Breanna began her journey at CFR as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor in November 2018. She began her career in 2013 working as a Residential Advisor at a youth shelter in Des Moines. Breanna has been working with individuals with disabilities since 2012 as well. Before coming to CFR, Breanna worked as a 1:1 Associate in her hometown school district for 3 years. Excited for a new journey helping others in need, Breanna chose to become a counselor at CFR.
In 2011, Breanna began college at DMACC before transferring the next fall to Iowa State University. Breanna graduated from ISU in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services and Psychology.
In her spare time, Breanna works for the paint and craft studio, Brush, in Ames. Breanna enjoys spending time with her family, dogs and guinea pig, friends, and doing a variety of crafty things.
Brittany R. joined CFR as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor in August 2017. She began her career in 2011 working as a direct line staff for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Over a four and a half year span she gained experience as a direct line staff, a program coordinator, and a supervisor of a group home. In 2016 she began work at the Hope Wellness Center, which houses a mental health crisis center and a jail diversion program. She worked directly with individuals in mental health crisis, with individuals struggling with addiction, and was a member of the mobile crisis team.
In 2011, Brittany began attending DMACC and in 2013 she gained an associate’s degree in liberal arts. She then transferred to Iowa State where she graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. She is currently working on obtaining a master’s in psychology through Capella University.
In her spare time Brittany enjoys spending time with her fiance, sisters, and nephews. She helps coach a Special Olympics team. She enjoys spending time outside, fishing, camping, and going for walks. When she can’t get outside she enjoys reading, drawing, and painting.
Carol joined CFR in 2018 as a Mental Health Therapist in the Ames office. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Kaplan University and earned a Master’s degree at Grace College.
Carol is a provisionally Licensed Mental Health Counselor (tLMHC) in the state of Iowa, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a member of the American Psychological Association. She specializes in cognitive behavior therapy and believes in building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients. Carol has knowledge and experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families from diverse populations. Carol’s passion is helping clients who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders; she is also working toward future certification to provide therapy using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma.
During time away from work, Carol enjoys her three labradoodles, being a DIY weekend warrior, listening to music, and socializing with friends and family. She is also actively involved in advocating for new legislation to improve the mental health care system at a federal and state level.
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.
Colleen joined the CFR team in August, 2018 as the Outpatient Addictions Supervisor for the Ames and Boone locations. Colleen completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology through Upper Iowa University and completed her Master’s in Psychology through The Chicago School of Psychology. Colleen has an IADC and SAP certification. Colleen has been working as a counselor providing addiction services for the last 7 years in a wide variety of settings including correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and outpatient/residential treatment programs. Colleen is also an adjunct professor at DMACC and teaches psychology classes.
Colleen enjoys spending time with her Siberian husky and Australian Shephard. She also enjoys kayaking, traveling, and riding her motorcycle.
Danielle joined CFR as a Mental Health Therapist in the Boone office in November of 2018. Danielle completed her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Services with a minor in Sociology through Upper Iowa University and then earned her Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University in 2017. Danielle is a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors and is a provisionally Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. Danielle has experience working with adolescents and adults in outpatient and residential settings with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, abuse, and bipolar disorder. Danielle enjoys working with adolescents and adults and welcomes LGBTQ clients. Danielle’s approach to therapy is to create an alliance with the client to form a plan that best suits their concerns and goals. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking, reading, and writing.
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
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.
Nikki B. joined the CFR team in August 2020 as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor. Before coming to CFR, she was a behavior technician specializing in utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy with children with Autism. Nikki came to CFR to have the opportunity to work with a new population and gain more experience related to the counseling field. She is passionate about ending the stigma related to mental health and encouraging people to remember that their mental health matters as much as their physical health.
Nikki received a degree in social work (BSW) from Grand View University in 2017 and is currently working on obtaining her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Drake University.
In her free time, Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband and her dog and binge watching their favorite shows together. Nikki spends a lot of time with family and friends and loves to have game nights. She loves Mexican food, anything Christmas related, shopping, and dogs!
Tasha W. joined CFR as a Mental Health Therapist in March 2020. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Tasha earned her Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy and her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at Northcentral University. She has worked in the mental health field since 2007 in residential, private practice, and community mental health settings across various geographic regions. Tasha's areas of specialty include: anxiety-related difficulties, serious mental illness (SMI), co-occurring disorders, domestic violence treatment for victims and offenders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tasha offers services to individuals ages 15 and older, as well as families and couples. Tasha takes a collaborative approach to her work with clients in which a space is provided for them to go through the process of making decisions about their future. The therapeutic approach that she uses helps to facilitate an environment in which clients can develop new strategies and skills to change behavior and to cope with difficulties they may be experiencing.
In her spare time, Tasha enjoys spending time with family and traveling. She also enjoys conducting research to aide in the development of new knowledge within the field of psychology.