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.

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Angela Brown

Angela Brown LMHC, CRC - Senior Therapist Counseling & Psychiatry Clinic. Her professional experience includes providing behavior health care to children, adolescents and adults in hospital, residential, and outpatient/clinical settings. Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Simpson College - followed by a Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Drake University. She works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, group and family therapy. Focus of therapy is a broad range of presenting problem areas from anxiety and depression to substance abuse concerns. Her therapeutic approach is primarily cognitive behavioral with a strong emphasis on collaboration with other providers and schools.

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 and Adoptions Issues
Stress and Anxiety
Chemical Dependency and 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

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

Ann Enderlin

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
Grief
Mental health during pregnancy

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

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.

Denise Hagerla

Denise Hagerla

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.

Specialties:

Anxiety
Depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sexuality and Gender Identity Issues
Trauma Resolution

Hall

Bryan Hall

Bryan Hall, LMHC, received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University. He later decided to pursue a career in mental health, and returned to school to earn an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.S. in mental health counseling from Capella University. Bryan worked for several years as a counselor on the child and adolescent behavioral health units at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. He now works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults who are experiencing behavioral and emotional concerns including depression, anxiety, opposition/defiance, ADHD, and recovery from trauma or loss. Bryan also enjoys teaching courses in psychology at Des Moines Area Community College and Drake University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in psychology through Capella University.

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

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 and Family Issues
Depression
Postpartum Depression
Relationship Issues

Jacquelyn Larsen

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.

Specialties:

Anxiety
Depression
History of Sexual, Emotional or Physical Abuse

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 and 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 and psychological testing. 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 and adolescents 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. In addition, as a psychologist, she is able to assess cognitive functioning and can assist in the identification of learning disorders.

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 S. Pontious

Cindy S. Pontious, ARNP, is currently accepting clients for psychological evaluations and medication management. Cindy started Unity Point Health Des Moines summer of 2014. Clinical emphasis includes assessment, treatment, and evaluation for adults and children with chronic and acute brain disorders. Treatment includes medication management with referrals to others services i.e. therapy, primary health care, community support services. Cindy's practice is patient centered with collaborative plans of care which welcome family, friends, and other support person's involvement. Patients determine mutual goals concerning care while developing insight into their illness. Cindy offers a unique approach to educating patients on the importance of knowing their diagnosis, medications, and options of treatment. She believes knowledge in regards to symptomology, adherence, and strategies maximize results of treatment subsequently improving patient's judgment and outcomes.

Cindy brings with her a wide variety of experience and knowledge to Unity Point. 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. While obtaining her degrees she maintained working with children and adults with brain disorders. Areas of interest include adolescent behavior, addictions, developmentally disabled, and chronic illness.

 

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.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Amy Smith, BSN, RN, obtained her nursing degree through DMACC, and her bachelors in nursing at Grand View University. She has been with UnityPoint-Des Moines since 2000, working both on the inpatient behavioral health unit at Lutheran Hospital and as an outpatient support nurse for Lakeview Counseling and Psychiatry. Her passion is psychiatric and behavioral health.

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.