About Ellie Edina

Ellie Family services’ Edina clinic is conveniently located at the interchange of Hwy 494 and Hwy 100, right off the exit for West 77th Street. This location has convenient parking on site, runs along Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail, and is in a single level building in an exciting developing urban area. Close to the Southdale Mall, in case you need a slice of cake from the Cheesecake Factory or retail therapy! Ellie Edina serves residents of the central, southern, and western metro and beyond.

We believe that taking care of one’s mental health is a critical part of self-care. We have created an office space that is designed to be comfortable, inviting and safe. We want to welcome you in as you allow our therapists to be a part of your life’s journey. Come meet our amazing team of therapists who are down-to-earth, passionate about helping, creative, and love to laugh too.

Our therapists believe that good mental health care is based on solid, trusting relationships and so we try and show up as authentically as possible. Our therapists see children, teens, adults, couples & families across the lifespan (ages 2-100). Our therapists love working with diverse needs and have a great deal of experience in:

  • Play Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Adolescence
  • Transitions to adulthood
  • Maternal mental health
  • Relationships
  • Marriage “check-ups”
  • Family communication/conflict
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Discernment and divorce facilitation
  • Co-parenting
  • LGBTQIA+ individuals, couples, and their families.
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Death and dying
  • Art Therapy
  • Working with Emergency Responders (police, fire, EMS, dispatchers, etc.)

We also have a great group of amazing providers who offer Psychiatric Medication ManagementARMHS and CTSS in-home services.

I mean, yes, we’re biased, but our Edina team is kinda amazing! Take a moment to learn more about our providers and give us a call so we can get you connected and on your way to living a healthier and happier life!

Click below to learn more about what the city has to offer!

Meet Our Edina Team

Katie Strong, MS, LPCC

Clinic Director, Therapist

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Katie has a passion for, but is not limited to, working with children and adolescents, as well as their families. Most of her clients have struggled with anger, low self-esteem, LGBTQ, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, trauma, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and self-harming behaviors.

Clients coming to see Katie for therapy can expect her to create a sense of safety through a warm, empathic and transparent style. She works with clients and their families to provide a space where they feel safe, supported, listened to, and free to express themselves.

Katie is flexible in her approach to therapy which may include components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), strengths-based, solution-focused, and motivational interviewing. She has experience working with a wide range of diagnoses that include Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as life changes/transitions such as trauma, grief and loss, divorce, adjustment disorders, communication difficulties, relationship concerns, and low self-esteem. She has experience working in multiple environments including at schools, in-home, intensive outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs.

Outside of work Katie enjoys anything outside with friends and family: grilling, boating, fishing, watching sports, playing sports.

Masters –  Counselor Education – Community Counseling
Winona State University

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Zoey Alch, MSW, LGSW

Clinic Manager, Therapist

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Zoey received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology in 2017 from the University of Minnesota with a minor in family social science. Zoey graduated from the Master of Social Work program in May of 2020 from the University of St. Thomas. Zoey enjoys working with clients of all ages but has a passion for work with adolescents and young adults. Zoey has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, big life changes and has a newfound passion for work with couples and is exploring this area of her clinical practice. Zoey utilizes a strengths-based approach to help clients unlock and utilize their potential within themselves. Zoey has worked with young children with severe trauma, adults with SPMI diagnoses, high school students, families, teens and adults with big life transitions and clients with anxiety and depression. Zoey is working towards her independent licensure and is excited to continue learning and growing in her clinical career.

In her free time Zoey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking and exploring new places and restaurants and a good ice cream cone.


University of St, Thomas Master of Social Work

University of Minnesota Child Psychology Major with a Family Social Science Minor

Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Michael Atkinson, MA


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My ideal client is an adult or adolescent who feels stuck in some part of their life. They may feel overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or some ongoing challenge. They also feel that things could be better and they’re ready to start the process of moving forward.

Clients can expect a supportive, authentic, and collaborative environment. My goal is to help people explore what’s going on in their life and assist them in charting a path forward that supports their unique situation, style, and strengths.

My specialty is helping adolescence and adults address issues related to anxiety and depression. Due to my background and education, I also tend to work well with creative people or those who work in creative fields. In addition, I have specialty training in serving the unique needs of male clients, including those who might be newer to the therapy experience.

I support clients using a variety of approaches and techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness-based practices. At the heart of all of these approaches is a common theme: helping people become more aware of themselves so they can move towards a deeper, more meaningful life.

MA – Saint Mary’s University

Jessi Baltzer, MA, LAMFT


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I like to provide an environment that is warm and nonjudgmental to help a client can feel safe while they share their story. A client can expect complete transparency and respect from me which helps build a strong therapeutic relationship. I am excited to help empower individuals and families to overcome the challenges they may be facing so they can get back to living their happiest life.

I prefer to work with adults, young adults, and adolescents, however, I have experience working with children as well. I enjoy working with families who are struggling with adjusting to a new phase of life within the family life cycle and families experiencing divorce/separation.

I have found that my youthful energy provides as a strength when working with teenagers. My knowledge and experience working with child protection gave me an inside look to what these families go through and how to support them. Working with families of divorce or separation is an area of passion for me and I am eager to gain more experience.

I use a systemic lens when working with clients, paying attention to all relationships in a client’s life and how it can impact them. I identify as an experiential therapist using my authenticity and personality in sessions, often pulling from strategic, contextual, and narrative family therapy models.

Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Licenses and Certifications
Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital Counseling Certification

Liz Braun, PMHNP-BC

Medication Management Prescriber

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Liz is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services to patients ages 14+. Liz is passionate about working with her patients to provide the structure and support that enables them to create the best version of their lives, heal from past trauma, and attend to their mental health concerns. She believes that developing a solid therapeutic relationship with her patients plays an essential role in their pursuit of health and that the important work her patients do to improve benefits themselves, their families, and their community. Liz’s past experiences as a psychiatric nurse, emergency nurse, and sexual assault nurse examiner have provided her with a broad array of skills to utilize when working with her patients. She has experience working with patients across the lifespan who have survived trauma, grappled with chronic mental illness, and struggled with substance use. In her practice, Liz takes a holistic approach to medication management and works with her patients to use a variety of tools to attain mental wellness. She is an open, empathetic, and creative provider who is able to meet her patients where they are and to tailor a treatment plan unique to her patients’ priorities and needs.

Liz is interested in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and complex PTSD.


Vanderbilt University – MSN

Bellarmine University – BSN

Xavier University – MEd

Centre College – BS

License and Certifications

Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)

Registered Nurse (RN)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (PMHNP-BC)

Elizabeth Dumke, MS, ATR


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Liz is a warm, empathic art therapist who is passionate about inviting individuals into the therapeutic experience where she walks alongside them in their journey toward discovering who they are and what makes them unique. Liz works through a person-centered lens with aspects of gestalt and narrative approaches, as she believes that every person is the expert in writing their story. Her approach to therapy is built on a foundation of trust, support and validation. She utilizes art therapy processes and materials collaboratively, regardless of previous art experience, to allow for further exploration of one’s thoughts and feelings.

Liz received her Art Therapy and Counseling training from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including partial hospitalization programs, schools, hospitals, and residential facilities. She has worked with a wide variety of presenting problems that include, but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self-esteem, Attachment, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Adjustment disorders, as well as grief and loss.

In addition to using art therapy techniques, Liz strives to create and mold the therapeutic space to fit each individual’s desires in order for them to grow and thrive. Other techniques include traditional talk therapy and mindfulness-based practices. She is thrilled to be a part of the Ellie Family to enrich the lives of individuals in the community.

When Liz is not working, she enjoys making art for herself, relaxing with family, and exploring nature through hiking, backpacking, and camping.


Eastern Virginia Medical School – MS, Art Therapy and Counseling

University of South Dakota – BFA, Art Education

Rebecca Jandoria, MSW


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I enjoy working with younger children. I enjoy incorporating play, art and yoga into my sessions. Children and teens struggling at home or in school. I also try and support my clients holistically, working with their families and/or schools to ensure the client is supported while outside the office.

I believe it is so important to meet a client where they are at and build from there. In using the core values of Ellie, creativity, humor, compassion, acceptance, I try and create a safe place for children to talk about their feeling and tailor each session to where they are at. I also believe it is important to support children holistically. I try and ensure parents and sometimes school are aware of what the client and I are working on, so the client can be supported outside the office.

I have experience working with children of all ages, behavioral issue at school and home, trauma, depression, anxiety. I am certified in pediatric yoga. I also have experience working in refugee populations, both abroad and at home.

I try and meet clients where they are at. With children, coming to therapy can be a new experience and I try and make it as welcoming as possible. I like to incorporate humor, play and tailor each clients experience to them and their needs.

Master of Social Work
University of Minnesota

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, 2 years through MPSI

Certified pediatric Yoga Instructor: 100 Hours

Registered Yoga Instructor (RTY):300 Hours

Kristen Kearns, MA, LPCC


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I’ve been told I’m very down to earth, soft natured and kind. A client coming to see me can expect warmth, empathy, understanding and solace. I pride myself in being able to hold and contain someone’s story while gently guiding them through changes necessary for a happier life. I enjoy sharing big and small moments with clients, laughing together, crying together and walking alongside each other towards better success.

I also have a lot of plants so my office may look like a jungle 🙂

My ideal client is someone who is ready to learn more about themselves and willing to be observant about patterns in their life that aren’t working for them. Someone who can both appreciate humor and lightheartedness but also dive deep into emotional pain and their own history. I like to work with children starting at age 12 all the way to the elderly and aging population. I am comfortable with all walks of life and will treat everyone with an open door and open mind.

My treatment specialties include anxiety, trauma, crisis and the elderly population. I also enjoy working within the realm of depression, LGBTQ+ topics, transitions and difficult adjustments, and hard family dynamics.

Having worked in several practices across several domains I hold experience in many areas. I am trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and overall believe and work through a humanistic lens. I was trained in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology and use a variety of modalities in my work, including but not limited to CBT, DBT, narrative therapy and attachment work.

MA – Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, 2 years through MPSI

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Anna King, MSW, LGSW


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A client can expect a big smile each time I see them, and an authentic experience. I value the working relationship greatly in my therapeutic work, and I believe my authenticity with my client’s is what promotes a strong, therapeutic working relationship. I aim to support my clients in defining what they are experiencing, and support them in determining what they are wanting to focus on while working together. Ultimately I want for all of my client to feel autonomy in the treatment they are receiving.

I specialize in Maternal Mental Health therapy, family therapy with a focus on attachment, and parent psychotherapy. I have experience supporting LGBTQ+ communities as well, and have experience supporting whole family systems through the transitions that arise when a member comes out.

I enjoy working with individuals with many differing needs. I would say I am most confident and comfortable providing MMH therapy; but I have found a deep appreciation and joy in working with family systems as a whole. I think my ideal client would be someone/some family who are interested in working collaboratively to support everyone involved.

My therapeutic techniques are strengths focused and attachment based. I utilize humor often in my sessions, and I value building a relationship with my client’s which is authentic and honest.

University of Minnesota- MSW

Licensed Graduate Clinical Social Worker (LGSW)

Jane Kommer, MA, LMFT


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Jane’s ideal clients are children and adults, 4 to 100. Jane uses play therapy for children 4-13 and adults if they choose. Play is a child’s voice in many instances. Jane loves to see individuals, children, families and adults who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, anger and many other challenges.

When you come to see Jane for therapy you can expect a non-judgmental safe space to express yourself. She will focus on building a relationship with you by using a strengths-based approach so you are able to develop a confidence both in and out of the therapy session.

Jane specializes in using non-directive play therapy with children. She specializes in challenging behaviors such as: anger, communication difficulties, cooperation, self-harm and school challenges. She also specializes in trauma, autism, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.

Jane uses a range of modalities in her practice, such as, narrative, person-centered, strength-based, CBT, experiential and play therapy.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, MA

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Caycee Olson, BA

Medication Management Assistant

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My interest in working within the mental health field started from wanting to impact others lives in a positive way to allow them to grow into the best versus of themselves. I have a passion for helping others on their journey through this thing we call life. I have always been someone who others can rely on to help when they are in need. My career background has focused on doing therapy with all ages on the Autism Spectrum. I grew into the medication management side for people and families of all ages over the last few years. My goal is to continue to assist those and their families with their mental health needs from all angles.


Bachelors of Arts from University of Minnesota – Duluth

Jill Salo, MS, LADC


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One of my favorite people on earth was my high school counselor.  He was kind, patient, knowledgeable and accepting.  I don’t think I ever heard him say anything negative about someone because he knew everyone was trying in the best way they could.  That is what I hope to be like with my clients.

I am a recent graduate of the addiction studies program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  My background is in academic, personal and career counseling as a high school counselor with 19 years of experience.  I love to watch my clients grow and have those “lightbulb moments” to help with independence and success.  As a former school counselor, I am familiar with the school environment and can collaborate with school supports to make sure my clients find mentors and support in multiple areas of life.  I went back to school because I had many students whose lives were impacted by chemical health in some way.

I also love to watch those who struggle with chemical health get the services and support that they need.  Chemical health can be a lot to manage, both for the person and the family, and it is inspiring to watch the strength and resilience of my clients who have made the choice to grow.

I normally use Motivational Interviewing or CBT, but if that does not work for you as a client, I’m flexible.  I hope to promote a relaxed and calm environment as you work to complete your goals.  It is also nice to have a little fun along the way!


·         K-12 related struggles with personal, academic and career counseling

·         Those who are in recovery and need an individualized “tune up” or referral to a higher level of care

·         Those who have a friend or relative struggling with chemical health and need support


College of Saint Benedict
BS Psychology, Emphasis in Coaching

Minnesota State University, Mankato
MS Counseling and Student Personnel
Licensed High School Counselor

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Graduate Certificate, Addictions Studies
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Nate Shields, MA, LPCC, ATR


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My ideal client is someone who is interested in challenging the way they have always done things. Someone who is willing to have the challenging conversations, and wants to be an active part in a collaborative therapeutic relationship.

A client coming to see me can expect a safe, calm, and non-judgmental space to share, explore, and challenge their struggles. I view the patient as the expert in their life and treatment, and my role is to support, navigate, encourage, and challenge patients in their journey. I feel that developing a trusting and authentic relationship, where individuals are encouraged to be true to themselves allows people the space to explore difficult topics and make meaningful change. I strive for authenticity in my practice, bringing warmth, humor, honesty, and respect to help clients collaborate and navigate life’s struggles.

I specialize in Art Therapy, utilizing metaphor and symbolism to help clients develop a deeper understanding of their own experience, and help empower themselves to make positive change. Utilizing art materials, regardless of ability, can help collaborate and gain insight when words sometimes don’t do the trick.

My practice draws inspiration from many outlooks, but is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which emphasizes the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and actions. I utilize this outlook to work in tandem with patients to identify areas for change, challenging negative core beliefs, thinking patterns, and behaviors. I also incorporate aspects of Dialectic Behavioral Therapy to help identify, validate, and manage difficult emotions, increase interpersonal effectiveness, and utilize Mindfulness as a tool in being more present. I have training in Exposure Response Prevention, Behavioral Activation,

Mindfulness skills, and Collaborative Problem Solving, to help patients address challenges, and live their best lives.

MA Counseling: Art Therapy
Adler University (Chicago)

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Marissa Smith, MA


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My ideal client is someone who shows up as themselves and is open to having light-hearted moments as well as more vulnerable and deep moments. My ideal client, especially those that are adolescents and teens, will also have family members that are willing to be involved in sessions to build up the client’s support system. This will help translate work and changes that are done in office into other settings, like at home.

My clients can expect a collaborative experience which will include humor and authenticity to build our therapeutic relationship. They can expect that I will come to session willing to hold space for whatever they are needing in that moment. My main goal in therapy is to create a safe, supportive environment which my client and their family can use to heal and grow.

I have experience providing therapy to adolescents, teens, and young adults. I also have experience working with blended families.

I like to use a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on what works best with the client I am working with. However, I like using a strengths-based approach and integrating experiential activities into sessions (especially when working with adolescents and teens).

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – MA

Licenses and Certifications
Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital Counseling Certification

Psychological First-Aid Certification

Jenna Taylor, MS


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I enjoy working with children and adolescents as well as their families. Families that are willing to work with me as the therapist to help their child or adolescent are enjoyable to work with as I can involve more of the child/adolescent’s support network in their care so that they are able to feel cared for and be supported in reaching their goals both when they are in therapy and also when they are at home.

My first goal as a therapist is to create a safe, non-judgmental, trusting environment. I strive to create a space for clients to come as they are and to know that they are cared for regardless of what is going on in their life. Clients can expect honesty, transparency, open-mindedness, and a bit of humor when seeing me for therapy.

They can also expect to be gently challenged to try new things while working towards their goals.

Much of my previous work has been with clients dealing with the effects of trauma, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as well as natural disasters and grief and loss. I have also worked with families in various stages of the adoption process as well as children in foster care families.

I use a variety of techniques depending on the client’s specific needs, which may include experiential play, challenging negative thoughts, behavior modification, learning new coping skills, mindfulness, communication skills, or trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

University of South Carolina Aiken – MS

Mamie Vetsch, MA, LMFT

Community-Based Services Director, Clinical Licensure Supervision Program Manager, Therapist

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Mamie is a charismatic therapist who is passionate about helping people to become the best version of themselves. She believes when dealing with life’s struggles, it is helpful to journey down the path towards healing with someone who can attentively listen, validate your experience and help contribute to your personal insight, all while understanding that you are the expert of your own life. As an art therapist, Mamie will implement these crucial aspects into therapy sessions with the use of creative processes. Art therapy allows clients to create tangible objects and provide language to situations where words may be lost. If art therapy is not something you are interested in, that is okay too!


Mamie offers traditional talk therapy and is trained in Adlerian therapy, which places strong emphasis on healing the whole self, encouragement and social interest, all while practicing the courage to risk imperfection. Mamie is grounded, compassionate and offers a calm presence. She places strong emphasis on forming an authentic connection with her clients in order to create a trusting and secure place for you to grow.


Mamie specializes in working with children and adolescents using art therapy. In addition to art therapy, Mamie enjoys incorporating play techniques and mindfulness skills in to each session. She is also interested in expanding her practice to include adults and whole families. Mamie has worked in diverse settings including schools, partial hospitalization programs and private practice. She is enthusiastic to contribute to and be part of the Ellie Family!


When Mamie is not working, she enjoys exploring the Twin Cities, playing board games with family and friends, and teaching her rescue dog new tricks.



Adler Graduate School—Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling, 2016

Concordia College- Moorhead—Bachelor of Arts, French and Studio Art double major, Psychology Minor

Laurel Walsh, MA, LMFT


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My ideal client is someone who shows up for themselves and is open to the process of therapy and the feedback and challenges that come along with therapy.

I meet every client I have where they are in their own process. I know that everyone is on their own journey and I want to meet you on that journey and guide you through the healing process. It is important for me to be open, authentic, and personable to connect and build a trusting and healthy relationship with my clients for them to develop a safe space to explore their thoughts and feelings. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic relationship through humor and empathy. I empower clients to use their own strengths to work through their therapeutic journey and healing process. I have a flexible approach to therapy where we are here to talk about your struggles and concerns, but also I want to get to know you as a person and make therapy fun and approachable.

For the past 8 years I have mainly worked with teenagers, however I have experience working with adult, couples, and families as well. Over the last 6 months I have been getting more experience working with couples due to wanting to expand into this demographic. I have a passion to work with couples and this is one of the reasons I became a Marriage and Family Therapist. My understanding of mental health facilitates positive outcomes when working with issues such as: depression, anxiety, stress, irritability and anger, life changes/transitions, relational issues, and peer issues. I have experience working in multiple environments including schools, in patient, in-home, and day treatment programs.

Some of the many techniques I provide are teaching coping strategies to manage emotions, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), solution-focused, strength-based, mindfulness, and interpersonal/relational skills. I am committed to collaboration and empowerment to help my clients utilize their own strengths through their therapeutic journey and healing process.

Masters- Marriage & Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)


Ellie Family Services
4820 West 77th Street, Suite 130
Edina MN 55435
Phone: 651.313.8080
Fax: 651.925.0610