Meet the Outpatient Mental Health Team
Tina is the Supervisor/Care Manager for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Prior to being a supervisor, she was the Care Manager for the IOP program for 20 years and started her career at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in 1997 as the Behavioral Counselor for the IOP program. Her education includes a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa with a minor in Psychology. Training and certifications include Breakthrough to Leadership, Managing Aggressive Behavior and Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.
She is married with 3 children and enjoys being outdoors walking, biking, going to Iowa/Iowa State Football games and spending time with family and friends.
Mandy joined the Adult Outpatient Mental Health team as the Receptionist in September of 2019. Mandy started her career with UnityPoint Health in January of 2014 as a temporary Receptionist for Powell Chemical Dependency Center until later that summer when Counseling & Psychiatry opened a satellite office in Iowa Lutheran Hospital. Mandy was more than the receptionist, she was someone the patients looked forward to seeing when arriving in the office and hearing her voice on the other end of the phone. One of Mandy's greatest strengths is her compassion with patients; she is patient, empathetic and always willing to listen. Prior to entering the mental health industry, Mandy spent 14 years in the commercial insurance industry and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management.
Deb is a behavioral counselor and certified therapeutic recreation specialist and brings years of experience to the IOP treatment team. Deb is a graduate of the University of Iowa. Prior to Iowa Lutheran Hospital, she worked at MHI in Independence, Allen Hospital in Waterloo, and Broadlawns. Deb facilitates groups helping patients develop practical behavioral skills for greater emotional well-being and a healthier work/life balance.
Mark is a licensed independent social worker. Mark received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Central College in Pella, IA and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. He has provided clinical assessment, consultation and individual and group therapy services for almost 25 years. Mark provides an individualized, strengths-based, collaborative, treatment approach. Treatment modalities most often utilized are: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Colten is a licensed mental health counselor. He graduated from Central College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He obtained his master's degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the IOP team Colten provided group and individual therapy in an inpatient hospital setting. Colten's therapeutic approach utilizes components of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and person-centered therapy. He strives to support and empower individuals on their journey to identify and implement positive changes.
Gary is a licensed mental health counselor. Gary received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Iowa State University in Ames, IA and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Drake University in Des Moines, IA. He has been a member of the Iowa Lutheran campus for 40 years with 22 of those years being a licensed mental health therapist. Gary provides group therapy through the IOP program on a wide variety of behavioral health issues.
Lesly received her nursing education at DMACC. She has been helping people achieve wellness here at Iowa Lutheran Hospital for 40+ years, the last 20 years have been with the Behavioral Health team. She enjoys working with clients as part of the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) team, helping them with their journey to wellness by education and empowerment.
Mary is an RN who started working in IOP the past 18 months. She has worked at UnityPoint Health for 25 years in mental health in the inpatient setting- the last 10 years in ECT prior to coming to IOP. She graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing and completed her BSN at Coe College. Before she worked in mental health, she worked in a variety of in and outpatient settings and found that mental health is her passion. She thoroughly enjoys the setting in IOP and her team of co-workers.
Barbara has a long and varied career in health care since the early 1970's. In 1988 Barbara returned to Des Moines and began working at Iowa Lutheran Hospital as a psychiatric nurse. Over the years she has had a variety of nursing rolls in the behavioral health department at UnityPoint Health. Since 2001 she has worked in the behavioral health Adult Outpatient Program, helping people find opportunities to transition from distress to healing. Special interests include the implementation of mindfulness meditation, and the science to support this practice, in this healing process. Education includes: DMACC operating room technician program in 1972; Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon in 1981, Associate's Degree in Nursing; ISU in Ames, Iowa, landscape architecture in 2001, Bachelors of Science degree. Barbara says that for her, nursing has always been an exploration of healing of the spirit and the enrichment of the human condition.
Marilyn graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing and attended Drake University to receive her BSN and attend graduate school. She has worked at the University of Iowa Hospital and all the mental health units at Iowa Lutheran Hospital with the exception of gero psych. She presently works in the IOP program. Marilyn is committed to helping people live their best life possible.
Aksana is originally from Minsk, Belarus. In Minsk, she worked as a teacher after graduating from Minsk Pedagogical University with Masters of Social Science degree. After she moved to the United States, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has nine years of nursing experience, with last five years as a mental health nurse. Since 2013, Aksana has worked at Broadlawns Medical Center as a psychiatric nurse and currently works at Iowa Lutheran on the inpatient psychiatric unit and in the IOP program. She enjoys helping patients with mental health illnesses and substance abuse problems.
Dorothy works in the Adult Intensive Outpatient program. She has been with UnityPoint Health since 1986, having worked in Adult Inpatient, Gero Psych, Home Health and the mental health access center as well as the Intensive Outpatient Program. She received her BSN degree from the University of Iowa and has taught in 2 nursing education programs including Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing and Mercy College.