Spencer Johnson, MD
Owner, Vice President
Dr. Spencer Johnson, a family physician, left his large multi-specialty clinic in Minneapolis in 1998 to form Medical Care Services, PA with his wife, an internal medicine physician. Their goal was to work closely with a group of patients who share a common goal of improving their health. Fighting the trend towards shorter visits and impersonal care, their medical “family” has thrived and enjoys quality health care relationships in a friendly, non-threatening setting.
A northern Minnesota native and graduate of Bethel University and the University of Minnesota Medical School, with a three year residency at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital, he practices the full gamut of family medicine (but no longer obstetrics) and lives with his wife of 45 years in Arden Hills. He loves knowing his patients well, with a view towards their physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and is available to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He still makes the occasional house call when needed.
As a small business owner, he wears many hats and makes frequent Target runs to buy the clinic’s coffee beans and paper towels, and can also be found fixing the paper shredder or negotiating the lease. He values his able assistants, Kendra and Lisa, who have been with him for decades. He says he is one of “about three” physicians in Minnesota who still enjoy going to work and he knows the other two. He’s also the master of Swedish pancakes, the 10 minute nap, and handily tackling various projects around home.
Jan Johnson, MD
Dr. Jan Johnson is an internal medicine physician who specializes in critical care and geriatrics. She and her husband, Dr. Spencer Johnson, have been working together in their small private practice for almost two decades. She works primarily at Unity Hospital in Fridley, and although she is not able to accept new patients for primary care at this time, she has availability for consultations for complex cases. She practices with compassion, decades of experience and clinical wisdom, and values the honor of walking with individuals and families as they navigate challenging medical crises. She enjoys the creative, problem solving aspects of medicine, and works to discover how to “connect the dots” to identify the problem and generate effective solutions. In her free time, she loves spending time up north at the cabin reading by the lake, relaxing with her family, and she happens to make a mean chicken curry.
Psychiatric Medication Management
Michele Anderson, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C, E-RYT, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michele is thoughtful, creative and conscientious. She has been in the mental health field for 10 years. She is devoted to helping people to see and treat themselves with greater compassion. She offers an array of tools for managing mental health concerns, from breathing techniques to medication. Michele completed both her B.S. in Nursing (2004) and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Psychiatry and Mental Health (2018) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She also completed a M.A. in Nursing from Augsburg College (2009). She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with 8 years of teaching experience. From 2016 to 2019, Michele completed over 500 hours of intensive study of the therapeutic uses of yoga and Ayurveda at the Yoga Well Institute. She has also been trained in Healing Touch (2012). She specializes in perinatal mood disorders, and she volunteers for the Pregnancy Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM). In her free time she likes to go to the dog park with her dog, read up on current astrology and spend quality time with friends and family. She loves to travel and is always planning the next destination.
Psychiatric Medication Management
Navid Aliaghai, APRN,CNP; Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Navid Aliaghai is certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner that specializes in both child/adolescent (ages 6 and up) and adult populations. He provides assessment/consultation services as well as ongoing medication management services. His practice philosophy is always evolving but focuses on building a strong collaborative relationship, establishing shared sense of challenges/problems, and identifying strengths or factors that build resiliency. He believes that when used judiciously medication can be a powerful and sometimes necessary tool in treatment, but that it is critical to pair this with the other interventions (including things like psychotherapy, physical activity, good sleep habits, healthy nutrition, and relationship building) to promote balance, healing and a more sustained sense of wellness. He has been fortunate to have had many great teachers/mentors over the course of education/career and feels passionate about taking the time when possible to educate his clients and colleagues in turn.
Navid has been working in mental field for 15 years now and has worked across variety of psychiatric practice settings including outpatient, inpatient, residential, and emergency medicine. Degrees including BS in Neuroscience from University of Minnesota (2005), BS in Nursing from University of Washington (2009), and Master of Nursing from University of Washington (2011). He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, cycling, cooking, camping, canoeing and laughing.
Special interests: child/adolescent psychiatry, anxiety disorders, ADHD and behavior/impulse control disorders
Jenna Hobbs, PsyD, LP
Dr. Hobbs is a clinical psychologist who has been in private group practice since 2011. She works with adolescents and adults as a collaborative, supportive partner to improve mental health and overall well-being. Her therapeutic approaches integrate cognitive, behavioral, and insight-focused strategies. Her warm and personal style helps clients work through ingrained and unhealthy patterns that keep them stuck in emotional distress and unfulfilling relationships. She adopts a mindful and holistic perspective, and emphasizes integrating mind, body, and spirit in healing. Her training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy informs her work when addressing trauma and difficult early life experiences. She works to collaboratively with her clients to address many presenting issues in addition to welcoming concerns about the interaction between physical and mental health. She is trained in clinical hypnosis, and enjoys working creatively to find effective solutions to inspire lasting change. She enjoys adventures with her family and two rascally dogs, Dorothy and Razzie. She is excited to be working together with her family to build a supportive clinic community where people can come to focus on all aspects of their health and wellness.
Donny Hobbs, MA, LMFT, Certified Executive Coach, Life Coach and Mentor
Director of Operations
Donny Hobbs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Executive Coach who works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Donny has a passion for helping individuals and families work through challenges related to relational distress, career or academic challenges, and anxiety (OCD, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety). He works closely with clients to help them identify values, improve self-awareness, and develop a deeper sense of self-worth. Donny helps clients find or create motivation and self-confidence in order to help them achieve their most challenging goals. He helps clients explore ways they can practice self-compassion and self-acceptance, which can lead to a more resilient and fulfilling life. Donny works from a holistic perspective, with a focus on helping clients achieve their goals around mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Donny also specializes in treating Generalized and Social Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He received advanced training in Exposure and Response Prevention (EXRP) from the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. EXRP is highly effective in treating anxiety and is recognized by the American Psychological Association as a best practice treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. EXRP is also a highly effective treatment option for those suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder.
Donny also incorporates clinical hypnosis, mindfulness, guided relaxation, and mind-body techniques (Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong) into the therapeutic process when and where it fits for clients. Clinical Hypnosis and Mindfulness practices help clients change their relationship with difficult emotions and help develop an inner sense of peace and stability. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking a variety of exotic spicy dishes, running, biking, and playing doubles sand volleyball.
Donny also offers a wide array of Executive and Life Coaching services:
Leadership and Organizational Coaching
Motivation and Resiliency Coaching
Accountability and Behavioral Coaching
Clients interested in coaching services can call Donny directly at 651-424-4761 to set up a free phone consultation.
Stacy Coleman Symons, Ph.D, LP
Dr. Stacy Coleman Symons, Ph.D., LP is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota. She works with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, and families. She has expertise in work with group psychotherapy, cognitive and behavioral interventions, behavior planning and psychological assessment. Her overall focus is helping adults and older adolescents cope with the challenges posed by a variety of medical and mental health conditions. Her specialty areas include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, complicated grief, and severe mental illness, as well as helping individuals and families cope with the psychological challenges associated with a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, including cancer, rare developmental and genetic conditions and organ failure/transplant. Dr. Symons also greatly enjoys working with members of the LGBTQ community and their allies.
Dr. Symons received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1998. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and spent her early career working in inpatient medical and psychiatric hospital settings. Dr. Symons and has lived in Minnesota for 15 years, where she has served on the faculty of Saint Catherine University in the Department of Psychology between 2002 and 2014. Her areas of scholarship include clinical and research ethics, qualitative methodology and the assessment of mental health issues in persons with intellectual disabilities. In addition to her clinical and academic work, Dr. Symons also serves as a clinical consultant and workshop presenter for a number of mental health and social service agencies throughout the Twin Cities area.
Laura Stephan, PsyD, LP
Dr. Stephan is a clinical psychologist providing collaborative, holistic individual therapy for adults. She believes the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor for healing, providing a strong basis for change. Her empathic therapeutic style emphasizes each individual’s unique strengths and needs. With this strong base, she draws from relational and mindfulness-based perspectives to help clients improve their wellbeing. Her present-focused approach helps individuals overcome longstanding patterns of unhappiness, fear, and unhealthy habits.
Dr. Stephan works with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. She is trained in iRest Yoga Nidra, a meditation-based approach to treating many concerns including insomnia, chronic pain, PTSD, and stress. She also has specialized training in rehabilitation psychology and is experienced in working with individuals with various health and medical issues, brain injuries, and trauma histories. She enjoys working with a wide range of individuals in both short- and long-term therapy, helping clients to live full and meaningful lives in whole-body wellbeing. In her spare time, Dr. Stephan pursues wellbeing in her own life by spending time outside, playing with her dog, and exploring yoga and meditation.
Kayla Estenson Williams, LAMFT, 500 RYT
Kayla is a Mental Health Practitioner who provides an empathetic and mindful environment to work collaboratively with clients to increase their self-compassion, self-acceptance, empowerment, and overall wellbeing. She works with families, couples, and individuals of all ages to address a variety of concerns including relationship stressors, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, borderline personality, as well as child, adolescent, and young adult life transitions.
She tailors her therapeutic approach to the client by drawing from cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, transgenerational, and structural models. Kayla is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, and enjoys bringing practices of meditation, breath work, and asana (physical postures) to clients who would benefit from this.
In her free time, Kayla enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, running, biking, cross-country skiing, and camping. She is also passionate about yoga and playing with her dog and cat. She is excited to be a part of the team at Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness to provide a holistic approach to overall wellbeing!!
Tori Frye, LPCC
Tori sees mindfulness and mindful self-compassion as essential aspects of building respectful relationships whether therapeutically or more generally and weaves these practices implicitly and explicitly into her therapeutic approach. Her clinical areas of focus are working with adults and older adolescents to manage anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and navigating life transitions by helping to gather and build resources to adaptively strengthen their resilience and reclaim self-trust and values-aligned living.
Additionally, Tori has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2007 and is a Qualified MBSR Teacher through UMass Medical’s Center for Mindfulness, is a Behavioral Tech intensively trained DBT therapist, has been a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator since 2014, and has completed Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training in 2015 with program developers Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. She also enjoys spending time biking on vacations with her family and exploring the trails in the Twin Cities, practicing yoga, or spending time gardening the few months of the year that Minnesota weather permits.
Jessica Sawyer, MA, LMFT
I believe you are the authority on your own life. Within you exists the potential to experience your authentic self and to live a fulfilling life. However, there may be times when we experience stress, depression, anxiety, confusion, anger, fear, or complacency to name a few. When this happens it can be difficult to manage life effectively and with peace of mind. This is when professional support can be helpful. Whatever concerns you are struggling with, I will collaborate with you to help identify goals and develop a treatment approach to empower you to realize them.
I work with youth, adults and families doing group, individual, family and couples/partner therapy. I am an experiential, strengths-based therapist, encouraging client strengths while challenging destructive patterns. Creativity, authenticity, healing, hope and laughter are essential parts of my collaboration with clients on problem solving, communication and goal planning.
Using a holistic, compassionate approach my areas of focus are: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, perinatal mood/new baby, couples/partner communication, family dynamics, blended families, bullying/self-esteem, purpose/meaning.
I work to incorporate evidence based modalities in the services I provide, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family Based Therapy (FBT, for treatment of eating disorders), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), solution-focused therapy and a variety of systems/family modalities.
Erin Barnes, Registered Dietitian
Erin is an Integrative and Functional nutrition specialist and traditional food enthusiast whose goal is to help her clients achieve vitality through a holistic, personalized approach to health and healing.
With a bachelors degree in both Dietetics and Psychology and 6+ years practicing as a Registered Dietitian in the field of eating disorders, Erin has learned that how you think about what you are eating is often as important as what you are eating. She aims to provide a non-judgmental space to explore the root causes of your issues and excels in meeting individuals wherever they are at on the wellness spectrum. Clients who work with Erin know that healthful eating is not perfect eating and that there is no one path to wellness.
Through her work with hundreds of clients and through navigating her own health and healing journey, Erin has learned to embody a simple, approachable, non-diet, food-first philosophy. Once health goals are developed, Erin integrates a variety of individualized nutrition therapies (whole foods/traditional foods, therapeutic diets, prescriptive eating, tailored supplements, mind-body work) and focuses on letting your body be the guide through the healing process.
When not counseling around food, thinking about food or planning her next meal, Erin enjoys dining at the hot new restaurants in town (duh!) with her partner, Ryan, and their two lovely daughters, Ray and Millie.
Certifications & Associations:
-Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, RD, University of Minnesota
-Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
-Member of The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and The Healing Art
Functional Medicine Consent Forms:
Kristina Rose, MS, RYT 200
Kristina approaches mental health from a holistic standpoint, honoring the relationship between mind, body, and spirit, as well as the transformative power of an authentic, egalitarian therapeutic relationship. She has her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Walden University, and is working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Kristina has a diverse educational background, including a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design. She is also a Registered Yoga Instructor. Kristina loves to integrate her passion for yoga, mindfulness, holistic wellness, and creativity into her therapy practice, helping clients to find a variety of tools to help them work through any presenting concerns and identify unique, individualized pathways towards health and wholeness. In addition to an emphasis on mindfulness, Kristina also draws from the Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) school of thought, focusing on how thoughts and judgments influence emotions and behaviors, which affects our relationships with ourselves and others.
Kristina infuses her client interactions with warmth and genuine empathy, with a good dose of lighthearted humor as well. She works with young adults and adults, specializing in anxiety, depression, stress management, self worth issues, relationship issues, sexuality/gender identity, and existential concerns. It is her greatest hope to help clients identify and utilize their strengths to work on areas for growth, helping them to recognize and move in the direction of their best selves. In her free time, she is an avid reader, yogi, and runner, and is a lover of nature and all the cute animals.
Amy Rhoda, MS, LPC
Stacy Smith Donley, MA, LAMFT
Stacy also likes to incorporate meditation and other experiential & mindfulness-based healing methods to help empower her clients and tailors her care to each couple, family, or individual to uniquely support their individualized healing journey.
In her free time, Stacy loves spending time with her friends & family and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, camping, walking, & biking. Stacy also enjoys reading, practicing meditation & yoga, studying eastern philosophy & medicine (Ayurveda), gardening, shopping at Target, and laughing.
Ju-Ping Huang, Ph.D, LP
Dr. Ju-Ping Huang is a Licensed Psychologist in MN, offering psychotherapy for adults. In therapy, Ju-Ping strives to create a collaborative and safe space where her clients can embark upon the journey of self-discovery. In this process, individuals identify their strengths and resiliency while working through their struggles. Her integrated therapy approach focuses on understanding individuals’ unique needs and their context (environment, spirituality, culture, and multiple identities).
Some of Ju-Ping’s special interests include: trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, health issues (e.g., head injury; concussion, MS, chronic pain, etc.), reproductive trauma (e.g., infertility, miscarriage, birth trauma), cultural/racial concerns, gender identify, and sexual orientation. Specifically, she integrates the principals and interventions of Mindfulness, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to address trauma-related challenges and to facilitate healing. Ju-Ping is also trained in multicultural counseling and can offer culturally responsive therapy.
Ju-Ping completed her M.A and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has clinical experiences in a variety of settings, including medical and university settings, mental health community, and private practices. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, reading, hiking, biking, and camping.
Kathryn (Katy) E. Rowe, Mental Health Practitioner
Kathryn is a mental health practitioner with over 10 years of experience working with families throughout their lifespan. Her client centered, systemic approach allows clients to work within their own values system and empowers them to live a more meaningful and whole life. She believes that in order for change to happen the therapeutic relationship needs to be built on trust and safety. Therapy should be a safe space to practice empathy, non-judgement and foster growth. Kathryn takes a holistic, existential approach that incorporates humor, play, movement and storytelling.
Kathryn works with individuals, couples and families throughout their lifespan (starting at age 2) and specializes in relational therapy. She believes that all clients deserve to be heard, empowered and a part of their own recovery no matter their age. She has special
interests in partnering with clients and families through transitions, the blending of families, as well as sexual questioning and concerns.
Kathryn is currently working toward licensure under Jessica Sawyer, MA, LMFT.
Gillian Koch, M.Ed, LPCC
Gillian approaches each client with wholehearted acceptance and warmth. She works primarily with adolescents (ages 14+) and adults in individual psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working with high school-aged clients and young adults. She enjoys working with clients who have concerns related to anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, relationship concerns, and grief/bereavement. Gillian integrates the philosophies from motivational interviewing and psychodynamic theory with techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She has undergone training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), a trauma-focused modality for clients up to age 18. Gillian also works with couples using emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and is Prepare/Enrich certified.
Gillian received her bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in 2014 and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of William and Mary in 2017. Gillian takes a person-centered approach to counseling, emphasizing a nonjudgmental and authentic therapeutic relationship and environment. She believes that the best way to begin changing a behavior or feeling is to understand its function or how it came to be in the first place. She honors the experiences and differences that each client brings to therapy and demonstrates compassion and respect for every client. In her free time, Gillian enjoys walking her dog, reading, running slowly, crafting, and singing along to the radio.
Liz Powell, Mental Health Practitioner
Liz’s approach to mental health takes into account individual concerns as well as a systemic awareness of her clients’ backgrounds, relationships, lifestyles, cultures and values. She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and her priority is building trust with her clients. She has an experiential and compassionate approach to mind-body wellness, and she is a certified yoga instructor. Liz enjoys working with clients with a variety of mental health needs and backgrounds. She considers herself to be a culturally/racially sensitive therapist, LGBTQIA friendly, and practices from a non-judgmental, open-minded and authentic perspective.
Liz enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families of all kinds. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching group fitness, spending time with her dog, reading (but more frequently listening to audiobooks), keeping it real, and laughing at her own jokes.
Liz is a mental health practitioner working towards licensure under Jessica Sawyer, MA LMFT.
Tom Pastor, DC
Tom Pastor is a doctor of chiropractic who specializes in helping people get to the bottom of complex pain and nervous system dysfunctions. He has been treating patients for three years out of New Brighton, Minnesota since graduating with his doctorate in chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2016. With first hand knowledge of how physical health is tied to mental health, Tom focuses on the complex relationship between the body and the mind.
Using customized care that utilizes a gentle, intentional touch, Dr. Tom help his patients work with their body so they can heal themselves naturally, without the need for drugs or surgeries.
Dr. Tom maintains a holistic, patient-focused philosophy. He is a firm believer that together, he and his patients can figure out what’s going on with their mental and physical health, take action that works for them, and feel better.
Carley Mason, Mental Health Practitioner
Building relationships and trust are at the heart of Carley’s practice, and she believes everyone has unique and resilient qualities that can be tapped into, especially during difficult times in life. She strives to create a safe, non-judgmental, therapeutic environment, where clients feel accepted and understood. Carley’s professional philosophy is framed within a holistic approach to treatment. She helps clients integrate the mind/body and gain a sense of cognitive and emotional balance.
Carley works with children(6+), adolescents, adults – individuals, couples, and families. She understand the complexity of issues such as depression, ADHD, relationship difficulties, family conflict, life stage changes, hoarding tendencies, etc. Carley is passionate about supporting all people and creating a safe space for everyone, including members of the LGBTQAI community, atypical and unique family structures, and clients of varying cultural backgrounds.
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