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Paul O’Hara , M.Div., MA, LP

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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Dora Palma , MSW, LGSW

Psychotherapist

Dora Palma (she/her/hers) is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Therapist at Hamm Clinic. Dora has a Bachelor of Nursing from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  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) Therapist at Hamm Clinic. Dora has a Bachelor of Nursing from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  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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Maryssa Poderzay , MD

Clinical Trainee

Maryssa Poderzay, MD (she/her) is a third year psychiatry resident working as a clinical trainee in psychotherapy. She studied biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and earned her MD from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Maryssa has received training in a variety of methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and motivational interviewing. She has experience working with people of all ages and from many different backgrounds.…Read Bio

Maryssa Poderzay, MD (she/her) is a third year psychiatry resident working as a clinical trainee in psychotherapy. She studied biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and earned her MD from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Maryssa has received training in a variety of methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and motivational interviewing. She has experience working with people of all ages and from many different backgrounds.

Maryssa believes in prioritizing clients’ autonomy and working collaboratively together. She notes that her goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for emotional processing and the work that comes with it.

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Kira Pontiff

Office Manager

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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Karen Reimers , MD, FAPA

Director of Psychiatry

Dr. Karen Reimers, MD, FAPA, serves as the Director of Psychiatry at Hamm Clinic. She oversees psychiatric care for Hamm patients, sharing expertise with the leadership and clinical teams to help Hamm Clinic achieve its goals and provide high quality patient care. She earned her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Canada and attended the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, for medical school.…Read Bio

Dr. Karen Reimers, MD, FAPA, serves as the Director of Psychiatry at Hamm Clinic. She oversees psychiatric care for Hamm patients, sharing expertise with the leadership and clinical teams to help Hamm Clinic achieve its goals and provide high quality patient care.

She earned her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Canada and attended the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, for medical school. Dr. Reimers completed her Psychiatry residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating in 2013. Dr. Reimers is double-boarded in psychiatry and addiction medicine. She has experience working as a psychiatrist in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting roles, including at Mayo Clinic Health System and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Now in private practice, she serves as an expert witness and is the author of “The Clinician’s Guide to Geriatric Forensic Evaluations” (Elsevier, 2019).

Teaching is another passion, and Dr. Reimers regularly instructs residents and medical students. She holds academic positions as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida.

In her free time, Dr. Reimers enjoys nature (especially the beach), classical music, and learning foreign languages.

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Rachel Richardson , MSW, LICSW

Psychotherapist

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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John Scheuer , MD

Clinical Trainee

John Scheuer, MD (he/him) is a third year psychiatry resident working as a clinical trainee in psychotherapy. He completed his medical school training at the University of MN Medical School and is currently training in the HCMC-Regions psychiatry residency program. He has had a variety of clinical experiences, including both inpatient and outpatient settings. John’s interests are rooted in interpersonal relationships and how these relationships, both past and present, have shaped and informed a person’s worldview.…Read Bio

John Scheuer, MD (he/him) is a third year psychiatry resident working as a clinical trainee in psychotherapy. He completed his medical school training at the University of MN Medical School and is currently training in the HCMC-Regions psychiatry residency program. He has had a variety of clinical experiences, including both inpatient and outpatient settings.

John’s interests are rooted in interpersonal relationships and how these relationships, both past and present, have shaped and informed a person’s worldview. In addition, he values taking the time to understand how symptoms of mood, anxiety, or psychotic disorders impact people’s lives. It is his philosophy that through reflecting on how we view ourselves, and also on improving our understanding of how others view us, that we can start resolving the obstacles that interfere with our overarching goals.

John’s approach begins with collaborating with every client to develop a therapy unique to their life and needs. When describing his therapeutic work, John note “with all aspects of my own life, I will always strive to be kind, curious, and honest.”

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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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Kiran Sharma , MD

Clinical Trainee

Kiran Sharma, MD (she/her) is a third-year psychiatry resident working as a clinical trainee in psychotherapy. She is completing her training at the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Residency Program in the Twin Cities. She received her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The past two years she has trained at various hospitals in the Twin Cities in Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry serving primarily adults experiencing mental health crises.…Read Bio

Kiran Sharma, MD (she/her) is a third-year psychiatry resident working as a clinical trainee in psychotherapy. She is completing her training at the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Residency Program in the Twin Cities. She received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The past two years she has trained at various hospitals in the Twin Cities in Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry serving primarily adults experiencing mental health crises. Kiran is passionate about working with people from diverse backgrounds. Her clinical interests include working with first, 1.5, and second-generation immigrants; young adults; individuals who have experienced childhood trauma; cultural psychiatry; and child and adolescent psychiatry. She believes robust therapy training is crucial to provide well-rounded, compassionate, and healing psychiatric care for patients. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her pit bull rescue dog, crocheting, tending to her houseplants, reading, learning new things, and hanging out with family and friends.

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Luis Solis-Reyes , MSW, LGSW

Psychotherapist

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.”

Luis is not accepting new clients at this time.

 

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Matthew Sweeney , MSW, LGSW

Psychotherapist

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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Dorothee Tshiela , MA, LPCC

Psychotherapist

Dorothee is a direct communicator in her approach to therapy while using humor, empathy, collaboration and compassion with clients. She strives to create a culturally responsive, person-centered, and trauma informed therapeutic space. She has training in  Narrative Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and psychodynamic interventions. Dorothee works to create a safe space for clients with various expressions of  gender and sexuality.…Read Bio

Dorothee is a direct communicator in her approach to therapy while using humor, empathy, collaboration and compassion with clients. She strives to create a culturally responsive, person-centered, and trauma informed therapeutic space. She has training in  Narrative Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and psychodynamic interventions. Dorothee works to create a safe space for clients with various expressions of  gender and sexuality. She is also interested in working with those who have experienced traumatic events such as child abuse, domestic violence, and those managing family stressors, life hecticness/changes,  depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dorothee works with client who are interested in working with clients to explore how race impacts our experiences and supporting first and second generation immigrants.

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Emily Vang

Clinical Trainee

Emily Emily Vang (she/her) is a clinical trainee at Hamm Clinic. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Augsburg University. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Emily’s education and experience have given her a deep appreciation for the significance of cultural context and individual lived experiences in therapy. …Read Bio

Emily

Emily Vang (she/her) is a clinical trainee at Hamm Clinic. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Augsburg University. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Emily’s education and experience have given her a deep appreciation for the significance of cultural context and individual lived experiences in therapy. She believes cultural humility, building a strong therapeutic relationship, and providing a safe, non-judgmental, and inclusive space for individuals to embrace their imperfections, self-exploration, and self-empowerment, is vital in therapy.

 

Emily has experience in neurocognitive assessment and has worked with clients who were experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, traumatic brain injuries, and more. Emily is interested in working with people working through anxiety, depression, ADHD, significant life transitions, trauma, and family and cultural conflicts, as well as many other concerns.

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