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Paul O’Hara , M.Div., MA

Licensed Psychologist

Paul O’Hara is a contract therapist at Hamm Clinic. He focuses on the transformational aspect of the therapeutic relationship in understanding and working through the influence of the past on current issues. Paul is an Advanced Candidate in Psychoanalysis. He has experience in adolescent chemical dependency treatment, community mental health and hospital settings.Read Bio

Paul O’Hara is a contract therapist at Hamm Clinic. He focuses on the transformational aspect of the therapeutic relationship in understanding and working through the influence of the past on current issues. Paul is an Advanced Candidate in Psychoanalysis. He has experience in adolescent chemical dependency treatment, community mental health and hospital settings.

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Gus O’Malley , MD

Psychiatric Resident

Gus O’Malley MD (he/him) is a third-year resident in the Hennepin County Psychiatry Residency. He has a BA in Gender Studies from Whitman College, a BS in Natural sciences from University of Alaska Anchorage, and completed his medical school training at University of Washington in Seattle. Born and raised in Alaska, he was excited to move to Minneapolis so that he could continue to cross country ski while learning to work with diverse populations and individuals navigating a wide range of mental health concerns.Read Bio

Gus O’Malley MD (he/him) is a third-year resident in the Hennepin County Psychiatry Residency. He has a BA in Gender Studies from Whitman College, a BS in Natural sciences from University of Alaska Anchorage, and completed his medical school training at University of Washington in Seattle. Born and raised in Alaska, he was excited to move to Minneapolis so that he could continue to cross country ski while learning to work with diverse populations and individuals navigating a wide range of mental health concerns.

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Dora Palma

Clinical Intern

Dora Palma (she/her/hers) is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Social Work Intern at Hamm Clinic. She is in her final year of completing her master's in social work at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dora has a Bachelor of Nursing from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. She has more than 14 years of experience working as a Family Case Manager and Parenting Specialist for Latino families in the Aqui Para Ti / Here for You clinic within Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, MN.…Read Bio

Dora Palma (she/her/hers) is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Social Work Intern at Hamm Clinic. She is in her final year of completing her master’s in social work at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dora has a Bachelor of Nursing from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. She has more than 14 years of experience working as a Family Case Manager and Parenting Specialist for Latino families in the Aqui Para Ti / Here for You clinic within Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, MN. In this role, Dora specialized in providing culturally responsive parenting coaching and psychoeducation in Spanish and English. In addition, she has experience working with survivors of trauma, complex trauma, and family separation due to immigration. She has experience facilitating support groups for victims of abuse and caregivers of adolescents.

Dora has developed a culturally sensitive approach and looks to collaborate and support individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds struggling with shame and disconnection to heal emotional wounds and help individuals to develop healthier connections to self and others. She supports clients in their journey to find their inner strength.

Dora’s interests and specialties include healing from complex trauma, family separation, intergenerational trauma, and family dynamics. Empowering her clients to recognize their inner strength is what drives her vibrant passion for curative care and moving forward with hope and positivity.

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Damaris T. Perez Ramirez , MA, LP

Psychologist / PSICÓLOGA

Damaris Perez Ramirez is a bilingual Clinical Psychologist at Hamm Clinic. She is originally from Cuba, and has been in practice for over 35 years. Damaris lived and practiced in Spain before coming to the United States. When she eventually moved to Minnesota, she chose to convert her degree and credentials which would allow her to continue her practice in mental health care settings.…Read Bio

Damaris Perez Ramirez is a bilingual Clinical Psychologist at Hamm Clinic. She is originally from Cuba, and has been in practice for over 35 years. Damaris lived and practiced in Spain before coming to the United States. When she eventually moved to Minnesota, she chose to convert her degree and credentials which would allow her to continue her practice in mental health care settings. Damaris earned her Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling from Saint Mary’s University. She has extensive experience as a college counselor while working as an associate psychology professor in a medical school in Cuba. Her areas of expertise are stress, anxiety, depression, health psychology, psychosomatic dysfunctions, relationship conflicts, and trauma. She provides individual, couples and family therapy. Damaris is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) certified Therapist. She also offers patients Mind-Body Techniques such as Progressive Relaxation, in English and in Spanish.

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Damaris Pérez Ramírez es una psicóloga clínica bilingüe en Hamm Clinic. Damaris nació en Cuba y lleva más de 35 años ejerciendo. Damaris vivió y trabajó en España antes de mudarse a los Estados Unidos. Cuando se mudó a Minnesota, decidió convertir sus estudios y credenciales para poder continuar trabajando en el ámbito del cuidado de la salud mental. Damaris estudió una maestría en Asesoramiento Psicológico en Saint Mary’s University. Tiene una gran experiencia como consejera universitaria y trabajó como profesora de psicología asociada en la facultad de medicina en Cuba. Sus áreas de experiencia son el estrés, ansiedad, depresión, salud psicológica, disfunciones psicosomáticas, problemas en las relaciones y trauma. Proporciona terapia individual, de pareja y familiar. Damaris es una terapeuta certificada en EMDR (desensibilización y reprocesamiento por movimiento ocular). También ofrece a sus pacientes Técnicas de Cuerpo Mente en español e inglés, como por ejemplo la Relajación Progresiva.

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Kira Pontiff

Office Specialist

Kira Pontiff is an Office Specialist at Hamm Clinic and the first point of contact for clients. She graduated from Hamline University with a degree in Theater Arts and still acts in her free time. She has over a decade of administrative and front office experience.  Read Bio

Kira Pontiff is an Office Specialist at Hamm Clinic and the first point of contact for clients. She graduated from Hamline University with a degree in Theater Arts and still acts in her free time. She has over a decade of administrative and front office experience.

 

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Jennifer Prock

Finance Manager

Jennifer Prock is Hamm Clinic's Finance Manager. She studied at the University of Wisconsin Stout and has over twenty years of diverse financial experience working with entities of all sizes. Jennifer has focused her career on working with nonprofit organizations and enjoys being able to use her financial expertise to support and further their missions. At Hamm Clinic, Jennifer is responsible for all of the financial and accounting operations.Read Bio

Jennifer Prock is Hamm Clinic’s Finance Manager. She studied at the University of Wisconsin Stout and has over twenty years of diverse financial experience working with entities of all sizes. Jennifer has focused her career on working with nonprofit organizations and enjoys being able to use her financial expertise to support and further their missions. At Hamm Clinic, Jennifer is responsible for all of the financial and accounting operations.

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Rachel Richardson , MSW, LICSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rachel Richardson is a Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Individual and Group Therapist at Hamm Clinic. She completed her Undergraduate Education at Wesleyan University, 1987 and her Graduate Education at University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University MSW Program, 1993. Rachel is involved in a variety of aspects of Hamm Clinic’s work. Primarily she sees individual clients. She also facilitates an interpersonally-focused process-oriented therapy group once a week.…Read Bio

Rachel Richardson is a Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Individual and Group Therapist at Hamm Clinic. She completed her Undergraduate Education at Wesleyan University, 1987 and her Graduate Education at University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University MSW Program, 1993.
Rachel is involved in a variety of aspects of Hamm Clinic’s work. Primarily she sees individual clients. She also facilitates an interpersonally-focused process-oriented therapy group once a week. In addition, Rachel is one of the social work supervisors, so she provides supervision to social work interns and/or social work fellows each year. In addition, she is involved in supporting some Hamm Clinic events, both internal and external, and serves on the Events and Outreach Committee.
Theoretically, Rachel sees herself grounded in contemporary psychodynamic or relational therapy, meaning that she sees our early relationships, patterns of interaction and experiences as critical pieces of information for understanding our present-day behavior. Rachel integrates theories and therapies to serve the client best. These modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, systems and feminist therapy.
Rachel wants to be open and available to the needs of each client, while trying to hear their needs, both implicit and explicit, and working to understand their story while having them feel her presence, interest, concern, and compassion. Rachel works to develop understanding of their history so that she can serve as a reference point for them as they try to understand their contemporary situation, its historical antecedents and the pain it is causing or creating. When it is working best, Rachel sees therapy as advancing both insight for the client and mobilizing change in their lives. Whenever either insight or behavioral change is stuck, Rachel collaborates with the client and seeks consultation to understand how the therapy needs to change.
Rachel has strong interest in mindfulness and DBT. She has done workshops in both topics over the years and uses both in her therapy work regularly. Rachel has been at Hamm since she interned here 1992-1993; she was then hired in May 1993. Rachel has also worked part time at Augsburg in their Wellness Center.

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Kari Roepke

Director of Operations

Kari Roepke is Hamm Clinic’s Director of Operations. She has a background in Medical Office Administration and studied at Globe College of Business and North Dakota State University. At Hamm Clinic, Kari does a great deal of work behind the scenes, making sure the clinic operations run as smoothly as possible. She oversees the electronic health record, and manages the front office, billing department, human resources, as well as IT contractors.…Read Bio

Kari Roepke is Hamm Clinic’s Director of Operations. She has a background in Medical Office Administration and studied at Globe College of Business and North Dakota State University. At Hamm Clinic, Kari does a great deal of work behind the scenes, making sure the clinic operations run as smoothly as possible. She oversees the electronic health record, and manages the front office, billing department, human resources, as well as IT contractors. Kari has years of experience serving in a variety of roles – from acting as a regional manager of health information, to billing, to providing medical office management.

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Chiara Rossi

Psychotherapist

Chiara lived and practiced in Italy, Germany and Austria before coming to the United States. Therefore, she is able to provide therapy in English, German and Italian. She studied at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milano in Italy and graduated in 2011. She continued her education through specialized courses in chronic pain psychology, forensic psychology, in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy.…Read Bio

Chiara lived and practiced in Italy, Germany and Austria before coming to the United States. Therefore, she is able to provide therapy in English, German and Italian.

She studied at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milano in Italy and graduated in 2011. She continued her education through specialized courses in chronic pain psychology, forensic psychology, in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy. Chiara had the opportunity to work in hospital settings, in correctional facilities and forensic psychiatry.

In her career, she has worked with individuals and groups from various racial, social, and economic backgrounds with diverse mental health issues. Her areas of expertise are stress, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, health psychology, psychosomatic dysfunctions, trauma and anger-management.

For Chiara, the relationship with clients is the most important tool in therapy; she considers it essential to offer her clients a safe and understanding environment. Chiara believes in working WITH her clients, not only for them. With the help of the therapist, she believes that change happens when clients take control of their lives and do something good for themselves.

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Sophie Scharner

Psychiatric Resident

Sophie Scharner [So-fee Shar-ner] uses she/her pronouns. I am originally from Vienna in Austria and went to medical school in Berlin in Germany. I am a psychiatry resident at the Twin Cities (Hennepin-Regions) psychiatry training program. I am specifically interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy, child-and adolescent psychiatry, peripartum mental health and cultural psychiatry. I am working on Mondays at Hamm and I am very excited to expand my training in psychotherapy at Hamm clinic.Read Bio

Sophie Scharner [So-fee Shar-ner] uses she/her pronouns. I am originally from Vienna in Austria and went to medical school in Berlin in Germany. I am a psychiatry resident at the Twin Cities (Hennepin-Regions) psychiatry training program. I am specifically interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy, child-and adolescent psychiatry, peripartum mental health and cultural psychiatry. I am working on Mondays at Hamm and I am very excited to expand my training in psychotherapy at Hamm clinic.

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Lauren Scholder , PsyD, LP

Psychologist

Lauren (she/her/hers) provides outpatient psychotherapy to a diverse range of clients with mild-severe mental health concerns using individual and couples modalities. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lauren strives to create genuine relationships with clients where they feel both heard and understood. To do so, she approaches clients with an open mind and aims to meet them where they are in their course of treatment.…Read Bio

Lauren (she/her/hers) provides outpatient psychotherapy to a diverse range of clients with mild-severe mental health concerns using individual and couples modalities. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lauren strives to create genuine relationships with clients where they feel both heard and understood. To do so, she approaches clients with an open mind and aims to meet them where they are in their course of treatment. Lauren’s objective is to create safety with clients so that they may be their authentic selves and work towards change.
Lauren believes problems occur when one’s personal stories are dominated by the views of others or culture at large leaving no room for a person’s preferred story or stories that sufficiently capture or contradict important aspects of the person’s lived experience. In order to produce change, Lauren works collaboratively with clients to separate themselves from their problem-saturated stories. Together, they identify times when the problem was absent, moments of personal strength, protective factors, and resources. Through this process, clients can reduce the influence the problem has on their life, make room for their preferred stories, and rewrite their narratives.
Lauren’s professional interests include identity development and exploration, relationships with self and others, navigating significant life change, working with historically marginalized populations, race-based trauma, managing depression and anxiety, and clinical supervision and training. Lauren has had the opportunity to work in four college counseling centers with both traditional and non-traditional college students, and an outpatient private practice serving the LGBTQ population.

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Susan Sethna , MSW, LICSW

Associate Clinical Director

Susan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Associate Clinical Director at Hamm Clinic. She is Asian Indian and Caucasian and identifies as multicultural. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. At Hamm Clinic, Susan provides individual and group therapy to clients and provides clinical supervision to clinical staff and clinical Social Work and Psychiatry trainees.…Read Bio

Susan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Associate Clinical Director at Hamm Clinic. She is Asian Indian and Caucasian and identifies as multicultural. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. At Hamm Clinic, Susan provides individual and group therapy to clients and provides clinical supervision to clinical staff and clinical Social Work and Psychiatry trainees. She is involved in the development and maintenance of clinical policies and procedures at Hamm. Susan teaches in the clinic’s seminar series and other settings, focusing on the application of theory to practice, particularly the use of self.

Susan has a contemporary relational, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed, approach to her clinical work. She believes understanding our early experiences help us understand our patterns and that healing occurs in the context of an authentic relationship with an empathic and attuned therapist. She strives to bring an anti-oppressive and ecological (person in environment) stance and incorporates mindfulness and other skills into her work with clients.

Susan has served in a variety of roles at the clinic including Multicultural Liaison, Training Coordinator, and Acting Clinical Director. In her role as Multicultural Liaison Susan coordinated a group of clinicians of color from several agencies who provided conferences and workshops focusing on providing mental health services to people of color, including a conference by invitation at the Mayo Clinic. Additionally, Susan worked at Andrew residence as a Mental Health Worker and Living Skills Instructor, working with people experiencing serious and persistent mental illness.

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Luis Solis-Reyes

Therapist

Luis Solis-Reyes (he/him/his) is a person-centered, empathetic, and enthusiastic therapist. He is bilingual (Spanish/English) and able to provide full and complete therapy services in both languages. As a first-generation immigrant, he cares deeply and is tuned in with individual, familial, societal, and cultural barriers and systems of oppression that can impact emotional wellbeing. He is passionate about working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.…Read Bio

Luis Solis-Reyes (he/him/his) is a person-centered, empathetic, and enthusiastic therapist. He is bilingual (Spanish/English) and able to provide full and complete therapy services in both languages. As a first-generation immigrant, he cares deeply and is tuned in with individual, familial, societal, and cultural barriers and systems of oppression that can impact emotional wellbeing. He is passionate about working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

 

Luis received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Saint Thomas and his Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He takes an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, which is informed by person-centered, culturally responsive, anti-oppressive and trauma informed care, in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy. In therapy, he provides attuned and empathetic listening, helps explore feelings, creates a welcoming environment that will allow for self-discovery and self-growth, empowers individuals to challenge places where thinking gets stuck, helps build self-empathy and self-compassion skills, sets goals collaboratively, and uses a lot of humor and joy along the way.

 

Luis enjoys a number of activities in his free time, which include running, biking, playing boardgames, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

 

In Luis’s words: “Reaching out to connect with therapy is one of the bravest and most courageous decisions that you can make towards your self-healing and self-care. The therapy space that I create is warm, inviting, safe, and judgement-free. In therapy, I walk alongside you in sharing your story and empower you to share your experiences, examine the roles and challenges that you have had in your life, and freely and openly share about how you are doing emotionally. Along the way, we will learn new skills, take a look at narratives that others have placed on you or that you have struggled with within yourself, and give power to an authentic, whole and confident inner dialogue that will help you navigate your past, your present, and your future.”

 

 

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Matthew Sweeney , MSW, LGSW

Therapist

Matt (he/him) is a psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic. He received his MSW from the University of Minnesota and completed a clinical internship at Hamm Clinic. Prior to coming to Hamm, he worked for five years at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Inpatient Mental Health, serving children and adults experiencing mental health crises, and he also has experience working with children who have experienced trauma and their parents.…Read Bio

Matt (he/him) is a psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic. He received his MSW from the University of Minnesota and completed a clinical internship at Hamm Clinic. Prior to coming to Hamm, he worked for five years at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Inpatient Mental Health, serving children and adults experiencing mental health crises, and he also has experience working with children who have experienced trauma and their parents. Matt’s approach to therapy is person-centered, psychodynamic, and relational. He believes that people can and do recover from mental illness and trauma. He strives to create a compassionate, affirming, and non-judgmental space for clients to share and explore what is most important to them. Matt is committed to providing therapy from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and LGBTQIA+ affirming lens. His special interests include trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, mind-body/mindfulness, and LGBTQIA+ mental health.

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