Meet the Team
Dr. Travis Smith
Travis Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Doctor of Counseling and Supervision (PhD). Travis received his Master’s in Marital, Couple and Family of Counseling in 2006 and his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling in 2009 from Idaho State University.
Jody Petzoldt is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in 2010 from Southeast Missouri State University. She specializes in relationship and recovery counseling. With a background in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Jody facilitates the counseling process with a holistic approach based on connection, emotions, and sense of belonging. This, combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques allow for healing and recovery for individuals and families presenting with various issues.
Dr. Jan Ward
Dr. Janice Ward is a licensed professional counselor who has worked in agencies, clinics, and schools in the Southeast Region for 20 years. In her counseling sessions, she uses Person-Centered and Reality/Solution Focused therapy. Dr. Ward also uses strategies and techniques from a variety of other counseling theories to meet the needs of clients. She is currently in the process of becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Dr. Ward has experience with clients of all ages. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to; depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, crisis, grief/loss, and a variety of childhood issues such as ADHD, reactive attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and others. Dr. Ward also has extensive experience in completing educational evaluations for learning disabilities.
Leah Crask-Ellis, LPC
Leah Crask-Ellis is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from Central Methodist University in 2013 with a Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling. Leah most often approaches therapy from person centered, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness theories but draws on other theories and practices to best suit her clients. Leah has a variety of therapeutic experiences including inpatient and outpatient settings and addressing concerns such as substance use, serious and chronic mental illness, suicidality, relationship difficulties, grief, depression, anxiety, sexual and gender identity concerns in children, adolescents, adults and couples. Leah has specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which are both evidenced based practices for addressing both major and minor traumas, and WPATH Standards of Care for working with transgender individuals.
Deborah Kerr, Ph.D
Deborah L. Kerr, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist and Neuroscientist with over 18 years of experience integrating clinical knowledge and neuroscience to improve clinical practice. She is thrilled to be joining Great Oak Counseling and be part of their expanding and highly qualified clinical team.
Dr. Jane Maxwell
Dr. Jane Maxwell is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated in 1999 with a Masters in Community Counseling and in 2008 with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Maxwell has worked as a counselor in various settings such as community counseling, a university setting, private practice, and with elders at a rural hospital and aging services agency.
Andrew Johnson, Ed.S, LPC, NCC
Andrew Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and in 2019 with a Specialists in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Andy Siebert is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Andy graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2019 with a Master’s of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and in 2020 with an Education Specialist in Counseling.
Katie Ramirez is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2018 with a Masters of Arts in School Counseling and an Educational Specialist in Counseling degree in 2020. She is also a certified School Counselor, Psychological Examiner and is working towards her certification as a Registered Play Therapist. She is experienced in working with children and adolescents.
Amy Turnbull-Drilingas is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in 2017 and her Education Specialist in Counseling in 2019 from Southeast Missouri State University. Amy specializes in treating substance use, working with women and children, family therapy, and complex trauma.
Mollie earned her Master of Arts in mental health counseling in 2020. She is currently working on her Specialist degree in counselor education. Mollie is deeply spirited about healing individual trauma, and further using trauma healing to repair relationships and assist in addiction recovery. Mollie believes in an attachment-focused approach to healing trauma.
Morgan Murphy received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in 2020 from Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently in the process of becoming a provisionally licensed counselor. In her counseling sessions, she uses Existential and Solution Focused therapy. Morgan also uses techniques from a variety of other counseling theories in order to best meet the needs of her clients.