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Debra Konecni
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of AZ
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare West
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Humana
Self Pay Rate: $99

Debra Konecni, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Like the lotus flower, beauty coming out of the depth of mud; every individual could blossom out of a life of trauma, abuse, or just day to day frustrating moments that find them crippled or stuck in any way. Through the transforming and renewing of our minds we do not have to repeat history or become who someone tried to make us. With the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy one can get to the root issues that are crippling or holding them back.

Through the process of addressing past hurts and trauma it is my goal and desire to empathize with individuals to reach their full potential in life, it is my desire to come along side and guide them to wholeness. I have many years of experience rising out of the mud of my own lifelong trauma, this enables me to equip with hope and grace. I welcome you into a safe haven to process through your hurts and struggles, to help you to strive and thrive and be an overcomer.

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2

Education

Walden University
Master's Degree

Specialties

  • Couples/Relationships
  • Families
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Sexual Offenders
Dr.Eric Tubat
Accepting:
  • BCBS of AZ
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare West
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Dr. Eric Tubat, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Eric Tubat is a Licensed and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has years of experience providing mental health care to adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenic disorder.  He completed his Master of Science in Nursing at University of Phoenix, Arizona and received his Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization, from Brandman University. 

Eric utilizes a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both body and mind, and a steadfast commitment to individualized, personalized, comprehensive care. 

Eric seeks to establish a therapeutic and caring relationship with you in order to assist in managing and recovering from mental health problems.

Education

Brandman University
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
Kathleen Smerko
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Kathleen Smerko, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Kathleen Smerko earned her Masters Degree and then a post Masters Nurse Practitioner Certification. Her interest in Mental Health treatment goes back to Nursing school. Kathleen strives to make Mental Health treatment an equal priority in the lives of her clients. Clients who are struggling with issues beyond the reach of therapy alone are her specialty. Combining symptom management and supportive therapy are the means to returning clients to their best selves.

Kathleen uses a bio-psycho-social-sexual-spiritual approach to care. All elements of a person's being are an integral approach to wellness.Nursing has always been holistic in nature and she brings that approach to treatment.

Unmanaged symptoms often get in the way of therapy. Symptoms are the body's way of responding to issues not yet managed. Restoring the chemical balance in the brain can help therapy be more effective.

Education

RutgersUniversity
Masters Degree

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
Melissa Bowen
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Melissa Bowen, LCSW

Philosophy of Care 

Melissa is a dynamic Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona. She believes compassion and empathy  are keys to the healing process. With over 18 years’ experience in counseling and medical social work,  she believes in first seeking to understand her client. Secondly, to utilize psycho-education to help them  gain self-awareness and then the process towards change begins. She finds most people seek hope,  peace, and joy. Melissa is skilled in the use of many evidenced based treatments including Cognitive  Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. 

Melissa will adapt and utilize various techniques to fit each person’s symptoms. Her medical social work experience is diverse and provides extensive knowledge and ability to work with providers as well as  patients that have had trauma or illness. She appreciates the mind-body connection and how change in  one impacts the other.  

Melissa enjoys coming along side people that are hurting deeply and seeing them move to hope and  healing. If requested, she can counsel from a Christian/Biblical perspective. She would be honored to  join your journey and appreciates the courage it takes. 

Education

The University of Michigan
Master of Social Work

Specialties 

  • Life Transitions 
  • Women’s Issues 
  • Men’s Issues 
  • First Responder/Healthcare Worker 
  • Chronic medical conditions 
  • Aging/End of Life/Caregiver Issues
  • Trauma/Crisis
Richelle Ramirez
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Magellan
  • Tricare West
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Richelle Ramirez, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Richelle Ramirez is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and has been in healthcare practice since 1995. Richelle began her career as a registered nurse in a private psychiatric practice and has maintained her patient focus in mental health care. She accomplished a meaningful professional goal when she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013. Still, her passion is caring for psychiatric patients. She explained to Forefront: “My clinical philosophy is to provide evidence based treatment in a culturally sensitive manner. I approach problems pragmatically and try my best to help my patient achieve their best outcome.” She enjoys incorporating input from other disciplines when it is possible as it is in the best interest of the patients. Richelle describes her favorite patient population as the “seriously mentally ill, who are the most vulnerable and need care provided in an empathic manner.” Additionally, she enjoys working with geriatric patients: “I am comfortable utilizing my skills and knowledge to encompass their medical comorbidities and how it may impact their mental health presentation.” Richelle is open to input from staff and values communication and a good work ethic. She looks forward to collaborating with Forefront and their clients in demonstrating genuine concern for the patients’ wellbeing.

Education

University of Arizona
Post Master’s Degree, PMHNP

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal
  • Postpartum
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
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I have worked with Melissa in a professional capacity and have watched her increased ability to work with clients with many different needs. During one phase of Melissa's professional experience, she lead a group therapy practice. Many people traveled great distances in the metropolitan Phoenix area, specifically to attend her group. Melissa is insightful and organized as she compassionately helps guide clients toward their ultimate goal of recovery and health.
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I am a colleague of Melissa Bowen's and she is a warm and compassionate counselor who is very passionate about her calling. I believe that we are called by God to share our God-given gifts with others and Melissa's gifts are her ability to meet her clients where they are in life and to offer insight and empathy and to provide guidance through difficult and sometimes painful situations and to help them realize that they all have worth and value in God's eyes and are accepted no matter what our circumstances.
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