Our Team

Our team is made up of licensed clinicians who have extensive training and  experience in providing evidenced-based assessments, treatments, consultations and trainings and administrative staff who are honored to serve you.

Owners

Ann L. Date, Psy.D., LP

Co-Owner/CEO

Degree:   Psy.D in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:   Licensed Psychologist

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Older Adults

Therapy Types:  Individual, Couples, Family, and Groups; Psychological Assessments

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

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 have been 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.

Personal Information:

Besides spending time with family and friends, Ann enjoys playing classical guitar and piano, tennis, and taking walks with her dog.  

Thomas J. Olson, Psy.D., LP

Co-Owner

Degree:   Psy.D in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:   Licensed Psychologist

University:   Wright State University

Age Groups Served:  Children through Older Adults

Therapy Types:  Individual, Couples, Family, and Groups; Psychological Assessments

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

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 have been 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. 

Personal Information:

Tom is a Midland native, attended Sugnet Elementary, Jefferson Intermediate, and Dow High School.

Leadership Team

Katey L.  Brown, LMSW

General Practice Director  

Degree:   Masters of Social Work

Mental Health License:   Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Michigan State University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Older Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Parent Management Training

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Katey coordinates and supervises the clinicians and the day to day operations of the Midland and Mt. Pleasant clinic in partnership with the Business Director and owner.  Katey provides individual, family and couples counseling for adults and adolescents for a variety of concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. 

Personal Information:

Katey enjoys spending time at her cottage, boating, and swimming.

Joseph Date, AA

Business Director

Professional Information:

Joe is a veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne Division.  He is committed to community service, and has served over 5,000 hours of volunteer time, though Red Cross, Americorps NCCC, Habitat for Humanities, Camp Coastal Outreach and various local soup kitchens in Michigan, Louisiana, Colorado, Texas, and North Carolina.  Fair treatment and equality are two of his most closely held values, and this is reflected in his work.  He conducts research and proposes and implements systems to provide state of the art support for clinical services.  He specializes in working with accounting, insurance, and information technologies.  

Personal Information:

Outside of work Joe enjoys tennis, bowling, golf, reading, spending time with family and friends and hanging out with his dog.

Kimberly A. Schumacher, Ph.D., LP

Forensic Services Director

Degree:   Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:   Licensed Psychologist

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:   Adolescents and Adults

Therapy Types:  Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Psychological Assessment 

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictions

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

Kim oversees prison-based substance abuse contracts and court-ordered evaluations. She 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

Personal Information:

In her free time, Kim enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her family.

Erin N. Smith, Ph.D., LP  

Consultation, Training & Research Director  

Degree:  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:   Licensed Psychologist

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:  Children through Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Psychological Assessment

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

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 and in applying empirically supported therapeutic principles to individual cases. As a result, she often collaborates with court systems, school systems, and medical professionals.  Erin applies a variety of therapeutic techniques, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent management training, and family-based interventions. 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 clinicians and PhD students who have their practicum with our agency.

Personal Information:

In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, yoga, and spending time with her family.​

 

Karen Stanley-Kime, Ph.D., LP, ABPP

Director of Community Outreach and Client Care

Degree:   Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:   Licensed and Board-Certified Psychologist

University:   Eastern Michigan University

Age Groups Served:  Adolescents through Older Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Psychological Assessment

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

Karen's personal and professional passion is serving individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.  She has extensive clinical training to aid the mental health recovery of individuals diagnosed with SPMI as well as their families/supportive others. Karen is also experienced in providing outpatient mental health services to those experiencing a broad range of psychological diagnoses, including posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, and panic disorder.  Karen’s graduate training emphasized provision of time-limited, evidence-based treatments. She uses a holistic mental health recovery model to collaboratively create person-centered treatment plans that emphasize a client’s strengths in cultivating meaningful, enduring life change.

Personal Information:

In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and exercising.

 

Clinicians

Diane L. Bedford MA, LPC, CAADC

Clinical Counselor

Degree:  Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and advanced certification in substance abuse treatment

Mental Health License:   Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:  Adolescents and Adults

Therapy Types:  Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy​

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

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.  

Personal Information:

She spends her free time with her three daughters and eight grandchildren.  She enjoys working out, the outdoors, and camping.​

Jacob Brushaber-Drockton, Ph.D., LLP

Degree:   Ph.D. in School Psychology

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Psychologist

University:   Central Michigan University

Position: Clinical Psychologist

Age Groups Served:   Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Therapy Types:  Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Psychological Assessment 

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

Jacob provides interventions targeting difficult problem behaviors, parent management training, and collaborative problem-solving.  He conducts psychological assessments including ADHD and Learning Disability evaluations, and other psychological assessments.  Jacob has a special interest in collaborating with community organizations and school systems to better support his clients.  Jacob completed his pre-doctoral internship at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he provided trauma-focused treatment for young children.

Personal Information: 

In his free time, Jacob enjoys hiking and spending time with his family. 

Matt W. Card, MA

Group Therapist

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Public Administration

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Group Served:  Adults

Therapy Types:   Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Recidivism and Relapse Prevention

Professional Information:

Matt provides group substance abuse counseling for Partners in Change in prison settings.

Personal Information:

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

Clinical Psychologist

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Clinical Health Psychology

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Psychologist

University:   University of Michigan

Age Groups Served:   Adolescents and Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Psychological Assessment

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Emotional Awareness & Expression Therapy

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

Molly specializes in individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults utilizing an eclectic, patient-centered approach including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness approaches. Molly has a special interest in the mind/body connection as it relates to anxiety, depression, and chronic pain and has treated a variety of stress induced conditions (i.e. – fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraine, irritable bowel, etc.) She runs a group for chronic pain and persistent physical symptoms using Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy to reduce pain/symptoms and address underlying risk factors including psychosocial trauma and intrapersonal or intrapsychic conflict. Molly utilizes a collaborative and compassionate approach to therapy in order to provide symptom relief and achieve a client's goals.

Personal Information:

Outside of work, her interests include camping, reading, staying active and spending time with her family.

Angela M. DuBois, MA, LLP

Clinical Psychologist

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Psychologist

University:   The University of Detroit Mercy

Age Groups Served:  Children through Adults 

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Psychological Assessment

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Although Angela has helped clients through a variety of challenges in her practice as a therapist, she specializes with two groups: adolescents, specifically juvenile-justice involved youth and their families, and victims and survivors of domestic violence. Angela implements cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and trauma-focused approaches in treatment. In her work with domestic abuse victims and survivors, Angela creates a safe space, where trust is built, and the client is able to share her story. She helps individuals identify types of abuse, the cycle of domestic violence, and how the trauma of abuse has, and continues to affect her life, as well as helping to find 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.  Angela runs these groups at our local juvenile care center.

Personal Information:

Outside of work, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and son and three dogs (Tawk, Cheeto Bones James, and TZA'YID), running and working out, watching sports, and reading. 

Katie A. Fall, MA, LPC

Clinical Counselor

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling

Mental Health License:   Licensed Professional Counselor

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Older Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

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, couples and adults for a variety of concerns including depression, grief, addictions, and anxiety disorders. 

Personal Information:

Katie enjoys spending time with her family, dog, and especially her grandchildren.

 

Tyler Felty, MSW, LLMSW 

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Social Work 

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Ferris State University 

Age Groups Served:   Adolescents through Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Couples, and Group Therapy 

Treatment Types:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Prior to working with Partners in Change, Tyler worked with Cherry Health in Grand Rapids, MI, at the Leonard St. Counseling Center as the Recovery Manager. There, he worked as part of a team to direct community treatment for clients experiencing severe substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders, working from the office, community partners, and home visits. Tyler’s clinical experience includes substance use disorders, trauma and anxiety related disorders, depression, severe mental illness, case management, and working with individuals experiencing homelessness. Tyler approaches therapy through a Person-centered model that emphasizes personal strengths, and includes Motivational Interviewing to assist clients in monitoring and achieving their personal goals. 

Personal Information:

Outside of work, Tyler enjoys gaming, reading, and spending time with his dog.

Kelly Fitzpatrick, MSW, LLMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Masters of Social Work

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Michigan State University

Age Groups Served:   Adolescents through Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual and Family Therapy 

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Prior to working at Partners in Change, Kelly worked at Shelterhouse as a Crisis Advocate and then as the Crisis Services Coordinator. She has experience working with individuals and families who are primary or secondary victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. During graduate school, she gained experience treating substance use, anxiety, adjustment, and depressive disorders in adolescents and adults.  She also facilitated cognitive-behavioral groups in a Juvenile Care Center. Kelly utilizes an empowerment approach in working with individuals, which draws on their strengths to collaborate and help them make meaningful changes in their lives.

Personal Information:

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her friends and family, golfing, kayaking, and taking her mini Australian Shepherd, Bailie, to the dog park.

Angel J. Foster, MSW, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:  Masters of Social Work

Mental Health License:   Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Michigan State University

Age Groups Served:   Adolescents through Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual and Family Therapy

Treatment Types:  

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Emotional Awareness & Expression Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

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 mindfulness and holistic approaches to support clients in reaching their goals and potentials as they see them. Angel's specialized knowledge lies in treating substance abuse, chronic pain, and trauma. She incorporates approaches that explore the overlap of these experiences. Angel is dedicated to the chronic pain treatment team within Partners in Change. She sees clients processing chronic pain both individually and, in a group, setting through a 9 session group therapy for chronic pain. Angel also works with individuals reintegrating into the community post-incarceration as well as provides individual and group substance abuse therapy with currently incarcerated populations. Angel currently serves as co-chair for the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter Political Action for Candidate Election Committee and as a member on the NASW Michigan Criminal Legal Workgroup. 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. While in graduate school, Angel received both the MSU School of Social Work Advocacy Scholarship and the MSU Student Achievement and Commitment Scholarship for her advocacy efforts and achievements.    

Personal Information:

Outside of work, Angel enjoys pursuing social justice, snowboarding, yoga, anything outdoors, and most of all- spending time with her husband, their 3 children, and dog LuLu.  

Nick Gallagher, MSW, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Social Work

Mental Health License:   Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker

University:   University of Michigan

Age Groups Served:   Children through Older Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Emotional Awareness & Expression Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy

  • Parent Management Training

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Previous to working at Partners in Change, Nick worked as an outpatient therapist for Community Mental Health for Central Michigan in Midland.  Nick has experience working with individuals and families across the lifespan with issues such as anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences, divorce, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and chronic pain.  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 combining his knowledge of proven interventions and the mind-body connection with the individual’s values and experiences to find solutions that work.

Personal Information:

In Nick’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, cooking, reading, and playing board and video games.

Zachary Jaime MA, MSW, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work

Mental Health License:   Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Grand Valley State University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Older Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Zachary has two Master’s Degrees, his first is from Western Michigan University in Anthropology. His second is in Social Work from Grand Valley State University.  Zak was in the Marine Corps from 1999-2005, he served in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 as a part of the initial invasion of Iraq as an infantryman.  Zak has worked at Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health as a Clinical Access Specialist for 3 years, Saginaw County Jail as a Social Worker and Therapist for 3 years, and at the VA as a Suicide Prevention Specialist for approximately 15 months.  He founded a nonprofit with his wife Amanda called It Takes a Warrior a 501©3 nonprofit agency that functions in a multitude of areas to help Veterans, although primarily helps Veterans whom cannot receive mental health services at the VA.   Zak enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families using a variety of methods including cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy, and trauma informed care. 

Personal Information:

In his spare time, Zak enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, camping, reading (especially comic books), and watching zombie movies

Marissa O'Neill, MA, LLP, IMH-E

Clinical Psychologist

Degree:   Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology

Mental Health License:  Limited Licensed Psychologist

University:   Western Michigan University

Age Groups Served:   Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family and Group Therapy; Psychological Assessment

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Prior to working at Partners in Change, Marissa worked at Midland Community Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Specialist where she provided intensive home-based services to families with infants and toddlers. Marissa is passionate about working alongside children, adolescents, and their families in order to help them reach their maximum potential. Marissa's clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents and families who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, depression, and anxiety. Marissa has experience and a deep appreciation for working with children in foster care as well as foster and adoptive families. 

Personal Information:

Outside of work, Marissa enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, two dogs and extended family. Marissa also enjoys spending time outside, reading, gardening, golfing and supporting the SVSU Women's Soccer team. 

Susan Prill-Wallace, MSW, LLMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Michigan State University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Older Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Prior to working at Partners in Change, Susan worked at Windover High School, an alternative high school in Midland, as a social worker. Susan’s experience includes working with children and families experiencing anxiety and depression disorders, trauma, substance abuse, behavioral issues and stress. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving and Mindfulness into practice with clients. Susan has presented mindfulness training to students, and is passionate in the work knowing the benefits of mindfulness practice.

Personal Information:

In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hanging out with her chocolate lab, baking, crafting, decorating or enjoying the outdoors.

Martina R. P. Ricards, MSW, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:  Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work

Mental Health License:   Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   University of Michigan

Age Groups Served:   Adolescents through Older Adults

Therapy Types:  Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Health at Every Size

  • Intuitive Eating

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher

Professional Information:

Prior to her work with Partners in Change, Martina served as a trauma intensive caseworker for the State of Oregon Child Welfare. Additionally, Martina provided therapeutic interventions within inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as correctional facilities.  Martina has a special interest working with those experiencing the effects of disordered eating, identity challenges, substance use, trauma, anxiety, and depression. As a clinical social worker, Martina provides an empowerment-based perspective, believing we flourish when we acknowledge our inner power and depth of possibility. Martina combines clinical knowledge with the ancient practice of yoga, creating a holistic healing process through improving one’s connectedness to their internal experience.

Personal Information:

Outside of work, Martina enjoys motorcycling, traveling, camping, and refining her yoga practice.

Anita P. Richards, MSW, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Masters of Social Work

Mental Health License:   Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Michigan State University

Age Groups Served:   Adolescent through Older Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Couples, Family and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Anita 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. 

Personal Information:

Anita enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking the northern woods, and meditating.

Nicole V. Rickard, MA, LPC

Clinical Counselor

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling

Mental Health License:   Licensed Professional Counselor

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, Couples and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

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.

Personal Information:

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, CAADC

Clinical Counselor

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and advanced certification in substance abuse treatment

Mental Health License:  Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

University:  Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:  Children through Adults

Therapy Type:

Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy

Treatment Type:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Behavioral Activation Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

Collaborative Problem Solving

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

DBT Informed Treatment

Emotional Awareness & Expression Therapy

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

Gottman Couple’s Therapy

Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

Mindfulness Based Treatment

Motivational Interviewing

Pain Reprocessing Therapy

Parent Management Training

Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

Schema Focused Therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

Professional Information

Nicole is a licensed counselor and a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor. She obtained her Master’s degree in counseling from Central Michigan University, working in a variety of outpatient settings after graduation. Nicole is clinically interested in treatments of individuals with overcontrol, anxiety, OCD and chronic pain. This includes exploration of individuals’ unhelpful beliefs and behaviors, while fostering attitudes of self-compassion. Nicole has advanced training in trauma focused- cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, exposure and response prevention, mindfulness-based therapy, emotional awareness and expression therapy and radically open dialectical behavior therapy.

Personal Information

Outside of the counseling office, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling and creating in any medium available.

Ann-Marie Shibley, MSW. LLMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Masters of Social Work

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Michigan State University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Adults

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Couples 

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Professional Information:

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 is fluent in American Sign Language, and is able to provide direct therapy to Deaf individuals seeking mental health treatment.  She 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. Her interests include working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families, as well as teenagers and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, pre and postpartum issues, substance abuse, and those who have experienced interpersonal/relationship violence. 

Personal Information:

When not at work, she makes attempts at being a knitter and quilter, and loves spending time playing board games with her family and friends. 

Regina Simon, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work

Mental Health License:   Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Wayne State University

Age Groups Served:  All ages

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, Marital and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

  • LGBTQ services including marital/couples counseling

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Skills/Behavior Modification Plans

  • Solution Focused

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Regina has been in practice for over 20 years and focuses on starting where the client is and the client’s right to self-determination. Regina has worked in placement settings, homeless shelters for teens, crisis services, methadone treatment, and general mental health treatment centers.  Regina works full time for Partners in Change running treatment groups for male prisoners at Saginaw Regional Correctional Facility.

Personal Information:

In her free time, Regina enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and playing with her two dogs.

Felix B. Smith, Ph.D., LP

Clinical Psychologist

Degree:  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:  Licensed Psychologist

University:   Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:   Children through Adults

Treatment Types:   Individual and Family Therapy

Therapy Types:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for Trauma

  • DBT Informed Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

Professional Information:

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.

Personal Information:

Outside of work Felix enjoys spending time with his family and kayaking.

Marissa Stec, MSW, LLMSW

Clinical Social Worker

Degree:   Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work

Mental Health License:   Limited Licensed Masters Level Social Worker

University:   Michigan State University

Age Groups Served:  Children and Adolescents

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

Prior to working with Partners in Change, Marissa worked at Saginaw County Community Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Specialist where she provided home-based and school interventions. Marissa has over four years of clinical experience in a mental health setting that includes working with children, adolescents, and families experiencing trauma, depression and anxiety disorders. She incorporates Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness into practice with clients. Marissa also provides specialized treatment to clients of all ages who may be experiencing an eating disorder.  

Personal Information:

In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cuddling with her two cats.

Rebecca M. Wang, MA, LPC

Clinical Counselor

Degree:  Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling

Mental Health License:  Licensed Professional Counselor

University:  Central Michigan University

Age Groups Served:  Children through Adult

Therapy Types:   Individual, Family, Couples and Group Therapy

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy

  • Integrated Behavioral Therapy for Couples

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional Information:

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 abuse.

Personal Information:

Outside of work, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baseball, playing recreational sports, cooking, baking, and traveling.

Elizabeth Zimmerman, Psy.D., LLP

Clinical Psychologist

Degree:  Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Mental Health License:  Limited Licensed Psychologist

University:   The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Age Groups Served:  Children through Adult

Therapy Types:   Individual and Family Therapy; Psychological Assessment

Treatment Types:

  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Systems Analysis of Psychotherapy

  • Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Treatment

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Parent Management Training

  • Schema Focused Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Treatment

Professional  Information:

Elizabeth specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families with trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, and developmental disorders. Elizabeth is trained in psychological and neuropsychological assessments. Elizabeth’s integrative, client-centered clinical practice incorporates relational and systemic approaches to evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and parent management training. Elizabeth frequently utilizes mindfulness, play therapy, and creative arts-based techniques to support treatment.

Personal Information:

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys painting, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.  

 

Administration Team

Kaycee Biggs, BS

Systems Coordinator

Bio

Kaycee earned an Associates of Science from Delta College in 2012. She graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University.  Kaycee plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Compassion and dedication are two of her most closely held values and this is reflected in her work. As Systems Coordinator, she ensures that the systems to maintain clinic functioning and to support our employees and our clients are efficient and effective.  Kaycee has volunteered for Big Brother, Big Sisters, the CAN Counsel, and Shelterhouse in the past and will continue to work with these organizations in the future. She enjoys traveling around Michigan and being with her daughter and their dog.

Jessica Hull, BA

Senior Administrative Specialist

Bio

Jessica graduated in December 2019 from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Healthcare and Business Management.  As Senior Administrative Specialist, she enjoys being a friendly face when clients walk in.  Outside of work Jessica enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling, and playing with her cat.

Samantha Juhasz

Senior Administrative Specialist

Bio

Prior to working with us, Samantha worked in a MOCI room at Midland High School as a one on one paraeducator.  She implemented physical therapy for students with physical and cognitive impairments and worked with them to reach their educational goals. As Senior Administrative Specialist, Samantha manages our mindfulness program, mentors and trains administration staff and is passionate about serving our clients.   Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, sailing, and spoiling her two Boston Terriers, Bella and Beau. 

 

Rachel Curry

Administrative Specialist

Bio

Prior to working with us, Rachel was a certified phlebotomist and enjoyed that line of work for the past four years. As she navigates her career change here with us, she plans on continuing her education to increase her knowledge in business and administration. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, camping and exploring Michigan with her sisters. She also spends time with her son and daughter going on adventures, their favorite is finding new trails at the Chippewa Nature Center, counting the turtles on the logs and looking at the different types of wildlife.

Leigh Ann McPherson

Administrative Specialist

Bio

Prior to working with us, Leigh Ann was natural vegetable farmer, homestead, small business co-owner, and winter barista.  Leigh Ann helps manage our Mt. Pleasant clinic.  In her free time she enjoys sunny days, outdoor activities, gardening, music, art, spending time with loved ones, learning and conversations with depth particularly regarding societal change. 

Michaela Gravis

Administrative Specialist

Bio

Michaela is a junior at Saginaw Valley State University where she is majoring in Psychology and double minoring in English and Sociology. Michaela plans on getting her masters degree for School Psychology at Central Michigan University once she graduates. Being an Administrative Specialist as Partners in Change gives Michaela the opportunity to work with amazing people and get a good grasp on what her future career may look like! In her free time Michaela loves to cuddle with her cat, spend time outdoors, and read!

Carol McPherson RN, BSN

Clinic Nurse & Senior Auditor (Part-time)

Bio

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 worked at Dow Chemical from 2007 to 2016 as an occupational health nurse.  At our clinic, Carol assists our Eating Disorder Treatment Specialist by monitoring vitals of clients with eating disorders.  She implements and supervises quality control procedures for the clinic.  Carol has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing.  She became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in November 2018 and trains advanced graduate students and clinicians.  Outside of work Carol enjoys being with her family and friends, pottery, and getting beat at tennis.

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