Brain & Body Integration's Staff Bios

RYAN COLE, PSY.D

Dr. Ryan Cole is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He received a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. He started professional practice in Colorado Springs at a community mental health center before opening up his own private practice, Brain and Body Integration (BBI). Dr. Cole specializes in performing psychological, neuropsychological, learning disorder, and autism spectrum evaluations. He also has expertise with biofeedback treatment for adults and adolescents who experience anxiety, anger, depression, and addiction.

DAWN BERRY, PSY.D

Dawn Berry, Ph.d

Dr. Dawn M. Berry is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Colorado. She is also the Director of Operations and the Director of Training at Brain and Body Integration. Dr. Berry joined BBI in 2018. Dr. Berry obtained her doctorate (PhD) in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2020, her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2015, and her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from California State University, Sacramento in 2005. When not at work, Dr. Berry enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

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Melissa Mayne, Psy.D

Dr. Melissa Mayne has worked in the mental health field for 10 years. She graduated with her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of the Rockies in 2019 where she specialized in neuropsychology and spent most of her training in the criminal justice system and substance abuse. Dr. Mayne joined Brain and Body Integration in 2016 and currently conducts a variety of neuropsychology and psychological evaluations. Dr. Mayne is the Director of Clinical Services at Brain and Body Integration’s Denver office location.

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Brian burgoyne, psy.d

Dr. Burgoyne is a licensed Psychologist at Brain and Body Integration. He received his M.A and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology. His experiences include training in a private psychological practice, community mental health, a university health care setting, and various assessment clinics. Outside of the office, Brian enjoys hiking and creating music on piano and guitar.

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Carly Beckett, Psy.d

Carly Beckett, Psy.D., has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2021. Dr. Beckett completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed her post-doctoral internship at the SEMO University Autism Center. She conducted neurodevelopmental and autism assessments and provided evidenced based parent trainings. Dr. Beckett currently conducts neurodevelopmental and autism assessments with children.

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Ashley Allen, Psy.D

Dr. Ashley Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Regent University. The majority of her training years were focused on neuropsychological and psychological evaluations working with those who have traumatic brain injuries, neurological insults, Alzheimer's and dementia, and ADHD. She also has significant experience testing those with severe and persistent mental illness who have been psychiatrically hospitalized. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Front Range Treatment Center. At Front Range she conducted Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and completed intensive training in DBT. She also has extensive experience in CBT, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Outside of work, you can find her playing with her dog, taking care of her substantial plant collection, hiking, camping, and snowshoeing.

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Alberto Luna, Ph.D

Dr. Alberto Luna, Ph.D. (Behavior Support Specialist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and ADHD - Certified Clinical Services Provider) is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed psychologist. Dr. Luna holds a doctoral degree in School Psychology from the University of Arizona, with additional certifications in interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mentalization-based therapy for children. Originally from New York, he and his family were captivated by Colorado's weather and mountains, prompting their move. With a diverse career spanning schools, universities, hospitals, and agencies across New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Illinois, Dr. Luna has worked with individuals ranging from 5 to 65 years old. His expertise lies in psychoeducational, neuropsychological, personality testing, and neurodevelopmental evaluations.

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Debbi Johns, Psy.D

Deborah Johns earned a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1997 from Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology in California. She has experience working with severely mentally ill adults and teens, chronic pain patients, brain and spinal cord injuries, abused children and teens, and special needs children and their families. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in East Los Angeles at Roybal Family Mental Health Clinic in 1995-97 and then raised four children with her husband. Deborah taught psychology at the college level and substitute taught at all levels of the school system. She completed a postdoctoral internship with Brain and Body Integration in 2020 and became a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado in 2021. She performs neurodevelopmental, neuropsychological, psychological, and cognitive and learning evaluations. She also maintains a private practice, Mind Peace Endeavors.

JUSTINA KROPP, PSY.D Clinical Psychologist

JUSTINA KROPP, PSY.D

Justina Kropp, M.A., Psy.D., has been a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado since 2015. Justina earned her master's and doctoral degrees from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, a fully APA-accredited program. She has received extensive training in a variety of treatment settings with an intentional focus on serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) as well as the areas of rehabilitation, health, and neuropsychology since entering the field of psychology in 2008. Justina is also a 500-hr certified yoga teacher and approaches evaluations and training from a holistic, evidence-based biopsychosocial model that emphasizes mind-body health.

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talli hitt, psy.d

Dr. Talli Hitt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Colorado. She is a Colorado native who received her undergraduate degree from The University of Colorado. Dr. Hitt completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Psychology, an APA-accredited program. Dr. Hitt has worked in a variety of mental health settings and has experience in clinical training and supervision. Additionally, Dr. Hitt has training and specializes in assessing neurodevelopmental disorders and working with young children.

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Angela Beers, psy.d

Dr. Angela May Beers, PsyD, graduated from the Michigan School of Psychology in 2008 at the masters level and then completed her doctoral degree in 2015. Dr. Beers previously worked with the Michigan Department of Corrections, where her initial primary assignment was conducting psychological batteries. She completed her clinical internship with American Indian Health and Family Services, which helped her gain a broader understanding of the intersections of psychological and cultural complexities. She also taught as an adjunct psychology instructor at Macomb Community College and as a visiting instructor at Naropa University. Dr. Beers uses an integrated approach to psychological assessment by taking into account social-cultural dynamics. She understands the societal implications of influence on non-dominant and minoritized people and takes this into account in her assessment measures. She values equitable practices and respect for diversity in assessment and recognizes the value of these as foundational to effective psychometrics and delivery of psychological services.

VALENTINA POSTORINO, PH.D

Valentina Postorino, PhD

Valentina Postorino has a PhD in Clinical and Developmental psychology. She received her doctoral training at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy). She completed two years of research fellowship at the Children's Hospital Bambino Gesù (Italy) during which she developed specific expertise in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders. She also completed two years of postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University, Marcus Autism Center, NIH center of Excellence for Autism. This fellowship provided her with extensive training in various screening and diagnostic measures for individuals with developmental disabilities (e.g., ADOs-2, ADI-R). Furthermore, she is a Research Manager/Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado, Department of Pediatrics, JFK Partners.

KAITLYN BARKER, PSY.D

Kaitlyn Barker, Psy.D

Kaitlyn Barker is a licensed psychologist. She obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University, a fully APA-accredited program. Her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology was conferred in August 2021. Kaitlyn completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System, where she provided mental health care for Veterans. Since entering the field of psychology in 2016, Kaitlyn has also trained in a health psychology private practice, a university counseling center, and a university mental health clinic. Kaitlyn ensures her practices are evidence-based and approaches her assessment conceptualizations from a biopsychosocial model.

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Daniel Montoya, Psy.d

Dr. Daniel Montoya is a licensed psychologist. He is originally from El Paso, Texas and he moved to Colorado Springs in 2011. Dr. Montoya obtained his bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas Tech University in 2010, his Masters in clinical psychology from The University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2014, and his Doctorate degree from Ashford University in 2020. While he works with individuals of all ages and abilities, his passion is working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Montoya has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorder in a variety of contexts for the past 15 years, including the evaluation/diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (e.g., psychotherapy, ABA therapy), and as a swim coach with USA Swimming and Special Olympics. In his free time he enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, spending time with his dogs, and caring for his many plants.

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Heather L. Horton, PhD

Dr. Horton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Kent State University in 2001. She has expertise in child development, learning styles and disabilities, mental health challenges and disabilities, trauma processes, treatment, and healing. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in creative woodworking projects.

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Tricia Begay, Psy.D

Dr. Tricia M. Begay is of Diné/Navajo ethnic descent. She was born and raised in the Navajo Nation (Arizona). Tricia understands the unique challenges faced by individuals in indigenous reservations, rural, and urban communities. Her ambition is to navigate culturally sensitive mental healthcare, fostering progress and well-being in communities. Tricia obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; followed by two Master of Science degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Psychology from Walden University. She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. Tricia has honed her skills and expertise across various domains, including research, counseling, case management, homeless outreach, and state adult probation. Her dedication to serving others is evident through her passion for working with diverse populations, particularly BIPOC individuals, adults, and the elderly. Her clinical focus areas include neurodevelopment, neurodegenerative diseases, and psychological trauma. Beyond her professional work, Tricia finds joy in her role as a loving mother to her daughters and grandchildren. As an advocate for holistic well-being, she enjoys outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, and mindfulness exercises.

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Amanda Weaver, ms

Amanda Weaver is a Clinical Psychology Intern at Denver location. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University in 2018. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma City University. She is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma City University. Before starting at Brain and Body Integration, Amanda worked in several settings, including private practice and community mental health, providing assessments and therapy services for children and adolescents. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and running.

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tina truax, Ma

Tina Truax is a Clinical Psychology Intern at the Colorado Springs office. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winona State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Tina is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. She has worked in several settings, including correctional facilities, clinics, and private practice. Tina enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, traveling, and hanging out with her cats, Marvin and Theo.

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Edward zacca, Psy.D

Dr. Edward Zacca is a postdoctoral fellow at Brain and Body Integration. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 2013. He then attended Carlos Albizu University, an APA accredited program, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2015, Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in 2017, and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in neuropsychology in 2020. Dr. Zacca has been employed at Brain and Body Integration since 2020 and has experience performing psychological, neuropsychological, and learning disorder evaluations.

JEFF GLENN, MA

Jeff Glenn, Psy.D

Dr. Jeffrey Glenn is a licensed psychologist at Brain and Body Integration. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Glenn has trained at the Disability Services Office at Occidental College and the Los Angeles LGBT Center Mental Health Clinic. He has worked at the Brain and Body Integration Denver location since 2021. He enjoys spending time with his husband, reading about history, and exploring Colorado.

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Austin Ralstin, MA

Austin Ralstin is a Clinical Psychology Intern at the Colorado Springs office. Austin received his Master of Arts in Crime and Intelligence analysis from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma City University. Also, he is currently completing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma City University. Before joining Brain and Body Integration, Austin assisted with state training of ASAM and helped develop residential admission criteria. He also managed a state-wide prior authorization system for behavioral health and served as a senior data analyst. Austin enjoys spending time with his family, discussing current financial markets and theoretical originations with anyone who will listen.

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Richard Berry is a clinical psychology practicum student at the Colorado Springs office. Richard obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology while serving on active duty with the US Air Force. After 24 years of service, he retired from the USAF and obtained his master’s degree in counseling psychology. Now, he is pursuing his PhD in clinical psychology with Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. Richard enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and fly fishing.

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Casey strong, Psy.D

Dr. Casey James Strong received his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is currently completing his postdoctoral fellowship with BBI. Dr. Strong will be conducting evaluations and assessments to determine potential learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological struggles, and psychological issues pertaining to mental health concerns. In his leisure time, Dr. Strong appreciates reading, philosophy, athletic pursuits, and quality family time.

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Cherish Magoon, ma

Cherish Magoon is a Southern California native and University of Denver Alum with two Master’s degrees in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is currently fulfilling her internship requirements for her PysD program through The Chicago School. She also works on weekends as a consultant for Life landscaping, a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles performing phone admissions screening assessments. When not occupied with work or school, Cherish enjoys trips to the zoo, playing video games, and spending time with her pets.

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Kristen WEeks, ba

Kristen Weeks is an administrative assistant at Brain and Body Integration. She has her Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou). Kristen is a former early childhood teacher and has worked as an administrative assistant at a child development center. She is also a Certified Professional Medical Coder. She enjoys skiing, hiking, live music, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Brittney Aiona

Brittney started as an intern out of high school for a pharmaceutical manufacturing company where she carried out various tasks and quickly became a process operator. After getting married, she became a stay at home mom to take care of her growing family. While at home, Brittney started and managed her own small business. She returned to the work force in August of 2018 as an administrative assistant at Achieve Whole Recovery and began work at Brain and Body Integration in 2023. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and animals, watching NASCAR, and supporting her kids in 4-H.

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Julie Wheeler, MS

Julie Wheeler is an administrative assistant at Brain and Body Integration. She has her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and her Masters in Education. Julie is a former Kindergarten teacher and has also worked as an administrative assistant for various companies. She is excited to be a staff member at Brain and Body Integration. She always strives to give clients a warm experience when they come into the office. Julie enjoys reading, playing the flute in her church worship band, and spending time with her family.

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Candice villareal

Candice is an administrative assistant at Brain and Body Integration. She is a Denver native. She loves spending time with family and friends, and with her dog Kobe. Candice also enjoys listening to music and going to concerts.

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Karen Wells, B.S.

Karen Wells graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in marriage and family therapy.  Her studies were intended to take her on the road to becoming a therapist until Karen started her family.  Karen has worked at Brain and Body Integration since 2016, and she currently travels between offices to help manage the growing administrative team. Apart from her commitment to the team at Brain and Body Integration, Karen enjoys teaching piano lessons and watching NCIS.

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Kahilya thomas

Kahilya has worked for Brain and Body Integration since 2019, and is the Billing and Records Supervisor. She has a certification in Medical Assisting and Medical Administration. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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Theresa Small

Theresa Small is an Administrative Assistant at Brain and Body Integration. She is also a Colorado Springs native. She appreciates the beauty that the city offers. Theresa strives to deliver excellent customer service with empathy and respect to all. Spending time with her children is of upmost importance. Not to mention, her motto in life is to, “Do unto others as you want done to yourself." She also has a great love for animals.

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JOYCE SASSER

Joyce enjoys helping people when she can, and she loves spending time with her family and two boys. She enjoys building and remodeling things, as well as being outdoors. She has a lot of experience in many different fields of work.