change the way you move,
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let’s get you and your loved ones on the path to wellbeing
sensorimotor – body
When simple daily tasks aren’t so simple, it can take a toll on your mental and emotional health.
As you go through your day, your brain and body work in rapid cycles of communication so you can function. Your senses gather information and pass it to your brain, which processes the information and sends instructions back out to your body on how to respond: smile, laugh, run, grasp, write, and so on.
But what happens when these rapid loops are slowed or stopped by something or just aren’t working the way they should? What should seem like simple tasks can become challenging and frustrating. This in turn can lead to avoidance and withdrawal with other emotional impacts.
This is why Stepping Stone Clinic includes Occupational Therapy as part of our integrated whole-person approach to wellbeing.
Our Occupational Therapists will help your brain and nervous system work in synchrony with the rest of your body whether at home, school, work, or play.
Using fun and engaging techniques and exercises, we help improve eye-hand coordination, visual processing, balance, movement, and sensory processing.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- 20 to 30 minute Warm-Up Call to assess needs and Next Steps.
- 60 minute personal One-on-One Occupational Therapy (OT) Consultation to review history and briefly assess current functioning.
- 60 minute Feedback Session to review findings, offer recommendations, and create a step-by-step plan including exercises to do at home.
- 30 to 60 minute OT Consultations or side-by-side therapy sessions with a specialist from your careteam.
- Check-ins with Behavioral Health Coordinator (BHC) to review progress and coordinate care.
Add Occupational Therapy to your mental health and wellness plan to better cope with daily routines and increase function, focus and energy at home, work, school and community.
the SSC steps to wellbeing
The first step is to schedule a free WARM-UP CALL that provides us a chance to get to know one another and start to develop an understanding of what is going on and how we can help.
This is a chance to look at the whole-person and understand how to treat the person today, not from months or years ago. The process is individualized and can include specific testing. We leave no stone unturned.
We take what we've discovered during the evaluation to map out a NEXT STEPS treatment plan and organize an integrated care team, including a Behavioral Health Coordinator (BHC) as a guide through every step.
Our specialists collaborate to provide whole-person care that combines appropriate treatments for any stage of life – from infants to mature adults. These may include therapy, nutrition services, sensorimotor interventions, and life tools.
The BHC helps navigate your transitions in care including stepping in and stepping out of services. We provide guidance through each step, adding life tools, wellness classes, and specialty support as needed.
Gina Chrysler, OTR/L, CLT
Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed
Gina Chrysler holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota. She completed her Occupational Therapy Internship at the Child Development Center in her hometown of Idaho Falls, ID. As a senior in high school she obtained a license as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked as an in-home care attendant for children and young adults with special needs.
Since then, Gina has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 20 years in a variety of settings including homecare, pediatric outpatient, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program, and inpatient rehabilitation center. Her focus areas are sensory integration, visual perceptual as well as gross and fine motor skills.
Gina has a passion for helping people live life to the fullest by maximizing functioning and engaging in the world around them. She is fun and energetic and has found that working with children helps her keep connected to her own fun-loving nature. She describes herself as an accident-prone athlete with a record of sprains and breaks from trying adventurous sport endeavors.
In her personal time, Gina enjoys being outside working in her garden and restoring old furniture. She also loves music and plays the piano, flute, and accordion.
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.
Deborah Fisher, PsyD, LP
Medical Psychology Specialist
Dr. Deborah Fisher has a Docorate of Professional Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to that, she earned her Master's Degree in Sociology with a Counseling License at the University of Idaho. In addition, Dr. Fisher has served for four years as a Board Member of the Minnesota Board of Psychology.
Before becoming a psychologist, Dr. Fisher spent 20 years as a Registered Nurse in critical care. She also served as a Clinic Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield/Allina, and Director of Training at Argosy University. She has travelled to the Soviet Union, Australia, and New Zealand. Her travels gave her an understanding of life experiences different from her Southern Minnesota upbringing.
Currently, Dr. Fisher works with adolescents and adults as a General and Chronic Pain Psychologist, with a focus on Medical Issues. She takes a mindfulness and whole-person approach with her patients. She applies general techniques, EMDR. hypnosis, CBT, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy, in order to see and treat the whole person.
Dr. Fisher enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 step-children, and 3 grandchildren as often as she can. She belongs to Toastmasters, practices Yoga, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In her spare time, she enjoys music and sings in a choir. She also enjoys spending time with her two rescue dogs, a Yorkie and a Maltese mix.
Renee von Weiss, PhD, LP
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.
Christi Bostwick, PhD, LP
Developmental and Child Specialist
Dr. Christi Bostwick received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas. She then completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She later taught Psychology and Developmental Psychology classes at the University of Kansas and Rockhurst University in Kansas City. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at her alma mater, St. Olaf College, where she teaches Introductory Psychology.
Dr. Bostwick has been in practice as a Developmental and Child Psychologist for over 20 years, working with children aged 0 to 13, teens, and their families. Her focus is on anxiety, depression, ADHD, and OCD in teens. She tailors her care with a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral focused therapy, psychological assessment, testing, and evaluation of common childhood milestones. She works with patients on a wide variety of challenges: anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD, toilet training, discipline, habits, sleep, school adjustment, school refusal, bullying, peer relations, grief and loss, identity exploration, healthy lifestyle support, future endeavor support, and support for all areas of parenting.
She believes in positive parenting and a wellness – not illness – philosophy, and places a strong emphasis on cooperation and communication with entire support system including teachers, school administrators, and physicians. To this end, Dr. Bostwick provides conversational in-service programing for teachers and school administrators for all areas of child and adolescent development treated in a clinical setting. She also enjoys teaching conscious parenting.
As a mom, Dr. Bostwick now has two amazing young adult children and loves staying active with them through travel, any outdoor activity, and eating!
Jan Marie Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Family Health Specialist
Jan Marie Johnson received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She then served in the United States Air Force, first with the Security Police Squadron and then with base mental health clinic, where she became interested in the complex situations facing law enforcement and the impact of stress on vulnerable people within the military family.
Jan grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and spent summers Sierra Nevadas. When she was in her teens her family spent a year traveling around Europe. She most vividly recalls spending her 15th birthday on Loch Ness, hoping to see the famous Loch Ness monster known as “Nessie” who failed to show up. Jan and her sisters also spent time at a small Spanish school where no English was spoken. These experiences enhanced her perspective by showing her an outside-view of the United States, new ideas, and different cultural norms.
Jan has worked as a therapist in a variety of settings including community mental health clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and the military. Most notably, she developed the first on-site social worker position in a small, 100-bed community hospital in California, and developed a program to integrate care for low-back pain and depression. During her time in the Air Force, she developed resources for military families needing special services such as learning disabilities support, medical surgery, and mental health outpatient and inpatient services. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, trauma, caregiver stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and complex family stresses.
A believer in lifelong learning, Jan has continued expanding her skillset with training in DBT, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, hoarding disorders, multicultural treatment, and several other areas. She is an enthusiastic supporter of an integrated care model. In her personal time, Jan enjoys spending as much time with her kids and grandkids as frequently as she can. An avid movie buff, Jan also enjoys watching films with commentaries on. The collaborative effort of so many skilled professionals to bring a single project to life fascinates her.
Kris Lyons NBC-HWC, CHWC
Behavioral Health Coordinator
Kris Lyons, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, has a passion for integrating mindfulness practices into fitness, nutrition and overall wellness.
Her professional path began over 20 years ago when she started and led one of the first organic smoothie companies in Minneapolis. In the years since, she has run her own Pilates studio and provided fitness, nutrition, and stress-management classes for a wide range of organizations and audiences.
Kris is devoted to making the world a better place and she’s starting with you. She was recently granted permission to share her adaptation of the meditations, activities and prayers from The Book of Joy, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Kris brings her extensive teaching experience, plus a long list of certifications and areas of study, to her work as a Behavioral Health Coordinator and Wellness Educator.
take the first step to wellbeing
Stepping Stone Clinic offers a unique step-by-step approach to team-based mental health care that integrates and unites different treatments. We serve people of all ages and at all stages.
Come talk with our psychologists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, executive function coaches, and wellness specialists about our whole-person integrated care.
Mon: 9AM - 8PM
Tues: 9AM - 8PM
Wed: 9AM - 8PM
Thurs: 9AM - 8PM
Fri: 9AM - 2PM
Sat: 9AM - 2PM
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.