Katie Thompson, MS, LPC, NCC, CEDS — Therapist- Castlewood II
Ms. Thompson has been a primary therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center for the last four years and currently serves as the Lead Eating Disorder Therapist. Katie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation. Katie graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Communications, Education. She later earned a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Previously, she was a therapist at Rogers Memorial Hospital in the residential program for eating disorders and anxiety disorders. As the Lead Eating Disorder therapist at Castlewood, Katie facilitates various groups at Castlewood, including all of the Eating Disorder groups, is an active participant in the research team and specializes in eating disorders and anxiety disorders; specifically binge eating disorder. Katie coordinates the Binge Eating Disorder Program at Castlewood Treatment Center and facilitates the BED groups in both the residential and PHP levels of care. She is skilled in using DBT, CBT, IFS, ERP and group therapy. Katie is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and has earned her certification in Internal Family Systems Level 2. Katie lectures regionally and nationally on Eating Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder and treatment interventions.
Laura Wood, MA, LPC, RDT, CCLS — Therapist- Castlewood I
Ms. Wood graduated with her Masters of Art in Drama Therapy from New York University and is currently a Ph.D student in Counseling and Supervision at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has been selected to serve on the board for the National Association of Drama Therapy as the Central Region Representative. Laura is currently a primary therapist, as well as the lead therapist at Castlewood I, where she facilitates individual and group therapies. Her focus areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, attachment, grief and loss and the use of drama therapy and expressive action based methods to treat these areas. Ms. Wood teaches locally and lectures nationally on drama therapy and eating disorders.
Marcio Guzman, MA, Psy.D- Therapist- Castlewood II
Dr. Guzman obtained his Masters of Arts and his Doctorate in Psychology from Midwestern University in Illinois. He is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Behavioral Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Dr. Guzman has extensive experience treating clients with Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders and related conditions. At Castlewood, Dr. Guzman is a primary therapist and facilitates group therapy on mindfulness, anxiety, emotions and attachment.
Christine Schneider, MSW, LCSW- Therapist- Castlewood I
Ms. Schneider graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a doctoral candidate at St. Louis University in the field of Family Therapy. 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 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.
Jodi Seidel, MA, PLPC- Therapist- Castlewood I
Ms. Seidel obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville University, St. Louis with a double major in Psychology & Sociology. She later obtained her Masters of Arts degree from Lindenwood University in Professional Counseling. Ms. Seidel has completed training in Crisis Intervention, and Internal Family Systems Level I. She joined the Castlewood team in June 2011, and in addition to her position as a Primary Therapist she leads various groups including expressive therapy, process groups, core groups and skill training modules. Ms. Seidel has a deep appreciation for Castlewood’s approach to the healing process and believes our compassionate team of skilled professionals works to empower our clients mind, body and spirit.
Courtney Reed, MA, PLPC — Therapist- Castlewood II
Ms. Reed earned her Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in marriage, family, and child counseling from Webster University, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University. Ms. Reed has been with Castlewood Treatment Center since 2011, beginning her journey as a Direct Care Counselor, she then worked as an intake counselor and currently holds the position stabilization and admission coordinator for Castlewood II. Ms. Reed completed both her practicum and internship at Castlewood Treatment Center from 2012-2013, where she saw clients for adjunctive therapy focusing on life skills, relationships, sexuality, and femininity. Ms. Reed has experience in facilitating therapeutic groups such as relationships group and self-exploration group for the residential and PHP clients. In her current role, Courtney is a primary therapist as well as facilitates all of the stabilization groups at Castlewood II and helps to ensure that each client has a positive admissions experience and integrates appropriately into the therapeutic community.
Beth Brawley, MA, PLPC, Anxiety Therapist
Ms. Brawley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. She then went on receive her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. She completed her practicum and internship at a nearby chemical substance rehab facility. Ms. Brawley is a provisionally licensed therapist in the state of Missouri. Ms. Brawley specializes in anxiety disorders and incorporates eating disorder exposures into the anxiety work. Ms. Brawley leads social anxiety groups at both the residential/days and intensive outpatient levels. She also takes clients on public exposure sessions with the goal of helping clients face their fears outside the setting of a treatment facility. Ms. Brawley has been a part of Castlewood Treatment Center since April 2012.
Rachel Smith- MA, LPC- Therapist- Intensive Outpatient Services
Rachel earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Rachel is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. Rachel has received post graduate training in Internal Family Systems, emotionally focused therapy, and narrative therapy with a specialized focus on trauma and abuse. In addition, Rachel has unique experience and training integrating religion and faith into the therapeutic process. Rachel is passionate about attuning to her clients’ individual needs and offers a supportive environment in which they can begin to experience healing.
Jessica Willmann, MA, LPC, ATR- Art Therapist- Intensive Outpatient Services
Ms. Willmann obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Mrs. Willmann currently is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor, a Recognized Associate Substance Abuse Counselor II, and working toward licensure as a board certified Art Therapist. Ms. Willmann has worked collectively with a variety of mental health issues including: eating disorders, addictions, grief, anxiety, depression, and life stressors while working in a variety of setting, such as, a women’s homeless shelters for young mothers, Outpatient Chemical Dependency treatment in a hospital setting, adolescent detention center, and a community counseling center for Adults with Disabilities. Ms. Willmann has worked as a primary therapist and art therapist in residential treatment for Eating Disorders at Castlewood and is currently a primary therapist and Art therapist at IOP. Ms. Willmann believes in collaborating with clients to find treatment modalities to best meet clients needs.
Rachel Hagan, MA- Therapist- Intensive Outpatient Services
Ms. Hagan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from McKendree College. She later obtained her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Lindenwood University. Rachel has worked with Castlewood since 2005 in various roles including direct care staff, direct care supervisor, Assistant Program Director of Step Down, Weekend Supervisor and now as a primary therapist at our intensive outpatient program. She facilitates various groups and individual therapy sessions at IOP. Rachel has unique experience and training in crisis management and working with clients to help them transition into an independent fulfilled life in recovery.
Cheslea Martin, RD, LD — Dietitian- Castlewood II
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 — Nutritionist- Intensive Outpatient Services
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.
Aisha Lubinski, RD, LD- Dietitian-Castlewood II
Ms. Lubinski received her Bachelors of Science degree from Saint Louis University in Nutrition and Dietetics. She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Saint Louis University where she began working towards her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Lubinski is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since June 2012 in various roles including Direct Care Counselor and Dietitian. Ms. Lubinski takes part in 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. She also co-facilitates movement groups and eating disorder groups. She specializes in working with eating disorders and incorporating mindfulness through the intuitive eating model. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Kim Schooley, RD, LD — Dietitian- Castlewood I
Kim received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from St. Louis University in 2010. Kim went on to start graduate studies at St. Louis University and completed her Dietetic Internship through SLU in 2011-2012. Kim is continuing to work on her Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Medical Dietetics. Kim’s Thesis project is titled, “Tube Feeding Interventions and its Effect on Eating Disorders in Residential Treatment Facilities.” Kim is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with the state of Missouri. Kim facilitates individual nutrition counseling and helps with various groups such as body image, ED group, and nutrition group. Kim is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Missouri Dietetic Association, and the St. Louis Dietetic Association.
Rachel Wolf, RD, LD- Dietitian Castlewood II
Rachael received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University. She went on to complete her dietetic internship at Missouri State University. Rachael is a registered and licensed dietitian in the state of Missouri and has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2014. Prior to life at Castlewood, Rachael worked for United Medical Home Infusion where she specialized in the home care and education of the enteral (tube fed) patient. Rachael facilitates client’s creation, co-facilitates eating disorder groups, and challenges clients on restaurant exposures. Rachael assists clients in their eating disorder recovery by helping them to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and body image.
Jennifer A. Cornes, RN – Nurse Manager
Jennifer Cornes received her nursing degree from a small school in southern New Jersey, during which time she worked as a certified nurse assistant in a skilled nursing facility on their memory care unit. After graduating, she continued to work on the memory care unit as a registered nurse. She then relocated to St. Louis and worked at St. Mary’s Health Center on the acute adult psychiatric unit, then transferred to the cardiac step-down ICU while also working PRN at Castlewood Treatment Center as a staff nurse. She quickly realized her passion to help those struggling with eating disorders. In 2013, Mrs. Cornes and her husband relocated to Cincinnati and she began working for a small psychiatric hospital. Here she was able to continue her work with eating disorders. In the spring of 2014, she was offered a position as nurse manager at Castlewood Treatment Center and accepted practically immediately. She reports, “I am proud to say that I’m a nurse. It takes a lot to be a nurse, but a few things stand out; compassion, patience, and acceptance. To know that I can make even one day better for someone in my care, means the world to me!”
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.
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
Deana Wilson, MBA — Director of Intake
Deana obtained her Bachelors of Science and later earned her Masters of Business Administration at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Deana has many years of experience in business development, marketing and healthcare administration. She has previously worked in administration for The Renfrew Center, and most recently as a Regional Outreach Manager at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. Castlewood is delighted to have someone with Deana’s experience and commitment to the field of eating disorders join our team. In her role as Director of Intake she leads the intake department at Castlewood Treatment Centers, overseeing clients’ care from initial inquiries to admittance to ensure the highest level of service and satisfaction. Her other duties include building client relationships and increasing awareness of Castlewood’s experienced treatment team and nationally accredited treatment programs.
Danielle Hayden, BA, CLC, CWC, CAC — Intake Counselor
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.
Ashley Kearbey- Intake Counselor
Ms. Kearbey obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently working toward her Professional Counseling Master’s Degree at Lindenwood University. Ms. Kearbey started her career at Castlewood Treatment Center as a Direct Care Counselor in May 2013, and recently moved into her current role as an intake counselor and admissions 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.
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.
Salicia Young, MA — Art Therapist / Stabilization Coordinator/ Discharge Coordinator Castlewood I
Ms. Young obtained her Bachelor of Arts degrees from Millersville University with a double major in Art and Psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from Drexel University. Along with her Master’s degree she completed a thesis titled: Ethnic Differences in Graphic Indicators Associated with Child Sexual Abuse Using Human Figure Drawings: A Literature Based Study. Ms. Young is working towards becoming a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2012 as Direct Care Counselor. Currently, she is serving as an Art Therapist running groups and meeting with clients individually for adjunctive art therapy. Ms. Young is also a stabilization and admissions coordinator, insuring that each client who admits to Castlewood I integrates appropriately into the therapeutic community. Ms. Young also helps coordinate clients at the time of discharge by meeting with clients on an individual basis throughout their treatment process and coordinating transitions and aftercare.
Bonita Washington, MSW- Discharge Coordinator Castlewood II
Bonita is a native of St. Louis, Missouri who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. She comes to Castlewood with experience in Psychological Research with Washington University School of Medicine and an extensive history and knowledge of Community Mental Health and Case Management with BJC-Behavioral Health. She has held several roles at Castlewood Treatment Center and is currently the Discharge Coordinator for clients at Castlewood II. In this role, Ms. Washington helps coordinate clients aftercare and transitional plans. In addition to her passion of working with those who have Chronic Mental Health conditions she is also an active volunteer with several organizations which include; Sickle Cell Association of America, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital just to name a few. She is also an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. where she serves as a board member, youth adviser and chair’s several committees.
Annalee Plumb, LPC, NCC, CADC- Director of Utilization Review
Ms. Plumb obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling, both from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. Annalee is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs of Addiction Counselor, a Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist and a Clinical Supervisor for CADC. Prior to working at Castlewood, Annalee worked at Bridgeway Behavioral Health as the director of the Intensive Outpatient Program in Warren County and Drug Court Treatment Liaison. Annalee has worked for Castlewood since October 2010 as a utilization review specialist and now as the Director of Utilization Review. She also facilitates individual consults and group therapy for clients with co-occurring chemical dependency diagnoses at our St. Louis locations
Erin Mayberry, MA- Utilization Review Specialist
Ms. Mayberry received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Arts Degree in Art History, specializing in Photography, from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Erin has been with Castlewood Treatment Center since 2007 and held multiple roles including Administrative Assistant to the Co-Clinical Director, Intake Coordinator and now as a Utilization Review Specialist. While in Intake, Erin refined her skills in motivational interviewing and fostering the internal desire for recovery with clients. Erin is currently working to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. As a Utilization Review Specialist, Erin utilizes her clinical skills and passion for people to conceptualize and present cases to managed care. This ensures our clients receive the adequate amount of time from their insurance companies to fulfill the goal of lasting recovery.
Chelsey Sorensen, BSN- Utilization Review Specialist
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 and now as a Utilization Review Specialist. 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. She 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.
Vanessa Curran, MA — Research Coordinator
Vanessa received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University. Since joining Castlewood Treatment Center in 2009, Vanessa has worked in Direct Care, Anxiety Services, and most recently in Research. As the Research Coordinator, she works to integrate evidence-based testing with treatment planning and program improvement. She has published research in the area of eating disorders and sexual identity. Prior to Castlewood, Vanessa worked with adolescents in the inpatient psychiatric unit of DePaul Health Center.
Deanna James, LPC, R-DMT — Director of Referral Relations & Marketing
Ms. James obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Ms. James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance and Movement Therapist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2006 in various roles including therapist, program director and now as the Director of Marketing. Ms. James has completed level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She incorporates creative arts therapy, internal family systems therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies in her approach to therapeutic healing. Ms. James specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma based disorders and body image issues. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as well as the American Dance Movement Therapy Association. In her current role as Director of Referral Relations and Marketing she works as a liaison between Castlewood and referring clinicians, as well as oversees coordination of marketing events. Ms. James is the continuing education administrator for all Castlewood workshops and trainings. She also coordinates all social media, websites, and media campaigns for Castlewood Treatment Center. Deanna has a passion for working with clients with eating disorders and helping them find hope and healing.
Dana Suitor- Director of Regional Outreach, Southeast
Ms. Suitor has worked in the eating disorder industry for 13 years in various capacities with the last seven years in a marketing/business development role. 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, 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.