Dr. George Thompson, Jr., MD, FAPA
Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
KidsTLC’s Chief Medical Officer
Dr. George, as the staff and kids call him, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with a long history of successful treatment of children with complex mental illnesses. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and studied child, adolescent and adult psychiatry at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka. He was the Director of Residency Training at Menninger when the clinic moved to Texas. He is an associate professor of psychiatry and medical education at the UMKC School of Medicine, where he teaches medical communication skills to future doctors. Dr. George is an innovator when it comes to guiding adolescents and children to exploring their own behaviors and giving them and their families the tools to modify the behaviors they want to change.
Christine Fuhrman, LSCSW
Vice President of Outpatient Behavioral Health
Christine has been with KidsTLC since 2007 and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree in clinical social work from the University of Denver. She has been in the field over 13 years working with children, adolescents and families experiencing complex trauma and behavioral health issues in a variety of residential and community based settings. Christine is also an advocate and experienced clinician in serving LGBTQ adolescents and young adults as well as their families. She is a highly dynamic, skilled, and experienced clinical social worker with diverse knowledge of leadership approaches coupled with proven success in non-profit program design, professional development and other administrative functions. Christine’s key responsibilities include serving on the agency’s Senior Management Team in addition to administrative and clinical oversight of our Outpatient Behavioral Health Program, which provides an array of therapeutic and psychiatric services including: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Medication Evaluations & Medication Management and Parental Education and Support groups. She is incredibly passionate about serving others and promoting professional development throughout the work that she does.
Rebecca Kline Toy, LCMFT, DBFT
Rebecca is a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through the University of Nebraska. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families for 7 years through in-home, residential, and community mental health center services. The majority of her work has focused on trauma, its effects on the individual as well as the family system, and helping families heal. Rebecca joined KidsTLC in 2009 and has provided individual, family, and group therapies to children and teens in crisis. She currently serves as the Clinical Manager for the Behavioral Health program, continuing outpatient service with youth and families as well as providing clinical supervision and program oversight to other clinicians. Rebecca is looking forward to growing service accessibility to the under- and un-insured families in the greater community. She is also excited about ongoing specialization with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and providing specialized services to adolescents with chronic emotional dysregulation and safety concerns.
Dr. Danielle Johnson, PhD, LP
Dr. Johnson is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 2010 from the University of Kansas. She has recently joined Kids TLC to provide outpatient therapy to children, adolescence, and families in the Outpatient Behavioral Health service. Additionally Dr. Johnson will serve as a Behavioral Health Consultant working with children, adolescents, and families in a primary care setting who have behavioral health issues stemming from a primary mental health diagnosis and/or physical health diagnosis. Dr. Johnson began working with children in 1997 as a residential care provider for youth with severe emotional disturbances who were in a group home setting. Since that time, she has accumulated experience working with children and families in inpatient and outpatient settings, with presenting concerns related to Mood and Anxiety disorders, chronic health conditions, and academic difficulties.
Robyn Haenisch, LSCSW, KIPBS
Positive Behavior Support Facilitator
Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician
Robyn is a licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who received her BSW and MSW through the University of Kansas. Robyn has experience working with youth and families throughout her career, including Ozanam, Juniper Gardens, the University of Kansas Center for Child Health and Development and as a school social worker for 12 years specializing in Special Education for Preschool through Elementary. Robyn is a trained Positive Behavior Support Facilitator through the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Supports, working with youth through adults with challenging behavior. Her most recent experience included home-based therapy services to children and youth with ASAP Expert Counseling Services in Overland Park, KS. Robyn has extensive experience working with children in the foster care system.
Jeff Peters, MSW, LSCSW
Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician
Jeff Peters began working with children and families in 1999 as a Youth Care Worker at a residential treatment facility for children and adolescents He earned a Master’s from the University of Kansas in 2006, and licensed as a Specialist Clinical Social Worker in 2010. Jeff has experience providing therapy services to children, families, adults, and groups. Jeff has focused on treatment strategies for managing Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Behavior Problems, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Trauma, and children with Sexual Behavior Problems and other challenges.
Shanna Crowe, MHA, LSCSW
Behavioral Health Consultant
Shanna is a licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s in Social Work through Wichita State University. Additionally, she holds a Master in Health Administration from Webster University. Shanna has 7 years of experience working with youth, families, and adults with medical and behavioral issues. She has specialized with special needs children, specifically Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delays with the Department of Defense at McConnell Air Force base since 2013. Additionally, Shanna has been a psychiatric social worker that focused on adolescents with mental illness and challenging behaviors. Shanna is equipped to provide behavioral training, cognitive therapy, mindfulness techniques, family therapy and group therapy to the population she works with. Shanna believes in using an egalitarian approach with a holistic perspective to empower those she works with in their own personal healing process.
Tara Strong, LCP, LCAC
Outpatient Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Clinician
Tara is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist and a Licensed Clinical Addiction’s Counselor. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Pittsburg State University. She has been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years, helping families cope and manage traumatic situations. Her background includes expertise working with both victims and perpetrators of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Program development and implementation of dual diagnosis treatment programs for adolescence is a specialty area for Tara. As the Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinician she will be creating a comprehensive program to assist adolescents in recognizing mental health symptoms and manage these symptoms through positive behavioral techniques in addition to providing comprehensive assessments, treatment recommendations, and treatment to enhance recovery to the previous highest level of functioning, i.e. (individualized treatment planning). Common therapy services offered include, individual, family, group, crisis intervention, and, case management services.
Rebecca Elliott, LPC
Rebecca Elliott is a licensed professional counselor who holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Oklahoma Baptist University. Rebecca worked as a Special Education Teacher for six years during which she gained a deep understanding for how student’s academics were so greatly impacted by their circumstances outside of the classroom. She is passionate about helping young people build the confidence they need to be successful inside and outside of the classroom. With her experience working with individuals with special needs, she is able to offer a connection between special needs and mental health concerns. Rebecca draws from experience working with adolescents dealing with severe trauma, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, attachment injuries and other childhood disorders.
Chad Schoenthaler, LSCSW, LCSW
Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician
Chad is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Kansas and Missouri. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in 1996 and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas in 2005. He started his career in 1996 providing services to individuals struggling with homelessness and persistent mental illness and continued on in community mental health and private practice to provide vocational support, young adult services, and individual and family therapy. Chad began working with children and adolescents in 2006 and has a background in providing support to children with physical disabilities and in using Dialectical Behavior Therapy with teens. He has also facilitated teen groups covering topics of healthy sexuality and anger control. Chad recently joined KidsTLC Outpatient Behavioral Health Services team in the spring of 2014 and is excited to use his experience to empower children and families to overcome those obstacles that hinder healthy, happy, productive lives.
Kara L. Haney-Wiltz, LMSW
Outpatient Behavior Health Clinician
Kara received her BSW from Washburn University in 2000 and her MSW in 2009. She has over 15 years of experience working with families and children. Kara specializes in working with families and children that have been involved in the foster care/adoption system. She has been a private practice home and community based therapist for over 7 years, throughout Northeast Kansas. Kara has vast experience working with families in conflict and those that are involved in high volatile domestic situations, by providing direct services and mediation between parties. Kara was previously the CEO of a non-profit organization that specialized in the safety of children. These were families involved in high conflict cases by providing supervised visitation assigned by the courts, monitored exchanges of children between parents and supervised a Batterers Intervention Program. She has supervised several BSW and MSW interns throughout her career as an LMSW. Kara is currently preparing to take her LSCSW licensing exam. She provides services such as parent support, case management, advocacy, individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy. Kara is a strong advocate for working on the issues and strengths within the family to avoid family disruptions and conflict.