. She particularly enjoys working with children and adults.

Hobbies
Mary enjoys going to movies, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She also loves seeing new places and trying new things.

 

Corinne Segal, MA, LPCC

Therapist II

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic
Years Experience: 23

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Clinical Approach
Corrine’s approach to therapy is based on collaborative work with clients. She is open to many religious and spiritual traditions.

Clinical Interests
Corrine works with people from 6 years old to seniors, and with families. Her experience covers anxiety, depression, Autism, FASD (Families Moving Forward), ADHD, blended families, addiction, emotional and behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, SPMI, addiction, domestic violence, parenting, homelessness, and attachment.

Julie Smith, MA, LPCC

Manager, Adult Programming

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Bridgeview
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Julie provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and groups. She is a therapist and the Supervisor at Bridgeview, our adult drop-in center. As a therapist at Lee Carlson Center, she has experience working with a variety of individuals, but is currently focusing on working with adults and young adults who are experiencing serious and persistent mental illness. She has been with Lee Carlson Center for 14 years and has worked as a clinician for 10 years. Her style of counseling is focused on self-exploration and increasing an individual's level of understanding around their current life circumstances, as well as their behaviors and reactions to those circumstances.

Clinical Interests
Julie is trained in DBT and is eclectic regarding approach often incorporating CBT, DBT and a person centered approach. Her areas of specialization include: serious and persistent mental illness, self-esteem, anger management, DBT, depression, anxiety and CBT.

Hobbies
Julie enjoys traveling, taking road trips and spending time with her puppy.

Stefanie Wallace, MA, LMFT

Site Manager

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Coon Rapids Clinic, Domestic Abuse Program
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Stefanie has been working in the mental health field since 2003, and has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient therapy, residential treatment and in-home services.  Stefanie uses a person centered approach with therapy, helping people to discover and enhance their inner strengths to help overcome barriers/challenges they are facing in life.  Stefanie uses various approaches in her therapy, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Systems, art techniques, Gottman methods and Psychodynamic Therapy.

Clinical Interests
Stefanie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, anger management, life adjustments and transitions, stress related concerns, domestic violence, self-esteem, dual diagnosis, serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), as well as other various mental health concerns.

Hobbies
Stefanie enjoys being outdoors (fishing, walking, boat rides), cooking, arts/crafts and spending time with family, friends, and her cats.

Mark Wilde, MA, LMFT

Supervising Therapist

Education: MA, St. Mary's University
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 10

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Clinical Approach
Mark believes everyone has the capacity to change. By learning insight into our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors clients can gain skill to be more mindful and grow.

Clinical Interests
Mark is certified in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), as well as play therapy and sand therapy.

Hobbies
Mark enjoys meditating and going to church.

Ives Wittman, MA

Therapist I

Education: MA, Adler Graduate School
Location Served: DAP, Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 4

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Clinical Approach
Ives’ therapy style consists of enabling clients to become more of an expert in their own lives. This includes helping them show up and be present for themselves and in their relationships with compassion, integrity, passion and clarity.

Clinical Interests
Ives has a particular interest in encouraging the maturity and spiritual and personal growth of men and women, including young people. His experience and training include work with trauma (including developmental & Complex PTSD), depression, anxiety, abuse and anger, energy movement, emotional intelligence, relationships, and first and second half of life concerns. Family systems, Transactional Analysis, Adlerian Therapy, and gendered perspectives figure prominently in his healing practices. Ives has a certificate for relationship and sex and love addiction coaching.

Hobbies
Ives’ interests include hiking, literature, music, meditative practices, playing with his dog and working out.

Sandra Ziegler, MA, LMFT

Therapist II

Education: MA, St. Mary’s University
Location Served: Fridley Clinic
Years Experience: 5

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Clinical Approach
Sandra provides counseling to couples, families, and individuals. She believes in the systemic view of therapy where both society and family play an important part in shaping who we become as people.

Clinical Interests
Sandy works with a variety of theoretical models including, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Play Therapy. She believes that helping people understand the positive changes that can be made in their lives can give them hope for a better future. Sandy is trained in EMDR and DBT.

Hobbies
Sandy enjoys travelling, reading and spending time outdoors.