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Karen is the owner and CEO of Healthy Homes Family Services Inc. and is a clinical social worker licensed in both Iowa and Nebraska. She has bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is currently working on a Doctorate degree in Social Work at Walden University. Karen has decades of experience working with children and families, including a background in child welfare services, law enforcement, and extensive experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment with teens and families. She specializes in working with family issues, behavior disorders, and couples therapy. Karen also supervises students in training and provides in-service training and presentations to area business and companies on various mental health topics. Karen is a Military Family Life Consultant providing emotional support to military members and their families and is an adjunct instructor for secondary education in social work. Karen is married and is the proud parent of three children and “Grammy” to 2 adorable grandsons.
LaTisha is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She also holds a Master of Science in Human Services from Bellevue University. LaTisha has over 15 years of experience in the human services field. She has worked in various therapeutic settings including mental health, substance abuse, and in-home services. LaTisha is an outpatient therapist, seeing clients at both the Avoca and Red Oak offices. Her therapeutic approach is an eclectic blend of cognitive, behavioral, and solution-focused therapy. LaTisha especially enjoys working with teenagers and their families. LaTisha resides in rural Iowa and is the proud mother of two boys. She and her family enjoy biking, basketball, and Nebraska football.
Cindy is a graduate of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of the Arts in Clinical Counseling. She is the cornerstone outpatient therapist at the Healthy Homes Family Services’ Red Oak office. Cindy’s theoretical orientation employs therapeutic interventions from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive, Reality and Solution Focused Therapy. Her professional experience includes community betterment, grant writing and work with human service agencies. She is a member of American Counseling Association. Cindy was born and raised in rural Iowa and continues to live in the community where she and her husband raised their five children. Her interests include outdoor sports, gardening, reading, cooking feasts for family and friends. She is active in her church & community, a Master Gardener, member of Trees Forever, Pheasants Forever, and PEO.
Meg obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Counseling Psychology. She is currently working on a doctorate degree in Psychology. She has 30 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. For many of those 30 years, Meg has worked with children, age 3 to 10, utilizing play therapy to help them heal from abuse and neglect, PTSD, domestic violence, anxiety and depression. In addition, she has experience with helping couples in conflict or those who simply want to increase satisfaction in their relationships. Assisting parents and their children improve communication and understanding is another passion for Meg. Meg’s therapeutic approach is eclectic, combining cognitive-behavioral, reality therapy, solution-focused counseling and EMDR. While working in an Employee Assistance Program for eight years, Meg obtained a certification as an EAP professional. Meg is the proud mother of young adult daughter. She loves nature, cycling, movies, and spending time with her daughter and friends.
Natalie has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated in 2009. She obtained a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in March of 2014 from Capella University. She was formerly an advocate for an abuse crisis center in Fargo, ND. Natalie is a member of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Her favorite therapeutic approaches are cognitive-based therapy and narrative and structural therapy. Natalie grew up in Minnesota and has lived in both rural and urban areas of Iowa for the past 10 years. Natalie enjoys camping, hiking, music, learning new things, and spending time with her two children.
Tracy Van Zee grew up in southwest Iowa and has a Masters of Arts in Psychology from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has a background in the mental health casework field and worked with a variety of populations including seniors, community corrections, and families. Tracy is an avid outdoors enthusiast and has an interest in nature-based therapy. As a BHIS provider, she looks forward to working with families on skill-building techniques and hopes to encourage a nature connection whenever possible. She and her husband enjoy camping, hiking, bird watching, and traveling with their two small children. Tracy is also a passionate Zumba instructor and loves a good book!
Laurine Price has a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation and Art. She currently attends Bellevue University in pursuit of a Master’s in Clinical Counseling. Laurine is a BHIS provider with Healthy Homes Family Services. She has many years’ experience working with children and families through Boy’s Town, St. Joseph Center for Mental Health, Cass County Memorial Hospital Behavior Health Unit, Laurine’s House (a QRS rated child development home), and Green Hills Area Education Agency – Early Access Program.
Angela Mace has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Peru State College and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Couseling from Bellevue University. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Peru State College with a specialization in Special Education. Angela has met the licensure requirements for Nebraska’s PLADC for substance abuse counseling.
Angela has almost 20 years experience sharing her passion for helping others in a variety of settings. She cared for the elderly in nursing homes and toddlers in a daycare; however, Angela especially enjoys working with school-aged children. She previously taught elementary special education and currently works part-time as a substitute teacher for high school. Angela takes a positive approach to life and works hard to help meet the needs of others.
Angela lives in Northwest Missouri and is married with three incredible children. Her hobbies include spending time with family, running, biking, and photography.
Taylor graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2015 . She has experience working with children school-aged and younger. Taylor provides in-home BHIS services for Healthy Homes Family Services. She loves the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Corey graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education. She has experience working with school-age children and their families. As a mother of all boys, she enjoys games, crafts, and all things outdoors. Corey is a BHIS provider for Healthy Homes Family Services in the Red Oak area.
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Casie has her Master’s Degree in Human Services – Community Counseling from Bellevue University. She has worked in human services for over fifteen years in various settings; residential treatment facilities, group counseling, and in home services. Casie is a licensed therapist and sees children, teenagers, families, and adults for Healthy Homes Family Services at the Grinnell office. She has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, self-harm behaviors, gender identity issues, LGBT identifying, attachment disorders, self-esteem issues, trauma, fertility issues, and substance abuse/addictions. Casie focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques while using a client-centered approach. She is the Healthy Homes Family Services agency director and member of the management team. Casie has two children (twins) and lives in central Iowa.
Jessica graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009 and obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University in 2012. Jessica has spent the majority of her career working with children, adolescents, and college students. Jessica also has worked with individuals who struggle with substance abuse disorders. Jessica’s areas of interest include issues related to self-esteem, self-harm behaviors, play therapy, depression, anxiety, and gender identity. She uses an integrated approach consisting of client-centered, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral techniques. Jessica’s experience includes in-home therapeutic work, outpatient mental health counseling and outpatient substance abuse counseling.
Melissa Ulrickson has a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is a Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Iowa. She has worked in marketing, business, and counseling for the past 13 years, while volunteering as a host parent for international college students and leading mentorship groups for young adults. She has worked with college administrators to improve prevention efforts and victim care surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence and regularly does public speaking on issues of mental health and trauma, including at the Iowa Board of Regents Campus Safety and Security Summit in 2016. Melissa specializes in trauma, abuse (including spiritual abuse and discrimination), sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, self-harm, anxiety, and depression. She desires to create a safe space to facilitate healing and growth so individuals and families can reach their full potential.
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Erica graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services. She has experience with working with children of all ages and their families. Most of her experience has been working with young children in their homes to facilitate positive parent/child interactions and promoting healthy behaviors. Erica works as an in-home BHIS provider for Healthy Homes Family Services.
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Shauna graduated from Central College with a Bachelor of Art degree in Sociology. She is currently pursing her Masters degree in school counseling. Shauna has worked with children and families for 10 years. She has worked as a FSRP worker, a case manager for pregnant teens, and a behavior specialist in a school district. Shauna truly believes that all children and their families are able to be successful when they are given the right tools.
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