Pella Clinical Staff

Heidi Vermeer-Quist, Psy.D

Dr. Heidi Vermeer-Quist is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical, teaching and consulting experience. One of her core passions is to serve the Christian church with best practices of psychology.  


Heidi earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 2002 and helped establish and build the Pine Rest Des Moines Clinic, serving thousands of patients in Central Iowa for 16 years. Heidi and her husband, Chad Quist, transitioned the Pine Rest Des Moines Clinic to Heartland Christian Counseling in 2018. She has provided psychological assessment and psychotherapy to people struggling with depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, trauma recovery, unresolved grief and adjustment, and personality disorders. In addition to her clinical training, Heidi also has obtained specialized training and extensive experience in Organizational Psychology and Family Business Governance. She has served Vermeer Corporation in various family governance roles, including serving on the Board of Directors. She continues to provide clinical services through Heartland Christian Counseling, as well as, family business and organizational consulting services through Heidi currently serves on the Iowa Board of Professional Psychology. 


Heidi recently released the first two books of a three-book personal growth series called Gardening Your Life. The first book, Grounding, and the second book, Grieving, are workbooks (ideal for small groups) that integrate the best practices of the field of psychology with solid Christian teaching. 


Personally, Heidi enjoys singing, raising their three amazing kids with Chad, and participating in the joy of each God given moment (though she is still learning how to do this!).  

Monte Bernhagen, MD

After graduating from University of Nebraska Medical School in 1995, Dr. Bernhagen completed his residency in adult psychiatry in 1999.  Following residency, Dr. Bernhagen began his career working at Pine Rest in Pella, IA.  He left Pine Rest in 2003 and has worked at Broadlawns Hospital, Berryhill Center, and the VA.  He returned to Pine Rest in 2019 and is practicing at Heartland Christian Counseling in Pella.  Dr. Bernhagen is Board Certified to provide adult psychiatric services.

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.

Maria Fynaardt, LMSW

Maria Fynaardt is a Licensed Master in Social Work.  She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Dordt College in 2016 and a Master of Social Work in 2019 from the University of Missouri.  Maria has a variety of volunteer and professional experiences that have been instrumental in her growth as a social worker.  Her experience includes working as a Family Safety Risk Permanency (FSRP) provider, a Behavioral Health Intervention Services provider, and Safe Families for Children case manager.  Maria enjoys working with children, adults and families experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship conflict and stress.

Julie Hooyer, LISW

Julie is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.  She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Dordt College and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa.  Her professional experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in a therapy setting.  She has also worked as a hospital based social worker and as a school social worker.  Julie enjoys working with clients of all ages on issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, parenting, self-harm and trauma recovery.

Lee Luhrs, LISW

Lee Luhrs is a Licensed Master of Social Work with over 40 years of experience in therapy.  He worked as a therapist for Lutheran Social Services of Iowa for 12 years and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services for 33 years.  He received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Dordt College in 1974 and his Masters of Social Work degree in 1977 from the University of Iowa.  Lee's areas of professional experience includes mood disorders, anxiety, anger issues, posttraumatic stress disorder, marital issues and working with older adults. 

Kimberly McCain, LMHC

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.

Jeanetta Nieuwsma

Jeanetta Nieuwsma, LISW

Jeanetta Nieuwsma is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience in the social work field.  She earned a BA in Psychology from Dordt College and Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa.  Jeanetta has provided psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Iowa for the past 10 years.  Jeanetta has obtained specialized training and has extensive experience working with pregnant and new mothers who are adjusting to pregnancy and motherhood or are experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  She currently serves as a founding board member for Postpartum Support International - Iowa Chapter.  She also offers education at local hospitals and clinics around the topic of perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety.

Jeanetta has a heart for walking alongside those experiencing a crisis and has supported individuals and families through working in the hospital setting as a medical social worker and is currently a crisis response counselor with Crisis Management Services by Empathia.  She has a certificate in Psychological First Aid and offers community and business education around the use of psychological first aid for disaster and crisis response. 

Jeanetta has a special interest in understanding the impact of technology and social media use on children and teen's brain development and their overall emotional and mental health.  She is passionate about providing education and resources for parents, caregivers, and schools around technology use.

Jeanetta is currently serving as a counselor in the Pella Christian Schools supporting students and teachers.

Deborah Steinmann

Deborah Steinmann, PsyD

Pella Administrative Staff

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.

Missi Bogaard

Missi Bogaard, Med/Therapy Support

Missi is part of the Support Staff team at the Heartland Christian Counseling Pella office.  She provides support to the clinical staff and also handles scheduling and billing.  Missi enjoys spending time with her husband, her 3 kids and 2 spouses and her dog.  She also loves cooking, making music, crafting, reading, and camping.

Jodi VandeNoord

Jodi VandeNoord, Med/Therapy Support

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

Cyndy Wiley-Gay, Therapy Support

Cyndy has worked for Pine Rest the past 3 years before transferring to Heartland Christian Counseling as support staff to the clinical staff and occasionally psychiatry 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 attending their sporting activities, gardening, sewing, traveling and working on the farm, vineyard and tree farm.

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