THE TEAM

It takes courage to share parts of yourself and surrender to the fact that others will perceive you as they will.

LAURA SKINNER, LPC, SAC


Contact directly at: lskinner@navigatewhg.com

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 at: lbruce@navigatewhg.com

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.

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MELISSA WELLENSTEIN, LPC, LSC

Contact directly: mwellenstein@navigatewhg.com

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, 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.

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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.

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CARISSA ALT-FRANKARD, LPC

Contact Carissa directly at (262) 525-7867

Carissa’s love for working with and helping others began in high school. She knew early through personal experience that she would choose a path in psychology to help individuals experiencing mental health difficulties and challenges. She pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UW- Milwaukee, and while attending school there, she worked as a Line Therapist for the Wisconsin Early Autism Project, Inc. and became very passionate about working with families and kids. She then moved to Boston to attend Boston College for her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. There she had an internship running social skills groups and doing consult work for the local schools. Post-graduation, Carissa moved back to Wisconsin where she has since been working in the mental health field in various capacities.


Carissa uses a combination of traditional treatment methods, specifically cognitive behavioral and behavioral treatment approaches; a client centered approach to goal setting; and holistic treatment methods, including mindfulness techniques, meditation, yoga/exercise, essential oils, and nutrition. Carissa enjoys working with kids and families and has recently taken a special interest working with women who are in a transitional phase of their life


In her free time, Carissa enjoys going on walks with her sons, being outside, listening to podcasts for self-development, exercising, pampering herself through various self-care modalities, and watching mindless things on TV.

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NOEL M KWIAT

Graduate Intern

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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