Sara Bigelow, LCPC, NCC, Clinical Supervisor
Sara Bigelow is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Sara has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She has worked with a variety of issues from depression and anxiety to more chronic mental health issues. Sara also enjoys providing supervision to counseling students and counselors pursuing their clinical licensure. A native of the area, Sara enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family, reading, and music.
Conner Vrba, Counseling Intern, Community Based Rehabilitation Services, Case Manager
Conner Vrba is currently in his 2nd year working towards a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Conner is practicing from a gestalt theoretical framework and invites his clients to be present in the moment and experience their emotions with greater self-understanding. Conner has an interest in trauma informed care, and finds ways to implement this into his everyday practice. Conner was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Idaho where he played football for four years. When not at the clinic or in school, Conner enjoys playing sports outdoors with friends and family, cooking, and listening to music.
Robert DeWall, LCPC, NCC, QSUDP, Administrator/Clinician
I am a native of Pocatello spending most of my life here. I attended Highland High School before receiving a B.A. in Sociology and my Master of Counseling with an emphasis in Marital, couple, and family counseling from Idaho State University. I began my career as a therapist working with adolescents struggling with addictions and their families prior to focusing more on mental health counseling. I have worked as a therapist for over ten years and have enjoyed assisting others in reaching their goals and improving their lives. I have an advanced certificate in Adlerian studies through the Idaho Society of Individual Psychology and I use these techniques in working with my clients. I am also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and have seen this technique work very well with individuals struggling with past trauma and PTSD. When not in my office I like being outdoors and spending time with my wife and children and riding my Harley.
Alyssa Newman, LPC
Alyssa graduated from ISU in 2017 with her masters in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients, including adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. After graduating she began working with children and families dealing with child sexual abuse, and has training in evidence-based treatments for trauma including TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She also has experience with helping children with sexual behavior problems; and enjoys working with kids, caregivers, and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Alyssa has lived in Pocatello for the past 20 years, but also lived across the U.S. and traveled to several different countries, including 18 months in Chile where she learned to speak Spanish fluently. She also loves dogs, writing, music, movies, board games, and spending time with friends and family. Alyssa's focus in counseling has always been for her clients to feel heard and understood, and to find peace with the challenges in their lives.
Jakob Kendall, Medical Assistant (MA)
Hello! My name is Jakob! I am from American Falls, and I am the new
clinic nurse/MA here. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my
boyfriend, as well as spending time with my dogs, and any other
volunteer opportunities I can get involved with :). I have worked in the
Emergency Room and clinic settings before, and am excited for this
wonderful new journey!
Cody Jameson, PMHNP
Cody is a recent new graduate psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Idaho to be closer to family and is excited to join the PVFC team. Cody first got in to the psychiatric field in 2015 as a psychiatric nurse. He loved being there for people and helping them get through life's many challenges at a time of need. He went back to school to become a nurse practitioner because he felt he would be able to impact more lives for the better. During his schooling he worked in acute settings in providing medication management to those with mood disorders, personality disorders, thought disorders and more. He believes that medication coupled with therapy is the gold standard treatment in managing most mental health problems. Above all else he knows that listening and having empathy for others is the secret to providing the highest quality of care.
Sam Dalton, Counseling Intern,
Community Based Rehabilitation Services, Case Manager
Sam Dalton is currently a 2nd year masters student at ISU where he is working on his degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Sam approaches counseling from an Existential theoretical framework and assists clients with gaining insight into presenting concerns by understanding their authentic selves. While Sam does work with a broad demographic of clientele, he has an interest in working with children and adolescents. Sam was born and raised in Gooding Idaho and completed his undergraduate degree in Health Psychology at BYU-Idaho. When not at PVFC or in class, Sam enjoys spending time with family, mountain biking the many trails in the area, as well as camping, skiing and snowboarding.
Renée Katter, PA-C
Education: Masters of Physician Assistant, Idaho State University.
Specialty: Adult and Child Psychiatry, Medication Management, Behavioral analysis including Diagnosis and Evaluations.
Personal: Renée is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking with her family and dogs.
Liz Macklin, LPC
Liz graduated from Idaho State University with a Masters in Counseling in the Marriage, Couple, and Family track. She works with individuals, couples, family, and children with a focus in family systems, relationships and sexual health and well-being. Liz enjoys music and playing with her dogs.
Rebecca Schreiber, LPC, NCC
Rebecca Schreiber is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Northwest Nazarene University in 2012 and her Master’s In Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2019. She has worked in different capacities within the mental health field since 2012 from providing community based services, case management, working within schools, direct care staff, to now fulfilling her lifelong dream of being a mental health counselor. She has worked with a variety of ages from young kids all the way through adults, but has found her sweet spot is working with kids and teens. She has a passion for the power of art, play, and sand tray in therapy and prefers to have an active/hands on approach with clients whenever this is the best fit as she finds this helps to better engage the client in therapy. She has worked with a variety of mental health struggles from anxiety, depression, PTSD and other trauma based diagnosis, borderline personality disorder, adoption and attachment struggles, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as a wide range of other diagnosis. She has found a particular passion working with trauma informed care, attachment based parenting, and utilizing the power of sand tray therapy to allow client’s to utilize both sides of their brains in trauma processing, which has been verified to be essential in processing trauma based memories. She recently relocated to Pocatello from the Boise area to be closer to her extended family, and enjoy all that this area has to offer. She is excited to explore the area, and make Pocatello home. In her spare time she enjoys all things crafty, playing with her dogs and other pets, journaling and poetry, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Collette Carter, LPC
Charity Potter, LCPC, NCC, LSW, Administrator/Clinician
Hey, I decided that after years of waiting tables, janitorial work, motel management, and fast food experience, that I would like to take a different approach to the helping professions. I enrolled in ISU and learned that I needed to petition to be admitted as a student. WOW! what an ascending risky venture it has been! During numerous years of navigating employment, school expectations, and parenting, I received my BA in Social Work in 2004 then a Masters Degree in Counseling in 2006. I have had the opportunity to work in corrections and community mental health settings. I completed a Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies in Adlerian Psychology, and I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (trauma and psychological disorder treatment). I enjoy clinical diagnostic work, working with personality disorders, and providing encouragement to individuals that seek treatment. I am a native of the area as I was raised in Lava Hot
Springs. I enjoy riding my motorcycle, spending time with family, humor, authenticity in others, attending concerts, and outdoor activities.
Tandice Peterson, LCPC, NCC, Intake Team Lead
Originally from the Boise, Idaho area, Tandice has always enjoyed working with children and families and has been able to make this passion a career. She values helping others know they are not alone and see the other side of their struggles. Her career began working with children and adolescents with developmental delays, then adapted into helping families and individuals learn daily skills to increase quality of life and learn to effectively communicate with others. She achieved a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 followed by completing Idaho State University’s Counseling Program in 2014 and graduating with a Master of Mental Health Counseling.
Tandice’s primary theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However she also utilizes theories such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Adlerian Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the use of books, Art Therapy, sand Tray Therapy, Play therapy and attachment therapy. Currently she is working toward becoming certified in Animal Assisted Therapy.
Tandice enjoys working with adolescents, adults, children, families and couples. She has extensive experience working with child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse and a variety of other trauma, as well as attachment issues such as Reactive Attachment Disorder. Tandice works with families in the court system providing reunification therapy to help families reunite healthily and effectively. She works with the court in providing supervised visitation services in collaboration with the courts as well. Tandice has knowledge and experience working with children and families struggling with sibling and parent conflict issues. Anxiety disorders, depression disorders, PTSD, Bi-Polar, Domestic Violence, Relationship issues, self-esteem and identity issues are also areas of expertise.
Christina Franklin, LPC
Christina Franklin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from Western Carolina University in North Carolina in 2020 with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Christina has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She is passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and gender and sexuality issues. Christina often utilizes a variety of therapeutic methods such as: CBT, DBT, ACT, solution focused therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness to create a client centered approach that offers a safe space for clients and meets clients where they are to help them reach their goals. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, exploring new places, and listening to music."
Miguel Cantu, Administrative Assistant
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies
Kaius Tolman, Administrative Assistant Support
Chyna Giles, Administrative
I am currently working on pursuing a psychology degree at Idaho State University. Psychology is very interesting to me and I would love to incorporate it into my career. Some of my hobbies are listening to music, participating in outdoor activities, and engaging in conversations with others.
Jojo Cupp, Community Based Rehabilitation Services and Case Manager
Jojo was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She moved to Pocatello to attend ISU. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in communication. Jojo is so excited to work with members of the community and help them move toward a brighter future.
Mikki Griffey, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Community Based Rehabilitation Services/Case
Manager, Team Lead
Josh Nielsen, Community Based Rehabilitation Services
Brett Sayer, Targeted Care Coordination Team Lead and Case Manager
Kate Shrader, Certified Peer Support Specialist
Misty Davis, Office Manager of Pocatello and Soda Springs Offices
Education: Health Information Technology, Idaho State University
Personal: I enjoy bird watching, photography, softball, writing poetry, reading, music, and spending time with my family.
Brooke Golightly, LCSW, Clinical Team Lead
I graduated from Utah State University in Social Work and completed my Master’s degree in Social work at Walla Walla College, with emphasis in children and families. I have worked primarily with children and adolescents since 2005 and adults since 2009. I have work experience in domestic violence, trauma, anxiety disorder, depression, family relationship issues, anger management, child and adolescent issues,
bereavement and severe persistent mental illness. I often utilize techniques from play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Adlerian Psychotherapy, Solution-focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, camping, sewing, cooking and playing volleyball.
Allissa Mitchell, Community Based Rehabilitation Services/Case Manager
Allissa grew up in Soda Springs, ID and left to attend college. She started out at Utah State University then transferred her sophomore year to Idaho State University, where she recently graduated (2021) with a BA in Sociology with a concentration in criminology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her dog, and friends as well as photography. One day, she hopes to go back to school and obtain her master’s degree within the social services field.
We would like to give a huge thanks to Sheri DeWall and Captures by Cantu (aka Miguel) for taking our staff photos!