Our counseling professionals have advanced degrees in clinical social work, clinical psychology, professional counseling and marriage and family therapy. They specialize in child and adolescent development; child, adolescent, and adult treatments; and parenting and family life.
Carla M. Beatrici, Psy.D
Director of Clinical Services
Dr. Carla Beatrici received her Psy.D. at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years clinical experience working with children, adolescents, parents and adults and also has experience directing an outpatient, non-profit counseling agency. Dr. Beatrici is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry, where she treats patients, supervises interns and teaches child development to psychiatry residents.
Clinic Office Manager & Parent Services and Community Outreach Coordinator
Ms. Nancy Luepke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Dominican University in River Forest, IL and has twelve years experience with marketing and communications in the insurance industry. A native Oak Parker, Nancy has volunteered in the community for close to two decades. Most recently she has volunteered as a trained domestic violence advocate for Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park.
Ms. Chelć DeValk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. She has experience working with children with developmental disabilities and adults with chronic mental illness. Chelć has worked in an inpatient psychiatric unit and has experience with in-home therapy for children with autism. Her experience providing daily risk assessments has allowed her to contribute to Smart Love Family Services, and looks forward to serving clients.
Laura Bentley, LCPC
Laura Bentley, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She is experienced working with children, adolescents, and families involved with the juvenile justice system and has provided individual therapy, family therapy, parent guidance and group therapy in other outpatient settings. Laura is committed to journey with her clients to achieve happier, healthier lives
Megan Burns, LCSW
Ms. Megan Burns, LCSW received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She is a clinician with 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, caregivers, and families from diverse backgrounds. Ms. Burns has worked in outpatient counseling centers, hospitals, child welfare agencies, schools, and group homes helping children and families overcome complex trauma, improve their well-being, and strengthen their relationships.
Stephen Budde, Ph.D., LCSW
Project Leader, Quality Care and Evaluation
Dr. Stephen Budde received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He is a psychotherapist who has over 20 years experience in child welfare as a clinical social worker, researcher, teacher, and administrator. He has had extensive experience as a Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and a Lecturer at the University’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA). Dr. Budde is Associate Executive Director at the Juvenile Protective Association.
Katherine Ford, MSW
Ms. Katherine Ford, MSW, recently graduated from Erikson Institute with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has experience working with children and families doing dyadic parent-child therapy and parental guidance in outpatient settings. Katherine is committed to creating an alliance with her clients to help them achieve their goals.
Tamara T. Garrity, Psy. D.
Director of Training & Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Tamara Garrity received her Psy.D. at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a bilingual Spanish-speaking clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience as a clinician. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings including hospital inpatient units, outpatient counseling centers, and therapeutic day schools.
Ms. Michelle Giuffre is an intern from the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Giuffre has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Giuffre has experience working with children and families in a variety of settings including schools and outpatient clinics. Her previous training provided her with experience in conducting assessment and intervention services with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and other learning and developmental differences.
Jessica Hudnall, M.A.
Facilitator, Minority Families Program
Ms. Jessica Hudnall graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Hudnall is a facilitator for the Smart Love’s Minority Families Program. She guides parenting and youth group sessions. Ms. Hudnall also has experience working with children and adolescents of diverse backgrounds, in a variety of settings, including youth mentor and advocate at her local church and various community based settings.
Angela D. Hunsicker, LCSW
Ms. Angela Hunsicker, LCSW received her BSW from Indiana University and MSW from Loyola University Chicago with a Type #73 certificate in School Social Work. She has been working in schools, therapeutic day schools and outpatient clinics throughout her career. She has also served as a Mental Health Consultant at Easter Seals Early Head Start, and helped develop Smart Love’s seminars, toddler program and preschool.
Carol Johnson, LCSW
Parent Consultant and Clinical Supervisor
Ms. Carol Johnson received her MSW from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. She is a psychotherapist with 25 years of clinical experience with children, teens, families, and adults in diverse settings, and an experienced parent educator. She was a teacher and school social worker in elementary schools, and a consultant for Easter Seals Head Start Program. Ms Johnson was also an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.
Amy Krutky, Psy.D.
Dr. Amy Krutky is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience in providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, parents, and adults in a broad range of settings including community based, inpatient, outpatient settings and therapeutic day schools. She is also experienced in conducting neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for children and adolescents. Dr. Krutky received her Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Jennifer Lubelchek, LSW
Ms. Jennifer Lubelchek is a licensed social worker. She received her masters degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Jennifer has experience in providing individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy in outpatient psychiatry and community mental health settings. Jennifer has worked with children, adolescents, teens, adults, and families experiencing a range of mental health concerns and stressors.
Bonnie McDaniel, LCPC
Ms. Bonnie McDaniel received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University Chicago. She is a former early childhood and special education teacher and is passionate about helping diverse populations including children, teens, couples, parents, and families.
Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW
Ms. Ilinka Novakovic received her MSW at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. She is a psychotherapist, parent educator and coach who has extensive experience both writing and presenting child development seminars and courses to parents and professionals. She has worked in several outpatient mental health agencies providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.
Joshua N. R. Ollswang, M.A.
Mr. Ollswang has been working with children and their families for over 10 years, with experience and areas of interest focused on couples therapy; high-intelligence/gifted children; survivors of abuse; men’s issues; identity concerns; recovery from process and substance addictions; as well as generalized anxiety and depression. He has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago focused on mental health social work, and a master’s degree from the European Graduate School in Switzerland focused on psychodynamic theory. He is a past fellow with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and a former Walter D. Miller Social Work Intern with Smart Love.
Felicia M. Owens, Psy.D., LPC
It Takes a Village Founder
Dr. Felicia M. Owens received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and her Master’s in Community Counseling from Concordia University Chicago. She has more than 10 years of experience working in mental health settings, education, and student growth and development (academically, spiritually, and emotionally). She also has experience working with parents, children, and adolescents in various settings including community churches, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and college counseling centers. She is dedicated and actively involved in her church ministry where she serves as a Licensed Minister, Administrator and Teacher.
Bill Pasola, Psy.D.
Dr. Bill Pasola received his Psy.D. from Roosevelt University, where he specialized in child, adolescent and family therapy. He has experience serving a diverse array of clients and his clinical work has spanned short term crisis intervention to long term individual and family therapy. His previous settings of practice include: outpatient clinics, parochial schools, a therapeutic day school, a psychiatric hospital, and residential treatment.
Blaire Paulsen, M.A. Candidate
Ms. Blaire Paulsen is currently working towards her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her LPC at Adler University. She is experienced working with children and families of all ages in multiple settings and has provided services within Riley’s Children Hospital, preschools and ABA therapy centers. Blaire is committed to the therapeutic alliance with her clients and the cohesive process of working towards healthier and happier lives.
Janine Phan, LPC
Ms. Janine Phan is a recent graduate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is currently working as a psychotherapist, having just recently completed a year as a counseling intern, where she helped lead group therapy and started doing family therapy as well as individual. Janine received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Western Michigan University. She has volunteered at Lurie Children’s Hospital with A Giving Heart Foundation, where she supported families in the Cardiac Care Unit and helped create the well-being follow-up program for patients post-discharge. She has extensive experience in working with children and families of multicultural backgrounds, and is excited to have the opportunity to incorporate Intrapsychic Humanism into her work.
Silvia Rosman, MSW
Ms. Silvia Rosman, MSW, graduated from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a bilingual (Spanish-English) psychotherapist who has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She has provided individual and family therapy to clients from diverse cultural backgrounds in a variety of outpatient therapy settings.
Lindsey Scarlett, LCPC
Ms. Lindsey Scarlett is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She has a variety of clinical experience working with diverse populations of children, teens, young adults, couples, and families in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Ms. Scarlett has been trained in the Smart Love theory and philosophy, and has worked in many capacities at the organization; including the research department, intake office, as group therapy coordinator, and as a staff psychotherapist. She is comfortable assisting our clients with a variety of mental health concerns.
Sara Stone, Psy. D.
Dr. Sara Stone received her Psy.D. at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults, couples and families in outpatient hospital and community clinic settings, as well as children and adolescents in school settings.
Kari Terrill, Psy. D.
Director of Assessment and Learning Services
Dr. Kari Terrill is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, parents, and adults in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, schools, and outpatient clinics. She has extensive training in conducting neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults, and she is passionate about helping children and young adults receive the necessary support to achieve success in academic settings. Dr. Terrill received her Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Olivia Tinati, M.A., LPC
Ms. Olivia Tinati received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 2018. Olivia has had experience working in non-profits providing community support, group therapy, and individual and family counseling to children, teenagers, and adults. Olivia currently provides individual and couple’s counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds. Olivia is passionate about understanding her clients’ unique experiences and individual needs in order to help them live their happiest and most fulfilled lives.
Daniece J. Townsend, M.A., LPC, NCC
Ms. Daniece Townsend obtained her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University in 2020. She views the therapeutic process as a collaborative journey between the client and therapist. She is committed to creating a safe, integral, and empathetic space in which her clients can process and discover their potential and authenticity.
Monica Van Duyne, M.A. Candidate
Ms. Monica Van Duyne is currently working towards her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her LPC at Northeastern Illinois University. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings including a behavioral health hospital and high school. Monica is passionate about establishing a safe and compassionate therapeutic alliance, helping empower clients, and moving together towards holistic happiness.
Jane Weinberg, M.S., LCSW
Ms. Jane Weinberg received her Master in Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago and her Master of Science in Child Development from the Erikson Institute. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced in working with children and families to provide individual and group therapy. She spent many years working in a private, multi-disciplinary setting and is passionate about understanding individualized developmental profiles.
Skylar Wittenberg, M.A. Candidate
Ms. Skylar Wittenberg is currently working towards her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her LPC at Adler University. She is experienced in working with children of all ages and in multiple settings, including Athens County Children’s Services, overnight camps, and schools. Skylar is committed to working collaboratively with her clients and creating strong bonds to help them achieve their therapeutic goals.
Julia Wright, LCSW
Ms. Julia Wright is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Wright’s 15 years of experience include working with children and families of diverse backgrounds in residential and school settings. Ms. Wright joined Smart Love Family Services in 2015 helping children, adolescents and adults pursue their innate desires for well-being. She also enjoys providing parent guidance counseling, helping parents to better understand their children’s behavior and enjoy their relationships with their children.
Michael Zakalik, Psy. D.
Director of Clinic Marketing and Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Michael Zakalik received his Psy.D. at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He has over 17 years of experience working with diverse populations of children, adolescents, couples, parents, and adults. He has worked within residential facilities, public and therapeutic day schools, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient services. Dr. Zakalik has experience in all these settings with helping children and families effectively cope with trauma and loss. He has also provided parent education seminars on important mental health topics to parents in the community.