Alexia Smith is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering behavioral health services to children and adults throughout Michigan, Montana, and Wisconsin. She treats a full list of specialties; however, her specialties include child/adolescent psychiatry, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD.

Alexia received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2012 from the University of Cincinnati.

Alexia’s philosophy of care is to listen. She always tries to listen to what the patient is trying to tell her. Sometimes its needing to listen to the parent as well. She wants to understand what a patient is trying to tell her, even if the patient is unsure on how to express it. When using medication, she tries to imagine the best possible outcome with a medication(s). The decision is a team decision. She likes to give an idea of the different options that may or may not work, but ultimately, that choice is made together.

Michelle loves to paint, crochet, and do other fun crafts. Another fun fact is that she has a very large extended family, with 27 first cousins!

Her favorite quote is, “Everything happens for a reason, maybe it’s a lesson – but find your reason.”

Patti Rodgers, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering mental health services to adults in Colorado and Florida. Patti has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations include anxiety and panic disorders, bipolar disorders, mood disorders, post-partum depression, menopausal issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, adult and geriatric psychiatry and women’s health. Patti believes mental wellness guides every aspect of our lives and is often taken for granted. Through the power of the therapeutic relationship, she believes everyone has the ability to make positive changes in their world, no matter how great or small.

She became interested in mental health care during a nursing school rotation in psychiatry and mental health. She felt a need to advocate for those suffering with mental illness and desired to make an impact in their lives through furthering the cause to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Patti enjoys playing the piano and the tambourine. One of her hobbies is boating and she has traveled through many canals and small lakes in Germany. She also loves to dance and aspires to learn salsa dancing.

Gricelda Ramsey is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults throughout the state of Michigan. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specialties include depression, marital and pre-marital counseling, anxiety issues, bipolar disorder, and trauma related issues.

Gricelda has always been drawn to help people. She is passionate about helping others to live their best lives by assisting them in moving past the pain, obstacles and barriers. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is a partnership working together towards the same goal. Gricelda’s approach is direct and empowers clients to gain insight into the areas where change is needed.

She loves interacting with people and is an ordained evangelist. Prior to her career as a licensed clinical social worker, Gricelda ran an at-home travel business for over 10 years.

“If you cannot face it, you cannot fix it, let’s put it on the table.”

Leah Mackus is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults in Michigan. Leah offers a vast array of clinical interests; however, she specializes in anxiety, relationship issues and adoption. Her interest in mental and behavioral healthcare started during her childhood. She had the honor of being part of a meaningful therapeutic alliance for several years. She seeks to foster this during every encounter while also helping navigate life’s challenges, focus on personal growth and develop a stronger sense of purpose.

Leah’s approach to therapy is collaborative, person-centered, non-judgmental and strength-based. Her clinical skillset is eclectic, and she believes in tailoring treatment to individual goals.

Leah loves to travel, is an avid reader and enjoys historical documentaries!

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”

Dr. Shane Rau offers behavioral health care services to adults in North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. He has many clinical interests and his expertise lies in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, trauma & PTSD and psychosis. Dr. Rau’s interest in mental health arose at the intersection of his interests in the study of the brain and mind with a hope to make a difference in people’s lives.

Dr. Rau’s prefers to take a shared decision-making approach to understand his patient’s perspective to ultimately empower his patient to improve their mental health.

Dr. Rau is a huge movie buff with a special interest in science fiction and historical drama. He also loves nature and enjoys the time that he can spend outdoors.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Brian Shaffer is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adolescents and adults in Michigan. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in grief counseling, trauma and abuse, addiction, substance abuse, anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

Varnell Person-Turner is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in Michigan. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in anxiety disorders, attachment disorders, grief counseling, stress management and parenting. Varnell believes there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” spectrum of care in behavioral health. In her practice, she focuses on what she believes to be three of the many important tools of healthy behavior: empowerment, education and insight.

Varnell’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare came from her mother. Her mother was her mentor and motivator, and modeled compassion, care and service to others. Varnell believes that she’s never been able to fill her shoes, but she thought that a career in mental and behavioral health was a good place to start.

Varnell’s biggest accolades have come from the smallest people. She believes that learning never ends and she loves to travel.

“Peace puts you in a place of power.”

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