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Meeker Clinicians

Psychiatric Providers

Julie Patten

Doctor of Psychology


Dr. Julie Patten provides a variety of services to children, adolescents, and adults. She conducts outpatient individual psychotherapy, psychological assessments,and psychological testing at the Kandiyohi and Meeker centers. Her interests in counseling are in working with individuals who have depression, anxiety, difficulty with attachment, and autism. She completes psychological testing for individuals ages three and up, for concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and autism.


Dr. Julie Patten received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in applied behavior analysis at St. Cloud State University. Additionally, she attained her Doctorate of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Masters Prepared Providers

Heidi Peterson

M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.


Heidi Peterson provides individual and family therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults in the Woodland Center's outpatient offices in Litchfield and Willmar. She has many years of experience that have included: in-home counseling, county case management, co-occurring residential MI/CD treatment and school linked mental health counseling. Heidi graduated from St Cloud State University in 1996 with a BS in Applied Psychology and Chemical Dependency Counseling. Her Masters in Clinical Social Work degree was completed at the University of St Thomas in 2011. She has interests and training working with young parents, adolescents, ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, chemical abuse issues, emotional/ behavioral regulation and attachment related concerns.

Casey Rice



Casey received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. She holds a Master's degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. She is licensed in Minnesota as a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Casey has experience with both adults and children in a variety of settings including mental health centers, communities, and currently is working in the schools as a School Linked clinician.

Meaghan Casey

Doctor of Medicine


Dr. Meaghan Casey is a licensed psychiatrist who began practicing in 2015. Her background includes a Master's Degree in Pharmacology from SUNY-Stony Brook. She then worked for Pfizer in their pharmaceutical sales division, which led her to Ross University where she earned her medical degree. She completed her residency at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ. She has practiced at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ working in Substance Abuse Services and the Treatment Linkage and Case Management Program, which caters to mentally ill patients who have struggled to succeed with more traditional treatment. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.


Meaghan provides telemedicine services in our Meeker Center office location.

Barbara E. Little

M.S.N., A.R.N.P.-C.


Barbara came to Woodland Centers in April 2013 from Arizona. Barbara provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for clients aged 18 and older.


Barbara received her Master's Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She has worked in a variety of settings for psychiatric clients. She is certified as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Barbara has worked in Florida and Arizona prior to moving to Minnesota.

Doctoral Prepared Providers

Karen Urban

Psy. D. Mental Health Counselor


Dr. Urban provides assessments and therapy to children and adults in the Kandiyohi and Litchfield centers. She is involved in various programs at the center including Outpatient and the Adolescent Day Treatment Program. She is especially interested in the assessment and treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral problems.


Dr. Urban earned her doctoral degree at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in the child track program. In 2008, she completed an internship at Mercy Medical Center, North Iowa. She is currently in her post-doctoral year under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Maas.

Kristle Chase

M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.


Kristle Chase provides individual, group and family therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families through the School Linked Mental Health program in the ACGC School District. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Work from Concordia College in Moorhead. Kristle received her Master's degree in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.


She has a wide range in experience working with all ages 3-97. Kristle is certified in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children who have experienced a traumatic event.  Special areas of interest include trauma, play techniques, anxiety, depression, grief, adjustment, emotional and behavioral regulation, developmental disabilities and parenting techniques.

Kathy Herzog

M.A., L.P.C.C.


Kathy Herzog received her Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy in July of 2014. She had been working in private practice for several years providing individual psychotherapy prior to Woodland Centers. She works with a variety of individuals with symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment issues and relationship conflict. Her focuses are on individuality, life balance, self-awareness and personal choice. Kathy is also a Masters Level Certified Life Coach which brings the skill of working with intrinsic values to therapy. She will be working with adolescents15 years old and above, adults and couples.

Lori Kendall

M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.


Lori Kendall, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, provides individual therapy to children ages 5 and up, as well as adults of any age. Lori has experience working with developmental trauma (abuse/neglect/attachment) as well as single incident trauma(s) in children and adults. In addition, Lori works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional regulation issues, behavioral issues, parenting issues, and those impacted by family violence. Whole family therapy is utilized when appropriate. Past experiences also include School Linked Mental Health and In Home Counseling.


Lori completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Spanish degree from Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) in 2005 and her Master of Social Work from the University of St. Catherine (St. Paul, MN) in 2010. Lori utilizes concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment focused therapies, solution focused interventions, strengths based interventions and trauma sensitive interventions. Lori has completed a practitioner training in Trust Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI) through the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (Texas Christian University). She also completed EMDR training.

Stacey Kuhl

M.A., L.M.F.T. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Stacey Kuhl, L.M.F.T., provides assessments as well as individual, group, and family therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families through Woodland Centers School Linked Mental Health Program in the Hutchinson School District.


Stacey received a Bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Christian Studies from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN. She went on to receive her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University in Eagan, MN. She has been with Woodland Centers since 2008. Stacey is a nationally certified therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Stacey is also certified as a Managing and Adapting Practices: MAP Therapist and has completed the AAMFT supervision course and is a MN Board Approved LMFT Supervisor.

Reagan Quinn

M.A., L.P.C.C.


Reagan Quinn received her undergraduate degree in Science and Mathematics from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver in Denver, CO. Reagan came to Woodland Centers with a background as a program director and mental health professional to chemically dependent adolescents and their families through an inpatient residential treatment program. She works in the School Linked Mental Health program.

Paige Ruegemer

M.A., L.P.C., L.S.W.


Paige Ruegemer provides individual, group and family therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families through the school linked mental health for Woodland Centers. She received her bachelor's degree in social work from Winona State University in 2012. Paige received her Minnesota social work license and worked as a Program Director in a group home setting with individuals with developmental disabilities and high behaviors. Paige received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017 from St. Cloud State University. She is a licensed professional counselor working towards her clinical license.

Nancy Lewis

L.M.F.T., L.A.D.C.

Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy


Dr. Nancy Lewis is a licensed marriage and family therapist who provides a variety of services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She conducts outpatient individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, and family therapy at the Kandiyohi and Meeker centers. Her interests in therapy are in working with individuals who suffer from symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse issues, co-occurring issues, and family issues. She is licensed in the State of Minnesota as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has worked in the Substance Abuse field for 13+ years working at Project Turnabout, New Beginnings, Micah House Victory through Faith, State of Minnesota CARE and Bell Hill. She has helped develop family programs for two of these programs. She is also has been working in the field of marriage and family therapy since 2014 interning at Element Mental Health Service and Shiloh Family Services and providing mental health services as a LAMFT at New Beginnings Minnesota, Full Bloom Counseling Services, and Woodland Centers.


Dr. Nancy Lewis received her Associate of Arts degree in psychology / Chemical Dependency Counseling at Ridgewater College. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Ashford University. She attained her Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University.

Sara Lynn Paesler

M.S., L.A.M.F.T. Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist


Sara Lynn Paesler, L.A.M.F.T., provides assessments as well as individual, group, and family therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families through Woodland Centers School Linked Mental Health Program in the Hutchinson school district.


Sara Lynn received a double Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling Therapy from Capella University. She has been with Woodland Centers since 2017. Special areas of interest include trauma, domestic violence, anxiety, emotional and behavioral regulation. Sara Lynn utilizes interventions that are strengths based, collaborative, and trauma sensitive.