Meet the Team

Travis Smith

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.

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Jody Petzoldt

Jody Petzoldt, LPC

Jody Petzoldt is Assistant Clinical Director at Great Oak Counseling and 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.

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Jan Ward

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.

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Leah Crask-Ellis

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.

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Deborah Kerr

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.

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Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson, 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.

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Andy Siebert

Andy Siebert, LPC

Andy Siebert is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 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.

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Sheila Cannon, LPC

Sheila Cannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and from Southeast Missouri State University with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and an Educational Specialist in Counseling degree.

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Katie Ramirez

Katie Ramirez, LPC

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.

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Dusha Cecil, LCSW

Dusha Cecil is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from Saint Louis University in 2013. Dusha’s takes a client centered, systems’ theory cognitive behavioral and mindfulness theories but uses other theories and practices for clients as needed.

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Rhonda Hughey, LPC

Rhonda Hughey is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2019 with an Educational Specialist in Counseling. She is also a certified School Counselor, Psychological Examiner and is working towards her certification as a Registered Play Therapist.

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Morgan Murphy

Morgan Murphy, LPC

Morgan Murphy is a licensed professional counseling (LPC) and received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in 2020 from Southeast Missouri State University. 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.

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Kati Knaup, LPC

Kati Knaup is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a certified School Counselor and Psychological Examiner. Kati received her Masters of Science in Education in 2014 from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and her Educational Specialist in Counseling in 2020 from Southeast Missouri State University.

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Christine Foltz, LPC

Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Master of Art in Counseling. Christine’s approach is through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients see changes in their life. Christine has experience with clients who have trauma, grief, depression, anxiety and many other struggles.

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Doris Irvin, LPC, NCC

Doris Irvin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (go kangaroos!) in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and certified Medication Assisted Recovery Specialist (MARS). Doris has spent much of her professional career working at community mental health agencies and with clients who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness, economic hardship, and substance addiction. Doris works primarily with the adult population.

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Rayme Keenan, LCSW

Rayme Keenan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She graduated from social California State University, Sacramento in 2013 and have been working in social services since.

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Michele Beard, LPC, NCC

Michele Beard is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2011 with a Masters in Arts in School Counseling and Psychological Examiner. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She continues to pursue additional training and education in the various techniques and areas of concern related to the Mental Health field in order to best meet the needs of the client.

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Becky Bomar, PLPC

Becky Bomar graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in 2021 from Southeast Missouri State University. In her counseling sessions, Becky uses Gestalt therapy which is a humanistic and holistic therapeutic approach. .

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Danielle Wash, PLPC

Danielle Wash completed her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University in 2021 and is a Provisionally Licensed Counselor (PLPC) . In counseling, Danielle uses Existential Therapy, applying techniques from Narrative, Gestalt, and Adlerian Therapy. This allows her to adjust her counseling style to suit the unique needs of every client, meeting them where they are and figuring out where they want to go. Danielle has a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology and Psychology from Missouri State University and strives to better the mental health of her clients to help them age successfully.

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Shannon Washington, Counselor-in-Training

Shannon Washington is a Counselor-in-Training and completing her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in August 2022. She graduated from Truman State University in 2020 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Spanish for the Professions.

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