The Bluestem Center Staff:
A Multi-Specialty Team…
Helping Individuals Discover Potential…
Helping Families Discover Strengths.

Professional Staff

Dr. Susan Jenkins
Susan C. Jenkins, M.D.
Medical Director of Bluestem Center
Board Certified in Psychiatry
Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Jenkins graduated from St. Olaf College and then the University of Chicago-Pritaker School of Medicine. Dr. Jenkins completed seven years of residency training at the University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic in pediatrics, psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychopharmacology. She co-authored The Biology of Star Trek (Harper Collins, 1998) and A Pocket Reference for Psychiatrists (American Psychiatric Press, 1990, 1994). She has a specialty interest in ADHD and other Neurodevelopmental disorders.
Ms. Rachel Beukema
Rachel Beukema, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Rachel specializes in medication management for children, teens and adults. She is interested in seeing patients with addictions, ADHD, aggression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, thought disorders and other mental health concerns.

Rachel graduated from the University of Minnesota Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Lifespan Psychiatry program with Honors in May 2017. She has completed the Mayo Clinic Nurse Practitioner Residency Program and also had training at Prairie Care in Edina and HVMHC in Winona. Rachel has worked at Bluestem Center since 2013 as a Psychiatric RN. She worked one year at the Community Behavioral Health Hospital in Rochester as an RN after graduating summa cum laude with her BSN in 2012. Prior to working in mental health, Rachel graduated from UMD in 2005 with her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and had worked four years in the Infectious Diseases Serology laboratory at Mayo Clinic.
Mr. Jordan Hobbs
Jordan Hobbs, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Dr. Hobbs received his Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2007. He obtained his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities in 2015. Jordan currently provides medication management for children and adolescents with mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Jordan worked on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Crisis Unit at Mayo Clinic for 6 years. He is experienced in helping families with children suffering from complex psychiatric disorders, children with traumatic backgrounds, children on the Autism Spectrum, and children with more common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Jordan also provides psychotherapy.
Dr. Allison Adams
Allison Adams, PsyD., LP
Dr. Adams is a licensed psychologist who works primarily with children and adolescents by providing assessments and individual therapy. She has experience in diagnostic assessments for autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays and learning disabilities. Additionally, she is certified in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) and enjoys working with parents to address behavioral issues in young children.
Dr. Jeanne M. Allen
Jeanne M. Allen, PsyD., L.P., R.N., C.N.S.
Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychologist
Clinical Nurse Specialist – Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Allen is a licensed psychologist, with emphasis in child and family psychology. She is also a Clinical Nurse in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. Competencies listed with the Board of Psychology include individual and group psychotherapy of adults and children, psychological assessment (personality, objective, intellectual, academic achievement, projective, neuropsychological screening) of adults and children, crisis intervention, psychopharmacology, and therapy with young children, youth and adults. Her practice emphasis is on sexual abuse, anxiety disorders, learning, and behavioral problems.
Ms. Brandy D. Brown
Brandy D. Brown,
PsyD. LP
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Brown is a licensed psychologist, with emphasis in adolescent and adult psychology. Competencies listed with the Board of Psychology include individual and group psychotherapy of adults, adolescents and children, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), grief and loss counseling, and chemical dependency counseling. Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, developmental transitions, marital/parenting issues, faith based counseling, educative skills acquisition, and stress management.
Dr. Chawla
Nandita Chawla,
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Chawla received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She was practicing as a licensed psychologist in San Diego where she provided individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults in multiple setting such as residential treatment centers, day treatment centers, schools and private practice. Dr. Nandita Chawla is a licensed psychologist who has experience with children, adolescents, and adults. She provides individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents and families with various internalizing and externalizing disorders. Dr. Chawla’s competencies listed with the Board of Psychology include individual and family therapy to address mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, learning disabilities, attention, and behavior concerns such as acting out behaviors. Dr. Chawla has also worked with children and adult victims of various forms of abuse such as sexual, physical emotional abuse and domestic violence. Dr Chawla has also worked with perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse.
Ms. Katherine A. Porter
Katherine A. Porter, M.S., L.P.
Licensed Psychologist
Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ms. Porter has worked extensively with Reactive Attachment Disordered children and their parents. Her practice includes work with parents, children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. She is trained to provide play therapy, EMDR and Theraplay. Other areas of expertise include trauma, parenting, adoption, divorce, women’s issues, also, grief and loss work. She is fluent in sign language and has extensive experience working with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Ms. Brandy Allen
Brandy Allen,
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Ms. Allen obtained her graduate degree from Saint Mary’s University-Minnesota in Counseling and Psychological Services. She brings over 15 years of experience supporting children, adolescents, young adults, and families in intellectual disability, mental health, and educational settings providing individual, group, family and school-based services. Ms. Allen possesses a passion to integrate creative therapy strategies, including art, mindfulness, movement, and play, to assist in the success of the therapeutic process. Ms. Allen is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through the the TF-CBT national certification program and the University of Minnesota (AMBIT) to assist children and adolescents process and heal from traumatic life events. She is experienced in working with children and adolescents with attachment, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, depressive, gender dysphoria, and behavioral disorders as well as those suffering with chronic illness, school and behavioral concerns, attention and hyperactivity difficulties, identity seeking, and adoption. Ms. Allen incorporates family psychoeducation and parent coaching as well as school advocacy and consultation into the psychotherapy process to support long-term success.
Ms. Annette Clark
Annette Clark, MSW, LICSW.
Ms. Clark obtained her Master of Social Work Degree in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in a variety of school and county settings and specializes in emotional and behavioral concerns with children and adolescents. Ms. Clark will provide therapeutic services for children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and other mental health concerns. She is licensed to provide individual, group, or family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. Clark believes in utilizing mindfulness/relaxation techniques, stress management practices, play therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy to enhance mental well-being and has worked with children who have trauma and attachment issues.
Ms. Nelle Moriarty
Nelle Moriarty, L.M.F.T.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Specialist Certificate in Human Sexuality and Family Intimacy
Specialist in Chemical Dependency

Ms. Moriarty’s thirty years of experience includes individual, couple, family, and group therapy. Areas of interest include: ADHD, school refusal, adolescent oppositional behaviors, parenting, grief, loss, trauma, divorce and separation, and chemical dependency and co-dependency. She supervises candidates seeking MFT licensure in Minnesota.
Ms. Dewina Kraus
Dewina Kraus, L.M.F.T
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Music Therapist

Ms. Kraus has over twelve years of experience working with adults and adolescents who experience mental health and substance abuse problems. Areas of interest include: grief and loss processing, couples therapy, family therapy, parent coaching, school based mental health interventions, domestic violence recovery, medical family therapy, mindfulness/relaxation training, addiction and co-dependency, and spiritual health. Ms. Kraus is a trained music therapist and values the use of experiential methods in her practice with individuals, families, couples and groups.
Mr. Jonathan Kruse
Jonathan Kruse, L.M.F.T
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Mr. Kruse received his degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He has served as a chaplain and bereavement coordinator at two local hospices. Previous employment includes outpatient care of adolescents, couples, and families. He has provided care in a group home setting for troubled adolescents. Areas of interest include the following: grief and loss, men’s issues, couples therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, adolescents, anxiety, depression, and spiritual issues.

Degrees: M.A.T. & M.S.M.F.T
Ms. Melissa Quam
Melissa Quam, L.M.F.T
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Ms. Kaderabek has been a clinical therapist/case manager in residential care and out patient practice. She provides individual, family, couple and group therapy. Melissa graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her background and training is specific to working with families to respond to the needs of their children within the culture of the family. Melissa is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to better assist children/adolescents to cope with traumatic life events. She has also provided training to parents on specific interventions for children with complex developmental traumas. Melissa has also developed training for parents/foster care providers to meet the needs of children with developmental trauma within their homes. Melissa’s work experience included working with adolescents ages 10-18 and their family systems.
Ms. Mary Schuelke
Mary Schuelke, MA,LMFT
Licensed Individual and Family Therapist

Ms. Schuelke graduated with honors from Bethel Seminary in the Twin Cities in 2016. She has experience working in home-based, school-based and outpatient settings. Ms. Schuelke provides primarily family and individual therapeutic services, as well as group therapy. Areas of interest include: attachment, trauma, mood disorders, intellectual disability/ cognitive delays, social skills training, parenting concerns, behavioral concerns, faith-based counseling, and other mental health concerns.
Ms. Elizabeth A. Sarkaria
Elizabeth A. Sarkaria, M.A. and Psychometrist
Ms. Sarkaria received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University and completed her assessment training in the South Milwaukee School District. She holds undergraduate degrees in both Behavioral Science and Art Therapy. She has over 12 years of testing experience with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of expertise include testing for attention, cognitive functioning, academic achievement, adaptive functioning, mood and behavior problems, personality traits, and neuropsychological screenings. Ms. Sarkaria has trained doctoral students for the past eight years and coordinates all testing referrals.

Other Staff

Ms. Judy Groth
Judy Groth, R.N.
Psychiatric Nurse
Ms. Kristin Witts
Kristin Witts, R.N.
Psychiatric Nurse
Ms. Judy Groth
Salwa Decker
Medical Technician
Mr. Tim Heightland
Tim Heightland
Clinic Administrator
Ms. Wordelman
Shanda Wordelman
Executive Administrative Assistant
Ms. Anderson
Christina Anderson
Patient Services – Front Desk
Ms. Erika
Patient Services – Front Desk
Ms. Martin
Chelsea Martin
Patient Services – Front Desk
Ms. Akervik
Mia Akervik
Patient Services – Intake Coordinator
Ms. Arendt
Jennifer Arendt
Patient Services – Front Desk
Mr. Aaron
Patient Services – Billing