Our Staff

Mark Neese, LCSW, BCBA

Principal Therapist

Mark has been in the helping profession for the past 35 years. This has included being a therapist, a spiritual guide, a personal trainer, and a holistic nutritionist. He is an Air Force veteran with a tour in South Korea.

“I love my job! I love helping people and families! It is a wonderful experience helping teenagers and families find peace. I want to help people and family find their True North! And it is my hope that everyone that we work with finds their place of peace. Few things bring me more satisfaction than seeing people and families grow.”

MY FAVORITE PLACES:

  • Cedar Ridge, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • The Jefferson forest
  • Artist Way, Death Valley
  • Any Fourteener in Colorado
  • San Francisco

MY FAVORITE BOOKS:

  • Lonesome Dove, McMurtry
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson
  • Harry Bosch Mystery Series, Connelly
  • The Obesity Code, Fung
  • Bob Arnot’s Guide to Turning Back the Clock

Hank Buckwalter, CSW, Positive Behavior Specialist

Associate Clinician

Hank has experience empowering various populations throughout his 8+ years working in mental health. This includes working with teens, adults, individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, families, and brain injury survivors while implementing Evidence-Based Practices.

“I love how I’m able to make a difference in the lives of people that need and ask for help. I also highly enjoy meeting and working with individuals in order to improve their lives so they can flourish and reach their potential. The dynamic is amazing and no day is the same!”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: The Lord of the Rings Series
  • Album: Pink Floyd’s Pulse
  • Hero: My Grandfather, Bud Lomell
  • Superhero: Wolverine

MORE ABOUT ME:

  • My Interests: Many!
  • My Superpower: The ability to do household chores.

Susan Reed, LPAT, BCBA

Principal Therapist

Susan has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Educated as both a Behavior Analyst and Expressive Therapist, Susan is able to utilize a wide range of strategies to develop a plan for meaningful change. Areas of focus include grief and loss, divorce and custody concerns, medication, communication strategies, assessment of need, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and goal setting.

“I consider it a privilege to talk with others about how to live their most authentic life. I have 20+ years experience with working with others to identify strategies to improve their quality of life. Whatever you are facing, we can create a master plan for your life. Don’t wait to get started on living your best life. “

MY INTERESTS:

  • Tennis
  • Reading
  • Live Music
  • The Beach
  • Gardening
  • Making Art

My Guilty Pleasure:

Watching “Sons of Anarchy”.

My Favorite Book:

“Henderson the Rain King” by Saul Bellow.

Brandilyn Ray, LPCC, ATR

Associate Clinician

Brandy has been a therapist for over 10 years, providing services across various settings and populations. She is trained as a licensed professional counselor as well as an art therapist. Brandy uses a strength-based and client-centered approach along with evidenced-based practice to assist clients with a wide range of treatment issues.

“I love my job. I love facilitating change in families and watching relationships grow, change, and prosper!”

FAVORITE ACTIVITIES:

  • Traveling
  • Painting
  • Going to Plays/Ballet
  • Watching Live Music
  • Reading

My Guilty Pleasure:

Binge watching an entire show on Netflix on the weekend.

Emily Phan, LMFT

Associate Clinician

Emily has been serving others through the helping profession for 10 years. She is passionate about joining with individuals and families to help them through challenges in their lives. Emily has enjoyed working with people from different backgrounds and age groups. She has led marriage enrichment conferences and has an excitement for empowering couples to overcome obstacles in their marriage.  Emily has been providing therapy for children who have developmental and intellectual disabilities over the last 8 years by creating individual treatment plans and walking alongside their families to encourage change, foster understanding and facilitate acceptance.

“I have the best job! I love being able to join with people in times of need and help them find the change that they have been searching. It is a privilege to work with people through their pain and trials.”

FAVORITE ACTIVITIES:

  • Dog Kisses
  • Hammock Sitting
  • Stargazing
  • Baby Snuggles
  • Game Playing
  • Road Tripping

Jennifer Schinke Kendrick

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Indiana
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Kentucky

Jennifer Kendrick has been in the helping profession for almost 20 years. From her first job assisting asylum- and refugee-seekers, to her time working with people who experience domestic violence and sexual assault, to her current position working with people with disabilities as a behavioral therapist, Jennifer has used her experience as a licensed clinical social worker and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to join with clients in helping them create “a life worth living.” She supervises both social workers and MFTs in Kentucky and Indiana. Jennifer is also a grief doula with specialized training in pregnancy and infant loss.

“I love earning the right to be influential in people’s lives and watching them create amazing, lasting change! Being a witness to growth in therapy is a remarkable privilege, and I’m so thankful that I get to do it every day.”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Book: Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie
  • Album: Joni Mitchell’s Blue
  • Place: St. Kitts & Nevis

WHY YOU WANT ME ON YOUR TRIVIA TEAM:

I have an endless supply of facts about medical history and female superheroes! Sometimes, both topics together!

Sharonda Tunstull, MSW

Associate Clinician 

Sharonda has mentored and worked with children, teens, and their families from various backgrounds for over 7 years. Sharonda has instructed parenting classes and led motivational groups with teens and young adults. She currently works with adolescents with developmental and intellectual disabilities who struggle in the classroom setting as well as outside. Sharonda is presently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work.

“I love helping people find their true purpose in life so they can reach their full potential. To see someone grow and soar because of the hard work and dedication they’ve put in brightens my day.”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Song: Clean by Natalie Grant
  • Activity: Reading and Attending Concerts
  • Animal: Giraffe
  • Place: Starbucks

Patrice Elmore, MSW

Associate Clinician 

Patrice has worked with children of all ages and their families over the last 6 years in various settings. She has worked in before-and-after-school programs, summer camps, and most recently a transitional shelter as a child and family advocate. Through these opportunities, she has gained experience in mentoring, facilitating groups, and planning activities.

“I want to become a therapist because providing individuals with resources to become the best version of themselves as well as being a friendly face along the journey is more rewarding than any salary.”

“I love working with people especially in this field because I enjoy being a part of a person’s story, even if it is only for a brief moment. And, while professionals may hold a wealth of knowledge, there is a lot that can be learned from people we work with!”

MY FAVORITES:

  • Book: Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Anima: Turtles
  • Activity: Traveling
  • Food: Spaghetti
  • Album: Jackson 5 Christmas Album