Our Care Providers
Behavioral Health Providers
Shannon Hart, PhD, LCSW
Shannon Hart, PhD, LCSW is a Behavioral Health Manager whose areas of expertise include working with adults, especially women, with chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and significant life transitions. She is also an LBGTQ ally. She earned her MSW from Aurora University in 2019 and has been practicing since that time. She previously worked in education for over 30 years. Of her therapeutic approach, she says.
I believe we all have within ourselves the resources we need, but sometimes we need a guide to help us find and believe in ourselves enough to use them. To do this, I use various client-centered techniques, including cognitive restructuring, integrating mindfulness and meditation practices, encouraging life-affirming activities, and exploring and processing past experiences in order to integrate them into a more healthy present and future.
Dr. Michael Raida, MD
Dr. Michael Raida is a Psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and psychiatric symptoms associated with dementia. Dr. Raida graduated from The Chicago Medical School in 2001 and completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry from Duke University in 2005. In 2006 he completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Northwestern University. He has been practicing since 2006 at Independence Health & Therapy. Of his therapeutic approach he says, “I believe in the value of the 30-minute medication management appointment. I think it is essential to know the psychosocial aspects of a patient’s story in order to make the most thoughtful medication decisions.”
Dr. Kathryn Singer, MD
Dr. Kathryn Singer, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in general adult psychiatry with a special focus on anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Sociology from Northeastern University in Boston. After that, she graduated from medical school at the University of Chicago in 2000. She completed her residency at the same school and started practicing in 2004. When asked about her therapeutic approach she says, “I understand that it can be hard to talk about difficult subjects. I want my clients to be comfortable. I think each person is unique and I work together with them to come up with solutions.”
Dr. Andrew Spitznas, MD
Dr. Andrew Spitznas is a Psychiatrist specializing in adult general psychiatry. He is Board certified from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 1994 and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut Psychiatry Residency Program in 1998. He has been practicing since 1998. His therapeutic philosophy is “Empathy is crucial in accepting, respecting, and listening to my patients. As their psychiatrist, I strive to make accurate diagnoses and offer evidence-based treatment.”
Jenn Balleto, LCPC
Jenn Balleto, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Jenn received her Bachelor of Psychology degree from Argosy University in 2010, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Jenn provides therapeutic services for adolescents and adults who are experiencing challenges related to, depression, anxiety/panic, mood disorders, mental health crisis, and additional life transitions and stressors; with an expertise in the areas of grief/loss, trauma, and traumatic loss.
Jenn believes in a collaborative treatment approach, understanding that every client brings with them their own unique and individual experiences and therefore, the therapeutic support provided to each client must also be unique and individualized. In practice, Jenn incorporates a variety of evidenced-based treatment models through a trauma-informed lens to best meet the support needs of her clients.
Jenn facilitates a monthly support group for suicide loss survivors and is a member of the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Jenn is also available to provide education to the community on mental health and suicide prevention; she is certified Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Instructor, an evidenced based suicide prevention program, as well as, a certified instructor of the ACE Interface Curriculum, a program designed to build resiliency by educating communities about the impact that adverse childhood experiences have on our health and wellness.
Jennifer Boston, LCSW, MSW
Jennifer Boston, LCSW, MSW is a Behavioral Health Therapist whose areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma. She graduated from Aurora University in 2019. She has worked in McHenry County for over 20 years in education and the nonprofit sector where she assisted individuals from a variety of backgrounds with different needs and challenges, such as immigrants, victims of domestic violence, those with learning disabilities, and those with mental health issues. Of her therapeutic approach, she says:
I utilize evidence-based practices and an integrative approach choosing interventions based upon each individual’s needs. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, trauma-informed care, and mindfulness practices.
Faith Caster, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Faith Caster, MSN, APRN, PMHNP is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Pediatric Nursing, especially adolescent medicine. Her area of interest is ADHD, especially in educating about the many nuanced aspects that a diagnosis of ADHD affects in an individual’s life – both children and adults. Faith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Louis University with a BS in Nursing. In 2011 she earned her MS in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Walden University. In 2018 she earned her PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She has been in the nursing field since 2006. When asked about her therapeutic philosophy she says,
Kindness first. We all have had our own hardships that we have had to overcome. Each experience is unique, even in the same family. I can only understand what it has been like for you by listening to you and getting to know you as a person. Who you are and how you identify matters to me. Once I better understand you, we can formulate a plan of care for you (with your care team, family, supportive people) that is safe, beneficial, and realistic.
Diane Grant is a Community Support Specialist who specializes in brain injury and mental health. She earned her BA in Social Work from Luther College in 1985. She has been working in the industry since 1986. Her therapeutic approach is “to increase independence and improve the quality of life of others through providing support, linkages, and education focusing on individual needs and goals.”
Tiffany Mok, MACC, QMHP, LPC (pending)
Tiffany Mok is a Behavioral Health Therapist specializing in clinical counseling throughout the lifespan. She has her LPC pending after earning her MA in Clinical Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. She has been working in the field since 2015. Tiffany also has experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Tiffany’s philosophy is this:
When a bowl is broken in Japan, it’s put back together with its crack being filled with gold, creating a beautiful lining. This indicates that when something has suffered damage and has a history, it makes it more beautiful. It’s up to you to paint your struggles with gold and make it beautiful and inspiring. People are not broken beyond repair. We can choose to wear our scars proudly as a badge of honor. Every next level of life will demand a new you. Sometimes, it takes being broken to become new again. “There is a silver lining” to many things, but there is always a gold lining to everything if you choose to see it.
Rebecca Elias, PTA
Rebecca Elias, PTA is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Therapy Manager with expertise in both pediatric and geriatric therapy. Rebecca graduated with honors from the PTA program at Elgin Community College in 2017 and then earned her BS in Health Care Sciences with an Emphasis in Rehabilitation and Disability from Northern Illinois University in 2020. Rebecca has been working in the industry for 6 years, having started as a high school volunteer with Adult and Child Therapy Services before it merged to become Independence Health & Therapy. She previously worked as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility’s memory care program. She is also employed with Northwestern Medicine as a PTA. When asked about her therapeutic approach, she says,
My role as a therapist is to have a person-centered approach to meet the individual needs of the client and their families during our treatment sessions. Whether working on strengthening, balance, functional mobility, or developmental play skills, I aim to make a positive impact in the lives of our clients and their caregivers. I love to be as helpful as I can, but I thrive when I am able to help people help themselves. My hope is use my knowledge to allow our clients to gain new skills and independence to allow for overall improvement in quality of life.
Dr. Collin Barber, PT, DPT
Dr. Collin Barber, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist specializing in Geriatrics. He earned his BS in Exercise Physiology in 2018, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020, both from Marquette University. He has been working in the field since 2020. When asked about his therapeutic approach he says,
I believe in helping patients achieve a higher level of independence to reach a quality of life that is most important to them. Every patient is different, and because of that, success for each patient will look different. Working towards that success will be a team effort between patient and therapist. Additionally, this path to success doesn’t stop when therapy ends. I look to make a lasting effect on a patient’s life by giving them the tools and opportunities to continue a healthy lifestyle even after treatment has concluded.
Shannon Guzick, PTA, BSPTA
Shannon Guzick is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Yoga Instructor specializing in treating outpatient clients of all ages with emphasis on geriatrics and pediatrics. Shannon earned an AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant in 1992 from Oakton Community College, and a BS in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2018 from PIMA Medical Institute. She is a certified 200 hour registered yoga instructor and a certified clinical instructor providing PTA students the fieldwork portion of their education. She has been working in the industry since 1992. Shannon also provides PT to children in school settings and has provided home health care and Early Intervention support. She has recently started teaching as an adjunct instructor at the McHenry County College PTA program. Of Shannon’s therapeutic philosophy, she says,
Each client is an individual with their own unique story. I like to meet them where they are at and provide compassionate care. I weave exercise education into the therapy sessions because I believe in the healing power of exercise and want the clients to embrace continued fitness after they are discharged from our care.
Rachael Lo M.A., CCC-SLP/L
Rachael Lo is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in articulation/ phonological disorder, expressive and receptive language disorders, swallowing disorder, aphasia, and cognitive disorder. She earned a B.S. in Communicative Disorders at Northern Illinois University in 2017 and a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Rachael has been practicing since 2021. Rachael is a multilingual provider and speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese. Regarding her therapeutic philosophy, she says,
I believe it is important to connect the skills that patients are acquiring to daily functional tasks to promote overall independence within the home and in the community. Getting to know the patient as a person helps me to select and incorporate target skills into tasks that are motivating to them. Therapy is also a team effort. It is important to have consistent communication with caregivers and professional members of the care team to promote skills generalization to other settings and situations.
Dr. Mallory Schug, DPT, CEEAA
Dr. Mallory Schug is a Physical Therapist specializing in Geriatrics and Pediatrics. She earned a BS in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Spanish in 2005 from Marquette University. In 2007, she earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy, also from Marquette University. She has been working in the industry since 2007. When asked about her therapeutic philosophy she says,
I believe in empowering patients and families to be the change-makers in their lives. I work closely with our clients and families to identify the goals that are most important to them, then utilize my knowledge and expertise to help them achieve those goals. From pain and weakness to developmental delays, families and patients have the power to make dramatic changes when given the proper knowledge and resources.
Adult Day Program
Christina Murphy is a Memory Care and Adult Day Health Program Manager whose area of expertise is dementia and memory care. Christina began her career with IHT as a CNA 18 years ago while she was a nursing student. Growing up with a grandmother with dementia, she became passionate about helping the geriatric population and their families. One of Christina’s primary approaches to memory care utilizes the Montessori method for dementia and ageing.
“I believe in providing complete honesty to individuals and their families. My approach is to treat every individual with respect, which means offering kindness and the freedom to make choices. It’s important to give them the dignity they deserve after everything they’ve been through.”
We care for the Caregivers
We make a point of caring for the caregivers. That is, the families of those we care for. Because every health issue is by definition a family health issue.
Transportation services are a central component of all our programs. We deliver reliable, worry-free door-to-door shuttle service.