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.


Jan Abendroth

Jan Abendroth

Jan Abendroth, LISW, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She graduated from Drake University with a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications with minors in psychology and sociology. She obtained her master's degree in family systems from The University of Iowa School of Social Work. Jan is a Senior Therapist/Behavioral Health Consultant at Unity Point's Lakeview Clinic and Ankeny's Prairie Trail Family Practice/Internal Medicine Clinic. Jan has many years of clinical, administrative, and supervisory experience in outpatient settings, including school-based mental health therapy. She has an extensive history of working with children, adolescents, and adults with mental and behavioral health concerns.

Her specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma/complex trauma, life stresses/transitions, parenting issues, grief/loss, health issues, job stress/transitions, attachment issues, and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Jan is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and primarily utilizes EMDR or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, she is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has taught many workshops on TF-CBT. She also uses Motivational Interviewing and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. While Jan enjoys working with all ages, she is particularly interested in forming collaborative, strengths-based therapeutic relationships with older teens, young adults, and women, including those who experience postpartum depression, pregnancy loss, and infertility issues.

Keri Clark

Keri Clark

Keri Clark, LISW is a licensed independent social worker. Keri received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas. She has provided clinical assessment, consultation, and counseling services for over 15 years.

Keri provides an individualized, strengths-based, collaborative, treatment approach. Treatment modalities most often utilized are: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Keri is currently accepting patients who receive their primary health care at Grimes Family Medicine.

Cynthia Coenen

Cynthia Coenen

Cynthia Coenen, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She works with children and adults who need medication management for mental health issues. She is medically trained at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed internships at VA in DesMoines, IA and St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids, IA focusing on in and -patient psychiatry. She has worked at Broadlawn's Medical Center.

Raygena Curry

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.

Specialties:

Women's Issues, Depression, Cultural Issues, Foster Care & Adoptions Issues, Stress & Anxiety, Chemical Dependency & Recovery Issues
Amy DeMoney

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.

Specialties:

Depression, Life challenges facing teenagers and families, Oppositional Behaviors
Megan DeVore

Megan DeVore

Megan DeVore, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Megan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy from Kansas State University.

Megan previously served as a school based mental health therapist with a community mental health center providing therapy services to children and families. Megan serves as a senior therapist with UnityPoint Health Counseling and Psychiatry. Megan is able to see clients through the Student Assistance Program (SAP) at Norwalk schools on Mondays and the Penn Medical Center on Tuesdays. Megan is able to provide therapy services to children, adolescents and adults at the Counseling and Psychiatry Clinic in the Lakeview Medical Park on Wednesdays through Fridays. 

Megan provides a client-centered, strength-based and collaborative treatment approach to support her clients in reaching their goals. Treatment modalities most often utilized are: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Play Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Charles Dunlop

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.

Specialties:

Anxiety/Stress, Aging/Geriatric, Bariatric Depression, Grief, Work/Life Transitions, Marital/Divorce Issues

Amy Elliott

Amy Elliott

Amy Elliott, LISW, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She graduated from Simpson College with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and the University of Iowa with a Master's degree in Social Work. She is a Behavioral Health Consultant/Senior Therapist at the Lakeview Counseling and Psychiatry Clinic as well as the Indianola Family Medicine Clinic. Amy has clinical experience in residential and school-based mental health settings, as well as experience in school social work services and church/community youth ministry.

Amy has clinical experience and training in the treatment of anxiety, depression, life/stress transitions, emotional regulation and trauma. She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and is trained in the use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is currently in the process of completing training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Most of Amy's clinical work has been with children, adolescents and families; however, Amy accepts adult patients as well. She enjoys forming strengths-based therapeutic relationships with her clients and collaborating with them to reach their goals.

Amy Elliott

Anne 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.

Specialties:

ADHD, Depression, Family members of those with substance abuse issues

Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox, LISW is a licensed independent social worker. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology followed by a Master of Social Work degree. She has experience working with all ages, providing individual, couples, and family therapy. Rebecca has worked for several years in community mental health and also in residential treatment. She has a special interest in working with those who may be struggling with past trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, health issues, and stress. 

Rebecca uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to best meet the needs of each individual, including cognitive behavioral, solution focused, motivational interviewing, and EMDR. She uses a collaborative approach to help each person identify and meet their personal goals while building on their individual strengths.

Susanna Funk

Susanna Funk

Susanna Funk, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She works with children and adults who need medication management for mental health issues. She is medically trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She completed an internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL focusing on in-patient psychiatry. She has worked at Powell Chemical Dependency Center at Iowa Lutheran Hospital.

Specialties:

ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Psychoaffective Disorder

Sarah Garcia

Sarah Garcia

Sarah Garcia, LISW, is a licensed independent social worker. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa. She has several years' experience working with children, adolescents, and families with mental and behavioral health concerns. Sarah is licensed to assist all age ranges and clinical diagnoses. Her approach is cognitive behavioral and strengths based specializing in trauma-focused therapy. She has interest in working with those that struggle with depression, anxiety, parenting skills, and trauma. Sarah is located at the Counseling & Psychiatry Clinic as well as the Norwalk Primary Care Clinic.

Ulrike Gift

Ulrike (Uly) 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.

Randy Henderson

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

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.

Specialties:

Aging, Anxiety, Depression

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

Health Problems, Job Stress, Loss, Parenting, Relationship Difficulties, Trauma

Todd Jenkins

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.

Specialties:

Health Status Changes, Anxiety, Attention Deficit, Surgical Weight Loss Procedures, Depression, Older Adult Issues, Spiritual Issues

 Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, LISW, CADC is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor's Degree in Family Services and the University of Iowa with her Master's Degree in Social Work. She is a Behavioral Health Consultant / Senior Therapist at the Lakeview Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic and the West Des Moines Family & Internal Medicine Clinic. Erin has many years of experience in adolescent residential substance use disorder treatment, school and outpatient based mental health treatment, community based comprehensive prevention efforts and acute psychiatric inpatient behavioral health services.

Erin's specialties include depression, anxiety, life stresses/transitions, substance use disorders, sexual orientation and gender identity and trauma. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing as well as Acceptance and Commitment Treatment (ACT) techniques. She has a wide-ranging history of working with adolescents, families and adults as well as a genuine investment in forming strengths-based, therapeutic relationships with all ages. Erin's work in our Family & Internal Medicine Clinic allows for close coordination of care and collaboration with a patients' primary care physician and care team.
Jeffrey Kerber

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

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.

Specialties:

Anxiety, Couple & Family Issues, Depression, Postpartum Depression, Relationship Issues

 Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee, Ph.D., LISW  is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her bachelor's in Social Work, the University of Illinois at Chicago with her master's in Social Work, and Capella University with her Ph.D. in Human Services/Counseling. She is a Behavioral Health Consultant / Senior Therapist at the Lakeview Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic. In addition, she practices at Altoona Family Medicine Clinic, and the UnityPoint  Weight Loss Clinic in West Des Moines. Stephanie has many years of clinical and supervisory experience in outpatient residential treatment, outpatient mental health, and school-based mental health settings. She has also served as an adjunct teaching instructor in psychology for 10 years.

Stephanie's specialties include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parenting issues, life stresses/transitions, and trauma. She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She has an extensive history of working with children, adolescents, and adults, and enjoys working with and forming strengths-based, therapeutic relationships with all ages.

Sylvia Low

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 McCall

Linda A. McCall

Linda A. McCall, LISW is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has been working in the field of mental health for children and adolescents 1998. Prior to her career as a mental health therapist she taught elementary school for 15 years to include first, second, and third grades as well as three years as a preschool teacher. Linda's expertise is in working with younger children ages 3 through 12, although she does see a few older children with anxiety or depression. Her specialties are in treating children with emotional or behavioral issues to include the following: ADHD, defiance, anxiety, depression, developmental delays, divorce, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and parent education. Linda works closely with parents for the benefit of the child's emotional and behavioral well-being.

Ms. McCall's education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Specialties:

ADHD, Parent Education, Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse, Anxiety, Divorce, Defiance, Depression, Developmental Delays

Maria Ogden

Maria S. Ogden

Maria S. Ogden, Ph.D. Psychologist is currently accepting clients for psychotherapy. Dr. Ogden has been with UnityPoint Health Des Moines since 1998. Some areas of clinical emphasis within her practice include education and treatment for children, adolescents and adults with anxiety and depression, whether these are primary areas of difficulty or as a secondary effect of a medical condition. Her practice also includes working with youth with behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders and psychosis. She is available to work with parents on strategies to make parenting efforts more effective.

Dr. Ogden's education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. This was followed by a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University in Binghamton NY. She completed 2 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.

Specialties:

Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Behavior Disorders, Depression, Psychosis

Cindy Pontious

Cindy S. Pontious

Cindy started UnityPoint Health - Des Moines summer of 2014. Clinical emphasis is for both adults and children with chronic and acute brain disorders. Cindy's practice is patient centered with collaborative plans of care, welcoming support person's involvement.

Cindy brings with her a wide variety of experience and knowledge to UnityPoint Health. She acquired skills working in an array of positions throughout the human services arena. Early in her career she worked with developmental disabilities at Woodward State Hospital and Link Associates. She received her Associate's degree at DMACC while working at Broadlawns Medical Center. She attained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Grand View University and her Master of Nursing at University of Iowa. Areas of interest include adolescent behavior, addictions, developmentally disabled, and chronic illness.

 Makaela Pratt

Makaela Pratt


Makaela Pratt, LISW is a licensed Independent Social Worker. She graduated from Simpson College with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She is a Behavioral Health Consultant/Senior Therapist at the Lakeview Counseling and Psychiatry Clinic as well as the Altoona Family Medicine Clinic and the Pleasant Hill Family Medicine Clinic. Makaela has clinical experience in residential settings, outpatient therapy; school based mental health and supervisory experience.

Makaela has specific clinical experience and training in the treatment of anxiety, depression, life stress/transitions, emotional regulation and trauma. She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is trained in the sue of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. Most of Makaela's clinical work has been with children and families, as well as adolescents; however, Makaela accepts adult patients as well. She uses a strengths based approach and enjoys forming therapeutic relationships with her clients and collaborating with them to reach their goals. 
Zach Runde

Zach Runde

Zach Runde, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is certified to see to see patients throughout the lifespan. He graduated from Allen College with his Master's degree in May of 2016. He has a history of working with individuals on both the inpatient and outpatient setting with psychiatric needs both as a registered nurse and as a nurse practitioner.

Zach is able to work with patients ages five and older, and is comfortable seeing a wide variety of psychiatric illness including but not limited to: mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorder, substance use disorders, and ADHD.

Mandy Semmens

Mandy Semmens

Mandy Semmens, LISW, is a licensed independent social worker. She has an extensive history of working with children, adolescents, and adults with mental and behavioral health concerns. She has worked for several years in residential treatment, hospitals, and outpatient offices. Her master's degree is from Loyola University Chicago. She is licensed to assist all age ranges and clinical diagnoses.

She has particular interest in working with those who struggle with anxiety, depression/grief, trauma, life stresses, parenting skills, and emotional regulation. Her approach is through cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, play therapy, and motivational interviewing. Mandy recognizes the strength of each individual and family and works with them to achieve their goals. Mandy is located in three UnityPoint Primary Care clinics in Norwalk, Grimes and Waukee.

Lindsey Swan

Lindsey Swan

Lindsey Swan, LISW, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at Simpson College and her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Iowa. With over 25 years of practice experience, she has worked as a clinical social worker primarily with preschool children; school aged children and adolescents in outpatient mental health clinics.

Some of Ms. Swan's areas of expertise working with children and adolescents include anxiety, depression, academic issues and grief.

Craig Thompson

Craig S. Thompson

Craig S. Thompson, LISW, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. He graduated from Drake University and the University of Iowa. He studied Family Systems with a focus on clinical services. He is a Senior Therapist/Behavioral Health Consultant and is located at UnityPoint Health Family Clinic – Northwest and at UnityPoint Clinic Psychiatry. Craig has many years of clinical, administrative and supervisory experience. He has also presented at workshops and conferences locally and regionally.

Craig has worked with people on a broad range of emotional, mental health and medical issues. His interest is in promoting each individual's wellbeing. His specialties are treating anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, work / life stress and couples issues. Craig's primary models are Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Ana Valencia

Ana Valencia

Ana Valencia, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She works with adults on medication management for their mental health needs. Her entire nursing career has been in mental health and started on the Inpatient Adult Behavioral Health Unit at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Grand View College and her master's degree from Allen College.

Specialties:

Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, Mood Disorders, Chronic Mental Illness