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Paul Springstead - Therapist Paul Springstead, PsyD, ABPP, LP

Dr. Springstead is a licensed psychologist and director of clinical services at Northern Pines. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, which is the oldest and most prestigious psychology certification board. Dr. Springstead obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Illinois State University in 1980, and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Baylor University in 1987. Dr. Springstead has been employed at Northern Pines since 1990.

His current clinical emphasis is working with couples and families.

Patricia Scott Patricia W. Scott, MA, LP
Patricia holds a master's degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and has taken postgraduate classes from St. Cloud State University and the Atlanta School of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  She has completed the DBT Intensive Training.  She is a Licensed Psychologist with a specialty in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Stu Popkin Stu Popkin, LICSW
Stu has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He has completed the Professional and Advanced trainings through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and incorporates these skills and principles into his work. He has experience working with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, and the psychological response to ongoing health issues.
Therese Meyer Therese Meyer, MA, LMFT

Therese is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University in Eagan MN. She works in our Little Falls outpatient clinic. Her experience includes adolescent residential treatment, CTSS school base services, child and adolescent intensive day treatment, DBT, and clinical supervision.  She is intensively trained in dialectical behavioral therapy and EMDR.  Therese specializes in providing counseling services to adults, children, adolescents and families. 


Jean Schlicting Jean Kocer, MSW, LICSW

Jean Kocer is an outpatient therapist and clinical supervisor of the Behavioral Health Home program and Adult Case Management program. Jean has a Master's degree in Social Work and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health which is a specialty that focuses on mind/body wellness and integrated, collaborative care for the treatment of co-occurring mental health and physical health problems. Other areas of experience include providing counseling services to adults for the treatment of self-esteem issues, stress management, adjusting to life transitions, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma-related disorders. Jean utilizes a caring, strengths-based therapeutic approach. She tailors each person's therapy to meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual she works with.


Nancy Bernsetter Nancy Bernsetter, M.A., LICSW

Nancy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her Master of Arts degree in Social Agency Counseling is from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She has provided play therapy services to children ages 4-11, parent education, and therapy with female adolescents for 23 years. Nancy provides services in our Staples clinical office.


Karmella Thompson Karmella Thompson, MS, LADC

Karmy graduated with her undergraduate degree in Psychology majoring in Chemical Dependency.  She received her masters of science degree from St. Cloud State University in Rehabilitation Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Psychology.  She has worked in mental health for the past 16 years.   She uses a systems approach with a diverse population which includes families, couples, adolescents and individuals with diagnosis of chemical dependency, depression and anxiety. She enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, son and his family.  Her general interests include horses, camping and anything that has to do with nature and outdoor activities.


Patti Gorman Dr. Patti Gorman, Ed.D., LPCC

Patti Gorman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She obtained a master’s degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University in 2001, and her doctorate degree in counseling psychology at Argosy University. She has been intensively trained in dialectical behavioral therapy as well as EMDR. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and dialectical behavioral therapies, as well as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. Her other clinical interests include trauma, depression, anxiety. She has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, families, and couples.


Wendy Olson Wendy Olson, MSW

Wendy Olson is a Children’s Mental Health Professional at Northern Pines Mental Health Center. She holds a MSW degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and is currently licensed as a LGSW working toward independent licensure. Wendy holds the University of Minnesota graduate level certificate for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and for Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is trained to diagnosis children from birth through age three. She is trained to facilitate Incredible Years parenting curriculum for babies, toddlers, and preschool. Her past experience includes working in the schools and with adults with mild to profound mental retardation.


Megan Mueller, MS, LMFT

Megan graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish in 2010 and from Capella University’s online graduate program in 2013 with residency experiences in both in-home family therapy and school-based therapy services. Megan began her work at Northern Pines in September 2010 on the Mental Health Behavioral Aide team as an in-home skills practitioner. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and children and is interested in seeing individuals, couples, and families. She also has training in EMDR, DBT skills and Sand Tray training for adults and children. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in our Brainerd Outpatient office.


Mary Jo Cody, LICSW

Mary Jo Cody is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over 23 years experience as a mental health counselor, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Minnesota and has additional training in trauma focused therapy, bereavement counseling and mediation. Her approach is compassionate and direct, combining psychotherapy with practical homework between sessions.  She enjoys working with people from all backgrounds and levels of ability.  She offers additional specialization in: depression and anxiety, grief and loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and issues related to military service.  Mary Jo is working out of the Brainerd Outpatient Office.


Kim Schaefbauer, M.ED, LPCC

Kim joins the Northern Pines Team to serve three vital roles: Director of the Outpatient Department, Clinician with the IDDT Chemical Health Program and Clinical Supervisor for the Long Prairie and Little Falls ARMHS Programs.  Kim has degrees in Educational Administration, Counseling and Personal Services and Child Development.  She brings with her many years of experience in the field of behavioral health with a specialization in residential settings.  Her past roles have included clinical director, clinical supervisor, unit supervisor and a therapist servicing individuals, families and groups.


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Tamara Kmecik, MSW, LICSW

Tammy holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work also from St. Cloud State University, specializing in psychology and human behavior. Tammy has completed internships during international study in England, and with Northern Pines. She has more than seven years’ experience working with adults struggling with mood, psychotic, and personality disorders in the Adult Community Based Services ARMHS division, of which she is Clinical Supervisor. Other clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Tammy provides outpatient therapy at the Northern Pines Brainerd office in an intake diagnostic capacity. She also works with Mobile Crisis Outreach as a Mental Health Professional.


Teri Gerhardt, MSW, LGSW

Teri holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s, and is working towards independent licensure. Her experience includes internships in the corrections field and mental health services. Teri’s focus is working with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and relational issues. She is a certified provider of individual and group DBT skills. Teri has worked with adults diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness in our adult community based services for 4+ years. Teri provides outpatient therapy and works with Mobile Crisis Outreach as a Mental Health Professional.  She utilizes a strengths-based perspective in her work.


Claribel Severson, MA, LPC

Claribel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University, a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Liberty University, Virginia. Currently completing a PhD in General Psychology from Capella University. Claribel is Autism Certified by the Autism Society of Minnesota. Works with adults 18 and older (will work with  adolescents 12-17 years who are on the autism spectrum, with prior approval). Specializing in late diagnosis of autism in adults (formerly Asperger's Syndrome) and counseling couples where one individual is on the spectrum (AS/NT couples). Approach to counseling is eclectic incorporating behavioral interventions, CBT, REBT, Gestalt, art, poetry and writing exercises tailoring treatment to meet the client's specific needs. Areas of counseling experience include Autism Spectrum disorders (Asperger Syndrome), depression, anxiety, anger management, perfectionism, self-esteem, social phobia, assertiveness and communication skills for women, relationship conflicts, victims of violence and abuse.  Claribel is bilingual fluent in both English and Spanish.  She is a native Spanish speaker and reads and writes Spanish fluently and can work with the Latino population.


Julie Hoyt EdD, LP

Dr. Hoyt is a graduate from the University of San Francisco with advance degrees in psychology, marital and family therapy.  She worked for 19 years as a psychologist at Neighborhood Counseling Center in Wadena before transitioning to Northern Pines – Wadena.  She has intensive training in DBT and EMDR.  In addition she has training in Mediation from Hamline University School of Law.  Dr. Hoyt’s area of interest is working with individuals with depression/anxiety, grief/loss and varied transitional issues.  She is working as an outpatient psychologist providing services for individuals, couples and families.


Kirsten Skalsky, MS, Mental Health Clinical Trainee

Kirsten graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a BA degree in Psychology, and received her Master’s degree from Walden University in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in forensic counseling.  Kirsten is currently working under supervision towards her licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.   She has training in play therapy with adolescents, and dialectical behavioral therapy.  She utilizes cognitive behavioral, family systems, solution focused, play, and dialectical behavioral therapies.


Shari Phillips, MS, Mental Health Clinical Trainee 

Shari holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and is working toward independent licensure as an LPCC.  Her previous experience includes working in a Day Treatment Program with adolescents, children, and families, in both an individual and group format.  In addition, Shari has worked with our Adult Community Based Services for the previous seven years, providing functional rehabilitative services for a number of individuals within the community.  Shari’s internship experience included working with our outpatient Chemical Dependency Program and outpatient therapy.  Shari’s focus is currently working with adults and adolescents in the outpatient setting, providing a person-centered and strength-based approach. 


Susan Schwankl, MS, Mental Health Professional Trainee

Susan attended Bemidji State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Susan works in the Brainerd Outpatient Office with adult clients who have a wide variety of disorders. She has a special interest in treating trauma/abuse, emotional dysregulation, and low self-esteem. Susan offers an integrative approach to individual therapy and also provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has volunteered at the Crow Wing County jail and loves helping people get to the root of their problematic issues. Susan welcomes members of the LGBT community and other people of diversity.


Casey Wagner, MSW, LGSW

Casey has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Casey’s experience includes an internship in Adult Mental Health Rehabilitative Services, and an internship providing in-home therapy services. Casey’s primary clinical interest includes obsessive compulsive disorder, scrupulosity and anxiety disorders. He is working on becoming a licensed independent clinical social worker.


Pam Fore, LICSW, Mental Health Professional

Pam Fore is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, who received her master’s degree from the University of MN in 1996.  She has worked with Northern Pines in the Children and Families Division for over 15 years.  She is a mental health professional with additional certification in Early Childhood Mental Health, for specialty practice in work with very young children and their families.   Pam currently practices at the Brainerd and Wadena outpatient offices. 


Cheryl (Cheri) Greenwaldt, MA, LPCC

Cheri is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from UND in 2004.  Cheri’s approach is supportive and client centered with a strong value for the biology and science behind mental health.  Cheri helps clients identify the barriers preventing them from reaching their goals with support and motivation as they make changes.  She enjoys individual, couple, and family counseling for adolescents and adults at our Wadena office.  Areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, family of origin issues, marital conflict and divorce, GLBT and multi-cultural clients.


Roy Neumann, MS, LPCC

Roy earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1999 from St. Cloud State University.  He has worked extensively with children and adolescents, and has practiced professionally for many years in treating harmful sexual behaviors in children and adults. In his previous outpatient work, Roy served adult clients especially assisting with difficult life transitions and parent/child difficulties.  Roy specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and other practical techniques that can be readily applied and maintained by clients over time.


Jennifer Dombovy, MSW, LGSW

Jennifer holds a Master of Social Work Degree from St. Cloud State University, and is working towards independent licensure.  She has experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health disorders, addiction, harmful sexualized behaviors, LGBT, as well as individuals and family’s struggling with relational conflicts, behavioral, and various life transitions.  Coming from a strengths based approach she assists individuals to find balance within their lives and live life to their best abilities.  Jennifer has been trained in several modes of therapy including, but not limited to; Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused, and Motivational Interviewing.   


Miranda Skinner, MPS, LADC, Mental Health Clinical Trainee

Miranda holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Integrated Behavioral Health and is currently working under supervision towards her licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She also practices as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the Brainerd dual disorder program. Miranda has a special interest in treating Adults with PTSD and is currently working toward her national certification in prolonged exposure therapy. Miranda’s vision includes evidence based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy and the incorporation of person centered care in order to meet the individual needs of every person.


Kaylyn Ahrendt, MSW, LGSW

Kaylyn is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in May 2016 through St. Cloud State University.  Kaylyn provides individual, couples, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.  She provides services in the Long Prairie outpatient office.  Kaylyn is currently working under supervision towards her licensure as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.


William L. Wilson, MSW, LGSW

William (Wil) is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Iraq veteran.  He graduated from St. Thomas University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2015 and is working towards his licensure for Independent Clinical Social Work (LICSW).  Wil’s main area of clinical focus is on attachment theory and trauma.  Wil has over five years of experience working with individuals with:  PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, traumatic brain injury, and involved with corrections.  Wil also has experience working with veterans.  His clinical approaches are Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Psychoeducation/ psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).      


Karen Hutchins, MS, LPC

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is currently working under supervision towards her licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2001 from St. Cloud State University.  Karen’s previous experience includes serving adult clients of all ages through in-home Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, as well as providing outpatient therapy services.  She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and client focused therapies.  Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma, and women’s issues. 


Nicole Linkert, MSW, LICSW

Nicole has a Master of Social Work degree from Augsburg College and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  She also has a postgraduate certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.  Nicole specializes in the assessment and treatment of children under the age of 5.  She has a special interest in perinatal mental health, postpartum mental health, and parent-child relational therapy.  She is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma Informed-Child Parent Psychotherapy.  Nicole has been employed with Northern Pines since 2010.


Michelle Kimman, MS, LMFT

Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University.  She works in our Brainerd and Onamia outpatient clinics. Her experience includes adolescent residential treatment, working with individuals with developmental delays, and outpatient therapy.  She is intensively trained in Sand Tray therapy, working with adolescents who exhibit sexually harmful behaviors, Trauma Informed Care, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Her other clinical interests are trauma, depression, anxiety and conduct disorders.  Michelle specializes in providing counseling services to adults, children, adolescents, couples and families.


Carolina Warner, MA, Mental Health Clinical Trainee

Carolina graduated from Bethel College in Arden Hills, MN with a BA degree in Psychology. She received her master’s in Marital and Family Therapy from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Carolina is currently working under supervision towards her licensure as a marital and family therapist. Carolina has worked with children and families as an intensive in-home counselor and with adults through Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services. Carolina provides individual, couples and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She provides services in the Staples outpatient office.





















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