Meet Our Operations Team

Kyle Keller, MSW, LICSW

Chief Operations Officer, Founder, Therapist

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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.

EDUCATION:
University of Minnesota, Master of Social Work
University of Minnesota- Duluth, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Certification:

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Trained in:

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

Louisa Lienke, MA, LMFT

Sr. Director – Compliance / HR, Therapist

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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

Certifications
MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Education
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

Asta Knoll

Director – Administration

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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.

counselor MinnesotaMatt Johnson, MA, LPCC

Director – Brand Standards

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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.

Tamara Statz, MA, LMFT, FT

Director – Learning and Development

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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.

Education
MA – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
BA – Psychology
Hamline University

Marilyn Galloway

Director – Outreach

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What about mental health interests you?
The human condition! We can do so many things to take good care of ourselves but illness may still occur. I feel many undiagnosed mental illnesses go untreated because of the stigma associated with getting care.  I want to connect potential patients and families to the ELLIE FAMILY!
Previously, Marilyn worked in Community Relations and Marketing for PrairieCare, prior to that I worked in mental health in the HealthEast Care System.
I’m excited to work for Ellie because I can authentically be myself! I feel the energy at Ellie and it’s a definite feeling of being connected to something magical!
Outside of work, Marilyn enjoys so many things but her favorite by far is cooking! She also has 2 big gardens with loads of veggies and flowers (together because why not?) She is an avid reader of memoirs and historical fiction. She loves yoga, running, racquet sports and weight training. She believes  physical fitness and home cooked meals do wonders for mental health so she subscribes to those principles herself!

Emma Martin LaPlant, MA, LAMFT, CSM

Director – Project Management

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Emma is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone, regardless of background or identity, to access mental health and wellness services. Having a dedicated space to explore emotions, experiences, and behavior with a compassionate and competent therapist can foster incredible healing and growth. Emma especially resonates with the healing power of relationships, and value understanding how various systems influence a client and their family. In her position, she hopes to create the processes and spaces needed for Ellie therapists and service providers to meet the needs of their families through compassion, dedication, and authenticity.
Emma is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her project management and change management skills at a company that shares her values and passions: to increase accessibility of mental health and wellness services by leveraging innovation, creativity, and technology. Emma’s goal is to bridge complex, multidimensional systems to create sustainable, equitable change that honors the inherent value of those involved. Ellie’s commitment to authenticity, creativity, and compassion lays a strong foundation for serving the needs of the community, adaptability to an ever-changing landscape, and supporting staff so that they are able to meet their clients with energy and compassion.
Education
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University
Licenses or Certifications
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
CSM (Certified Scrum Master)

Skylar Bloom, SHRM

Manager – Human Resources

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Skylar is a graduate of the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Resources Management from Saint Mary’s University. Skylar sees her role as the HR Manager exists to support those who make a difference. She is an advocate for mental health well-being and support in our community. Skylar is passionate about the mission at Ellie and is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing company.
In her free time, Skylar enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music and reading.

Benjamin Fisher, BA

Coordinator – Human Resources

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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.

Selina Garcia

Medical Biller Manager

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Prior to joining Ellie, Selina has experience doing Medical Billing for over 20 years. “And just when you think you know it all, you learn something new all the time. It’s exciting, as nerdy as that sounds. It’s the closest to investigative work that I’ll get without being a detective.”
Selina says, “I am very excited to get to work with such a wonderful group of clinicians and handle all of the companies billing needs. I am super passionate about Mental Health billing and making sure clients get the best coverage they can for the services they need.”
Outside of work Selina enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. She has a dog that loves to go for long walks all the time! She’s been known to be a Netflix/Hulu junkie! Binge watching a good show is right up her alley.

therapistBeth Topliff

Administrative Team Lead

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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.