Brain & Body Integration's Staff Bios

Dr. Ryan Cole

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.

STEPHANIE RAVINE, PSY.D Clinical Psychologist

STEPHANIE RAVINE, PSY.D

Dr. Stephanie Ravine is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University. Dr. Ravine obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. She graduated with her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2014 where she specialized in neuropsychology and spent most of her training in the criminal justice system. Dr. Ravine joined Brain and Body Integration in 2016 and currently conducts a variety of neuropsychological and psychological evaluations in addition to supervising pre-doctoral and postdoctoral level clinicians.

CARRIE WARNER, MA Psychological Technician

CARRIE WARNER, Psy.D

Carrie Warner, MA., obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA. She subsequently obtained her Masters of Arts degree in both Sport Psychology and Clinical Psychology from John F Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Carrie is currently a PsyD. candidate at John F Kennedy University. Before her employment at Brain and Body Integration, Carrie trained at Portia Bell Hume Center Partial Hospitalization program in Concord, CA. This site was an outpatient day treatment program that works from within a therapeutic milieu to stabilize mental health clients who have been discharged from a hospital and to prevent hospitalization of clients who manifest signs of decompensation. She also worked with the Clayton Valley High School Wrestling teams in Clayton, CA. In this experience the focus of Junior Varsity was to learn new coping skills and apply them to the competition setting. The focus of Varsity was to build on the skills that were present and learn new skills to become more effective in the mental aspect of wrestling. Prior to that experience, Carrie trained at Solano County Jail in Fairfield, CA and Anka Behavioral Health Phoenix Program I’m Concord, CA.

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.

MATTHEW MARTINICH, PSY.D Clinical Psychologist

MATTHEW MARTINICH, PSY.D

Matthew Martinich, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado. He obtained his doctorate degree in psychology and his master's degree in psychology from the University of the Rockies. He also has a bachelor's degree in psychology and geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Martinich has published numerous articles and books and provided several professional presentations regarding his interest in religious studies. He also possesses advanced Korean language skills. He has worked at Brain and Body Integration since 2014 where he received specific training in Autism Spectrum assessment. Dr. Martinich also operates his own private practice, Martinich Enterprises, where he has provided mental health treatment since 2013 to families involved with child protection services involvement. He has testified as an expert witness in the mental health field in several Colorado jurisdictions. Dr. Martinich conducts Autism Spectrum Evaluations, Parent-Child Interactional Evaluations, Neuropsychological Evaluations, Cognitive and Learning Evaluations, Adaptive Functioning Evaluations, and Psychological Evaluations.

Jack Wells, PSY.D

Dr. Jack Wells has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of the Rockies. He graduated with his doctorate degree in 2018. He currently holds a Colorado license as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and he is recognized by the state of Colorado as a Psychological Candidate. He has practiced as a mental health clinician in the field of clinical psychology for over ten years. He has practiced at Brain and Body Integration for the past three years.

MICHELLE WICKIZER, PSY.D Psychological Technician

MICHELLE WICKIZER, PSY.D

Dr. Wickizer previously worked in veterinary medicine as a certified veterinary technician, veterinary technology instructor, veterinary practice manager, and veterinary practice management software trainer throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.K. She also earned a BS in organizational management, and an MBA in global finance and leadership from Colorado Christian University. Her desire to serve not only clients, but the staff who serve them eventually led to pursuit of a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of the Rockies. Dr. Wickizer has enjoyed five years of employment at Brain and Body Integration, and she looks forward to many more. When not providing comprehensive psychological care and organizational leadership, Dr. Wickizer enjoys spending time with her husband gardening, traveling, and creating spooky art.

Dawn Berry

Dawn Berry, Psy.D

Dawn M. Berry, M.A., obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Before joining Brain and Body Integration as a Clinical Psychologist Intern and Examiner, Dawn trained at Praxis Schmalhofer in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she worked with U.S. military affiliated personnel and families living in Germany. In this setting, Dawn provided therapeutic services and treatment plans for patients in long-term outpatient care in a private practice setting.

Lisa Schultz

Lisa Schultz, Ph.D

Lisa Schultz graduated from Walden University with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She has also earned her MS from Walden University in Psychology with a specialization n crisis management and response. Dr. Schultz completed her practicum at AspenPointe. She completed her internship at Brain and Body Integration. She has been employed at Brain and Body Integration for four two years and thoroughly enjoys the population with whom she works.

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Pualani R. Jeffries, Psy.D

Pualani R. Jeffries received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Adams State College (now Adams State University) in 2011. She completed an undergraduate internship at San Luis Valley Mental Health Center in Alamosa, Colorado in 2011. Pualani received her Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family therapy from the University of the Rockies in 2013. She completed supervised field experience at the Rockies Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 2012 to 2015. Pualani is completing her Doctor of Psychology degree with a specialization in Clinical Psychology at Ashford University (formerly University of the Rockies). She completed her predoctoral internship at Brain and Body Integration. Pualani has been employed at Brain and Body Integration since 2015. Pualani also works in community outreach services through Lincoln and Elbert counties in Colorado. She is licensed under the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in Colorado as a Registered Psychotherapist.

Valentina Postorino

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.

Rob Kay

Rob Kay, Psy.D

Robert Kay, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist with the state of Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2007 from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. He attended graduate school at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA with a focus in clinical psychology. He earned his master’s degree in 2010 and doctoral degree in 2014.

Karen Wells

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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Keith Kutnar, Psy.D

Keith Kutnar recently graduated from Wheaton College with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology and a specialization in neuropsychology. He also earned an MS in Counseling Psychology in 2010. Dr. Kutnar completed his practicums at several different locations (i.e., private practice, community mental health, and an academic medical center). He also completed his internship at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Dr. Kutnar’s experience, coupled with his exposure to psychology, has provided fuel to see others thrive. It can be difficult to pinpoint and understand how to succeed when faced with consistent adversity. However, psychology can be a phenomenal tool to bring awareness to compensatory strategies that can be used. Dr. Kutnar specializes in performing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations and has been employed at Brain and Body Integration since August of 2020. Outside of work, Dr. Kutnar enjoys spending time with his wife, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and exploring the beautiful state of Colorado.

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Christopher white, psy.d

Christopher White received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2007. He received his Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University, Chicago in 2011, which included completion of an internship with the Will County Health Department, Youth Services in Joliet, IL. After working for two years as a master’s level counselor at two community mental health clinics in Taos, NM, Christopher returned to Adler University, Chicago and completed his Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree (PsyD). An additional four years of degree-required supervised field experience included practica in Chicago at Psychological Consultations, Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation Services, and DePaul University Counseling Center. He completed his predoctoral internship at AspenPointe in Colorado Springs, and his postdoctoral training at Brain and Body Integration. Christopher is a licensed clinical psychologist with the state of Colorado.

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Kahilya thomas

Kahilya has worked for BBI since 2019 as the Back Office Lead. She has a certification in Medical Assisting and Medical Administration from Everest College. She enjoys spending time with her family, and enjoying the great Colorado outdoors. 

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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.

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stephanie van horn, ph.d

Stephanie Van Horn is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. While there, she provided assessment and treatment at a variety of external practicum sites including an outpatient clinic for those with serious and persistent mental illness, a private practice specializing in the neuropsychological assessment of individuals participating in cognitive and physical rehabilitation, an inpatient court-mandated substance use treatment facility, a university counseling center, and a private practice specializing in forensic assessment of competency to stand trial. She completed her internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo where she provided therapy and assessment to justice-involved individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses. She remained on-staff as a unit psychologist providing competency restoration treatment until coming to work at Brain and Body Integration in November of 2020. She has co-authored peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to forensic and correctional psychology and has presented her research at national and international conferences.

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Olga Panarina, DSW, LCSW

Olga Panarina, DSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in California and New York. She earned her masters and doctorate degrees in social work from University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently in the process of obtaining her PsyD from California Southern University.

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Hannah Benedetti, Psy.D

Dr. Hannah Benedetti is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Colorado. She received a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. In addition, she received a masters in clinical psychology at the University of Denver and a bachelors in psychology from the University of Colorado. She has worked in residential, hospital, and community mental health settings for the past 13 years. In graduate school she trained in multiple settings providing neuropsychological assessments and focused her doctoral paper on the overlap between special education and brain injury.  In addition, she has specialized in the treatment of trauma and working with the older adult population

 

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Jeff Glenn, MA

Jeff Glenn, M.A., is a Psychology Intern. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. He received his Master of Arts degree in psychology from the College of William & Mary. Jeff is completing his Doctorate of Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has trained at the Disability Services office at Occidental College and the Los Angeles LGBT Center mental health clinic. Jeff enjoys spending time with his husband, reading about history, and exploring Colorado.

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Kelly Gregus, MA

Kelly Gregus is a Clinical Psychology Intern at the South Denver Brain and Body Integration location. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and her Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Also, she is currently completing her doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Before joining Brain and Body Integration, Kelly worked in several settings, including schools, community mental health, and assessment clinics. Kelly has focused on supporting clients with neurodevelopmental disabilities and mental health challenges by providing assessments, behavior consultation, school consultation, and therapy services.

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Kaitlyn Barker, Psy.D

Kaitlyn Barker, M.S., 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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Patrice Werling, Psy.d

Patrice Werling, M.A., Psy.D., received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Women’s and Ethnic Studies in 2015 from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dr. Werling is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Before joining Brain and Body Integration, Patrice completed supervised field experience in community mental health centers, schools, and inpatient hospital services for clients of all ages with a special emphasis in trauma-informed treatments and working with underserved communities. Patrice has also conducted research in alternative treatments for the physical and mental impacts of managing autoimmune diseases and this research informs her approach in helping clients through a holistic, biopsychosocial model. Out of the office, Patrice enjoys true crime podcasts, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

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Margaret Kim, PH.D

Margaret "Molly" Kim is a Post Doctoral Fellow at BBI. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and earned her MA and PhD in School Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed an APA-accredited internship with Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Before coming to BBI, Dr. Kim worked as a school psychologist for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, where she worked for the preschool special education program. Her responsibilities included assessment, behavioral consultation, and functional behavioral assessments. Dr. Kim's doctoral research focused on the assessment of stress and coping in early career teachers.

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Constance Ortega, MA

Constance Ortega is a Clinical Psychology Intern. She graduated with an MA in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California in 2018. During her time in graduate school, she has gained experience in several areas through her practicum experiences including substance abuse rehabilitation, working with individuals who are on conservatorship, and working in a private practice setting administering various types of assessments. She is currently in the process of obtaining her PsyD in Clinical Forensic Psychology.

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michael ghali, PH.D

Dr. Michael Ghali is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He is licensed in both Colorado and Florida. Dr. Ghali earned his master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and his PhD from the University of Florida in 2009. He has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, private practice, and university counseling centers. He was most recently the Clinical Director at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Counseling and Psychological Services before moving back to Colorado to join Brain and Body Integration. He has years of experience conducting psychological and learning evaluations. He has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is currently writing a book focused on understanding anxiety and anxiety management.

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Karly Dicksinson, Psy.D

Karly M. Dickinson obtained her PsyD in Clinical Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Brain and Body Integration. Before joining Brain and Body Integration Karly received training in a variety of psychodiagnostics assessments. In her free time she enjoys spending her time outdoors hiking, fishing, and being with family and friends.

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Maria Chiaffarano, Psy.D

Dr. Maria Chiaffarano is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2014. She graduated from Widener University, an APA accredited program, in 2020 with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and a concentration in forensic psychology. She is also certified in Biofeedback treatment. Dr. Chiaffarano has experience in psychological assessment, individual therapy, and group therapy. She has had several training experiences in correctional facilities and state hospitals. She specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). Dr. Chiaffarano joined Brain and Body Integration in 2021 and currently conducts a variety of neuropsychological and psychological evaluations.