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.

Martin Carpenter, MD

Martin Carpenter, MD

Dr. Carpenter, founder of Meadowlark Psychiatric Services, is delighted to be a part of the mental health community in the Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty area. He is very proud of the high quality team of mental health professionals and support staff he has assembled and genuinely hopes that Meadowlark will better the lives of its clients and the community as a whole.

Dr. Carpenter practices general adult psychiatry and is particularly interested in the human condition, the interplay between the physical, the emotional and the spiritual and how all of these interact with mental illness. He also enjoys medication management and psychotherapeutic treatment of mood disorders, addiction, anxiety, ADHD and all other psychiatric conditions.

In his free time, Dr. Carpenter enjoys woodworking, playing guitar, exercise, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his three children.

Christopher Okiishi, MD

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.

Erika Lauer, MD

Erika Lauer, MD

Erika Lauer, MD has been a resident of Iowa City since 1989 when she came to attend college at the University of Iowa. She earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa and completed dual residencies at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She is board certified in family medicine and psychiatry.

She is board certified in family medicine and psychiatry and integrative and holistic medicine. Areas of practice include adult, older child and adolescent psychiatry; including depression, anxiety, and attention disorders. She has special interest in the treatment of mental illness and promotion of mental wellness across the lifespan and through major role transitions including pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and post-natal care. Dr. Lauer’s strives to combine her knowledge of family medicine, psychiatry, and interests in complimentary medicine to create an individualized, holistic approach to the treatment of psychiatric disorder and the promotion of mental wellness in all of her patients

Stacy Davids, MD

Stacy Davids, MD

Dr. Davids is a board-certified psychiatrist, graduating cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia medical school. She did her psychiatry training at St. Louis University, where she was Chief Resident and received a national psychiatry award from the Association for Academic Psychiatry. She treats all ages, primarily focusing on children, adolescents, and young adults. She is experienced in treating Bipolar Disorder and Depression, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Behavior Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. In addition to her work with Meadowlark, Dr. Davids volunteers in the community to help with mental health, poverty, and environmental issues. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Crisis Center of Johnson County. In her spare time, she is working on a novel about her Native American tribe, the Mohican Nation.

Tess Judge-Ellis, ARNP, DNP

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.

Kit Crane, LISW

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.

Sandra Gannon, LISW, ACSW

Sandra Gannon, LISW, ACSW

“No matter how out of balance a person feels, I believe that there is a wholeness and healthiness that can be found within.  I help individuals get in touch with the part of them that is well, to heal the part that is hurting.”

 

Experience:  Sandy balances her time between individual, couple and family therapy.  She provides therapy to both children and adults.  For over 30 years she has provided therapy to help clients resolve relationship issues, manage stress/anxiety challenges, and parent confidently.  Sandy incorporates teaching attainable skills and techniques with the goal of changing disruptive patterns and revitalizing one’s life.

Sandy has previously served as the Director of a Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment Department, managing both inpatient and outpatient clinical responsibilities.  She has also worked as a Program Associate for the University of Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics Substance Abuse Education Program, developing preventive and treatment programs for athletics.  Sandy also provided educational instruction for Child in the Middle classes.

Particular Interests:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Stress/Anxiety management
  • PTSD
  • Depression Disorders
  • Life Issues

Background: Sandy is a licensed Social Worker and holds both her License as an Independent Social Worker (LISW), and she is credentialed from the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).  She is a graduate from the University of Iowa Master in Social Work Program.

Advance Training:

  • Biofeedback
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Systems Therapy
  • Theraplay R

Lecture/Speaking Engagements:  As a guest lecturer for numerous conferences and organizations, Sandy has spoken on topics related to stress management and behavioral health issues.

Jeanne Melick-Shield, LISW, CADC

Jeanne Melick-Shield, LISW, CADC

Jeanne Melick-Shield, LISW, CADC is a Board Certified Licensed Independent Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Iowa. She graduated with a BA in psychology at the University of Iowa and completed her Masters in Social Work at St. Ambrose University.   Jeanne gained valuable experience working as a therapist in various community agencies, including both Inpatient Psychiatry and the Partial Psychiatric Outpatient programs at the University of Iowa.

Jeanne focuses on the evaluation, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. She enjoys assisting patients reduce the intensity and frequency of their symptoms and develop the ability to improve their quality of life.  Although Jeanne is trained in a variety of mental illnesses she specializes in addictions, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, eating disorders and couples communication.

Emma Dawson, LISW

Emma Dawson, LISW

Emma is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa. “Warmth, empathy, and respect are the building blocks for a therapeutic relationship where one can feel safe and supported. Whether you are in the middle of a crisis, managing a long-term illness, or just feel stuck in life, I will work to be a careful listener and a partner as you move toward greater health and wholeness. I enjoy working with teens and adults across a wide range of diagnoses. I draw from Internal Family Systems, Solution-Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Motivation interviewing and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in a client-centered practice. I’ve also been influenced by CCISC (Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care) – a model that recognizes and welcomes complexity in people’s lives and joins with them to make positive changes.”

Lance Clemsen, MS, LISW

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

Jason Knight, MSW

Jason Knight, MSW

– MSW, University of Iowa School of Social Work (2010)
– BM, Music Performance, Florida State University (1992); BA, Russian,
Florida State University (1992)

Jason has an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, tailoring treatment
plans for his clients’ individual needs. These approaches include
elements of the following:

– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
– Narrative Therapy
– STEPPS (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem
Solving)
– Internal Family Systems
– Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
– play therapy.

Jason works with adults, adolescents, and children as young as six
years old.

Jason’s personal interests include music performance, marathons and
triathlons, typography, computer programming, and spending time with
his teenage daughter.

Catharine Phillips, PhD

Catharine Phillips, PhD

Catharine Phillips, PhD earned her PhD from the Counseling Psychology Department at Iowa State University with an Internship at the Milwaukee VAMC focused on neuropsychological and Psychological assessment. Following her internship she completed a 2-year ILEND fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities at the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development. After completing her fellowship she worked part-time for several years on an NIH funded long term study of ADHD while establishing a private practice career. Dr. Phillips joined Meadowlark Psychiatric Services in 2007 and is employed full-time providing psychological and neuropsychological assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults.

Ian Kerns, LMFT

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