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Team Members

Hannah Carra, Program Coordinator and Therapist: LSW

Hannah Carra, Program Coordinator and Therapist: LSW

My treatment philosophy is grounded in my belief that the root of many human problems stems from being disconnected from our true selves. Through a series of life circumstances, family dynamics, Mental illness, trauma, and addiction we become disconnected and alienated from ourselves, lacking purpose and meaning in life. In working with my clients, I use a combination of psychoanalytical, psychodynamic, and 12 step principles.

My hope for all of my clients is to be brave enough to explore the deepest parts of themselves, and to experience the love and freedom on their journey of self discovery as a result.

Sarin Lerner, LCSW

Sarin Lerner, LCSW

Sarin is an experienced LCSW with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health and medical care industry. Strong professional skilled in Crisis Intervention, Medical Social Work, Psychological Assessment, and Conflict Resolution.

Hannah Bailey, LPC, R-DMT, RYT

Hannah Bailey, LPC, R-DMT, RYT

Hannah Bailey is a licensed professional counselor (LPC),  registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT), and a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BA in Experimental Psychology and Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of South Carolina.

Hannah completed her internship at AMITA’s Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital where she worked with all ages from children to geriatrics with various mental health diagnoses.  After her internship, she was hired and has since specialized in working with adolescents dealing with school anxiety/school refusal, eating disorder patients of all ages, and adults primarily diagnosed with anxiety and depression.  In private practice Hannah facilitates groups and individual sessions for a number of populations, primarily for adults who are still on their eating disorder recovery journey.

Trauma and emotions are not only stored in the mind, they are stored and imprinted throughout an individual’s entire being. Hannah hopes to use her experience thus far to help the patients of SunCloud find and develop their own mind-body connection in order to feel whole and integrated. Movement speaks, some just need guiding and illumination to feel and see it for themselves.

Tamara Waldschmidt, RD, LDN, CEDRD

Tamara Waldschmidt, RD, LDN, CEDRD

Tamara is a registered clinical dietitian with over 20 years of experience with both children and adults. She conducts individual assessments to prioritize treatment plans that support sustainable, healthy eating habits. She develops meal plans, monitors weights and lab data, assists in meal planning/support utilizing mindful eating techniques, and provides education and medical nutrition therapy as part of a healthcare team. Tamara helps to dispel food myths and offers sound, evidence-based nutritional advice that is easy to understand and incorporate. Follow-up visits focus on monitoring progress and the ongoing development of a safe and effective plan to foster permanent healthy eating.

Areas of focus have included behavioral health services, eating disorders, renal, cardiac, wound care, and long-term rehabilitation units, as well as being a consultant for pharmaceutical drug study trials. She has worked as the Chief Clinical Dietitian for an acute-care hospital, Food Service Director, and Administrative Health Care Director for Pastoral Care, Ethics, Parish Nurse Program and other hospital departments. She has also directed community outreach programs including Mission Services, Patients’ Rights, and Clinical and Institutional Ethics.

After completing a rigorous set of criteria for the evaluation of education, training, knowledge and experience, Tamara earned the Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian title. Tamara is recognized by IAEDP as an Approved Supervisor for other clinicians seeking certification.

Tamara’s work has focused on the role of the dietitian in the behavioral health community, which was often small to nonexistent. “The appreciation for the impact of blood glucose levels on mood, anxiety, impulse control and urge regulation is gaining recognition. Our nutrient intake can influence our mood, and our mood in turn can impact our nutrient intake. Poor nutrition can aggravate symptoms of depression, poor concentration, anxiety, insomnia, aggression, fatigue, and maladaptive behavioral patterns such as addiction. Our brain utilizes a significant amount of circulating glucose. Even slight changes in those levels may impact the brain’s function. Achieving a balanced circulating glucose level can potentially optimize the effectiveness of mood stabilizing medications on the body.

Individualizing energy intake and expenditure in tandem with monitoring feeding intervals with a registered dietitian can be an asset to the mental health treatment team’s goals and outcomes

“My approach is one of gentleness in offering an individualized nutrition plan that is both evidence-based and client focused. I have a great appreciation and respect for using an integrative team approach in building upon a professional relationship to help each client foster positive and sustainable changes.”

Shale Marks, LSW, CADC

Shale Marks, LSW, CADC

Shale earned a Master’s Degree at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. He pursued his clinical training in psychotherapy at Youth and Family Counseling of Libertyville. Shale’s clinical training also included working on a memory unit at Presbyterian Homes with patients living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. His undergraduate degree is a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City where he worked as an actor for many years before returning to Chicago.

Prior to graduate school, Shale earned a CADC and worked extensively with hundreds of patients who were struggling with addictions at Presence Holy Family Medical Center’s Keys To Recovery program in Des Plaines, IL, both in individual and group settings.

Shale’s practice is deeply rooted in the 12-step program, mindfulness techniques, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes spirituality as a resource to support healing. He employs an eclectic approach to help patients who are struggling with substance use disorder, anxiety, depression and trauma. Shale’s primary goal is to help people return to their natural state of wholeness. He believes that each patient has a right to self-determination and already has a great deal of insight to offer. Shale views the therapeutic alliance as an invitation for the patient to heal and ultimately become a healing presence to others. Shale’s focus as a clinician is not to solve patients’ problems for them, but to create the space for the patient so that the answers can find them. He believes that each patient is a whole person rather than a collection of symptoms. His compassionate and warm approach allows patients to feel that they are really being heard, understood and supported.  He believes strongly that the solution to many of the disorders he has encountered over the years is rooted in a deep connection to compassion and empathy. Shale is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. 

Check out Shale’s video interview on SunCloud Health

Dr. Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP

Dr. Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP

An addictions psychologist, group psychotherapist and trauma specialist, Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP, empowers patients to tap into their insight, intellect, creativity and spontaneity to achieve therapeutic breakthroughs. With 25 years of clinical experience, she treats alcohol and drug addiction; relationship, sex, pornography and internet addictions; eating disorders; trauma and intergenerational trauma; personality disorders; and anger and anxiety issues. Dr. Nickow has designed, implemented and directed an integrative intensive outpatient group treatment program for addictions and trauma in downtown Chicago; has served as clinical director of a nationally known residential treatment center; and has provided clinical supervision for therapists and other professionals. Her resiliency-based treatment approach emphasizes authenticity, transparency and a depth of concern for patients’ total well-being.

Dr. Nickow has worked in inpatient, outpatient, community, hospital, forensic, veterans’, and educational settings as well as in private practice. Her therapy groups provide a context for patients to grow and thrive while creating robust recovery and social networks. She is supportive and directive, compassionate and challenging, process-oriented and goal-oriented.

Dr. Nickow is 2016 recipient of the prestigious Alonso Award for Excellence in the Contribution to the Literature in Psychodynamic Group Theory. The award was presented by the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, a division of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), for an article she co-authored for the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy detailing a group treatment model for eating disorders and addictions. Dr. Nickow also co-authored “A Group Therapist’s Guide to Process Addictions,” published by AGPA.

Over the past decade, Dr. Nickow has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to addictions, trauma, anger and aggression, eating disorders, group psychotherapy, and cultural diversity issues for therapists and law enforcement personnel. As adjunct faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she has taught in the Clinical Psy.D. and Forensic Psychology programs.  She has served as a board member of the Illinois Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS) and the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations (CCSGO). She is President-Elect of the founding board of Serenity Academy Chicago, a recovery high school planned for opening in 2017. She is a member of AGPA, the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes, A.K. Rice Institute, the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association.

Dr, Nickow received a master’s degree and doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also holds a master’s with an Addictions Studies specialty from National-Louis University and a master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Check out Dr. Nickow’s full video interview on SunCloud Health

David Newton, MBA

David Newton, MBA

David Newton is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in owning and operating several successful privately held businesses. His expertise includes strategy, operations and marketing. He finds particular pleasure in disrupting industries that are broken, inefficient, fragmented and ineffective. He is also interested in finding ways to create value rather than destroy it, particularly in healthcare where he currently sees a tremendous opportunity in almost all areas of the industry. He holds an MBA from Kellogg Northwestern where he did specific research on alternative reimbursement models in behavioral health under the direction of Professor Leemore Dafny. Subsequent to that, he studied under Professor Michael Porter and the value based healthcare team at Harvard Business School. David has become passionate about creating ways to apply a value based model to the behavioral space, particularly eating disorders and substance use disorders.

David recovered from Anorexia as a teen and has extensive family experience with substance abuse. He has seen first-hand just how devastating these deadly and costly diseases can be, and he brings his personal experiences, compassion and empathy to his latest venture, SunCloud Health. In his role as Director of Operations and Outreach at SunCloud, he is responsible for ensuring that we remain true to our core mission- moving the needle away from fee for service and toward a value based model.

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Dr. Kimberly Dennis, MD

Dr. Kimberly Dennis, MD

“Dr Kim”, as she is known, has been treating addiction, mood disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, and personality disorders for over ten years, most recently as CEO and Medical Director of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center located in Lemont, Illinois. Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating addictions, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. In her role at Timberline Knolls, she has helped more than a thousand remarkable adolescent girls and women with their illnesses. Her knowledge of eating disorders and substance abuse isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. Today, she is able to combine her personal journey with her medical training to help SunCloud patients become emotionally strong, responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves. She believes in and maintains a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry, incorporating biological, psycho-social and spiritual approaches into the individually-tailored treatment programs for each patient at SunCloud.

Dr. Dennis obtained her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she served as chief resident. During her training, she was part of the multi-disciplinary eating disorders team specializing in treating adolescents with eating disorders and their families.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, Academy for Eating Disorders, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Society for Addiction Medicine. She is published in the areas of gender differences in the development of psychopathology, co-occurring eating disorders and self-injury, and the use of medication with family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. She is also on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Dennis contributes regularly to news networks, such as ABC News and CNN, other national press such as the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and WebMD, and professional magazines such as Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare. She is a monthly columnist for It’s All in the Journey magazine and was recently featured on TLC Discovery Channel’s “My Strange Addiction” and ABC’s “20/20.” Dr. Kim has a regular blog called, “Abundant Living”.

Check out Dr. Kim’s full video interview on SunCloud Health and in the Media:  DRkiminthemedia

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