Jori Sparry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 14 years of experience. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. She completed a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2000.
She was trained by William Boylin, Ph.D., who was supervised and trained by Carl Whitaker M.D. (a founding father of Family Therapy) in family systems and the creator of Symbolic Experiential Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation, foster care/adoption, and crisis stabilization program for teenagers.
Jori opened her own solo private practice in Connecticut in 2004. She has been a consultant for numerous Therapists advising them on the structure of starting their own businesses.
Her experience includes the development and facilitation of a federally funded grant program working with abused children, teaming up with the National Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2006, she participated in a pilot program to further her knowledge and skill in working with childhood trauma and how it relates in the context of family.
Jori relocated with her family to Illinois in 2008. She worked for the Mental Health Network Government Services. In February 2010, Jori worked with service members returning from a thirteen month deployment in Afghanistan at Fort Hood, Kileen, Texas. Upon her return from Texas, she took an assignment to work at the Illinois National Guard, Camp Lincoln Springfield, Illinois. She participated in three summer camps for children of military service members and also in pre deployment and reunification programming for service members and their families. Her experience includes working with all branches of active service, National Guard, reserve members and their families. Jori continues her work with military families on weekend assignments as needed.
Jori is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her style of Therapy is direct and nurturing. She believes in any crisis there is opportunity for growth. Her expertise includes working with traumatic life events, post-traumatic stress disorder, marital and family issues, blended family issues, divorce, infertility, families with multiples, depression, anxiety and with military service members and their families.
Maggie Bagley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years experience in working with individuals and families on a variety of issues. Maggie graduated from the Jane Adams School of Social Work in Chicago in 2000.
Maggie’s post graduate work includes experience as a school social worker in the Chicago suburbs. During this time Maggie gained extensive experience working with children with Autism, ADHD, anxiety and behavior disorders. She also extended her knowledge and experience working on completing IEP testing as a part of a multidisciplinary education team. Maggie’s experience included creating and running divorce, loss and social skills groups. She was active in creating and co-leading support groups for parents of children with Autism, planning play groups, developing parent education evenings and organizing social outings for district parents.
In 2005 Maggie opened a private practice in the Chicago suburbs where she treated both children and adults with issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, divorce and stress management. Maggie has extensive experience working with children and adults with disabilities. Maggie also works with those 65 years and older on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, loss and the process and challenges aging. Maggie is currently accepting new Medicare patients.
Maggie relocated back to her Washington roots in 2007. Upon her return, Maggie worked for a diagnostic team in an Autism clinic. There she worked in the community creating social skills groups for children with disabilities.
Maggie believes in helping people identify what areas of their lives need improvement and setting goals to help individuals achieve a more fulfilling life.
Tammy Lott is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has 15 years of counseling experience. Her areas of focus include: medical psychology, adjustment to disability, migraine and tension headaches, conversion disorder, stress management, anxiety and depression.
She earned her Masters degree from Northern Illinois University in 1996. She has worked in several settings including community agency, hospital (both inpatient and outpatient) and private practice.
Tammy spent 14 years in a hospital setting working with medical patients such as
multiple traumas, illness (new onset and chronic), multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain
injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. However, her services are not limited to the medical population. She also works with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorders and adjustment difficulties. She works with clients ages 12 and over. Her style of counseling is down to earth while using a cognitive behavior approach.
Through her counseling she has been inspired by the human spirit, rising up out of major trauma or life changes to find a new path and perhaps even a new zest for life.
Lisa Bresnahan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1995. She has provided counseling services for 21 years to children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings which include private practice, child welfare, and hospital inpatient and outpatient. Her areas of experience include anxiety, panic attacks, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-esteem, stress management with an emphasis on relaxation techniques and medical psychology with an emphasis on neurological diagnoses. She has assisted clients with various health challenges, marital and family stressors, those struggling with situational or chronic mood issues, self-esteem building, and implementing a program to enhance self-worth in foster children.
Lisa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.Her approach emphasizes attention to the whole person. Therapy is tailored to the individual and is client-centered. It may include insight-oriented focus, cognitive-behavioral therapy or a solution-focused approach. Lisa is very passionate about helping others find a centered, balanced emotional life with an increase sense of well-being.
Melissa chose to pursue massage therapy as a way to extend holistic therapy to the community. Melissa has witnessed how massage therapy can alleviate lower-back pain, improve range of motion and increase joint flexibility. There are many benefits of therapeutic massage. Individuals can expect relaxation and peace of mind that comes with taking care of your mind, body and spirit.
Melissa graduated from the Therapeutic Massage Program at Illinois Central College. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Mayuri Rangdal is a Licensed Registered Dietitian who is passionate about her field of study. She currently works at Methodist Hospital in Peoria. Mayuri has experience working with clients in a clinical and outpatient setting. She addresses multiple areas of nutrition including weight management, diabetes, oncology, cardiovascular disease and GI disorders.
She completed her dietetic internship at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL. in 2010. Prior to completing her Internship she completed Bachelor and Master degrees in Nutrition from India and a double Master degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Illinois State University.
She is also an active member of American Dietetic Association.
Mayuri has completed multiple community projects, involving one on one counseling, client education, seminars and presentations on diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, GI problems, childhood obesity and malnutrition.
Liz Burns is an AFAA certified yoga instructor with a passion for life. She earned a degree in Exercise Science from Illinois State University.
Liz carries years of experience in the fitness field including working with all ages, abilities and fitness settings. Liz has developed and implemented kid fitness programs, adult weight loss challenges and day-to-day personal training programs.
Yoga and Meditation classes provide physical stretches and strengthening while relaxing the mind for great overall mental, physical and emotional relaxation.
Whether you are looking to begin, re-start, continue or challenge your fitness level, Liz has a program for you!
Equipment used during training sessions include a stability ball, hand weights, resistance bands, your own body weight.
Exercise can help reduce stress, increase endorphins (happy hormones!), increase strength and endurance, improve balance and improve day-to-day living.
Jay Curley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a variety of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Jay did his undergraduate studies at Western Illinois University where he majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. Jay completed his graduate studies at The Family Institute at Northwestern University where he learned the latest innovations in Marriage and Family Therapy practice and its research. Jay’s extensive internship provided opportunity to serve a diverse and multicultural client base out of the Greater Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area.
Jay’s post graduate work included Screening, Assessment and a Supportive Services therapist who sought to meet clients where they were emotionally and help them get linked to services and supports to help create stability and safety during times of crisis. Jay has also served as a full-time community mental health provider in both Peoria and Pekin, Illinois. He enjoys working with a large variety of clients who are in need of affordable counseling services in the communities in which they lived.
Currently, Jay operates out of a brief therapy model where he aids his clients to find adaptive solutions to their everyday problems efficiently and effectively in order to increase daily functioning. Jay’s extensive research experience has allowed him to integrate best therapy practice characteristics with desired client outcomes in order to increase therapy effectiveness. Jay’s goal is to aid each individual client to identify what works for them while also challenging them to consider how their decisions and behaviors affect the world around them. Jay utilizes his positive energy, realistic outlook and his integrative approach to provide a new and fresh look for the people he serves.
Michelle is a Licensed Massage Therapist who received her certification from Lincoln College, Normal Campus in 2012. She has studied multiple modalities that include Swedish/Relaxation, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point massage. She offers many techniques and therapies in her massage. She has a specific interest in Reiki and is a Level 1 Reiki Certification, self-practice and is working on adding this modality of energy therapy soon with Level 2 Certification.
Her massage is a combination of deep therapeutic work in areas of concern with gentle relaxation techniques to achieve a balance of the mind, body and spirit.
In addition, Michelle is always reading and practicing new techniques to grow her knowledge and skill set. Michelle is a member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Amie Majernik graduated from Illinois State University in 1994 with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Amie is also certified through the Department of Children and Family Services as a Child Welfare Specialist and has worked with children, adolescents and their families in group home, foster care and inpatient settings. In addition, Amie has experience in working with professional adults, with a focus on increasing their abilities to achieve a balance between both their professional and personal lives.
Amie’s expertise includes treating behavior disorders, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, family and parenting issues and treating trauma resulting from abuse and neglect. Amie provides Individual, Family and Group therapy. Her focus is on helping clients learn coping strategies, stress management techniques, improving emotional regulation and increasing self-esteem and distress tolerance.
Amie utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to help clients identify and begin to change negative thoughts that are causing them distress and impairing their ability to function. The goal of all treatment will be to increase a client’s sense of self-worth and overall well-being.
Nancy Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who graduated from Bradley University in 2009, with distinction. Nancy has extensive experience counseling individuals and families dealing with addiction, depression and anxiety.
Nancy's work experience includes working with adults and adolescents at an inpatient/outpatient addiction treatment center. She has extended knowledge and experience working in private practice, vocational testing and career counseling as part of a state program. Her experience includes running addiction, communication and dual diagnosis groups.
Nancy has lived in the area since 1992. She works for the Mental Health Network Government services as needed providing support to Military Service members and their families. Nancy believes in supporting people in life transitions and personal growth. Her style of therapy is positive, encouraging clients to find personal strength and goals.
Shelley Green is a Behavior Analyst, providing clinical therapeutic and educational supports and services to children and their families since 2006. She graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois in December 2013 with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Therapy.
Shelley has experience working with children with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Down Syndrome, behavioral disorders and other learning disabilities. For five years, she worked at a local school district providing therapeutic supports and services to students and school personnel. For the past two years, Shelley has provided consultative behavioral services to local families related to home Applied Behavioral Analysis programming, social skills development, reading/language comprehension, emotional regulation and behavioral support. She is actively involved in community resource groups and works collaboratively with families and school districts to advocate for appropriate services and supports for children with disabilities.
Shelley’s mission is to provide innovative solutions through therapy, education and training so that all individuals, regardless of their exceptionalities can live meaningful and productive lives.
Joan Hallam graduated from the University of Illinois in 1989 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 1992. Joan is also a Registered Nurse (RN) and has experienced in the management of psychotropic medications for both children and adults. In addition, she obtained a Mental Illness/ Substance Abuse (MISA) licensure.
In her 33 years of experience, Joan has treated all age groups and a wide variety of diagnoses. Her expertise includes treating trauma, abuse, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse issues and chronic mental illness. Joan has provided individual, group, family and couples counseling.
Joan is a compassionate and enthusiastic clinician who utilizes a client- centered and cognitive behavior approach. Her goal is to assist people in learning how to overcome their challenges and reach their potential. She also recognizes the importance of working within the family system and provides education and support of loved ones.
I first started yoga a few years ago to help relieve some stress. It worked and I fell in love with it. I later decided that I wanted to pass this love on. Yoga means union. It is a union of the body, mind, spirit and breathing. That is exactly what it means to me. Bringing all these different aspects of self into one aspect of being. I went to a Sivananda Yoga Ashram to do my teacher training course where I learned all the different levels of courses that I could teach. One of my main teaching styles is to adapt, adjust and accommodate. I use this module for any student to maximize their practices. I’m practiced in aligning cakras, proper breathing and meditation and many other physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. I have been trained to teach and accommodate yoga to all age groups including to support pregnant women and elderly. Peace is something that I feel is too foreign in the world nowadays and learning yoga has helped me find peace within myself. I am hopeful that though my practice I can inspire others to find their own inner peace as well.
Lisa has practiced yoga for eight years and was initially drawn to the discipline of yoga as a way to bring balance to her life. As she continued her journey of self discovery, her passion for yoga grew. She recently completed an intense 220 hour Teacher Training course at Yogaworks in Costa Mesa, California. As Lisa's study and practice in yoga training grew, she discovered the power of deep transformation and self acceptance. This has inspired her to share this awareness with others in order to facilitate health and healing -- and a sense of inner peace.