Christel’s professional goal is to enable others to maximize their potential and achieve life ambitions. She developed into her current role of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in steps, first obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bemidji State University. She quickly recognized a passion for mental health, which spurred her to return to school and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from North Dakota State University. After raising a young family, she went one step further and received her Master of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 2011.
She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and enjoys providing care for those age six to ninety-six. Christel is proud to call the Midwest home and is thankful for the opportunity to serve those in this region. In her time away from work, she enjoys watching football and rodeo, camping and other outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Dennis M., CADC, is an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor based at CFR’s Ames office. Dennis has been involved in the recovery community since 2012, making many friends in recovery along the way. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from William Penn University and a Master’s degree in Adult Learning, Performance, and Development from Drake University with concentrations in Human Resources Management and Leadership. Dennis is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
In his personal time, he enjoys taking motorcycle rides on the backroads of America, playing golf, and learning new things. One of his pleasures outside of work is to serve as a trustee for a family scholarship trust that gives many students an opportunity to attend college with tuition assistance. Dennis is also the proud parent of a son who is an asset to the communities he lives and works in.
Dr. Jack Dodd has been a psychiatrist since completing medical school at the University of Iowa in 1964 and residency at Ohio State in 1968. He spent part of that time training in Scotland at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. After serving two years in the Navy, Dr. Dodd moved to Tucson, AZ. During that time he took a one year sabbatical in New Zealand where he provided inpatient treatment services at a large institute near Auckland. After eight years, Dr. Dodd and his family moved back to Iowa where he joined McFarland Clinic, treating both adults and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Dodd also provided psychiatry services at the Story County Mental Health Clinic and at ISU’s Student Health Center. Dr. Dodd originally joined CFR as a consultant and has enjoyed working with the staff in assisting individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Dodd has served on the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners and is a past president of the Iowa Psychiatric Society. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Liz R. was raised in northern Iowa. She attended ISU and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009. She moved to North Carolina, near family, shortly after. It was there that she earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a Substance Abuse Treatment concentration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Liz worked with adolescents and adults with mood dysregulation disorders and substance use disorders on both a Partial Hospital and Outpatient basis while living in North Carolina. She began working at CFR in October of 2015. She primarily uses a combination of evidence-based therapeutic interventions to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Liz strives to create a non-judgmental and validating therapeutic environment so that clients can feel comfortable expressing themselves. This is to help them better focus on identifying the changes they can make in their lives to feel fulfilled; to make a life more worth living free of substances.
Liz currently lives in Ames with her cat, Paisley. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family and friends, cooking, exploring nature, reading, and watching movies.
"At any moment you have a choice that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. The quality of our life depends on what seeds we water in our consciousness." –Thich Nhat Hanh
Maria M., LMSW is a mental health therapist at our Ames office. Maria received her undergraduate degree from The University of Iowa in 2005, majoring in Psychology and Spanish, and then earned her Master’s degree though the School of Social Work. In May 2011, Maria completed a year-long internship at Community and Family Resources and became employed as a full time therapist. Maria primarily works with adults and teens at CFR. She is an experienced group facilitator, co-facilitated a STEPPS group as an intern, and has facilitated the adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group at CFR. Maria has education, training, and experience in treating a wide array of issues including depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, trauma, emotional intensity, and relationship problems. Maria strives to create a compassionate, encouraging, and non-judgmental environment so that clients can feel comfortable and safe to truly open themselves to the therapeutic process.
Monique M. joined Community and Family Resources in April 2016 as an Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor and transitioned to Mental Health Therapist in October 2016. Monique completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education at Illinois State University and received her Master's degree with distinction in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Theology from Southern California Seminary. She came to CFR with eight years of experience in counseling and five years of experience as a secondary school educator. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include: cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, EMDR (traumatic distress therapy), sand tray therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and attachment theory. Monique has membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as knowledge and expertise in faith-based issues.
In her free time, apart from spending time with her husband, family and friends, Monique enjoys cooking, dancing, and traveling to her childhood home in Southern California, as well as to Mexico.