About Us

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.

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, strengths-based 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.

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.

Sarah Gallagher, LISW

Sarah Gallagher is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) who has proudly been serving the field of mental health and social work for over 16 years.  We are excited to have Sarah join the practice in September of 2018, as she is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams and goals. Sarah enjoys working with clients of all ages and presenting challenges such as: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, sexual and gender identity issues, autism spectrum, crisis intervention, parenting education, substance abuse, and trauma.  Sarah treats individuals and delights in working with families and couples.

Sarah received her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Northern Iowa and her Masters in Social Work from St. Ambrose University.

Melissa Gentry, MPAS, PA-C

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

Practicing Since: 2012
Specialties: Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Compulsive/Addictive Behaviors, Parent & Child Interaction Issues/Problems, Relationship Counseling

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 with his children.

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.   

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.