Meet The Team


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Clinical Team

Wellness Team

Administrative Team

Everybody deserves to feel like they have a place in this world and simply bee.  Our philosophy is to approach each client with authenticity and humility because we know everyone is fighting to find their best self. Everyday we sit alongside our clients and we find ways to accept life as it is, all while aiming for change that feels good and true. Our therapists specialize in cognitive strategies to navigate the paradox of change and acceptance all at the same time.

Meet The Clinical Team


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Audrey Grunst, LCSW

Owner, Adolescent & Adult Therapist and Mental Performance Coach

 

Audrey Grunst is the owner and therapist at Simply Bee. Audrey earned her MSW at Loyola University Chicago in 2011 and is certified in Change Management from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Audrey combines over 10 years of clinical experience with her business background to help others improve mental health including anxiety, perfectionism and performance. She is the owner of SHEBE, online community for female athletes and was the former mental performance coach for Northwestern Women’s Volleyball Program.
 
She presents on a variety of issues including emotional intelligence and anxiety management. Audrey has presented at over 100 different schools, nonprofits, and conferences.
 
Audrey has extensive training in skill based therapy including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Family-based Therapy for Anorexia, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She uses these skills in her strategy formula to promote change.
 
Prior to Simply Bee, Audrey was a director at Eating Recovery Centers. While at ERC Insight, Audrey build several programs and managed a team of over 20 employees and two locations. She participated in a three-year study with University of Chicago, measuring the outcome of eating disorder treatment using FBT and DBT. Audrey was also a Division I volleyball player at Loyola University Chicago.
 
Specialties:
Athletes Mental Health Performance
Mood & Anxiety Disorder
Public Speaker
 
Audrey can be reached at [email protected]

Aimee Rodolff, Psy.D.

Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist

 

Aimee is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Rodolff has worked with adolescents and adults experiencing mood and anxiety symptoms, urges and/or engagement in self-destructive behaviors, trauma and complex trauma responses, relational concerns, and stressful life transitions. Dr. Rodolff believes in the use of humor to connect while creating a safe and validating therapeutic space in order to explore vulnerable topics and to move from surviving to thriving. Dr. Rodolff would be honored to join you in your journey to discover how you can be an authentic self as you navigate your life and the world.
 
Dr. Rodolff emphasizes a relational therapeutic approach informed by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Behavioral Activation. 
 
Prior to Simply Bee,  Dr. Rodolff has worked in the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) levels of care for adults with acute mood and anxiety symptoms and with urges/engagement in eating disordered behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury behaviors, substance abuse behaviors, and/or suicidal ideation while at ERC Insight’s Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP). Dr. Rodolff has also worked at alternative clinical settings, including college counseling, private practice, and community mental health working with children, adolescents, and adults.
 
Specialties:
Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Trauma & Attachment
Self-Injury
ED-NOS & BED
Relationship Issues
Life Transition

Anna Netzel, LCSW, Type 73

Adolescent & Adult Therapist, Maternal Mental Health Specialist

 

Anna earned her Master’s in Social Work from Dominican University in River Forest. She specializes in treating children and adolescents with anxiety and depression. Anna has worked in the public school system and in therapeutic day school settings since 2014. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, mood disorders and behavioral issues. Anna also holds a certificate to work with perinatal mood disorders and has a passion to help mothers facing new challenges and changes in their lives
 
Anna works to build a trusting and compassionate therapeutic relationship and believes in building on client’s unique strengths and abilities to help individuals find well-being throughout their lives. Use of humor, honesty and empathy help clients to feel empowered to bring about positive change.
 
Anna incorporates a multitude of clinical approaches in her practice which are tailored to each individual client. She uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Social Thinking®  and Mindfulness.
 
Specialties:
Perinatal Depression, Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Attachment Concerns & Birthing Trauma
Family Planning & Return to Work Planning
Generalized Anxiety & Mood Disorders
Self Injury
School Refusal
Behavior Problems & Plans
ADHD

Galina Lipkin LPC, NCC

Child & Adolescent Therapist

 

Galina is a licensed professional counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Galina has worked with children and adolescents in various levels of care including outpatient treatment, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and crisis response. Galina has experience with a wide range of clinical issues from interpersonal conflict to depression to symptoms of psychosis. Additionally, Galina worked in a program that specifically addressed anxiety and depression in the context of autism spectrum disorders. Galina’s clinical focus is anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, school anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias.  
 
In order to help her clients progress toward wellness, Galina uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In addition to building a strong relationship with her clients through humor, compassion, and a strength-based focus, Galina uses skills from these theories to decrease the impact of symptoms on daily functioning so clients can resume thriving at their fullest potential. 
 
Galina has presented at local and national conferences, is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and has contributed to manuscripts that are pending publication in national counseling journals. Galina is also board certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
 
Specialties:
Children & Adolescents
Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Self-Esteem
Depression
Chronic Illness

Patrick Noonan, LPC, NCC

Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist

 
Patrick is a licensed professional counselor who obtained his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Patrick has worked in a wide range of clinical settings, providing therapy within inpatient, residential, Partial hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and private practice treatment environments. He believes in helping the client rediscover and utilize the strengths and values that lie within them to address their core issues within a safe environment. Patrick believes that a compassionate, collaborative, yet direct, approach also helps clients get the most out of treatment in order to make lasting change in their lives.
 
Patrick’s backgrounds involve addressing areas related to, but not limited to, eating disorders, self-injury, depression, anxiety, life transitions, LGBTQ+ issues, addictions, and domestic violence. Patrick’s therapeutic approach involves genuineness and collaboration with the client, with a strong emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approaches. However, he also finds it most effective to tailor his treatment approach in order to meet the client’s individual needs, while also utilizing humor and a client-centered approach in order for each person he works with to feel understood, safe, and empowered.
 
Patrick has contributed his time and experience to organizations such as the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) where he served as the head of their Junior Board in broadening awareness of eating disorders and treatment options. In addition to this, Patrick is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
 
Specialties:
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Life Transition
Sexual Identity Development
Gay Male Issues
Self-Injury

Kristen Smith, LSW

Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist

 
Kristen is a Licensed Social Worker and earned her Master’s in Social Work and Business Administration at Aurora University. Prior to Simply Bee, Kristen has experience providing therapy in community centers and residential facilities.  She combines years of clinical experience with her business background to help others improve their comprehensive well-being.  Kristen specializes in working with adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bipolar, grief, race and identify, life stressors, and domestic violence issues.  
 
Kristen believes in building a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients by creating a safe atmosphere, allowing them to feel free from judgement.  Her holistic approach addresses the emotional, physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspect of each individual. Kristen meets her clients where they are and helps them uncover their inner strengths to overcome life’s obstacles.  As her clients grow to understand themselves on a deeper level, they are able to maximize their well-being.
 
Kristen is interactive with clients and employs elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy crisis intervention strategies, and mindfulness to help clients develop strategies they can integrate into their daily lives to support change and growth.
 
Specialties:
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Self-esteem
Grief and Loss
Race and Identity 
Stress Management 

Eric Stevenson, MA, LPC

Sports Performance Therapist

 
Eric is a licensed professional counselor who earned is Master’s degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. Eric is also a certified mental performance coach with the Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP).
 
Eric specializes in working with athletes and performers of all ages and levels helping them overcome a lack of confidence, fear, anxiety, perfectionism and more. He also works with a multitude of individuals transitioning out of sport or recovering from both short and long term injuries. Eric utilizes clinical approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Mindfulness. By using these proven techniques Eric has found success helping individuals reach their goals and live happier and healthier lives.
 
Eric has also presented to and worked with many high school and collegiate sports teams introducing them to mental performance strategies and techniques they can utilize to improve as performers. Eric is former collegiate baseball player at Elmhurst College and current competitive golfer.
 
Specialties:
Athletes Mental Health
Performance Anxiety Disorders
Recovery from Injury

Jacqueline Ritz, MA, LCPC

Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist

 
Jacqueline Ritz earned her Master's degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, in Chicago. She believes the most essential element of therapy is developing a trusting, therapeutic alliance in order to facilitate change. Jacqueline specializes in integrated treatments for addressing co-occuring disorders. Jacqueline utilizes relational DBT/mindfulness-based techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure prevention therapy and she offers genuine compassion, honesty, humor, along with a trauma informed care approach to treatment.
 
Prior to Simply Bee, Jacqueline worked as an outpatient mental health therapist at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, serving those struggling with mental health issues as well as psychiatric disorders in the community. She also worked at Family Guidance Centers, assisting those with substance use and psychiatric disorders after completing her internship with Rosecrance Treatment Center, working as a substance abuse counselor.
 
Experienced in providing psychoeducation, group facilitation and evidence-based approaches, she provides an authentic desire to facilitate change that focuses on living in the present and staying positive minded She incorporates an existential philosophy for living a meaningful life and improving the quality of life for her clients. She believes having a sense of purpose is essential for stable mental health and welcomes the opportunity to help people discover who they truly are.
 
Specialties:
Major Depression
Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Trauma/PTSD
Bipolar Disorder
Mood Disorders
Life Transformation
Relationship Issues
Substance Use Disorder
 

Dr. Kenzie Kitcharoen, MD

Young Adult & Adult Psychiatrist

 
Dr. Kenzie Kitcharoen is a board certified psychiatrist. She earned her medical doctorate and completed her residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kitcharoen worked in a variety of settings, including methadone clinics, nursing homes and community centers. She was the medical director of a community center, Asian Human Service, from 2012 to 2015. At the same time, Dr. Kitcharoen established an outpatient psychiatric practice and continues to pursue this path while in collaboration with Simply Bee.
 
Dr. Kitcharoen is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care in a safe and confidential environment. Clinical assessments are performed with a thorough and systematic approach using excellent clinical skills, extensive evaluation over time and up-to-date knowledge of current medical practice. The goal is to establish a clear, complete and accurate diagnosis that will help ensure the right treatment. Her areas of expertise not only include those listed below, but she has a special interest in working with women on affective issues involving the menstrual cycle, pre-conception counseling while with affective issues, psychiatric medications during pregnancy and peri/postpartum depression and/or anxiety.
 
Dr. Kitcharoen's philosophy is to focus on the individual psychiatric needs and to offer the most effective means of treatment in a caring manner. Great emphasis is placed on working closely with patients and other healthcare providers in developing a dynamic and individual treatment plan. She makes it a priority to provide adequate education to patients so that they are well informed of their conditions and treatment options. Questions from patients are encouraged, and their concerns are taken seriously and are sensitively addressed.
 
Specialties:
Depressive Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Panic Disorders
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Eating Disorders
Women's Mental Health Issues
 

Elizabeth Markman, MA, LCPC 

Child & Adolescent Therapist

 

Elizabeth is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist who obtained her Master of Arts (MA) from Adler University, specializing in Art Therapy. She uses a wide variety of expressive art forms in her practice as well as talk therapy. 

 

Elizabeth works with a diverse range of clients in both group and individual sessions and offers a safe, non-judgmental environment that supports her clients as they move towards healing & personal growths. Elizabeth has a passion for incorporating the arts into psychotherapy that is rooted in her own experiences as an artist and utilizes an intermodal approach to creative arts therapies that can be defined as pointing to an integrated application of the arts. Elizabeth believes that part of the therapeutic process is to rouse the creative life-force energy. Thus, creativity and therapy overlap. What is creative is frequently therapeutic. What is therapeutic is frequently a creative process.

 

Elizabeth’s background includes a demonstrated history of working in the residential and supportive housing non-profit industry. She is skilled in crisis intervention, clinical supervision, treatment planning, psychological assessment, conflict resolution, and interventions. Populations she has worked with include children struggling in social and/or classroom situations, sexually aggressive youth, youth questioning their gender and/or sexuality, adults living with life changing diagnoses, formerly homeless and marginalized populations, and the severely persistently mentally ill.  Elizabeth is a Doctoral candidate at Adler University working towards her PhD in Art Therapy.
 
Specialties:
Anxiety
Depression
ADHD
Trauma
Grief
Persistent and invasive violence
Self-esteem concerns
 

Meet The Wellness Team


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Stephanie Smith, M.A., M.Ed., IIN Certified 

Resident Health & Nutrition Coach

 
Stephanie grew up outside of Boston and now resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and two daughters. She has been an educator for over fifteen years and has experience as a teacher, a coach, and an administrator. Since an early age, she's been interested in the connection between nutrition, performance, and mental health. She studied holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a certified IIN Health Coach who is passionate about helping children and adults live their happiest and most vital lives through health and wellness. 
 
Stephanie's education includes a Master of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. In addition to working as a health coach, she currently teaches sixth grade. 

Stephanie Bersh, RYT 200 Certified

Resident Yoga Instructor

 
Stephanie Bersh is the resident Yoga Teacher at Simply Bee.  She has been practicing yoga for the past 15 years and teaching the past four years. Stephanie is Hatha certified with a strong foundation in basic postures for grounding and increased flexibility, gentle yoga for relaxation, and restorative yoga for releasing tension in the mind and body.  She is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
 
Stephanie’s teaching style is dedicated to alignment, safety and growth.  In each yoga session, Stephanie strives to create a welcoming and un-intimidating environment to allow clients to receive the health and relaxation benefits of yoga. Clients are guided to feel safe to travel within, to reconnect with their bodies, and to find strength and courage on and off the mat.  Sessions focus on simple practices such as breathwork, body movement, journaling, relaxation, and meditation.
 
Stephanie is also a certified facilitator for Embody Love Movement (ELM). She leads ELM workshops for tweens, teens, and adult women. In these workshops, Stephanie delivers interactive content in conjunction with yoga to empower women of all ages to reconnect with their bodies and practice self love and self compassion. 

Meet The Adminstrative Team


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Kate Kelley, MSW

Director of Business & Community Education

 
Kate Kelley earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011. She previous worked at a non-profit community center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin serving LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24; as well as in an elementary school in Madison, Wisconsin as she trained to become a school social worker.
 
For the past 8 years Kate has worked in the promotional product sales field, most recently leaving a company as a Director of Strategic Accounts. In that position she focused on leadership, relationship building and gained a lot of insight into the operational side of running a business. Those lessons married with her foundational understanding of the importance in networking and mental health advocacy are what led her to join the Simply Bee team as the Director of Business & Community Education. Kate is excited to help expand the footprint of Simply Bee while working to serve the community. It is her goal to partner with businesses, healthcare professionals and schools to work together in mental health awareness and education.
 
Feel free to reach out to Kate anytime at [email protected] if you would like to discuss our referral network program or schedule an upcoming workshop, speaking engagement or partnership opportunity with the Simply Bee team.

Jaylene Sparks

Office Coordinator & Billing Manager

 
Jaylene will be working towards earning her Bachelor’s degree in social work at Carthage College after she graduated with her Associate’s Degree from College of Lake County in May of 2019. She is particularly interested in helping children and adolescents and eventually would love to combine her education and professional experience to become an Executive Director of a non-profit organization.
 
Jaylene believes children are an important part of our society and wants to help at-risk youth develop skills that will best serve them in their journey towards adulthood. She has been a nanny for five years and understands that children thrive when they feel like someone really cares about them; she wants to be that support person for kids who feel alone. Jaylene loves that Simply Bee is so invested in child and adolescent therapy because she believes we need to destigmatize mental health services and the younger age we can start, the more normalized mental wellness is for that child as they move into adulthood.
 
Here at Simply Bee, Jaylene is the Office Coordinator and Billing Manager. This position is giving Jaylene an excellent start in the social work field because she gets a holistic look at both the business and billing side, as well as the clinical side of outpatient practice. She is driven and eager to use her interpersonal skills to serve the clients of Simply Bee. If you are a client and have a billing or insurance related question, please contact Jaylene at (224)-424-0432 or at [email protected].  

Felicia Ross

Account Manager

 
Felicia graduated from Emory University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and religious studies and then earned her master's degree in education at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to working at Simply Bee, she worked as a religious school principal, an adult education coordinator, and while raising her own family, has most recently worked as a preschool teacher at the Buffalo Grove Park District.
 
Having been in the field of education and educational administration for the past 25 years, Felicia understands the importance of providing a support system and stable foundation for not only the youngest members of our community, but for the parents and family members as well. As an account manager at Simply Bee, it is Felicia's hope to ensure that questions are answered and voices are heard as we all strive for improvement in mental health for ourselves and for the people in our lives.
 
Please reach out to Felicia at [email protected] if you have any comments or feedback regarding your experience with Simply Bee.