Wellness Center Staff
Elizabeth (Betsy) D. Ritzman, MS, MDiv, LCPC, Director
Rev. Elizabeth (Betsy) D. Ritzman, director of the Wellness Center at Dominican University, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches of the USA. Ritzman received a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work and religion from Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS; a master's degree in divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Kansas State University. Prior to her position with Dominican, Betsy served as director of the mental health counseling practice at AltCare Health Center in Oak Park; director of the AIDS Pastoral Care Network at Access Community Health Network, Chicago; and director Midwest Resources for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Oak Lawn.
Her focus is on identifying best practices in health care and mental health and developing the competencies of teams and organizations to provide "excellent, innovative and compassionate clinical care so communities and individuals can stay connected to their potential for growth and transformation". Betsy directs the Wellness Center operations, provides administrative supervision to all staff and provides psychotherapy to a limited number of students.
Minerva Bonadonna, Office Manager
Minerva Bonadonna brings more than 15 years of customer service experience to her position as office manager for the Wellness Center and her welcoming spirit and management skills are often a student's first experience comes to for help and answers. Previously, Minerva held administrative positions at Chicago Women's AIDS Project and Allstate Insurance. She was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Wicker Park and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. As the proud mother of two wonderful young adults, her closeness to her college-aged children inspires her to empower Dominican students to live a healthier and more productive life. In her spare time, Minerva loves to spend time with family and friends. She also likes reading biographies and going for long rides, and considers her work at Dominican to be a blessing as well as a continuous learning opportunity. Minerva manages the logistics for student visits including office reception, coordinates the data management systems, safeguards the private health information for our students and supervises student workers.
Robin Shinall, RN, MSN, APN–BC, Assistant Director for Health Services
How easy it was to fall in love with self motivated college students. I felt an instant passion for young adults while studying for my Master’s in Nursing in Adult Primary Care. Later, as my two oldest boys left for college, it reinforced my desire to work with college students. I have a MSN from Indiana University and a post master’s certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner from Rush University. I have been working as a nurse practitioner, providing well and sick visit to children of all ages. Over the past year, I specialized in pulmonary medicine working with children and adults with asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. I am currently certified by the National Association of Nurse Associates and Nurse practitioners (NAPNAP) and I am an active member of NAPNAP. I live with my husband and three children in Western Springs. I consider it a privilege to be entrusted with the healthcare of students and I strive to keep up to date on the latest medical literature.
Michael Purcell, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Director for Counseling Services
Dr. Michael Purcell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a diverse professional background who joined the Wellness Center in 2009. He has extensive clinical experience in hospital, school, and community mental health settings. Michael earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. At the core, Michael values the uniqueness, complexity, and strength of each person. He greatly appreciates the tremendous diversity within the university community and is especially interested in supporting those students who have felt marginalized due to race, ethnicity, social class, spiritual beliefs, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical appearance or disability.
Michael values collaboration in his clinical approach and seeks to help his clients recognize and utilize their strengths in overcoming obstacles in their lives. He strives to provide an atmosphere of genuineness, empathy, and care, so that clients feel safe enough to share of themselves. Michael also values humor as a way to cope with the unpredictable twists and turns which life often brings. In addition to counseling students directly, Michael is proud to direct the training and supervision for our great counseling team comprised of clinical professionals and graduate interns. He also coordinates the development of mental health outreach programs across campus and serves on the Behavioral Concerns Team.
Michael lives nearby in the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and three children. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Michael enjoys movies, reading, jogging, and other recreational sports.
Kathleen Janosky, MSW, LCSW, Staff Therapist
After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton in 1991, Kathleen moved to Chicago to live in a volunteer community and to work as an adult educator and community activist.She also worked for five years developing educational and career programs for women who were homeless. While Kathleen valued working for change at the macro level, she felt most drawn to working with individuals on their personal development. In 2001, she obtained a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University. Kathleen is certified by the State of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a school social worker. Much of her clinical work has been in outpatient community mental health settings on the Near West Side where she specialized in working with teenagers and adults. In addition to individual therapy and supervising student interns, Kathleen ran groups for clients with social anxiety. Kathleen primarily utilizes psychodynamic and relational theories to guide the therapeutic process.
Joyce Rawdhetubhai, Psy.D., CADC
Joyce Rawdhetubhai is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She has worked in various community and clinical settings, including Youth Outreach Services, Pillars, and a group private practice in the southwestern suburbs. Joyce has experience treating children, adolescents, adults and families with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self esteem and substance abuse. She uses a collaborative and interpersonal approach when working with clients and also focuses on psychodynamic, systemic and cognitive behavioral techniques. Her interests include helping others manage their anxiety and depression using stress management techniques, such as mindfulness and breathing to help focus their attention as well as exploring how their thoughts might impede their progress. Joyce also enjoys exploring how family dynamics contribute to stressors and relational concerns with clients.
Katie Rauh, RN
Katie Rauh is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Her clinical experience covers neurology, neurosurgery, operating room, and post-operative care. Katie is very excited to work with the Wellness Center staff and the students of Dominican University to promote healthy lifestyles. She feels health promotion and disease prevention education is essential for a healthy community. Her Dominican values of building strong minds, bodies and spirit were instilled over her twelve years of being educated by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. She believes strongly in the service of others and currently is serving her sixth year on the board of directors at Trinity High School.
James Baraglia, M.D., Collaborating Physician, Rush Oak Park Hospital
Dr. Baraglia is affiliated with the Rush Oak Park Physicians Group and his office is located at 7734 W. North Avenue, Elmwood Park, IL, just a few blocks from the Dominican campus. Dr. Baraglia has many years of experience caring for Dominican students, both through his office and occasionally on-site in the Wellness Center. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and Science and Chicago Medical School, completed his residency at West Suburban Family Practice, and is board certified in Family Practice. Dr. Baraglia has a compassionate heart and a great sense of humor, and very much enjoys his work with Dominican. He provides clinical oversight, chart review and consultation for the Wellness Center clinicians.
Priya Ratty, Graduate Intern
Priya graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Singapore Campus in 2013. She has experience working in the mental health field as an assistant executive and project coordinator, where she provided assistance in the development of programs to enhance social and community cohesion amongst multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious residents in Singapore. At the same time she was a mentor at a residential treatment center in Singapore where she worked closely with abused teenage girls to help them re-integrate into society. Priya was born in the U.S.A but was raised and educated in Singapore. She is currently a graduate student in the Master’s in Clinical Psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago campus, and seeks to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Priya is interested in cognitive-behavioral, humanistic and systems theory. She is very keen to help adults and adolescents of minority populations; those with disadvantaged backgrounds; adults and adolescents with backgrounds of sexual abuse, trauma; and, adults and adolescents with relationship conflict and life transitions.
Alex Tatum, MS Graduate Intern
Alexander (Alex) Tatum graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and made the jump to psychology over the next year while working full-time for an affective neuroscience lab. He completed a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University in 2014. Alex moved to Chicago after completing his masters to pursue a PhD in
Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, and he is currently in his second year of the program. He takes an existential approach to therapy, emphasizing meaning-making through life decisions, as well as elements of cognitive behavior therapy. Particular clinical areas of interest include managing multiple roles as a college student, relationship stressors, anxiety, and sexual identity concerns.
Stacy Gerberich, MA Graduate Intern
Stacy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Messiah College (Grantham, PA) in 2012 after transferring to Messiah from Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) where she had studied theatre. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014 at Wheaton College where she is currently working towards a Doctorate of Psychology degree. Stacy has clinical experience working with adolescents and adults and has conducted psychological assessment, individual and group therapy in a private mental health clinic and a VA medical center. She also has experience working with survivors, men and women, of combat and sexual trauma. Her specialized interests include helping individuals work towards holistic wellness in their understanding of the self, and in relationships with others and the social context. Additionally, part of Stacy’s training at Wheaton has been on assisting those who are interested incorporate their personal spiritual beliefs into the therapeutic process. She has enjoyed working in populations of diverse individuals and works to come alongside those who experience social marginalization due to social class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, and/or (dis)ability. Stacy believes in helping her clients move towards healing through empathy, authenticity, and understanding in the process of the therapeutic relationship.
Kinjal Panchal, MA Graduate Intern
Kinjal Panchal she received her Master’s in Arts majoring in clinical psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2014. She has worked in the fields of mental health as well as social services as a therapist, diagnostician, youth leader and academic tutor for individuals with ADHD, as well as with Art therapy. She has experience working with adults, families, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, struggles with severe mental illness from an inpatient setting and facilitating group therapy under a process models. Being bilingual and of South Asian heritage, she has a particular interest in serving South Asian and other minority communities. She is currently a graduate student in the Doctoral clinical psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Chicago). She is interested in Vedic psychology, Psychodynamic Theory through an integrated lens of multicultural psychology. Kinjal aims to work with adults of minority populations, disadvantaged backgrounds, those struggling with trauma history and social justice. Being a student of eastern Vedic philosophy, Kinjal incorporates aspects of self-awareness gained through process oriented work, meditation and spirituality. Additionally, the integration of art, music and existential psychology are emphasized within her approach to therapy and everyday life.