PRACTITIONERS

Teresa Varanka, MD
Teresa Maria Varanka, M.D., F.A.A.C.A.P., a licensed psychiatrist in Kansas and Missouri, is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She obtained her training at Kansas University focusing in diagnosis and management of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, A.D.H.D., eating disorders and pervasive development disorders. She has participated in several pediatric studies focusing on obsessive compulsive disorders andmanic-depressive illness. Dr. Varanka is a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She works with children age five and older, adolescents and adults. Dr Varanka focuses on out-patient medication management of psychiatric disorders.  Dr. Varanka is not available via email.

 

Sherry Martin-McCaughtry, DO
Dr. Martin is an ABPN board certified adult psychiatrist licensed in Kansas.   She attended Oklahoma State university Center of Health Sciences for medical school and received her psychiatry training at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  She treats patients age 16 and older for all psychiatric disorders requiring medical management.

 

 

Bruce Michael Cappo, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Cappo started Clinical Associates, P.A. in 1992 and practices as a board certified licensed psychologist in this multidisciplinary private practice setting. Clinical Associates includes more than 50 professional service providers including licensed psychiatrists, licensed doctoral psychologists, nurse practitioners, licensed masters level psychologists, licensed specialist clinical social workers, licensed clinical marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors and other masters level associates. Clinical Associates frequently hosts interns and post-doctoral fellows. While the group provides a full range of services to all ages, Dr. Cappo’s practice is limited to evaluation and consultation. He is a Fellow and Past-President of the Kansas Psychological Association and a Past-President of the Kansas Association of Professional Psychologists. He presently serves on the University of Minnesota Press Advisory Committee related to psychological assessment and is an Ad Hoc reviewer for several journals. His practice is focused in three areas:  Forensic evaluations and consultation, evaluations related to public safety, and evaluations related to diagnosis and treatment planning.

Forensic evaluations and consultation: Psychological evaluations are offered on an outpatient, inpatient and incarcerated basis. He provides drug and alcohol evaluations as well as mental health evaluations and sex offender evaluations to individuals who are under the jurisdiction of the United States Court Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services Program as well as to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Dr. Cappo also performs evaluations for both the defense and prosecution in federal, state, county and municipal courts. General psychological evaluations as well as mental status at the time of offense, juvenile waive to adult, competency and other specific evaluations are provided as well as review of relevant documents and consultation regarding trial issues or strategy.

Public Safety: Dr. Cappo provides services in the field of public safety including applicant and promotional assessment, fitness for duty related issues, consultation and training to various Federal, State and local agencies as well as private entities. He is currently a consultant for the Overland Park Police Department as well as working with a number of other local and nearby police departments. He also provides evaluations for DEA, ICE, TSA and other federal agencies.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: Dr. Cappo receives referrals from other practitioners to clarify diagnostic and treatment planning issues through psychological assessment.

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Marc A. Schlosberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Schlosberg is a licensed psychologist (Kansas) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He has training and experience in a number of areas including individual, family and group therapies for children, adolescents and adults. He has had extensive training in personality and forensic assessment. He has a great deal of experience working with addictive behaviors and substance abuse. He is certified by the Board of Governors of the APA College of Professional Psychology in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Schlosberg also has experience working with individuals and families who experience psychological concerns related to physical illness and health issues. He frequently performs presurgical psychological evaluations for patients considering bariatric surgery and other medical issues. He works with patients both pre– and post-operatively to help incorporate lifestyle changes as well as maximize mental and behavioral patterns to optimize the overall weight loss experience. Additional areas of emphasis include evaluation and treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and behavior difficulties. Dr. Schlosberg also has an active interest in performance enhancement for both athletes and musicians. He is a past president of the Kansas Psychological Association.

 

Sheila Swearngin, Ph.D.
Dr. Swearngin is a licensed psychologist (Kansas and Missouri) with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.   Her training and experience includes individual, family and group therapies for children, adolescents and adults.  She has specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders.  Other areas of training including stress management, women's issues, and psychological concerns related to health issues.

 

 

Lynn Lieberman, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Lieberman is a licensed psychologist (Kansas and Missouri) with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.  She is Board-Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Certified Forensic Examiner in the State of Missouri.  She was a member of the medical staff at a state psychiatric hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri School of Medicine for 14 years.  Areas of specialization include forensic assessments including competency, responsibility, dangerousness, sexual predation, and risk assessment; neuropsychological evaluation for patients with neurological diseases, head injuries, chronic substance abuse, and memory difficulties; geriatric issues and assessment of dementia, dementia versus depression, and matters of  competency; and psychological evaluations including psychological functioning and differential diagnosis, cognitive and intellectual functioning, readiness for various medical procedures and adaptations to life-changing illness/disabilities. She has training and experience providing services to patients with chronic mental illness including affective disorders, conducting care-giver support groups, providing individual and group psychotherapy, and addressing work related issues. Limited to Evaluations only.

 

Amelia S. Davenport Gosal, Psy.D.
Dr. Davenport Gosal is a licensed psychologist (Kansas & Missouri) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  She has training and experience in the areas of diagnostic assessment, individual psychotherapy, research and consulting.  She has a special interest in the area of addictive behavior and is on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence.  In addition to serving as a research associate for the University of Missouri, she is an adjunct faculty professor for Avila University, and an approved mediator for the Kansas Supreme Court.  Dr. Davenport Gosal emphasizes cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness based techniques in her work with individuals, groups and organizations. Currently not accepting new patients.

 

Emily E. VanLeeuwen, Psy.D.
Dr. VanLeeuwen is a licensed psychologist (KS & MO) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  She has training and experience in group, individual and family therapies for children, adolescents and adults. Her experience also includes assessment of intellectual, personality and disability issues.  Dr. VanLeeuwen has received training through the National Health Service Corps directed towards meeting the specific needs of underserved populations.

 

Elizabeth K. Babcock, Ph.D.
Elizabeth K. Babcock, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.  She specializes in women’s issues including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, work stress, self esteem, weight, childhood trauma and other issues confronting today’s woman.

 

 

 

 

Wayne C. Witcher, Ph.D., LCMFT
Dr. Witcher has a doctoral degree in Counseling and Guidance and has been practicing since 1977 in the areas of individual, adult, child and family therapy.  He has worked extensively with blended and stepfamily issues as well as with issues of violence and abuse. One of his specialties is marriage counseling.  He also works in the areas of men's issues in regard to anger, depression and violence.  He also has extensive experience in working with substance abuse issues and is a Registered Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor in Kansas.  He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  He is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Kansas and practices independently in these areas.

 

 

Stella J. Fernandez, Psy.D.
Dr. Fernandez is a licensed clinical psychotherapist (Kansas and Missouri) and holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  She has training and experience working with underserved populations in both correctional and inpatient psychiatric facilities.  She is also trained in diagnostic assessment of intellectual and personality functioning.  Her experience includes psycho-educational groups as well as individual and family psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults and couples.  Dr. Fernandez has a special interest in the areas of forensic assessment, police psychology, mood disorders, and substance abuse issues. She is a certified mediator (Kansas) and provides services in the Spanish Language. Currently Not accepting new patients.

 

Tracey Litwin, Psy.D.
Dr. Litwin is a licensed psychologist (Kansas, Missouri, and California) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  She has had training and experience with diverse populations in several different settings.  Her current area of focus is assessments and evaluations, and working with adults, children and families dealing with issues of attachment, childhood trauma, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.  She also consults with the ResearchTransplant Team where she performs psychological evaluations pre- and post-surgery for potential kidney donors.    

 

Mitchell R. Flesher, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. Flesher is a licensed psychologist and licensed attorney in the state of Kansas.  His practice is devoted to clinical and forensic assessment.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Western Missouri Mental Health Center and worked as a forensic psychologist in the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) from 2003 until 2010.  He performed hundreds of evaluations of Kansas prisoners to determine risk of violence and sexual recidivism, as well as sexual predator status.   He has been conducting clinical and forensic evaluations in private practice since 2005, including such forensic issues as competency, criminal responsibility, mitigation of sentencing, Miranda waiver, and Sexual Violent Predator status, as well as clinical evaluation of mental health conditions and disabilities.  He has been admitted as an expert witness in forensic and mental health issues in numerous jurisdictions in Kansas and Missouri state courts and federal court.  He previously served as Regional Mental Health Coordinator for the mental health contractor for the Kansas prison system, and he is currently the Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist for the Eastern Kansas VA Health Care System. 

 

Robert L. McRoberts, Ph.D.

 

Nancy Casado, APRN, BC 
Nancy Casado earned a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing from the University of Kansas in 1977 and worked on the Mental Health Unit at Shawnee Mission Medical Center for eleven years.  In 1991 she earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a concentration in psychiatry and mental health from Wichita State University.  Since that time she has devoted herself to private practice, providing psychotherapy and medication management to clients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses.  She has particular expertise in the treatment of adults with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders.  She is certified as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing by The American Nurses Credentialing Center.  She serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing at Wichita State University and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.  Currently not accepting new patients.

 

Lila Peckham-Wichman, APRN, BC
Lila Peckham-Wichman, ARNP, BC is a nurse practitioner who has been in practice for several years in the Kansas City area.  She is both a Psychiatric and Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.  Lila attended her undergraduate studies at St. Francis School of Nursing and Emporia State University.  She completed both graduate programs at Kansas University.  Lila has experience as a Nurse Practitioner in home health settings; adolescent and child psychiatry; community mental health settings; inpatient psychiatric hospital units; outpatient psychiatric settings; intensive outpatient treatment programs; partial hospitalization programs; and long-term care facilities.  She enjoys working with geriatric patients and her practice is with patients aged 13 and above.

 

Valerie Jansen, APRN, BC
Valerie Jansen, APRN, B.C. is a nurse practitioner whose practice includes children, adolescents and adults.  Valerie provides psychotherapy and medication management to her patient population.  That population includes stress related disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse disorders.  Valerie has experience in psychiatric home health, inpatient psychiatric settings along with inpatient substance abuse treatment.  She is certified by the Kansas State Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

 

Renee Palermo, APRN, BC
Renee Palermo, APRN, BC, is a nurse practitioner who has worked in the Mental Health field since 1981.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Rutgers University and her Master’s in Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Renee has extensive experience in inpatient psychiatric units, private practice, community mental settings, and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and in the academic field and provides education programs.  She works with children, adolescents and adults and provides both medication management and psychotherapy to clients.Currently not accepting new patients.

 

Martha B. Baird PhD, ARNP

 


Mike Crowley, LSCSW
Mike Crowley is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social worker and has experience working with children, adolescents, couples and families.  He also has experience with anger control and substance abuse groups.  He has been working in the field since 1993.  Mike has presented workshops on domestic violence and is AAPS certified in the State of Kansas.  He also works with court-related adolescents, families, and adults. 

 

 

Leonor Ibarra, LSCSW
Leonor Ibarra is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (Kansas and Missouri).  She has experience working in outpatient and inpatient psychiatric facilities providing individual, family and group psychotherapy.  She has training and experience with anger management and substance abuse issues and is AAPS certified in the state of Kansas. She also has training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).  She offers services to children, adolescents and adults, and also conducts court assessments and treatment groups.  In addition, she offers services in the Spanish language.  Currently not accepting new patients.

 

Gary M. Christ, LSCSW
Clinical Coordinator, ChoicePoint

Gary M. Christ is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker.  He has extensive experience working with adolescents, young adults and families.  He has many years of experience working with court-involved youth and children in foster care.  He also works with adolescents who are seriously emotionally disturbed and young adults with a serious and persistent mental illness.  Areas of specialization include anger management, self-esteem, depression and family conflict.  He offers individual, family and group counseling.  

 

 

 

Stuart Waldman, LSCSW, LCSW

Stuart Waldman is a clinical social worker who is licensed in Kansas and Missouri.  He has been working in the field since 1993 providing individual, couples, family and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults.  His practice focuses on the treatment of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, family conflict, behavioral challenges, and substance abuse.  Stuart has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and solution focused therapy.  His background includes leading programs in child welfare agencies, schools, community mental health centers, and healthcare settings.  He also works with teens and adults involved in court-mandated treatment. Stuart is licensed as a clinical addiction counselor in the state of Kansas.  

 

 

 

 

Jeff Cowan, LMLP
Jeff Cowan has a Master's degree in Psychology and is licensed with the Behavioral Science Regulatory Board as a Master's Level Psychologist.  He has been working in the field since 1993 with a primary focus on anger management for both the adolescent and adult populations.  He has experience in issues related to substance abuse, self-esteem, depression and behavior difficulties.  Jeff offers individual, group and family therapy.

 

 

Amy Lauterbach, LMLP, AAPS, LAC
Amy Lauterbach is a licensed Master’s Level Psychologist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  Her training and experience includes individual therapy with adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders.  She has training and experience in providing substance abuse evaluations for adolescents and adults as well as IQ and achievement testing for children, adolescents, and adults.  She also has training and experience in providing ADHD evaluations for children, adolescents and adults.

 

R. Todd Johnson M.A., LMFT
Todd Johnson has a Master's degree in Counseling from Mid-America Nazarene University and is licensed with the Behavioral Science Regulatory Board as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has been working in the field since 2008 with a primary focus on sexual abusers and families.  He has experience in issues related to marriage, family, adoption, parenting, premarital counseling, self-esteem, depression and behavior difficulties.  Todd offers individual, group and family therapy. 


Joseph R. Wilner, M.A., LMLP

Joe is a Licensed Master Level Psychologist (LMLP) in the state of Kansas. His education includes a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Mary and a Masters in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Management and Leadership from Baker University. Joe is also a Certified Coach Practitioner, an advisory board member for the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP), and is a certified meditation instructor. 

He utilizes a strengths-based approach incorporating principles from solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and positive psychotherapy. He has training and experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health centers, juvenile corrections, and inpatient psychiatric facilities. He works primarily with adolescents and adults coping with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and life transitions.

 

Seth Wescott, M.S. LMLP
Director, Sex Offender Treatment Team.

Seth Wescott received his Bachelor of General Studies degree in Psychology in May 1999 from the University of Kansas.  He received his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in May 2001 from Emporia State University.  Mr. Wescott then began working full-time in community mental health.  He soon began to specialize in forensic evaluations and treatment.  In 2002, he began devoting his career to the field of sex offender treatment.  He has worked in maximum security prisons for both adults and juveniles.  In addition, he has worked with offenders in various community-based settings.  Mr. Wescott has remained dedicated to the treatment of sexual offenders for the past 8 years.  He has received advanced training and continuing education in forensic evaluation and treatment, and has presented at numerous conferences throughout the years.  His history includes professional affiliations as an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).  Mr. Wescott has been relied upon to provide testimony as an expert witness on numerous legal occasions in matters regarding sexual offenders.  In 2009, he was appointed by the State of Kansas Secretary of Corrections to the State’s Multi-Disciplinary Team, responsible for evaluating potential sexually violent predators.  In addition to his work with adult offenders, Mr. Wescott has served as the Director of Mental Health at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex. 

 

 

Nick Macaluso, Psy.D.
Dr. Macaluso’s education includes a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Marriage and Family treatment. He has extensive experience in working with couples, families, adults, children, and adolescents in therapy as well as substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, depression, and anxiety related issues. He firmly believes that you are the expert in your own life and hopes to develop a strong working alliance so that you may accomplish the goals you have in mind.

 

Laura Thornton
Clinical Director, Sex Offender Treatment Team

Laura Thornton received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Maine and her Master's Degree in Counseling from Webster University.  She began working in the forensics field in 1995 while obtaining her specialty certification in addiction counseling.  Ms. Thornton spent the next six years working as an addiction counselor at Lansing Correctional Facility in substance abuse programming, to include two years at their Therapeutic Community.  She began working as a Sex Offender Therapist and Clinical Coordinator for the State Sex Offender Program in 2001.  Beginning in 2003 and for the next 8 years, Ms. Thornton was the Program Coordinator for the state's Northern Region Community Based Sex Offender Treatment Program.  As a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment Of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), Ms. Thornton has gained specific knowledge in the area of cybersex behaviors.  This knowledge has grown into seven years of experience in counseling  those with all ranges of problematic internet sexual behavior.  Ms. Thornton has specific expertise in forensics, sexual abuse treatment, psycho-sexual evaluation, substance abuse, anger management, and counseling for adults with unique responsivity issues.  Ms. Thornton is licensed as a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in both Kansas and Missouri, as well as a RAODAC/LAC (Licensed Addiction Counselor) in Kansas.

  

Robert Reed
Robert Reed is a Licensed Master Social Worker.  He has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.  Mr. Reed has training and exerience working with individuals in the community diagnosed with Severe and Persistant Mental Illness (SPMI).  Robert began working as a Sex Offender Therapist in 2009 for the state's Southern Region Community Based Sex Offender Program where he gained experience conducting psycho-sexual evaluations as well as therapy with individuals and groups.    

 

 

Debora Dias Ferreria, LMSW
Debora Dias Ferreira received her Master’s in social welfare at the University of Kansas in 2010 with an emphasis in mental health care. She is a licensed masters level social worker in the state of Kansas and Missouri. Her internship was at a psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents as an individual and group therapist, and at Truman Medical center as an emergency room social worker. Debora has nine years of experience in the medical field and has a bachelors degree in organizational communication.

Debora strongly believes in simultaneously utilizing objectivity, empathy and client’s strengths in the helping process.

Marilyn Fronk, LBSW, LPC
Marilyn received a Bachelor of Social Work from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling from Fort Hays State University.  She has experience working with corrections at the juvenile level, at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility. She also has extensive experience in the area of adult sex offender specific assessment and treatment in a inpatient setting, working with adults in the Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital providing group and individual therapy. In addition to Sex Offender Therapy groups she has also facilitated groups in Aggression Replacement Training, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Anger Management and Trauma.

 

Lauren A. Thompson, LPC   

Lauren received her Masters in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with an emphasis in mental health. Lauren received her undergraduate degrees from UMKC as well, which included a BA in Psychology, a BFA in Dance, and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.   Her training and experience includes individual, family and group therapies for children, adolescents and adults. Lauren has enjoyed her opportunities to work with diverse populations. Specific areas of diversity that Lauren has experience with include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. Her counseling experience includes working with persons involvong mood disorders, personality disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and eating disorders. Lauren is certified in both yoga and Pilates and enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques she has learned from these areas in her counseling practice. Lauren also utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy in her practice.

 

Quinn Eggesiecker-Mack, LPC
Quinn completed her Masters in Counseling and Guidance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Fall 2012 with an emphasis in work with couples and families. Quinn received her
undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi, with a double major in Psychology and English. Quinn has experience working with both couples and individuals, including work dealing with mood disorders. Quinn utilizes both family systems therapy and solution-focused therapy in her practice.



 

Interns for 2013-2014:

Cynthia Fecchia, Intern

 

Samantha Ciani, Intern

Samantha is currently working on her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Saint Mary in Overland Park Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Mary with a major in Psychology. Samantha has experience in community based services working with youth suffering severe emotional disturbances.

 Jason Lericos, Intern

 Kyle Danner, Intern

Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Masters Level Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapists, and Social Workers have not attended medical school and are not authorized to practice medicine or surgery nor are they authorized to prescribe medication.  Please be advised that certain mental disorders can have medical or biological origins and you should consult with a physician if you have not already done so.  Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Specialists are available to discuss medical issues.  Inpatient referrals can also be facilitated as needed. If our work together leads to problems beyond our expertise, we will help you to obtain the necessary services from the appropriate specialist. All vitae are available for review.

 Email any of our practitioners except Dr. Varanka by their last name: lastname@clinical-assoc.com