Christine Schneider, Ph.D, LCSW- Lead Therapist- Castlewood II
Dr. Schneider graduated with her Ph.D from St. Louis University in the field of Family Therapy. She previously obtained her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Schneider is also adjunct faculty at St. Louis University, teaching in the Department of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her current areas of research and interest are the effects of trauma and chronic illness on parent-child attachment. She is a primary therapist at Castlewood, incorporating theories of attachment and interpersonal biology into her individual, family, and group work. Ms. Schneider has completed training in in Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. Ms. Schneider speaks regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to attachment, couples counseling and trauma. She is a member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Kat Hake, MA, LPC- Lead Eating Disorder Therapist Castlewood I
Ms. Hake earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Art in Counseling at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO. She has been employed at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2011 and has held various positions including direct care as well as Stabilization Coordinator and is now the Lead ED therapist at CW1. Kat has completed specialized training in EMDR as well as Internal Family Systems Therapy. Ms. Hake is currently a primary therapist and Lead ED therapist working with clients and their families in both group and individual therapy sessions.
Althea Wilson, MA, LPC- Anxiety Therapist
Allie Wilson received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and worked in private practice for 10 years before coming to Castlewood Treatment Center in 2014. She is an Anxiety Therapist for all MO locations (C1, C2, PHP and IOP). She is also a member of IOCDF (International OCD Foundation) and the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. Allie utilizes ERP, cognitive behavioral therapy and habit reversal training (for BFRBs). Allie was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 2008 and is a Certified EMDR therapist. She is also a member of EMDRIA (EMDR International Association). Her areas of interest include trauma and spirituality.
Chelsea Albus- MSW, LMSW- Primary Therapist Castlewood I
Ms. Albus earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications at Wake Forest University. She previously worked as a therapist in the Women’s Partial Hospitalization Program and the General Adult Partial Hospitalization Program at Arbour HRI Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts providing individual therapy, group therapy and case management services to individuals struggling with a range of mental health presentations and substance abuse disorders. Chelsea's background at Castlewood Treatment Center includes two internships in 2012 and 2010 and she currently holds the position of primary therapist at Castlewood I. Ms. Albus has completed specialized training in EMDR levels one and two, Internal Family Systems Therapy and Schema Therapy. She facilitates core group, which focuses on the underlying issues contributing to clients’ eating disorders, as well as weekly module group.
Lolly Wool, M.Ed., LPC, NCC- Primary Therapist Castlewood II
Ms. Wool earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from University of Missouri- St. Louis. Ms. Wool has completed level I training in EMDR. She currently facilitates eating disorder groups, table talk group and chemical dependency groups at Castlewood II. Ms. Wool completed her internship at Castlewood in 2014. During her time as an intern at Castlewood Ms. Wool saw clients for adjunctive therapy focusing on chemical dependency, life skills, and relapse prevention. Ms. Wool also facilitated a variety of therapeutic groups including chemical dependency group, eating disorder groups and creative arts groups. Ms. Wool is passionate about working with individuals that struggling with eating disorders and helping them start the journey into recovery.
Sarah Hartung, MA, LPC- Expressive Therapist / Primary Therapist Castlewood II
Ms. Hartung graduated with her Masters in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, MO. She is currently enrolled in a training track through the North American Drama Therapy Association to become a registered drama therapist. Sarah has worked with Castlewood's Residental program since 2012 and has held various positions, such as Direct Care Counselor, Weekend Supervisor, Direct Care Supervisor, in addition to completing her graduate school internship at Castlewood's IOP program. Sarah is currently a primary therapist at Castlewood II, where she provides individual, family, and group therapies. She currently facilitates Expressive (drama) groups at all Missouri locations. Sarah has specialized training in EMDR. Her interests include trauma, attachment, grief and loss, and spirituality. She is passionate about supporting clients in creating a whole and fulfilling life of recovery.
Alexandra Solaro, MA, LPC- Primary Therapist Castlewood II
Prior to entering the counseling field, Alex Solaro earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, influenced by a strong interest in asking the big questions about the human experience, social relationships and how we determine values. A desire to apply these ideas concretely lead Alex to complete a Master’s degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in mental health counseling, from Webster University in St. Louis. During her graduate studies, Alex performed her practicum and internship in the intensive outpatient division of Bridgeway Behavioral Health, working as a primary therapist and group therapy facilitator, serving clients struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Alex joined Castlewood Treatment Center in 2012, filling a variety of roles in the outpatient, partial and residential levels of care before becoming a primary therapist and group facilitator at Castlewood II. Alex has received specialized training in drama therapy and the internal family systems model of therapy.
Wilfred J Krenn MA LPC - Primary Therapist Castlewood II
Mr. Krenn completed his Masters in Counseling at Webster University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. Post graduate school he completed the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, as well as serving as a therapist in their outpatient clinic. Most recently in private practice, Mr. Krenn has spent the past 13 years working in the mental health field with both adults and children. His clinical interests include utilizing both traditional psychoanalytic theory and modern neurodevelopmental perspective for in depth therapeutic treatment with patients. At Castlewood he brings this perspective into his work as a primary therapist, incorporating developmental and attachment based strategies. In addition to the practice of therapy he has spoken at national and international confrences on trauma, neurodevelopment and understanding mental health through creativity and intelligence.
Emily Ehrhart, MA, PLPC - Therapist
Ms. Ehrhart earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University, and prior to that earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Saint Louis University. For the past eight years, Ms. Ehrhart has worked in the mental health field, providing therapeutic and case management services to individuals and families. Ms. Ehrhart has worked as a therapist at outpatient and supported-living programs in both the Seattle and St. Louis areas. She has experience treating eating disorders, chemical dependencies, anxiety, depression, and trauma. In addition to her work as a therapist, Ms. Ehrhart is a certified yoga instructor, and often brings mindfulness and meditation into her therapy sessions to help clients manage symptoms and behaviors. As a primary therapist at Castlewood II, Ms. Ehrhart provides individual, group and family therapy to clients.
Tracy Tew- Psy.D- Primary Therapist PHP
Dr. Tew graduated with her doctorate in psychology from the University of Indianapolis. Her internship was performed at East Kentucky Rural Psychology Predoctoral Internship. She is licensed to practice psychology in Missouri. Dr. Tew has been part of Castlewood Treatment Center since October 2011. She has specialized training in Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. At Castlewood, Dr. Tew is primary therapist and helps to facilitate ED and Core groups at PHP. Her areas of interest include trauma and attachment.
Elizabeth Irwin, M.Ed, LPC- Primary Therapist, PHP
Elizabeth Irwin received her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2010. Prior to becoming a primary therapist and therapy group facilitator she worked in a variety of roles, including direct care, Day Treatment Program Coordinator, and utilization review for the intensive outpatient program. She is trained in such therapeutic modalities as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Internal family systems.
Ms. Dougherty earned her Master of Arts in Counseling degree and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Truman State University. She has been a part of the Castlewood team since 2014. Nicole has held a variety of roles while at Castlewood including, Direct Care Counselor, Weekend Supervisor, and Direct Care Supervisor. Ms. Dougherty currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Castlewood’s Partial Hospitalization Program as well as primary therapist, as a provisionally licensed professional counselor, where she treats clients individually and in group therapy sessions.
Ms. Kearbey obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University and her Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. Ms. Kearbey started her career at Castlewood Treatment Center in May 2013, and has held various roles including as a Direct Care Counselor, Intake Counselor and now as the Partial Hospitalization Program Coordinator. During her time at Castlewood, she has completed extensive training and gained experience in working with those who suffer with eating disorders as well as co-occurring disorders. Ashley is passionate about working with those who are struggling with eating disorders and helping in the recovery and healing process.
Angela Lovett, MA, LPC — Primary Therapist IOP
Ms. Lovett obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Lindenwood University in Psychology. She also completed her Master’s Degree in School Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. She has been employed with Castlewood Treatment Center since 2010 and has transitioned into different roles that include Direct Care Counselor, Intake Counselor, Discharge Coordinator and Coordinator of the Stabilization/Admissions at Castlewood II. Angie has completed specialized training in EMDR. Ms. Lovett is currently a primary therapist working with clients and their families in both group and individual therapy sessions.
Maura Colombo, MA, LPC - Primary Therapist IOP
Ms. Colombo graduated with her Masters in Counseling from Webster University. She worked in private practice before coming to work at Castlewood in 2016 and has experience working with children, adolescents and adults on a variety of concerns including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and women’s health issues. She is a primary therapist at IOP applying theories of CBT, DBT, attachment, and schema theory in her individual and group work. She is also a certified yoga and pilates instructor and enjoys integrating mind, body and spirit into her therapeutic practice.
Molly O'Leary, MA, PLPC- Primary Therapist- IOP
Ms. O’Leary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from McKendree University. Ms. O’Leary is a provisionally licensed professional counselor who has been a part of the Castlewood team since 2014. She began as a Direct Care Counselor and held that position at both Castlewood II and the Partial Hospitalization Program. As a Direct Care Counselor, she met with clients adjunctively to help stabilize behaviors and facilitated Relapse Prevention and Eating Disorder Module groups on the weekends. Ms. O’Leary has completed specialized training in EMDR. She currently holds the position of Primary Therapist, treating clients individually and in group therapy sessions.
Cheslea Martin, RD, LD — Dietitian
Ms. Martin received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at Saint Louis University along with graduate coursework. Ms. Martin is a registered and licensed dietitian. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since the fall of 2011. She started out as a direct care counselor and transitioned into the role of dietitian. She is now the Supervisor of Nutrition Services for Castlewood I and Castlewood II. Ms. Martin works with the kitchen staff and dietitians to ensure the nutritional needs of each client are met in a therapeutic way. She treats clients with all eating disorders to build a new and healthy relationship with food, body image and exercise. She was a participant in level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of Therapy. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics along with the Behavioral Health Nutrition practice group.
Deborah Hinds — DTR — Ms. Hinds is registered dietetic technician. She has worked at Castlewood since 2001 as a nutritionist. Deborah has completed level I training in Internal Family Systems therapy. She works with her clients to not only stabilize their weight, medical complications and eating disorder behaviors but also helps them to learn to trust themselves and their body again. She is a primary nutritionist and also helps facilitate Clients Creation, a weekly therapeutic cooking exposure, allowing clients to plan, shop, and cook a meal for the community, and learn to enjoy the food they prepare. Deborah is uniquely able to empathize with and relate to the clients journey and challenges through her own eating disorder recovery. This enables her to have a better understanding of the client’s recovery process.
Liz Earhart, MS, RDN, LD, CES- Dietitian Castlewood II
Liz Earhart received her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Liz came to St. Louis in 2012, where she completed her dietetic internship and received her Master's degree in Dietetics from Saint Louis University. Liz is a registered and licensed dietitian in the state of Missouri, as well as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Liz started at Castlewood in 2015 and currently serves as a dietitian in the residential setting at Castlewood II. She works closely with clients to assist them in repairing their relationship with food, exercise, and body image by having weekly sessions with clients and co-facilitating eating disorder groups. Liz also works to empower clients by challenging them with grocery shopping, cooking, and restaurant exposures.
Emily Wendt, RD, LD- Dietitian- PHP
Emily Wendt received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Emily came to Castlewood in 2015 and currently serves as the dietitian for Castlewood’s PHP program. She provides weekly individual nutrition counseling sessions to PHP clients. She is passionate about helping clients with eating disorders discover what a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and their bodies looks like. Emily also co-facilitates eating disorder groups, challenges clients on restaurant exposures, and helps clients plan and prepare meals for themselves and their peers. She is a registered and licensed dietitian within the state of Missouri.
Rachael Wolf, RD, LD- Dietitian PHP
Rachael graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, and went on to complete her dietetic internship at Missouri State University. Rachael is a registered and licensed dietitian who began working at Castlewood Treatment Center in 2014, after leaving United Medical Home Infusion where she specialized in the home care and education of the enteral (tube fed) patient. Rachael is passionate about helping clients with all eating disorders develop and maintain a healthy, enjoyable relationship with food, exercise, and their body. Rachael co-facilitates eating disorder groups, challenges clients on restaurant exposures, and assists clients in planning and preparing meals that will meet their individual needs.
Cameron Sisler, RD, LD- Dietitian Castlewood I
Cameron Sisler graduated from Wake Forest University in 2009. She went back to school in 2010 to complete her dietetic coursework, Dietetic Internship, and earn her Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University. She has been a licensed and registered dietitian in the state of Missouri since 2012. Cameron provides weekly nutrition counseling to Castlewood I clients. Cameron helps clients challenge themselves with restaurant exposures, meal planning and preparation, and also co-faciliates eating disorder groups. She is committed to helping clients with eating disorders re-build and restore a healthy and balanced relationship with food, exercise, and themselves. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and completed the AND Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Levels 1 & 2 in 2015.
Lisa West, RN - Nurse Supervisor
Lisa West RN is a graduate of Jewish College of Nursing in Saint Louis MO (now Goldfarb). She has worked in the field of eating disorders since 2005. She has worked in Residential, PHP & IOP levels of care. She has worked as nursing and direct care staff management since 2008. She currently is employed as nursing supervisor to the nurses serving the Missouri Castlewood locations.
Stacy Sisson, RN — Overnight Nurse
Ms. Sisson obtained her degree in nursing from Lutheran Medical Center School of nursing. Prior to working at Castlewood she worked as a charge nurse in an acute psychiatric and chemical dependency unit. Stacy has worked at Castlewood since 2001 as part of our dedicated nursing staff. Stacy is the overnight nurse at Castlewood II where her responsibilities include nursing duties such as performing vitals, nursing assessments, implementing tube feeding protocols and administering medication. Stacy also helps clients implement a healthy sleep routine as well as helps them identify obstacles that interfere with a sound sleep cycle.
Narissa Marasso RN, BSN –PHP Nurse
Mrs. Marasso earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Missouri Western State University. She is currently attending Maryville University and working towards attaining her Masters Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Narissa has experience in Geriatric, Adult and Adolescent Acute Behavioral Health. Narissa also has extensive experience working with clients diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and a strong passion for working with those that suffer from Diabulimia. Narissa has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2014 and served in the role of Castlewood 1 nurse, PRN nurse and now as the nurse for the Partial Hospitalization Program. Narissa's nursing responsibilities include incorporating the belief that the clients needs should be assessed and then addressed as a whole, recognizing that mental, physical and spiritual wellness can lead to a lasting road of recovery.
Dayna Rabbit- Medication Aide Assistant
Ms. Rabbitt obtained her Bachelor's of Arts degree from Lindenwood University majoring in Recreation Administration. She went on to obtain her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International Certification. Ms. Rabbitt is a certified equestrian therapeutic riding instructor. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2012 in various capacities including direct care counselor and facilitating recreation activities. Ms. Rabbitt has completed Medication Aide level 1 training. In her current role as Medication Aide Assistant at Castlewood II she assist the nurses and physicians in the medical management of clients. Ms. Rabbitt incorporates recreation and leisure therapy by facilitating the Recovery Garden at Castlewood II. Dayna has a passion for working with clients with eating disorders and helping them develop a healthy balance through outdoor and recreation activities.
Kerrie Psaris- Medication Aide Assitant
Kerrie graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelor of Arts is psychology and a minor in social work. She began working at Castlewood in 2012 and has held various positions, direct care counselor, weekend supervisor, and medication aide assistant for Castlewood I. She is currently enrolled in a BSN program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish Hospital and is scheduled to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Iness Panni, RN, BSN, MSN — PRN Nurse
Ms. Panni obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Nursing from Avila College, Kansas City, MO. She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Nursing through the Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University of Kansas. She started her work with eating disorders in 1984 when Menorah Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, opened the first inpatient Eating Disorders Unit in the region. This set in motion a passion that has become her life’s work. Since joining the Castlewood team in 2002, Ms. Panni has completed level 1 training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy, which she embraces as a normalizing, stabilizing foundation for understanding and treating eating disorders, complex trauma, body image and gender related issues. Through her nursing practice at Castlewood, Ms. Panni integrates the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of each client to encourage whole-person healing. Her “theme of care” is always grounded in gently guiding others to a place of self-love and acceptance.
Intake / Discharge / Continuity of Care
Danielle Hayden, BA, CLC, CWC, CAC — Asst. Director of Intake
Ms. Hayden obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Lindenwood University in Social Work. She is also a Certified Life, Wellness, and Addictions Coach. Ms. Hayden has been with Castlewood since 2011 in various roles including Direct Care Counselor, Discharge Coordinator, Medical Records Specialist, and Intake Counselor. Ms. Hayden utilizes her unique skill set to support clients in realizing their goals and fulfilling their dreams in a therapeutic and empowering process.
Sheila Morgan- Intake Counselor
Ms. Morgan obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University. She has over 15 years of experience with working with clients, insurance companies, and referring professionals as an Intake Coordinator at a mental health facility. Ms. Morgan has a unique skill set of coordinating patient needs with the appropriate treatment team. Her compassion is driven by helping clients and referring professionals move forward in a positive direction when it comes to patient care.
Katy Bone, BS, MAC- Intake Counselor
Ms. Bone obtained her Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University and went on to obtain her dual Master’s degree in professional counseling and K-12 school counseling. Katy has extensive experience in the mental health field, working with adolescents at The Great Circle/ Edgewood and at SAFE Alternatives specializing in self-harm behaviors. Katy began her journey with Castlewood in 2012 as a direct care counselor and she is now an intake counselor, where she works with clients and their families throughout the admissions process. Katy is passionate about helping clients begin their ED recovery process.
Lily Pernoud, BA - Intake Coordinator
Lily Pernoud graduated with High Honors from Valparaiso University with a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English. Currently, Ms. Pernoud is pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in anticipation of serving individuals as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been with Castlewood since 2013 and has contributed in various capacities, including Direct Care Counselor, Weekend Supervisor, Direct Care Supervisor, Group Facilitator and Discharge Coordinator. Ms. Pernoud remains active in her group facilitating role and currently serves as an Intake Coordinator for all Castlewood Treatment Centers locations.
Kendra Torino, BSW- Discharge Coordinator
Passionate about the mental health care network, Kendra joined the Castlewood team in 2015 as a Direct Care Counselor, moving into the role of Medication Aide Assistant, before transitioning into her current role as Discharge Coordinator. Here, Kendra continues to work diligently to help foster clients' recovery processes by encouraging self-sufficiency and ensuring optimal quality of coordination of care. Kendra holds a variety of experience working with individuals struggling with severe and persisting emotional and psychological disorders, specializing most recently within the population of eating disorders, with past specialties including schizophrenia, substance use, homelessness, trauma, and suicidality. Kendra is a member of Phi Alpha, a National Social Work Honor Society, and she holds certifications in Applied Suicide Intervention, Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Psychological First Aid, Counseling on Minimizing Access to Lethal Means for Suicide, as well as Medication Administration. Kendra Torino is a High Honors graduate from Saint Louis University having earned a dual degree Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) as well as Bachelor's of Arts (BA) in Psychology.
Chelsey Sorensen, BSN- Asst. Director of Utilization Review
Ms. Sorensen obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has worked for Castlewood Treatment Center since October of 2012. Chelsey has held various roles including Direct Care Counselor, Intake Coordinator, Utilization Review Specalist and now as the Assistant Director of Utilization Review. Prior to Castlewood, Chelsey worked with the Veteran’s Association specializing in both surgical and psychiatric nursing. This background allows her to conceptualize difficult and complex case presentations, making her a vital member of the treatment team. She is both a Nursing Scholar and a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Association. Chelsey has a passion for the field of Obstetrics and Women’s Health. Chelsey has volunteered in Ghana, Africa providing health care, testing and prevention education to women in rural villages. She transfers this passion to her work at Castlewood providing clients with the warmth and gentleness needed to heal and grow in lasting recovery. In her role as a Utilization Review Specialist, Chelsey employs her clinical expertise to concisely articulate the need for authorization of treatment from Managed Care.
Jennifer Summers, Psy.D- Utilization Review Specialist
Dr. Jennifer N. Summers earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006, and her Master of Arts in 2001 from Antioch University, New England. Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development/Family Studies in 1995 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Jennifer completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anxiety Disorders at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, a two-year Predoctoral Internship in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Massachusetts, and received specialized training in Eating Disorders during her Doctoral Practicum at the Yale University Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. Jennifer has worked as a professional in the field of Eating Disorders since 2008, and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Castlewood in the role of Utilization Review Specialist. Jennifer is passionate about helping clients who suffer from eating disorders receive the best possible coverage and care by thoroughly conceptualizing and articulating each client’s complex clinical needs to case managers in a compassionate manner, resulting in understanding and support for the necessary, effective length of stay in treatment at Castlewood.
Melanie Figaro- Director of Marketing
Ms. Figaro holds a B.A. in Speech Communications and a minor in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has several years of experience in leading marketing teams, developing business strategies, brand management, event planning and digital marketing. She began working in the eating disorders field in 2006 traveling the western half of the U.S. as the Regional Director of Business Development, during which time she also dedicated her personal time to serving as a mentor and writing articles on topics such as healthy body image and self-acceptance. Her fearless attitude and passion to create change has provided more business and growth opportunities for each company she has represented. Overall, her success can be attributed to the strong long-term business relationships she has developed and nurtured in the past decade. Her reputation is one of honor, hard work and honesty. Melanie’s constant goal is to try and live as her authentic self, be of service to her community, and most importantly, laugh as much as possible.
Travis Stewart, MA, LPC- Director of Regional Outreach- St. Louis
Travis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in field of eating disorders since 2003 in both clinical and marketing roles at every level of care. He brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and communication skills to his role with Castlewood. He is passionate about connecting people to resources and experiences that are transformative and healing.
He was the visionary and founder of Hungry for Hope, a Christian based conference which provides training and help for both professionals and lay people in the treatment of eating disorders. An excellent communicator and teacher, Travis is a regular contributor to websites, podcasts and webinars and conferences on eating and body image issues and has spoken at schools such as Pepperdine University, Baylor, Washington University, and seminaries around the country.
Travis graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1991 with a degree in advertising and immediately began working with the international ministry of The Navigators, mentoring students. After 8 years, his desire to better understand how people change and heal led to obtaining a Master of Arts in Counseling (2001) and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (2003) from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where he now lives with his family.
Alexandra Konefall- Director of Regional Outreach, Midwest
Alexandra Konefall comes to Castlewood with three years’ experience in the mental health outreach realm. Previously, she worked with an Indiana residential treatment facility as a Community Relations Representative building relationships and expanding knowledge of that program throughout the Midwest. Alexandra has held positions within various businesses the last six years, and has experience within many facets of communications. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Ball State University in 2009, where she worked on further developing the skills learned in the classroom through so many extracurricular avenues. A native of Indiana, she currently resides in Valparaiso with her husband and their dog, Zeus.
Dana Suitor- Director of Regional Outreach, Southeast
Ms. Suitor has worked in the eating disorder industry for 10 years in the marketing capacity. Ms. Suitor enjoys working with professionals, family members and organizations to help those struggling with an eating disorder find treatment from this devastating disease. Part of her responsibilities at Castlewood will be marketing at regional & national events as well as maintaining & building new referral sources for all the Castlewood programs. Ms. Suitor is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is the secretary of the Phoenix area chapter. One of her greatest passions is helping individuals find hope & healing from an eating disorder. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family & friends.
Teresa Tipton- Director of Regional Outreach, East Coast
Ms. Tipton is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Organizational Communications. She has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience with the previous five working as a business development associate for Structure House, Remuda Ranch and The Meadows. She shares Castlewood's passion for helping people with eating disorders transform to healthier lives and is happy to have found her home with the Castlewood family. Part of her responsibilities at Castlewood will be the evaluation and implementation of marketing strategy and promoting Castlewood's treatment programs across the eastern seaboard. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, cooking and traveling with her husband, Brandon, of 12 years.
Kira Olson- Director of Regional Outreach, Northern California
Kira is a graduate of Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is a certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach through the C.H.E.K. Institute and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an Addictions Studies Certificate. She has worked for over 8 years in the fields of mental, behavioral, and physical health with a variety of ages and populations. Her experience has included working as an addictions group home counselor, life coaching developmentally disabled adults, and managing the Eating Disorders Resource Center, a nonprofit dedicated to eating disorder education, recovery, and advocacy. She also has experience in sales and marketing, public speaking, and professional networking. She currently mentors several girls struggling with eating disorders, facilitates recovery support groups for sufferers and their loved ones, and serves as a high school small group leader at her church. As someone who has recovered from an eating disorder, she is passionate about sharing the hope of healing and empowering people to take ownership of their identity and lives. Kira’s role involves outreach and marketing at events and conferences, sharing about Castlewood’s treatment programs, and developing and maintaining relationships with key providers and partners.
Aviva Asbaghi, MA, Director of Regional Outreach, Southern California
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Marriage Family Therapy from Alliant International University in San Diego. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing. Before my career in the mental health field I worked in the Real Estate field for a number of years. I made the transition into this field because it was very important to me to have meaningful work. As a woman living in Southern California I can relate to the social pressures one can feel to live up to certain beauty ideals, and I love being a part of the solution rather than the problem. I enjoy meeting and learning about providers and other treatment centers because it helps me be a good resource and connect people to the right treatment for their needs. I feel blessed to be able to be a part of an organization that provides hope and healing. I am a certified hypnotherapist and a certified yoga instructor and I love to salsa dance!
Renée Hartmann, Director of Regional Outreach, Southern California
Renée received her BS in Exercise and Wellness at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. She began her career in corporate wellness first in Washington DC, and more recently at the Center for Sports and Wellness at Mission Hospital (St. Josephs) in Mission Viejo, CA. She conducted classes and programs to encourage healthy lifestyles for employees and promoted health programs at the corporate level. She came to Castlewood in 2016 with three years of experience as a Clinical Outreach Coordinator for a national residential eating disorder treatment program. She is passionate about connecting those who struggle with eating disorders to the resources that will allow them to live beautiful and fulfilling lives in recovery. She believes it is critical to approach eating disorders holistically, rather than merely treating symptoms, which is why she joined the Castlewood team. Renée's sister died of a drug overdose and Renée knows her sister's life would have been different if she had received the treatment she deserved. She believes everyone should be given the opportunity to get treatment. Recovery is possible.
Renée is a native of San Diego and currently resides in Orange County, CA with her family. Four of her five children are in college and the youngest and only daughter is in high school. Renée played collegiate basketball and now enjoys running and has completed two marathons in St. George, UT. She serves as an adviser for the young women at her local church, and is constantly learning more about the needs and pressures the young adults of today face, which further informs her work at Castlewood.
Allison Burnett, LICSW, Director of Outreach
Allison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has treated eating disorders in various settings, including residential and partial hospitalization. Most recently, she worked as a clinical therapist at Pine Grove Women’s Center, a residential program for eating disorders and addiction. Allison graduated summa cum laude with her Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Allison’s other professional interests include working with clients with trauma histories, personality disorders, recovery maintenance, and body image. She is also a Certified LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy Provider, and volunteers at a local non-profit LGBTQ agency. Allison’s personal interests include walking her three dogs (Sydney, Conde, Rue), and anything related to Alabama football. Roll Tide!
Cathy Lane, Director of Outreach
Cathy holds a B.A. in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey. She previously worked as the Admissions Coordinator and then the Clinical Outreach Coordinator for a national inpatient and partial hospital treatment program. Cathy joined Castlewood with over 10 years of experience in the field of eating disorders and has dedicated the entirety of her professional career to helping clinicians, families, and clients find hope and new life in recovery. Cathy's work is driven by her desire to continue to be a trusted and knowledgeable resource for her region. The relationships she's created over the past decade have been a major part of her personal and professional growth. For Cathy, connecting people with one another and creating a community is what it's all about. Raised at the beach, and lucky enough to still call such a beautiful place her home, Cathy enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, crocheting, and living a life that's full of creativity.