Israel Sokeye, MD; Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist
Dr. Sokeye is a boarded certified psychiatrist who is committed to helping individuals of all ages with mental health problems. He believes strongly in the importance of treating children and adolescents with mental health problems, as this helps improve their chances of living more productive and fulfilling lives as adults. He co-founded Plymouth Psych Group in 2011 to have an impact in the mental health system of care and excel in providing compassionate care. He completed his medical school at the premier college of medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and his general adult psychiatry training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He went on to specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Dr Sokeye has wealth of experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including governmental county clinics, schools clinics, inpatient units, partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient clinic settings. He is an adjunct clinical faculty of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota medical school and involved in research and new program development.
Nancy Westman, APRN, LP; Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Psychologist
Nancy Westman is a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Licensed Psychologist. She specializes in working with children/adolescents and their families. Nancy received her Masters in Nursing in 1989 at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is currently engaged in the post graduate certificate program at the University of Minnesota College of Nursing to widen her scope of practice to adults and geriatrics. She has over 30 years experience in a variety of settings. Nancy provides Diagnostic Assessments, Therapy, Medication Evaluation and Management. Nancy has been an Advanced Trainer, of the “Nurtured Heart Approach” (developed by Howard Glasser), since 2001. She actively incorporates this approach into her practice with children and families.
Jamie Giles, DNP Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – BC
Jamie earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Minnesota specializing in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Her interests include providing a holistic and person-centered approach where she partners with clients to meet their mental health goals. She encourages and supports the involvement of significant others and/or family in the client’s care as they see fit. Holistic assessments during visits may include addressing sleep, nutrition, exercise, important relationships, meaningful work and activities, and spirituality; along with discussing thinking and mood typically addressed during mental health visits. Jamie has experience providing inpatient psychiatric/mental health care for individuals ages 10 and up with acute mental health needs such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, ADHD, and thought disorders. At Plymouth Psych Group, Jamie provides Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management.
Thomas Richardson, MS, LSP; Licensed Psychologist
Tom is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed School Psychologist who trained at the University of Minnesota where he assisted in research related to the early development of children prenatally exposed to chemicals. He has extensive assessment experience with both children and adults. Tom works with individuals ages 6 to adults and worked for 15 years in public schools completing special education assessments for students in elementary, middle school, and high school. In addition to his work at Plymouth Psych Group, Tom currently works at Saint Thomas Academy, a college preparatory middle and high school providing consultation to their counseling department and completing assessment for learning disability, ADHD, and other mental health conditions. His work with school and transition age students provides him with knowledge to help parents understand and prepare students who may need a 504 Plan or an Individual Education Plan. Tom also works with the Minnesota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation where he completes learning and mental health evaluations to plan for the employment needs of adults with disabilities. His assessments cover learning disabilities, attentional issues, developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, mental health, and personality disorders.
Mental Health Therapists
Melissa Bollinger-Kinney, MSEd, LPCC, Therapist
Melissa holds a Master’s of Science degree in Education – Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN. She completed certification in clinical counseling from St. Mary’s University and St. Thomas University. Melissa has been practicing as a therapist for 22 years working mostly with teenagers in group and individual therapy as well as adults, families and couples. Melissa has spent the past 3 years launching school-linked mental health programs in Columbia Heights and Centennial school districts. Melissa’s approach encompasses a blend of CBT, DBT, mindfulness and Solution-focused therapy. She tailors her approach to each individual and meets the client where they are at. She has experience working with issues related to depression, self-mutilation, anxiety & panic, self-esteem and identity issues, stress & anger-management, parenting & relationship issues as well as grief and loss. She is also working towards certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Melissa is a board approved clinical supervisor. She provides clinical supervision to individuals working toward licensure and interns completing their clinical practicum and internship. Melissa believes that the patterns of our mind that keep us trapped in emotional suffering are fundamentally the same patterns of mind that stand between us and the growth towards our potential for a more deeply satisfying way of being.Her favorite quote: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think… we become. ~Buddha
Jennifer Franke, MA, Mental Health Therapist
Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Jennifer is currently working on her Minnesota licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also working towards obtaining her Certification in Play Therapy. Jennifer has experience working in-home with children who suffer from a serious emotional disturbance, providing support to all of their family members. She also has experience conducting comprehensive assessments with clients and their families to determine the appropriate services for their mental health needs. She currently works in a child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric hospital, coordinating admissions and conducting initial assessments. She enjoys working with children and adolescents through play and various therapeutic approaches to promote healthy lives and relationships.
Donna Funderburk, MA, Mental Health Therapist
Donna has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an intensive outpatient program therapist with the Social Communication and Emotional Development program at Plymouth Psych Group. She is also a mental health therapist for children and adolescents. Donna has experience working with youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other diagnoses. She enjoys working with children and their parents to improve social skills, develop coping strategies, and increase self-awareness.
Lawna Gamble, MA Mental Health Therapist
Lawna works in gentle and collaborative ways to help people find relief for emotional and behavioral issues, particularly those who have been diagnosed with mood and adjustment disorders. In addition to being the Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Therapist, Lawna counsels people with such difficulties as trauma and abuse, depression and anxiety, and addictions. She believes that “broken crayons still color” and all people can reach therapeutic goals with a little humor and persistent care.
Sean Grady, MA, Mental Health Therapist
Sean has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He is in the process of obtaining his licensure in Marriage and family therapy under the supervision of Dr. Herb Grant, LMFT. Sean has gained much experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, working with a range of mental health diagnoses and populations. Specifically, he has experience working with clients who have anxiety, depressive disorders, compulsive disorders and trauma. He has provided therapy in various forms including: individual work, in groups and family therapy. Sean enjoys working with adults, adolescents, children and their families. Sean works collaboratively with clients to set goals, provides support and aids in necessary learning to achieve those goals.
Naomi Mann, MA, Mental Health Therapist
Naomi holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Naomi began her clinical work in crisis intervention with victim/survivors of sexual assault. She went on to specialize in domestic/sexual violence prevention as well as other issues related to sexuality. Naomi is passionate about healthy relationships, both romantic non-romantic. She has experience with LGBTQ* clients and members of the BDSM/kink community. Naomi is affirming of all genders and all relationship types. She values giving clients a safe space to address issues about which they are likely to feel shame and guilt, whether or not these issues relate and to sexuality. Naomi’s clinical interests include but are not limited to sex therapy, relationship/family difficulties, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and social skills. Some theories and techniques which Naomi favors include mindfulness-based practices, experiential and existential therapies, and systems and attachment theories. She believes in each clientâ€™s potential and brings to her sessions openness, empathy, warmth and optimism.
Pallabi MoulikGupta, MA, MS, LMFT (Therapist)
Pallabi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works from a systems approach in her work with clients. She has an exceptional understanding of interpersonal relationships and influence of family systems on individuals. Pallabi has been practicing Individual and Family Therapy for the past seven years in several settings acquiring a vast range of experiences. She utilizes a focused, but empathetic and compassionate approach to providing appropriate therapy. Her therapeutic philosophy is grounded in the idea of mindfulness. She enjoys working with and assisting clients with Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum, PTSD, Adjustment Disorders, difficulty in school performance, changes in families including death, separation and divorce, and blended family issues. Pallabi is an attentive, and empathetic listener who believes in assisting her clients to find new strategies to improve the status quo.
Cristin Murray, MA, Mental Health Therapist & Practice Development Manager
Cristin earned both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She has experience in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, and enjoys working with teenagers and adults. Cristin has expertise working in the chemical dependency field and with clients with a wide range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship stressors, and grief and loss. She has special interest in incorporating mindfulness into the therapeutic process and taking a holistic approach to therapy. She also serves as our Practice Development Manager and works with clients and their families to facilitate care as needed, and is devoted to the continuous improvement of care and services offered at Plymouth Psych Group.
Samantha Stumbras, MA, LMFT
Samantha received her Master’s Degree in 2012 from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She believes that people live their best lives when they are living with empowerment and hope, and that therapy can be a wonderful way to explore the barriers that prevent us from living our dream life. Her experience includes: working in diverse communities with individuals and couples who identify as LGBTQ, low-income families recovering from homelessness, and individuals suffering from untreated trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. Samantha is comfortable working with people from many types of backgrounds who struggle with different types of issues, and is sensitive to the needs of the individual. Her general approach to therapy is to be compassionately collaborative with a focus on creating a safe and trusting environment for her clients. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Katie Walker, MA, Therapist
Katie joined Plymouth Psych Group in 2014. She has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University. She is in the process of obtaining her licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy under the supervision of Dr. Sokeye. Katie has acquire a wealth of experience working in multiple mental health settings delivering individual, group, couples and family therapy as well as conducting diagnostic assessments in partial hospital programs, an inpatient unit, juvenile detention centers, residential treatment facilities, day treatment programs and outpatient clinic settings. Katie works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She enjoys working individually with clients and also their families to build strong relationship and help achieve their desired goals.
Emily Velker, MA, Mental Health Therapist
Emily received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Emily is working towards her license in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Her past experience is working with children and families in various settings with diagnoses and issues such as Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD, Adjustment disorders, Behavior disorders, Suicidal Ideation, and changes in the family such as divorce, separation, and death. She believes it’s important to make therapy a collaborate experience leaving the individual or family feeling empowered and hopeful to achieve their desired goals in life.