The Bluestem Center Staff:
A Multi-Specialty Team…
Helping Individuals Discover Potential…
Helping Families Discover Strengths.

Medical Staff

Dr. Susan Jenkins
Susan C. Jenkins,
M.D.
Medical Director of Bluestem Center
Board Certified in Psychiatry
Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Jenkins graduated from St. Olaf College and then the University of Chicago-Pritaker School of Medicine. Dr. Jenkins completed seven years of residency training at the University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic in pediatrics, psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Jenkins founded Associates 2000 in 1995 which became Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development when we opened our building in 2004. She co-authored The Biology of Star Trek (Harper Collins, 1998) and A Pocket Reference for Psychiatrists (American Psychiatric Press, 1990, 1994). Dr. Jenkins has a specialty interest in ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, performs biopsychosocial diagnostic evaluations, psychopharmacology, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. She enjoys speaking to parents and professionals on a variety of topics.
 
 
Mr. Jordan Hobbs
Jordan Hobbs,
DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Hobbs received his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2007. He obtained his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities in 2015. Prior to obtaining his Doctorate, Dr. Hobbs worked for six years on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Crisis Unit at Mayo Clinic. He has significant experience working with children with autism, reactive attachment disorder, violent behavior, conduct disorder, children adjusting to adoption, and children with profound trauma. He also treats children with depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and other mental health issues. His clinical interests include providing quality medication management to children who have not improved with previous medication trials, providing psychotherapy to adolescents, and studying new advancements in psychotropic medication. Dr. Hobbs also provides psychotherapy.
 
 
Ms. Rachel Beukema
Rachel Beukema,
DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Beukema performs skilled psychiatric medication management for patients of all ages (children, teens, young adults, older adults), and will see patients with nearly every psychiatric diagnosis. Her general interests include ADHD, anxiety/panic, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, developmental disabilities, aggression, memory concerns, internet/gaming/social media addictions, substance use disorders, PTSD, sleep disorders, social justice issues, and parent-child attachment. Alongside medication management, Dr. Beukema may at times also offer Supportive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Faith-based counseling, and Brief Solutions Focused therapy.

Dr. Beukema graduated cum laude in 2005 from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a BA in Applied Mathematics. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Minnesota Rochester and graduated summa cum laude with Honors in Nursing. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2017 with Sigma Theta Tau Honors.
 
 
Dr. Jeanne M. Allen
Jeanne M. Allen,
PsyD., L.P., R.N., C.N.S.
Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychologist
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Child/Adolescent Psychiatry


Dr. Allen is a licensed psychologist, with emphasis in child and family psychology. She is also a Clinical Nurse in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. Competencies listed with the Board of Psychology include individual and group psychotherapy of adults and children, psychological assessment (personality, objective, intellectual, academic achievement, projective, neuropsychological screening) of adults and children, crisis intervention, psychopharmacology, and therapy with young children, youth and adults. Her practice emphasis is on sexual abuse, anxiety disorders, learning, and behavioral problems.
 
 

Registered Nurses

 
Ms. Judy Groth
Judy Groth,
R.N.
Psychiatric Nurse
 
 
Ms. Sharon Muller
Sharon Muller
R.N.
Psychiatric Nurse
 
 

Psychology Staff

Dr. Jeanne M. Allen
Jeanne M. Allen,
PsyD., L.P., R.N., C.N.S.
Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychologist
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Child/Adolescent Psychiatry


Dr. Allen is a licensed psychologist, with emphasis in child and family psychology. She is also a Clinical Nurse in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. Competencies listed with the Board of Psychology include individual and group psychotherapy of adults and children, psychological assessment (personality, objective, intellectual, academic achievement, projective, neuropsychological screening) of adults and children, crisis intervention, psychopharmacology, and therapy with young children, youth and adults. Her practice emphasis is on sexual abuse, anxiety disorders, learning, and behavioral problems.
 
 
Ms. Brandy D. Brown
Brandy D. Brown,
PsyD. LP
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Brown is a licensed psychologist, with emphasis in adolescent and adult psychology. Competencies listed with the Board of Psychology include individual and group psychotherapy of adults, adolescents and children, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), grief and loss counseling, and chemical dependency counseling. Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, developmental transitions, marital/parenting issues, faith-based counseling, educative skills acquisition, stress management. *LGBTQ informed
 
 
Dr. Chawla
Nandita Chawla,
PhD, LP
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Chawla received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She was practicing as a licensed psychologist in San Diego where she provided individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults in multiple setting such as residential treatment centers, day treatment centers, schools and private practice. Dr. Nandita Chawla is a licensed psychologist who has experience with children, adolescents, and adults. She provides individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents and families with various internalizing and externalizing disorders. Dr. Chawla's competencies listed with the Board of Psychology include individual and family therapy to address mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, learning disabilities, attention, and behavior concerns such as acting out behaviors. Dr. Chawla has also worked with children and adult victims of various forms of abuse such as sexual, physical emotional abuse and domestic violence.
 
 
Ms. Megan Rogers
Megan Rogers
PsyD, LP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Wooster (1985), her Master’s degree in biopsychology from the University of Chicago (1991), and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (2001). Her graduate education entailed a therapy practicum at U. W. Stout's Counseling Center, a diagnostic practicum in neuropsychological testing at the Courage Center, and the completion of a year-long, APA approved, internship at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. There she received training in substance abuse, geriatrics, health psychology, and group and individual treatment of combat veterans. Dr. Rogers has worked as a psychology professor and as a therapist in two previous outpatient counseling centers. She is specialized in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has worked with survivors of the Nazi Holocaust, combat veterans with PTSD, and with survivors of incest and other types of physical or sexual trauma. Dr. Rogers primarily uses cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT) but she is also trained in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She enjoys working with adults of all ages and with children above the age of six.
 
 
Ms. Katherine A. Porter
Katherine A. Porter,
M.S., L.P.
Licensed Psychologist
Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Ms. Porter has worked extensively with Reactive Attachment Disordered children and their parents. Her practice includes work with parents, children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. She is trained to provide play therapy, EMDR and Theraplay. Other areas of expertise include trauma, parenting, adoption, divorce, women’s issues, also, grief and loss work. She is fluent in sign language and has extensive experience working with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
 
 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Ms. Mary Schuelke
Mary Schuelke,
MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Ms. Schuelke graduated with honors from Bethel Seminary in the Twin Cities in 2016. She has experience working in home-based, school-based and outpatient settings. Ms. Schuelke provides primarily family and individual therapeutic services, as well as group therapy. Areas of interest include: attachment, trauma, mood disorders, intellectual disability/ cognitive delays, social skills training, parenting concerns, behavioral concerns, faith-based counseling, and other mental health concerns.
 
 
Mr. Jonathan Kruse
Jonathan Kruse,
L.M.F.T
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Mr. Kruse received his degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He has served as a chaplain and bereavement coordinator at two local hospices. Previous employment includes outpatient care of adolescents, couples, and families. He has provided care in a group home setting for troubled adolescents. Areas of interest include the following: grief and loss, men's issues, couples therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, adolescents, anxiety, depression, ADHD, forgiveness, and spiritual issues. Degrees: MAT & MSMFT
 
 
Ms. Nelle Moriarty
Nelle Moriarty,
L.M.F.T.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Specialist Certificate in Human Sexuality and Family Intimacy
Specialist in Chemical Dependency

Ms. Moriarty’s thirty years of experience includes individual, couple, family, and group therapy. Areas of interest include: ADHD, school interventions and advocacy, adolescent oppositional behaviors, parenting, grief, loss, trauma, divorce and separation, and chemical dependency and co-dependency.
 
 

Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Ms. Annette Clark
Annette Clark,
MSW, LICSW.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Clark obtained her Master of Social Work Degree in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Clark provides therapeutic services for children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and other mental health concerns. She is LGBTQ informed and is licensed to provide individual, group, or family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. Clark believes in utilizing mindfulness/relaxation techniques, stress management practices, play therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy to enhance mental well-being and has worked with children who have trauma and attachment issues.
 
Ms. Janet Mason
Janet Mason,
MSW, LICSW.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Mason has extensive experience as a foster mother and volunteer advocate for vulnerable children and their families.  She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from St Catherine University / University of St Thomas. Ms. Mason specializes in Infant and Childhood Mental Health (ages 0-5). She uses a Strengths/ Systems/ Trauma-Focused/ Attachment-informed clinical orientation, including the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychology.  She believes that most children's maladaptive behavior can be addressed by playful, accepting, curious, and empathetic parenting.  She understands that each parent is already an expert on her or his child. Ms. Mason excels in helping parents tap into their expertise by customizing an effective parenting style adapted to bring out the best in each unique child.
 
Ms. Rachel Page
Rachel Page,
MSW, LICSW.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Page has worked as a social worker/therapist for the last 25 years.  She obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Winona State University in 1994 and her Master of Social Work Degree in 2004 from the University of Minnesota. She specializes in working with early childhood and school-aged children who have varied needs including social/emotional or behavioral concerns, trauma experiences, loss, fears, attachment concerns, relationship conflicts, low frustration tolerance, and other mental health concerns. She has worked in a variety of school and other non-profit settings. She is licensed to provide individual, group, or family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. Page believes in utilizing mindfulness/relaxation techniques, stress management practices, play therapy, strengths-based therapy, relational therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy to enhance mental well-being.
 
 

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Ms. Brandy Allen
Brandy Allen,
MA, LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Ms. Allen obtained her graduate degree from Saint Mary’s University-Minnesota in Counseling and Psychological Services. She brings over 13 years of experience supporting children, adolescents, young adults, and families in intellectual disability, mental health, and educational settings providing individual, group, family and school-based services. Ms. Allen possesses a passion to integrate creative therapy strategies, including art, mindfulness, movement, and play, to assist in the success of the therapeutic process. She is currently pursuing her national certification in play therapy. Ms. Allen is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through the University of Minnesota (AMBIT) to assist children and adolescents process and heal from traumatic life events. She is experienced in working with children and adolescents with attachment, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, depressive, gender dysphoria, and behavioral disorders as well as those suffering with chronic illness, school and behavioral concerns, attention and hyperactivity difficulties, identity seeking, and adoption. Ms. Allen incorporates family psychoeducation and parent coaching as well as school advocacy and consultation into the psychotherapy process to support long-term success.
 
Ms. Roseann Schultz
Roseann Schultz,
LPCC
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Ms. Schultz earned an Associate’s degree in Pre-Nursing from RCTC and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in the Twin Cities. While in graduate school, she worked for Mayo Clinic in the epilepsy monitoring unit. This experience provided opportunities to learn about the mind-body connection and new ways to apply her training to work with patients and their families on mental and physical health. She completed a therapy internship with adult men with cognitive impairment, mental illness, and harmful sexual behavior, developing a person-centered approach in her work. Ms. Schultz has worked with individuals struggling with mental illness, including severe and persistent mental illness, and mental illness combined with substance use. Ms. Schultz works with individuals ages 12 and older, using cognitive-behavioral therapy along with motivational interviewing and dialectical behavior skills. Her work is person-centered and holistic, designed to empower each person to achieve their goals.
 
 

Psychometrist

Ms. Elizabeth A. Sarkaria
Elizabeth Sarkaria
MA
Psychometrist

Ms. Sarkaria received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University and completed her assessment training in the South Milwaukee School District. She holds undergraduate degrees in both Behavioral Science and Art Therapy. She has over 15 years of testing experience with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of expertise include evaluating for attention deficits, cognitive functioning, academic achievement, adaptive functioning, mood and behavior problems, personality traits, and neuropsychological screenings. Ms. Sarkaria trains doctoral students completing their psychological assessment practicums.  She coordinates all testing referrals.
 
 

Clinic Administrator

Mr. Tim Heightland
Tim Heightland
Clinic Administrator
 
 

Support Staff

Aimee Acker
Aimee Acker
Patient Services – Front Desk
 
 
Ms. Arendt
Jennifer Arendt
Patient Services – Front Desk
 
 
Mr. Aaron
Audra Rebmann
Patient Services – Front Desk
 
 
Ms. Erika Giere
Erikka Giere
Office Support
 
 
Ms. Shanda Wordelman
Shanda Wordelman
Executive Administrative Assistant
 
 
Mr. Aaron Konkel
Aaron Konkel
Patient Services – Billing