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, MSW CCM

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.
Athletes Mental Health Performance
Eating Disorder
Mood & Anxiety Disorder
Public Speaker
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Dr. Kenzie Kitcharoen, MD

Young Adult & Adult Psychiatrist (Ages 17+)

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.
Depressive Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Panic Disorders
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Eating Disorders
Women's Mental Health Issues

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.
Athletes Mental Health
Performance Anxiety Disorders
Recovery from Injury

Kristen Smith, LCSW

Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist

Kristen is a Licensed Clinical 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.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Grief and Loss
Race and Identity 
Stress Management 

Nicole Walsh, LSW, RYT100

Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Therapist

Nicole earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in working with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, LGBTQ+ affirmation and identity and disruptive behaviors. Nicole has worked in a variety of diverse settings serving children and youth both in the Chicagoland area and at a Therapeutic day school.
Nicole strives to create a safe and trusting therapeutic space for her clients to explore vulnerable topics and in turn build skills, self-love, and confidence. When building rapport with clients she believes in the use of validation, compassion, and honesty.
Nicole utilizes a various list of clinical and Evidence-Base approaches in her practice such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Strength-base focused, Mindfulness and Yoga. She is passionate about teaching yoga and has her RYT100 certification. Nicole also has a certification in the Integrated Evidence-based Behavioral Health Care Training Program from the University of Illinois of Chicago, Jane Addams School of Social Work.
Anxiety Disorders
School Refusal
ADHD/Differently Abled Learners
Behavioral Issues

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.
Major Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Mood Disorders
Life Transformation
Relationship Issues
Substance Use Disorder

Katie Klein, LPC

Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Therapist

Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Master’s in Counseling and Art Therapy at Adler University. Katie enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults utilizing both talk therapy and art therapy. She specializes in working with mood and anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+, behavioral issues, Adlerian parenting, self-esteem, and ADHD. She is passionate about supporting parents by utilizing Adlerian Parenting approaches.
Katie believes in providing a non judgmental and safe space for clients to work on becoming their best selves. She implements CBT, Art Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy tailored to each client’s unique needs. She believes that the therapeutic relationship fosters true growth and understanding of oneself to feel confident and capable to make positive changes in one’s life.


Anxiety Disorders
Behavioral Issues
ADHD/Differently Abled Learners
Adlerian Parenting

Jennifer McAdams, MA, LCPC, CEDS-S

Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist


Jennifer is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Professional Psychology at Roosevelt University.  Throughout her more than 10 years in the field, Jennifer has focused her work with individuals from adolescence through adulthood.  She has expertise in both higher levels of care and outpatient settings.  Jennifer approaches each client holistically; working with them closely on identifying values, goals, and guiding them towards living a valued life.  
Treatment modalities include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, and Family Based Therapy.   
Eating Disorder
School Refusal

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 Administrative Team

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Kate Kelley, MSW

Manager of 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.
Prior to joining Simply Bee in 2019 Kate worked in the promotional product sales field 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 Manager of 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.

Cindy Smith

Content Manager

Cindy earned her undergraduate degree in Public Relations and English from Illinois State University. She has over 20 years of content development, editorial and visual design communication experience. 
Prior to Simply Bee, Cindy spent five years as a freelance writer and 15 years working in the consulting industry, most recently with Hewitt Associates (now Alight Solutions). In her role as Communication Consultant, she worked with clients on their health and wellness and retirement benefits communication needs. Cindy is an expert at taking complex topics and making them understandable, relatable and actionable. 
Cindy has three elementary-age daughters and values the importance of mental, physical and spiritual health for adults and children. She is passionate about the power of the written word and is excited to create engaging and educational wellness content for the Simple Bee community.

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.

Marla Sandy

Executive Assistant


Marla is the Executive Assistant at Simply Bee. She earned her MBA in 2017 at Concordia University while helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. In 2012 she received her B.A. in Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Family Studies from Roosevelt University. Marla has worked in various positions within school settings in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Prior to Simply Bee, Marla received an Emergency License to teach as a Special Education Teacher and was a Substitute Teacher in Wisconsin. Having just moved to Wisconsin in 2018, leaving behind her work with the Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage. Marla is delighted to be a part of the team at Simply Bee and passionate about assisting all to be the best that they can “bee”.
If you need to set up an appointment or have any questions, contact Marla at [email protected]