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Zak Warren

Clinical Director, LCPC, NBCC
Zak Warren

Clinical Director, LCPC, NBCC

Zak has worked in the mental health field for 15 years upon completing his Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2001. He went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University in 2007 and has been Licensed in the state of Idaho since.

Zak has extensive leadership experience in the mental health field; having been involved with developing Case Management, Credentialing for Medicaid and insurance companies, development of CBRS programs, and various advocacy groups in Idaho in the past.

He currently operates as Clinical Director for Pearl Health Clinic, overseeing the delivery of all Mental Health services. Additionally, he is a Level 2 Gottman Certified Therapist and enjoys particularly working with couples.

He incorporates Christian beliefs into his practice when clients are seeking this perspective and values helping all families restore broken relationships. Zak has been married for 15 years to his lovely wife Sarah. They have 2 children together and enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, cooking together, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Dr Stephen DeNagy

MD, CPP
Dr Stephen DeNagy

MD, CPP

Dr. DeNagy, MD has practiced in the arena of psychiatric and complex medicine in Eastern Idaho for over thirty years. He specializes in difficult to diagnose clients that present with a vide variety of real world problems.

He was trained at Drexel University School of Medicine (formerly Hahnemann University) in Philadelphia, and completed Medicine Internship and Residency at The University of Vermont, in Burlington. He teaches continuing Education at the Department of Counseling at Idaho State University, and consults with a variety of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.

He is also a waivered physician with regards to opiate addiction treatment and is licensed to prescribe buprenorphine for opiate addiction. He treats all forms of addiction. Interest areas include disorders of mood, and thought, as well as developmental disabilities and autism. He is certified as a Clinical Psychopharmacologist by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

He believes in a team approach to mental health treatment and works closely with other mental health providers to establish a comprehensive treatment program. Particular attention is paid to the detection and presence of confounding medical illnesses that may imitate, or worsen psychiatric illness.

Fran Acoba

Psy.D
Fran Acoba

Psy.D

Dr. Acoba graduated from the Hawai’i School of Professional Psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, and is a VA certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD.

Clinical experience: ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program; Family Treatment Center at Queen’s Hospital; Child and Adolescent Clinic at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Values: Dr. Acoba has a Master of Divinity, and served for 14 years in inner-city Chicago, its suburbs, & Hawaii.

She co-founded the Khemaras Cambodian Center in Honolulu, with ongoing refugee-led humanitarian missions to rural Cambodia; and house-building for the homeless in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She was a college instructor for 16 years, emphasizing student community ownership & global awareness through local & international service projects. Current clinical work: psychotherapy for groups & individuals, diagnostic assessment, psychological testing.

Specialties/interests: PTSD, Eating Disorders, Veterans, Refugees, Intercultural & Family conflict, Grief & Loss, Spirituality, Resilience. Orientations used: systems, acceptance commitment, dialectical behavior, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal, psychodynamic; CPT & prolonged exposure for PTSD.

Cristina Sanchez

MD, Medical Director
Cristina Sanchez

MD, Medical Director

Cristina Sanchez-Jaquez, MD is a new addition to our family of practitioners.

She completed medical school in the Dominican Republic followed by a Residency in Psychiatric at Texas Tech Health Center in El Paso Texas and a Fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry from University of Connecticut.

Dr. Sanchez is board certified in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Sanchez is interested in promoting mental health awareness and well being through education and the creation of a partnership between patients, their loved ones and establishing lasting relationships in the community. In the future outreach programs that focus on prevention, integration, destigmatization and inclusion with a special interest in minorities and under-served populations.

Daniel McGrath

Psy.D, Director of Psychology
Daniel McGrath

Psy.D, Director of Psychology

Dr. McGrath is a 2011 graduate of the American Psychological Association accredited Marshall University School of Professional Psychology in Huntington, West Virginia, a program which emphasizes a generalist skill set and service with rural and underserved populations. He provides diagnostic assessments, neuropsychological/psychological testing, and psychotherapy for a wide range of ages and presenting problems.

Dr. McGrath approaches problems from a cognitive behavioral perspective, which emphasizes the interplay between a person’s environmental stressors, subjective perception, emotional reactions, and coping responses. He strives to ensure that clients have a chance to be heard and validated, understanding that it is easy to give advice but much harder to put it into practice and effect change in a person’s life.

Virginia Ndoro

Psy.D, ED.D
Virginia Ndoro

Psy.D, ED.D

Virginia is currently serving as a Psychology Service Extender where her clinical work covers diagnostic and/ psychological assessments and psychotherapy.

She has worked and trained children with developmental disabilities using Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support interventions for a span of years; is certified Developmental Specialist; involved in Habilitation Intervention and other related workshops for professionals and paraprofessionals involved in inclusive early childhood settings; has worked with sizable groups of children diagnosed with social emotional disturbances; and has published and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals especially in areas that address socially significant behaviors for young children and young teenagers.

Virginia strongly believes in improving the quality of life for children and families with developmental disabilities. Along with appreciating the gift of family, she enjoys reading, traveling, and outdoor activities.

Richie Kiupers

LCPC
Richie Kiupers

LCPC

Richie is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree of Psychology and subsequently graduated with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University in 2013. Richie has been working in the mental health field for the past 10 years, with experience in addressing symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in community, clinic, school, and psychiatric hospital settings. Richie currently employs a variety of creative counseling techniques such as art therapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy in a clinical mental health setting at Pearl Health Clinic.

Her practice is presently compiled of children ages 5 and up and adults of all ages.

Tyler Pond

PA-C
Tyler Pond

PA-C

Michelle Marchant

LPC, NCC
Michelle Marchant

LPC, NCC

Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She specializes in couples and family counseling, works with individual adults and adolescents, and loves to engage in play therapy with children. She is a Level 2 Gottman Certified Therapist and has received additional training in couples and family counseling, sand tray therapy, play therapy, art therapy, and crisis counseling.

During her work with clients, Michelle addresses a variety of concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-esteem, abuse, trauma, PTSD, attachment, and couple and family relations. She utilizes a person-centered and strengths-based counseling approach, and incorporates existentialism, mindfulness, and self-compassion into her work. Michelle deeply believes in the intrinsic worth of every human being and seeks to help clients recognize their strengths and gifts as they work through challenging situations. She has a strong belief that individuals have an innate need for acceptance and an emotional connection with others to achieve true wellness, and she strives to provide both during her sessions.

Michelle has a Bachelors of Music degree in Media Music from Brigham Young University-Provo, and a Masters of Counseling degree from Idaho State University in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. When she is not working, Michelle enjoys

Tiffany Grant

LMSW
Tiffany Grant

LMSW

Tiffany is a licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and has worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years. She earned a double Bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University in Psychology and Biology in 2008. She then graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Master’s degree in Social Work.

She has comprehensive knowledge working with adults and children with diverse mental health disorders. She utilizes various modalities and therories such as grief therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused therapy and Gestalt. She is passionate in working with those struggling with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, and drawing.

Colin Waters

LPC, NCC
Colin Waters

LPC, NCC

Colin is a person-centered counselor and believes in the inherent ability of each human being to self-actualize and reach their individual, full potential. In addition to traditional therapy styles, he also incorporates creative counseling techniques such as sand tray therapy, play therapy, and art therapy. Colin has worked in the mental health field since 2011 in a variety of different roles. He also has extensive international experiences in working with children who are victims of human trafficking.

Colin works with children, adolescents and adults who experience a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, oppositional defiance, ADHD, relationships, self-harm, crisis, attachment, adoption, and grief and loss. Additionally, Colin also works with members of the LGBTQ+ community. He has specialized training and experience in adoption, attachment, multicultural counseling, play and sand tray therapy, and grief and loss.

Colin is licensed in the state of Idaho as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), recognized nationally as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and received his Masters degree in Counseling, as well as his bachelors degree in Social Work, both from Idaho State University.

Briana Allen

LCSW
Briana Allen

LCSW

Briana received her Bachelors in Social Work from BYU-I in 2008 and her Masters of Social Work from University of Utah in 2009. While working on her degree she worked with adults at a domestic violence shelter- victims and perpetrators. She also worked with birth parents and adoptive parents at an adoption agency. After receiving her degree, Briana went on to work in an adolescent residential facility, where she worked extensively with adolescents with a variety of mental health concerns.

She primarily worked with adolescent patients who suffered from Trauma, Autism, Substance Abuse, and a variety of mood disorders. In addition to her qualifications, she has taken an interest to Play and Sand Tray Therapy and has opened up to providing therapy to a more broad age range of children.

Briana believes in the client centered approach and working with the client where they are. She also enjoys helping her clients and their families, learn skills to live happy, healthy lives.

Hsiang-Hua Wang

M.Coun., LPC, NCC
Hsiang-Hua Wang

M.Coun., LPC, NCC

Hsiang-Hua is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Masters degree from Idaho State University in School Counseling and is certified to practice Mental Health Counseling. Hsiang-Hua has worked in the school/mental health/helping field since 2014.

She has training working with children, teens, adults and also the members from LGBTQIAP+ community. She also speaks Mandarin-Chinese thus she offers Chinese counseling to the clients who prefers speaking Chinese in the session.

Hsiang-Hua uses Adlerian Theory as core theory and incorporate many varied techniques according to the need of clients. Hsiang-Hua has experience working with individuals in self harm, Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, crisis management and suicidal ideations. She offers conversational, art, play and mindfulness therapy.

Jennifer D. Kerner

LCPC, NCC, RPTS
Jennifer D. Kerner

LCPC, NCC, RPTS

Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Utah State University in 1990 where she specialized in adolescence and worked with the juvenile detention center in Logan, Utah. She then moved to Kentucky where she worked as a psycho-social rehabilitation worker with the children and adolescents of Appalachia as part of the Bluegrass IMPACT team.

In 1992 Jennifer accepted a position as the head researcher on an adolescent mental health grant with the University of Washington and the Colville Confederated Tribes under the direction of Dr. Jan Bacon. It was here that she gained a great love and respect for the Native American people.

In 1996, Jennifer received her Masters Degree in Counseling with a specialty in school counseling from Idaho State University. She worked as an elementary school counselor and junior high counselor for 8 years in a local school district. During this time Jennifer worked part time as a mental health clinician but chose to become full time in 2003. She has developed a specialty in play therapy and sand tray therapy and has been trained directly by Dr. Gisela Schubach De Domenico who developed the Sandtray WorldPlay Technique.

Jennifer specializes in child development and enjoys working with children

Krystal Worthington

LPC
Krystal Worthington

LPC

Graduated may 2014 with masters in counseling; Graduated June 2011 with masters in criminal justice.

Enjoy working with teen girls, families, and individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I use a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and Gestalt Therapy to enhance awareness and promote change.

David Chiddix

LMSW
David Chiddix

LMSW

David is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who has worked with Pearl Health Clinic since 2013. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University in the field of biology and then completed his Masters degree in social work at Northwest Nazarene University.

David helps clients of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses, and has been specially trained in couples therapy, addiction recovery, and sand tray therapy. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Adlerian Therapy are among frameworks which David uses to promote healing and recovery.

David’s previous professional experience includes doing drug court treatment assessments and hospice/grief counseling with families who have experienced loss. David has been married since 2002 to his wonderful wife and has six children who are a joy to be with. He loves helping his family members pursue personal interests, enjoys playing piano, is a dedicated runner, serves faithfully in his church callings each week, and enjoys getting involved with community activities.

David enjoys developing strong relationships with his clients and helping them transform their lives. David would love to work with you, whether your need help overcoming serious mental disabilities, improving family unity, or improving satisfaction in relationships

Shayla Hickman

LPC
Shayla Hickman

LPC

Katrina Dasenbrock

LMSW
Katrina Dasenbrock

LMSW

Katrina Dasenbrock is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker and graduated with an LMSW from the University of Southern California – Virtual Academic Campus while she lived in Cincinnati. In Cincinnati, she had the fortune of learning about complex trauma and became certified in interventions to help victims of trauma heal.

She has experience working with children who have been victims abuse and neglect, adults in domestic violent situations, and victims of human trafficking.
Katrina’s therapy goal is to help children and their families find their strengths to function in a happy and healthy way. She individualizes her therapy treatment to best match the child’s, adult’s or family’s unique requests and treatment needs.

In her spare time, Katrina enjoys hiking, boating and photography. She enjoys the rivers, waterfalls and mountains of Eastern Idaho.  While in the outdoors she photographs wildlife, landscapes and people who are enjoying the beautiful resources of this area.

Katrina is trained in DBT, CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Problem Solving Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, FLIP~IT (a program to help children recognize their emotions and “flip” negative ones into positive ones”), Way to A, Social Stories, Video Modeling for children and adults with autism, and behavioral data

Quinn Thibodeau

LCPC
Quinn Thibodeau

LCPC

Quinn is a father, a licensed clinical professional counselor, and an advocate for whoever enters his room. He has practiced in the mental health field since 2004 in outpatient, inpatient, and community settings. He received his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Pre-Occupational Therapy from BYU-Idaho in 2004 and Master’s of Counseling from Idaho State University in 2009.

Quinn’s primary interests are play therapy, using art, music, and sandtray as modalities to reach children and adolescents, while he also enjoys working with adults to help them overcome any variety personal struggles. Above all else,

Quinn understands that before any child can be helped, he has to listen to the family and learn what unique challenges that family faces and what specific resources and values the family brings to bear. He believes that a team effort is always needed for health and healing.

Quinn loves the beauty of Idaho and enjoys spending time with his family, watching great movies and Red Sox games, and writing/playing music.

Jaxson Stark

LCPC
Jaxson Stark

LCPC

Jaxson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and has worked with Pearl Health Clinic since 2009 and in the human services industry since 2006. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho in psychology with emphasis in family relations and sociology. He then completed his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University and is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC).

Adam Nickell

LCSW
Adam Nickell

LCSW

Adam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been passionately seeking to help individuals and families overcome the impact and lasting effects of trauma in the mental health setting following his graduation in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Idaho State University.

While working with the Native American clients in a mental health center on a Reservation, he completed a Master’s degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University and began working as a psychotherapist in Pocatello and Soda Springs, ID treating a wide variety of mental health concerns in a community setting. He was certified through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA.ORG) as having completed basic training of 50 hours in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) under Dr. Phil Manfied and Colleen West, MFT in 2015 as a treatment for trauma and continues to work toward advanced certifications.

Adam specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociative disorders, and also has significant experience assisting people with bi-polar disorder, as well as many other common mental health concerns.

He uses a wide variety of theoretical approaches in this treatment including: trauma theory, systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, Adlerian therapy, Gestalt therapy, insight-oriented and somatic based therapies, and mindfulness

Bonita Avery

LCPC
Bonita Avery

LCPC

Bonita is a LCPC, licensed professional counselor. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Idaho State University in couples and family counseling in May of 2012. In October 2012 she trained to become a neurofeedback specialist.

Bonita works with all ages doing neurofeedback which is helping with focus and concentration, anxiety, depression, seizures, migraines, mood swings and many other mental health issues.

Bonita believes in a holistic approach that all aspects of one’s life are connected and can improve happiness if each area is attended too. Bonita also works with individuals and families doing counseling. She believes in a systems approach and that people desire close relationships and family relationships, and working to improve these relationships can immensely increase satisfaction in one’s life.

David Spencer

LCSW
David Spencer

LCSW

Master’s level therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Adoption Professional

Dave received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Idaho State University in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 2010. He has extensive experience working with adults and children with various mental health and substance use disorders.

Early on in his career he was given the opportunity to treat people struggling with addiction, and this has been an area of interest for him ever since. He has been able to manage substance abuse treatment programs at Pearl Health Clinic in Idaho Falls, ID.

He is skilled in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Neurofeedback, and Solution-Focused treatment. His specialties include working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, developmental delays, addiction, and substance abuse/dependence. When he is not working his day job as a therapist Dave enjoys working as a Certified Adoption Professional, helping couples to grow their families. He became a therapist because of his belief in the importance of family, with focus on family growth, unity, and preservation.

When he is not working Dave enjoys being with his wife and four children, traveling, attending concerts, camping, playing board games, and most recently working on cars.

Donna Emfield

LCPC
Donna Emfield

LCPC

Donna is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling.

She has a BS in Psychology and a Masters of Counseling, both from Idaho State University. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, addressing such issues as family relationships, parenting skills, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and self-esteem. She enjoys working with adolescents, dealing with life stage issues; and adults struggling with grief, social anxiety, life stressors, depression, and life transitions.

Donna has extensive training in music and often uses music in therapy to aid in relaxation, getting in touch with emotions, and reinforcement of skills. Donna believes that counseling should provide a safe, non-judgmental place to explore experiences, values and underlying beliefs that make up the client’s view of self and learn skills to make whatever changes are needed to live life to its fullest.

Donna and her husband are the parents of 6 children and the grandparents of 26 grandchildren.

John Collins III

LCSW
John Collins III

LCSW

John Collins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Masters in 2014 at Walla Walla University. John received his Bachelors in Sociology at BYU-Idaho in 2006. He has worked in the mental health field since 2006.

John has worked at Pearl Health as a Case Manager/ Psychosocial Rehabilitation for 5 years. He has also worked at the Behavioral Health Center at EIRMC as a Primary Therapist 2014-Present and was a lead Therapist. He has also worked for private practice during this time concurrently while working at hospital. John uses several theories in his practice that include Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family and Couples Therapy, Play Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused.

John enjoys groups and participates with the Intensive Outpatient Therapy at Pearl Health.

He enjoys his NERDY hobbies and most importantly finding balance and mindfulness with his Family, Spirituality, and Work. John has been married for 17 years to his companion Jennifer and has 5 spunky and talented children. He is a retired SGT from the National Guard and has been deployed to Iraq in 04-05 Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Linda Beccher

LPN
Linda Beccher

LPN

Anna Giemza-Palmer

Nurse Practitioner
Anna Giemza-Palmer

Nurse Practitioner

Anna is a Nurse Practitioner with special interest in mental health. Anna is originally from Poland and has lived in the Midwest since attending High School in Minnesota. She has been a nurse for eight years, working in areas varying from inpatient NICU to outpatient clinical settings.

In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Anna also has an outstanding academic background that includes one associates degree in Surgical Technology, two bachelor’s degrees (a BA in business management and a BSN in nursing) and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Go Sioux!

She believes that in order to provide the best health care possible, building a long lasting and trusting relationship with patients is a must. She seeks to acquire a comprehensive evaluation of every patient by taking time to listen and understand their particular needs.

Come see this provider and find out not only the best treatment for you, but also the best pierogi recipe! Anna also has a blog where she addresses some of the most common health questions she receives. You can check out her blog here: maybemyvitamindislow.blogspot.com

Jennifer Knutson

LPN
Jennifer Knutson

LPN

Leticia Llamas

CNA
Leticia Llamas

CNA

Annie Ballard

Annie Ballard

Matthew Bishop

Director of Operations
Matthew Bishop

Director of Operations

Matthew has worked in the mental health field for almost 9 years as a PSR/CBRS specialist, 6 years at Pearl Health Clinic. He graduated in 2007 from Brigham Young University in Idaho with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.

He have had various positions within Pearl Health Clinic, including PSR Team Lead, CBRS trainer and now the Client Care Coordinator. With this responsibility, he has tasked with sending in authorizations and advocating for services that include, CBRS, Psychological and Neuropsychological testing.

He also take care of referrals within the clinic when a client decides with their provider that additional services are needed.

Jennifer Jenkins

Exec Admin Asst.
Jennifer Jenkins

Exec Admin Asst.

Lydia Nunez

Client Care Supervisor
Lydia Nunez

Client Care Supervisor

Sue Filutze

Billing Specialist
Sue Filutze

Billing Specialist

Has 40 years in Medical Billing and Credentialing experience, including a variety of specialties.
Has been at PHC for eight years as the Billing and Credentialing Manager.

Sarah Wilson

Client Care
Sarah Wilson

Client Care

Cindy Ramirez

Client Care
Cindy Ramirez

Client Care

Kelsea Kind

Operations Specialist
Kelsea Kind

Operations Specialist

Brandon Clark

Client Care
Brandon Clark

Client Care

James Mclain

Client Care
James Mclain

Client Care

Megan Slusher

Director of CP
Megan Slusher

Director of CP

Angie Carbajal

Pearl Professional Services
Angie Carbajal

Pearl Professional Services

Greg Loveland

LSW. Manager of CP
Greg Loveland

LSW. Manager of CP

Erica Salazar

Pearl Professional Services
Erica Salazar

Pearl Professional Services

Tiffani Aicher

BS. Authorization Specialist
Tiffani Aicher

BS. Authorization Specialist

Holly Pehrson

CP Administrative Assistant
Holly Pehrson

CP Administrative Assistant

Melissa Buono

Respite Care Coordinator
Melissa Buono

Respite Care Coordinator