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Mark W Smith is a Clinical Social Worker who has over 20 years experience working with people to improve their lives in a variety of settings.  He has a BA in Social Work from Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa, a Masters in Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque Iowa, and a Masters in Social Work from The University of St. Thomas and College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He has served as a parish pastor in Lutheran churches in South Dakota and Iowa.  He has also worked in a youth shelter and a residential treatment program for Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill Adults.  After working 10 years for two more agencies, he formed a private practice clinic serving people of the South Metro Area. 

He has specialized training in working with children, those with severe mental illness issues, and victims of trauma.  He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Minnesota Society of Clinical Social Workers, The Collaborative Law Institute, and the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy. Mark believes in the dignity of every individual.  His approach is to help the client feel at ease and meet them where they are at.  He then challenges them to move to new areas of learning and exploring themselves and the world around them.  He works with them to not let the issues of depression, anxiety or other mental health issues keep them from enjoying life.  As a former pastor, he is able to talk about the spiritual issues individuals may face and utilize their own beliefs in order to facilitate healing and wholeness.

Elizabeth A. Royster completed her Bachelors of Science in Developmental Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She also completed a post masters program in the study of marriage and family therapy and iscurrently in the licensure process for LMFT.

Betsy has experience in individual, marital, and family counseling. She states “while I enjoy seeing couples, I see my marriage and family training as a theoretical viewpoint more than a technique I have learned. Everyone is a family member. These relationships, that often mean the most to us, are sometimes the hardest to navigate. My life experience as a mother and a spouse has shown me the huge impact that these relationships have on my day to day happiness.”

As a former preschool teacher, she has years of experience with children. She has experience working with a variety of clients, including those with alternative lifestyles, the gay community, individuals dealing with transgender issues, and relationship issues around bisexuality. She has worked in long term care facilities and done groups in an inpatient treatment setting. You will find Betsy as a down to earth, practical therapist, who wants to work with people toward their goals, immediate or long term.

Ron Zuchora is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)and a Licensed Special Education instructor, with over 10 years experience. Ron also teaches psychology classes for the University of Phoenix. He has worked extensively in special needs, TBI, developmental delays and autism. Ron provides individual and group therapy that include interventions and strategies to improve quality of life, transition and functional issues. Additionally, Ron administers

alcohol and drug screening assessments, completes Rule 25 Assessments, and provides aftercare for addiction and substance abuse that includes adults and juveniles. Ron has a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University, with additional post-graduate work from Hamline University in Autism. He has extended studies and field work with patients experiencing coexisting symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse. Ron believes when individuals are active in their therapy with problem-solving and creating reachable goals, they become more focused and centered towards a healthier and happier quality of life. More about Ron at http://www.ronzuchora.com.

Mark Daniewicz, Psy.D, L.P, is a doctoral-level, licensed psychologist with over 20 years experience in the mental health field, working with adults, adolescents, and children. He has a B.A. in English, Secondary Education from the University of St. Thomas, having taught six years in area high schools. Dr. Daniewicz also received both his Master’s (M.A.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

His practice includes: individual, couples, and family therapy. Specializing in: anxiety, OCD, depression, developmental disorders, behavioral disorders, anger & stress management, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (all subtypes). Dr. Daniewicz works with the individual or family to determine a working diagnosis and its effects on functioning at home, school, work, or in the community through clinical interview, record gathering, and any necessary testing. He then works with those involved to help draw from and add to their own resources and to increase their ability to function reasonably well and be better satisfied with their day-to-day lives. Dr. Daniewicz starts with the individual’s reason for coming in and through learning more about what they can to do to better enjoy their life, he helps them to increase their own satisfaction as well as that of those around them.






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