Meet Our Team

Fully Vested. Individually Committed.

With deep conviction, the team of professionals at Innercept has devoted most of their lives to serving others. Throughout our nearly two decades, we have remained steadfastly committed to providing young people and their families with a breadth and depth of professional expertise and personal backgrounds. That’s why one of our top priorities is intentionally recruiting and hiring people with a broad range of education, training and life experiences who also share our core values. We believe this diversity is key to empowering our residents to grow and thrive.  

From M.D.s, psychologists and masters-prepared therapists to dieticians, teachers and board-certified nurse practitioners, our people are at the heart how we are able to transform the lives of our residents, helping them to reach their full potential. It’s our diversity of knowledge and clinical expertise, along with personal values and life experiences that give us the ability to empower transformations other adolescent and young adult mental health treatment programs cannot achieve. Our team of professionals is personally vested in changing the face of mental health through our proven integral approach that treats the whole person to support healthy living. 

Directors

Sarah Stevens, B.S.
Sarah Stevens, B.S.

Executive Director

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Upon graduating with honors from Western Baptist College (now known as Corban University) in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sarah Stevens’ dedication to serving others began with the Spokane County Sheriff’s department, where she served six years as a deputy sheriff.

After taking some time to raise her four children with her husband, Sarah continued her pursuit of helping others by joining the direct-care team at Innercept Residential Treatment Center working in every program with special emphasis on stabilization. With nearly a decade of experience in transforming the lives of young people, she now leverages her strengths and expertise by serving as Executive Director. Sarah is also deeply committed to enriching the lives of young people in our community by serving as a soccer coach at both high-school and club levels.

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John Drozd, PhD, ABMP

John Drozd is a licensed clinical psychologist and a board-certified medical psychologist. After receiving his doctorate, John completed residency training at Andrews Air Force Base and served as an active duty Air Force psychologist from 1997 to 2002. John served as the vice president of clinical affairs at Lexicor Medical Technology, and as the clinical director of the NeuroAssessment Centre.

As a committed scientist-practitioner, John is involved in the development and delivery of evidence-based assessments and interventions for children, adolescents and adults. He has authored and co-authored multiple publications in the areas of psychotherapy research, clinical-outcomes management, trauma and the collaborative assessment and management of suicidality. John’s credentials and treatment philosophy align with the Innercept integral approach and further strengthen our ability to help adolescents and young adults realize their full potential.

John is passionate about helping others in his spare time, with a particular interest in veteran’s causes. John spent time mentoring high school students academically and athletically as they prepared to be first-generation college students.

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Lynn Wierdsma, PsyD

With specialties in family forensics, neuropsychology, as well as extensive experience in trauma-informed and trauma-focused treatment, Dr. Lynn Wierdsma, a licensed clinical psychologist has been helping others in need. With a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, she has worked extensively in various areas of the psychological and behavioral arenas – from teen group homes and community mental health to child protective services, juvenile probation and adult correctional facilities. Her experiences with the intersection of mental health and the legal system not only led her to pursue a doctorate in this area, but also convinced her of the power a cross-disciplinary, multi-faceted approach to treatment.   

Innercept Residential Treatment Center’s commitments to changing the face of mental health for young people through therapeutic assessment and integral-recovery principles presented Dr. Wierdsma the unique opportunity to leverage her expertise in more effective ways. In returning to the adolescent and young-adult population closest to her heart, she continues to live her passion and purpose both personally and professionally. 

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Joshua Martin, B.A.

Josh Martin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Between mountain biking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter as a youth, he found a passion for working with children through parks and recreation and after-school programs.

His interest in kinesiology and its effects on daily life grew. and Josh sought out college opportunities in that field. Josh attended Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) graduating with a Bachelor’s in Recreational Program Management, Facility Management and a minor in Coaching. During this time, he played soccer, managed elementary-age summer camps and worked with Boys and Girls Club.

In recent years, Josh has continued to work with youth in various settings, including helping struggling students find resources for success locally, coaching soccer and managing a soccer-training facility. Since joining Innercept in 2015, Josh has worked multiple campuses in different roles and currently manages the team at the adolescent campus. Through his knowledge, passion and experience, Josh works to positively affect change in the lives of those around him.

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Paula Perry
Paula Perry

Director of Finance & Procurement

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Paula Perry has more than 15 years of work experience in office management and over 10 years functioning as a financial coordinator. Her extensive background includes work in the healthcare industry. She comes to Innercept with an understanding of the importance of confidentiality, both in the clinical and financial realms.

Paula is committed to supporting our residents and their families by helping them through every step of the financial aspect. She loves getting to know the residents and providing them with the information they need to navigate the various organizations, including school districts, guarantors and mental-health agencies. Paula’s solution-oriented approach and can-do attitude align perfectly with Innercept’s foundational values and provide great peace of mind to those we serve.

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Chris Finch, M.Ed.
Chris Finch, M.Ed.

Education Director

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Chris Finch comes to Innercept with almost 20 years of educational experience in grade levels ranging from preschool all the way through college. His bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is from California State University at San Bernardino and his master’s in education is from National University in La Jolla, California. Chris began teaching career in Northern California where he taught 3rd-8th graders. After a short adventure teaching near Wellington, New Zealand, Mr. Finch returned to California and began his career as a Principal/Administrator. After leading a school in California for several years, he and his family made the move to beautiful North Idaho to administrate a pre-K-12th grade school in Post Falls.  

Innercept is a place that truly focuses on the individual and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations. In a traditional school model, achieving this level of individual focus can be difficult due to restrictions on time and resources. At Innercept, Chris gets to serve students who are working towards their high school diplomas and college degrees, as well as those working towards success in their careers of their choice.

When Mr. Finch is not at Innercept, he can most often be found at home on his “hobby farm”, outside of Coeur d’Alene spending time with his wife, two kids, and furry menagerie of animals. Chris also loves to travel whether by plane, by RV or, most recently, sailing the Caribbean. 

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Arika Isaacson
Arika Isaacson

Executive Director of Admissions

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Arika is a seasoned admissions professional who has worked at a number of high-quality substance use disorder and mental health treatment centers. At Innercept, she takes a compassionate yet thorough approach to admissions by fielding inquiries, conducting assessments, and guiding families through the verification of benefits. In her time away from work she likes golfing, hiking, yoga, and advocating for animal welfare.

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Yendi Labelle, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Yendi is an AANP board-certified family nurse practitioner who came to Innercept with years of experience in compassionate healthcare. Prior to earning her MSN as a nurse practitioner, she worked as a licensed RN and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her experience working with patients of all ages and from all backgrounds has made Yendi extremely adaptable and sensitive to each individual’s specific needs. In particular, her time spent employed as a school nurse helped prepare her for her current role ensuring the health and wellbeing of the residents at Innercept. Yendi is also bilingual and loves opportunities that allow her to use Spanish in her practice. Yendi’s skill, dedication and passion for helping others pursue healthy, fulfilled lives makes her an unequivocal asset to Innercept and its residents.

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Clinical

John Drozd, PhD, ABMP

John Drozd is a licensed clinical psychologist and a board-certified medical psychologist. After receiving his doctorate, John completed residency training at Andrews Air Force Base and served as an active duty Air Force psychologist from 1997 to 2002. John served as the vice president of clinical affairs at Lexicor Medical Technology, and as the clinical director of the NeuroAssessment Centre.

As a committed scientist-practitioner, John is involved in the development and delivery of evidence-based assessments and interventions for children, adolescents and adults. He has authored and co-authored multiple publications in the areas of psychotherapy research, clinical-outcomes management, trauma and the collaborative assessment and management of suicidality. John’s credentials and treatment philosophy align with the Innercept integral approach and further strengthen our ability to help adolescents and young adults realize their full potential.

John is passionate about helping others in his spare time, with a particular interest in veteran’s causes. John spent time mentoring high school students academically and athletically as they prepared to be first-generation college students.

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Lynn Wierdsma, PsyD

With specialties in family forensics, neuropsychology, as well as extensive experience in trauma-informed and trauma-focused treatment, Dr. Lynn Wierdsma, a licensed clinical psychologist has been helping others in need. With a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, she has worked extensively in various areas of the psychological and behavioral arenas – from teen group homes and community mental health to child protective services, juvenile probation and adult correctional facilities. Her experiences with the intersection of mental health and the legal system not only led her to pursue a doctorate in this area, but also convinced her of the power a cross-disciplinary, multi-faceted approach to treatment.   

Innercept Residential Treatment Center’s commitments to changing the face of mental health for young people through therapeutic assessment and integral-recovery principles presented Dr. Wierdsma the unique opportunity to leverage her expertise in more effective ways. In returning to the adolescent and young-adult population closest to her heart, she continues to live her passion and purpose both personally and professionally. 

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Edward Malewski, M.D.

Dr. Malewski brings with him over 40 years of experience in child, adolescent, and family psychiatry, with half that time involved in residential treatment. His career has taken him to positions in such well-respected academic and medical institutions as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of California at Davis, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams caring for the most complex and challenging cases has led to his desire to continue such efforts as a member of the Innercept staff.

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Traci Feek, EdD, NCSP, LPC

With an undergraduate background focused on law enforcement and juvenile corrections, supplemented by her graduate studies in counseling and school psychology, Dr. Traci Feek comes to the Innercept family with a Doctorate of Counseling Psychology earned in 2013 from Argosy University. Her research has been focused on the intersection of mental health and juvenile corrections, as well as finding areas for proactive-prevention programming. Traci has spent the past fourteen years working within the school setting as a nationally certified school psychologist, focusing on assessment and development of individualized educational plans to support students’ academic, social, emotional and behavioral growth. Additionally, Traci is a licensed professional counselor who owns a local private practice. She is also an adjunct college professor and teaches abnormal psychology and developmental psychology, while providing clinical-field supervision for counseling interns. Traci is working towards the completion of her post-doctoral residency here at Innercept with goals to obtain her license as a psychologist in the state of Idaho. 

Innercept’s focus on integral-psychology, along with its commitment to mental-health and therapeutic assessment gives Dr. Feek the opportunity to draw upon her years of experience as both a therapist and a school psychologist. This setting allows her to continue working with the adolescent and young-adult population in a more clinical and community-based approach.

​When not working, Traci enjoys spending time with her two children who are both very active in local sports. Traci and her family love the outdoors and take every opportunity to go fishing, boating, hiking, camping and exploring our beautiful North Idaho. 

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Justin Hughes, M.S., LPC

Justin holds a Master’s in Clinical Counseling and has been working in the mental-health field for over seven years. He enjoys learning and working with clients, and has experience in DBT, CBT, motivational interviewing and many other therapeutic modalities. Throughout his years as a therapist, Justin has assisted clients with schizophrenia learn about reality testing. He has also helped people with suicidal ideation develop safety plans, and partnered with individuals struggling with substance use to learn about and develop a support network.  

Justin appreciates that Innercept helps young people address their mental-health needs and learn tools that will serve them for the rest of their lives. He finds the Integral Approach particularly noteworthy as it helps people develop a full understanding of themselves and their needs. He has been able to bring an understanding of meditation to his clients by helping them develop skills and mindfulness. Justin advocates that a healthy body will promote a healthy mind, and he strives to live his own life this way.

During his free time, Justin enjoys exercising regularly, hiking in the mountains, engaging in meditation and travelling across the United States.   

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Andrea Rice, M.A., LCPC

Andrea began her journey to mental-health counseling after earning her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Idaho. She then went on to get her Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Gonzaga University. Andrea has attained licensing in Idaho as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She has experience working with family court and reunification therapy, as well as providing therapy to children, adolescents and their families.

Andrea was drawn to Innercept because of her passion for helping adolescents and young adults overcome their personal barriers to achieve successful and meaningful lives. She loves the integral-team approach that Innercept provides to its residents and their families. She has found that living a healthy lifestyle in all aspects can enhance one’s physical and mental capabilities, and wants to support others in their journey to becoming the best version of themselves.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Andrea has an innate love for travel and learning about various cultures. She enjoys being involved in her church and loves going on adventures with her husband, her daughter and her great dane, Brutus.

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Karen Romani, PhD

Karen Romani obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden University in 2019. Her research focused on the effect of therapeutic yoga and mindfulness on depression, anxiety, pain and quality of life. She has been a certified yoga therapy instructor since 2000 and a certified reiki master since 2008. Naturally, her interest in mindfulness, meditation and healing supported her studies and dissertation research in complementary and alternative health modalities, and strengthened her approach to mental health. She also attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earning her master’s degree in psychology in 2012 after returning to academia more than a decade after earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Humboldt State University as an undergrad in 1994. She then joined the Peace Corps where she taught English and supported female literacy while living in Senegal and Guinea, West Africa.

Karen has remained involved in alternative health and education, working with children and adults with learning disabilities. She has directed a non-profit after-school care and summer program for at-risk youth and low-income families for several years, conducting restorative yoga classes for individuals living with HIV, immunodeficiency, along with related affective disorders, addiction and stress. Karen is currently providing services under the license and supervision of Chris Laviola, PsyD until she completes licensure.

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Jennifer Schindler, Ph.D.

Holding both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix, as well as her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology fromMontana State University. The focus of Jennifer Schindler’s studies centered on eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

She has worked in a variety of roles and settings, including volunteer work finding appropriate services for low-income families and a therapeutic-boarding school.

Jenn has been an integral part of the Innercept team since 2012, working with residents as a mentor for the young-adult intensive program, as well as our adolescent intensive, transition, and aftercare programs.

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Michelle Strigotte, M.S., LPC

Michelle has a deep-rooted passion for helping others and is personally fulfilled by partnering with people to help them navigate life. After spending many years as a volunteer, Michelle received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently completing EMDR Training which will be a tremendous value in helping people process trauma and alleviate anxiety and paralyzing fear from life altering experiences. Through her faith, experience, and close family relationships, Michelle fully understands and appreciates the need for a holistic approach to healing in order to guide people towards a fulfilled life by which they can use their own experiences to share in the joy of helping others.

Michelle has worked as a volunteer for American Red Cross and Women and Children. Through these experiences she has provided comfort, care, and counseling to a wide range of people including victims of domestic violence, drug dependency, criminal reintegration, and at-risk children. The sum of Michelle’s experiences as a substitute teacher, coach, and a manager in the business world have all contributed to her formal training and career in counseling.

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Christine Summering, M.A., LPC

Chrissy began her journey into counseling in the Winter of 2011 when she moved to South Dakota to pursue her Graduate Degree in Human Development and Educational Psychology from the University of South Dakota. Her research focused on utilizing the holistic treatments of meditation and Reiki as stress reduction tools in a therapeutic setting for young adults and those making the transition to college. Towards the end of her program Chrissy decided she wanted to implement her findings and in the Fall of 2013 she began the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of South Dakota. Currently, she is working on her PhD in Developmental Psychology through Walden University where she is focused on Child and Adolescent Development and issues around attachment and the parent-child relationship. Chrissy has her Bachelors in Musical Theater and is dedicated to utilizing the arts therapeutically. She has a passion for working with youth, most recently as an instructor for professional children’s theater in Portland, OR and assistant theater program director at Camp Lindenmere in Stroudsburg, PA.

Chrissy came to Coeur d’Alene after a visit to the city on a road trip to her hometown of Portland, in 2011. She fell in love with the mountains, lakes, and small town kindness and decided to make Coeur d’Alene home. Chrissy has been a practicing Reiki practitioner since 2013 and enjoys being out in nature as much as possible. She has a love for music and can be found singing around town in a local classic country band. 

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Steve Yates, M.A., LMFT

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Steve Yates has more than 30 years of counseling experience. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and rehabilitation, as well as a master’s degree in psychology and counseling, Steve specializes in alcohol and drug treatment, crisis intervention and emergency-psychiatric care. While working as a mental health emergency services coordinator for the city of Alamosa, Colorado, Steve was certified by the FBI as a hostage negotiator. Steve was drawn to Innercept’s integral model of treatment that allows him the freedom to express his unique style of therapy. Steve places emphasis on holistic healing with a focus on spirituality. In his spare time, Steve enjoys competing with his wife in the United States Pickle Ball Association in and around the Northwest.

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Kimberly Gilbert, B.S., M.B.A.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Missouri State University, Kimberly Gilbert worked 10 years as a Probation/Parole Officer for the State of Missouri before pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources. After graduation, she worked in business before returning to her passion: social services. Kim worked as a CNA, caregiver, and for a domestic violence shelter in Illinois before moving to Nevada in 2015, where she was a Psychiatric Caseworker. Kim served Nevadans as Secretary on the NAMI Southern Nevada Board of Directors and as a Family Support Coordinator with NAMI Western Nevada, giving her opportunities to help families and caregivers of people living with mental illness.  Kim discovered Innercept in 2021 and was drawn to the philosophy of a holistic approach and emphasis on the natural order and timing of the individual’s growth and healing. Kim is nearing completion of a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the University of Phoenix and is working under the license of Dr. Lynn Wierdsma, Psy.D.

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 Zachary Harmon, PMHNP, B.S., M.S.
 Zachary Harmon, PMHNP, B.S., M.S.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Zachary is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. He was raised in the Pacific Northwest and has been working in the mental health field since 2010. He was a behavioral health specialist in Utah Regional Medical center, cardiac registered nurse at Kootenai Health, hospital supervisor at Inland Northwest Behavioral Health, and nurse practitioner at Innercept.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Utah Valley University and has a Master of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University.   

Zachary was drawn to Innercept because of the integrated health approach. This allows him to work closely with the other members of the treatment team to develop better treatment plans with more successful therapeutic outcomes. This has been a very gratifying experience because it is the first step to changing the face of mental health care.   

He is an active member of his church and spends his spare time with his wife and five children playing board games, doing crafts, or exploring the beauty of science. When he gets time to himself, which is rare, he enjoys being outdoors fishing, camping, and hiking.  

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Wellness

Yendi Labelle, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Yendi is an AANP board-certified family nurse practitioner who came to Innercept with years of experience in compassionate healthcare. Prior to earning her MSN as a nurse practitioner, she worked as a licensed RN and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her experience working with patients of all ages and from all backgrounds has made Yendi extremely adaptable and sensitive to each individual’s specific needs. In particular, her time spent employed as a school nurse helped prepare her for her current role ensuring the health and wellbeing of the residents at Innercept. Yendi is also bilingual and loves opportunities that allow her to use Spanish in her practice. Yendi’s skill, dedication and passion for helping others pursue healthy, fulfilled lives makes her an unequivocal asset to Innercept and its residents.

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Barb Younger, RN
Barb Younger, RN

Registered Nurse, Young Adult Transition and Ingage Programs

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Ms. Younger graduated from Spokane Community College first as a licensed practical nurse and began a career in the mental health field at Pine Crest Hospital. This was a challenging position working in the area of mental health on acute care psychiatric units for children, adolescents, and adults. After several years experience in the acute psychiatric hospital setting Ms. Younger remained in the psychiatric field but in the new setting of outpatient practice within the office of Northwest Psychiatric. Ms. Younger also has several years nursing experience working with the elderly in assisted living facilities.

Ms. Younger then again graduated from Spokane Community College as a registered nurse. She has worked with Innercept since its inception in several capacities always with dedication and attention to detail, one of which being environmental therapy as a method of treatment progression. In her free time Ms. Younger enjoys spending time with family, pets, nature, and teaching young people the art of riding horses.

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Tamara Selent, LPN
Tamara Selent, LPN

Nurse, Adolescent Program

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As a full-time nurse at Innercept, Tamara Selent provides care for our transition residents. A graduate of North Idaho College’s Practical Nursing Program, her experience includes working with adolescents and young adults struggling with mental illness, behavioral and substance-abuse issues in a variety of program settings throughout the Inland Northwest.   When not working or continuing her nursing education, Tamara enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family hiking, camping and traveling. Tamara values health and fitness and believes in always striving to better oneself.

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Travis Haen, B.S., M.S.

Originally from Walla Walla in Washington, Travis Haen earned a bachelor of science while also playing collegiate baseball at University of Pikeville, KY.  After working as a medical scribe for Kootenai Health outpatient clinics inCoeur d’Alene, Travis went on to obtain a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics from Logan University in Missouri, where he learned the importance of nutrition and the symbiotic relationship between food and the human body.  His passion for helping others and personal interest in natural remedies led Travis to become a dietitian.  Travis enjoys living in the Coeur d’Alene area and plans on staying here for a long time. In his free time he enjoys swimming in the lake, hiking and playing volleyball.

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Maya Henriquez

Xiomara found her passion for the culinary arts early in life. “Maya” was raised in Southern California where her parents owned a commercial bakery. As the eldest of four children, Maya worked in the bakery all through middle and high school while also helping take care of her younger siblings. After attending culinary school, she was encouraged by her mentor to move to Las Vegas where she secured a position at the Bellagio Hotel, and over the course of the next ten years, rose through the ranks to executive chef for one of the highest-revenue generating outlets on the property. Maya later returned to Southern California to open her own catering company.

As a small-business owner, Maya was able to focus on a new addition to her culinary passion – using food for proper nutrition to improve physical and mental health. By using local, seasonal, and most importantly, organic foods, she was able to achieve this mission. In looking for opportunities in healthcare where she could use her culinary and nutritional talents, her addition to the Innercept team was a natural fit. Maya has a deep love for nature, camping, hiking and fishing, and she enjoys exploring North Idaho and nature photography in her spare time.

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Program Managers

Courtney Axtman, B.A.
Courtney Axtman, B.A.

Adolescent Program Manager

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Courtney Axtman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University Fullerton (CSUF) before pursuing a career in healthcare. After college, she worked for Loma Linda University Health where she devoted seven years before moving to Northern Idaho and joining the team at Innercept. She believes her demeanor and ethics complement Innercept’s philosophy. Compassion and kindness are just two of Courtney’s strongest characteristics, as she enjoys building relationships and playing a role in families’ journey to healing. When not working, Courtney enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and her pup.

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Mike Von Lintig
Mike Von Lintig

Young Adult Intensive Program Manager

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Mike joined the Innercept team after a career in wildland firefighting – a path he embarked on to help pay his way through college where he studied psychology and economics. He found that he really enjoyed the leadership role of guiding young men and women through the stressful situations that occur when managing and fighting fires. When Mike was not fighting fires, he prided himself in working closely with a staffing-service agency to help to match job seekers to possible employers. 

With a deep passion to help and motivate others, especially young adults, Mike joined the Innercept team with the intention of helping others transform their lives. Innercept’s integral model of treatment resonates with him, as treatment and life have many challenges that require hard work, determination and a strong support system.

Mike enjoys spending as much time as he can in nature. He and his wife enjoy skiing, hiking, running, fly fishing, mountain bike riding and ice hockey. Their two dogs also keep them on their toes and push them to stay active. 

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Travis Roper
Travis Roper

Young Adult Transition and Ingage Program Manager

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Travis Roper has spent the majority of his adult life serving in the U.S Navy as an air-traffic controller and brings a wealth of knowledge and life experience to his work with the residents. After moving to the Inland Northwest to be closer to family, Travis began work as the manager of a therapeutic boarding school. It was here that he discovered a hidden skill set in supporting adolescents and young adults to identify and actualize their potential.

As team manager of the young-adult transition program, he finds the supportive environment at Innercept valuable in establishing a genuine connection with residents. Travis’ calm, yet energetic personality provides the perfect foundation for building rapport with his students, and his programming delivers a stable structure for them as they move into independence. He utilizes his compassion and kindness to motivate and inspire residents to find their calling and passion in life. In his free time, Travis can be found sharpening his musical skills and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Meagan Summering
Meagan Summering

Adolescent Transition Program Manager

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Meagan Summering moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2015 from Portland, Oregon. She joined the Innercept team shortly after, bringing with her more than fifteen years experience working with children, teens, and young adults. Meagan has grown with Innercept, and has worked on every campus, which has continued to fuel her passion for working with adolescents. With her sense of humor and ability to build rapport, she has helped strengthen the therapeutic environment that builds the groundwork for our resident’s futures. Meagan and the team helped launch a new chapter at Innercept, with the opening of the Adolescent Transition Program. This stepping stone on our resident’s path will help them to build confidence in the skills they have acquired at the adolescent intensive program. She is proud to be able to grow and learn with this program. In her free time, Meagan can be found out in nature with her two dogs, Roper and Oliver, or spending time with family and friends.

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Jason Underdahl
Jason Underdahl

Stabilization Services Program Manager

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A resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from a young age, Jason Underdahl has attended a number of colleges in the U.S. and was chosen to travel abroad and represent his university in their international-studies program. Currently a senior psychology student at the University of Idaho, after graduation, he plans to continue his studies in a post-graduate program. Jason joined the team at Innercept to gain additional experience in the field of psychology and quickly came to love his job. Working as a team-manager-in-training, he enjoys spending time with the residents, helping them overcome challenges to grow and achieve their goals. Jason’s passion for life and serving others make him a valuable asset to the Innercept team.

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Academics

Chris Finch, M.Ed.
Chris Finch, M.Ed.

Education Director

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Chris Finch comes to Innercept with almost 20 years of educational experience in grade levels ranging from preschool all the way through college. His bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is from California State University at San Bernardino and his master’s in education is from National University in La Jolla, California. Chris began teaching career in Northern California where he taught 3rd-8th graders. After a short adventure teaching near Wellington, New Zealand, Mr. Finch returned to California and began his career as a Principal/Administrator. After leading a school in California for several years, he and his family made the move to beautiful North Idaho to administrate a pre-K-12th grade school in Post Falls.  

Innercept is a place that truly focuses on the individual and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations. In a traditional school model, achieving this level of individual focus can be difficult due to restrictions on time and resources. At Innercept, Chris gets to serve students who are working towards their high school diplomas and college degrees, as well as those working towards success in their careers of their choice.

When Mr. Finch is not at Innercept, he can most often be found at home on his “hobby farm”, outside of Coeur d’Alene spending time with his wife, two kids, and furry menagerie of animals. Chris also loves to travel whether by plane, by RV or, most recently, sailing the Caribbean. 

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Rob Little, B.A.

Rob Little’s career began by teaching electronics in the Navy in 1990. After joining civilian life, Rob had several “normal jobs” that included working as a youth pastor and a community-based rehabilitation service provider. However, Rob returned to his love of teaching by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education in 2009. In addition to his B.A., Mr. Little also holds an Idaho State Children’s Certificate from his time serving students and youth through Family Support Services of North Idaho. He has now worked as a full-time middle school and high school teacher for the past eight years and has taught almost all core classes.

​Rob gained experience working with clients on mental and developmental health issues during his early years of teaching. He loves that at Innercept, he can support his students both academically as well as emotionally. Since joining Innercept’s education team, he has enjoyed making connections and instilling academic skills to some incredible students. Rob and his wife are foster parents and they enjoy spending time with family in the North Idaho wilderness. He has also taught classes in outdoor education and wilderness and survival and he loves to provide his students with exposure to all the beautiful things this world has to offer.

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Amy Tarbutton, B.A.

Amy Tarbutton received her Bachelor of Arts in English through Union University along with her teaching certificate. Following graduation, Amy lived and worked in rural Ethiopia teaching English as a second language at Hope Learning Center. After moving back to her hometown of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Amy joined the Innercept team as an educator in both the adolescent and young-adult classrooms. She also assists residents with dual enrollment with local colleges, high school-to-college transition, volunteer placement and vocational portfolios. Amy enjoys playing soccer, running marathons, participating in triathlons and savoring the great outdoors of the Northwest, including backpacking, rock-climbing, and snowboarding.

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Admissions

Arika Isaacson
Arika Isaacson

Executive Director of Admissions

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Arika is a seasoned admissions professional who has worked at a number of high-quality substance use disorder and mental health treatment centers. At Innercept, she takes a compassionate yet thorough approach to admissions by fielding inquiries, conducting assessments, and guiding families through the verification of benefits. In her time away from work she likes golfing, hiking, yoga, and advocating for animal welfare.

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Administration

Paula Perry
Paula Perry

Director of Finance & Procurement

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Paula Perry has more than 15 years of work experience in office management and over 10 years functioning as a financial coordinator. Her extensive background includes work in the healthcare industry. She comes to Innercept with an understanding of the importance of confidentiality, both in the clinical and financial realms.

Paula is committed to supporting our residents and their families by helping them through every step of the financial aspect. She loves getting to know the residents and providing them with the information they need to navigate the various organizations, including school districts, guarantors and mental-health agencies. Paula’s solution-oriented approach and can-do attitude align perfectly with Innercept’s foundational values and provide great peace of mind to those we serve.

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Chris Conway
Chris Conway

Administrative Assistant

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Born and raised in Spokane WA, Chris grew up with compassionate, caring and giving parents which helped her to realize at a young age her passion was to help others in the community. Prior to Innercept, she worked for several organizations, assisting those with physical or developmental disabilities and helping them achieve their fullest potential. She also worked with law enforcement in the community. Chris feels working with the compassionate and professional team at Innercept is a unique privilege, partnering to help the residents thrive and grow. Her time off is mostly spent with her husband, four children and three grandchildren, building their dream home on the Pend Oreille River. Health and fitness are very important to Chris, and she strives to better herself physically and mentally every day.

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Ambar Meyer
Ambar Meyer

Business Manager

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Ambar worked for Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) for four years before moving to North Idaho and joining the team at Innercept. She found her time at LLUH to be a privilege and appreciated that she got to be a part of a faith-based organization where she could serve the community with wholeness and compassion. Empathy and compassion are just two of Ambar’s strongest characteristics as she enjoys building relationships and playing a role in families’ journeys to healing. The philosophy and beliefs that Innercept follows are very similar to the LLUH core values, and Amber is thrilled to be working once more at a place where she can make a difference in the lives of others.

Ambar enjoys spending free time with her husband, four children, and German Shepard. She likes to cook and have frequent movie nights with her family.

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