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Alison Andrews, MA, LMFT, Psychotherapist

Masters of Arts in Counseling, Bethel College;
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Dayton Indiana Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

As a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, I work from a Family Systems perspective in empathically helping people recognize patterns in their lives which aren’t serving them well in their present lives.  This perspective informs all aspects of my clinical practice from individuals to couples to families, and has been a foundation for my approach to facilitating parenting groups.



Experience counseling eating disorders (outpatient), couples (pre-marital, married, and separated), women’s issues (body image, parenting, career, relationships), and parenting skills/support.     



Special training:  Eating Disorders; Narrative Therapy; EMDR; Group Psychotherapy

Parent group facilitator, disordered eating support group



    Insurance Panels:  Anthem, Anthem EAP, Value Options, Mutual of Omaha, Philhaven EAP, CHA, New Avenues, MBHN, BHN, Sagamore, Aetna, UMR




  Kelly Bain-Conkin, M.Div., MS Ed, LMHC, Psychotherapist


Masters of Divinity; Masters of Educational Psychology, Baylor University 
Indiana Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I am excited to be joining The Samaritan Health and Living Center where I feel I can fully express my passion for helping people become their best selves in mind, body and spirit.  I approach therapy from a humanistic perspective, always striving to help clients gain awareness of themselves and their strengths.  I see myself as a partner who comes alongside my clients to empower and encourage them in their goals for health, hope, and healing.
My experience includes therapy with victims of abuse and other traumas and also issues of spirituality and faith as part of emotional healing.  I have worked extensively with adolescents and young adults, and have years of experience in individual and family counseling with all ages. 


Special Training: Spirituality and Religion in Counseling, Counseling for Victims of Abuse and other Traumas; Certified in EMDR; Group Psychotherapy







Goal:  Certified Group Psychotherapist Credential



Insurance Panels:  Anthem, Anthem EAP,  Value Options, Value Opt-Military One, Mutual of Omaha,  Philhaven EAP, New Avenues, Aetna, CHA, MBHN, BHN, United Healthcare


 Joyce A. Menchinger, MSW, LCSW, RPT, Psychotherapist


 Masters of Social Work, Indiana University/Purdue University (Indianapolis) 

Indiana Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The Samaritan Health and Living Center has been my professional home for over 15 years.  My dedication to fostering happy, healthy, relationships for children and families has been nurtured and supported through the mind/body/spirit philosophy of the Center and I continue to grow and expand my expertise with ongoing trainings and supervision. 
My background in social work started with working with child abuse and neglect. I trained foster parents and case managers and started the parenting classes at CAPS.  I also have experience with school social work as well as working with persons with developmental disabilities.  I enjoy working with children as young as 3 years old all the way to adults.


Special training:  Certified Parenting Instructor; Registered Play Therapist; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); EMDR; Group Psychotherapy  

Board Member, Indiana Association of Play Therapists
 Past President Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association. 

   Insurance Panels:  Anthem, Anthem EAP, Value Options, Mutual of Omaha, Philhaven EAP, CHA, New Avenues, MBHN, BHN, Sagamore, Aetna, Tricaare, UMR

 Leslie Sackett, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist
Masters of Social Work, The University of Michigan
Indiana Licensed Clinical Social Worker
It is with great pleasure and excitement as well as a sense of “coming home” that I rejoin the Samaritan Center after having worked in community agencies in Elkhart and South Bend. I am so happy to be here. I believe in the mind/body connection. Healing occurs when we can reestablish the balance between those two and it is exciting to be in an agency that has this view and supports staff and clients to achieve that goal. I have a passion for supporting clients on their journey toward health and healing.
I have been a practicing social worker for 33 years.   My early career was in teaching special education with elementary aged children and as a school social worker for a number of years. Since 1987, my practice has expanded from working exclusively with children to adolescents and adults. Working with PTSD has become a primary focus of my practice. I have worked in the areas of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and trauma and have worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.
I continue to grow and develop through trainings, workshops, conferences and ongoing supervision as well as with the assistance of my colleagues.  I enjoy using EMDR, CBT, Cognitive processing, exposure therapy, DBT emotional regulation skills and other life skills to help people achieve balance physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
 Special training:  Certified Parenting Instructor;  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); EMDR; Group Psychotherapy
   Insurance Panels:  Anthem, Anthem EAP, Value Options, Mutual of Omaha, CHA, New Avenues, MBHN, BHN, Sagamore, Aetna, **Tricaare, UMR

**In Process  


 Angie Law, LMHC,  Psychotherapist

Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Services,  Indiana University South Bend

As a new therapist with the Samaritan Center I am passionate about providing empathetic, skilled therapy to clients encompassing the mind, body and spirit, while working collaboratively to create a greater sense of awareness, self-acceptance, and confidence.  I am currently trained in EMDR and utilize this therapeutic method regularly with children, adolescents and adults and I am thrilled to be at the initial stages of learning to incorporate Play Therapy into my skill-set. In addition, I utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy regularly in my counseling.  


 Special training: EMDR; Group Psychotherapy; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Play Therapy; Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP); Parenting and Behavior Modification; Child Welfare/Crisis Care.


 Extensive background and expertise working with at risk youth and adolescents, as well as experience working with families and individuals in the areas of PTSD, communication, anxiety/stress


Insurance Panels:   Private Pay, Some EAP, VOC Rehab, and Fee Assistance


Aaron Detwiler, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist

Bachelor's degree in Psychology-Eastern Mennonite University
Master's degree in Social Work-Indiana University 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana                                                                                                    

I am grateful for the opportunity to join an amazing organization and team.  I share the same beliefs outlined by the Samaritan Center's vision and history.  I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults for several years, often establishing communication routes with those they deem important.  I feel it is important to take a holistic approach with clients as we identify strengths and potential solutions.  I am able to provide counseling on a spiritual level that is comfortable for clients at any place in their faith walk.  I implement Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and utilize solution-focused methods to assist people in identifying problematic thought patterns and creating an individualized plan for moving forward.  I also utilize play therapy as needed, as well as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and will be trained in EMDR in early 2017.

Special training: EMDR; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Play Therapy: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Insurance Panels:  Anthem BCBS, New Avenues, Sagamore, Voc-Rehab, CHA, Meritain, MBHN, Aetna(in process), United Health Care (in process), Tri-Care(in process), Optum(in process), EAP, Fee assistance



 Francesca Hrezo, LMHCA, CAC, CADC  Psychotherapist

Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Services,  Indiana University South Bend

I am extremely excited to join the team at Samaritan Health and Living Center. It is a pleasure to work in an environment that addresses each person as a whole and works from a holistic approach treating the mind, body, and spirit. Throughout my career I’ve worked with a wide range of issues, including, addictions, anxiety, depression, co-occurring disorders, building self-esteem/empowerment, grief, loss, and relationships.

I believe in working with individuals collaboratively to build a plan of action that helps each person move beyond the need to use substances, avoidance, or isolation as a means to cope and find relief. Using an eclectic and collaborative approach I strive to provide an environment that is emotionally supportive, nonjudgmental, and structural where clients feel their unique concerns are recognized. I work from several modalities, to include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Mindfulness, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. It is my passion and greatest hope that together exploring how events in the past and the present impact emotions, beliefs, and decisions that create distress and confusion we can identify and build on personal strengths as a resource for improving quality of life, self-confidence, and personal balance.

Special Training:  SPARK; Suicide and Crisis Training – 2012; Addictions and Assessment – 2013;
ATIP/EMDR Training – 2014; SMART; Narrative Group Therapy -- 2015.

Insurance Panels:   Private Pay, Some EAP, VOC Rehab, and Fee Assistance

Carol Ryan, CAADC  Psychotherapist


I am honored to be joining the Samaritan Center which not only shares my vision of helping clients improve their relationships through holistic treatment, but also feeds my passion for ongoing training.

I bring over 20 years experience and training working in the field of addictions with expertise working  with the medical management of opiate addiction via Suboxone and Naltrexone. In addition, I have worked with trauma and have been deeply involved in supporting families with children affected by human trafficking, sexual exploitation, online enticement, child pornography, cyber bullying, runaways, and addiction.

My interventions are eclectic and involved evidence-based treatment in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), MET (Motivational Enhancement Therapy), Yoga and Mindfulness.

Special training:  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Amber Alert Warning System, Child Abduction Response, Internet Crimes Against Children, and Virtual Addictions.

Insurance Panels:   Private Pay, Some EAP, VOC Rehab, and Fee Assistance

 Danika Lowry, LCSW  Psychotherapist

Master of Social Work, Andrews University

I am very excited to join the Samaritan Health and Living Center as a therapist. The majority of my professional experience has been spent working with children and adolescents in a community mental health setting. During my work with this population, I began to understand the deep and lasting impact that struggling couple relationships can have on the entire family unit.  For this reason, I pursued training in therapeutic models that help couples improve their relationships, and, by extension strengthen the entire family unit. In addition to couples counseling, I also provide family counseling and individual counseling to adults 16 and up.

As a therapist I view my role as someone who comes alongside clients to help them navigate through difficult times by offering emotional support, objective feedback and helpful suggestions. I feel honored and privileged to walk with so many individuals, couples and families in their journey towards healing.

Special training:  Gottman Therapy, Prepare-Enrich (premarital counseling),
TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and A-TIP (Acute Traumatic Incident Processing)




Insurance Panels:  Out-of-Network Insurance Coverage, Private Pay, Some EAP, VOC Rehab, and Fee Assistance


Kristy Turner, LCSW  Psychotherapist

I am excited for the opportunity to join the team at the Samaritan Center. I graduated from Aurora University with a MSW in 2003. I have worked in the school system as a behavior consultant and in the clinical setting as a licensed therapist for the last 15 years.  I love working with teens.  My experience includes individual and group therapy with adults, young adults and adolescents. I have also facilitated groups for parents and families with school age children.  I use a strengths perspective approach to therapy and support positive behavior reinforcement strategies.


Special training:  EMDR, Group Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, School Behavior Issues, Parenting and Behavior Modification

Katie Steele, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA, HSPP, Clinical Director
I am very happy to have joined the Samaritan Health and Living Center as Clinical Director.  It’s an exciting time as we are building a team and together rebirthing the Center in its original mission to provide quality holistic care to the community--including underserved populations through the generous donations to the fee-assistance programs. 
I came to the area in 1985 to pursue my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and went straight into practice focusing on healing and recovery within a holistic, mind~body~spirit wellness perspective. 
From the beginning of my training I have specialized in Group Psychotherapy as an ideal therapeutic setting for healing from the dysfunctional coping strategies learned in early life.  As a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Adjunct Faculty at UND I have provided mentoring and training in group therapy for other therapists for more than two decades.  
My second passion as a therapist was EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in which I trained in 1996. I have regularly attended annual conferences to expand those skills and have become an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in EMDR, allowing me to train and consult with therapists learning EMDR.  I continue as an active proponent and mentor, encouraging therapists to train in this amazing trauma-informed approach to healing.

In 2012, following a desire to offer the highest quality, cutting edge, therapeutic interventions, I was trained in another new groundbreaking treatment modality and was the first in Indiana to offer these services, Brainwave Optimization, an EEG-based neurological balancing process. 
I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to express all of these passions in this setting at this time in my life.  Despite the many professional activities and commitments I had underway, when I was approached about this position, I knew it was meant to be because of the perfect fit of mission and vision and preparation for this calling.

Certified in EMDR;  EMDRIA Approved Consultant in EMDR; Facilitator/Coach in EMDR Basic Training

 Certified in Group Psychotherapy;  Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA);
 AGPA Workshop Committee Senior Co-Chair 

George Knowles, MD, Medical Consultant
Doctor of Medicine awarded by
Yale University
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, part-time, Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend.

I began practicing Internal (Adult) Medicine after completing a Residency at the University of Rochester (NY) and am certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  Early in my career, I served in rural
Eastern North Carolina  for two years in the National Health Service Corps and changed my practice to the then new specialty of Emergency Medicine.  I was certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 1988. I came to Michiana two decades ago and practiced Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph  Regional  Medical  Center for 17 years

I have a passion for broad areas of learning and teaching in my personal and professional life, including: intervention during crisis; mind-body medicine; nutrition for health and wellness; improved human sexual functioning; healing touch; and the healing power of human and spiritual relationships.  My focus at
Center is in integrating the new information in medicine, neuroscience and epigenetics (what we do and can do with the foods we eat, exercise and lifestyle to influence our genes) for improving physical and mental health to the benefit of those we serve.


 Randal J. Rhoade, CPA, CEO
  BS Accounting, Manchester University


It’s exciting to join a team and organization with a compelling purpose and history.  The Center’s mission as defined in its by-laws states that it is an expression of the love of God through a ministry of helping people under stress.  The Samaritan model was started in our community in 1972 and was the beginning of an organization that is international.


As the newly hired part-time CEO for the Center, I hope to bring a skill set that will help us serve in a way that honors our history and expands services to our community.  Since graduating from Manchester University in 1986, I’ve been living and learning in a variety of positions.  It began with eight years in public accounting at McGladrey & Pullen.  In 1993 my wife and I started an employment services business and continue to work with offices in Elkhart and South Bend.  While working in our own business I’ve also worked a variety of part-time positions in accounting, IT consulting, forensic accounting investigations, and recently spent two years as a church administrator in a local congregation. 



I look forward to working with a skilled, dynamic, growing team of professionals helping make our community a better place to live.


Jodi Bouma, Office Administrator

I am excited and blessed to be joining the Samaritan Health & Living Center. After relocating to Elkhart, I was searching for a “family” where my experience as an office administrator could help make a difference. The Samaritan Health & Living Center embodies that feeling of family as they offer a healing environment for the community. 


My previous experience includes 11 years in the educational field. Nine of those eleven years were spent at a not-for-profit boarding school, so I feel that I bring a broad understanding of the unique mission and the challenges that come from a not-for-profit organization. I am very excited to be a part of the future and growth of the Samaritan Health & Living Center.  






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