Get to Know Us
LAURA SKINNER, LPC, SAC
Specialties: Trauma (EMDR), Substance-Use Recovery, Couples, Alternative Healing
Despite Laura's formal education and training as a licensed professional counselor beginning in 2009, she has always acutely known she would work with people on a deep level. After receiving her BS in Psychology and MS in Counseling from Mount Mary University she went on to work with many populations in different systems. While these all provided her with an array of great experiences and unique opportunities, none of them allowed her, or her clients the expansion she was looking for.
Laura wanted to broaden her scope of practice and became specialized in treating Substance Use Disorders, Trauma (utilizing EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and DBT-Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
With this time, hands-on experience, and own personal evolution she now has the ability to run a practice that best fits her clients needs.
While she is not doing her soul's work, you will find her exploring new spots with her kids, doing creative projects with her husband, being outdoors and listening to music.
LEAH BRUCE, LPC, SAC
Specialties: Adolescents, Trauma, and Substance Use Disorders
Leah Bruce is a licensed professional mental health and substance abuse counselor and a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher. Leah’s role in treatment is as a fellow traveler for a portion of your life’s path to identify and overcome obstacles. Leah is passionate about infusing philosophical concepts of the yogic lifestyle to provide an innovative approach to therapy. She has specialized training in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, narrative therapy, aggression replacement, and chronic suicidal ideation. Leah obtained her Master’s degree from Mount Mary University, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a mentor with the Mary Ellen Strong Foundation supporting minority students working toward their graduate degree in the mental health field. In her free time, you can find Leah at a local yoga studio, listening to music, or walking her dog, Roscoe.
MELISSA WELLENSTEIN, LPC, LSC
Specialties: Child and Adolescent, Anxiety Disorders
Melissa has an innate ability to connect and form relationships with people, specifically children. This ability has allowed her to work with children, adolescents, and families in different capacities for over 15 years.
Melissa believes that every child, individual, and family is unique. Her counseling approach is open, flexible, and adaptive to each person's needs depending on their expectations of treatment, the problem, and treatment goals. Through her work she strives to create a strong therapeutic connection with clients and develop a safe space where clients can share their story, gain an understanding of how their story has impacted them, and create a new reality that is more fulfilling.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Melissa went on to receive her masters degree in both Community Counseling and School Counseling from Concordia University. Melissa has extensive knowledge in child development, school-based issues, child & adolescent anxiety, and parenting and behavioral interventions. She has a special interest in working with young adults experiencing life transitions and relationship struggles. Melissa works from a strengths-based perspective and utilizes various therapy techniques to connect to, support, and encourage growth in her clients.
When Melissa is not working you can find her with her family, playing, reading, enjoying movie nights, and being outdoors. Melissa has a passion for people, art, music, and reading.
KELLY DARMODY, MD
Specialties: Adults, Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine
Dr. Kelly uses tools from traditional, functional and integrative medicine to evaluate chronic diseases and symptoms related to digestive issues, cardiometabolic disease, autoimmune disease, hormone imbalance and mental health issues. Her goal is getting to the root cause of an illness rather than covering it up with a quick fix.