Ellie Family Services
652 Bielenberg Dr., Suite 104
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: 651.313.8080
Fax: 651.925.0610

Meet Our Woodbury Team

Rose Joiner, MS, LMFT

Clinic Director – Woodbury, Therapist

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Rose considers therapy to be a vital and intrinsic part of our journey in life. In a world that is continually changing, finding ways to adapt to life’s stressors can at times become overwhelming.

Therapy can be a place to reflect, grow and challenge old ways of thinking or being, and create a new way of viewing life, loved ones and ourselves. She believes that all people are valuable, irreplaceable and worthy of growth, change and positivity. She loves working with children, teenagers and adults. She also is an advocate for fostering healthy relationships, within families or couples.

She has experience, but is not limited to people struggling with ADHD, anger issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, gender issues and more.

Rose grew up in Southern California, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Seattle, Washington. She has lived in St.Paul since 2012.

Certifications
LMFT
EMDR trained
TF-CBT
MN Board Approved Supervisor

Education
Seattle Pacific University, MS Marriage and Family Therapy
Trinity Lutheran College, BA Children, Youth, and Family Studies

Karla Boehmer

Therapist

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I come to Ellie Family Services with a background in childbirth education and hypnosis. As a former childbirth doula and birth instructor, I discovered the power of hypnosis to assist birthing individuals and their partners to enjoy comfortable, empowering birth experiences. In 2014, I became a certified hypnotherapist and currently use hypnosis to help people heal from trauma, cope with chronic pain, improve their relationships, eliminate unwanted habits and encourage positive behaviors. Hypnosis is an incredible tool for change!

Most recently, I’m pursuing my graduate degree in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. With a master’s degree by April 2019 and eventual licensure in Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC), I am dedicated to expanding awareness around the holistic, interconnected nature of the mind, body and spirit. It is so satisfying for me to work with a diverse clientele. It is also a privilege to collaborate with my clients and help them meet their goals; the answers are withinus, and I use a solution-focused, client-centered approach to therapy.

Finally, I take the opportunity to experience “nature therapy,” spending lots of time outside! I love to hike state parks and tend my garden. I also adore cooking healthy food, baking and cookie decorating (not so healthy – but delicious!). Reading, yoga and jogging are also activities I enjoy – a balanced life is a healthy life!

Education:

Currently attending St. Mary’s University, graduation expected 2019

Amanda Boraas, MA, LMFT, LADC

Therapist & Chemical Health Counselor

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Amanda is a directive therapist who is passionate about helping people live more authentic and balanced lives. Amanda’s approach to counseling provides a safe and supportive environment to work towards helping. Amanda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Amanda has worked in the chemical and mental health field since 2012. Her experience comes from working in dual diagnosis treatment programs and hospital settings. She also has experience working in homes with families and in a group private practice. Amanda is trained in EMDR and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Amanda utilizes EMDR to reduce the distressing impact of past experiences. She also utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy to teach couples how to transform their hurtful patterns of communication into secure ways of connecting. Her systemic counseling approach incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, EMDR, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Amanda is passionate about couples’ therapy along with trauma-related work with adults. Amanda works with individuals and couples to create more satisfying relationships, build inner confidence, and develop the strength and resources to face challenges in everyday life. Some of Amanda’s interests include relationship conflict, infidelity, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, and chemical dependency. Chemical health assessments (Rule 25) available.

Education:

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

Metropolitan State University: Bachelor of Science, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Minor in Psychology

Training:

Level 1 & 2 EMDR

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Karna Boynton, MA, LMFT

Therapist

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Clients can expect Karna to come alongside them and walk with them as they grow but will not do the hard work for them. They can expect honesty that is presented with empathy and a genuine human to human experience. Clients can expect Karna to be understanding, empathetic, and caring, but will not tiptoe around hard issues. They can especially expect her to bring humor into the therapeutic process in a way that is valuable.

Karna’s ideal client is one who can or is willing to acknowledge that they encompass a strength or set of strengths, even if they cannot see it yet. They can then use these strengths to understand their barriers to growth to overcome their current difficulties and past traumas

Karna’s specialties include: TF-CBT, EMDR (certification in process), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy

Karna has a strengths-based approach while utilizing client-centered, psychodynamic, EMDR, and cognitive behavioral approaches. She is trauma-informed and seeks to identify and explore possible neurobiological disruptions that may have happened in a person’s life and work towards healing. Karna provides and utilizes a safe and validating therapeutic relationship to help the process of this healing.

Education

Masters – University of Central Florida
Post-Graduate LMFT  Credits – Adler Graduate School

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Minnesota and Wisconsin

Natalie Carstenbrock, APRN, CNP

Sr. Director – Medication Management

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Natalie has a varied career in healthcare, which all started as a childhood dream of helping others. Following her graduation from nursing school, she worked as a registered nurse in a hospital before transitioning into family clinic practice. While working as an anti-coagulation nurse, her passion to bring changes to primary care led her back to school to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a certified nurse practitioner.

After gaining experience working across multiple medical settings, Natalie realized the need for a more holistic approach to medical care. Over the last few years, this understanding has regenerated her passion to fill the gaps in healthcare, and has informed her approach of treating the whole patient, with an emphasis on integrated emotional and mental health, rather than a condition. Natalie has provided comprehensive health care for patients of all ages, at all stages in life.

Natalie understands how difficult it can be to stay on top of it all, especially our health. She believes it is possible to combine therapy and medicine in order to create the best of both worlds. She has experience developing acute care programs within major medical systems and is thrilled to establish a supportive integrated medication management program alongside the world-class therapists and staff at Ellie Family Services!

Education:

The College of St. Scholastica, Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner

The College of St. Catherine, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Gavin, MSW, LICSW, RPT

Therapist

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Lauren is a passionate and empathetic therapist who specializes in working with children and their families. She works to create a safe and comfortable environment to help children give voice to areas where they may be struggling. Lauren is a registered play therapy (RPT) who uses child centered play in her work with children to help them express and navigate the demands of their environment in order to gain a better sense of stability, safety, happiness, and overall wellbeing. Lauren incorporates play therapy, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy in her practice with children and families. Lauren works with issues related to childhood adjustment, trauma, grief & loss, divorce, adoption, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and anger. Lauren has previous experience working in early childhood education, children’s day treatment, school-based therapy, and a hospital setting.

Education:
University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine University, Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work

College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Professional Affiliations:
Association for Play Therapy (APT), Member

Adam Klapperich, DO

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

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Dr. Adam Klapperich joined Ellie Family Services on October 8th, 2019 Originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, he attended the University of South Dakota before graduating from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed psychiatric residency and child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship training at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Klapperich sees children and adolescents in the Woodbury Clinic. Dr Klapperich is also a consulting provider for the Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL), which is a service you can share with your primary care provider to offer access to board certified adult and child psychiatrists for consultation.

EDUCATION
Medical Degree: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Residency: University of MN, Minneapolis
Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of MN, Minneapolis
Board Certification: Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Obsessive Compulsive and Impulse Control disorders

Angela Kub

Therapist

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Dr. Adam Klapperich joined Ellie Family Services on October 8th, 2019 Originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, he attended the University of South Dakota before graduating from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed psychiatric residency and child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship training at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Klapperich sees children and adolescents in the Woodbury Clinic. Dr Klapperich is also a consulting provider for the Psychiatric Assistance Line (PAL), which is a service you can share with your primary care provider to offer access to board certified adult and child psychiatrists for consultation.

EDUCATION
Medical Degree: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Residency: University of MN, Minneapolis
Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of MN, Minneapolis
Board Certification: Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Obsessive Compulsive and Impulse Control disorders

Gabe Ottman

Therapist

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Gabe has a passion for working with children, teens, and families coping with trauma and unexpected life changes. He believes in creating a safe environment and building a trusted therapeutic relationship that will make change possible. His overall goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

Using an integration of complementary approaches, Gabe uses a variety of techniques and methodologies to incorporate what is most beneficial for each client. He is dedicated and committed to providing quality mental health services and believes that each person is unique and should be treated with dignity and respect.

Education background

Saint Mary’s university of Minnesota
Masters of Arts, Marriage Family Therapy

Chaminade University of Honolulu
Bachelor of Science , Psychology

Michael Sadowsky, MSW, MAHS, LGSW

Therapist

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Michael is a clinical social worker with an integrative and holistic approach to psychotherapy. His practice is rooted in mindfulness, CBT and DBT approaches, and contemporary Psychodynamic therapy. His work also draws from the mind-body connection, spirituality, social/cultural influences, neuroscience, and compassion.

Michael has worked with a diversity of adults and mental health issues in a community mental health clinic, with persons with dementia and their families, and with the bereaved. His background is in social work, which gives him a social justice lens and awareness of how societal factors like inequality and discrimination can affect mental health. He also has a background in holistic health, and is passionate about helping clients integrate their work in therapy with other healthy lifestyle choices and non-Western forms of healing.

Issues that Michael commonly works with include: grief, loss, gender identity, sexual identity, depression, anxiety, trauma, transitions, relationships, ADHD, stress reduction, and resiliency.

Michael brings a warm and non-judgmental presence to his work. He emphasizes safety, attunement, humor, and enjoys being a helper and companion to others as they discover and grow in their own strength and wisdom. He has deep gratitude for this work and for the privilege of being an ally to others on their path to healing.

Education:

University of St. Thomas & St. Catherine University, Master of Social Work

St. Catherine University, Master of Arts, Holistic Health Studies

Hamline University, Bachelor of Arts, English

Training:

Post-graduate fellowship in contemporary Psychodynamic therapy at Hamm Clinic.

Compassionate Bereavement Care certification from the MISS Foundation.

Melissa Seidel, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

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Melissa is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has experience providing mental health services for children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including: in-home, inpatient, partial-hospitalization, outpatient and in-school.

Melissa enjoys working collaboratively with other treatment team members to solve problems associated with mental health symptoms. She believes in giving children, adolescents and families the opportunity to explore their individual thoughts and emotions in a supportive and safe environment. Melissa comes from a strengths-based perspective and uses compassion, creativity and humor in her work. Her therapeutic approach integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques, psychoeducation, psychodynamic and solution focused strategies. She enjoys practicing Acceptance and Commitment therapy and mindfulness.

Melissa commonly works with children, adolescents and families who are experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma-related issues, transitions and life changes, gender and sexuality identity issues, grief and loss, communication difficulties, relationship concerns and more.

When not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, cheering on the Minnesota Wild, traveling, listening to music and going to concerts.

Education:

University of Northwestern- St. Paul, Bachelor of Science in Marriage and Family Psychology

St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, Masters of Social Work

Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program.

Michelle Smith, MSW, LICSW

Therapist

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Michelle believes all people have strengths that can be leveraged to assist them in healing. She values the importance of human connection and understands that the therapeutic relationship is vital to recovery, so she works to create a safe environment for clients that includes empathy, understanding, and partnership around therapy goals.

Michelle is trained in systems theory, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She uses a variety of approaches to assist clients with achieving their goals, including CBT, solution-focused interventions, client-centered, strengths-based, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and play- and art-based approaches. She specializes in working with children and adolescents ages 6-25, and their families, and caregivers. She finds interest and passion working with issues related to attachment, parenting, trauma, sibling/peer conflict, family communication difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, anger management, self-esteem issues, self-harm, grief, divorce, school issues, and relational issues. Michelle understands and values the important role that a client’s family, friends, school staff, and other relationships play in their lives and works with clients to utilize these relationships to assist with healing.

Michelle has previous experiences providing therapy and skills services in home-based, school-based, and outpatient settings and worked in community mental health assisting adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Education:

College of St. Scholastica – Twin Cities, Bachelor of Social Work
St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, Masters of Social Work

Professional Affiliations:

Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Hannah Sockwell, MA, LMFT

Therapist

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Hannah is dedicated and driven to work with people to lead their best life. Hannah has a solution focused approach that supports clients while targeting their goals in all areas of life. She supports clients by helping them identify their strengths and utilize them to develop healthy coping skills to manage whatever barriers they are facing. Hannah has a background working with adolescents as well as their families.

Education:

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

University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Family Social Science

Kelly Wallner

Medication Management Assistant