Founded in 2006 by psychiatrist Dr. Martin Carpenter, Meadowlark Psychiatric Services has grown to include a full compliment of psychiatric and psychological services in the North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids areas. The Meadowlark staff has continually provided quality service resulting in rapid growth and an ever-expanding, satisfied client base.
Martin Carpenter, MD
Dr. Carpenter founded Meadowlark Psychiatric Services in 2006. Carpenter practices general adult psychiatry and enjoys incorporating elements of talk therapy into the medication management appointment. A philosopher at heart, Carpenter hosts a podcast called “The Heartache Connoisseur” focusing on emotional health and spiritual growth. In his leisure time Carpenter enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with his wife and five children.
Arnold Andersen, MD
Dr. Andersen has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 40 years and is the author of two books. He is considered a leading authority in the area of eating disorders and has appeared on national television programs and in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Times. Dr. Andersen focuses on integrating medication management with psychotherapy. While he has a special interest in eating disorders, Dr. Andersen sees patients with a broad range of emotional and mental health needs.
Kate Bell, LMFT
Kate is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She treats individuals across the the lifespan with varying mental health needs, including anxiety and depression. Her approach to treatment includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Kate graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Honors degree in Liberal Arts from Loras College. She received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Mount Mercy University. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, painting, reading, and travel.
Lance Clemsen, MS, LISW
Lance Clemsen, MS, LISW is a Board Certified Licensed Independent Social Worker. Lance is emergency medicine staff at the University of Iowa Hospital’s and Clinics and adjunct faculty for the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Lance provides evaluation, diagnosis and psychotherapy for adults, couples and their families. Lance is a native Iowan and has been practicing since 1985. Lance previously served on the Iowa Social Work licensure board. Lance is a graduate of Simpson College and received his a MS in social work from Columbia University
Jill Connors, LISW
Jill is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Iowa State University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Jill’s therapeutic approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and play therapy techniques. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults for the treatment of depression, anxiety, behavior disorders and attention disorders.
Prior to joining Meadowlark, Jill worked as a school-based therapist in Iowa City and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, playing soccer, reading, and baking.
Kit Crane, LISW
Kit Crane, LISW holds a Master in Social Work degree from the University of Iowa and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, licensed to practice in the State of Iowa. In addition, Kit has a certificate in Aging Studies also from the University of Iowa.
Kit offers supportive therapy to individuals across the lifespan. She has extensive experience in Mood Disorders, Anxiety, ADHD, Parent/Child Issues, and Life Transitions. In addition, Kit provides education and illness management, assisting clients with the impact that mental illness can have on an individual’s life. She focuses on children, adolescent, and adult mental health, parenting education and advocacy, adolescent and teen concerns, relationship issues and skill building for all ages. She utilizes a wide range of therapeutic techniques in close collaboration with her clients to create a comprehensive plan for treatment. This plan focuses on recovery, to promote stability and overall wellbeing.
Kit’s professional career has allowed her the unique opportunity to develop and supervise a nationally acclaimed in-home program working with chronically mentally ill parents and their minor children to create stability in their lives and to assist parents in being the very best parents they can be.
Dani Darbyshire, ARNP
Dani is board certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). She is independently licensed and able to provide psychiatric health promotion and maintenance through the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic mental health conditions. Her primary focus is treating mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and young adults (5-25 years). She provides assessment, diagnosis, and management of symptoms in a wide range of mental health disorders such as: anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders, trauma, bipolar disorders, as well as psychotic disorders.
She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Master’s of Science in Nursing at Allen College in Waterloo, IA.
Dennis Dozier, LISW
Dennis received his Bachelor of Social Work from Mount Mercy College and Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) , International Advanced Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and is studying clinical hypnosis. Dennis has a great interest in neuro-biological interventions, archetypal psychology, and how clients “story” their lives. He’s curious about what gives people their life meaning, or conversely, what has stood in the road of their story or goal. Dennis enjoys working with clients who present with anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol use and abuse, chronic mental illness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), GLBTQ concerns, men’s issues, and family issues. He works with clients aged 11 and up, including older adults. Treatment modalities may include Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, (EMDR), Narrative therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal and Psychodynamic therapy. Dennis is a history buff who is fascinated with the past in terms of how it influences today.
Melissa Gentry, PA
Melissa began her career practicing family medicine, urgent care, and emergency medicine before finding her home in mental health more than ten years ago. She enjoys working with a variety of patients of any age or background, though she particularly enjoys working with women and adolescents. Melissa is passionate about supporting people through the rough times in their lives by helping them find the best possible version of themselves. She enjoys integrating yoga, nutrition, and general wellness into our efforts to improve one’s mental health.
Tess Judge-Ellis, ARNP, DNP
Tess Judge-Ellis, ARNP, DNP is dually Board Certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been in nursing for over 20 years and in advanced practice nursing for 15. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University, a Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pacific Lutheran University and she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and did her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner education at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
As a nurse practitioner (ARNP), Dr. Judge-Ellis is independently licensed and able to evaluate and treat a wide range of mental health disorders with individuals and families throughout the lifespan including: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders (Bipolar, Depression), Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, and Psychotic Disorders. Nurse Practitioners have full scope prescriptive authority and also provide counseling. More information on nurse practitioners can be found by visiting the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanp.org.
Dr. Judge-Ellis is on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Nursing where she teaches in the graduate nurse practitioner program and she maintains a small rural family/psychiatric practice. She speaks locally and nationally to nurse practitioners on mental health issues.
Ian Kerns, LMFT
Ian received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from the University of Iowa and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University. He works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Ian’s therapeutic approach includes Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. When not working he enjoys fishing, gardening, and hiking
Erika Lauer, MD
Erika Lauer is an Integrative Psychiatrist. She takes a comprehensive, multisystem approach to the evaluation and treatment of mental health concerns. She strives to honor the dignity and power of every person she works with and believes that deep listening is the seat of true healing. She also believes that the body and brain are interconnected and that the health of one depends on the other. In her practice she utilizes a detailed medical and psychiatric history, laboratory testing, and evaluation of lifestyle factors to construct an individual healing plan. Healing plans often incorporate vitamin and mineral supplements, botanicals and herbs, lifestyle modifications and meditation practices. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression, mental health concerns during pregnancy and postpartum as well as in the context of chronic medical illness, and treatment of mental health concerns without the use of conventional psychiatric medications. She sees people ages 10 years and up.
She completed her medical school training at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and residencies in Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. She is also board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine through the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
Laura Lundell, Psy.D
Laura Lundell, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and completed both her Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Laura enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Specific areas of interest include complex trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Her treatment philosophy is rooted in a trauma-informed, client-centered approach and utilizes various treatment modalities including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). A Coralville native, Laura enjoys being outdoors, running, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Xena.
Ashley Mills, LISW
Ashley Mills is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the state of Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Iowa and her master’s degree in Social Work at St. Ambrose University. As a mental health provider, Ashley’s mission is to work collaboratively to meet each client’s therapeutic goals, employing the empowerment model so each person is able to reach their desired outcome.
Ashley utilizes a strengths-based perspective and will incorporate a wide range of therapeutic techniques and models to serve each individual’s biopsychosocial needs. This includes Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Systems Theory. She has engaged in trauma-informed care working with diverse populations in the hospital setting, school setting, as well as residential treatment and outpatient mental health settings. Ashley has advanced skill working in the area of grief and trauma, loss, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADD, ADHD, RAD, domestic violence, and other environmental and psychosocial areas of concern.
Ashley specializes primarily in children, youth and young adults.
Christopher Okiishi, MD
Christopher Okiishi, MD is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. A native of Iowa, he completed his training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in 2002. He specializes in medical treatment of all mental disorders across the lifespan including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders (Bipolar, Depression), Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, Tic and Tourette’s Disorder, and Impulse Control Disorders.
He enjoys working with families and individuals to create a plan to recovery and maximum potential.
In addition to his time at Meadowlark, Dr. Okiishi consults with several other agencies in Eastern Iowa including Tanager Place, Young House, and Systems Unlimited. He is an award-winning lecturer for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Indian Hills Community College and the Iowa City, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids School Districts. He travels nationally educating teachers, community workers and families about mental illness.