Meadowlark Psychiatric Services offers a full complement of psychiatric, counseling, and psychological testing services to the North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids areas.
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.
Robert Cherry, MPAS, PA-C is a psychiatric Physician Assistant who began practicing at Meadowlark in 2020. Robert received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from The University of Connecticut in 2014. He went on to work as an Emergency Medical Technician in some of Boston, Massachusetts’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods for three years prior to attending Physician Assistant School at The University of Dubuque. While in Physician Assistant School, Robert confirmed his love for psychiatry after interning both at Meadowlark and at Mercy Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric unit.
Robert has experience treating a wide range of mental health conditions. His most passionate interests include addiction medicine, helping pediatric and adolescent patients with anxiety and depression, and veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also enjoys working with patients affected by Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Attention Deficit Disorder. Robert is an advocate for pharmacological treatments as well as non-pharmacological interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, nutrition, exercise, and meditation.
Elizabeth Clark, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is a National Board Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association.
Elizabeth’s experience includes years of working with children between the ages of five and twelve who present with a variety of behavioral issues, as well as experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, autism, self-esteem issues, and loss. Elizabeth loves to incorporate creativity into her therapy sessions and her approach is strengths-based. She utilizes art, play therapy, mindfulness, person-centered skills, and cognitive-behavioral interventions in order to empower her clients to reach their full potential. Elizabeth also offers flexibility in her scheduling.
Lance Clemsen is a Board Certified Licensed Independent Social Worker. Mr. Clemsen is emergency medicine staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals 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 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’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, 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 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 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), LBGTQ 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.
Jennifer Drew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), board-certified in the State of Iowa. Jennifer offers a therapeutic approach that is client-centered, collaborative, and strengths-based. She focuses on taking a hands-on and practical approach to problem-solving. In her practice, she utilizes therapeutic techniques based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Jennifer specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, codependence, and interpersonal conflict in adults, couples, and teens.
Kate Fults graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a Master’s 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.
Sarah Gallagher is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) who has proudly been serving the field of mental health and social work for almost 20 years. She is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams and goals. Ms. Gallagher enjoys working with adolescent, teenage and adult clients with presenting challenges such as: anxiety, mood disorders, impulsivity and crisis management. Sarah uses a wide range of therapeutic techniques including mindfulness, DBT and ACT. 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, CAQ-PSYCH, CPAAPA 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 the 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.
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.
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, 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.
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, diet and lifestyle modifications, and meditation practices. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression, mental health concerns during pregnancy and postpartum, the treatment of mental health concerns in the context of chronic medical and pain conditions, and the 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.
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 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). A Coralville native, she enjoys being outdoors, running, and spending time with family, friends, and her pets.
Drew Martel is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees 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.
Dr. Richard Martin has been working in the field of psychology for over 30 years. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst in 1988, an M.S. in Community Counseling from Fitchburg State College (now University) in 1990, and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in 1992. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in 1994, and his research efforts were recognized via an ISU Research Excellence Award. He then completed his Internship at the Knoxville (Iowa) VAMC, and was selected as one of six finalists nationwide to enter and complete a prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Psychology within the VAMC system.
Dr. Martin has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, substance use clinics, and elderly outreach programs. He is the former Clinical Director of Behavioral Health (State of Iowa) through United Healthcare/Optum. Since 1999, he has also successfully owned and operated a consulting and evaluation practice, providing services for agencies such as DDS and IVRS. He has presented at several conferences and trainings, on topics such as improving accuracy in psychological evaluations, understanding autism spectrum disorder, and detecting signs and symptoms of substance abuse.
Dr. Martin specializes in psychological assessment and diagnoses, and offers a variety of testing services for all ages, including evaluations of ADHD, learning disorders, memory problems/dementia syndromes, custody evaluations, competency evaluations, and diagnostic clarification. He employs an individually tailored approach to the evaluation process, designed to maximize the benefits obtained from the testing experience.
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.
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 and Young House. 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.
Jillian Polaski is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She received her Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Mt. Mercy University, and she also holds an MFA in writing from the University of Iowa. Prior to becoming a therapist, Jillian studied and taught personal narrative writing for many years. She found that what she loved so much about writing was the process of making meaning out of life, and weaving that meaning into stories. She views therapy as also being a storying process, one that can help us better understand that the stories we tell ourselves are not the only possible ones we could be telling ourselves. She views the therapy process as a way to help us make sense of life experiences and our place in the world in healthier, more adaptive ways.
Jillian has experience working with trauma, adoption, blended families, couples, anxiety,
depression, and life transitions. She works with children and adults. Her approach to treatment includes narrative therapy, collaborative therapy, play therapy, art therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness interventions. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, knit, bake with her kids, and go for walks.
Ikami is a board certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been in psychiatric nursing for over 18 years and in advanced practice since 2018. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Walden University in 2014. Ms. Sasa completed her post master’s certificate in psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner education from Allen College in 2018.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she is independently licensed in Iowa and evaluates, manages, and treats a wide range of mental health disorders in individuals and families throughout the life span. Treatments provided include but are not limited to ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral disorders, impulsive control disorders, trauma, and psychotic disorders.
Monica is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Mount Mercy University (when it was Mount Mercy College), her Masters in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University (Twin Cities Campus), and another Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema Studies and Media Culture from the University of Minnesota. She treats individuals from age 16 on up with a variety of mental health needs, including depression and anxiety, but specializes in the treatment of addictions — substance abuse, gambling, etc. Monica’s treatment modalities include Brief Intervention Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. In her leisure time, Monica enjoys attending film festivals, reading, fly fishing, and traveling around the world for Sherlock Holmes-related conferences and events.
Joseph Hunt Wassink (Joe) works primarily with children, adolescents, and families, while also supporting individual adults. First and foremost, he supports youth by partnering with their parents. Parents are the most important people in the lives of their children, and they are the top experts on their families. Joe is honored to partner with parents on their journey, and collaborate with them to identify why their child might be struggling, and what treatment goals and strategies can help meet their needs.
Joe is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and has experience integrating art and play therapy techniques into multiple therapeutic modalities. He focuses on supporting individuals with a variety of mental illnesses, including: Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. He also has experience and training supporting individuals with a history of trauma, including physical abuse and sexual abuse. He incorporates both skill-building aspects of CBT and trauma-healing aspects of EMDR to holistically address present concerns as well as past trauma.
Joe is certified in Critical Cultural Competency, and supports youth and families, and adults, who have experienced cultural and racial trauma. He works with people to help them identify and understand cultural abuse, to heal from specific or chronic abuse, and ultimately to find the beauty and greatness they carry within themselves.
Joe is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. He received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in English from the University of Iowa, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Jennifer Zaichenko, PA
Jennifer is a primary care Physician Assistant with 36 years of clinical experience who has specialized in community mental health for over 20 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa, and received her Physician Assistant training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in internal medicine and outpatient surgery, and subsequently provided medical care to psychiatric inpatients at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics, a large hospital and research facility affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It was here she discovered her love of psychiatry.
Jennifer continues to believe that a strong therapeutic relationship with patients is achieved and maintained by listening well and always providing thorough patient education.
Jennifer has primarily served in rural Iowa clinics and recently completed 10 years of correctional psychiatry prior to accepting her position at Meadowlark Psychiatric Services. She moved to Iowa City to work at the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa, where she provided her services for the next 10 years.
Jennifer has extensive experience treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis and chronic mental illness, personality disorders, substance use disorders and ADHD. She has also treated patients with developmental and cognitive disabilities as well as brain injuries and other less common psychiatric conditions.