Pella Clinical Staff
Kimberly McCain, LMHC, Lead Clinician
Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist who joined the Pella Pine Rest Clinic in 2016 with over 19 years of mental health experience. She earned her BA in psychology from Moorhead Stated University and her Masters in Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 1996.
Kim's professional experience includes working in residential facilities and day treatment with adolescents and working in the community mental health field. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults experiencing issues with depression, anxiety, stress and change of life problems.
Karen Cleveland, PhD
Dr. Karen Cleveland is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of clinical, teaching, and consulting experience. Karen earned a Master of Theology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008 and began practicing with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Pella. Beginning in 2016, Karen spent 4 years teaching full time at Central College, her alma mater, and continued to see clients on a part-time basis. She is excited to be back doing clinical work full-time with Heartland Christian Counseling. She provides cognitive-behavioral based therapy services to teenagers and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, trauma reactions, unresolved grief, and personality disorders.
In 2009, Karen and a colleague established a testing center at Pine Rest to offer psychological assessment services for ADHD and differential diagnoses, pre-surgical evaluations, adoption assessments, and church and career consulting. Karen has a passion for psychological assessment and is pleased to continue to provide these services at Heartland. In 2018, Karen became a certified Enneagram coach and loves seeing the transformation this tool can help facilitate for individuals and teams. Karen has a heart for equipping others, especially within the church, and offers training and seminars on a wide variety of topics.
In her spare time, Karen is actively involved in her local church community, loves cheering for the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and doesn't love running but does it anyway.
Shelby Fuhs, T-LMHC
Shelby Fuhs is a Temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 2020. Prior to switching career paths, Shelby earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Truman State University in 2013. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults experiencing issues with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, adjustment, stress, and postpartum depression and anxiety.
Rachel George, Psy D
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She earned a BA in Psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. She earned her PsyD from Wheaton College Graduate School in 2014. Rachel wrote her dissertation on protective factors to depression in adolescence and is interested in identifying what protective factors clients have in their lives.
Rachel provides counseling for children, adolescents and adults within individual, family and marital sessions. She integrates and draws from several different approaches to meet the needs of her clients. These include family systems, relational psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and developmental systems. Rachel enjoys integrating faith and psychology in treatment.
Some treatment areas that Rachel frequently works with include: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Conflict Resolution, Eating Disorders, Depression, Family Issues, Hopelessness, Identity Concerns, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Marital Concerns, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Low Self-Esteem, Self-Injury, and Spiritual Issues. As well as therapy, Rachel provides psychological testing and feedback.
Stalin George, LMHC
Areas of Specialty: Marital Counseling, Couples Counseling, Christian Counseling, Church Consultation, Church Leadership Support, Substance Abuse
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Gottman Marital Therapy: Level 3 Trained - Certification Pending
International Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (IAADC)
National Board-Certified Counselor (NBCC)
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
“I've been practicing as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for 10 years. I graduated with my M.A from Wheaton College in 2011 and my second M.A from Moody Bible in 2015. My wife and our children moved to Iowa from Chicago in 2018.
Regarding my clinical experience, I've had the privilege of working in many different types of counseling settings ranging from Community Mental Health to Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, IL.
In my current practice, I specialize in Marriages and Couples. I currently see individual clients as well. I am however currently working toward Gottman Marital Therapy Certification. I enjoy the process of working toward improving communication and coaching couples to manage their conflicts more effectively.
Outside of work, my hobbies include: Music Production, Music Recording, Fishing, Exercise and Playing Sports, Listening to Good Music, Cooking and most importantly, learning about God and the world around me.”
Cara Kelley, MS, NCC, LMHC
"It's never too late to be what you might have been" - George Elliot
Cara is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist who earned her BA in Psychology and her Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a National board Certified Counselor (NCC) and has completed courses in Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), Psychological First Aid (PFA), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has over seven years of experience counseling adults in individual, group, nursing home and telehealth settings. She has ties to the military community and is an advocate for veteran suicide awareness. She enjoys working with adults dealing with anxiety, ADD, Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families, Geriatrics, Veterans, job stress and life changes.
Cara believes counseling provides a safe, warm, supportive relationship where you can openly share your thoughts and feelings, find support, and learn new strategies for coping with situations and emotions. Her desire is to work with you to develop new patterns in your life that can lead to healthier coping skills, increased confidence, and a greater sense of purpose and meaning in your life. She believes that one must take a holistic approach to overall health. The mind, body and spirit are so intimately connected that one most certainly influences the others. She wants you to know you are not alone and that there is hope.
Cara enjoys live music, writing poetry, discovering all the little towns in Iowa and attending local festivals.
Credentials and Professional Activities and Memberships
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
National Board Certified Counselor
Master of Science in Clinical mental Health Counseling
American Counseling Association
American Counseling Association of Iowa
Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association
Association for Creativity in Counseling
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
Alpha Chi National Honor Society
Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society
Psi Chi National Honor Society
Deborah Steinmann, PsyD
Dr. Deb Steinmann is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been working in the mental health field for over 18 years. She completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology, then added another year of coursework to also be licensed as a marital and family therapist.
Deb accepted a position as project manager on a federal grant to support healthy marriage and family relationships. The opportunity demanded extensive research and training on practices to support relationships that maintain personal growth of both spouses and increase relationship satisfaction. Concurrently, she provided therapy to Head Start children part-time.
Deb returned to the classroom to complete a doctor’s degree in clinical psychology at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology which included a one-year internship at a Christian outpatient mental health clinic. The internship was completed shortly before graduation in fall 2009.
In addition, Deb also has special training in working with individuals diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), that is beneficial for all trauma experiences, but especially targets victims of rape and/or exposure to combat. Other areas with additional professional training include pain management, EMDR, caregiver support for Alzheimer’s patients, and helping individuals in abusive relationships.
Currently, Deb treats couples, families, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, relationship problems and abuse, parenting issues, PTSD, caregiver support issues, and eating disorders.
Deb’s interests outside the office include bicycling, sewing, reading, creating gift baskets, baking and investing time in two special little girls that I have borrowed as granddaughters.
My basic philosophy of therapy:
“If willing to invest effort, I believe every person is capable of meaningful change.” -Deb
Ava Zihlman, T-LMHC
Ava is a Counselor who received her B.A. in Psychology from Iowa State University and then went on to get her M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University. Ava enjoys working with Asian American populations, college students and adults on a variety of issues, including anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, relationship/marital concerns, and multicultural concerns. She uses a mix of treatment modalities including Person-Centered Therapy, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Above all, Ava loves when she can help people see themselves the way that God sees them and rest in the truth of His word.
In her free time, Ava enjoys making art, playing music, drinking bubble tea, and spending time with friends and family.
Jen Collins, LMHC
Jennifer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist. She earned her BA in Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and earned graduate coursework in Education at the University of New England in Portland, ME. Jennifer earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN.
Jennifer has worked in the fields of education and mental health with children, adults, and older adults. She has held professional roles including an educator, non-profit art education coordinator, psychiatric technician, independent living group facilitator, BHIS provider, and art therapist/mental health counselor. Jennifer embraces a Person-Centered, Positive Psychology perspective and utilizes Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy approaches. She believes that all individuals hold strengths that can help in living meaningful and fulfilling lives; and that art therapy empowers self-expression, even when there are no words for what individuals have experienced.
Jennifer enjoys her farm, gardening, creating art, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Adrian Aswegen, T-LMHC
Adrian is a temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University and then went on to get his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Drake University. Adrian enjoys working with adolescents, college students, and adults on a variety of issues, including anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment, self-esteem, and ADHD. He uses a mix of treatment modalities including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Adrian is very passionate about brain health and greatly enjoys walking with people through their life’s journey.
In his free time, Adrian enjoys watching and attending races, playing basketball and other sports, playing board/card games, and spending time with family and friends.
Pella Administrative Staff
Missi Bogaard, Billing Specialist
Missi serves as the Billing Coordinator for Heartland Christian Counseling handling client insurance, billing, and client accounts. Aside from her work life, Missi keeps busy alongside her husband who is a pastor. Outside of church, they enjoy spending time with their 3 adult children and 2 spouses as well as camping, boating, traveling, music and reading. Anything food-related takes a top spot whether that involves cooking for her family and friends or trying new restaurants.
Chad Quist PA-C, MBA
Chad A. Quist is a Licensed Physician Assistant with over twelve years of clinical experience in the fields of Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine, Psychiatry, and most recently Neurology. He actively works on team integration, communication, and healthy system dynamics. After obtaining his MBA, Chad has incorporated his skills within the fields of healthcare and business by serving numerous organizations and boards.
As the Director of Operations, he is proud to provide business management support to the Heartland Team.
Chad enjoys family time with his spouse and three children, church, the outdoors, and college football.
Emily Recker, Therapy Support Staff
Emily attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and received a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and Worship Arts. She serves at Heartland Christian Counseling in a support staff role, assisting with scheduling, check-ins, communication, therapist needs, and other day-to-day office tasks. Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and family, baking, and hosting game nights with friends.
Jodi VandeNoord, Med/Therapy Support Staff
Jodi has worked in the mental health field since 2011, starting with Pine Rest and now with Heartland Christian Counseling. She assists the medical provider and his patients with appointments, phone calls, prior authorizations and medication concerns. She also helps the therapists with their daily needs. When not working, Jodi enjoys time with her husband and two kids. Her family also hosts a Chinese international student who lives with them full time. Together the family likes to travel, attend school activities and go out for ice cream.
Cyndy Wiley-Gay, Therapy Support Staff
Cyndy worked for Pine Rest for 3 years before transferring to Heartland Christian Counseling as support staff to the clinical staff and occasionally to the psychiatry staff, working in most aspects of front office day to day activities.
Cyndy enjoys spending time with her husband, her 3 grown daughters and their husbands, 2 grown step children and their spouses, along with her 11 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. She enjoys attending their sporting activities, gardening, sewing, traveling, and working on the farm, vineyard, and tree farm.