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Outpatient Behavioral Health Staff Bios

Jim Anderson, MS/LLP

Jim has 25 years' experience at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea after earning his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults, assisting them in resolving their emotional and relational issues. He is versed in a variety of treatment approaches, and is aware of issues pertaining to addictions. He also mentored with Dan Fisher, LMSW from the University of Michigan Anxiety Disorders program for several years, learning and practicing Cognitive Behavioral Treatment modalities primarily as applicable to anxiety disorders, but also to other difficulties people face.

Judy Ashin, LMSW

Judy earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in 1979. She received additional training and certification at the Family Institute of Philadelphia, where she specialized in marital and family therapy. She has been affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Behavioral Health Services since 2005, as a psychotherapist in the outpatient department and as a group therapist on the inpatient unit. Prior to that time, she worked in a variety of mental health settings, including hospitals, community programs, and outpatient clinics.

Judy works primarily with adults in individual, family, and group therapy, helping them to gain confidence, motivation, and to increase options for making positive changes. She also has extensive experience working with older adults who are dealing with life transitions.

Sylvia J. Carruth, LMSW

Sylvia received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1990. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including the Women’s Resource Center in Howell, MI, the University of Michigan Health System, and Lenawee County Community Mental Health. She has been working at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea since 1998. Sylvia has worked across the continuum of care here in our Behavioral Health Department including Assessment Services and Partial Hospitalization Program. She is currently the primary therapist for our Psychiatric Intensive Outpatient Program and also does an outpatient DBT group. She works primarily with adults diagnosed with major mental illness. Her approach is to utilize the client’s strengths and vulnerabilities to help them create a life worth living.

Stuart Chalin, LMSW

Stuart received his Master’s of Social Work degree from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work in Boston, MA in 2001 and worked at clinics in Boston and Ann Arbor prior to joining CCH Outpatient Behavioral Health Services in 2011. Stuart also has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Boston College and both areas of study inform his therapeutic style. Stuart has had training in outpatient and inpatient settings as well as experience working with clients who are recovering from mental illness and/or addictions. Stuart incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative approaches in his practice in addition to seeing his clients in terms of broad situations rather than narrow diagnoses.

Meg Chase, LMSW

Meg is a clinical social worker with 35 years of experience treating adults, children and families. Meg received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1976. She has been working at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea since 1997. Meg has a psychodynamic and eclectic orientation to treatment. Her areas of interest and expertise include treatment of depression, adjustment issues and depression that come from having acute and chronic illness, grief and loss, women's and marital issues, and intensive psychotherapy.  Meg also has extensive experience in working with the geriatric population. She has worked with caregivers as well, including caregivers of spouses who have dementia. In addition, Meg serves on a Board of Ann Arbor Hospice, is a liaison consultant with Women's Health at CCH, and does pet loss counseling.

Lori Hale, LMSW, ACSW

Lori Hale earned degrees in English and Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has over 20 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In addition to serving in our clinic, Ms. Hale has worked in a variety of other settings including Covenant House in New York City, Genesee County Community Mental Health in Flint, and private practice in Ann Arbor. Lori Hale employs a strength-based, family systems approach to treatment, utilizing structural, developmental, solution-focused, and narrative models of assessment and intervention. She cherishes the practice of family therapy; special interests include the treatment of complex family systems and trauma.

Martin Hoekstra, LMSW

Martin received his Master’s Degree in social work from Michigan State University in 1985. He has 22 years of experience as a therapist providing both mental health and addiction treatment services across the spectrum of care, including inpatient as well as outpatient. Martin has conducted workshops on Motivational Interviewing and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work graduate program addressing addiction treatment for older adults. Currently, he is the primary therapist for the Older Adult Recovery Center that serves adults age 40 and up with addiction and dual diagnosis.

Mary Lewis, LMSW

Mary earned her Master’s degree from Florida State University in 1991. She has worked as a therapist at runaway shelters, in schools, in an employee assistant program, and was a program manager at Brighton Hospital before joining the Outpatient Behavioral Health team here at Chelsea Hospital in 2007. Mary specializes in treatment of adolescents, adults, and families for mental health and substance abuse issues. Her treatment approach incorporates family systems, cognitive- behavioral, and problem-solving strategies. She has a special interest in working with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.

Michelle L. Liska, LMSW, CAADC

Michelle received her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).  Michelle enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and groups.    Michelle’s primary treatment modalities include use of metaphor in therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Michelle has specialty training in gambling addictions, substance abuse, working with older adults and domestic violence (working with both survivors and perpetrators). Michelle is trained as a leader and Master Trainer in the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), known as Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) in Michigan.

Barbra Mazie, LMSW

Barbra Mazie is a licensed social worker with a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She has been practicing psychotherapy since 1992, first with McLaren Regional Medical Center, and since 1999, with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Barbra provides individual, family and group therapy to her patients. Barbra has led therapy and education groups for many years and highly values the healing potential of group treatment. Barbra specializes in psychotherapy with patients who are experiencing difficult life transitions and losses, medical problems and chronic pain, caregiving challenges, anxiety and depressive disorders, and a wide range of traumatic experiences. She works with adults of all ages. Barbra has worked extensively with older adults during her 19 years of practice and receives ongoing training in issues that are particularly relevant to older adults. She appreciates the biological, psychological and social factors that often contribute to older adults’ challenges and problems, while also appreciating the diversity in the older adult population. Barbra’s older adult patients have appreciated working with her to process key life issues, explore meaning in their lives, learn more about coping with mental and physical illness, as well as preventing relapse of mental illness episodes, and strengthen present-day relationships. 

Joy Mulrath, LMSW

Joy earned her Master's of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2005. She began working as a psychotherapist with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea upon completion of graduate school. Joy has worked with patients in all levels of care including Outpatient, Partial Hospital Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, Inpatient Behavioral Health, Assessment Services, and the Older Adult Recovery Center. Joy specializes in working with adults who have depression, high levels of stress and anxiety, thought disorders, chronic mental illness, co-occurring disorders, occupational difficulties, and interpersonal conflict. The treatment modalities she employs include: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Stress Inoculation Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, interpersonal practice and core strength development. Joy enjoys working in a collaborative relationship with her clients to help them gain a better understanding of their struggles and to enhance already-existing strengths while developing new skills to meet their goals

Gary Periord, LMSW

Gary received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1988.  Gary has worked in a number of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and intensive outpatient behavioral health programs. Over the course of his 23-year career, Gary has provided both mental health and chemical dependency treatment to adolescent and adult patients utilizing individual, conjoint and group therapy modalities.  Gary specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, dual disorders, and those struggling with life transition issues. Gary has also worked extensively with families and marital couples, using a Cognitive Behavioral approach to improving communication, problem solving and self-care. Gary has been with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea since 1999.

Lissa Perrin, LMSW

Lissa earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1974 with a concentration in clinical social work. Since that time she’s worked in a variety of mental health settings. Lissa has been a member of the Behavioral Health Services Department at Chelsea Community since 1987, first working on the inpatient unit and then in outpatient services since 1994 where she works with adult clients. For the past fourteen years a great deal of Lissa’s work has been with older adult clients, both at the Clinic and also in a continuum of care setting, The Dominican Life Center, in Adrian, MI. From July 1997 to Sept. 2011 Lissa provided therapy, staff consultation, educational in-service programs and classes at the DLC under a contract with DLC and Chelsea Hospital. Ms. Perrin’s interests and expertise include working with people who are seeking help for concerns related to issues of role changes, transitions, loss and grief, with individuals and/or families where one person has early dementia or there is a concern about a possible dementia diagnosis, depression and bipolar illness, issues of special concern to women, and self-esteem issues that interfere with living a full and satisfying life. Her approach to therapy is eclectic, based on each person’s strengths, resources (including their spirituality and creativity), and areas of desired change. Lissa is a past member of the hospital Ethics Committee and a current member of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Senior Services Committee.

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