Ann L. Date, Psy.D., LP
Ann is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-owner of Partners in Change along with her husband Dr. Tom Olson. Ann has provided consultations to corrections, mental health, and domestic violence prevention agencies. She has written treatment protocols that are used in correctional facilities statewide, and has evaluated treatment and education programs for substance abusing adult offenders. Ann is adjunct faculty at Central Michigan University and Michigan State University. She has conducted research and written publications in the area of substance abuse, violence, problem solving, and self-control. She supervises and trains clinicians, CMU clinical psychology doctoral students and MSU medical students. She is actively involved in community projects to increase the efficacy and availability of mental health services.
Thomas J. Olson, Psy.D., LP
Tom is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-owner of Partners in Change along with his wife, Dr. Ann Date. Tom has consulted to Michigan Department of Corrections, mental health agencies, and schools. He is adjunct faculty at Central Michigan University and Michigan State University. He has written treatment protocols that are used in state prisons, trained clinicians statewide, and evaluated treatment and education programs for substance abusing adult offenders. He collaborates with court systems in the treatment of adjudicated adolescents and their families. He conducts competency to stand trial for juvenile offenders. He trains, mentors, and supervises clinicians, CMU clinical psychology doctoral students, and MSU medical students. He is a Midland native, attended Sugnet Elementary, Jefferson Intermediate, and Dow High School.
Angel J. Foster, LMSW
Angel received her bachelors degree in Social Work from Central Michigan University and her Masters degree in Social Work with a MACRO focus in Community Organization and Leadership from Michigan State University. While in graduate school, she received the MSU School of Social Work Advocacy Scholarship and the MSU student Achievement and Commitment Scholarship for her advocacy efforts and achievements. Prior to working for Partners in Change, Angel worked with community members to establish the non-profit Isabella County Restoration House- an organization operating a rotating homeless shelter in Mt. Pleasant. She also has 3 years of experience working as a clinical therapist in the substance abuse field at EDM Treatment Center. Angel approaches therapy as a change-oriented process by practicing a personal growth model focused on client needs and emphasizing client strengths in a supportive and compassionate environment. She uses cognitive behavior therapies integrated with holistic approaches to support clients in reaching their goals and potentials. Angel currently serves as the chair for the National Association of Social Workers- Michigan Chapter Political Action for Candidate Election Committee and is a member on the NASW-MI Legislative/Social Policy Committee. Outside of work, Angel enjoys snowboarding, yoga, anything outdoors, and spending time with her husband and children.
Angela M. DuBois, MA, LLP
Angela earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2008. She is a Limited Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan. Previous to working at Partners in Change, Angela worked as a Psychologist at Northland Clinic, Innovative Rehabilitation Systems, and PsychSystems P.C. in metro-Detroit. She was the Social Skills Program Facilitator for the Dog Interaction Research Project at Oakland University. Angela's full-time position is Director of Day Treatment at the Juvenile Care Center. She works part-time with Partners in Change. Angela specializes in working with adolescents, specifically adjudicated youth and their families. Additionally, she works with victims and survivors of domestic violence, helping individuals identify the different types of abuse and the cycle of domestic violence. She also works with individuals to assist them in recognizing how abuse has, and continues to, affect their lives and finding ways to heal from the pain of abuse. Angela is the founder of PAWSitive Helpers, which pairs hard-to-adopt shelter dogs with at-risk youth. She enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs and watching the Detroit Lions and Tigers.
Anita P. Richards, LMSW
Anita Richards received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. She also holds certification as a School Social Worker in the state of Michigan. Anita has been a clinical therapist at Partners in Change since 2004. She works primarily with adults, but also provides services to adolescents and children. With over 20 years of experience, Anita brings a rich background in areas such as school assessments, eating disorders, couple’s therapy, anxiety and depression. Thirteen years ago, Anita was introduced to Mindfulness. She has since cultivated a strong interest in this area of study and practice, incorporating mindful meditation into her daily life and mindfulness-based therapy into her clinical practice. Five years ago, Anita became a facilitator for the Mindfulness for Stress Management Group at Partners in Change. She frequently presents on the topic of Mindfulness to organizations, schools and groups.
Ann-Marie Shibley, LLMSW
Ann-Marie has her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. She is fluent in American Sign Language, and worked for many years as a professional sign language interpreter, as well as an adjunct faculty member in interpreter training. Prior to earning her MSW, Ann-Marie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in social work as well as her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Michigan State University, and worked at Mott Community College in Flint as a case manager for individuals with disabilities as well as the ADA/504 coordinator. Ann-Marie has broad and varied clinical experience that includes mental health crisis, group and individual sex offender treatment, and individual therapy with adults with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She works with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse, and is able to provide direct therapy in American Sign Language to Deaf people seeking mental health treatment. Ann-Marie believes in creating a safe space to allow people to work through past trauma, and to help them identify and disrupt destructive familial and interpersonal patterns of shame and abuse. When not at work, she enjoys running and playing tennis, and spending time with her family.
Carol McPherson RN/BSN
Carol graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston Texas in 1991 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. She is a licensed registered nurse. She worked at the Midland County Department of Public Health from 1993 to 2007. She was recruited by Dow Chemical in 2007 and worked as an occupational health nurse until 2016. At our clinic, Carol assists our Eating Disorder Treatment Specialist by monitoring vitals of clients with eating disorders. She assists with mindfulness-based programming, assists in the treatment of clients with serious mental illness, conducts case file audits, and implements quality control procedures for the clinic. Carol has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing and has trained and co-trained Motivational Interviewing for advanced graduate students and clinicians. Carol became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in November 2018. Outside of work, Carol enjoys being with her family and friends, getting beat at tennis, and making pottery.
Diane L. Bedford MA, LPC, CAADC
Diane earned a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2004. Diane has also earned her Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) through the State of Michigan in 2008. Prior to working at Partners in Change, Diane worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in her native town, Alpena, for seven years after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1994 from Lake Superior State University. She worked as the Addiction and Recovery Services Coordinator and an outpatient counselor at Family and Children's Services for the past 11 years. She also worked as a counselor for the TenSixteen Recovery Network, and Easter Seals in Pontiac with their specialized unit Collaborative Solutions working with those involved with the legal system and addiction. Diane specializes in individual, family, and addiction therapy. She has many years of experience working with adults and adolescents facing addiction, anxiety, grief, depression, and other concerns. She spends her free time with her three daughters and eight grandchildren. She enjoys working out, the outdoors, and camping.
Erin N. Smith, Ph.D., LP
Erin earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2013. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan. Erin has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families with a variety of disorders including trauma, anxiety, depression, and conduct disorder. Erin specializes in interventions for juvenile justice-involved youth, and trauma-focused treatment. She believes in a systemic approach to treatment. As a result, she often collaborates with court systems, school systems, and medical professionals. Erin has conducted numerous trainings and presentations on topics such as adolescent brain development, collaborative problem-solving, and interventions for managing adolescent mental health concerns. She is adjunct faculty at Central Michigan University and provides training, mentoring, and supervision to PhD students who have their practicum with our agency. In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, yoga, and spending time with her family.
Felix B. Smith, Ph.D., LP
Felix earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2012. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan. In addition to his work at Partners in Change, Felix is a full time Associate Professor at Ferris State University. Felix has completed many presentations, grants and publications on different areas of mental health, including providing training to a number of different local agencies. He has worked in the counseling field for over a decade, and has extensive experience in providing group and individual counseling. Felix currently provides mental health services for forensic and non-forensic clients, and specializes in therapy related to substance abuse, sexual offending, court diversion programs, and serious mental illness.
Karen Clark, MA, LLP
Karen had a teaching background before earning a degree in clinical psychology. She first worked at the neuropsychological unit of Mid Michigan Medical Center and then in a private clinic as an individual and family therapist. Impressed by positive emerging research in Mindfulness-based stress reduction, Karen completed an eight week training internship at U-MASS Medical School with its originator, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Karen attends yearly meditation retreats and completed a three month silent retreat in 2003 under Joseph Goldstein, the director of Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. While Karen is retired and does not currently facilitate groups, she continues to consult with us to ensure quality mindfulness programming.
Karen Stanley-Kime, Ph.D., LP, ABPP
Karen earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in healthcare systems management from Eastern Michigan University. Karen is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan and is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Karen's personal and professional passion is aiding the mental health recovery of individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, and she has extensive clinical training to meet the needs of these individuals as well as their families/supportive others. Karren applies a holistic mental health recovery model to collaboratively create person-centered treatment plans that use a client’s strengths to cultivate meaningful, enduring life change. Karen is also experienced in providing outpatient mental health services to those experiencing a range of psychological diagnoses, including posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobia, major depressive disorder, and panic disorder. Karen’s graduate training emphasized provision of time-limited, evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, behavioral interventions, and mindfulness-based approaches. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, exercising, and cuddling with her two cats, Ingrid and Chloe.
Katie A. Fall, MA, LPC
Katie earned a M.A. in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2007. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. Previous to working at Partners in Change, Katie worked as a therapist with at-risk adolescents and their families at Eagle Village and The Adventure Learning Center in Hersey, Michigan. Katie has been working for Partners in Change since 2012. She treats children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of concerns including depression, grief, addictions, and anxiety disorders.
Katey L. Brown, LMSW
Katey earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State in 2002. Katey is a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinician and has worked with children diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2012. Previous to working at Partners in Change, Katey worked for Community Mental Health for Central Michigan in Clare as an outpatient therapist. She spent 10 years on the east coast working for Family Centers, Inc. in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. During that time she worked as an outpatient clinician/manager. She worked with teen mothers in the Stamford Public Schools, ran LGBTQ groups in the local alternative school, worked with CPS reunifying children with their biological families and was the manager of the Trauma Response Team that responded to the Sandy Hook shooting to provide psychological first aid. Katey provides individual, family and couples counseling for adults and adolescents for a variety of concerns such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and Grief and Loss as well as other concerns.
Kimberly A. Schumacher, Ph.D., LP
Kim earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2013. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Michigan. Kim has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as substance use concerns and trauma. She uses a variety of treatment methods including cognitive-behavioral therapy. Kim also conducts psychological assessments including ADHD evaluations and psychological assessments for the courts. She has several publications and presentations on treatment of substance using and correctional populations. Kim is adjunct faculty at Central Michigan University and helps train, supervise, and mentor Ph.D. clinical psychology students who have their practicum with our agency.
Martina R.-P. Ricards, LMSW
Martina earned a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2016 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Studies from Albion College in 2010. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Michigan. Prior to her work with Partners in Change, Martina worked as a trauma intensive caseworker for the State of Oregon Child Welfare. Additionally, Martina has provided therapeutic interventions within inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as correctional facilities. Martina is certified in Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents and is pursing the University of Michigan's Addictions Certificate. Martina has a special interest working with those experiencing the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, and/or substance use. Additionally, Martina provides specialized treatment for eating disorders. She believes addiction and eating disorders are similar in that they prevent people from being their most authentic self. Martina believes strongly that recovery from all addictions is possible with the right support and that deepening one’s understanding of self serves as a foundation for recovery. Additionally, she operates from the foundation that people are not unwilling to change, they just do not know how. As a clinical social worker, Martina provides an empowerment-based perspective, believing we flourish when we acknowledge our inner power and depth of possibility. She implements cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches to help individuals, families, and groups achieve specific goals.. Outside of work, Martina enjoys motorcycling, traveling, camping, and refining her yoga practice.
Matt W. Card, MA
Matt earned a M.A. in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in 2008. He is also a Certified Prevention Specialist. Matt provides individual and group substance abuse counseling for Partners in Change in outpatient and prison settings. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and children, coaching various sports teams, and attending his children's sporting events.
Molly M. Clore, MS, LLP
Molly earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2012. She is a Limited Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan. Previous to working at Partners in Change, Molly worked at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and Psychological and Behavioral Consultants in Lansing, Michigan. Molly conducts psychological assessments for youth and adults. She specializes in individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults utilizing cognitive-behavioral, family based, and mindfulness approaches. Molly has experience treating substance use, chronic depression, anxiety, and severe mental illness. Her interests include traveling, reading, staying active and spending time with her husband and family.
Nick Gallagher, LMSW
Nick earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2016 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2008. Previous to working at Partners in Change, Nick worked as an outpatient therapist for Community Mental Health for Central Michigan in Midland. In practice, Nick utilizes approaches designed to help individuals clarify their direction for growth and harness their potential to be powerful agents for change in their own lives. This is achieved through pulling from evidence-based strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Brief Strategic Family Therapy. He works with individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, and trauma; as well as working with children and adolescents, families, and couples.
Nicole V. Rickard, MA, LPC
Nicole earned her Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2008 and is licensed by the State of Michigan. Prior to working at Partners in Change, Nicole provided individual, couples and group therapy for J & A Counseling, as well as intensive, home-based therapy for families through Community Mental Health of Central Michigan, both in Midland. Additionally, Nicole worked as a behavioral health counselor, providing mental health treatment to at-risk youth in under-served communities in Northern Michigan. Nicole specializes in treating children, adolescents, young adults and families from cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based perspectives. She has special interests in treating anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, behavioral disorders and working with athletes in the area of sports psychology. As a long-time athlete and performer, as well as in her work with high school and college athletes, Nicole has developed a strong interest in treating athletes struggling with performance anxiety, depression, grief and loss due to injury and/or end of sport experiences. Blending mindfulness-based approaches and cognitive behavioral strategies, Nicole strives to support competitive athletes in improving outcomes and overcoming barriers to peak performance. In her free time, Nicole enjoys camping, yoga, watching the Detroit Tigers, painting and singing, all while spending time with her family.
Nicole R. Schram, MA, LPC
Nicole earned a Masters in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2016. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and families in an outpatient setting. Prior to working with families, Nicole worked in substance abuse treatment where she became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Nicole is working towards state certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). This is specialized treatment to assist children, who have experienced life threatening events, and their families find healthy ways to express the emotions that arise as result of the events. During therapy she often incorporates mindfulness practice into cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, working with people to resolve internal conflicts keeping them from their goals. Outside of the counseling office, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling and creating in any medium available.
Rebecca K. Brumm, MA, LPC, CEDS
Rebecca Brumm serves as the Director of Specialty Services for Partners in Change. She oversees specialty programs that include treatment for eating disorders, chronic pain and the mindfulness program. Rebecca is passionate about the mind-body connection and the programming she manages reflect this philosophy.
Rebecca has a Masters in professional counseling and is licensed by the state of Michigan. Though she has helped clients through a variety of challenges in her practice as a therapist since 2005, she specializes in helping people work on improving their body image and treating eating disorders. Her expertise in this area comes from a variety of perspectives: she is a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, a Health At Every Size (HAES) practitioner, a certified group fitness instructor and has worked as a health coach and a national health presenter for Cigna Health. Additionally, Rebecca earned the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) credential. This credential is a designation from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) Foundation. It requires a rigorous set of criteria for the evaluation of education, training, knowledge, and experience in treating eating disorders. Rebecca is the second in the state of Michigan to achieve this specialized certification that allows Rebecca to offer clients the assurance and confidence that the highest standards of care will be provided throughout all stages of treatment.
Rebecca has worked closely with one of the nation’s leading Psychophysiological Disorder expert, Dr. Howard Schubiner, to understand chronic pain and make this treatment available at Partners in Change. She feels psychological interventions for pain reflect how important it is to incorporate treatment for the mind and body for total wellness. For over a decade, she has experienced how a strained relationship with the body can negatively affect the quality of life. Rebecca is passionate about helping people live happier lives by helping them to develop balance, compassion, connection, and acceptance and feels learning to nurture relationships with the body can be transformative in someone’s overall quality of life. Rebecca is a mother of two boys and two dogs and has been married for almost 20 years. She has a dedicated daily practice of meditation and feels this has been the single most helpful tool in her own journey of positive wellbeing.
Rebecca M. Wang, MA, LPC
Becky earned a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (with a concentration in Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention) from Central Michigan University in 2008. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. Prior to her work with Partners in Change, Becky has assisted clients in effecting positive life changes through her work in a variety of clinical settings to include psychiatric services at a local hospital, substance abuse treatment services, college counseling, and in private practice working primarily with children, adolescents, and families. Most recently, Becky was the Director of Child and Family Services for Listening Ear Crisis Center where she served vulnerable youth populations. As a professional counselor, Becky provides a compassionate, holistic, client-centered approach that encourages genuine healing and wholeness to those she serves. She implements cognitive-behavioral and systems-based approaches to help individuals, families, and groups achieve specific goals. Becky has a special interest working with those experiencing the effects of anxiety, depression, and/or substance use. Outside of work, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baseball, playing recreational sports, cooking, baking, and traveling.
Sarah M. Pettit, Ph.D., LP
Sarah earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. In her clinical practice, Sarah provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, parent management training, family therapy, and other evidence-based treatments to children and adult clients with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems, such as anxiety, depression, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and developmental delays. Sarah also specializes in psychological and learning assessments. In addition to providing individual therapy, Sarah runs Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction groups for adolescents at the clinic. Prior to working at Partners in Change, Sarah worked as a school psychologist at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas. She has been involved in research on factors that impact school engagement. She has been with Partners in Change since 2013. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys photography, reading, and getting to know Michigan.
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