Meet The Team
PRIYANKA RAO, PSYD, LP
Chief Clinical Director
Priyanka Rao is the Chief Clinical Director for Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology. She is a Licensed Psychologist who provides individual therapy for adults and couples therapy. She specializes in working with interpersonal difficulties, trauma, identity development, couples work, anxiety, and depression. She particularly enjoys working with young adults, those struggling within their relationships, and people hoping to explore and understand unique aspects of their identities. Priyanka believes that therapy should be a supportive, rewarding, and at times challenging experience to help clients grow in the ways they want to, and she works collaboratively with clients to help them determine their treatment goals and ensure they are getting their needs met. Priyanka’s therapeutic style is direct, challenging, and supportive, with a healthy dose of humor.
ADONYE AFONYA MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adonye Afonya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has about a decade of experience collaborating with different multidisciplinary specialties in an inpatient/outpatient psychiatric setting. His experiences have centered mainly on the adult through geriatric population, but also inclusive of adolescents and young adults. Adonye believes that every individual and circumstance is unique, therefore a unique approach of care will result in the best possible outcome. Understanding the cultural, religious, psychological, and social characteristics of a patient and their family dynamic is of utmost importance when providing mental health care.
Adonye sees patients ages 10+ for Medication management and Psychotherapy. Areas of focus/expertise include, but are not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychosis and Adjustment Disorders.
KATHRYN A. AMUNDSON, Ph.D. MSW LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Therapist
Kathryn ("Katie") brings over 30 years of experience to APP. Katie works with clients across the age spectrum (6+ years and up). In addition to individual and group psychotherapy, her specialties include: play therapy, couples, and family therapy. Areas of interest include: depression (particularly with seasonal components S.A.D.), life transitions (adolescence to young adulthood, divorce, etc.), PTSD, stress management, grief and loss. Research interests include: the correlation between attachment and PTSD; depression in children; and the influence of fathers on adult development in their children.
Certified Therapy Dog
Libby is the 4 year old Samoyed who succeeded Katie’s TDI certified therapy dog, Lexi. Lexi crossed – over this spring after 10 years of loving and supporting clients. Given the sadness experienced by those who knew Lexi, Katie knew there had to be a therapeutic successor. Then she met Libby, also a former show dog. The connection was immediate. While Libby is new to her “office” life, she is affectionate, bright and inquisitive. She loves people, is fearless and tunes in to clients very quickly. She and Katie are a great team. Libby is a welcomed addition to APP.
Daniel Carlson, PsyD LP
Dr. Carlson completes psychological evaluations and testing on individuals age six through elderly adult. The primary issues he evaluates include neurocognitive disorders (dementia), intellectual disabilities, learning disorders, autism, AD/HD, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. He has been a psychologist for over 30 years and has worked in schools, community mental health centers, prisons, and private practice settings.
DEANNA COLLINS, PMHNP
Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanna Collins is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. Along with conventional medicine, she incorporates a holistic approach to identify biological and psychosocial issues affecting clients in order to help patients achieve their individual goals. She also works with those suffering with substance use disorders, using medication assisted treatment options.
KATELYN CONNOLLY, MSW, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Master's Level
Katie Connolly is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who provides therapy to adults and adolescents working through various issues such as; anxiety, depression, crisis, grief/loss, and relationship problems. Katie uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and solution focused therapy with adults and adolescents to overcome the obstacles they are facing in their personal or professional lives. Katie graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work going on to graduate from Salisbury University with a Masters in Social Work. Katie has experience working with both younger and older populations with her most recent experience being in an inpatient hospital setting working with patients coming in from the community experiencing a crisis with their health or with chronic illnesses. Katie utilizes her experience with different individuals to tailor a treatment plan and goals that match the individuals, working to empower and enrich their lives moving forward.
LAURA COSIO, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Laura is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her graduate degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She began her career as an in-home therapist working with children and their families. She works with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, couple, and family therapy. Laura has experience in the areas of family therapy, premarital and marital counseling, stress management, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and behavioral disorders. Laura is certified in the Prepare and Enrich Inventories that focus on premarital and marital relationships.
SHEILA DUNN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheila Dunn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has 6+ years of critical care experience working in an Intensive Care Unit. It is there, where she discovered an interest in psychiatry and realized just how underserved the mental health population is. Her compassion for others and interest in psychiatry is what prompted her pursue her degree as a nurse practitioner. She has a firm belief that psychotherapy is just as important as medication management in order to maximize recovery of mental health disorders. “Psychotherapy is rehab for your brain”. Just as a patient who has suffered from a heart attack is highly recommended to participate in cardiac rehab along with medications to maximize recovery, a patient who suffers from a mental health condition is highly recommended to participate in psychotherapy in addition to medications to maximize recovery. Sheila is accepting new clients ages 6+ with a wide range of mental health conditions including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and adjustment disorders.
LAURA BETH GATZKE
Pre-Licensure Mental Health Therapist
Laura Beth is a pre-licensure mental health therapist who discovered her love of mental health therapy while working as a hospital chaplain. She graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2019 after spending time in South Dakota doing advocacy work for the LGBTQ community as a minister. Grateful to be back in her home state of Minnesota, Laura Beth has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, residential care, and outpatient therapy. She sees adults for individual therapy and has experience working with clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life changes, and stress management. She very much believes healing comes from being heard and that we all have the power to retell and reshape our stories. Reaching out for help and resources is a strength and Laura Beth enjoys meeting with people who are unsure about therapy or their next steps.
CONNIE IEZZI, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Connie has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years and has enjoyed working with adults, children and families in several mental health settings including inpatient, day treatment, outpatient clinics, and schools. She most recently worked to develop a School-Linked Mental Health Therapy program in a local district and provided therapy, mental health education, and support to students, parents, staff and the surrounding community. She has experience in stress management, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADD, ASD, parenting issues, and adjustment disorders. Connie uses a variety of therapy models and techniques, tailoring her approach to the client’s needs. Her particular area of interest focuses on helping clients gain knowledge of how the mind works and the neurobiology of worry, fear and anxiety, using a CBT framework, incorporating mindfulness, to meet their desired goals. Connie received her Master of Social Work degree from New York University and has received Wellness Coaching and Attention and Interpretation Therapy training at the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Currently accepting clients 18 and over.
IAN KAROW, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Ian Karow has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. This includes working in outpatient clinics, crisis centers, residential treatment and homeless shelters. He enjoys working with adolescents (12+), adults and families on a variety of struggles including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship struggles and stress management. Ian believes that counseling is collaborative whereby goals are set and both he and the client work together to find a path in which those goals can be achieved. When he is not in a counseling office he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and riding his dirt bike.
KELSEY KITZMANN, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Kelsey Kitzmann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides
therapy to adolescents (ages 12+), adults, couples, and families.
Kelsey treats a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression,
trauma, relationship issues, behavioral issues, parenting issues,
grief/loss, LGBTQ issues, women's issues, and life transitions. Kelsey
has a Master of Science degree from Iowa State University in Marriage
and Family therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University
of Wisconsin-La Crosse in psychology. Kelsey joined APP in 2013 and
previously worked as a therapist for an adoption and foster care agency
providing in-home therapy to children and their families. Kelsey uses a
variety of therapy models and styles to customize the therapy experience
to her client's individual needs, preferences, and goals.
KRISTINE M. MEYER, MA LP
Kristi has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1996 providing therapy to adults, couples, and children from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. She also specializes in providing psychological assessments and testing for children and adults. She has special interest in ADHD, stress management, and anxiety disorders including panic, phobias, OCD, and social anxiety. Kristi has also been teaching in the graduate program at St. Mary's University since 2008.
REBECCA VIGARS, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Becky has been licensed and in practice since 1998. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. She has experience helping individuals overcome the effects of trauma (past and present), depression, anxiety, as well as anger management. Becky helps couples achieve better communications and thereby have increasingly deeper and more satisfying relationships. She also enjoys helping parents develop positive parenting skills and strategies. Becky has extensive training and experience working with children and adolescents in all areas that affect their lives from domestic violence, addiction, physical and sexual abuse, divorce, ADHD, behavior, and school issues. Becky has worked with children in foster care, as well as with foster parents and parents working for reunification. She also has experience working with adoptive families and children.
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