STEVE VELZEN-HANER, LMSW, MM
Reliance Community Care Partners
Education: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology—Calvin College); Masters in Social Work (Clinical—Michigan State University), Master's in Management (Marketing—Aquinas)
Treatment Philosophy: Always treat each person as unique, with the utmost dignity and respect. Educate, train, and support individuals to make informed decisions. Empower those we care for with the skills to manage and cope on their own, allowing them to live as independently as possible, wherever they choose to live. Develop therapeutic relationships and environments that support individuals as they work through life's challenges.
Why I Love What I Do: I love helping others. I love overseeing an agency that administers numerous programs that I can believe in, programs that assist and support others in very meaningful ways. I am in an environment that supports me in the implementation of my treatment philosophies. I am here for a purpose, in a place that fosters my ability to create and administer incredible programs that assist those, who are in great need. I am in a place where staff members throughout the organization, feel the same way about helping, teaching, and caring for others in a way that is dignified and respectful. All of this contributes to why I love what I do.
DEBORAH B. WAGENAAR, DO, MS
Geriatric Psychiatrist, Associate Professor Michigan State University;
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Director, Michigan State University
Medical School (Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine); Residency (Psychiatry—Michigan State University); Fellowship (Geriatric Psychiatry—University of Washington); Primary Care (Michigan State University); Master's (Epidemiology—Michigan State University)
Treatment Philosophy: High quality outcome based psychiatric consultation and psychotherapy for older adults in a community based or long-term care setting.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy treating older adults and teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. I value working with older adults who have a lifetime of experience to share. Collaboratively working with multiple disciplines in order to care for older adults is personally rewarding for me. I enjoy working with patients who have both medical and psychiatric challenges.
GRACE WENK, LMSW, MPA
Education: Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Music Performance—Indiana University), Master's (Advanced Generalist Social Work—Grand Valley State University), Master's (Public Administration— Grand Valley State University)
Treatment Philosophy: I offer treatment to help our clients identify and achieve goals that result in personal fulfillment and peace. I complete this practice through the utilization of cognitive behavioral therapy and narrative and constructivist theories of social work practice.
Why I Love What I Do: It is a privilege to work with diverse individuals in a welcoming, accepting, and friendly environment. Through a multidisciplinary treatment team, I am able to offer best-practice services.
DENISE SKONIECZNY, PMHNP-BC
Education: Master's degree in nursing with a Post-master's certificate, Psychiatric nurse practitioner
Treatment Philosophy: I support a collaborative relationship with clients including a person-centered plan for recovery. I believe that everyone has their own set of strengths and challenges. I am available to provide clients with additional tools to help face challenges and walk side by side with my clients down the road to recovery and remission.
Why I Love What I Do: I love helping to support others through their personal journey of recovery.
Medical Assistant, CMA
Education: Ross Medical Education Center
Why I Love What I Do: I love helping people and I want to make a difference. A little kindness, happiness, and love can go a long way. I find it rewarding to help someone who needs you.
VICKI L. SALIK
Medical Assistant, CMA
Education: Associate Degree in Applied Science, Nationally Registered & Certified Medical Assistant
Why I Love What I Do: Being a part of a skilled team that makes a difference in each life we touch, makes this job so rewarding.