UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Meet the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Counseling & Psychiatry Staff

A staff of licensed psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioners provide a broad range of services to those in need. All staff members are licensed at the highest independent level of their profession.

Raygena Curry

Raygena Curry, MSW received her B.A. in sociology from Simpson College and her Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa. She is a family therapist and works with adolescents, adults, couples, and group therapy.


Women's Issues
Cultural Issues
Foster Care and Adoptions Issues
Stress and Anxiety
Chemical Dependency and Recovery Issues 

Charles 'Chuck' Dunlop

Charles "Chuck" Dunlop, MSW, MHA, LISW, is a Senior Therapist and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Drake University, and an MSW in family systems and MHA in health care administration from the University of Iowa. Chuck has taught behavioral health courses to students at Des Moines University and clinical courses at the University of Iowa. He has also worked in a variety of clinical and administrative roles in both hospital and outpatient health care settings  including community mental health  and residential  treatment centers. 

Chuck's approach to counseling creates a safe environment so that deeply personal issues can be discussed in a way that fosters understanding and growth. He utilizes a problem solving approach using techniques from various therapeutic schools including cognitive/behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems and interpersonal psychotherapy, with the goal of helping the client bring about emotional relief and sustainable change.


Work/Life Transitions
Marital/Divorce Issues        

Ann Enderlin 

Anne Enderlin, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has an extensive history of working with both children and adults and has consistently worked in the mental health field since graduating from nursing school. Her master's degree is from the University of Iowa, and she is certified to see all ages. Although she enjoys working with all age groups, she has particular interest in working with children, teens and young adults.


Mental health during pregnancy

Ulrike B. Gift

Ulrike (Uly) B. Gift, RN  received her nursing education in Heilbronn, Germany. She moved to the United States in 1985 and is registered through the Iowa Board of Nursing. Ms. Gift  works with our therapists and supports the ARNP's to promote a multi-disciplinary treatment approach for our patients. Ms. Gift  has worked as a Registered Nurse. Behavioral Health and Mental Health are her passion and she has specialized in these areas.

Denise Hageria

Denise Hagerla, LISW, received her bachelor's degree in visual communication at Loyola University Chicago and her master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She has worked as a clinical social worker in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings as well as in community mental health services, residential services, and private practice. Her clinical expertise is in working with adolescents and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, sexuality and gender identity issues, and trauma resolution. Ms. Hagerla's therapeutic style is collaborative, strengths-based, and focused on creating positive, meaningful, and sustainable relationships.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sexuality and Gender Identity Issues
Trauma Resolution

Randy Henderson

Randy Henderson received his bachelor's degree in social sciences and religion from Dana College;  master's degree in counseling/psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He has more than twenty years experience as a Social Worker with the Department of Human Services as a caseworker, child abuse investigator, regional foster care and adoption specialist and in the administration.  Randy has taught secondary education, adult education and at William Penn University.  He also teaches Children in the Middle class.

Elaine Hoversten

Elaine Hoversten, Psy.D. has been treating adults, individually and in couple's psychotherapy at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines since 1995. Dr. Hoversten received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana State University. She is a licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology in the state of Iowa.



Healing and Growth in response to life's challenges including:

Health Problems
Job stress
Relationship Difficulties

Todd D. Jenkins

Todd D. Jenkins, LMFT, LMHC obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Iowa and a Master's Degree in Psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City. He then went on to receive a Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University in Virginia. Jenkins relocated to Iowa and obtained licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Mental Health Counselor. Along with being a Senior Level Mental Health Therapist, he is also on the professional staff of the Des Moines Bariatric Center as a mental health consultant.


Health Status changes                
Attention Deficit                            
Surgical Weight Loss Procedures
Older Adult Issues
Spiritual Issues

Jeffrey S. Kerber

Jeffrey S. Kerber, Ph.D. LMFT is currently the Clinical Manager of the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Counseling Centers and also manages the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Employee Assistance Program. Prior to clinical management, Dr. Kerber was a full-time practicing clinician for 15 years. Dr. Kerber served as the first Executive Director and legislative lobbyist for the Iowa Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for 10 years. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree with double majors in psychology and religion from St. Olaf College, followed by a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Wisconsin - Stout and a Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies with a clinical specialization in marriage and family therapy from Iowa State University.

Donna Richard-Langer

Donna Richard-Langer, MSW, LISW, ACSW came to UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 2010 after nine years at Visiting Nurse Services and 11 years at Lutheran Social Service in Des Moines.  Managing Outpatient Counseling Services and providing direct service to clients for the past 30 years has enabled Donna to have a vast array of experiences with a diverse population.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Donna Richard-Langer has received additional training and experience in postpartum depression providing individual and group work. She has attended the Marce Conference in the UK, engaging in conversations with experts around the world on treating postpartum depression.


Couple and Family Issues
Postpartum Depression  
Relationship Issues

Jacquelyn Larsen

Jacquelyn Larsen, PH.D. is a licensed psychologist. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Iowa State University and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Larsen has approximately 30 years of experience working with adults in a broad variety of clinical settings. She is a licensed UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Services Provider and a member of the Iowa Psychological Association and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Dr. Larsen's theoretical approach toward treatment is primarily cognitive behavioral in nature. That is, treatment is focused on the cognitive underpinnings of behavior to produce change in clients' responses to stressful situations or events.


History of Sexual, Emotional or Physical Abuse

Sylvia Low

Sylvia Low, LISW is a licensed Independent Social Worker and a marriage and family therapist. She works with adolescents and adults in individual, couple, group and family therapies. Focus is on a broad range of problem areas from depression and anxiety to post traumatic stress syndrome.

Linda A. McCall

Linda A. McCall, MSW, LISW is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has been working in the field of mental health for children and adolescents for the past 15 years. She has been a Senior Therapist with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines for 11 years. Prior to her career as a mental health therapist she taught elementary school for 15 years. Ms. McCall's education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She is licensed by the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners. Her specialties are in treating children with emotional and behavioral issues. She also works closely with parents for the benefit of the child's emotional and behavioral well-being.


Parent Education                 
Physical, sexual and emotional abuse             
Developmental delays   

Maria S. Ogden

Maria S. Ogden, Ph.D. Psychologist has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Rochester School Of Medicine, focused on Interdisciplinary Leadership in Adolescent Health. During this time she worked with children with a variety of medical illnesses within specialty medical settings. Dr. Ogden has been with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines for 10 years.

Dr. Ogden accepts clients for psychotherapy and psychological testing. Some areas of clinical emphasis include education and treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety and depression, whether these are primary areas of difficulty or as a secondary effect of a medical condition.  She is available to work with parents on strategies to make parenting efforts more effective. In addition, as a psychologist, she is able to assess cognitive functioning and can assist in the identification of learning disorders.


Autism spectrum            
Behavior disorders Depression                       

Amy DeMoney

Amy DeMoney, LISW is a Senior Therapist. Her professional experience includes providing behavioral health care to children and adolescents in hospital, residential and out patient/clinic settings. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Simpson College followed by a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Her therapeutic approach is primarily cognitive behavioral with a strong emphasis on collaboration with education professionals and other providers.


Life challenges facing teenagers and families
Oppositional behaviors