Meet Our Operations Team
Kyle Keller, MSW, LICSW
Chief Operations Officer, Founder, Therapist
Kyle aims to facilitate growth and resiliency by witnessing, encouraging, and participating in the self-discovery, healing and transformation of others. As clinic Co-Owner, Mental Health Program Director, Clinical Supervisor and therapist at Ellie, he incorporates a variety of techniques, concepts, and practices from various psychological and philosophical orientations, scientific models, art forms, and spiritual traditions in order to develop personalized approaches to therapy.
Kyle’s therapeutic orientation relies heavily on the practices of: Trauma-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), psychodynamic, mindfulness-based, narrative, transpersonal and Jungian therapy. Above all, Kyle believes that a good relationship and sense of personal connection is most important to success in therapy.
Kyle is experienced in spiritual/religious/philosophical struggles or spiritual trauma and conflict, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Bipolar, anxiety, suicidal ideation, grief/loss, relational problems/attachment, existential crises, LGBT issues and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He has work experience in educational settings, crisis counseling, county social work, jail/prisons, in-home, various volunteer outpatient services, inpatient mental health as well as case management experience.
Kyle believes that every human being is capable of thriving- each possessing a deep well of inner resourcefulness, which must be tapped using creative techniques, strategies and collaboration. Kyle is eager and excited to share his perspective on the importance of integrating mental health care as a facet of general wellness and loves to teach and supervise up-and-coming therapeutic professionals.
Kyle has a background in music, writing and history, and enjoys learning about cultural traditions, religions and practices.
University of Minnesota, Master of Social Work
University of Minnesota- Duluth, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Grief and Loss, LGBT Mental Health, Trauma focused Treatments, Clinical Supervision, LGSW/LICSW Supervision, Integration, Hypnosis
Sr. Director – Operations
I am excited to work at an organization whose core values align so closely with my own, and that breaks down barriers to provide access to the wellness services our community needs. I am passionate about finding creative and innovative ways to work towards operational excellence to improve the experience of both patients and clinicians.
I have a Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development, and have worked for both a small outpatient clinic, as well as a free-standing inpatient psychiatric hospital with mental health clinics across the metro. In my most recent role as a Practice Manager, I managed the professional services provided by 125 outpatient clinicians, as well as oversaw the centralized call center and front-desk reception teams.
I love spending time with my husband and two boys having nerf battles and playing laser tag in our basement. On the weekends you will catch me at the hockey rink watching my oldest son play while my husband coaches. I recently purchased a spin bike, and am addicted! I also love trying new restaurants with my family and friends.
Louisa is a passionate, empathetic therapist who enjoys helping people successfully navigate their own path and follow their journey through out life. She believes in helping people to discover their own knowledge and explore their own strengths in order to feel confident, focused, and happy. Louisa enjoys working with older teens, adults, couples and families to face struggles and create a balanced and positive life. She is warm, compassionate, and accepting of all points of view and enjoys learning from her clients through out their journey. Louisa works to help her clients find and use their own wisdom to create inner peace.
Louisa’s background in mental and chemical health has allowed her to work with a wide range of clients. She has worked with youth and families in a nonprofit setting and has expanded her focus to include adults and couples over the past five years.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -Carl Jung
MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
University of Minnesota- Addiction Studies Certificate
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota- Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Wisconsin- Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Century College- Women’s Studies Certificate
Matt Johnson, MA, LPCC
Sr. Director – Clinics (North), Director – Brand Standards, Therapist
Therapy is a relationship that can create lasting positive change in peoples’ lives. Often times, choosing to engage in therapy is one of the biggest steps in initiating the healing process. My mission is to meet you where you are in your current life condition, and to join with you on your journey toward self-improvement. Together we will work to create therapy goals that are inspired by your needs and aspirations.
For over a decade I have provided therapy services to adolescents, families, couples, and adults from diverse cultures and backgrounds with a wide array of mental health concerns. My therapeutic approaches include components of CBT, ACT, and humanistic therapy. My desire is to create a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, down to earth, and empowering you towards a better understanding of yourself. I believe people are at their best when they feel encouraged to grow and change in ways that benefit and improve their well being.
Asta Knoll is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science. She spent 10 years working in funeral service. It was during this time she became very interested in the mental well-being of people.
Asta believes that every person can benefit from focusing on their mental health; having a compassionate listener allows everyone to work toward being their best self. One thing she specifically likes about Ellie is the art therapy program, creating something is such a healing experience!
When she is not at work Asta loves to focus on creative outlets, indulges in nerd stuff (D&D and Star Trek, ya know?)-and tries to keep it kinda spooky year round. She’s also really into her orange cat, he’s very loud and friendly.
Tamara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Fellow in Thanatology. This means she is passionate about relationships and has expertise in death, dying, and bereavement. Prior to joining Ellie, Tamara spent several years in non-profit operations and human resources; clinical intervention research; private practice; public health; and hospice. She is thrilled to join her passion for mental health with her love for professional development and mentoring.
Outside of work Tamara enjoys spending time with her cat and dog, friends and family, riding her bright turquoise bike, can usually be found in the middle of reading at least 3 books at any given time, and has been cross-stitching up a storm.
MA – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
BA – Psychology
Emma Martin LaPlant, MA, LAMFT, CSM
Director – Project Management
Medical Biller Manager
Client Relationship Manager
Creative Projects Manager
Having gone through my own struggles with mental health, I wanted to find a way to support others going through similar hardships. My goal is to always bring a smile to someone’s face and make the day a little brighter! Working in mental health felt like a natural way to feel like I am supporting someone as they navigate through life.
I am excited to work at Ellie and be part of an organization that is breaking down stigma and barriers to people getting the care they are seeking. Afterall, we are human. Each of us with our own story, and I think Ellie is approaching their care that way.
Dakota County Technical College – A.A.S.
I believe that a mindful-based approach towards mental health and wellness is fundamental to living a life that is meaningful and full of happiness. Realizing that we could all use a little help at some point in our life and knowing that it is OK to seek out resources should always be a positive experience.
I am looking forward to leveraging my technical background and experiences in the mental health services field and bringing that to Ellie.
University of St. Thomas
Benjamin Fisher, BA
Human Resources Coordinator
Summer Mueller, BA
Summer has worked in mental health for the past 5 years in various roles. She has a passion for helping others and is proud to be a part of an organization who’s continued mission is to serve and support the community. Summer is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her experience and education here at Ellie. Outside of work Summer enjoys time spent with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling and skiing in the winter with her husband and kids. She is a proud baseball mom and enjoys watching her two boys play ball in the Summer!
BA- Business Management
University of Wisconsin River Falls
Anna has multiple years of experience working at mental health clinics in the Twin Cities metro area and has always felt a lot of pride being part of a committed team with the common goal of serving others and improving their quality of living.
She is excited to be a part of an innovative team at Ellie because it’s a community-based organization with a unique approach to wellness that utilizes creativity and humor which she finds to be a breath of fresh air and much needed. She enjoys being a helpful part of the team.
Client Relationship Specialist Team Lead
Beth received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Religion, from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Beth is currently enrolled in the Certified Resilience Trainer Program through The Global Resilience and Inner Transformation Institute where she is being certified to teach the Stress Management and Resiliency Training model. Beth has a passion for people, the destigmatization of mental health, and the integrative and holistic approaches to healthcare. What Beth loves most about Ellie is their innovative approach to health and wellness which enables them to help people gain access to the services they need most.
When Beth is not at work, she enjoys hiking, travel, photography, writing, listening to music, time spent with family and friends and hanging out with her two awesome dogs, Kirby and Lady.
Austin Jacobsen, BS
Community Mental Health Practitioner, IT Consultant
Austin believes that we are all searching for our own meaning in life, and that we make our own meaning. Stemming from a person-centered standpoint, Austin believes in meeting people where they are, holding space and walking with clients down their own paths as a guest in their personal journey. He uses a combination of cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, EMDR, and solution focused techniques to assist clients in making meaningful changes in their lives, tapping into the client’s inner strengths along the way.
Austin has experience working in mental health as an ARMHS practitioner, lead field supervisor, and treatment director. Austin specializes in working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and psychosis, and works collaboratively with clients to help them find meaning in their experiences and relationships, while also teaching valuable life skills to help build stability. Austin is a clinical trainee and is currently working with adults and adolescents for in-home therapy, as well as adults for ARMHS.
Adler Graduate School- Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (in progress, anticipated graduation early 2021)
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point- Bachelor of Science, Psychology with a Human Services Emphasis
Trained in EMDR