Alyssa Wall, DNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Alyssa Wall serves as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She provides psychiatric care, including medication management, to adults in the inpatient and outpatient setting.

She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The University of Tennessee and is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She began her training at Belmont University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Before becoming certified as a nurse practitioner, Alyssa worked as a registered nurse gaining experience in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric nursing. Prior to coming to the Lindner Center of Hope, she spent time as a nurse practitioner in the residential treatment setting.

Alyssa enjoys working collaboratively with the patient, as well as the treatment team, to help individuals obtain their optimal mental health. She believes in using a holistic, trauma-informed, individualized approach to the care she delivers.

Degree(s):

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, The University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Belmont University

Licensure and Certification:

  • ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Current Ohio Nursing and Nurse Practitioner License

Lauren Neiser, MSN, PHMNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Lauren Neiser serves the community as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She works in the outpatient practice.

Prior to completing graduate school at Eastern Kentucky University, Lauren attended Northern Kentucky University, where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Before joining the team at Lindner Center of HOPE, Lauren worked as a psychiatric registered nurse in a variety of settings, including Eating Recovery Center of Cincinnati (ERC) and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). During this time, she provided care to individuals across the lifespan. She has over a decade of experience working directly in psychiatry and mental health. At ERC, she helped to initiate nurse led education groups and assisted in developing the curriculum to present to patients while in treatment. At CCHMC, she was charge nurse and aided in training onboarding nurses. She has mentored students from Xavier University and received high ratings from students in aiding and providing insights into psychiatric nursing and the care of mental health in general.

Lauren works mostly with children, adolescents, and young adults, specializing in eating disorders and anxiety disorders. She has a passion for this population, as well as working with both the client and their families/support system closely to develop the best care plan possible. She believes in the philosophy of treating each client as a whole and incorporating crucial supportive therapies, such as psychotherapy and skills-based coping, in conjunction with psychopharmacologic interventions.

Presentation Topics:

  • Eating Disorders and Medical Complications Related to Eating Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Family Support, Psychoeducation, and Interventions

Degrees:

  • 2006-2011 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
  • 2012-2013 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
  • 2019-2022 Master of Science in Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2014 Registered Nurse, Ohio Board of Nursing
  • 2022 Advanced Practice Nurse, Ohio Board of Nursing
  • 2022 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Sara Dundes, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Ms. Dundes serves as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the Lindner Center of HOPE, where she sees adult clients in the outpatient setting.

She has over ten years’ worth of experience in psychiatric nursing, having started her career working with adult inpatient psychiatric clients at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2009 as a Registered Nurse. There she cared for individuals experiencing exacerbated symptoms of mood, cognitive, and thought disorders, including those with first-break psychosis. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she has worked with adult outpatients coping with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders at Monarch Primary Care through the Center for Addiction Treatment in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also served as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for Southern Ohio Correctional Facility for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Providing compassionate, evidence-based care is her treatment philosophy, and her pharmacological practice if complemented by her empathic approach. She is interested in treating the symptoms of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar I and II Disorders, and Major Depressive Disorder.

Degrees:

  • 2005-2009 BSN, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2017-2019 MS, PMHNP Program, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Internships/clinicals:

  • 2018-2019 Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2018 Health Resource Center, Cincinnati, OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2009 Registered Nurse License, Ohio Board of Nursing
  • 2019 Certified Nurse Practitioner License, Ohio Board of Nursing
  • 2019 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification, ANCC

Julie Foster, LISW-S, RN, MEd, MSW

Staff Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Ms. Foster serves as a staff therapist at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She attends to adolescents, adults, and families in the outpatient setting and is also a member of the Eating Disorder Team.

Prior to entering graduate school at St. Ambrose University, where she earned her MSW, Ms. Foster earned a BS in Psychology at Duke University, an MEd in Health Promotion and Education at the University of Cincinnati, and a nursing diploma at the Christ Hospital School of Nursing

Her clinical expertise is complemented by over 18 years of experience in clinical practice as well as several years in psychiatric nursing and health education

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE she worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for nearly 10 years, serving families in Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient care. She was in private practice from 2009-2017 She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Cincinnati teaching courses on stress management and mental health issues, as well as supervising peer educators in the campus wellness program

She is a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and life transition issues. She has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ population

Presentation Topics:

  • Mental health in schools
  • How parents can help teens struggling with depression
  • Stress managent

Degree(s):

  • 1986-1990 B.S. Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 1991-1993 Masters of Education, The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1993-1995 Nursing Diploma. The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2002-2004 Master of Social Work., St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Licensure and Certification:

  • 1995 Registered Nurse, Ohio Board of Nursing

Megan Morrison, CNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lindner Center of HOPE

Megan Morrison serves as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She attends to individuals across the lifespan in the outpatient setting to provide holistic nursing care and medication management services.

Prior to obtaining her advanced practice degree, Megan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Before becoming certified as a nurse practitioner, Megan worked as a registered nurse gaining experience in psychiatric, and medical-surgical nursing. She has worked in the inpatient and residential setting at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She has worked primarily with adults throughout her nursing career but enjoys working with people of all ages. Megan also has experience working with adolescents, as she was an educator who taught middle and high school science courses prior to transitioning into the healthcare field.

Her clinical experiences throughout her advanced practice education involved both inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents, and adults in the psychiatric mental-health setting.

Degree(s):

  • Bachelor of Arts, Kenyon College
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Muskingum University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Science in Nursing, The Ohio State University

Internship and Residencies:

  • Clinical practicums:
    • Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment services for adults (Lindner Center of HOPE)
    • Inpatient and Outpatient treatment services for children and adolescents (Lindner Center of HOPE)
    • Inpatient treatment and consultation services for adults at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati OH

Licensure and Certification:

  • ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Current Ohio Nursing and Nurse Practitioner License.

Elisha Eveleigh Clipson, PhD

Child Psychologist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Dr. Eveleigh is as a child psychologist providing therapy and psychological testing for children, adolescents and families in the outpatient setting. She specializes in testing related to developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Eveleigh assesses intellectual and adaptive functioning in children and adolescents.

As a therapist, Dr. Eveleigh employs cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy in working with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety and adjustment concerns. She provides behavioral therapy with parent management training to address childhood behavior concerns. Dr. Eveleigh incorporates play with therapeutic techniques for younger children.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Dr. Eveleigh worked as a psychologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital where she provided both therapy and psychological testing for children and adolescents. She collaborated with professionals in developmental pediatrics and worked in the Autism Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Eveleigh taught undergraduate psychology and worked in a private practice in the Chicago area.

Dr. Eveleigh attended the Ohio State University where she completed a fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities at the Nisonger Center. She completed an internship in Columbus City Schools. Her fellowship at Daily Behavioral Health focused on child psychology and neurodevelopmental evaluations.

Degree(s):

  • 2002 B.A. Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 2005 Master’s in Social Work, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society
  • 2010 Ph.D. School Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Internship and Fellowships:

  • Leadership Education Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH
  • Columbus City Schools Psychology Internship, Columbus, OH
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Daily Behavioral Health, Clinical Child Psychology, Cleveland, OH

Licensure:

  • Ohio Board of Psychology License # P.07977

Selected Publications:

Rueger, S. Y., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Davis, E. B., Chen, Z. J., Maloney, J. M., Eveleigh, E., Cowden, R. G., Stone, L. B., Lemke, A. W., & Glowiak, K. (2022). Development and initial validation of the Persevering Hope Scale: Measuring wait-power in four independent samples. Journal of Personality Assessment.

Eveleigh, E. (2019) Counseling in Personal Questions Students Ask. Burge, G.M. and Lauber, D., Eds. Intervarsity Press: Wheaton, IL

Schultz, T., Canning, S. S., & Eveleigh, E. (2018). Traumatic events and transformation: Posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth, and religious coping in individuals exiting sex trafficking who are enrolled in a problem-solving court. Journal of Human Trafficking.

Watson, T., Eveleigh, E., (2014). Teaching psychological theories: Integration tasks and teaching strategies. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42(2), 200-210.

Aten, J., Boan, D., Flanagan, K., Canning, S., Hall, S., Eveleigh, E., Rueger, S., Kang, E., Pressley, J. (2012). Booklet: Helping children cope with traumatic events. Wheaton, IL: Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton College.

Joseph, L.M., Konrad, M., Cates, G., & Eveleigh, E. (2012). A meta-analytic review of cover-copy-compare and variations of this self-management procedure. Psychology in the Schools, 49(2), 122-136.

Joseph, L.M., Eveleigh, E., Konrad, M., & Neef, N., & Volpe, R. (2012). Comparison of the effects of two flashcard drill methods on children’s reading performance: Instructional efficiency revisited. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 28(4), 317-337.

Joseph, L.M., & Eveleigh, E. (2011). A review of the effects of self-monitoring on the reading performance of students with disabilities. Journal of Special Education, 45, 43-53

Download information on Autism testing and therapy for children.

Mack Ontiveros, MD

Staff Psychiatrist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Dr. Ontiveros is a staff psychiatrist at the Lindner Center of HOPE. He attends to adult patients in the two residential treatment units as well as provides treatment through Lindner’s Neuromodulation Center.

Prior to entering medical school at The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, he received his B.S. degree in Biology with a focus in anatomy and physiology. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted epidemiological research focused on Lyme Disease and worked with a team to plan the construction of medical training facilities in underserved communities abroad.

After medical school, Dr. Ontiveros completed his adult psychiatric residency at The University of Cincinnati medical center. During his time there, he was involved in developing training lectures for multiple departments within the institution. He also served as the chief resident for psychiatric emergency services.

Dr. Ontiveros has an interest in providing comprehensive care for patients. He believes in evaluating patients in a holistic manner and working with them and their families to develop individualized treatment plans. As part of his desire to provide high-quality evidence based care, he is active in providing neuromodulation care to critically ill patients.

Internship and Residencies: Adult Psychiatry Residents at The University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Licensure and Certification: Licensed in Ohio, board eligible

Dawn Anderson, LPCC-S

Staff Therapist/ Supervisor
Lindner Center of HOPE

Dawn Anderson serves as a staff therapist and supervisor at the Lindner Center of HOPE. She attends to adult and child outpatient clients and is also a member of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorder (EDO) Teams.

Dawn Anderson completed her graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her background in psychology and ongoing professional activity in this branch of science keep her informed about best practices and emerging treatment opportunities.

Her therapeutic expertise is complemented by over fifteen years of experience in clinical practice. Her practice philosophy is patient-centered, holistic, and pragmatic. Dawn utilizes evidence-based practice including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is also is trained in experiential interventions including Sand Tray therapy. Dawn also has experience in working with a diverse range of clients including couples and family therapy.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, she has worked as an outpatient therapist and supervisor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as well as Central Clinic/ CDC Behavioral Health in Middletown and facilitated groups in inpatient psychiatry at The Christ Hospital.

She is a specialist in the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, and LGBTQIA+ populations.

Dawn has licensure in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Presentation Topics

  • Trauma Informed Clinical Care
  • Trauma Informed Parenting/ Co-regulating

Degree(s):

  • 2007-2010 B.A. Science, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2010-2012 M.A. Mental Health Counseling, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Internship and Residencies:

  • 2010-2012 Practicum and Internship at Central Clinic, Cincinnati, Ohio

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2015 Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor
  • 2021 Kentucky Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor
  • 2021 Indiana Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor

Gabrielle Paul, MD

Staff Psychiatrist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Dr. Paul is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who recently joined Lindner Center of HOPE after completion of her medical training. She will be providing care to adolescent inpatients and will be a member of the care team at the Farmer Family Neuromodulation Center.

Prior to entering medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, she earned a BS in Biochemistry and Neuropsychology at the University of Miami in Florida as she had an early interest in the behavioral sciences. In medical school, she was active in health outreach programs for youth in Columbus and participated in research involving transitional age youth in subspecialty care.

After medical school, Dr. Paul completed residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where she was involved in the Program Evaluation Committee and the Residency Training Committee to help enhance her and her colleagues’ training experience. She fast-tracked into fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she developed an interest in neuromodulation and received training in the use of ECT, TMS, and esketamine.

Dr. Paul has an interest in providing comprehensive care to children/adolescents and their families. She believes in providing evidence-based care and collaborating with patients and their families to provide individualized treatment. She is interested in improving access to neuromodulation for adolescents with severe illness.

Degree(s):

  • 2009-2013 B.A. Biochemistry & Neuropsychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • 2013-2017 M.D., The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH

Internship and Residencies:

  • 2017-2020 Residency in Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2020-2022 Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Licensure and Certification:

  • 2021 Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 2019 Medical License, State Medical Board of Ohio

Anne Polasko, MSW, MDiv, LISW-S

Outpatient Therapist
Lindner Center of HOPE

Anne Polasko has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents and adults. She has provided in-home family therapy for at-risk families and has been certified as a Functional Family Therapist. She began working at Lindner Center of HOPE in 2015 and previously worked as the Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator for OCACDA, Lindner Center’s outpatient adolescent diagnostic program. Anne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University and her Master’s degree in Divinity from Acadia University, while living in Canada. After working as a Chaplain, Anne decided to obtain further training and returned to school and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Boyce College.

Anne specializes in the treatment of depression, developmental and relational trauma, and anxiety. She has a special interest in adoption, as she worked internationally, with extensive travel in Asia and Guatemala, assisting over 250 families with their adoptions. She utilizes evidenced based therapy models such as CBT, DBT and Trauma Informed CBT. She has a holistic approach, encouraging individuals to view their wellness within the framework of strengthening healthy relationships and exploring their personal purpose and spirituality. She works with young and older adults.

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