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Matthew Wassom PhD
Dr. Wassom is a Licensed Psychologist and the Clinical Director of Katie’s Way. Dr. Wassom received his Ph.D. from The University of Kansas in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Health and Rehabilitation. Dr. Wassom completed a fellowship in child and pediatric psychology at Children’s Mercy-Kansas City and joined the medical staff at Children’s Mercy in 2009. During his time at Children’s Mercy he was involved in hospital/medical based consultation services and outpatient therapy in the areas of behavioral pediatrics and child/adolescent psychology. Dr. Wassom had specific expertise and clinical experience in working with Gastroenterology populations and worked with children and adolescents with chronic medical illness, chronic pain, stress related physical conditions, and elimination issues. He also provided psychological treatment and therapy for children with many other medical conditions. His interest in behavioral pediatrics emphasized work on normal challenges of child development such as management of tantrums, early emotion regulation issues, sleep issues, feeding issues and toilet training. In addition, clinical experience included treatment of clinical disorders in young children such as oppositional defiant disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, autism spectrum disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions, ADHD-predominately inattentive type and executive functioning weaknesses, ADHD-combined type, habit disorders, anxiety disorders, and childhood depression. Dr. Wassom also provided therapy to adolescents across a broad range of concerns such as stress management, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression/mood disorders and autism spectrum disorder. During his time at Children’s Mercy, he was also heavily involved in training and supervision for medical residents, developmental pediatrician fellows, and psychology fellows. He also served on the Institutional Review Board committee which helps regulate clinical research.
Since moving to Katie’s Way in February of 2015, Dr. Wassom had served as the Facility Director and focused on continuing to provide psychological treatment services across a broad range of areas. He also worked on developing clinical programs and the growth of Katie’s Way. Dr. Wassom is now the Clinical Director of Katie’s Way and continues to devote most of his time to patient/clinical care. He also enjoys community outreach, community presentations and collaboration with schools.
Rachel Kaufman PhD
Dr. Rachel Kaufman is a Licensed Psychologist and a graduate from Oklahoma State University with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Kaufman completed an APA-approved internship at Boys Town within the Nebraska Consortium of Professional Psychology. She completed a fellowship in child and pediatric psychology at the Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic. She has experience utilizing evidence-based treatments recommended for a wide range of behavioral and emotional concerns across children and adolescents. Dr. Kaufman specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, adjustment disorders, and eating disorders within adolescents. Dr. Kaufman is the coordinator and facilitator for the DBT Group for Teenagers at Katie’s Way.
Judith Bunting DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Judith Bunting received her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University Of Kansas Medical Center School Of Nursing with a focus in family practice/primary care. She is board-certified as a psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Washburn University with a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and returned to Washburn to earn her Post-Master Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. She is veteran having served in active and reserve units in the United States Army Nurse Corps.
Judith’s clinical experience has focused on holistic primary care, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in a variety of clinical settings. Judith practices integrative medicine which incorporates mainstream medicine with complementary therapies. This approach is helpful in meeting the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of her patients. Other professional interests include research, mentoring, and advocacy for persons with mental illness. Judith looks forward to serving the mental health needs of individuals in the Manhattan and surrounding communities.
Nicholas Evangelidis MD
Dr. Nick Evangelidis is a dual boarded physician. He is a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Board Certified Psychiatrist. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina located in Charleston, SC. Nick joined the medical staff at Via Christi in Manhattan in 2015. He served as Department Chair of Psychiatry and held a position on the Medical Executive Committee for Via Christi hospital. During his time at Via Christi, he initiated the outpatient child and adolescent behavioral health department and assisted in the consult liaison service for Via Christi hospital. He provides experience in evaluation, assessment, and medication management for children, adolescence, and young adults with a wide range of behavioral health needs.
Taylor Porter MD
Taylor (Ty) Porter MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. He graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2007, he retired from the Navy as a Captain.
Prior positions included Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at Bethesda Naval hospital, Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at Jacksonville Naval hospital, Director of Psychiatry at The Menninger Clinic, Medical Director at Stormont Vail West in Topeka, and Medical Director at Valeo Behavioral Healthcare in Topeka. He has served as the principle investigator in dozens of clinical trials and received advanced training in a wide variety of psychotherapeutic and medical treatments. Throughout his career, Dr. Porter has been heavily involved in teaching, lecturing and advocacy. In 2014, he received the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Kansas Provider of the Year Award.
Marriage and Family Therapists
Nathan Lenz LCMFT
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Nathan is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry at Manhattan Christian College. He then went to work for Pawnee Mental Health as a therapeutic case manager. After working for Pawnee for several years, Nathan moved to California to earn his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University.
After completing his Master’s, Nathan worked with at-risk youth in Southern California before moving back to Manhattan. In Manhattan Nathan worked for Flint Hills Job Corps., providing mental health support to students and staff. He has also been in private practice, both with Cornerstone Family Counseling, and most recently, in an independent practice.
Nathan uses a collaborative and empowering approach to therapy that is based in CBT and Solution-focused techniques. Nathan has experience treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems. Nathan also has extensive experience helping clients navigate the integration of their faith as a facet of treatment. Nathan enjoys, and looks forward to, seeing his clients embrace change and become more confident and capable of managing the barriers that hinder their fullest life.
Meghan Tuttle LCMFT
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Meghan Tuttle received her Masters degree in family therapy from Friends University in Lenexa, KS. Her master’s level internship was at the Center for Family Living in Lenexa where she focused on helping individuals, couples, and families in managing their mental health and relational concerns. Through a systems approach, she uses CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy to help clients achieve their goals for self and family.
Over the last two and a half years, Meghan worked at Pawnee Mental Health seeing individuals and families with a multitude of concerns including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She is looking forward to assisting families in the community in gaining understanding, knowledge, and skill to function to their best ability. Other interests include helping those struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, parenting issues, blended families, adoption and phase of life concerns.