Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Meet the Staff

The Wellness Center is staffed by a team of medical, mental health, and health promotion professionals who are committed  to improving the health and wellness of Loyola students. Our staff members regularly engage in professional development opportunities individually or as a group in order to provide students with high quality care. The Wellness Center has a diversity and inclusion committee and a quality committee that meet regularly and hosts speakers in order to make sure our services align with the social justice mission of the university and are culturally competent. Please see below to learn more about the backgrounds and interests of the Wellness Center staff.

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We are happy to introduce the Loyola community to Ashlar, Loyola’s therapy dog! He is 6 years old and was adopted from the Orphans of the Storm shelter in Grayslake. He was originally being trained to be a service dog at TOPS kennel, but he is very social and was a better fit for a therapy dog role. He is a trained, certified therapy dog. Ashlar lives with the family of the Wellness Center’s Director of Counseling, but spends his days at the Wellness Center and on campus with students! He loves: belly rubs, playing fetch, and going on walks! Come visit him at his “Ask Ashlar” sessions (schedule here) if you miss your dog at home, need to destress, or just like dogs!

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Alexis Barkin in a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in June of 2021. Alexis received both her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Alexis provided services at Indiana University, Bloomington as a mental health clinician specializing in power-based violence. Alexis utilizes an empowerment based practice to support students in: identifying their personal strengths, challenging unhealthy patterns, and cultivating ongoing resilience. She often incorporates mindfulness and ACT into her line of work. When Alexis is not at work she enjoys escaping in to nature, journaling, or trying out a new recipe.

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Andrea Boyd is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in spring of 2014.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University and her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  After completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois Chicago, Andrea worked in a variety of settings (university medical center, community mental health agency, nonprofit agency and private practice) with clients of all ages. Andrea’s clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, family and relationship difficulties, life transitions and grief/loss concerns.  She prefers to use a range of change oriented strategies including cognitive behavior, communication effectiveness and problem-solving.

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Sarah is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Loyola. She is interested in the impact of life transitions on individual differences in well-being. Her research interests include understanding how various stressors affect psychological functioning across the developmental trajectory. In addition, she implements and evaluates interventions intended to prevent and treat psychopathology and promote well-being in adolescence and emerging adulthood.

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Guy Caprio is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in March of 2015. He made the transition to social work after 17 years trading financial markets in New York City and Chicago. Prior to Loyola, he spent three years at Lawrence Hall where he provided individual and group therapy to adolescent young men in the DCFS system with significant trauma histories who lived in the residential program. He ended his time there as Director of Residential Services and continues to provide clinical supervision toward licensure to their social workers on a contractual basis. Guy is a Loyola University Chicago alumnus earning his Master of Social Work in 2011. He completed a clinical internship at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital where he provided individual and group therapy to both combat and non-combat military veterans. These clinical experiences, both at a VA Hospital and a Residential Treatment Center, provided insight into how short and long term trauma exposure impacts our bodies and brains across our life span. Guy uses a strengths based approach to assist clients in recognizing their value and potential as human beings. His clinical experience and some interests include attachment, family of origin/relationship issues, trauma (processing and recovery) and crisis intervention. Recent research/presentation topics in his current role include the impact of internet/social media use on college student mental health and improving access and care at college wellness centers to traditionally underserved and underrepresented students. Outside of work Guy enjoys outdoor activities, exploring Chicago, traveling and spending time with his family.

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Teresa Carey joined the Wellness Center in 1989.  Teresa graduated from Elmhurst College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Teresa started her nursing career at Loyola University Medical Center on a Medical Surgical Unit and then moved to Inpatient Pediatrics before settling in at the Wellness Center.  Teresa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Loyola University Chicago in 1994 with an emphasis in printmaking.  As a lifelong Chicagoan, she has a special interest in Chicago architecture and architectural ornamentation.  In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Ian Carniello is the Immunization Specialist who joined the Wellness Center in February 2022. Ian graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2021, with a Bachelor's Degrees in Communication Studies.

 

Dr. Meghan Chapman is a therapist who came to the Wellness Center in the Spring of 2020. As a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2019), she has worked in various settings with children, adolescents, young adults, and families presenting with a variety of emotional, social, and behavioral concerns. Her past experiences include school-based diagnostic setting, crisis screening, outpatient behavioral health, and an intensive outpatient (IOP) setting for substance use. Meghan completed her doctoral internship at Advocate Family Care Network -- Childhood Trauma Treatment Program, a trauma/attachment-focused program that worked tightly with adoption and the Illinois foster care system. She is a postdoctoral clinical fellow at a private practice in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, where she has developed their sport psychology program in which she works with athletes, in the college and community setting, on a variety of mental health and/or performance-related needs.

 

Meghan received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and communication from Tulane University. Additionally, Meghan is a former Division I Collegiate Athlete who played for Tulane University and North Carolina State University. Meghan has a warm, supportive, and collaborative approach that allows her clients and their families to feel at ease immediately. She uses a strengths-based, humor, integrative approach to empower her clients. In her free time, Meghan enjoys being outdoors, hiking, traveling to new places, and visiting family/friends.

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Hongying Chen is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in December 2012. She was born and raised in China. She earned a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Studies. Respect and understanding for individual differences are core values for her, whether she is working with individuals, or in a group therapy setting. She recognizes the influence of early experiences on later development and the interconnectedness of the individual’s actions with the environment including family, social and cultural contexts. Her approach is also influenced by Eastern philosophies which emphasize self awareness and the mind-body connection. Her clinical interests include family of origin, relationship issues, trauma, grief, anger management, eating disorder, diversity, racial and cultural identity, LGBTQ, international student well-being, cross-cultural psychology, and training and supervision. In her free time, she enjoys performing arts, films, music, reading, good foods, travel, nature, and time spent with friends and family.  

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Nancy Cherven has been the laboratory technician at the Wellness Center since 1999. Nancy has an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology degree and has over 20 years of laboratory experience.

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Dr. David deBoer is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Counseling for the Wellness Center. Dr. deBoer earned his doctorate in Psychology and Human Development at the University of Chicago. Dr. deBoer has worked with youth in a variety of contexts. A former high school teacher, Dr. deBoer has also worked as a clinical psychologist with young people dealing with chronic medical illness.  What Dr. deBoer enjoys most about his work at the Wellness Center is the opportunity to help individuals overcoming obstacles to realizing their fullest potential in their studies and in all aspects of their lives. Areas of interest include interpersonal/psychodynamic psychotherapy, LGBT student concerns, graduate and professional student concerns, crisis assessment and intervention.

Outside of work, Dr. deBoer enjoys spending time outdoors, exercising, and exploring the city with his family. 

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Mary Duckett joined the Wellness Center in August 2015 as a Health Educator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and her Masters in Health Communication from Emerson College/Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Mary completed a two year substance abuse prevention fellowship through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The fellowship focused on the prevention of underage drinking in high risk communities in Illinois. Mary became a Certified Health Educator (CHES) in 2016, and has a special interest in college alcohol and cannabis use and trends. Mary is also the staff advisor for the Wellness Advocates, a group of peer health educators at Loyola who present to other students on important health topics. Outside of work, Mary enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

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Taylor Eippert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in 2022. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Miami University, Ohio, and went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work at Loyola University, Chicago. Taylor has worked with acute psychiatric illness in the emergency room and inpatient psychiatric setting and has experience providing counseling to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Taylor believes that healthy change and healing happen when people are given the support they need to maximize their own internal strengths and capacities. Taylor’s specialties include mood and anxiety disorders; emotional regulation; trauma recovery; stress and burnout; crisis intervention; and life transitions. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys frequenting shows with friends and family, yoga, and spending time outside with her dog.

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Ernest Fernandez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Arrupe College in the fall of 2016. He was born in Chicago and, from age 8 to 19, he lived in the Philippines where he studied under and worked with the De La Salle Christian Brothers. After a brief stay in Hawaii, he returned to Chicago where he earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. After graduation Ernest became a Lasallian Volunteer and served his first year as a tutor and ESL teacher in Oakland, California. He served his second year as a recreational therapist and assistant to the chaplain at a residential school for court adjudicated boys in Albany, NY. He was then invited to work at a startup charter school in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago where he became the behavior intervention specialist. Through those experiences Ernest worked with students to develop internal and external resiliencies to overcome barriers to their education. He went on to earn his master’s degree and Type 73 Certificate at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and was a Community Schools Fellow. Since then Ernest worked as a residential therapist for abused and neglected children and also school as social worker. Until recently he managed a Supported Apartment Program where he supervised case managers for adults with various mental health disorders. Outside of work Ernest enjoys comedy, food, music, martial arts, and outdoor activities.

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 Beatriz Gonzalez, MSW, LCSW, joined the Wellness Center in November of 2021. Beatriz received both her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Beatriz provided therapeutic services at Catholic Charities- Youth and Family Therapeutic Services department as a mental health clinician. Beatriz has used short and long-term case management/counseling services as well as stabilization and support services to individuals and families needing specialized intensive case management and behavioral health services. Beatriz is bilingual in Spanish/English and enjoys working with a diverse population, especially underrepresented individuals. Beatriz aims to continue providing resources needed to individuals in need of additional support. When Beatriz is not at work, she enjoys long-nature walks, trying out new coffee spots, or catching up on the newest binge-worthy TV show. 

 

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Meagan is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the Wellness Center in Fall 2019. She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Marquette University.  After earning her Masters in Public Health from Tulane University, she worked in health promotion research before returning to school to earn her bachelors and masters in nursing from Rush University.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospital-based, primary care, school-based and urgent care.  

 Outside of work Meagan enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.  

 

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I am a Registered Nurse who joined the wellness center in October of 2020. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern New Hampshire University. I have been a nurse for 20 years and worked in a hospital setting in both labor & delivery and postpartum. I love spending time with my husband of 30 years and my 3 adult children. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking, and traveling.

Dr. Raynelda Hidalgo is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has been a physician at the Loyola Wellness Center since 1996. Her responsibilities include assessing, diagnosing, and treating women's health problems and teaching them about a variety of women's health topics. Dr. Hidalgo received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago and her medical degree from Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine. Subsequently she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Hidalgo has also had a private practice in Chicago for over 7 years and teaches medical students and residents at Lutheran General Hospital, Illinois Masonic Hospital, and Saint Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Hidalgo likes to golf and is an avid runner.

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Joan Holden is the Director of the Wellness Center and an Adult Nurse Practitioner.  Joan has been with Loyola’s Wellness Center since 2000. She received her baccalaureate in nursing from Mount Saint Joseph University, a masters in oncology nursing from Rush University School of Nursing and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola.  She has received Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Joan enjoys working with and managing the talented Wellness Center staff.  She also cares for students in the clinic and has a special interest in preventative health care and infectious disease.  In her spare time, Joan enjoys reading and spending time at her family’s organic farm with her husband and adult children.

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Brit Holmberg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in Fall 2018. Brit received a B.S. from Cornell University and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago.  Brit has nearly a decade of experience providing mental health services to a wide array of populations. 

Prior to joining Loyola’s Wellness Center team, Brit offered individual and group therapy to adults at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and in private practice.  Brit uses a strengths-based approach to support clients in identifying their core values and finding their voice.  Brit’s clinical interests include mindfulness, anti-racist practice, spirituality, and group work.  You may run into Brit on the bike path, a community march, one of Edgewater’s great restaurants, or at a local playground with his kids.

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Dr. Daniel Keller is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in the spring of 2005. Dr. Keller was born and raised in Switzerland and first came to the United States as an exchange student in high school. He received his doctorate from Kent State University in 1995 where he trained and worked at the university student counseling center for several years. After completing his clinical internship at Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Keller began working with neglected/abused children and adolescents at Maryville Academy. He greatly enjoys his career as a psychologist and especially likes the individual differences of people he comes to meet and work with on a daily basis. While Dr. Keller has been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, his special interest lies in helping clients explore and work through the role the unconscious might play in the development and maintenance of emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition to his work at Loyola, Dr. Keller maintains a private practice in Chicago. In his free time, Dr. Keller enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the many cultural opportunities of Chicago. He is also an avid traveler who thrives on the personal and cultural challenges one faces in the course of travel at home and abroad.

 

Naeemah Kenyatta joined the Wellness Center in July 2021. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters in Public Health from Benedictine University. In previous years, Naeemah has served on Health Advisory Committees focused on helping underserved families within the Chicagoland area. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. 

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Dr. Alam Khan is board certified in internal medicine and has been a physician at the Loyola Wellness Center since 1996. Dr. Khan received his medical degree at Dow Medical University in Pakistan. Subsequently, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago with a special interest in hypertension and diabetes. His responsibilities include assessing, diagnosing, and treating students for a variety of acute illnesses. Dr. Khan is also the collaborating physician for the Wellness Center's nurse practitioner. He has had a private practice the north side of Chicago for the past 10 years. Currently he is a faculty member for medical students and residents at Saint Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Khan likes to travel and to rollerblade.

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Paula King joined the Loyola community in October of 1998 and the Wellness Center in March of 2000. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola with concentrations in Information Systems, Black World Studies and Marketing. Prior to coming to the Wellness Center Paula worked in Loyola’s Niehoff School of Nursing.  Paula enjoys exploring new skills, singing, sewing and gardening.

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Deborah Knight is a Licensed Clinical Counselor who joined the Wellness Center in August 2021. Deborah received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University and is also a proud alum of Florida A&M University where she obtained her bachelor’s of science degree. Since graduating Deborah has worked across the entire Chicagoland area in numerous settings including acute residential, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and sober living homes collaborating with DCFS, Probation, and Drug Court. She practices from an integrative therapeutic approach focusing on the individual’s needs, and in the past has utilized CBT, Motivational Interviewing, ACT, and is trained in C-DBT and EMDR. Deborah enjoys working with all individuals and has experience with trauma (complex, developmental, and racial), suicidality and self-harm, disordered eating, substance use, identity and self-image, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship dysfunction. Deborah is passionate about healing the whole person and cultivating healthy decision-making skills and strives to develop emotionally safe spaces of non-judgement for individuals to be heard and seen in. Deborah’s authentic self is rooted in values of honesty, integrity, and faith and supports increasing mental health services and awareness in underserved populations. When not working, you can find Deborah soaking up sun, eating, planning a road trip to her favorite spa, eating while getting lost in a book, and obsessing about her favorite (movie/book) characters.

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Mira Krivoshey joined the Wellness Center in July 2016 and is a certified sexual assault advocate and certified health education specialist (CHES). She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Barnard College and her Masters of Public Health with a specialization in Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. Mira has worked around the country, providing direct service to survivors of gender-based violence and promoting violence prevention in schools and community agencies. When not working, Mira enjoys theater, reading, and planning her next travel experience.

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Dr. Nisha Kumar, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined the Wellness Center in January 2022.  She received her doctorate from Pacific University Oregon in 2019.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Kansas State University Counseling Services.  Prior to joining the Wellness Center mental health team, Nisha worked at a private practice in Chicago providing individual counseling services to adults in the community.

 

Nisha has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns.  Nisha’s clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, family of origin and relationship concerns, and life transitions. Nisha enjoys facilitating interpersonal process groups, as well.  Nisha’s approach to therapy is integrative and culturally informed, drawing from person-centered, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness approaches in her work.  Her therapeutic style is warm, gentle, and collaborative. She has a strong interest and commitment to supporting students in their academic and personal endeavors.  In her free time, you would likely find Nisha curled up with a good book, at a coffee shop enjoying the atmosphere and hot chocolate or singing along to her favorite Disney songs.

 

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Anne B. Luckose has been with the Wellness Center since 2012. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She earned her BSN and subsequently MSN from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. She then completed her Post-Masters Adult Nurse Practitioner program at North Park University. Her nursing experience comes from both teaching/staff positions in India and critical care nursing at Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has worked in diagnostic radiology, wound care, women’s health, Fall prevention clinics of America, adult primary care and in hematology/oncology. Anne loves to be with people who are humorous and enjoys music, dance, arts & crafts and fashion.

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Eva Martin has been an office assistant with the Wellness Center since 2001. Eva is pleased to answer students' questions regarding the Wellness Center and Loyola University Chicago.

Maureen McFadden is a registered nurse and joined the Wellness Center in March of 2015. Maureen graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society. She later received a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Resurrection University.  Prior to working at the Wellness Center Maureen worked as a home healthcare nurse. She enjoys working with diverse populations and loves being a nurse. Outside of work, Maureen enjoys drinking coffee and traveling.

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Sue McNamee is a registered nurse who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois as well as a board certification in College Health Nursing. Sue graduated from Loyola University Marcella Niehoff College of Nursing with a master's degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She first started at Loyola's Student Health Center in 1986 and worked there 16 years until her return to Loyola's Wellness Center. Prior to her return, Sue worked supervising the health care of special needs students at Northern Suburban Special Education District. Sue has a nursing interest in student health and wellness education and fostering student independence in the health care process. Sue's outside hobbies include cooking, gardening and golf, as well as spending time at the beach with her family.

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Sonia has 30+ years of dedicated customer service experience in an office environment.  Sonia is a native of Mexico and her family migrated to Chicago when she was a young girl.  She is a mother of 3. Sonia enjoys walking, running and spending time with family and friends.

 

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Stacey Meyers is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who joined the Wellness Center in 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) from The Ohio State University. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at The University of Pennsylvania with an advanced practice specialty in psychiatric-mental health nursing and minors in adult oncology and palliative care. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) from Mercer University. She is an ANCC board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.  

Stacey is an Assistant Professor in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Her research has previously focused on the lived experiences of women diagnosed with late stage gynecological cancer. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading fiction novels, and spending time with her golden retriever.

 

Daisy Nie, MD,  is a psychiatrist who joined the Wellness Center in August 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University, and received her M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has a strong interest in working with and helping college students through what is often a stressful period in their lives. She believes in a collaborative and comprehensive model of care for mental health and wellness. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, preventative care, and teaching. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city and trying new restaurants.

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Alex is a COVID Care Coordinator that came onboard in October 2021. He received his Bachelor's degree in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota. After graduating, he worked as a researcher in the University's COVID-19 Laboratory and as a nursing assistant with the MHealth Fairview Hospital. He will be continuing his education with a Master's in Nursing and is excited to support public health efforts at Loyola. You can find Alex biking around Chicago in the winter and paddling Lake Michigan in the summer.

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McKenna Rogan joined the Wellness Center staff in March 2021.  She received a B.A. in Drama and Psychology-Neuroscience-Philosophy (PNP) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Penn State in 2019.  McKenna has worked with both prospective and current college students in a variety of roles and they currently serve as a Medical Advocate with Resilience - a Chicago-based non-profit that supports survivors of sexual violence.  Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, theater, and yoga.

 

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Danny Rone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the Wellness Center in May 2022.  As an alumnus of Loyola University Chicago and Boston College, Danny understands what it means to be Jesuit-educated and endeavors to be a person for others by standing alongside in solidarity.  He holds his B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Spanish from Loyola, as well as his MSW and Latinx Leadership Certificate from Boston College.  Danny also completed his Narrative Therapy Certificate through the Narrative Therapy Initiative.  Danny’s mission involves being a companion on clients’ journeys to explore their relationship with problems and to enhance the possible.  By working with Danny, he hopes that preferred stories of relating with oneself and the world are thickened to stand in opposition to discourse that dares to claim how people “should” exist.  Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Danny served as the LSW Program Manager and Staff Therapist with IntraSpectrum Counseling and the Director of Social Services at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital.  Danny has a particular passion for serving members of the LGBTQIA+ community and exploring issues related to intersectionality.         

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Alexa Ross is a licensed and registered dietitian nutritionist who joined the Wellness Center in September of 2021. Alexa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Kinesiology at Miami University, and earned her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University. She has a wide range of nutrition experience in community and clinical settings. Her passion for higher education, academia, and life-long learning brought her to specialize in working with college students. Alexa strives to work with students to enhance lives using evidence-based research and empowerment to live a better, healthier, more balanced life through improved relationships with food and exercise. She aims to inspire others to make positive changes by using wellness knowledge and skillsets to educate and motivate. Outside of the Wellness Center, Alexa enjoys cooking, baking, running, reading, and spending quality time with friends, and family.

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Lanay joined the Wellness Center in August 2015. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Lanay has an undergraduate degree in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica and she received her master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. Lanay is from Minnesota and prior to arriving at the Wellness Center; she worked as a nurse on heart and lung transplants and cardiac intensive care, and taught at the nursing lab here at Loyola. Outside of work Lanay enjoys running, traveling, gardening, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family and pets.

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Emmanuel “Manny” Serna is a registered nurse who joined the Wellness Center in March 2021. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University Northwest and an associate degree in applied sciences from Wilbur Wright College. Prior to joining the team at Loyola University, Manny served as a clinician and manager at psychiatric-focused residential care facilities. He loves being a nurse because it gives him the opportunity to interact with diverse populations and challenges him to be a lifelong learner. In his free time, Manny enjoys playing video games, snacking and exercising. He especially loves jogging along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. He’s also a proud dad to two high-maintenance cats, Nebula and Super Nova.

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Paris is a COVID Care Coordinator that came onboard in April 2021. She is thrilled to join the Wellness Center Team. She received her Bachelor’s in Community Health and Master’s in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With her background in Health Education and Residence Life, she is excited to encourage and support student health and wellness at Loyola. Paris loves cooking and spending time with friends. She can be seen trying new foods at local restaurants around the city. 

 

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Dianna Stencel is a licensed clinical social worker, yoga teacher and mindfulness-based instructor at the Wellness Center. Dianna joined the team in 2002 and is passionate about helping individuals discover that their minds and bodies are a resource for healing, insight and resiliency. An alumnus of Loyola University Chicago, she received her undergraduate degree in psychology and a minor in philosophy. Dianna obtained her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dianna provides the following services at the Wellness Center; individual therapy, facilitation of mindfulness based groups, out-reach and workshops for Loyola students. 

 Dianna's clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, mind/body connection, identity/culture, and mindfulness. Dianna is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and trained at the renowned Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts. She has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification and has a certificate in Yoga Informed Psychotherapy from Live Oak in Chicago.

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Kenneth Stratton serves as a Mental Health Counselor for Athletics with a focus on supporting BIPOC student athletes. He began his work with Loyola University Chicago in March of 2022. He earned his M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and B.S. in Psychology and Family/Child Studies from Northern Illinois University. Kenneth experience in the field of Mental Health and Internal Healing spans across multiple populations including but not limited to: Incarcerated youth and/or adults, At-risk and impoverished youth, LGBTQ community, moderate to significant mental or physical impairment, transitioning adults, and individuals experiencing high stress or unresolved trauma. He is highly passionate about providing effective person-centered methods to all people in need no matter age, class, race, or circumstance.  

 

Kenneth prides himself as being a Cognitive-Behavioral therapist with emphasizes on person centered practices. He considers himself to be a helper to all people, no matter the variables. Kenneth is a Therapist whose main mission is to empower people with the internal and external tools needed to help face and conquer every situation. He sees himself as a valuable guide, assisting individuals or groups on their journey to reach their highest quality of life possible - however that may look in therapy or direct-service. His therapeutic encounters will facilitate opportunities for you to offer yourself self-compassion, empathy, and grow your self-awareness en-route to accomplishing your goals. 

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Nicole Sumida is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Arrupe College in August 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her Master’s degree in Social Work degree at Loyola University Chicago in 2002. Nicole has worked in a variety of settings including a hospital-based mental health center, an inpatient psychiatric facility and a nonprofit agency with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Her clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety and depression from a cross-cultural perspective, family and relationship difficulties and the effects of intergenerational trauma on development. In her spare time, Nicole publishes a web magazine that promotes artistic/literary work by Asian Americans. She is an equity activist in her community and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and walking in the woods.

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Dr. Tiffany Tiberi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who came to the Wellness Center in the Fall of 2011.  She received her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Iowa's Student Counseling Services and postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services.  Prior to joining the Wellness Center mental health team, she worked as a staff psychologist providing individual and group therapy to college students at Illinois State University. 

 

Tiffany's clinical interests include the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, student-athlete mental health, LGBTQ identity development, eating and body image concerns, family of origin and relationship issues, and trauma recovery. Tiffany enjoys facilitating interpersonal process groups at the Wellness Center as well.  Tiffany’s approach to therapy is integrative but she primarily draws on interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral, and multicultural counseling approaches in her work with students.  Tiffany is also the Clinical Coordinator of the mental health team and is interested in finding new and innovative ways to provide clinical services to students. She is an active member of ACCCCS (Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services).  In her free time, Tiffany enjoys being physically active, hiking, cooking good vegetarian food, spending time with family and friends and traveling to new places.

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 Lisa Verdon is a Registered Nurse who joined the Wellness Center in December 2019. Lisa has been a Nurse since 2003 and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. Prior to coming to the Wellness Center, she worked in the hospital setting in labor and delivery and then transitioned to a private pediatric office where she enjoyed working with children of all ages, especially teens and young adults.

She is very much looking forward to being able to continue to work with young adults at the Wellness Center. Lisa grew up in Edgewater and currently resides there with her husband, 4 children and their rescue dog, Hank. She enjoys volunteering with the Chicago Area Runners Association as a group leader for running programs and coaching cross country and basketball at the school her children attend. When not working, Lisa can be found at hockey games, enjoying a run in the neighborhood, spending time with her family and friends and trying to finish a book she started months ago.

 Pronouns: She//Her/Hers

Johannes graduated from Williams College with a double major in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. He coordinated research studies on HIV and LGBTQ health for 5 years prior to becoming a registered nurse in 2017. Before joining the Wellness Center in February of 2022, he worked at Howard Brown Health for 4 years, providing primary care and sexual/reproductive health services with a focus on LGBTQ people, adolescents, and young adults. He is passionate about ending health disparities in the LGBTQ community, particularly among youth of color. Outside of work, Johannes enjoys playing video games, practicing yoga, biking around the city, listening to music, staying up to date on the newest flavor of Jeni’s ice cream, and supporting local social justice work however he can.

 

Pronouns: he/him/his