welcome to stepping stone clinic
Let’s get you and your loved ones on the path to wellbeing.
the first step…
If you haven’t already, call our office today to schedule a free WARM UP phone call. We welcome you to share needs and concerns so that we can match a careteam and Next Steps plan for you. We have providers with specialty training to help at every stage of life – supporting infants to mature adults.
meet the evaluation team
Rachelle Hansen, PhD, LP
Dr. Hansen received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. 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 post-doctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she specialized in pediatric psychology, 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 developmental disorders.
Dr. Hansen has worked with children to adults at four different hospital systems, five rural health clinics, an inpatient and residential center, three private practices, a school-based therapy program, a community mental health clinic, and a neurology practice.
Because of her unique background in biochemistry, education, and psychology, she envisioned a clinic that would house all three. One where patients can get the whole-person support they need under one roof with a more personalized approach than a larger healthcare setting could offer.
She does this work because she simply wants to help people feel and live better. She's proud to be a part of an environment where she (and the rest of the incredible team) can do just that.
Renee von Weiss, PhD, LP
Psychological Testing Specialist
Dr. 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, 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.
Stephanie Peters, PsyD, LP
Dr. Stephanie Peters earned her Doctor of Psychology degree from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. In those roles, Stephanie gained specialized training in treating children and families impacted by acute and chronic medical conditions.
After completing her clinical training, Stephanie completed an additional postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford's Clinical Excellence Research Center, where she studied health care's most pressing challenges. There, she designed health care delivery models capable of improving patient health, enhancing patient experience, while also reducing per capita cost of care. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue developing innovative health programs at Stepping Stone Clinic to best serve Stepping Stone patients and our community at large.
In treatment, Stephanie often helps children adjust to and cope with all aspects of medical illnesses including: medical anxiety, adherence to medical regimens, school re-integration, and health-related behaviors. She is experienced in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to successfully treat children coping with emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Stephanie frequently consults with other members of the health care team to ensure that the patient’s health goals are optimized.
Brenna Thompson, MS, RD, LDN
Brenna is a registered and licensed dietitian, with a masters in applied nutrition. She is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa and completed her undergrad 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 growing vegetables in her garden, and then coming up with creative ways to use them in her kitchen. She also loves camping with her husband, lifting weights, falling over in yoga, knitting, and writing.
Marcie Vaske, MS, LN
Marcie 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 undergrad at St. Cloud State University, where she studied Community Health and Athletic Training. She went on to work as a cardiac rehab therapist, physical therapy rehab therapist eventually leading her back to Minnesota and to pursue her passion of 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 will be reflected in how they feel. She is a firm believer by educating her patients it will empower them to make dietary changes that can help they lead the life they desire.
Her own journey in nutrition has provided an understanding in the healing power of nutrition. Having once suffered with anorexia, obsessive-compulsive exercising and anxiety, all of which led to chronic and complex digestive issues for her. Through life experience and a deep knowledge base 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 days at the lake and winter evenings all snuggled in with her favorite people.
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 multiple clinics across medical disciplines for over a decade.
As Stepping Stone Clinic’s Operations Director, Mike wants to be sure that the business-side of the clinic experience adds to 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 navigates patients through questions regarding finance and insurance. He works side-by-side consulting with providers to ensure that each patient’s unique situation is taken into consideration.
The basis of Mike’s philosophy 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.