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THE TEAM

It takes courage to share parts of yourself and surrender to another that will hold space for it all.

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LAURA SKINNER, LPC, SAC


Contact Directly: lskinner@navigatewhg.com

Phone: 262-365-9825

Specialties: Trauma (EMDR), Substance-Use Recovery, Gottman Couples, Hypnotherapy, 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. 

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LEAH BRUCE, LPC, SAC

Contact Directly: lbruce@navigatewhg.com

Phone: 616-318-0066

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 listening to music, planning her next travel adventure, or taking a nap.

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MELISSA WELLENSTEIN, LPC, LSC

Contact Directly: mwellenstein@navigatewhg.com

Phone: 262-261-3032

Specialties include: Women's issues, anxiety/depression, ACT, Parenting Coaching, adolescent/children, creative processing

Melissa has an innate ability to connect and form relationships with people. This ability has allowed her to work with a variety of clients in different capacities for over 15 years.

Melissa believes that every client 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, women’s issues, 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.

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NOEL M KWIAT

Graduate Intern

Contact Directly: nkwiat@navigatewhg.com

Noel is finishing up her graduate studies at Mount Mary University with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Noel is passionate about working with young adults and adults who need support though anxiety, life transitions, career counseling, self-esteem issues, and depression. Furthermore, Noel has experience working within group therapy settings with young teens and elderly individuals. Her goal is to create an integrative approach in therapy while focusing on clients’ strengths and overall wellness. In addition, it is her hope to create a space where her clients can feel authentic and safe. 


When Noel is not meeting with clients, she loves to hike in nature, try new coffee shops, and spend time with family.   

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KELLY DARMODY, MD

Contact Directly: kdarmody@navigatewhg.com

Phone: 262-421-5135

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.

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DR. JESSICA FUREY

Contact: 

(262) 233-2342

www.northstarprimarycare.com

Dr Jessica Furey is a board certified Family Medicine physician.She opened her clinic, North Star Primary Care with the intent to serve a smaller patient panel in order to make the doctor-patient relationship a priority. She has an interest in both men’s andwomen’s health, and can address structural conditions with OMT (body manipulation). Dr. Furey received her medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa, and completed her residency through Michigan State University at what is now Spectrum Health, serving as chief resident in her final year. Dr Furey considers herself your partner in health, and will create an individualized wellness plan to help you achieve your personal goals. You may use your insurance for things like lab work and specialty care, but North Star does not bill insurance. A monthly membership fee covers unlimited visits. Meet and greet visits are a wonderful way to find out if the practice is for you!

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CARRIE SCHUESSLER

Carrie has her Master’s in Social Work degree with a concentration in Behavioral Health. Her counseling practice is grounded in the belief that supportive relationships have great power to mitigate trauma and foster healing in the midst of stressful situations. She believes safe spaces grounded in compassion inspire courage and an ability to become more healthy versions of ourselves. She also incorporates aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while helping individuals discover any unhealthy thought patterns that might hinder growth and progress. 


Through her own life and her professional practice, Carrie has come to believe that with the right amount of support, and a lot of grit, it’s entirely possible to find hope, fulfillment, and even some fun in the midst of great difficulty and challenges. She’s also passionate about exploring topics of faith and spirituality, if the client expresses a desire to do so.  She is most experienced in walking with teens and adolescents, young adults, those suffering with chronic pain and illness, and the low-income population. Open to both in-face and virtual appointments.

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