welcome to stepping stone clinic
the first step…
meet the evaluation team
Rachelle Hansen, PhD, LP
Clinical Director & Founder
Dr. Rachelle Hansen received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. While there, she was actively involved in several rural health initiatives helping integrate in-home mental health services along with outpatient health and behavior services.
She completed both her Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she specialized in pediatric psychology as well as psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Her work included providing evaluations, behavioral interventions, and therapy to children, adolescents, parents, and families who are coping with medical conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr. Hansen has worked with children to adults at five different hospital systems, six rural health clinics, an inpatient and residential center, four private practices, a school-based therapy program, a community mental health clinic, and a neurology practice. In her life before practicing psychology, she was a reading specialist as well as working with families with children placed in protective care. She also ran a lab exploring genetic links to medical conditions in family lines including Egyptian Royal mummies!
Because of her unique background in biochemistry, education, and psychology, Dr. Hansen envisioned a clinic that would consider all three. One where patients can get the whole-person care they need from an integrated, collaborative team who offer a personalized approach to health. She does this work because she simply wants to help people feel and live better by working with their brain and body (instead of against them!). She's grateful to be a part of an environment where she (and the rest of the incredible team) can do just that.
Dr. Renee von Weiss
Psychological Assessment and Executive Function Specialist
Dr. Renee von Weiss has a Doctorate from the University of Kansas in Clinical Psychology with specialization in health psychology across the lifespan. She gained additional training in clinical child and pediatric psychology during her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Florida. From there, she completed a one-year, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at the University of Louisville.
As a staff psychologist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for 8 years, Dr. von Weiss conducted psychological evaluations of children and adolescents presenting with a variety of developmental concerns, such as learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. She also provided therapy and inpatient consultation services for children, adolescents and families struggling with medical conditions. During her time at Children’s Hospital, Dr. von Weiss also supervised clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows through her involvement with Children’s APA-accredited internship program.
Dr. von Weiss specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations for patients who present with a variety of developmental and learning concerns. She works with the patient, family, and other providers to try to find a plan to help patients move forward in their life. She’s most passionate about treating anxiety and executive dysfunctions, as well as adjustment to and coping with acute and chronic medical and neurodevelopmental conditions. Overall, Dr. von Weiss takes a developmental, strengths-based approach to her practice.
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Andrew K. Scarbrough, PsyD, LP
Integrative Therapy and Assessment Specialist
Dr. Andrew Scarbrough received his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He has extensive experience working with adults, teens, children, couples and families. His approach to treatment also places great value on being adaptable, accommodating and creating a comfortable environment for individuals with various cultural backgrounds, beliefs, values personality styles and levels of motivation for change.
His experience includes work in a variety of settings including the medical field, private practice, and community mental health and substance use treatment programs (both inpatient and outpatient). Dr. Scarbrough also has expertise in psychological assessment to determine general diagnostic clarification, personality disorder, intellectual capacity, adaptive functioning, and attention deficits.
Dr. Scarbrough specializes in providing psychotherapy to individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma (both acute and chronic), severe and persistent mental illness, personality disorders, and substance abuse. He is known for having a calm and comfortable style that instills hope during even the most difficult of times.
Dr. Scarbrough continues to be motivated in his work by the stories of positive outcomes and maintaining rewarding and productive patient relationships. He joined the Stepping Stone team to further improve patient outcomes through the use of a team-based approach that focuses on treating the whole person, including their mind, body and spirit.
Brenna Thompson, MS, RD, LDN
Brenna Thompson is a registered and licensed dietitian, with a Master’s Degree in Applied Nutrition. She is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa and completed her Undergraduate Degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she ran cross country and track for two years and then took up sprint triathlons for a few years.
After completing her Dietetic Internship at West Virginia University Hospital, she worked for Phoebe Sumter Memorial Hospital in Americas, Georgia. There she helped run the outpatient diabetes center and later developed the employee wellness dietitian position. Prior to working at OHW, she worked at Nutritional Weight and Wellness, where she helped clients learn that what they eat affects how they feel.
She is passionate about teaching people how foods interact with their body and getting to the root of their problems. She has experience working with people who struggle with autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, cardio-metabolic disease, infertility and women's hormones, food sensitivities, chronic pain, binge eating, and just about anything in between.
Brenna believes that no one eating style is right for every person: what works for some doesn't for others. She encourages clients to make changes they can stick with and that support their goals.
In her free time, you can find Brenna digging in her garden, and then coming up with creative ways to use the garden vegetables in her kitchen. She also loves camping with her husband, lifting weights, falling over in yoga, knitting, writing, chasing her child, and catching bigger fish than her husband.
Marcie Vaske, MS, LN
Marcie Vaske is a Licensed Nutritionist, with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. She grew up in Park Rapids, MN, a small, northern Minnesota town. Marcie completed her Undergraduate Degree at St. Cloud State University, where she studied Community Health and Athletic Training. She went on to work as a cardiac rehab therapist and physical therapy rehab therapist. She eventually returned to Minnesota to pursue her passion for nutrition. She completed her Master’s in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport.
Prior to working at Stepping Stone Clinic, Marcie worked as a Nutritionist, teaching individuals that what they eat has a significant effect on how they feel. She is a firm believer in educating her patients to empower them to make dietary changes that can help them lead the life they desire.
Her own journey in nutrition has provided deep insight into the healing power of nutrition. Having struggled with anorexia, obsessive-compulsive exercising, and anxiety, all of which led to chronic and complex digestive issues. Relying on her life experience and deep knowledge of nutrition, Marcie encourages her clients to make dietary changes they are ready to tackle. For some, that is one change at a time; for others, it is everything at once. Every step makes a difference.
In her free time you will find Marcie watching her twins compete in their sports, spending time being creative in the kitchen, and decorating her home. She loves running, weight lifting, and spending days at the lake or winter evenings all snuggled in with her favorite people.
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Gena Gear (formerly Walz), MA, EdS
Gena Gear serves as Stepping Stone Clinic’s Education Specialist. She is a School Psychologist with a well-respected history working with some of the largest and most complex school populations in the state. Her expertise is a welcome addition to our team, providing an added dimension to evaluation, testing, and support.
Michael Skinner has a degree in Psychology and Organizational Development from the University of Nebraska. He has used his background in business development to help grow a culture of excellence for clinics across multiple medical disciplines for over ten years.
As Stepping Stone Clinic’s Operations Director, Mike wants to be sure that the business side of the clinic experience aligns with the therapeutic process. This begins with making sure that each person who comes through the clinic door is aware of their options. Mike helps ease anxiety as he walks patients through questions regarding finance and insurance. He works side-by-side with providers to ensure that each patient’s unique situation is taken into consideration.
Mike’s primary goal is to create the best possible plan and experience for each patient and their family at Stepping Stone Clinic.
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About The Clinic
Stepping Stone Clinic uniquely offers a step-by-step approach to mental health integrating different treatments all under one roof.
Come talk with our psychologists, nutritionists, executive function coaches, and wellness specialists about our whole-person approach.
Mon: 9AM - 8PM
Wed: 9AM - 8PM
Thurs: 9AM - 8PM
Fri: 8AM - 4PM
Sat: 9AM - 3PM
6625 Lyndale Ave South, Suite 500
Richfield, MN 55423
*Free covered parking in back
*For emergencies, please contact the MN mobile crisis line (call 612-348-2233 or send a text to 741741) or go to your nearest emergency room.