Our Team

"Every single person in our team is committed to make a difference for the people we serve", Shahla Ali, MD

"Patient care and customer service are our top priorities. We pay attention to details and strive for continuous improvements", Taya Hambly, Practice Manager

Dr. Shahla Ali, MD

Shahla Ali, MD is a double board-certified (ABPN, ABPM) interventional Psychiatrist with 15+ years of extensive experience in treating common Psychiatric conditions including depression, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, ADD, Treatment resistant Depression, anxiety, bi-polar and Complex Substance Use Disorders. She is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Preventive Medicine for specializing in Addiction medicine. 

Dr. Ali graduated from the prestigious institute of Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan and finished her residency training at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN. She has served as the Chief Resident and later as an adjunct faculty member at Meharry Medical College for 2 years.  She is a seasoned physician who has successfully treated thousands of patients in her outpatient practice as well as in many well known hospitals including Private, state and federal facilities. She has a special connection with the veteran community. After graduating, Dr. Ali has practiced at various hospitals including Baylor Healthcare system, Middle TN Mental Health Institute, Department of Veterans Affairs,VA North Texas Health Care System, Greenhouse Residential Treatment and Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems. Dr. Ali serves our community relentlessly. She does not let hurdles or "red tape" stand in her way when it comes to her service. 

Dr. Ali cares deeply about this profession and patient recovery is her top priority. She has conservative approach to medication and prescribes only when needed after careful assessment of each situation. Dr. Ali is an interventionist which means she is well experienced and skilled to use modern treatment modalities like Transcranial magnetic stimulation and Esketamine treatments.

Dr. Ali has also given CME talks at many scientific societies including American Psychiatric Association Annual Convention and served on Medical Advisory Board for different health care companies. Dr. Shahla Ali regularly updates her knowledge evidenced by being a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. This requires her to stay abreast of clinical updates and scientific studies, which ensure patients get the best treatment approved by the scientific community.

Shahla Ali, MD, Allen Psychiatry

Dr. Zainab Saherwala, DO

Zainab Saherwala, DO is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience in treating common psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Dr. Saherwala earned her Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She served as a Chief Resident in her residency program, focusing on managing the outpatient psychotherapy clinic along with teaching residents and medical students. While in residency she received several awards including the Outstanding Resident Award, Excellence in Contributions to Intellectual Disability, and Resident Wall of Excellence at Miami Valley Hospital.

Dr. Saherwala has passion and interest for psychotherapy, intellectual disability disorders, as well as cultural psychiatry. She is skilled at psychodynamic therapy and integrates psychotherapy with medication management in patient care. She has published articles and presented regarding the effects of racism on mental health, particularly for Muslim women.

Dr. Saherwala emphasizes strong relationships with each patient. She starts with a detailed history during the initial evaluation, approaches each case with an open mind, and develops an individualized treatment plan to meet the needs of each patient. Her goal is not only to treat disease symptoms, but also to make a meaningful impact on the daily lives of each person.

Dr. Richard Cowles, PsyD

Dr. Cowles is a Neuroscientist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, cross trained in psychology, behavioral neurology, psychiatry, psychopharmacology, biochemistry, and physiology. He obtained his Doctoral degree at the University of Denver with an internship at the VA Hospital in Perry Point, Maryland. He completed his residency in Neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School’s Longwood Program. 

After becoming a doctor, he completed an additional Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology. Board Certified in Psychopharmacology by the International College of Prescribing Psychologists, he recently passed the national pharmacy examination for psychologists, and is eligible to be one of approximately 220 psychologists in the country who can write prescriptions. 

Dr. Cowles has given numerous talks for physicians, psychologists and the public; and also serves as an expert witness for court cases involving brain injuries. In addition to working in hospital and clinic settings, Dr. Cowles has co-taught neuroanatomy at Harvard University and worked as a consultant for the University on dysgraphia evaluations for students with learning disabilities.

He is a Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and chairs the Online Experience Committee, also serving as Vice-Chair of the Neuroimaging Special Interest Group. 

Dr. Richard Cowles, PsyD, Allen Psychiatry

Jacey Monroe, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

I’m eager to partner with patients and families to develop a treatment plan and trusting relationship that addresses their individual goals and exceeds their expectations. I’m driven to care for the unique concerns of every patient and ensure they achieve long-term recovery.

I have worked in healthcare for over 9 years. I started as a medical assistant and scribe, and truly felt called to continue my healthcare career after assisting in a medical mission’s trip in Haiti. I went on to become a registered nurse and started my nursing career in the intensive care unit working with the adult and geriatric population. Through ICU nursing, I gained valuable experience and insight in caring for patients struggling with self-harm, substance use disorders, adverse reactions to medications, and other various mental health disorders. I have a lot of compassion for patients struggling with addiction and mental health illness and want to ease the burden that these have on patient’s lives.

After my years in the ICU, I went on to pursue pediatric home health nursing, where I worked extensively with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and other mental health disorders. This role allowed me to partner with parents to support and care for their chronically ill child in their home environment, which was very rewarding. From this experience, I have made it my priority to develop trusting relationships with families and patients in the outpatient setting as well.

The themes that guide my practice and interactions with patients are humility, empathy, patience, and advocacy. My goal is to focus on the patient and their expressed needs, input, and concerns when determining their best treatment options. I respect patient’s views, lifestyle, and feelings and incorporate a nonjudgmental and unbiased approach to all patient encounters. I act as an advocate for patients and go the extra mile to ensure they have the resources they need to achieve recovery and remission. 

Emery Chapa, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Emery Chapa is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 11 years of experience in nursing. She holds a Bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Walden University.

 Committed to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and supportive care, Emery draws on her extensive professional background. Having witnessed the profound impact of mental health challenges both in her career and personal life, she felt a calling to specialize in psychiatric mental health nursing.

 Emery's objective is to embark on a transformative journey with each client, fostering a therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy, and mutual understanding. She strives to support individuals in restoring and enhancing their mental health through a holistic approach, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Emery Chapa, PMHNP

Eliza Creedon, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Eliza Creedon, PMHNP is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University. She then earned her Master of Science in Acute Care Nursing from Texas Woman's University and her Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Regis College. Prior to completing her advanced degree, Eliza worked in Emergency and Trauma Centers in Georgia and the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. She has worked at Level I Trauma Centers within the Medical City and Piedmont Healthcare systems.

Eliza is a committed and dedicated provider serving her patients and community. She is an advocate for mental health and mentors McKinney ISD middle and high school students. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Texas Nurse Practitioners, and the American Nurses Association. 

Prior to switching careers to nursing, Eliza worked as a Senior Associate in financial valuations in New York City, and she holds an MBA from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. Eliza enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Eliza Creedon, PMHNP

Rachael Daniel, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Rachael Daniel is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner with expertise in both Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Care. She is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and integrated healthcare services to patients, while addressing their physical and mental well-being. In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Western Governors University, completed her Master of Science in Family Medicine (FNP) from South University, and earned her Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) from Herzing University. Prior to completing her advanced degrees, Rachael worked as a nurse for over 15 years in different in-patient and out-patient settings including Medical Surgical, Allergy and Asthma, Gastroenterology, and Surgical Services. In her free time, she enjoys walking, tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

Rachael Daniel, PMHNP

Chukwudi 'Anthony' Okeke, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Chukwudi Anthony Okeke is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner ( PMHNP). He obtained his bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk Virginia, and master’s degree from University of Texas at Tyler. Prior to coming to Allen Psychiatry, Anthony worked at Oceans Behavioral Hospital of Plano, as well as in the Neuro/Telemetry Unit of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. Anthony believes in providing care to patients in a safe, competent, and compassionate way.

In his spare time, Anthony enjoys watching soccer, football, movies, and spending time with his family.

Chukwudi 'Anthony' Okeke, PMHNP

Erica Dempsey, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, ENP-C

Erica Dempsey is a compassionate and engaging Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNP/ENP) with a reputation for delivering dynamic leadership and attentive care to colleagues and patients. She enjoys building and maintaining lasting relationships with her patients and leveraging excellent interpersonal and communication skills to sensitively manage confidential information and complex situations.

Erica graduated with honors from Purdue University Global with her FNP in 2019 and pursued her love of emergency medicine through additional training at the University of Texas in Houston. She is dual board certified by the American Academy of Nurse practitioners in both family medicine and emergency medicine. Erica has extensive experience in treating psychiatric disorders in an emergency environment and is excited to continue to help patients in a more intimate setting.

Erica’s love of psychiatry stems from her grandmother who was a patron and advocate for individuals with psychiatric disorders. As an integrative health practitioner, Erica believes that you should have an active role in your care. She takes a holistic approach and will not only treat your symptom(s), but your body as a whole. This method can help with prevention of chronic illnesses, as well as healthcare maintenance, so your body and mind and can heal itself.

Erica is also a United States Army Veteran and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). As a combat veteran with deployment experience, she can uniquely identify with common psychiatric disorders experienced by veterans and their families. 

Erica Dempsey, FNP, Allen

Cartrina Danner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Cartrina Danner is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She received her first Bachelor of Science in Community Health at the University of Central Arkansas in 1998. She worked in several roles serving those in her community which would eventually lead her to further her career in healthcare. Cartrina earned her Diploma in Registered Nursing at Baptist Health School of Nursing in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003. She would later earn her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, with PMHNP as her specialty. Prior to the completion of her advanced practice degree, she worked within the Texas Health Resources system for over 15 years. Her clinical experience involved roles in various inpatient and outpatient settings including: Oncology, Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Neurology, and Surgical Services. In these roles, she was able to identify the need for an increase in mental health providers and a decrease in the negative stigma associated with it. 

She is passionate about serving others and dedicated to providing comprehensive and individualized mental health care in a team approach with her clients. Cartrina is recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing and is board certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose, and treat various psychiatric disorders including Anxiety Disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Major Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Substance Use Disorders. In her spare time, Cartrina enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Cartrina Danner, PMHNP, Allen Psychiatry

Cindy Moua, MSN, APRN, PMHNP

Cindy Moua is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).  In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose, and treat various psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, and substance use disorder.  Cindy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.  In addition to being recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing, she is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in her Psychiatric Specialty.  Cindy utilizes evidence-based practice as the foundation for treatment, committed to delivering compassionate care.  Cindy has personal experience with losing loved ones to mental health and strives to decrease the stigma on mental health.  Cindy worked as a cardiovascular ICU registered nurse for seven years before completing her advanced degree.  In her free time, Cindy enjoys being a mom, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Cindy Moua, PMHP, Allen Psychiatry & TMS

Dr. Tomekia Starling, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Tomekia Starling is dual-certified advanced practice nurse (APRN) from San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BSN in 2009 at The University of Mary-Hardin-Baylor and worked as a circulating nurse in the cardiovascular operating room for 5 years. In 2014, Tomekia completed her MSN program at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in Family Practice. Tomekia then moved up to Dallas in 2015 and provided chronic and acute care in a correctional health facility for adult male and female inmates. While working in correctional health, Tomekia earned her Doctorate in Nursing at Chatham University in 2018. After working in correctional health, Tomekia found she enjoyed working with clients suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders and decided to earn her psychiatric mental health certification (PMHNP) in 2020. 

Dr. Starling is a compassionate advanced practice provider and is dedicated to providing quality comprehensive care. In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, Major Depression, Bipolar, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders.  Dr. Starling enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Tomekia Starling, PMHNP, Allen Psychiatry

Sadaf Ashfaq, MD 

Sadaf Ashfaq, MD is a board (ABPN) certified psychiatrist with 10 years of experience in treating various psychiatric illnesses including PTSD, Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder as well as substance use disorders. Dr Ashfaq graduated from Sindh Medical college and completed residency at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville TN. She is working for the VA as lead psychiatrist on Acute in patient unit. She has been adjunct faculty at Meharry medical college till 2021,  currently  an Associate professor with UTHSC family medicine program, supervising residents. She strongly follows evidence based practices and is dedicated to best patient care.

Rezwan Khan, MD

Rezwan Khan, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Geriatric Psychiatry. With over 18 years of extensive experience, he specializes in treating common psychiatric conditions such as depression, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, ADD, treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Dr. Khan obtained his medical degree from the prestigious Dow University of Science in Pakistan and completed his residency training at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. He also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Khan has served in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indiana, Illinois, and now Texas. He has held positions as a faculty member and associate professor at the University of Urbana Champaign, as well as chief psychiatrist and mental health supervisor at VA Illiana Health Care System. He has been actively involved in both inpatient and outpatient treatment, as well as teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Khan strongly adheres to evidence-based practices and is dedicated to providing the best possible care for his patients. He believes in delivering care in a safe, competent, and compassionate manner.

Rezwan Khan, MD Psychiatrist

Christelle Leiker, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Christelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a background in both primary care and mental health. She is experienced in treating a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, substance use disorder, binge eating disorder, bipolar and PTSD. Christelle compassionately individualizes care plans for her clients that takes each person’s unique needs into account. 

Christelle’s experience as a nurse practitioner caring for people under many different life circumstances resulted in her developing a passion for mental health and wellbeing. She believes that true wellness stems from a healthy mind, body and spirit. Christelle’s background includes women’s healthcare, urgent care, weight management, hormone replacement therapy, primary care and psychiatry. 

Christelle is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. She is licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the Texas Nurse Practitioner Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Obesity Medicine Association.

In her spare time Christelle enjoys family activities, cooking, reading and traveling.

Lesley John, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Lesley John is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, and substance use disorders. Lesley received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has experience treating patients in the community mental health setting, working with underserved populations. Lesley utilizes evidence-based practice as the foundation for treatment, with a commitment to delivering compassionate care. She is recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing, and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in her psychiatric specialty. Lesley also has nursing experience working in orthopedic-trauma at Medical City Plano, as well as in the home health setting. In her free time, Lesley enjoys music and spending time with her loved ones. 

Lesley John Allen Psychiatry

Tina Anibowei, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Tina is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at The University of Texas Arlington. Her specialty is psychiatric and mental health (PMHNP). She is board certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). She offers primary care services to the PMH population ages 18 and up. Tina is passionate about helping clients with mental illnesses become their best self and promoting mental health to include recovery-oriented principles, psychoeducation, reducing stigma, and mental health disparities.

She has a special interest in adolescent MH issues and substance use disorder. She treats an array of MH disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, alcohol, and opioid use disorders. Clients can expect to have their opinions valued, to participate in their treatment goals, and treated with dignity and respect. 

Tina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering for various causes that lead to lessening the mental health gap, and speaking out against domestic violence.

Tina Anibowei, PMHNP, Allen Psychiatry

Jacqueline (Jacki) Riley, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC 

Jacqueline (Jacki) Riley is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with diverse background in primary and psychiatric care including treating depression, ADHD, bipolar, OCD and PTSD. Jackie takes a holistic approach to treating psychiatric condition and strives to be an advocate for all her patients.

Jackie's background in nursing includes working in a level 3 trauma center in Pullman, WA. She also worked in primary care and urgent care as an FNP. Assisting women with their unique health concerns including birth control options is also a priority. Jackie has also performed successful Botox treatment of patients living with chronic migraines.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jacki is happily married and has three adult children and three grandchildren; all live in the Texas area. Her personal interests include family activities, reading, scrap-booking, walking for exercise, party planning, and, of course exploring the many areas of her new Texas home. Her professional interests include volunteering each summer at a Type 1 Diabetes summer camp as a medical provider, educator, and fundraiser. She enjoys patients of ages 18 and up, assisting in their emergencies as well as helping them to achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Jacqueline (Jacki) Riley, FNP, Allen Psychiatry

Jennifer Hanson, LPC

Regardless of age, all need to be accepted as is and have a sense of belonging — which requires getting connected to yourself first.  I have experience working with those who struggle with past or present trauma, separation and divorce, single parenting, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship issues, and those who want to be more assertive, live with purpose, and address undesirable behaviors and thoughts (known and hidden). My goal is to provide a safe place where you can discuss any topic without judgment.

Experience in classrooms, corporate settings, church ministry, inpatient/outpatient trauma units, with individuals on probation, and in private practice have equipped me to comfortably approach a wide variety of symptoms and behaviors. I use visuals and have several tools for communication that help clarify complex concepts and make sure we are on the same page. 

My favorite therapeutic influences come from the work of Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Marsha Linehan, and Brene Brown.  I also utilize several concepts from Attachment Theory, Personality and Career Inventories, and Transactional  Analysis.  

In my spare time, I love spending time with my daughter, journaling, DIY projects, going to new places, and being around animals or in nature.

I look forward to hearing your perspective, learning your story, exploring your questions, and accompanying you in discovering your authentic path.

Jennifer Hanson, LPC serving Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano TXTX

Robert Samczuk, LPC

Robert is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and the University of Dallas with a Master of Psychology with a clinical concentration. Robert has nine years of experience as a medical assistant in family practice, with his recent experience coming from both the in-patient and outpatient levels of care in mental health. Due to his wide range of experience, Robert has worked with patients who have suffered from depression, anxiety, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar disorders. His long-term goal is to expand his therapeutic modality of interest, which is a psychoanalytic perspective. Robert works with his patients from a holistic point of view and understands that no two persons are the same. As a result, he will work with patients and help to facilitate an environment of growth. In his spare time, Robert enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading books, and pondering the existential mysteries of life.

Robert LPC

Rachel Ellington, LPC

Rachel is originally from Garland but graduated from Howard Payne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Hardin-Simmons University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working in corrections, hospital settings as well as private practice. Rachel specializes in disruptive disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma. Rachel’s four years of experience in various therapeutic settings has equipped her to explore all possibilities when it comes to assisting clients achieve their goals. Rachel utilizes a Strengths and Solutions focused approach to therapy. Currently, Rachel sees individual clients and also facilitates our Revive Intensive Outpatient Program. In her spare time, Rachel collects comic books, listens to music and attempts to educate her two dogs on the importance of boundaries.

“My first job working as a therapist was in a juvenile correctional facility. Therapy can look a lot different when someone makes you go! However, if you are a person who wants to move forward, who works to live happier, who strives to become more…You deserve a standing ovation. The first step towards self-discovery is always the hardest. I'm excited to run this race with you, whatever your track looks like.” Rachel

Breanna Corley, LPC-S

Breanna has been a Licensed Professional Counselor. (LPC) since 2006. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University where she received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Harding University. Her background has primarily been in higher level of care settings such as residential and inpatient treatment. She has experience working with individuals with issues related to food, chemical dependency, mood disorders, and anxiety. 

As a little girl, Breanna had a desire to make an impact and to somehow help people have a more joy-filled and meaningful life. She finds it rewarding how helping one person can impact relationships, family dynamics, and generations to come.

Breanna understands that no one is immune to facing challenges living in a broken world. Everyone experience trials, both small and large at various points during a person’s lifetime. Her goal is to help people find joy, gratitude and purpose in whatever phase of life they are in. 

In Breanna’s spare time, she enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and pets.

Breanna Robertson, LPC-S, Allen

Ricci Criner, LPC

Ricci Criner is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). She received her education and training from Texas A& M University-Commerce with clinicals giving her experience in both Residential and Out-Patient settings. In Addition to her counseling education, she received a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Education.   Ricci has eleven years of experience in the counseling field. She has worked with clients who suffer with depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD; her specialties are substance use disorders and marriage and family therapy.  She has had success working with clients from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  She understands the unique challenges faced by clients of LGBTQIA community.

Ricci recognizes that one of the highest goals of counseling is to assist clients to make changes in the heart, in the mind, and in behavior – and while positive change is difficult for anyone to make, she is committed to giving her best work toward this high goal! She has the knowledge needed to help the client make sure the goals are both challenging and realistic. While a spirit of professional care will be maintained at all times, the client-counselor relationship is also warm, and personable within the context of mutual confidence, trust, and positive regard.

Ricci is a proud mother of two, has been married for ten years, and is grounded by her spiritual beliefs. 

Ricci Criner, LPC, Allen Psychiatry

Kathleen Curran, LPC

Born and bred in Massachusetts, Ms. Curran enjoys 30+ years experience in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field. Her background includes work in outpatient, inpatient and residential substance abuse and psychiatric facilities. While holding an international certification as a Drug & Alcohol Professional, she conducted evaluations for the U.S Department of Transportation. Prior to moving to Texas, Ms. Curran owned and managed a thriving outpatient counseling facility. It was during this time that she became a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the Family Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, the 2nd largest city in New England. Many of the Court's judges requested her for cases involving the most complex custody issues. COVID restrictions necessitated the need for Telehealth counseling appointments and Ms. Curran became a full-time psychotherapist with Talkspace, an Internationally known provider of mental health and substance abuse treatments. 

Kathleen Curran, LPC

Kyle Freeland, LPC

Kyle Freeland, LPC graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at Tyler. Kyle has experience with adolescents and adults across the lifespan. He’s worked with people in acute crisis as well as those managing challenges related to figuring out who they are, spiritual identity issues, grief and loss, career stress, and familial and relationship problems. 

As a two-time cancer survivor—first as a child, second as a young adult—Kyle brings an insider’s perspective to the fallout of chronic illness. As someone who understands just how much physical health battles impact mental health, he knows that even when your health improves or an illness ends, the journey is not over. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, trauma, or stress caused by an illness or have been affected by the illness of a family member or friend, Kyle wants to come alongside you. Using an empathetic, supportive, and engaging therapeutic process, he’ll encourage you to do more than just survive your illness, he’ll help you learn to thrive. -

Karen Miller, LPC

Karen Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose specialties and experience in counseling include childhood and adult trauma, depression, anxiety, recovery from abusive relationships and rebuilding after divorce and loss. Karen has over seven years’ experience helping clients of diverse cultures and sexual orientations recover from mental health issues that keep them from living their best lives. She enjoys working with adult clients of all ages and life stages. Karen is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has taken advanced EMDR trainings focused on chronic trauma, attachment, grief and mourning, and early childhood trauma.

Karen graduated from Amberton University with her M.A. in Professional Counseling and is a member of the American Counseling Association. She completed her undergraduate degree at Graceland University in Iowa with a dual major in Psychology and Computer Science and worked in IT before pursuing her master’s degree. Karen’s positive approach to counseling focuses on helping clients recover and rediscover their strengths. Karen was born in Michigan but raised her family in Texas and considers Texas home. In her free time, she enjoys reading great books, walking on beautiful evenings, and watching feathered friends who stop by her bird feeder.

Karen Miller, LPC

Lynnell Payne, LPC-Associate

Lynnell is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate with a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Development with a concentration in marriage and family counseling from Lamar University. She views each case from a systematic perspective, identifying how interpersonal dynamics combine with individual thought patterns to influence behavior. In short, she believes that each person is like a flower. If not taken care of properly, flowers may not bloom to their fullest potential. However, when nurtured with patience and care, flowers can heal and thrive, making the world a more beautiful place. 

Lynnell strives to provide a healing environment by first and foremost listening to the client and attempting to understand their story, employing unconditional positive regard and empathy. She empowers her clients to take control of their story using narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and techniques from other modalities as necessary. She also enjoys incorporating arts and somatic experience interventions to enhance the counseling experience. 

Lynnell’s prior experience includes counseling individuals (adolescent and adult) suffering from complex PTSD, traumatic grief, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, and more, as well as couples and families. She also has experience supporting individuals just before and just after hospitalization due to mental health crises. Regardless of the client’s diagnosis, Lynnell takes an individualized approach that considers the person’s strengths and barriers.

In her free time, Lynnell enjoys watching sports with her husband and fur baby, trying new activities with her girl friends, and cooking (and eating!) delicious food. 

Hayley Lastovica, LPC

Hayley earned her Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of North Texas and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Hayley has clinical experience in a variety of settings, including residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and private practice. 

When it comes to therapy, Hayley utilizes a relational and solution focused approach, bringing practicality and humor to session while also creating a safe space to share. She specializes in working with young adults and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Her main areas of focus include ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, self harm, life transitions, identity exploration, attachment related issues, and processing complex trauma.

 Kayla Corley, LPC-Associate, Supervised by Dr. Lisa Grubbs, LPC-S

Meet Kayla, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate dedicated to helping you navigate life's challenges with compassion and humor. With a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Woman’s University, she's experienced in supporting individuals of all ages. Her previous clinical experiences in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings presented unique challenges that motivated her to expand her understanding of a variety of client concerns.

Kayla believes in the power of trust and safety in therapy, providing a nurturing space to set goals, process emotions, and discover personal meaning. Her expertise lies in working with adolescents, young adults, and neurodivergent individuals, addressing ADHD, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, identity exploration, perfectionism, burnout, and past trauma.

When not supporting clients, Kayla enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, crafting, and spending time with her beloved pets. 

Kayla Corley, LPC-Associate, Supervised by Dr. Lisa Grubbs, LPC-S

 Jessica McMinn, LPC-Associate, Supervised by Kim Nemec, LPC-S

Jessica is a graduate of Texas A&M University- Commerce with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a graduate of The University of Texas at Tyler with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jessica has 10 years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of patient care settings, primarily focused on public mental health. Jessica’s professional experience includes working with individuals who are struggling with their social, environmental, familial, and occupational conditions. It is Jessica’s passion to provide services to individuals who are having a difficult time adjusting to and coping with their circumstances. 

Jessica’s approach to counseling is a collaborative process in which she will work with an individual to assist them with creating changes in their life. Jessica views counseling as a team effort where the client is the leader who will determine the direction of the therapeutic process. She strives to work in collaboration with her clients to determine the areas of their life that they would like to improve and setting goals that are achievable. Jessica’s believes that her role as a therapist is to provide an environment where clients feel emotionally safe and self-growth can occur. She can assist you in identifying what could be working better in your life, as well as building on the strengths that you already possess. 

Jessica adheres to evidenced based practice in her work, using clinically proven techniques. She is very integrative in her approach, mainly practicing from the following models: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Strengths Based approach. For Jessica, she views therapy as a house; the bottom foundation is person-centered, the bricks and walls are of varying techniques from different theories, and the roof is collaboration with the client. 

Jessica Minn, LPC-Associate

Treatment Philosophy

"We take pride in offering the most advanced treatments for the people we serve", Shahla Ali, MD

Allen Psychiatry is a recovery-oriented practice which emphasizes and supports a person's potential to recover from a wide range of psychiatric problems. 

All patients are treated in a highly confidential, safe and warm environment. We respect patient's autonomy and patients are supported to be deliberate about the possible attributes and consequences of options, to arrive at informed preferences in making a determination about the best plan of action for treatment. 

You are treated as a unique individual on the ground of your specific  social, environmental and personal difficulties which can be addressed with sheer willpower, appropriate psychotropic medication adjustments, effective stress management and  coping skills in daily life.

Mental Health Awareness: 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness. Committed to patient care and safely, at Allen Psychiatry and TMS Center #TMSTherapy, we are here to help when it counts.