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 www.vqconsult.com. 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!).
Linda Blinkmann, LISW
Linda is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She received her Associates degree in Biblical Studies in 1982 from Lutheran Bible Institute in Washington state, her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Buena Vista University in 1993, and her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Nebraska- Omaha in 1996. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Grief work, Object-Relations, and multimodal approaches with individuals, couples, children, adolescents, military members, chronically ill and elderly populations of all ages. Her skills include treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss issues, chronic mental illness, adjustment disorders and behavioral problems.
Since 1996, Linda has been working in urban and rural settings to include Psychiatric Private Practice, School Social Work, Family Advocacy Treatment Manager with military members, BHIS evaluator, Child Mental Health Waiver provider, Home Studies, and Behavioral Health Emergency Services provider with Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
She has 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren whom she devotes much of her time outside the job. Other interests include social and cultural outings with friends and family, music, biking, movies, and travel.
Susan Dannen, LISW, RPT-S
Susan is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 25 years of experience. She trained at Jane Addams College of Social Work, Univ. of IL Chicago for her MSW. She attended Lincoln Christian University for her BA in Family Life Education. She specializes in child and adult mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, play therapy, and foster/adoption. Susan can work with children as young as 3 years old.
Her passion is working with clients to find hope and healing. Susan uses an integrated approach to therapy, utilizing the most effective therapeutic techniques in a purposeful and mindful manner. She also believes in taking a mind-body approach to mental health healing. She is a Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor, Registered Yoga Teacher, and is a Certified Youth Instructor in Yoga Calm. She has held positions as an In-home therapist, Day Treatment Therapist, Outpatient Therapist, Hospital/Clinic Therapist, Program Supervisor, and Director. She also teaches youth and family yoga classes and corporate yoga classes.
Susan is also passionate about educating and supporting others in their work with children and families. She was an Adjunct Professor at Adler Graduate School in MN, and a trainer/writer for the MN Child Welfare Training System. She is able to provide a variety of community and agency seminars for mental health staff, church staff & their congregations, school staff, social service staff, and foster/adoptive parents. She is approved to supervise Play Therapists and Social Workers.
Susan and her husband have been married over 30 years. They were privileged to be foster parents with PATH of ND for 6 years and experienced the joys and challenges of adopting one of their foster children. They have watched him grow into an amazing father and he has blessed them with 5 grandchildren. They also have a passionately creative college age daughter. Susan enjoys yoga, nature, making pottery, art, music, sports, and theatre.
Stalin George, LMHC
Stalin graduated with his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 2011. Stalin began his career as a therapist facilitating Intensive Outpatient Groups emphasizing in Addictions Treatment. His work was on behalf of the DuPage County Drug Court.
After graduating from Wheaton College, Stalin took on additional work with at risk children and adolescents at Streamwood Behavioral Hospital for the next three years specializing in crisis work with youth.
From 2014 to Summer of 2018, Stalin worked at Linden Oaks Hospital (An Inpatient Psychiatric Facility in Naperville, IL) with a wide diversity populations along with a variety of mental health issues such as: Addictions, Crisis Intervention, Marital Conflict, Family Therapy, Adolescents and AA Groups. Stalin’s extensive work in addictions has resulted in him being certified as an Advanced Addictions Counselor in the State of Iowa.
While working at Linden Oaks Hospital, Stalin went back to school and obtained a Masters of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Stalin’s interests include: Sports, Playing Guitar, Music Production, Cooking and Learning.
Barbara J. Graham, LISW
Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. She has been in practiced for over 35 years.
She is also trained in trauma healing and recovery. She likes to use music, art and nutrition in her practice. She has worked with developmentally disabled adults. Barbara's areas of clinical interest include trauma recovery, grief and loss, family and marriage problems, chemical dependency, nutrition, stress management and spiritual issues. She treats people of all ages. She is also a first responder and spent time in Las Vegas last year.
Barbara has been married since 1991 to Gordon. They have four adult children and run a 50 acre natural farm in southeast Iowa.
Jeff Loney, LMHC
Jeff is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and has been a clinician since 1999. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with an MS in Counseling Psychology, after earning his BA in Psychology from The University of Northern Iowa. Jeff has previously worked for mental health centers in Winterset, Adel and Creston.
Jeff provides counseling to persons suffering from depression and mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment issues, couple/marital problems and pornography and sex addictions. He also has worked extensively in dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental health) and domestic violence. Jeff works with older children, adolescents and adults of all ages.
Holly Lukasiewicz, LISW
Holly Lukasiewicz is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Educational and personal experiences have lead her to a career in mental health which is an excellent fit for her God-given gifts and passions.
Holly has clinical experience working with children, families, individuals and couples utilizing multiple therapeutic techniques including play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy,sandtray and mindfulness strategies. Holly is certified in Autplay, which utilizes play therapy techniques to help individuals with an Autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays increase their ability to cope. While specializing in play therapy, Holly also treats individuals with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, attachment issues, spiritual issues, and women’s issues such as postpartum anxiety and depression. Holly believes in meeting people in their unique circumstances and working to help them experience hope and healing.
Holly's activities outside of counseling include reading, yoga, leading small groups at her local church, watching Marvel superhero movies, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Jill Thomas, LISW, RPT-S, PMH-C
Jill Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications and a Master in Social Work degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Her practicum experience specialized in play therapy and family therapy for children and their parents.
Prior to joining Heartland, Jill worked with children utilizing play therapy and completed the requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist. She works with children and families on a variety of issues including child/parent relationships, conflict resolution, and healing from abuse and trauma.
Jill is also certified in treating Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMH-C), like postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD during pregnancy and after childbirth occurs. She runs a therapy group for mothers struggling with postpartum adjustment issues called Beyond the Baby Blues. Jill also has broad clinical experience with additional interests including adjustment disorders, anxiety and depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), family and marital issues, trauma recovery, grief and loss, and spiritual issues.
Jill is a wife and a mother, and she loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys biking, traveling, camping, fitness classes, and playing with her kids.
Victoria Wieben, LISW, RPT-S
Victoria Wieben is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa in 2004 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Ambrose University in 2010. She completed additional training, supervision, and clinical hours to receive certification in play therapy in December of 2015.
Victoria prefers to go by Vicky, she is passionate about working with children, adolescents and their caregivers to encourage hope, establish safety, and create a sense of wellness for each person in the family. Vicky uses a compassionate approach that appreciates each member of the family as individuals while also focusing intervention on the connectedness of the family as a unit that must exist together in a way that is safe, calm, and well. Existing in this way looks different for each family that walks through the door so individualized treatment planning is a priority and therapy sessions may include children, adolescents, and parents/caregivers individually and/or together as a group. Vicky uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including play therapy, sand tray play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), trust based relational intervention (TBRI), dialectal behavioral therapy techniques (DBT), internal family systems techniques (INFS), and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR).
Vicky’s most recent clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents and their families in an intensive residential program setting. In the past she has also worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in an outpatient therapy clinic; with young children (ages 0-5) in an early childhood mental health program; and with adults with developmental disabilities in a vocational rehabilitation and case management setting. While Vicky is passionate about family work she also has expertise in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, spiritual issues, adoption/foster care, trauma history and attachment deficits, life transition/adjustment disorders, and issues related to grief and loss.
Outside of the therapy office Vicky enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She also enjoys reading and spending time in nature (at the same time whenever possible).
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.
Lisa Thayer, Office Manager
Lisa has worked for Heartland Christian Counseling and previously Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services for the past nine years. While at Heartland she supports the daily needs of the clinicians. She is in charge of patient accounts, billing, payroll and any HR needs. Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and dog. She loves to read, travel and being outdoors.
Mackenzie Peterson, Support Staff
Mackenzie has worked in the mental health field for nine years. Before joining Heartland, she worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services providing psychiatry support to their prescribers. With Heartland, one of her biggest roles is providing support to the clinical staff. She is also in charge of insurance credentialing, website updates and many other day to day clinic functions. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two cats. She also enjoys crafts, music and playing games.