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.

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

Shelly Ladd is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent therapy, substance abuse, dependence and addiction, trauma and abuse, anger management and parenting. In her practice, her philosophy of care is to meet clients where they are and help them identify the goals they would like to work on. Her clients choose the type of therapy and goals, while she helps them discover what those needs and goals are.

Shelly’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed during childhood. Her grandmother became depressed and changed from an outgoing person to someone who became withdrawn and cold. Her grandmother then began to see a mental health professional, and while it took some time, she became much closer to the grandmother that Shelly remembered. That renewal of spirit was what led Shelly to begin thinking of mental health care as a career choice.

Shelly collects unique antique jewelry. She loves the Star Wars movies and reading about the history of the Old West.

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne

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