SunCloud Health offers integrative, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization for adolescents and adults of all genders – “Supporting your desire to live free from self-destructive behavior as you embark on a life long journey of recovery”.

Our Team

The leaders at SunCloud Health are incredibly passionate about serving the people they work with and their patients. Our team has the experience and the training to really execute a biopsychosocial approach.

Leadership

Dr. Kimberly Dennis, MD

Dr. Kimberly Dennis, MD

Medical Director, CEO and Co-founder

“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. Read More>>   Play Video   Linked In

Kim Cimino, LMFT

Kim Cimino, LMFT

Clinical Director

Kim is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience working with patients with addictions, eating disorders, co-occurring mood disorders, PTSD and complicated grief. Kim brings with her experience working in residential treatment programs, PHP, IOP, hospitals and community outreach organizations. Read More>>  Play Video

David Newton, MBA

David Newton, MBA

Director of Operations and Co-founder

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. Read More>>   Play Video   Linked In

Rita Ekelman, MBA, RDN, LDN, CD

Rita Ekelman, MBA, RDN, LDN, CD

Director of Nutrition and Outreach

Rita Ekelman is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 10 years of nutrition related experience specifically treating people who suffer from various types of eating disorders, addictions and other co-occurring disorders.

Rita brings with her experience specifically working with clients at the residential, PHP, IOP and Outpatient levels of care.  Read More>>  Linked In

Business Development

Melissa Hill, LCSW, ACHT

Melissa Hill, LCSW, ACHT

Director of Business Development and Organizational Wellbeing

Melissa assists SunCloud with bringing its unique treatment model to a broader population. Specifically, she is responsible for our expansion efforts into the Chicago market following the opening of our new office in Lincoln Park in June 2018.  Read More>>

Our Team

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

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

Organizational and Senior Clinical Adviser

Marcia empowers patients to tap into their insight, intellect, creativity and spontaneity to achieve therapeutic breakthroughs. An addictions psychologist, group psychotherapist and trauma specialist, with 25 years of clinical experience, she treats alcohol and drug addiction. Read More>>   Play Video

Dr. Lauren Pace, DO

Dr. Lauren Pace, DO

Psychiatrist

Dr. Lauren Pace is a full time psychiatrist, specializing in addiction.  Lauren is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, completing her addiction psychiatry fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Read More>>  Play Video

Shale Marks, LCSW, CADC

Shale Marks, LCSW, CADC

Psychotherapist

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. Read More>>  Play Video

Krista DeCeault, RDN

Krista DeCeault, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Krista DeCeault is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an integral part of the SunCloud Health treatment team. She leads nutrition groups, conducts assessments, and provides medical nutrition therapy to foster healthy eating habits. Krista also develops individualized meal plans and counsels individuals in ways to utilize mindful eating techniques. Read More>>  Play Video 

Brianna Morales, MA/LCPC

Brianna Morales, MA/LCPC

Treatment Coordinator

Brianna specializes in clinical work for youth and families. Her therapeutic approach is integrated and strengths based, using ACT, family systems, and narrative therapy. Brianna enjoys working with all family members and exploring roles, relationships, and generational themes. She believes all people have intrinsic value and her goal is to provide a space for people to identify this truth and use it as a source of growth and healing.  Read More>>

Gail Alexander, LPC

Gail Alexander, LPC

Therapist

Gail has over 20 years’ experience as a licensed professional counselor with experience in PHOP, IOP, Inpatient and Private Practice with adults, adolescents and families. Gail is trained in Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and is a certified life coach who has studied eastern philosophy and energetic paradigms. Read More>>

 

Sally McQuillen, LCSW

Sally McQuillen, LCSW

Therapist

Sally is trained in community mental health and substance abuse, during her three years at Doreen E. Chapman Center at Evanston Hospital (a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program for substance use disorders) she facilitated small group therapy sessions, led psychoeducational seminars on addiction, and performed case management to include collaboration with outside resources. Read More>>

Kathy Pasternicki, Psy.D., CADC

Kathy Pasternicki, Psy.D., CADC

Intake Director

Kathy is a clinician with expansive training and a wealth of experience in treating individuals and families affected by addiction, mood disorders, eating disorders and trauma. She has worked in residential and outpatient treatment settings where she conducted clinical placement assessments, provided individual, group and family therapy, and facilitated family education. Read More>>

Mara Y Schieber, LCSW, CADC

Mara Y Schieber, LCSW, CADC

Therapist

Mara is a clinician with more than 30 years of experience specializing in co occurring disorders, addiction and began working with individuals with eating disorders more than 15 years ago. She brings a solid foundation in psychiatry, addiction, eating disorders and trauma.  Read More>>

Kirsten Book, APN

Kirsten Book, APN

Advanced Practice Nurse

Kirsten is an experienced nurse practitioner working with patients with addictions, eating disorders, and co-occurring mood disorders. She also has experience working in residential treatment programs, PHP, IOP,  and outpatient settings with adolescents and adults. Read More>>

Jessica Martinez, RD

Jessica Martinez, RD

Registered Dietitian

Jessica provides individual nutrition counseling and leads groups focused on nutrition education and improving body image. She has a passion for one-on-one counseling and community outreach. Read More>>

Anita Ford

Anita Ford

Billing Specialist

Anita has been in the Billing/Finance/Customer Service for over 20 years. She most recently worked at a treatment center learning and implementing procedures to create the most effective and streamline systems. 

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Amber Glavor, LMFT

Amber Glavor, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Amber specializes in conflict related trauma, marriage and family therapy, and attachment. Amber is trained in 5 evidenced-based practices as well as Attachment Focused EMDR through the Parnell Institute. Read More>>

Allison Morgan, M.A.,M.F.A.,CADC

Allison Morgan, M.A.,M.F.A.,CADC

Therapist

Allison is an experienced therapist with over 30 years in her private practice, Mindful Life.  She holds an M.A. in Addiction Counseling from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago. Read More>>

Steve Wright, LCPC, RDDP

Steve Wright, LCPC, RDDP

Clinical Counselor

Steve is certified as a Registered Dual-disorder Professional with a background in pastoral work and integrates spirituality into his work as a therapist. Read More>>

Joe Whitlock, CADC

Joe Whitlock, CADC

Alcohol and Addiction Counselor

Joe has been in the healthcare field for over 25 years, primarily in counseling and addictions. Most of all he likes helping and meeting people where they are, emotionally, mentally, behaviorally, economically, those of various sexual orientations and criminal justice problems.  Read More>>>

Roseann Rook, CADC

Roseann Rook, CADC

Program Director

Roseann is a welcomed addition to the SunCloud Health team and will serve as the Program Manager at our Lincoln Park, Chicago location.  She previously served as a Clinical Addictions Specialist, responsible for conducting psycho-educational and process groups as well as providing individual counseling for addiction treatment including co-occurring disorders. Read More>>>

Hanna Carra, LCSW

Hanna Carra, LCSW

Group Therapist

Hannah has a strong passion for group therapy work, and believes strongly in Carl Jung’s belief that WE are all made up of several parts, many of which are kept in the shadow. She provides direct counseling and facilitation of psychoeducational groups. Read More>>  Play Video

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