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Meet Our Therapists

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Kari Ann Smith, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Clinical Supervisor

Kari Ann has been in the social work field in some capacity, for over 18 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and her second Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Ambrose University.  Kari Ann has worked in various clinical settings such as outpatient, inpatient, residential, and substance abuse residential for youth and adults. She is certified in Psychological First Aid, Trauma Informed Care, and Advanced Social Work Case Management.

She and her husband have 7 children and were foster parents for 4 years.  As a member of the Pima County Foster Care Review Board, Kari Ann continued her work with children which is where her focus remains today as the Clinical Supervisor.  She and her family moved to the Wisconsin area in 2016 and reside New London.

Angie Konitzer

Angela Topolski, MA, LPC
Lead Clinical Therapist

Angie is a Licensed Professional counselor and holds a Master’s Degree from Lakeland College. Angie joined Rawhide in December 2015. Prior to starting her work as a counselor, Angie was a special education teacher for 9 years. Angie’s passion is working with individuals and families ages 4 through adult. She has experience working with PTSD, depression, anxiety, life adjustment issues, behavioral challenges, difficult family dynamics, self-esteem issues, ADHD, and grief/loss. Angie enjoys integrating biblical truths and principles into her work as a counselor. She enjoys using creative and interactive treatment modalities including equine assisted psychotherapy, brainspotting, and play therapy. Angie integrates positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, DBT skills, and other techniques into treatment.

Angie loves spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys most outdoor activities including camping, boating, and hiking in the woods. Angie also enjoys traveling and seeing new places.

Angie sees clients in our New London and Appleton clinic during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

Lisa Behnke

Lisa Behnke, MA, LPC

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Masters Degree from Trinity International University. Lisa has been a therapist at Rawhide since 2002. She has a depth of experience and passion for working with married couples, teens, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, or relationship difficulties. Additionally, she provides insight and practical help with conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, oppositional defiance, Christian spiritual development, conduct disorder, ADHD, and grief counseling.

Lisa has completed training in Equine Assisted-Psychotherapy and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

Lisa sees clients in our Appleton clinic during daytime and some evening hours.

Becky Breitrick

Becky Breitrick, MA, LPC

Becky is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She joined the Rawhide staff in 2018. Her counseling experience includes working with adults, adolescents and children in an inpatient facility as well as providing counseling to men, women, and children living in a local homeless shelter. Becky is passionate about walking the path of healing and recovery with her clients.

She has walked alongside clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma and a variety of other issues related to difficulties in relationships and adjustment.

In her spare time, Becky enjoys being with her husband and children. She enjoys traveling and has a special place in her heart for the country of Haiti.

Becky sees clients at the Glendale and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center clinics during normal business hours and some evenings.

Becca Kisley

Becca Kisley, MS, LPC, SAC

Becca is Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Becca is passionate about helping individuals with problems related to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self-esteem, relationships, trauma, and more. She provides individual and family counseling and sees clients at the Milwaukee office as well as 4th and 5th grade students at the Milwaukee Academy of Science.

Becca offers daytime and some evening hours.

Kathy K

Kathy Klingseisen, MSW, LCSW

Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, having graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1990. She works with individuals, including adolescents, couples, and families. Kathy’s passion is working with marital and family issues. She also has had experience working with issues of sexual abuse, grieving and adjustment to loss, and trauma recovery.

Kathy has been married for 25 years and has three sons. She and her husband have been involved in ministering to couples together in their spare time.

Kathy currently is seeing clients in the New London and Appleton clinics during the daytime and some evening hours.

Tamara Plath

Tamara Plath, MA, LPC

Tamara is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master’s Degree from Wheaton College. She sees both individuals and families, specializing in work with children and teens. Tamara has experience with concerns related to grief and loss, behavioral disorders, domestic violence, and cross-cultural adjustment. Tamara works from strengths-based and family-systems approaches and believes strongly in the importance of counseling grounded in respect, trust, sensitivity, and compassion. As someone who grew up overseas, she is comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and seeks to provide counseling in ways that honor each person’s cultural and family heritage.

Tamara sees clients out of the New London and Appleton clinics. She offers daytime and some evening hours.

Laura Selker

Laura Selker, MA, LMFT

Laura is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has a Master’s degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Visual Arts with an Art Therapy emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Laura has been a therapist at Rawhide since June 2016. She specializes in working with teenagers, women, and families. Issues she frequently works with include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, self-esteem, difficult family dynamics, parent child relationships, behavior issues, adoption, and trauma from abuse and neglect. With training in brainspotting, art therapy, and equine therapy, Laura enjoys integrating different experiential modalities as a therapist.

Laura and her husband are blessed with a son. She is an avid reader and enjoys painting, working out, and being outdoors in her free time.

Laura sees clients in the New London and Appleton clinics and has daytime and evening hours.

Dorothy V

Dorothy Vrhovnik, MSW, LCSW

Dorothy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Dorothy has been providing counseling services to Rawhide since 2002. She integrates biblical principles and truths into her practice to assist in the healing and change process. Dorothy specializes in working with foster care and adopted children, foster/ adoptive parents, and adolescents. Dorothy has experience and a passion for strengthening relationships, attachment, anger management, conduct disorder, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills.

Dorothy loves spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys exploring God’s creation through hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and camping.

Dorothy sees clients in our Appleton clinic during normal business hours.

Gretchen L

Gretchen Liethen, Equine Services Supervisor

Gretchen is the Equine Services Supervisor and has spent her entire life with equine. She has 40 years of experience from show barns to personal barns and has owned her own equine for 20+ years. Additionally, she has a Veterinary Assistant degree that she completed in 2010.

She enjoys spending time with her family, snorkeling in as many clear water lakes as she can, and spending time with her own equine and other small animals.

Gretchen works out of our New London campus.

Rawhide Youth & Family Counseling accepts a wide variety of health insurance plans, including some Medicaid plans. We also offer a sliding fee scale for clients without insurance coverage. New clients can typically be seen within one to two weeks. To schedule an appointment, please contact our receptionist at 877-300-9101 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m or use our scheduling form. You may also call after hours and leave a message on our secure voicemail.

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Ash-Leigh Kowalczyk, COTA

Ash-Leigh is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with an Associates degree from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Ash-Leigh joined Rawhide in October of 2017. Prior to working at Rawhide, she worked for ThedaCare as a Therapy Assistant. Ash-Leigh’s passion is working with children and at-risk adolescents using sensory interventions specializing in Trauma Informed Care practices. In her role, Ash-Leigh helps the youth gain knowledge and skills for their physical and mental health well-being. Experience in areas include: activities of daily living, play and leisure, education, sleep, work, social, cognitive skills, and  emotional regulation. Ash-Leigh’s main focus for the youth at Rawhide, is to gain knowledge and skills so they can successfully participate in various settings such as, school, home, and community.

Ash-Leigh has completed additional training in Trauma Informed Approach to Sensory Processing Disorder and Arousal Regulation, Sound Activated Vestibular Visual Protocol.

Ash-Leigh loves spending time with her family and friends in her free time. She enjoys being outside, boating, fishing, walking in the woods, yoga, traveling to new places, and playing with her beagle dogs.

Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin, LPC-IT

Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor-In Training and will be fully licensed in June of 2019 after completing 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s supervised professional counseling practice. She holds a Master’s degree and an Educational Specialist degree from Clemson University in Clinical Mental Health. Amanda has been a therapist at Rawhide since May 2017. Amanda’s passion is working with teenagers, young adults, families, and couples. She has experience working with individuals and families experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual behavior problems, anger management challenges, grief/loss, life transitions, and trauma. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and specializes in working with survivors of trauma and those struggling with symptoms of PTSD. Amanda is also trained in equine therapy and values the integration of experiential modalities into therapy.

Amanda enjoys running, yoga, reading, and any activities she can do outside with her husband and two fur-babies. Some of their favorites are hiking, playing in the snow, and backpacking!

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Theresa Mayer, OTR

Theresa is a licensed Occupational Therapist through the state of Wisconsin and is certified through NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapist). She holds a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Theresa has been an Occupational Therapist since 2009 and has enjoyed working in multiple settings including industrial and inpatient/outpatient rehab. She has had clinical fieldwork experience in the school setting, and in inpatient acute care. Theresa is passionate about identifying individualized needs, applying movement and sensory exploration to further increase participation in practice areas that help individuals become successful.

Theresa has completed additional training in a sound activated vestibular-visual protocol. Is a member of both the WOTA (Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association) and AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association)

Theresa loves a good book, enjoys being outside, and being creative.

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Cary Molinski, LPC

Carey received her Bachelor of Arts from Ripon College in Psychology, as well as, Speech Communication. After graduation she spent 8 years working at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with honors students before going back to school herself. She then spent a year studying art therapy before enrolling in a graduate program for Professional Counseling in 2007 through Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and completed her MA in December 2009. From there, Carey spent 8 years working with various at-risk populations including adult mentally ill incarcerated male offenders at Oshkosh Correctional, at-risk families, and adolescent males in out-of-home placements before joining the Rawhide team in November 2017.

In her spare time, Carey likes spending time with family and painting.