About Us

Meadowlark Psychiatric Services offers a full compliment of psychiatric, counseling,  and psychological testing services to the North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids areas. 

Kate Bell, LMFT

Kate Bell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  She treats individuals across 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).    Ms. Bell 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 is a Board Certified Licensed Independent Social Worker.  Mr. Clemsen 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.  Mr. Clemsen provides evaluation, diagnosis and psychotherapy for adults, couples and their families. He is a native Iowan and has been practicing since 1985. He previously served on the Iowa Social Work licensure board.  Mr. Clemsen is a graduate of Simpson College and received his MS in social work from Columbia University

Jill Connors, LISW

Jill Connors 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. Ms. Connors 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, Ms. Connors 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, she has a certificate in Aging Studies also from the University of Iowa.

Ms. Crane 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. Ms. Crane also 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.

Her 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 Dozier 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.  He 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.  He 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.  Mr. Dozier 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.  She is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams and goals. Ms. Gallagher 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.  She treats individuals and delights in working with families and couples.

Ms. Gallagher 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 Gentry, MPAS, PA-C, CPAPPA is a psychiatric physician assistant who has been practicing at Meadowlark since 2017. Melissa completed her undergraduate studies at Des Moines Area Community College and Central College. She attended PA school at Des Moines University and received her master’s degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center. She also completed a psychiatry fellowship for PAs at the University of Iowa. Melissa has completed her doctoral studies in Translational Health Science at George Washington University and is now working to complete her dissertation.

Melissa began her PA career in family medicine, urgent care, and emergency medicine. When she began practicing psychiatry in 2008, she knew she had found her home. She enjoys working with a variety of patients of any age or background, though she particularly enjoys working with women and adolescents. Ms. Gentry 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.

Melissa has earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry from The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has received a Certificate of Recognition for Clinical Preceptor Excellence, awarded jointly by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Melissa was selected as a Mental Health Fellow as a part of the PA Foundation Mental Health Outreach Fellowship in 2018.

In addition to her clinical practice, Melissa serves as Chair of the Iowa Board of Physician Assistants, teaches behavioral health in the PA Program at the University of Dubuque, teaches Mental Health First Aid in the community and to PA students, and serves as a clinical preceptor for PA students from several PA programs.

Tess Judge-Ellis, ARNP, DNP

Dr. Tess Judge-Ellis 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.

Kate Fults, LISW

Kate Fults graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a Masters degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa.

Ms. Fults training and experience is rooted in trauma-informed care. She has over 9 years of extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families who have experienced complex trauma.

She has been specially trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Adoption Competency, and Trauma Art Narrative Therapy. Ms. Fults has also had training in play therapy, DBT, and Trauma Focus CBT.

Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, complex trauma, personality disorders, emotional regulation, and mindfulness.

Ian Kerns, LMFT

Mr. Kerns 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.

Robin Kopelman, MD

Robin Kopelman MD, MPH is a leading expert in the state of Iowa in the fields of Women’s maternal/Perinatal Mental Health. Dr. Kopelman was the founding psychiatrist and Co-Director for the Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service at the University of Iowa Hospitals &Clinics, providing care to women in eastern Iowa for over a decade. During that time, she was a researcher in perinatal mental health services and advisor to the Iowa Department of PublicHealth’s Bureau of Maternal, Child, & Family Health. She then went on to provide women’s mental health services via telemedicine to northwest Iowa women and mothers for several years before establishing her women’s mental health-focused private practice at Meadowlark. She is a published author and has presented nationally and internationally on maternal mental health services. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa College of Medicine and continues to educate residents and clinicians statewide on women’s mental health and perinatal treatment.Dr. Kopelman’s background and training in the interface of psychiatry with other medical specialties, primarily obstetrics-gynecology, informs her approach to comprehensive, individualized, evidence-based treatment planning for women across the adult reproductive lifespan.

She is passionate about working with women to optimize and streamline treatment regimens that address their unique preferences and personal life circumstances, in the context of potentially complex medical needs. Her expertise includes helping patients make informed decisions about medication use related to pregnancy and breastfeeding, reproductive hormone status, or other medical conditions. She blends a collaborative and thoughtful risk-benefit analysis with a supportive, interpersonal therapeutic approach and includes complimentary treatments. She loves to support the evidence-based benefits of physical activity and will be offering active visits for interested women.

A lifelong resident of Iowa, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Biology from Grinnell College (’95) and completed her Doctor of Medicine (M.D. ‘99), psychiatric residency training (’03), and Master of Public Health (M.P.H. ‘05) at the University of Iowa. Dr.Kopelman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. She is a longstanding member of Postpartum Support International (PSI), theInternational Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health, and Marcé of North America. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, raising their four children, one dog, and an impressive number of cats. When not working or parenting, running with friends and family is where you’ll find her, including as co-leader of the Iowa City Trail Sisters and as a pacer for various Iowa-based long distances races.

Laura Lundell, Psy.D

Dr. Laura Lundell 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.  Dr. Lundell 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, she enjoys being outdoors, running, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Xena.   

Drew Martel, LISW

Drew Martel is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).  He received his Bachelors and Masters from the University of Iowa.  He provides psychotherapy to adults and teens, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

In addition to providing therapy, Mr. Martel is the Crisis Services Director for Foundation 2, as well as Adjunct Faculty at the University Of Iowa School Of Social Work.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cedar Rapids.  In his free time, he loves woodworking, playing the banjo, and canoeing.  He is also a veteran of the US Navy.

Emily Michener, LMHC

Emily Michener is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), who graduated from the University of Iowa.  She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults.  Ms. Michener provides assessment, diagnosis and management for a wide range of mental health concerns such as: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorder, borderline personality disorder, and sexuality.  She is studying women’s issues, such as infertility, miscarriage, and treatment for postpartum depression and anxiety.  Ms. Michener is experienced working with trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals. Treatment modalities that she frequently utilizes in session are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy. 

Christopher Okiishi, MD

Dr. Christopher Okiishi 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 the 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.