Spencer Johnson, MD
Owner, Vice President
Dr. Spencer Johnson, a family physician, left his large multi-specialty clinic in Minneapolis in 1998 to form Medical Care Services, PA with his wife, an internal medicine physician. Their goal was to work closely with a group of patients who share a common goal of improving their health. Fighting the trend towards shorter visits and impersonal care, their medical “family” has thrived and enjoys quality health care relationships in a friendly, non-threatening setting.
A northern Minnesota native and graduate of Bethel University and the University of Minnesota Medical School, with a three year residency at St. Paul Ramsey Hospital, he practices the full gamut of family medicine (but no longer obstetrics) and lives with his wife of 45 years in Arden Hills. He loves knowing his patients well, with a view towards their physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and is available to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He still makes the occasional house call when needed.
As a small business owner, he wears many hats and makes frequent Target runs to buy the clinic’s coffee beans and paper towels, and can also be found fixing the paper shredder or negotiating the lease. He values his able assistants, Kendra and Lisa, who have been with him for decades. He says he is one of “about three” physicians in Minnesota who still enjoy going to work and he knows the other two. He’s also the master of Swedish pancakes, the 10 minute nap, and handily tackling various projects around home.
Jan Johnson, MD
Dr. Jan Johnson is an internal medicine physician who specializes in critical care and geriatrics. She and her husband, Dr. Spencer Johnson, have been working together in their small private practice for almost two decades. She works primarily at Unity Hospital in Fridley, and although she is not able to accept new patients for primary care at this time, she has availability for consultations for complex cases. She practices with compassion, decades of experience and clinical wisdom, and values the honor of walking with individuals and families as they navigate challenging medical crises. She enjoys the creative, problem solving aspects of medicine, and works to discover how to “connect the dots” to identify the problem and generate effective solutions. In her free time, she loves spending time up north at the cabin reading by the lake, relaxing with her family, and she happens to make a mean chicken curry.
Jenna Hobbs, PsyD, LP
Dr. Hobbs is a clinical psychologist who has been in private group practice since 2011. She works with adolescents and adults as a collaborative, supportive partner to improve mental health and overall well-being. Her therapeutic approaches integrate cognitive, behavioral, and insight-focused strategies. Her warm and personal style helps clients work through ingrained and unhealthy patterns that keep them stuck in emotional distress and unfulfilling relationships. She adopts a mindful and holistic perspective, and emphasize integrating mind, body, and spirit in healing. She works to collaboratively with her clients to address many presenting issues in addition to welcoming concerns about the interaction between physical and mental health. She is trained in clinical hypnosis, and enjoys working creatively to find effective solutions to inspire lasting change. She enjoys taking walks with her husband, Donny, and their dogs, Dorothy and Razzie. She is excited to be working together with her family to build a supportive clinic community where people can come to focus on all aspects of their health and wellness.
Donny Hobbs, MA, LMFT
Director of Operations
Donny Hobbs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Donny has a passion for working with individuals and families impacted by anxiety and depression. His specialties include treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and other anxiety related disorders. He has received advanced training in Exposure and Response Prevention (EXRP) from the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. EXRP is highly effective in treating anxiety and is recognized by the American Psychological Association as a best practice treatment of OCD.
Donny also works with adults and adolescents who struggle with low self-worth and self-esteem issues. He helps clients develop a stronger sense of self, with the goal of helping people find ways to live a more enjoyable and meaningful life. Donny works from a holistic perspective, with a focus on helping clients achieve their goals around mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Donny enjoys incorporating mindfulness, guided relaxation, and hypnosis into the therapeutic process, when and where it fits for clients. This has shown to be an effective way for clients to change their relationship with difficult emotions and develop a sense of peace and stability as they work towards their goals.In his spare time he enjoys cooking a variety of exotic spicy dishes, running, biking, and playing doubles sand volleyball.
Jessica (Carter) Dresden, PsyD, LP
Dr. Dresden is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults to help navigate various stressors and mental health concerns. Her therapeutic approach emphasizes openness and flexibility to create a comfortable, safe place to work together to improve overall health and wellbeing. She works to help clients of all ages navigate concerns related to anxiety, depression, grief/loss, low self-esteem, trauma, OCD, intellectual disability, eating disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, and difficult life transitions. When working with children and their families, she also addresses concerns related to attachment, relationship/school stressors, ADHD, and behavioral issues. In partnering with clients as they are working through their challenges, she uses a variety of tools that are supported by research to be effective and tailored to each person’s individual needs and preferences. In addition to integrating a variety of therapeutic approaches, she is trained in Prolonged Exposure for addressing symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Exposure Therapy for anxiety disorders. She enjoys spending time outside, hiking, and swimming and is excited to join a team of skilled clinicians who value a holistic approach that integrates multiple pathways toward health and wellness.
Natale (Mooney) Garrity, PsyD, LP
Dr. Garrity is a clinical psychologist who provides an empathic and validating therapeutic approach to help her clients develop kindness and compassion for themselves in order to make effective changes in their lives. She is devoted to re-empowering her clients by helping them discover their pathway to effective flexibility, life balance, and overall healing. Dr. Garrity works collaboratively with both older adolescents and adults who are struggling with concerns related to eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, grief/loss, low self-esteem, body image distress, and significant life transitions. Her holistic and compassionate approach to therapy allows clients to have the courage to be vulnerable and to safely explore areas of their lives that are causing them distress. Dr. Garrity is committed to tailoring her approach to each individual and mindfully integrating evidence-based practices of cognitive, behavioral, dialectical, and insight-focused therapies. She is grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of clients’ sacred process of healing and to witness clients becoming the most genuine and effective versions of themselves. Her favorite self-care activities include attempting DIY-projects, spending time in nature, gardening, and playing with her energetic dog, Leroy, and her spunky cat, Squish. Dr. Garrity is honored and thoroughly excited to be a part of an outstanding team of professionals at the Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness who also value a holistic approach to healing and overall well-being.
Stacy Coleman Symons, Ph.D, LP
Dr. Stacy Coleman Symons, Ph.D., LP is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota. She works with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, and families. She has expertise in work with group psychotherapy, cognitive and behavioral interventions, behavior planning and psychological assessment. Her overall focus is helping adults and older adolescents cope with the challenges posed by a variety of medical and mental health conditions. Her specialty areas include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, complicated grief, and severe mental illness, as well as helping individuals and families cope with the psychological challenges associated with a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, including cancer, rare developmental and genetic conditions and organ failure/transplant. Dr. Symons also greatly enjoys working with members of the LGBTQ community and their allies.
Dr. Symons received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1998. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and spent her early career working in inpatient medical and psychiatric hospital settings. Dr. Symons and has lived in Minnesota for 15 years, where she has served on the faculty of Saint Catherine University in the Department of Psychology between 2002 and 2014. Her areas of scholarship include clinical and research ethics, qualitative methodology and the assessment of mental health issues in persons with intellectual disabilities. In addition to her clinical and academic work, Dr. Symons also serves as a clinical consultant and workshop presenter for a number of mental health and social service agencies throughout the Twin Cities area.
Laura Stephan, PsyD, LP
Dr. Stephan is a clinical psychologist providing collaborative, holistic individual therapy for adults. She believes the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor for healing, providing a strong basis for change. Her empathic therapeutic style emphasizes each individual’s unique strengths and needs. With this strong base, she draws from relational and mindfulness-based perspectives to help clients improve their wellbeing. Her present-focused approach helps individuals overcome longstanding patterns of unhappiness, fear, and unhealthy habits.
Dr. Stephan works with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. She is trained in iRest Yoga Nidra, a meditation-based approach to treating many concerns including insomnia, chronic pain, PTSD, and stress. She also has specialized training in rehabilitation psychology and is experienced in working with individuals with various health and medical issues, brain injuries, and trauma histories. She enjoys working with a wide range of individuals in both short- and long-term therapy, helping clients to live full and meaningful lives in whole-body wellbeing. In her spare time, Dr. Stephan pursues wellbeing in her own life by spending time outside, playing with her dog, and exploring yoga and meditation.
Kayla Estenson, LAMFT
Kayla Estenson is a Mental Health Practitioner who provides an empathetic and mindful environment to work collaboratively with clients to increase their self-compassion, self-acceptance, empowerment, and overall wellbeing. She works with families, couples, and individuals of all ages to address a variety of concerns including relationship stressors, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, borderline personality, as well as child, adolescent, and young adult life transitions.
She tailors her therapeutic approach to the client by drawing from cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, transgenerational, and structural models. Kayla is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, and enjoys bringing practices of meditation, breath work, and asana (physical postures) to clients who would benefit from this.
In her free time, Kayla enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, running, biking, cross-country skiing, and camping. She is also passionate about yoga and playing with her dog and cat. She is excited to be a part of the team at Minnesota Clinic for Health and Wellness to provide a holistic approach to overall wellbeing!!
Saras Bhadri, PsyD
Self-compassion, self-awareness, and strengthening mind body connection and supporting individuals in their growth are central components of my approach. I believe in creating a safe and comfortable environment so people can share their inner struggles. I am also mindful and sensitive to culture, race, and gender issues, as I myself am a racial minority from a different country.
Anxiety, depression, trauma, cultural adjustment, low self-esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), transitional distress and perinatal issues are some of the challenges I enjoy working with and helping people overcome. My therapeutic approaches include client-centered, emotion-focused, and mindfulness-based skills.
For those clients who are interested, I integrate yoga and meditation practices as they are supported by evidence-based research in facilitating change and psychological well-being. I have also been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and am now integrating this into my practice.
Tori Frye, LPCC
Tori sees mindfulness and mindful self-compassion as essential aspects of building respectful relationships whether therapeutically or more generally and weaves these practices implicitly and explicitly into her therapeutic approach. Her clinical areas of focus are working with adults and older adolescents to manage anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and navigating life transitions by helping to gather and build resources to adaptively strengthen their resilience and reclaim self-trust and values-aligned living.
Additionally, Tori has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2007 and is a Qualified MBSR Teacher through UMass Medical’s Center for Mindfulness, is a Behavioral Tech intensively trained DBT therapist, has been a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator since 2014, and has completed Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training in 2015 with program developers Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. She also enjoys spending time biking on vacations with her family and exploring the trails in the Twin Cities, practicing yoga, or spending time gardening the few months of the year that Minnesota weather permits.
Jessica Sawyer, MA, LMFT
I believe you are the authority on your own life. Within you exists the potential to experience your authentic self and to live a fulfilling life. However, there may be times when we experience stress, depression, anxiety, confusion, anger, fear, or complacency to name a few. When this happens it can be difficult to manage life effectively and with peace of mind. This is when professional support can be helpful. Whatever concerns you are struggling with, I will collaborate with you to help identify goals and develop a treatment approach to empower you to realize them.
I work with youth, adults and families doing group, individual, family and couples/partner therapy. I am an experiential, strengths-based therapist, encouraging client strengths while challenging destructive patterns. Creativity, authenticity, healing, hope and laughter are essential parts of my collaboration with clients on problem solving, communication and goal planning.
Using a holistic, compassionate approach my areas of focus are: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, perinatal mood/new baby, couples/partner communication, family dynamics, blended families, bullying/self-esteem, purpose/meaning.
I work to incorporate evidence based modalities in the services I provide, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family Based Therapy (FBT, for treatment of eating disorders), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), solution-focused therapy and a variety of systems/family modalities.
Carrie Dick, RN, Integrative Health Coach
Carrie Dick is a Holistic Health Coach who helps clients in achieving optimal health and wellness by taking control of their lives through simple diet and lifestyle changes.
Carrie has been a registered nurse since 2001, working in a hospital she cared for patients with chronic and acute illness. Being a nurse has given her a greater understanding of how the body works and the toll that chronic illness plays on the person as a whole. Patients are often given good advice or recommended lifestyle changes that they have found to be unsustainable. She started her coaching practice to help guide and support clients with the sometimes overwhelming task of bringing their own health and wellness under control.
Carrie’s holistic approach looks at the whole person, and meets them where they are at. What works for one person may not work for another. She helps clients establish and maintain healthy habits in a manner that is flexible, supportive and positive. One-on-one individual coaching and a variety of wellness workshops are some of the services offered to help gain better health and well-being. Change takes time and to have someone in your corner can make all the difference.
Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. You will often find them tending to the garden or in the kitchen creating new ways to stay healthy. You can also follow her at http://balancedwellnesshealthcoaching.com/ .
She is excited to be part of a team that focuses on the entire person: mind, body and spirit.
Check out Carrie’s website, blog posts, and UPCOMING CLASSES at http://www.balancedwellnesshealthcoaching.com/
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Billing Manager / Medical Assistant
Clinic Manager / Medical Assistant