Meet the Staff: Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services of Memorial Medical Center offers a wide range of services. To learn more about the services provided, click here. Below, meet just some of the staff that provide care on a daily basis.

Karen Belany, OTR
Karen Belany is a Registered Occupational Therapist in Behavioral Health and has been an employee of Memorial Medical Center since 1999. Karen graduated in 1996 from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She works in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and also coordinates the adult Mental Health Day Treatment Program.

 

 

Katie Bratley, TRS (Therapeutic Recreation Specialist)

Katie Bratley is the Activity Specialist at Behavioral Health, working with the Children’s Day Treatment Program and the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program.  Katie graduated from the University of Minnesota-Mankato in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.  She has over 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents, specializing in play, recreation and leisure activities to improve the physical, cognitive and social/emotional abilities of children and adolescents.  Katie believes that play is a huge part of a child’s life and is extremely important for healthy development and building healthy relationships.

 

Dan Gardner, PhD., MSCP
gardnerDr. Dan Gardner has been a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the State of Wisconsin since 1993 and worked at MMC for over 20 years. He received his Post Doctoral Master of Science Degree in Clinical Pscychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck New Jersey; his Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from University of WI-Milwaukee; and his Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University, Milwaukee. He is also a USAF Veteran with seven years of service as a Clinical Psychologist after completing an internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Gardner works primarily with adults in a collaborative care model with primary care. He also co-chairs the Bariatric Support Group at MMC. He splits his practice into psychological assessments and consultations, as well as psychotherapy provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has experience in evaluation and testing for psychological issues and problems in living, dementia, bariatric surgery candidacy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, competency and guardianship issues as well as other cognitive/neuro-cognitive areas of concern. Dr. Gardner is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and collaborates closely with primary care providers in almost all cases to provide integrated care.

Jay Giancola, CSAC, ICS, NCAC-I
giancolaJay Giancola is a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor/Intermediate Clinical Supervisor, certified by the State of Wisconsin. He is a 2000 graduate of the Chemical Dependency Training Program at Memorial Medical Center. He has over 17 years of experience working in all areas of addiction.He is also an active member of NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals. Works with individuals who suffer from substance use disorders and encourages family participation. Believes that Alcoholism/chemical dependency is a disease and that recovery is possible.

 

Elizabeth M. Homan, MD, MPH, Child Psychiatrist

Dr. Elizabeth M. Homan attended medical school at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine and received a Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and a fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She formerly practiced at Essentia Health in Duluth, where she directed the expansion of mental health services for Autism Spectrum Disorder, including initiation of a Multidisciplinary Autism Evaluation Clinic. Dr. Homan is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She offers child and adolescent psychiatry services via telehealth.

Tom Jensen, MSW, LCSW
Tom Jensen is the Director of Behavioral Health Services. He joined the team in 2017, with over 20+ years of experience in both management and as a mental health therapist. Most recently, he served as Manager of Integrated Behavioral Health at Essentia Health. In this role, he worked to further develop the connection between primary care and behavioral health to provide a more cost-effective treatment approach for patient-centered care. He also developed tele-psychiatry at 14 clinics throughout northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota.

Tom has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also completed 90 hours in Process Excellence Leader Training and participated in a Healthcare Kaizen at ThedaCare. Tom utilizes this training to focus on daily continuous improvement for behavioral healthcare delivery.

Jocelyn Langholz, LCSW
langholzJocelyn Langholz, LCSW has been a therapist at MMC since 2001. She received her MSW from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and worked as a therapist with children in day treatment and residential treatment at the Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN prior to moving to Ashland. Jocelyn works with children, youth, and families addressing a wide range of needs and concerns. Students attending Ashland Middle School can have therapy appointments at the school following intake at BHS. Jocelyn has extensive training and experience in treating attachment issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Jocelyn also offers specialized assessment and treatment of eating disorders for males and females of all ages.

David Lewis, MSW
lewisDavid Lewis has a masters of social work and has been licensed for independent clinical practice of therapy in Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1988. He had additional training in group psychotherapy at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community based settings. Areas of interest include work with depression, couples and helping people build skills to better cope with a rapidly changing culture and world. He also has considerable experience working with people with long-term serious mental illness. His work is guided by the belief that people can recover and should have the right to live independent self-determined lives. David lives in rural Bayfield county and loves time walking in the woods and indulging in the age old pass time of sitting by a fire with friends and music.

Sara Marsh, LCSW
Sara Marsh has been a psychotherapist since 1988. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Psychology with a Clinical Emphasis. Her current practice includes working with the Mental Health Day Treatment Program and individual therapy with adolescents and adults. She is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy and she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She completed a Substance Abuse Certificate Program and is a Master Addiction Counselor. Sara works with individuals who present with a variety of symptoms including mood disorders, thought disorders, trauma related symptoms and interpersonal difficulties.

Jeanna Morshead-Metelica MSE, LPC, CSAC, CS-IT
Jeanna M. Moshead-MetelicaJeanna is a dually licensed therapist, licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). In addition, she is also licensed as a Clinic Supervisor-In Training (CS-IT) and trained in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She received her bachelor degree from UW-Platteville in May 1995, with a major in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice. In May 2013, she completed her graduate degree at UW-Platteville, with a Master’s of Science in Adult Education. She has worked as an AODA counselor since 1995 with 16 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. Her focus of experience has been with ages 12 and older. She treats all forms of substance use disorders and provides mental health services to those experiencing depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, PTSD, trauma, anger management, LGBTQ, personality disorders, and complicated grief and loss. Therapeutic approaches utilized include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET), Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, 12 Step Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Jeanna facilitates groups and conducts individual therapy sessions.

Sherri Paulson, LCSW
Sherri Paulson, LCSWSherri Paulson, LCSW is a child-adolescent therapist at Behavioral Health. She specializes in treating traumatized children and adolescents. She also specializes in diagnosing and treating individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. She is a certified approved consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Both individuals and families are welcome. Sherri received her Masters in Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston with additional graduate studies in Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison and also from University of Texas El Paso. Previous employment as a therapist includes Eau Claire Academy and Luther-Midelfort Behavioral Health. Ms. Paulson has 7 years of teaching experience.

Curi Perrine, MSW, LCSW
Curi Perrine is the clinical coordinator for the children’s mental health day treatment program. Her specialty is providing individual, group, and family therapy to youth ages 6-17.She has experience working with individuals with behavioral and mental health concerns including juvenile delinquency, school issues, anxiety, trauma, depression, self-injurious behaviors, and body image/self-esteem issues. Curi uses an integrative strengths-based therapeutic approach, including cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy to support clients and their families in making positive changes.

 

Sandy Principe, CSAC and Mental Health Therapist
principeSandy Principe is a mental health therapist who is also credentialed as a clinical substance abuse counselor and prevention specialist. She received her Master’s in Community Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. She specializes in diagnosing and treating individuals who have anxiety, depression and an array of other disorders. She is credentialed to have the ability to also work with those who have a dual diagnosis of mental health and substance abuse disorders. She is a certified Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Enhancement Psychotherapist. She works with older adolescents, adults and families, addressing a wide range of needs and concerns. She also uses Mindfulness, Rational Emotive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She will be adding an EMDR specialty to her therapeutic skills to better help those individuals who are dealing with trauma and anxiety.

Deb Rock, COTA
RockDeb Rock is a certified occupational therapy assistant working in both the inpatient acute setting and with the outpatient Mental Health Day Treatment Program. Deb is a 1993 graduate from Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota and began working at MMC in June of 1994. She believes her job gives her the opportunity to look at the big picture and help her clients create adaptations as they work through the many steps to recovery and improving their everyday functioning.

 

Margie Ronchi, COTA
ronchiMargie Ronchi is an occupational therapy assistant and has been an MMC employee since 1993. She works on the inpatient Behavioral Health Unit and in the outpatient Mental Health Day Treatment Program. She enjoys working with people in both group and individual settings as they develop new skills and a better understanding of their illness. Margie believes recovery from addiction, mental, physical health, or just about anything, is about adapting.  She also believes in keeping it simple so individuals can improve their independence and quality of life. She is a graduate of Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota.

 

Gerald Seitz, SAC, NCAC1
seitzJerry Seitz, SAC has been employed at MMC since 2006 as a Substance Abuse Counselor. He provides inpatient, outpatient and day treatment services. Jerry graduated from the Memorial Medical Center Counselor Training Program in 2005. Prior to joining the staff at MMC, Jerry worked at Indianhead Residential for 2 years. He was the night/weekend house manager. He also worked as a substance abuse counselor at Koinonia Residential Treatment Center (now known as Options). In 2016, he received his National certification for addiction professionals (NCAC1).

 

Herbert White, DO
Dr. Herbert White joined the Behavioral Health Services team in 2015. Dr. White primarily works with our inpatient unit and is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine and family practice. Specialty areas include general psychiatry, complex mood disorders, complex dual diagnosis, geriatric psychiatry and electroconvulsive therapy.

Dr. White received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic medicine and completed his residency program at the medical college of Wisconsin. He has been in practice since 1965. Most recently, he practiced at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander and Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Wisconsin Medical Society, American Osteopathic Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a former member of the American Society of Geriatric Psychiatry and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.