We are an experienced team of health professionals who are committed to your well-being.

Elizabeth (Betsy) D. Ritzman, MS, MDiv, LCPC

Director, Wellness Center

eritzman@dom.edu

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. She greatly enjoys helping students unleash their potential on a world in need of their love and truth. She is trained in EMDR, a specific approach to helping people overcome the impact of trauma on their lives and learning.

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 students.

Minerva Bonadonna

Office Manager

mbonadonna@dom.edu

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 with the Center. Minerva manages the logistics for student visits, coordinates the data management systems, safeguards students’ private health information and supervises student workers.

Previously, Minerva held administrative positions at Chicago Women's AIDS Project and Allstate Insurance.

Born in Puerto Rico, Minerva grew up in the Wicker Park and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The proud mother of two young adults, Minerva says her children inspire 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.

Jeanna Carlson

Nurse Practitioner
jeannacarlson@dom.edu

Jeanna completed her Bachelors of Science in nursing degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2009 and went on to receive her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to working at the Wellness Center, Jeanna worked as a pediatric nurse for six years and taught baccalaureate nursing students.

Jeanna comes to the Wellness Center with an enthusiasm to work with college students as they are in the unique position of learning how to take responsibility for their own health care and she enjoys the chance to guide them along the way. She has a passion for health promotion so her favorite part of her job is educating on how to get and stay healthy. She is also passionate about service work and has provided healthcare in Haiti and Guatemala. Jeanna lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and crazy dog. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities and traveling the world.

Kathleen Janosky, MSW, LCSW

Staff Therapist

kjanosky@dom.edu

Kathleen, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been working in the Wellness Center since 2009. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University in 2001 and has specialized training in EMDR as well as domestic violence and sexual assault. She has a broad range of clinical experience including working in community mental health centers and in homeless shelters. Kathleen believes a collaborative therapeutic relationship allows individuals to use their unique history, needs and strengths to enact positive change. She primarily has a humanistic, relational approach to therapy. She incorporates mindfulness and cognitive strategies as well. Areas of particular clinical and advocacy interest are trauma, body image, anxiety and identity.

Michael Purcell, PsyD

Assistant Clinical Director for Counseling Services

mpurcell@dom.edu

Dr. Michael Purcell is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings. 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, physical appearance or disability.

Michael values collaboration in his clinical approach and seeks to help his clients recognize and use their strengths in overcoming obstacles. He strives to provide an atmosphere of authenticity, 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 that life often brings. Michael has advanced training in two powerful, empirically supported therapy approaches: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma. In addition to counseling students directly, Michael is proud to direct the training and supervision for our dynamic counseling team of clinical professionals and graduate interns. He also serves on the Behavioral Concerns Team as a consultant.

Michael earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He 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.

Robin Shinall, RN, MSN, APN–BC

Assistant Director for Health Services

rshinall@dom.edu

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 three children 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 visits to children of all ages. 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 Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), and I am an active member of NAPNAP.

I live with my husband in Oak Park. I consider it a privilege to be entrusted with the health care of students, and I strive to keep up to date on the latest medical literature.

Joyce Mojica, Psy.D., CADC

Counselor
jmojica@dom.edu

Joyce Mojica is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She is certified as an alcohol and drug counselor in Illinois and as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist helping those who are dealing with addictions and trauma. Joyce has worked in various community and clinical settings treating children, adolescents, adults and families. She has treated clients dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, trauma, 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 and reactions might impede their progress. Joyce also enjoys exploring how family dynamics contribute to stressors and relational concerns with clients. She believes in helping others connect with their mind and bodies to promote healthy well-being and balance.

Katie Rauh, RN


Registered Nurse
krauh@dom.edu

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.

Katie’s Dominican values of building strong minds, bodies and spirit were instilled over her 12 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.

Kimberly Harden, MD

Collaborating Physician, Rush Oak Park Hospital

Dr. Harden is affiliated with the Rush Oak Park Physicians Group, and her office is located at 7734 W. North Avenue in Elmwood Park, just a few blocks from the Dominican campus. She is a graduate of the University of Health Science, Antigua, completed her residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and is board certified in family medicine.

As a family medicine physician, Dr. Harden treats chronic illnesses, particularly hypertension, diabetes, more recently obesity. If there is something that maybe runs in the family, it gives her a little more perspective of what may be going on with one patient. Seeing multiple family members also helps with the visit, because sometimes the extra family member present can help fill in on a history that the family member she is treating may not be aware of, or something that they may have forgotten to tell her. Dr. Harden likes to have her patients involved and as a partner in their health care. She likes to be sure that everything is clear, that they understand—not only their diagnosis, they understand what we’re doing about their problem that they came to the clinic today for and what goals we’re setting. Sometimes patients don’t want to do what the doctor recommends, and so we work together to come up with a plan that works best for them and their lifestyle.

Interns

Jesenia Chavez

jchavez1@dom.edu

Jesenia Chavez is a graduate student in the dual-degree Masters in Social Work and Masters in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies program at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to entering graduate school, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Chico.

Jesenia previously interned at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing in their Supportive Services department, where she collaborated with clients in locating alternative affordable housing. Previously, she was a behavior therapist for children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum.

Her clinical interests include anxiety, gender based violence, trauma-related disorders, and diversity issues.

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Samantha Marszalec

smarszalec@dom.edu

Samantha Marszalec is a second year master’s student in the social work program at Loyola University Chicago. Samantha is specializing in mental health and sub specializing in group work. Before beginning this master’s program, Samantha received her Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology and a minor in substance abuse; intervention prevention and treatment in 2016. She spent the next two years working in a domestic violence shelter, a substance abuse rehabilitation center, and as a home visitor with at risk new mothers.

Samantha has interest in working with individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Samantha approaches therapy with cognitive theory and a humanistic approach. Being authentic is very important to Samantha to build a safe, trusting environment for clients. She believes strongly in starting where the client is at and creating a strong therapeutic relationship with clients based on empathy. Samantha values the importance of helping clients get in touch with their thoughts to uncover how their thoughts influence behavior and feelings. She believes in the significance of focusing on the client’s self growth and strengths.

Samantha lives in the Northwest Suburb of Palatine. Her hobbies include reading, outdoor activities, and most recently, traveling. She values the time she gets to spend time with family, friends, and her cat Kiki.

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Guraksha Pabreja

gpabreja@dom.edu

Guraksha Pabreja is in her second year of M.A. Clinical Psychology Counseling Practice program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Delhi University, India. She has interned at hospitals in India working with different urban populations of Delhi. After graduation, she plans on returning to India and work with underprivileged youth. She enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, learning about new cultures and trying new things.

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Zeina Soued

zsoued@dom.edu

Zeina Soued is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS). Prior to the doctoral program, she received her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (‘19). She also earned her Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling at Boston College (‘16). She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Rhodes College (‘14). Zeina has two years of clinical experience in private practice and high school settings working with children, adolescents and adults. She has a passion for working with individuals of different ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender, and ability statuses.

Zeina has experience and interest in working with individuals who are having challenges with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, diversity issues, and relational issues. She approaches therapy building a strong therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist in a safe and supportive environment. Her style of therapy is informed by her interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, and person-centered theories and incorporates multicultural and systemic factors. She strives to build upon clients strengths and collaborates with them to focus on creating a treatment that fits their unique needs.

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