Meet Our Staff - Spencer Psychology

Jennifer Spencer, Ph.D HSPP

Dr. Spencer holds  a master’s degree and a doctorate  in counseling psychology. She has been a clinician for nearly 30 years, and opened Spencer Psychology in 2003. Prior to 2003, she was the manager of a community mental health center for several years, and the clinical director of a battered women’s shelter. She also has worked in college counseling centers, schools, group… Read more →

Alison Leslie, LCSW

Ms. Leslie received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, with a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work in 2007. She continues her collaboration with the University of Denver as an adjunct professor in the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. Ms. Leslie has over ten years of experience, working with children, families, college students and adults. Ms.… Read more →

Laura Swinford, LCSW

Ms. Swinford studied psychology and social work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Master’s in Social Work. She has served in the field of family mental health with more than 15 years of clinical experience, and is also a published author of research work in the mental health field. Ms.… Read more →

Amanda McKenzie, LMHC

Ms. McKenzie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/pre-medicine and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Cincinnati. She has a background in holistic health and worked as doula and organic farmer prior to joining the Spencer Psychology team.   Ms. McKenzie uses an eclectic approach with her clients, drawing from EMDR, cognitive behavioral techniques and Positive Psychology modalities. Ms. McKenzie’s specialties include treatments for anxiety… Read more →

Kristin Sheikh, LCSW

Ms. Sheikh received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. She holds a master’s degree from Indiana University in Social Work. Ms. Sheikh specializes in trauma, depression, and psychological evaluations.  She has worked with DCS (Department of Child Services), in hospitals, and in community mental health centers. Ms. Sheikh is certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and… Read more →

Kim Meyer, LCSW

Ms. Meyer received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Human Development & Family studies and her Master degree in Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University at Indiana.  In addition, she has served in the United States Army with her duties being assigned overseas in Germany as well as having been deployed in 1997/1998 to Bosnia in the capacity… Read more →

Bree Russo, LCSW, RPT-S

Ms. Russo studied psychology at Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree. She holds a Masters degree in social work from Washington University. She also is a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, recognized by the Association for Play Therapy. Ms. Russo specializes in treating children and adolescents, and has worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment, acute care,… Read more →

Tiffany Leonard, LMHC

Ms. Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies from West Virginia University, and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University. Ms. Leonard uses an eclectic approach with her clients, tailoring techniques to suit each client’s individual needs. Her specialty area is children and adolescents, with a secondary specialty in young adults. She… Read more →

Leslie Ruiz, LCSW

Ms. Ruiz holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Ruiz uses an eclectic approach with her clients, tailoring techniques to suit each client’s individual needs. She has a diverse work experience that includes community mental health, inpatient crisis care and hospitalization, and residential… Read more →

Terrie Vannatta, Ph.D., HSPP

Dr. Vannatta is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing since 1985. She has a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology. Dr. Vannatta owned her own group practice (Associates in Behavioral Counseling) in Muncie for fifteen years prior to joining Spencer Psychology in the summer of 2018. She also taught classes in psychology at Ball State University. Dr. Vannatta… Read more →

Margaret (Meg) Lewis, LPC, ATR-BC

Meg Lewis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Art Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Ohio Northern University. As an Art Therapist, Meg integrates person centered therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma… Read more →

Rebecca Martinez, PhD HSPP

Dr. Rebecca Martinez is a tenured faculty member at Indiana University in the Counseling Psychology Program. She joined Spencer Psychology part-time in the fall of 2018. Dr. Martinez has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various capacities as a bilingual elementary school teacher, psychologist, consultant, public speaker, clinical supervisor, coach, and expert witness for court. Dr. Martinez’s research background is multifaceted,… Read more →

Melissa Hinkle, LCSW

Melissa Hinkle received her undergraduate degree at The University of Miami of Florida, in  1988. She received her master’s degree from Norfolk State University in 1991. She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health care, hospitals, residential care, a detention center, and at Milestones. Ms. Hinkle uses play therapy, art, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, problem… Read more →

Misha Graves, PhD, NCSP

Dr. Graves received her master’s degree in educational psychology and doctorate in school psychology from Indiana University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and has 15 years of experience working directly with children and adolescents in various capacities. Dr. Graves has worked in residential treatment centers, community mental health centers, and has most recently served the special needs population… Read more →

Sara McElroy, BSW

Ms. McElroy is our office manager. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University.  She focused her studies on gerontology and social services in a long-term care setting. Over the years, Ms. McElroy has provided administrative and program support for various consultants and businesses throughout the Bloomington community, including the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.  She has also… Read more →

Mark Spencer, BS

Along with co-owner responsibilities, Mark provides information technology support in his spare time away from managing network engineers at Indiana University. Along with IT support, he is also  works to align the practice with HIPAA guidelines. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Kelley School of Business with a minor in psychology. When not working at IU, or providing… Read more →

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