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Mental Health Professionals

Sarah Baker, MSW, LICSW
Sarah has over 35 years experience counseling adolescents and their families providing individual, group and family therapy. Sarah has worked as an in-home therapist in Bemidji and on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Sarah began working with youth in crisis at the Evergreen House in 1979 and as Director wrote the first Transitional Living Program grant helping their services expand requiring a new facility in 1990. While a supervisor for Beltrami County she worked with service contracts providing in-family counseling, foster care, and supervised the Red Lake Human Services contract.

For the past 13 years Sarah has worked as the in-school therapist at Bemidji High School, providing individual, group and family therapy. Sarah enjoys working with adolescents helping them manage their emotions, improve relationships, deal with past trauma and adjust to the many transitions in life. Sarah is a strength based and holistic therapist working to help clients connect to their families, find resources, and feel connected in their life and community. Sarah began at North Homes in the summer of 2009, has worked in supervising interns, CTSS skills workers and strives to bring creativity and humor to her work.


Stephanie Bumgardner, MSW, LICSW, RPT
Stephanie received her masterís degree through the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is a registered play therapist with additional training through Mankato State University. Stephanie has received additional training to provide diagnostic assessments and treatment for children under the age of five. She has extensive experience working with the Native American population providing ICWA case management services to children and families. Stephanie is currently and has in the past contracted with various tribes to provide clinicial supervision . She has completed intensive training to provide filial therapy to children and families and is currently working towards her competency in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT).


Dr. David Bransford, M.D., Psychiatrist
Dr. David L. Bransford, M.D., is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Minnesota and has been continuously in full time practice since August of 1977.

For the past 21 years he has served as Medical Director and CEO of the Corporation Itasca Psychiatric Services. Prior to forming his own corporation, he was providing direct clinical services, both inpatient and outpatient, in the Grand Rapids area. Prior to 1983, he was a member of the Minneapolis Clinic of Psychiatry and Neurology in Golden Valley, MN since beginning clinical practice in September of 1977. While in the Minneapolis area, inpatient care was provided at Golden Valley Health Center, North Memorial Health Center, Unity Hospital, St Maryís Hospital, and Abbott-Northwestern. Dr. Bransford has also been a consultant for the State Hospital System Ė such as Timberland Child and Adolescent inpatient psychiatry program from 1988-1991 and serving as Medical Director to Mercy Medical Centerís inpatient Chemical Dependency Program from 1979-1983. He still maintains a strong interest in working with MI/CD programs and individuals with a strong emphasis on working with the Child and Adolescent populations. Since moving to Grand Rapids, he has followed a large number of developmentally delayed children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Bransford provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management to many of the youth in the North Homes Children and Family Services continuum of care.


Lisa Corradi, MSW, LICSW
A graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Lisa has a Masterís Degree in Clinical Social Work & a Bachelorís Degree in Psychology/Human Services from Bemidji State. Lisa has previous clinical experience working with outpatient therapy, residential therapy, inpatient psychiatric unit, group therapy, behavioral mental health, hospital based social work, mental health community outreach, Native American populations, domestic violence victims & trauma-based/crisis intervention. Lisa provides complete Diagnostic Assessments, individual, couples & family therapy to youth or adults. She is skilled & trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and is nationally certified in working with youth or families involved with permanency planning & adoption. Lisa enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories, & being able to work extensively with individuals in order to improve their well-being.


Rochelle DelGreco, Clinical and Operations Director, MSW, LICSW
Rochelle has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 1993 and has served in the positions of Child Care Worker, Professional Foster Care Case Manager, Professional Foster Care Director, and currently she serves as our Clinical & Operations Director. Rochelle earned her BA in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas and her Masters of Social Work at Augsburg College in 1999 and is a fully licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Rochelle provides Clinical Supervision and Program oversight to all of North Homesí Programs, including Special Needs Adoption, Professional Foster Care, Residential Services, Mental Health Clinics, and In-Home/CTSS Programs.


Dr. Donnie Farnsworth, Ph.D, LP
Donnie grew up in Chisholm, MN and spent four years in the Army before beginning his education at Hibbing Community College. He then went on to complete his bachelorís degree in psychology at Bemidji State University, his masterís degree in clinical psychology at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and his doctoral degree from the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks. Dr. Farnsworth completed his post-doctoral internship at Northland Counseling Center and has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. Dr. Farnsworth specializes in psychological testing (IQ, memory, learning, personality, developmental disability, and diagnostic clarification) with individuals six-years-old and older. He has experience with inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency programs and working with those who have both mental health and chemical dependency needs. Dr. Farnsworth is able to complete court ordered forensic evaluations.


Kathy Faver, MSW, LICSW
Kathy is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) as well as a member of the Minnesota Chapter (MNATSA). She has provided sexual abuse groups and sex offender treatment groups since 1987. She is a mental health therapist who conducts diagnostic assessments and provides individual, group , and family therapy. She serves the adolescent and adult population. Kathyís specialty areas include serious and persistent mental illness, sexual and physical abuse victims, sex offender treatment, depression, and anxiety disorders. Kathy serves on the BSMART team (Bemidji Area Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Response Team), the FACNM (Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota) multidisciplinary team and serves on the Collaborative for the Management of Sexual Offenders for the 7 county area in Northern Minnesota.


Richard William (Bill) Faver, MA, LP
Bill provides individual and family psychotherapy, diagnostic assessments, psychological testing and evaluations and facilitates psychotherapy groups at the Bemidji NWJTC. Bill specializes in testing and sex offender treatment. He also assisted in the Rule 29 certification and is a part of the multi-disciplinary team.


Jon Freidt, MA, LAMFT
Jonathan holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University-Denver. He currently provides services in a variety of settings such as In-home, school based, and office settings to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Jonathan also has additional training in working with families who have children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) through the Families Moving Forward program coordinated with the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). He also provides complete Diagnostic Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, Jonathan provides parent education in the form of the Love and Logic parenting curriculum.


Colin Heglund, MA, LP
Colin holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and is a Licensed Psychologist. He works with children, adolescents, and adults. His areas of special interests include conducting diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, working with families and couples, conducting parental capacity evaluations, along with psychological evaluations. He also has experience facilitating DBT groups with adolescents who engage in self-injurious/suicidal behavior. He is currently being trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Colin is involved in a number of collaborative relationships in the Bemidji area providing mental health services at Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center and has worked with the Evergreen Shelter in the past collaborating on 35-day evaluations. He also participates in the Interdisciplinary Review Team (IRT) representing North Homes, Inc. during monthly meetings with other mental health providers in the Bemidji community.


Colbi Ikola, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist
Colbi provides individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults of all ages. She administers diagnostic assessments and collaborates with clients in the process of treatment planning. Colbi offers individual therapy to the students of Trek North each week and also sees clients at the Bemidji North Homes Children and Family Services office. She specializes in Reality Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches in the areas of stress management, depression, adjustment, and anxiety disorders. Colbi will be graduating with her masters degree in counseling psychology from Bemidji State University in May 2013.


Karie Kroon MSW, LICSW.
Karie has a Master's in Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and since 1995 she has experience in different fields within academia, public health, human services, and social services. She worked primarily in the American Indian community which provided familiarity with cultural awareness and tribal entities. Her primary focus is working with children of all ages utilizing trauma-focus modality.


Dr. William Larsen Ph.D.Psychologist
Dr. Larsen has worked with North Homes since 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical/Development Psychology in 1985. His past work experience was as the Director of Psychological Services/Clinical Psychologist at Holston Mental Health Center in Kingsport Tennessee, Clinical Director at Northland Mental Health Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and 19 years in private practice in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. He provides a range of services which includes family and individual psychological evaluations, psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults and in-depth diagnostic assessments working in conjunction with an in-patient hospital psychiatric unit, various treatment facilities, law enforcement agencies and physicians in coordinating services to disturbed adolescents. Dr. Larsen provides a key element in our 35-Day Evaluation Program at North Homes.


Amy Mallum, MSW, LGSW
Amy has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2002, and has served as a Professional Foster Care Case Manager and a Professional Foster Care Program Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluthís Master of Social Work Program. While there, she developed a strong foundation of knowledge surrounding Native American issues and evidence-based practices. Amy provides complete Diagnostic Assessments, individual therapy for adolescents and adults, and family therapy. She has co-facilitated Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups and cultural groups for North Homes Children and Family Services. In addition, Amy currently provides mental health education to youth in the North Homes Children and Family Services MICD program.


Dr. Michelle Monerson, PsyD, LP.
Dr. Monerson is a doctorate level Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She grew up in North Dakota and completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of North Dakota, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She finished her Clinical Psychology degree at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Twin Cities campus. She recently moved from Winona, Minnesota, where she provided services within a community mental health setting and an outpatient sexual offender treatment program. She assists clients with developing strategies to cope with life stressors and to effectively manage symptoms stemming from a variety of mental health concerns. Dr. Monerson approaches clients with respect and provides a therapeutic environment free from judgment. At North Homes, Inc., she will be working primarily with adults and some adolescents (ages 13+) providing individual, couples, and group therapy. In addition, she will complete psychological evaluations and provide supervision for practitioners and other trainees.


Jennifer Moreland, MS, LAMFT.
Jennifer comes to North Homes with over 14 years of experience working with children and families. She holds a Masterís Degree in Human Services from Capella University, specializing in marriage and family therapy, and a Bachelorís Degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University. She will be joining the mental health clinic as a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.


Jenniferís areas of specialty include providing outpatient adolescent, individual, and family therapy and working with individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety. She uses trauma informed care, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and rational-emotive behavioral approaches. Jennifer believes in finding the strengths in individuals to help guide them through their struggles on the journey towards healing and builds a therapeutic relationship with each person through respect, honesty, and authenticity. Jennifer also incorporates a holistic view of healing in her practice.


Eric Nance MSW, LICSW.
Eric Nance received his Masterís Degree in Social Work from Portland (Oregon) State University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Eric currently serves adults, teens and families using a variety modalities including client-centered, cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented. He has a special interest in adults with severe and persistent mental illness; specifically treatments that will benefit these adults and their families. In addition, Eric is trained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral curriculum. Other areas of focus include therapeutic groups, community networking and conducting presentations on mental health-related topics.


Lisa Riggs MSN, RN, CNP
Lisa is a board certified Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to treat individuals ages 13 and older. Lisa Riggs graduated from New Mexico State University in 2009 with a Master's degree in nursing and an area of study focused on the treatment of psychiatric illness and substance use disorders. Lisa Riggs has broad clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings and has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years.


Katie Rubesh, MSW, LICSW
Katie received her masterís degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She has received additional training in working with 0-5 yr old children for diagnostic assessments, trauma-focused cognitive based therapy (TF-CBT), play therapy, and filial therapy. Katie specializes in play therapy, trauma and individual therapy, clinical supervision, and diagnostic assessments. Katie has worked with children and families in Itasca County for the past 18 years.


Jennifer Sheppard MSW, LGSW
Jennifer earned her Master of Social Work degree from Augsburg College and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She has over 18 years of combined experience supporting families and youth in the areas of mental health, grief and loss, trauma, family violence, and individual and parental stress. She provides individual and family therapy in addition to psychoeducational groups for teens that are addicted to alcohol/chemicals. She is currently doing family assessments for our 35 day evaluation program. Jennifer believes that emotional struggles are not a sign of weakness; they are a sign that a person has had to be strong for too long. As the agency trainer in the area of North Homes Children and Family therapeutic milieu, Jennifer stresses how dignity and respect are the cornerstones of every therapeutic relationship. Jennifer uses a common-sense, client-centered, strengths based approach, including cultural awareness, to enhance mental, physical, and emotional well being.


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