Meet The Treatment Team

Amy Perschbacher, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS

Risk Assessments/Individual Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor & Owner/Director - Ms. Perschbacher completed her graduate training at Central Michigan University in 2015 after the completion of her internship at Ronan Psychological Associates. She had multiple clinical supervisors throughout her training, with a primary focus on the use of empirically supported treatments. She also has a Master's in Forensic Psychology and performs risk and intake assessments. She supervises counselors and trains counseling interns at RPA. Her philosophy is focused on bringing the best evidence-based mental health services to all in the Central Michigan area. She currently provides psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She also works with individuals who are court mandated to receive services, particularly those mandated into anger management and substance/alcohol groups.


Pamela Waibel, MA, LPC  

Child/Adolescent/Family Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor -Pamela Waibel is a licensed professional counselor and certified school counselor. As a graduate of Central Michigan University, Pam has been licensed and practicing therapy since 2016. She has significant experience in treating many mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. Pam is also well trained to provide therapy for children who have experienced traumatic events, have behavior concerns, or who struggle with emotional regulation. As people have unique experiences, strengths, and goals, Pam works to fully understand each individual's needs in order to create a plan supporting each person's journey to reach their goals.


Amanda Morningstar, MA, LPC

Adolescent/Adult Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor - Amanda Morningstar, M.A., LPC, has been working with Ronan psychological Associates since 2018. Amanda graduated with her bachelor's in psychology from Saginaw Valley State University, with her master's in professional counseling from Central Michigan University. Amanda works with teens and adults to learn to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and grow in self-awareness. She has received additional training in crisis intervention and trauma, as well as safe space training for LGBTQ+ sensitivity and allyship.


Donna Kriss, MA, LPC

Adolescent/Adult Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor – Donna is a Mt. Pleasant Townie. She graduated from Central Michigan University with her master’s degree in both Mental Health and School Counseling. Her extensive background includes working in State of Michigan mental health facilities, The School for the Blind, for the DHHS as a Foster Adoptive Recruiter, and as a Parole/Probation Field Agent. Donna has taught parenting and anger management classes for the court system, and Love and Logic at various schools around the state. Donna taught at the University level for corrections officers in Psychology, Corrections courses, and Interpersonal Communications. Donna excels in working with individuals involved in the court system, spiritual abuse, foster children, and those who have experiences related to parental trauma. She has worked with many individuals from other cultures, having been involved in the Mt. Pleasant sister city program with Japan, hosted foreign exchange students, and volunteering internationally with All Hands All Hearts. Donna would like you to know that she will challenge you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.


Clara Agardy, MA, LPC

Adolescent/Adult Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor- Ms. Agardy has 20+ years of experience working in the mental health field. She has worked with individuals struggling with substance abuse, anger management, conflict resolution, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. She provides individual, group, family and couples therapy, working with all ages of the life span. She has worked with the court system, serving on Drug Courts in both Clare and Isabella counties. She taught Psychology courses as an Adjunct Professor at Mid-Michigan College for 5 years and taught a Mount Pleasant Schools for 10 years. She graduated with her Associates in Arts from Mid-Michigan Community College in 1985, a bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University in 1993 and a Master of Arts in 2004 from Central Michigan University. She is an agent of change and strongly believes in the power of therapy. She approaches treatment with an eclectic combination and dialectic behavioral therapy.

Tay Ford, MA, LLPC

Adolescent/Adult Therapy

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor - Choosing to seek support in the healing and recovery journey is seldom easy. It is an intentional and powerful choice that can lead to self-discovery, change and growth. As a therapist, Tay Ford strives to foster a safe and supportive environment that promotes empowerment and encouragement to overcome life's challenges and experiences. Whatever the reason is that you are considering therapy, know that it is courageous to take the necessary steps to focus on your healing. Tay Ford brings an ENGAGING and INTERACTIVE approach to therapeutic relationships. She believes in meeting her clients where they are and tailoring a therapeutic approach that best meets their needs. Her approach tends to be an eclectic mix of cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Tay Ford is currently in pursuit of her certification and training in Art/ Phototherapy. It's okay to laugh, talk, and genuinely enjoy YOUR time working on difficult complex situations and issues. Together client and therapist work on those necessary changes by learning techniques, tools, skills, and guidance to achieve your obtainable goals. Tay Ford’s background consists of a BA in Communication with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Certification of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has experience supporting in the areas of Anger, Anxiety, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, Chronic Illness, Life Changes, Family Conflict, Women Issues, Men Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Stress, Trauma, and PTSD.


Eleanor Workman, MA, LLPC

Adolescent/Adult Therapy

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor – Ms. Workman completed her graduate training at Central Michigan University in 2021 after the completion of her internship at Ronan Psychological Associates. She currently provides psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and couples using empirically supported treatments. She has clinical experience in the following areas: Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Stress, Adjustment problems, Relationship problems, Self-Esteem, and Trauma. Ellie recognizes the importance of building a strong relationship with clients in order to establish realistic and attainable goals.  


Angela VanBlaricum, MA, LLC

Adolescent/Individual/Adult/Couples Therapy

Limited Licensed Counselor – Angela VanBlaricum is a limited licensed counselor. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She also attended Central Michigan University for her master’s degree in professional counseling and graduated in 2023. She has experience working with trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, anger management, eating disorders, stress, and family conflict. I believe that counseling should be a collaborative effort in which the therapist and the client work together to achieve their goals. It is important for clients to lead a happy and productive lifestyle through positive growth and change. I would like to lend a listening ear while also being active during sessions. I believe in head-on confrontation of unfavorable thoughts or behaviors and providing therapeutic exercises that will result in successful counseling. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, and I have substantial knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I look forward to working with you!

Twinet Parmer, Ph.D., LPC, CST

Couples/Family Therapy

Dr. Twinet Parmer earned her Ph.D. from The University of Iowa, in Counselor Education. Her primary clinical and academic training focused on the mental health of individuals, couples, marriage, families, and sexuality therapy. Dr. Parmer also earned a teaching certificate in grades 3-8 from Chicago State University. She subsequently taught in the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago. She also received additional training in sexuality therapy at the Loyola University Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Parmer is an LPC and has certifications in sexuality therapy, divorce mediation, and restorative justice. Overtime, she has worked as a professor and in private practice at several agencies, focusing on individual, family, couples, and sexuality therapy. She worked as a professor of Counselor Education at Ohio State University. Currently, Twinet is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Special Education Department at Central Michigan University. Her research contributes to the counseling profession by exploring the quality of life and overall wellness of individuals as they manage their lives. 


Reid Skeel, Ph.D., LP

Adult Neuropsychological Evaluations

Licensed Psychologist - Dr. Skeel received his doctorate from the University of Florida in 1998 and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Dr. Skeel joined the faculty of the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Central Michigan University in 2000. His research and clinical interests center on neuropsychological assessment, and he has been conducting outpatient neuropsychological assessments since becoming licensed in Michigan in 2000. He currently provides neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with a range of presenting issues including traumatic brain injury, changes in thinking and memory associated with aging, and psychiatric symptoms.


Jordan Waibel, Ed.S.

Psychological Evaluations

Licensed School Psychologist - Jordan Waibel Graduated from Andrews University with an Education Specialist degree and a master’s in psychology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University. He Specializes in evaluations for children and adults and has been employed at Ronan Psychological Associates for three years. He has worked as a school psychologist since 2017 and has a background in working with children and adults, completing evaluations for learning disorders, cognitive impairment, and emotional and behavioral disorders. His worldview is to help clients of all ages and address the concerns that they have by listening and being open to the perspective of the client. 


Jeremy Stembridge, Ed.S.

Psychological Evaluations

Licensed School Psychologist - Mr. Stembridge received his specialist degree in school psychology from Detroit-Mercy University in 2009. He also completed his Board-Certified Behavior Analysis certification in 2018. He has worked as a School Psychologist for the Gratiot-Isabella RESD since 2009. He currently provides psychological evaluations for individuals with a range of presenting issues including concentration, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, and learning problems.

Sarah L. Deaton, MA, LLPC

 Adolescent/Adult/Family Therapy

 Limited Licensed Professional Counselor - Ms. Sarah Deaton joins Ronan Psychological Associates with her master's in counseling from Central Michigan University. Ms. Deaton's background includes working with adolescents, adults, and elders who struggle with trauma, addiction, family conflict, anger management, and intergenerational trauma, while building self-confidence and learning positive coping mechanisms.

Sarah has extensive experience working with those who struggle with substance abuse, trauma, anger management, intergenerational trauma, racial aggressions, organizational stress, and conflict, and helping families with loved ones who struggle with mental health related issues. 

Sarah is a Certified Recovery Coach through the Michigan State Health Network and has extensive experience running recovery groups, parenting groups, and interpersonal skill development groups. 



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