Brittany Adams (she/her/hers) is a clinical social work intern at Hamm Clinic. She is in her final year of the University of St. Thomas Master of Social Work program. Prior to pursuing her MSW, Brittany earned a bachelor’s degree in dance at Colorado State University and went on to perform and teach professionally for 10 years.
Brittany has worked for Park Nicollet as a Care Coordinator in the Behavioral Health department, supporting perinatal individuals and families. In her practice, Brittany draws from a person-centered lens and believes the context of the whole person is important to addressing life’s challenges and thriving. Brittany’s interests include working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and self-esteem, and she loves to bring body awareness into her practice.
Her career in dance showed Brittany the need for mental health support for athletes, artists and communities of all kinds. She led the positive body image campaign, “Take Back the Tutu,” for her company and organized corresponding health fairs. Through this work she has had the opportunity to collaborate with The Emily Program, Melrose Center, and many other organizations to create support networks for students and communities in the Twin Cities.
Brittany is excited to provide compassion and support to her clients at Hamm Clinic and looks forward to collaborating with clients on their goals in therapy. Outside of work and school, Brittany enjoys reading, playing with her dog, Carli, and watching scary movies.
Ayan Alinur (she/her) is a clinical trainee at Hamm Clinic. Ayan is a trilingual (English/Somali/Swahili) graduate student pursuing her Masters’ degree in Social Work at the University of St. Thomas. Ayan has worked in a variety of mental health settings and is looking forward to further refining her approach through Hamm’s clinical training program.
Ayan believes in creating a secure and non-judgmental space where clients can openly express themselves and be heard. By prioritizing each client’s unique experiences, needs, and cultural contexts, she aims to facilitate a therapeutic process that empowers clients to navigate challenges and work towards their personal goals. She has a strong commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for clients from diverse backgrounds and is dedicated to understanding and respecting individual experiences, cultures, and identities, fostering a sense of acceptance and validation.
Huda Badri, LPCC, completed her Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University.
As a therapist at Hamm Clinic, her goal is to provide a respectful, genuine, safe, and accepting space in order to establish a strong therapeutic relationship. She believes the client is the expert in their life’s story. She is honored and excited to partner together in order to create a space to slow down, explore, challenge, and move to a space of balance. The modalities she uses include holistic and culturally responsive practice, strength-based and client-centered approach, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and brainspotting.
Huda is deeply committed to serving clients from an array of populations, including folks who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) and other intersectional identities. She welcomes all who want to collaborate on their journey towards healing.
Rachel Banen (she/her) is a graduate student at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, where she is pursuing a career as a psychotherapist. Rachel graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Political Science and Legal Studies. She most recently interned at the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, where she provided case management services with refugees and asylum seekers. Her previous professional experiences range from teaching English in Spain to founding a college access program to wrenching as a bike mechanic.
Rachel believes in the power of relationships in healing and aims to utilize an anti-oppressive, non-judgmental approach. Rachel’s professional interests include: identity development and exploration; understanding power dynamics in relationships with respect to gender, sexuality, and race; and managing depression, anxiety, and trauma.
In her free time, Rachel likes to plan her next bike packing adventure, watch documentaries, and make dinner with friends.
David Castañeda , MPS, LADC
David Castañeda MPS, LADC (he/him) is a psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic providing individual therapy while receiving supervision towards an LPCC licensure. He completed a Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota to assist clients with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. David’s approach to therapy is rooted in harm-reduction, trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ affirming, sex-positive, culturally responsive positions.…Read Bio
David Castañeda MPS, LADC (he/him) is a psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic providing individual therapy while receiving supervision towards an LPCC licensure. He completed a Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota to assist clients with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. David’s approach to therapy is rooted in harm-reduction, trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ affirming, sex-positive, culturally responsive positions. His therapy philosophy is largely shaped by Existentialism and Cognitive Behavioral Theory. David is passionate about helping clients discover their unique meaning and life’s purpose. He seeks to provide clients a positive, healing space with respect, kindness, and inclusivity to overcome obstacles, and improve their quality of life — providing an affirming space as they engage in therapy as collaborative partners.
David enjoys working with people of all gender and sexual identities and welcomes clients from all backgrounds and lived experiences. His therapy interests include: adjusting to life changes, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, problematic substance use, and PTSD. David values his client’s power to make informed decisions about their mental health and create meaningful change in their lives.
Stella Chemarum , PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Stella has 16+ years of experience as a nurse in various settings including inpatient services. She
attended National American University for undergrad, then to Walden University for Master of Science in nursing. She provides medication management for clients in therapy at Hamm and outside Hamm clinic. As a provider, she subscribes to a compassionate and collaborative approach: meeting clients where they are in their care while providing them with the education and knowledge of choices of medication treatment. A special interest area is Medication Assisted Program (MAT).
Julie Clarke (she/her) is a clinical trainee at Hamm Clinic and is in her third year of the PsyD Counseling Psychology Program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Julie has experience in many facets of health care including respiratory therapy, leadership, and quality improvement. Most recently, Julie has supported clients through intake interviews, psychological assessments, and diagnostic feedback sessions.
Julie believes that all people have a right to receive mental health care and advocates for universal access to evidence-based mental health care as a member of the Minnesota Psychological Association Legislative Committee. Julie’s approach to psychotherapy is to meet clients where they are on their journey to health, holding space for them in a manner that is respectful, open, accepting, while building trust and showing humility. Outside of work and school she enjoys traveling, reading, singing and spending time with her family.
Director of Clinical Services
Cristina Combs is a licensed clinical social worker with 20+ years of experience in Human Services. She has served children, youth, adults, and families as an in-home and office-based therapist. For nearly a decade, she served as a senior clinical supervisor in a community mental health center, centered on culturally-specific-and-affirming programming.
In therapy and in supervision, Cristina strives to collaborate with individuals to expand understandings, connections, and self-love. She holds colleagues in high regard, as they hold space for humans striving to grow and heal.
In 2015, through consultation with BIPOC mentors, Cristina developed a group-work model focused on building anti-racist practice and community. In partnership with BIPOC colleagues, she has developed and delivered trainings locally and nationally on trauma-responsive and anti-oppressive practice.
Cristina is humbled and deeply honored to serve in the role of Director of Clinical Services with Hamm Clinic.
Spencer Czech , MPH, MSW, LGSW
Spencer Czech MPH, MSW, LGSW (they/them) is a psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic. Over the last 12 years, Spencer’s education explored social and systemic barriers for trans and gender diverse folks seeking gender affirming care in what is now called the United States and Minnesota. In 2015, they obtained their Associates Degree in Philosophy from Minneapolis Community and Technical College; in 2018 they graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; in 2023, Spencer graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Public Health. During this time, they provided case management and drop-in crises services with people experiencing homelessness, living with HIV, and/or experiencing barriers to sustaining their emotional health in the Twin Cities. Spencer completed their clinical training at Edges Wellness Center, LLC.
Spencer offers affirming services using the tools and education they have gained along their own journey and through their unique experiences. Spencer continues to evolve their values of abolition and anarchy believing we all have a responsibility to get rid of the systems that harm us and to build socially just, sustainable futures for everyone. Their abolitionist social work background guides their values of supporting people in their environment and relationship(s) to that environment. Spencer values being effective rather than being right and will bring this to their therapeutic work with you. Spencer specializes in working with queer, trans, & gender diverse folks, neurodivergent folks, folks with developmental (childhood) trauma, and those who have experienced long-term poverty. Spencer offers pleasure-based and gender-affirming sexuality exploration. These are Spencer’s areas of interest, but they are deeply passionate about learning and will do the work to learn about experiences they are unfamiliar with to best support you.
In sessions, Spencer starts with the belief that all of your feelings and experiences matter, and together you will explore how these can create lasting effects in your day-to-day life. Seeing how your feelings and experiences shape you and how you move through the world can be both freeing and difficult–especially when navigating traumatic experiences. In sessions with Spencer, your unique viewpoints and experiences will be the guide as they offer tools or suggestions to support you in achieving your wellness, hopes, and goals. During your work together, Spencer’s suggestions are just that: suggestions that you can determine whether you want to try. Our society pressures us to seek power and control over our life rather than being in relationship and balance with it. Spencer’s role and goals are to support you in using new tools to manage daily challenges and long-term, deep healing strategies. Let’s explore avenues for you to experience yourself, life, and relationships boldly. Spencer is informed by Narrative, Somatic, and Abolitionist Therapies.
Human Resource Associate
Misty is an HR Associate who brings 14 years’ experience to Hamm Clinic in St. Paul, MN. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she settled in Minnesota 10 years ago. She is currently attending Inver Hills Community College to obtain her SCP in Human Resources. Formerly an HR Specialist at Partners In Community Supports (LSS) she has supported nonprofit community for over 7 years. While at LSS she received the prestigious “LSS Spirit Award” winners are nominated by their supervisors and demonstrate a commitment and dedication to the mission and values of the supported work. She is confident in her ability to contribute to the mental health community and make an impact to those she serves daily.
Rob Edwards , MSW, LGSW, PACC
Chief Executive Officer
For the past two decades Rob (he/him) has been serving the non-profit sector in leadership roles in the areas of mental health, child welfare and family services. Rob has a passion for donor engagement, program development, quality improvement and supporting others in their career advancement. His self-care go to is trail running.
Rob holds a BA from Saint Mary’s University and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota where he was a Child Welfare Scholar and Minnesota Department of Human Services Fellow. Rob holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Permanency and Adoption Competency and served as a committee member on the Minnesota Statewide Foster Care Workgroup. In 2012, Rob was awarded the Early Career Excellence Award from National Association of Social Workers Minnesota Chapter and is a past President of the National Association of Social Workers Minnesota Chapter. He also served on the Board of Directors for AspireMN, the national Foster Family-based Treatment Association and is a member of the Council of Regents at Saint Mary’s University and adjunct faculty at University of Minnesota School of Social Work.
Lucy Erickson is psychotherapist receiving supervision for LPCC licensure. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Denver. She has experience working in the psychology world ranging across the country from Montana, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Lucy’s approach to therapy cultivates a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore who you are and your unique experiences. She mainly works with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, identity, and self esteem. Through therapy she helps clients be able to process and express their emotions in a healthier and more effective manner, develop healthy relationships, process past experiences, and strengthen their sense of self.
Lucy believes that the therapeutic relationship is very important. You can expect compassion, support, and a down to earth space that is truly yours. She would be honored to be a part of the process of healing your mind, body, and spirit in a way that works uniquely for you.
Ari Garza (she/her/ella) is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Social Work Intern at Hamm Clinic.
Being a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants has given her the experiences and ability to share cultural lenses that allow her to break language barriers and better empathize with diverse communities. Ari was born and raised on the East Side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Metro State University and Is completing her master’s in social work with a concentration in Multicultural Clinical Practice at Augsburg University.
Ari strives to use her practice knowledge and skills to deliver equitable transformative mental health care tailored to individuals’ social, cultural, and language needs by fostering compassion, inclusiveness, cultural humility, and transparency. She is passionate about working with people from all genders and sexual identities and individuals from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. She is committed to providing care from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and LGBTQIA+ affirming lens. Ari’s clinical interests include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, intergenerational trauma, PTSD, and LGBTQIA+ mental health.
Theresa Glaser (she/her) is a psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota. Theresa’s clinical specialties relate to trauma and health psychology, and she also has experience with a range of other conditions and concerns. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and groups.
Theresa strives to cultivate a therapeutic environment that is accessible and that fosters curiosity, respect, inclusiveness, and cultural humility. As a therapist, she embraces a commitment to life-long learning, self-reflection, and social justice. Her practice emphasizes working with clients on clarifying their values and developing mindfulness- and acceptance-based skills in the context of culture and relationship. She believes that, in any human relationship, we all benefit when we work to leverage our differences, equalize power, and end exclusionary and oppressive practices.
Annelise Herskowitz , MSW, LICSW
Annelise Herskowitz, MSW, LICSW is a bilingual clinical social worker with nearly 10 years of experience providing individual, group, and couples therapy. Ms. Herskowitz completed her MSW at Boston University where she was awarded the Herbert S. Strean Memorial Prize for Outstanding Merit in Psychodynamically-Oriented Clinical Practice. Prior to relocating to Minnesota, Ms. Herskowitz worked as a staff psychotherapist for three years at the NYU Langone Family Health Centers. In this role, Ms. Herskowitz specialized in providing culturally responsive psychotherapy in English and Spanish in the predominantly Latinx immigrant neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Herskowitz has a passion for blending cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy to help her clients obtain symptom relief while working towards lasting change. Ms. Herskowitz has extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence, childhood trauma, relationship and family issues, and life transitions. Ms. Herskowitz believes in the dignity and self-determination of all clients inclusive of all expressions of gender, sexuality, and relationship models.
Annelise is only accepting new clients who can be served via telehealth
Annelise Herskowitz, MSW, LICSW es una trabajadora social clínica bilingüe que cuenta con más de 10 años de experiencia proporcionando terapia individual, de grupo y de pareja. Annelise completó su MSW en Boston University, donde recibió el Premio Herbert S. Strean Memorial Prize por su Mérito Sobresaliente en la Práctica Clínica Psicodinámicamente Orientada. Antes de mudarse a Minnesota, Herskowitz trabajó como psicoterapeuta de planta durante tres años en NYU Langone Family Health Centers. Mientras trabajaba allí se especializó en ofrecer un tipo de psicoterapia en español y en inglés, que tenía en cuenta las diferencias culturales; su trabajo se centró en el vecindario de Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Nueva York, compuesto principalmente por inmigrantes hispanos. La Srta. Herskowitz es una apasionada de las técnicas psicoterapéuticas de terapia cognitiva conductual y psicodinámica, las cuales usa para ayudar a que sus clientes reciban alivio sintomático a la vez que trabajan para lograr cambios duraderos. Annelise tiene amplia experiencia trabajando con supervivientes de violencia doméstica, trauma infantil, relaciones y problemas familiares y cambios de vida. La señora Herskowitz cree en la dignidad y autodeterminación de todos sus clientes sin importar su género, sexualidad y modelos de relación.
Bud Ingram-Lile , MD
Director of Psychiatry
Bud Ingram-Lile, MD, FASAM is Hamm Clinic’s Director of Psychiatry. He attended Baylor University for his undergraduate degree (86-90) and then UTHSC-Houston for med school (90-94).
Bud provides integrated psychiatric care for clients in therapy at Hamm Clinic. He shares experience and knowledge with leadership teammates in order to help Hamm continue to achieve its goals.
Bud sees psychiatry as a set of partnerships. First and foremost, he partners with the client to make treatment decisions; Bud does his best to provide knowledge and facilitate the client’s making intentional medication choices. Second, Bud partners with the therapists in the clinic to ensure our clients get the best care possible. He is double boarded in psychiatry and addiction medicine. Bud has worked in several different settings, from academic to non-profit to for-profit entities and from intensive inpatient services to outpatient psychiatry. He has held multiple leadership positions in his career as well. His interests include travel, photography, live music.
Susan Jasko , MSW, LICSW
Asylum Assessment Coordinator and Psychotherapist
Susan Jasko, LICSW holds an MSW degree from Fordham University. She completed an intensive three-year program at the National Institute for Psychotherapies in New York City with a specialization in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents. She is a psychotherapist and supervisor at Hamm Clinic, where she coordinates documentation services for clients seeking assistance with immigration issues. Ms. Jasko has thirty years of clinical experience with children, adults and families. Prior to the Hamm Clinic she worked for nine years at the Center for Victims of Torture, providing diagnostic evaluation and treatment services to clients, and clinical supervision of staff.
Ms. Jasko is a Community Faculty Member at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, where she teaches Family Therapy. She regularly presents on topics related to trauma at various agencies in the Twin Cities, and trains federal asylum officers to prepare them to interview torture survivors. Ms. Jasko is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.
“I continue to learn from my clients. I am convinced of the resiliency of the human spirit, and a trusting therapeutic relationship can foster healing and growth at any stage of life. By working together, change is possible.”
Ivy Johnson , MSW, LICSW
Group Coordinator and Psychotherapist
Ivy Johnson (she/her/s) is a staff therapist who primarily provides individual and group therapy at Hamm Clinic. She received a bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Ivy completed a clinical social work fellowship at Hamm Clinic and has over four years of combined experience providing psychotherapy, groups facilitation, client advocacy, crisis intervention, and school social work. She believes that change and healing happen in relationships through collaboration, curiosity, compassion, and humility. She holds a non-judgmental and warm space for clients to share their stories as they feel ready. Ivy strives to integrate an anti-racist/anti-oppressive cultural lens into all client services and engages in continuous critical examination of her own identities.
Ivy has experience working with survivors of abuse, complex trauma, domestic violence, and family violence, as well as those processing through depression, anxiety, PTSD, relational and family conflict, grief, and loss. Ivy believes that no one heals in isolation and trauma thrives in silence. She is incredibly passionate about group work and believes in the power of healing through shared experiences. Ivy has training in Narrative Exposure Therapy, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Trauma-Responsive interventions. She welcomes all gender identities, racial identities, religions, sexual orientations, and ages to her practice.
Director of Training
Jade Johnson (she/her) is the Training Director and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Hamm Clinic. She received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and her Masters of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College at Columbia University. Jade provides individual therapy to clients at Hamm as well as guiding the Training Program to ensure a valuable, thorough learning experience for all Hamm trainees. Jade works to create an engaging, warm, and non-judgmental therapeutic space where clients can show up as their full selves and work toward improving their lives and decreasing sources of distress. Jade has experience in working with a wide variety of diagnoses and concerns, but is particularly experienced in helping people through anxiety, mood disorders, relational conflict, and communication problems. She believes that all people are experts on their own lives and stories, and enjoys facilitating positive change with the client in the driver’s seat. Jade’s therapeutic approach is relational and person-centered, with particular space given to explore the intersections of our identities and lived experiences.
Scott Labott , MSW, LGSW
Scott Labott (he/him) is a licensed social worker who believes that healing begins when people feel deeply understood and accepted. Together, you and Scott will identify what you are feeling, where the pain comes from, and how you would like to change. Your life and the unique combination of experiences, people, and communities to which you belong also inform this process.
Scott works with you to flexibly integrate the right approaches to meet your needs. He employs his clinical training to collaboratively relieve the anxiety, depression, anger, fear, and shame that cause distress. Scott uses a modern, relational psychodynamic approach while also drawing from other schools of thought. Scott is also trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy, a trauma treatment. People typically describe Scott as warm, affirming, and engaging.
Over time, Scott has worked in a variety of settings, including family housing in Vermont and community organizing in Milwaukee, WI. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and his Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota.
Scott loves being in nature and has hiked over 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Scott also loves to travel and learn new things. He lives in (and loves) Saint Paul.