MeganBrenner received her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a native Nevadan who loves the Northern Nevada area immensely. She has a background working with adults, adolescents, groups, and children and enjoys helping others walk through some of their most difficult times in life. Some of her experience includes: working with adolescents in crisis and suicidal thoughts/ideation. When Megan is not working, she enjoys living life with her husband and goldendoodle, hiking, working out, and home décor. She also enjoys serving others in the community in various ways.
Megan's Favorite Quote:
"Mountaintops are for view and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys."
Desiree Smith is from San Diego, Ca. where she was born and raised. She has lived in Reno, NV for almost 5 years and counting. She is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno where she completed a Master's degree in Social Work. She is currently working as front office staff, but will begin her clinical internship in the next 2 months!
Desiree's Favorite Quote:
"Never let your mood dictate your manners"
Shannon Servi, CSW-Internr Staff
Jacci has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for twenty-five years working in a variety of contexts. She's worked with survivors of abuse resulting in PTSD and DID and sees the beauty, bravery, and resilience of those who are willing to face trauma and work toward healing. She's worked with teens, enjoying the energy and enthusiasm they bring into the room, and she's worked with people in grief who may have little energy at all. But loss is the threshold to deeper life and brings its own surprising gifts. She loves working with LGBTQIA folks and has learned so much from their journeys of self-love and acceptance. Everyone is welcome into her office where they will be met with love and respect.
When she's not in the office she's usually reading or writing a book, hiking with her hubby and dog, or playing with her grandkids.
Jacci's Favorite Quote:
Now, every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: what darkness did you conquer in your story? Mountains do not rise without earthquakes.
Shelly Kuzma has been with Presence Therapy at MidTown Mindfulness for 2 years. In this time, she has worked as a steady asset with keeping our practice in line!
She is a customer servant at heart!
Shelly's Favorite Quote:
"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations"
Lynn Carver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has been practicing psychotherapy in the Reno area since 2001. She has a diverse background of experience working with adults, adolescents and children with serious mental illnesses and severe emotional disturbances, respectively. She has extensive experience in program development, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing. She is also trained in Sand Tray Therapy and Play Therapy. She has facilitated multiple weekend retreats focused on parent training, and has trained clinicians in Nevada, California, Utah, Hawaii, Texas and Maryland on utilizing DBT in their work with clients.
Lynn is a native Nevadan who enjoys time with family and friends as well as personal pursuits in writing and artistic endeavors.
Lynn's favorite quote:
"Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer."
Casey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling (LCADC). He has been practicing psychotherapy since 2001. He has extensive experience and training in Mindfulness, Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), and the treatment of trauma including EMDR. His therapeutic style involves working to create a calming and teaching environment with a focus on teaching skills that can be used for a whole life.
Casey is originally from the Pacific Northwest and has been in Nevada since 2006. He enjoys reading books and articles related to mindfulness and strives bring these practices into his everyday life.
Casey’s favorite quote:
“Hold your breath for a better day and you’ll never learn how to breathe, you’re afraid of the dark but that’s where you learn to see” – The show starts now by Cloud Cult
Megan Brenner, CSW-Internur Staff
Jacci Turner, MFTur Staff
Heather Deangeli-Drew, CSW-Intern;
Shannon Servi completed her master’s in social work at the University of Nevada, Reno.
She has worked in the mental health field for over a decade, helping people heal from eating disorders. She also has experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, intense emotional dysregulation and substance use.
Shannon has received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention and Motivational Interviewing. Her current interests are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Narrative Therapy.
It is one of Shannon’s core beliefs that our pasts do not have to dictate our future and we are often stronger, more resilient than we realize. Recovery is possible. Healing is possible.
Shannon is a home grown Nevadan and enjoys sunshine, stand-up comedy, poetry and quasi competitive board games. And dogs. She loves dogs.
Shannon's Favorite Quote:
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”
– Mary Oliver
Casey Kohl, LCSW, LCADC
Shelly Kuzma, Office Manager
Lynn Carver, LCSWOur Staff
Desiree Smith, Clinical, Social Work Intern ur Staff
Heather is a native Nevadan with deep family ties to the Reno area. She recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with her masters in Social Work and has worked in the field of behavioral health for eight years. When Heather isn’t working she loves to travel, camp, cook, craft, read, exercise, and spend time with her friends, family, and two dogs, Tahoe and Penny Lane. Heather also loves to serve others through volunteering with various community organizations and plan community events and fundraisers.
Heather's favorite quote:
"I know this transformation is painful, but you’re not falling apart, you’re just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful.”
Mylinda Barrick graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah.
Mylinda has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and enjoys helping clients utilize skills that enhance one’s
quality of life.
Mylinda has experience working with: substance use disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, grief/loss, and adolescents in crisis. Mylinda feels honored to help clients find healing and peace as they navigate life’s various challenges.
Mylinda is from St.George, Utah and enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her dog.
Mylinda's favorite quote:
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there."
Angie Charter Smith, LCSWOur Staff
Mylinda Barrick, LCSWur Staff
Angie is the owner of Presence Therapy, and co-owner of MidTown Mindfulness.
She has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years! She developed the first Adolescent Residential Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program in Reno. Later this passion for program development became Presence Therapy!
Angie has vast experience in the areas of Adolescents and families, DBT, and couples' therapy. She also works with Chemical Dependency, Eating disorders, and Trauma.
Angie uses a lot of humor in her work with people.
Angie's favorite quote:
"We must learn to be at home in the Muddy Water"