Our Team

Aspen Counseling & Consulting, L.L.C. Staff

Leah Scanlan, LCPC

Coordinator

Leah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Clinical Professional Psychology.  She has almost fifteen years of experience in the mental health field, where she has worked as a case manager and clinician.  Leah joined Rosecrance in 2013 as the supervisor for the Assertive Community Treatment team before coming to Aspen.  Currently, as the Coordinator,  she manages the intake and referral process for the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Employee Assistance (EAP) Programs, and provides oversight for daily clinic operations.

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Heather Lara

Front desk support staff

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Jasmin Escamilla

Client account representative

Psychiatric Staff

Dr. Raymond Garcia, MD

Psychiatrist
Specialty areas: TMS, adult psychiatry, substance abuse

Dr. Garcia runs his private mental health practice out of Aspen and is also the primary practitioner for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).  Dr. Garcia has been Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1999, and he completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, his graduate studies at the University of Illinois, and his psychiatric residency at Rush University in Chicago.  He has also been Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine since 2012. Dr. Garcia is licensed in Illinois and is a member of the Illinois Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association, and American Society of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Garcia is the former Medical Director of the H. Douglas Singer Mental Health Center.  He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, where Dr. Garcia has received the Golden Apple, Mentor of the Year, and Faculty Distinguished Teaching awards.

Dr. Shahina Jafry, MD

Psychiatrist

Specialty areas: Women’s health

Shahina Jafry, MD, is a caring and supportive board-certified psychiatrist in Rockford. Dr. Jafry became interested in women’s mental health due to her background in Ob/Gyn. She is dedicated to helping women of all ages overcome mental and emotional issues that cause them unhappiness. Dr. Jafry is experienced in treating premenstrual dysphoric disorders and mental disorders during pregnancy and the  post-partum period. She also provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management, as well as behavioral health care and counseling to adolescents, adults and the geriatric group for ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, dementia with behavioral disturbances and other mental disorders. Dr. Jafry offers a safe and comfortable environment where clients will be inspired to reach their full potential. Her excellent interpersonal communication skills, along with her belief in family support systems, helps patients heal from their trauma and resolve unsettled issues holding them back in life.

Dr. Thomas Wright, MD

TMS Consulting Psychiatrist

Specialty areas: Adolescent psychiatry, dual-diagnosis, addictions

Dr. Thomas Wright provides consultation and support for the TMS services delivered at Aspen Counseling.  Dr. Wright oversees all medical operations for Rosecrance Health Network and the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Adolescent program. He specializes in working with adolescents who have a co-existing or secondary diagnosis in addition to an addiction disorder. Dr. Wright has more than 18 years’ experience in the field and is certified as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He served on the faculty at Northwestern Medical College in Chicago and at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rockford. Dr. Wright is a regular conference presenter and has been recognized as a medical educator and leader in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Therapists

Clare Best, LCPC

Therapist

Clare Best is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Clare earned her Master of Arts degree in clinical counseling from Webster University in St. Louis. She joined Aspen in 2011 as a therapist and worked there until 2014. Clare worked for the Rosecrance Belvidere Clinic from 2011 to 2017 treating adults with mental health issues. She returned to Aspen in 2017 and has been working with children, adolescents, families and adults. Prior to working for Aspen, Clare spent several years working in the field of Domestic Abuse. Clare works with many issues including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma and PTSD. She is skilled in DBT therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clare enjoys partnering with her clients as they journey toward wellness.

Tom Butler, MS, LCPC, CADC, MISA-I

Therapist
Specialty areas: EAP therapy

Tom has 15 years of experience working with patients who have co-occurring disorders, with a focus on addictions and trauma. Tom uses Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy (M-CET), a research-based therapy developed by Dr. Sherry Falsetti for treating PTSD/Panic Attack symptoms. He believes in the individual’s ability to make positive changes despite serious addiction and mental health challenges. Tom understands the difficulty clients face in making these changes and uses cognitive behavioral and client-centered therapies. Tom is a member of the American Counseling Association. He completed his undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University and his graduate studies at National Louis University.

Colin Gillette, LMFT

Therapist

Colin Gillette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who joined Aspen after twenty years working in community mental health and public social service with a focus on child and adolescent therapy. Colin has experience working with a range of clientele including childhood and adolescence, family issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, conduct and defiance, child abuse and neglect, attachment, and couples.  In the therapeutic setting, Colin utilizes evidence-based approaches from a systemic and Gestalt perspective, which focuses on the issues present in the here and now. Colin has a passion for art, writing, gardening, and an unyielding desire to remain constantly outdoors. Always priding himself on good humor, he considers providing therapy an opportunity to connect with others, and providing them with a challenging and comfortable environment for personal growth.

Erica Gilmore, MSEd, CADC, LCPC

Therapist

Erica Gilmore is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Illinois University.  She has worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health for eleven years with experience working with various adult populations. Erica received a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Philosophy from Augustana College. Along with counseling at Aspen, Erica, is also a unit coordinator with Rosecrance residential services. Before joining Rosecrance she worked at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services in both the outpatient program and the Scott County Jail before moving to an inpatient hospital based program at Unitypoint Health for the Riverside treatment program.

Teisha Hoppe

Therapist

Kathleen Kruse, LCSW

Therapist

Kathleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She graduated from the University of Illinois-School of Social Work at Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her education emphasized mental health services and program administration. Kathleen began her career with high risk adolescents who had behavioral and psychiatric issues. She has served as the clinical director in two residential facilities providing services to these adolescents and their families.  In the last 15 years, she has been self-employed in private practice working with adolescents and adults.  Kathleen has extensive experience and is trained to provide individual, group, family and couples therapy. She is also a Qualified Substance Abuse Provider (SAP) for DOT clients, and a Medicare provider.  Kathleen enjoys the diversity of her work, and the opportunity to help her clients address their specific needs.  She considers it an honor to assist others in improving their emotional/mental health, their relationships and their quality of life.

Helene Lambruschi, MA, LCPC

Therapist

Helene is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She uses a psychodynamic approach along with cognitive and behavioral therapies to help clients who struggle with mild to severe feelings of anxiety and depression.

Helene frequently sees people who are confronted with difficult life circumstances: relationship problems, identity issues, stress at work or school, grief with the loss of a family member or friend, and difficult transitions such as divorce, the birth of a child, or adjusting to a new job. In addition, she also sees individuals who seek help due to traumatic events that are either recent or related to past events.

Helene’s collaborative approach in therapy is aimed at helping her clients determine and attain what they want to get out of therapy.

Kerry M. Larson, LCSW, CADC, CODP I

Therapist

Kerry Larson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder with Mental Health Disorder Professional I certification.  Kerry earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work at Aurora University.  Kerry has worked at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus since 2013, where she is currently a Unit Coordinator working with diverse adult populations.  Prior to working at Rosecrance, Kerry served as a medical social worker at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital. Before entering the social work field, Kerry provided in-home support to clients with various medical and behavioral health diagnoses. Her experiences include assisting those with Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, a history of stroke, a variety of mental health disorders, or end-of-life care needs.  Kerry has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couple’s Counseling and Bereavement.  Kerry works with adult clients.

Margaret Loy, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Margaret Loy is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist. She obtained her doctorate in psychology at Northern Illinois University from her studies within the Developmental Psychology and also the School Psychology program with a concentration in clinical psychology and therapy. She worked in the school system in the general education and special education systems and also served on the governing board of the IL School Psychologists’ Association for 5 years. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds providing therapy/counseling and psychological evaluations/assessment. Additionally, Dr. Loy brings several years of experience working with families of children with autism through consultation, family/parent support groups, as well as collaboration and provision of training on behavioral interventions with parents and school staff. As a therapist at Aspen, her focus is providing individual and group therapy for those struggling with grief/loss, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other challenges. Dr. Loy also brings to Aspen her passion for working with individuals who have experienced trauma/abuse, providing support as they learn about or regain their sense of self so they can experience and contribute to healthy interpersonal relationships and daily functioning. Dr. Loy’s approach to therapy/counseling is determined by the needs and abilities of the client and focuses on cognitive-behavioral strategies with an insight-oriented approach to develop self-awareness and self-acceptance.

Jennifer Olson, LMFT

Therapist

Jennifer Olson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is trained in EMDR. Jennifer earned her Master’s degree in Applied Family and Child Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University. She joined Aspen in early 2016 as a therapist and before starting with Aspen had experience working with children, adolescents, families, couples and adults in both crisis and with less acute symptoms.  Jennifer works with clients from a strength-based and systemic perspective. She acknowledges the power of the mind-body connection and incorporates this into her work.  Jennifer works with a wide range of issues, including, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other mental health diagnoses, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss and relationship/family concerns. Jennifer’s creativity, compassion, and sense of humor help her connect with the people she works with and she partners with them on their journey of healing, change, and self-expression.

Sara Pottinger, LCPC

Therapist

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has about 15 years of experience working in the field as a outpatient clinician, crisis clinician and psychotherapist in a variety of settings including community mental health settings, hospitals and Illinois Department of Corrections. Sara is certified in multiple areas including play therapy, parent child interaction therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her specialty areas include childhood trauma, adult trauma, couples and families. She treats a variety of disorders including behavioral disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety and mood disorders.  

 

Kathy Terzinski, MA, LCPC, EMDR

LIP Contractor

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), National Certified Counselor and a fully trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist . I received my Master of Arts/Science degree from Roosevelt University. I specialize in Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),anxiety, depression, addictions, fears, guilt and a range of life adjustment issues. I work with individuals to help make sense of the past and to understand and neutralize the negative influence it has on present functioning and relationships. By clearing up the “debris” from the past, we can fully focus on being our best in the present and in the future.

Inspired by experiences with trauma, I focus on learning effective interventions for those traumatized by nature or by other people. EMDR is the foundation on which I help victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, guilt, and negative beliefs. I strive to help people fully process and definitively overcome the past.

EMDR provides the foundation on which I help victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, those overcome with guilt or shame witnesses of horrific crimes, and a host of other traumatic experiences. My goal is to help people process and overcome the events of the past, embrace the present and look forward to the future.

James Viggiano, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Jim Viggiano is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He graduated from Rutgers University- Camden and earned a Master’s degree from Connecticut College and a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America.  He has been a licensed psychologist since 1980 and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers for children and correctional facilities. For nearly 17 years he was the Director of Clinical Services at Janet Wattles Center, now the Rosecrance Ware Center.

Over the course of his career he has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families. He is skilled in a number of therapies including cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) which includes training in mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. He is trained in EMDR which is helpful for relieving the effects of trauma and he uses the principles of the Course in Miracles to help with forgiveness and spirituality.  He is also skilled in assessment for diagnosis of ADHD and other disorders to assist clients in getting the best treatment for their condition. Over the past decade he has assessed candidates for surgical procedures that assist in weight loss. He has also helped individuals in achieving weight loss goals.

TMS Staff

Janiece Kumar – TMS Technician

As a TMS technician, Janiece operates Aspen’s TMS system, a non-systemic FDA approved treatment for major depressive disorder. She holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (Psychology) from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago and is currently pursuing her PhD. In International Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.