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.
Amber Beal, Graduate Intern
Amber Beal graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago State University. She attended National Louis University where she earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has 18 years of professional experience in law enforcement and is a current Doctoral degree student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School. Amber is interested in working with college students to assist them with their pursuits to greatness. She believes in meditation, yoga and relaxation and self-care. She practices from a Humanistic-Existential perspective and believes in a holistic perspective as well.
Jenna Lombardo, Graduate Intern
Jenna graduated from Wagner College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral neuroscience. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at Adler University. Jenna has prior experience working with underserved populations in community mental health settings, as well as in Chicago areas of concentrated violence and with populations of developmental disabilities. Her clinical interests include working with populations of trauma and anxiety, as well as how attachment patterns can help clients understand their strengths and vulnerabilities in relationships. It is her primary aim to help increase client insight and self-acceptance by means of mindfulness therapy. Jenna hopes to validate clients and help them accept negative experience without challenging or disputing thoughts, behaviors and emotions. She works to achieve this goal by honing in on individual client interests, strengths, and backgrounds. Jenna strives to appeal to diverse client therapeutic styles through her own passion for psychological science and mental health.
Sophia Silva, Graduate Intern
Sophia graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2015. Along with receiving a Multicultural certificate. She has experience working in the mental health field as a guidance counselor assistant at a High School. Along with mentoring first generation Hispanic and Latino youth in an after school program, planning methods of intervention. She also has experience at a macro level, working under the director at a non-profit agency, designed to network with other community programs to provide various resources to those living in poverty. Sophia is currently enrolled in Loyola's Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work program, and is set to graduate in June 2017 with her Masters. She is interested in working with clients who experience cultural differences, eating disorders and anxiety. Sophia plans to use a relational style to guide her therapy process. Sophia has always recognized the importance and value in having an individual connection with one another. Which is why she is drawn to individual mental health settings, as well as integrating relation therapy in her work. She is interested in pursuing clinical work and plans to receive her License in Clinical Social Work after graduation.