At Katie’s Way we strive to provide the highest quality care in a welcoming environment. Our great staff is some of the best available in the state and are proud of their commitment to patients and the community.
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 has been on staff at Katie’s Way since August 2016. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Kaufman completed an APA-accredited 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 worked in outpatient clinics, pediatric clinics, schools, and inpatient settings to provide therapy and psychological testing primarily with a youth population. Dr. Kaufman has experience utilizing evidence-based treatments recommended for a wide range of behavioral and emotional concerns across children and adolescents. Specifically, she focuses on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and behavioral interventions with young children, parents, teenagers, and young adults. Dr. Kaufman’s specializations include treating anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, stress-related disorders, and eating disorders within adolescents.
Since joining Katie’s Way, Dr. Kaufman has developed the DBT Skills Group for Teenagers and she serves as the coordinator and facilitator for this group. Dr. Kaufman also currently serves as the Disruptive Behavior Assessment Leader in which she conducts psychological testing primarily surrounding attention-deficit and impulse-control disorders.
Dr. Katie Smith
Dr. Katie Smith is a Licensed Psychologist and recent addition to the staff at Katie’s Way. She received her PsyD. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychology. During her time in Chicago, Dr. Smith provided therapy services for children and adolescents with complex family dynamics living with high levels of community violence, conducted learning disability evaluations for students within the school systems, and worked in a pediatric clinic focused on providing therapy and diagnostic services for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Smith completed an APA-accredited internship at Family Service and Guidance Center in Topeka and stayed on as a post-doc and staff clinician in the outpatient department and as a clinician in the center’s anxiety treatment program. Dr. Smith has experience treating children and adolescents presenting with a range of concerns, such as mood or behavioral disorders, but specializes in treating autism and other neuro-developmental diagnoses, anxiety disorders and OCD, and stress and life transitions. Dr. Smith utilizes evidence based modalities, such as CBT, Exposures with Response Prevention (ERP), and social skills training as well as integrates techniques and strategies from family systems, narrative therapy, solution-focused, and play-based approaches. Dr. Smith uses a collaborative approach with families and feels it is a unique privilege to be part of a child or family’s path towards change and finding their definition of wellness.
Carlos Martinez LSCSW
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Carlos Martinez is a Licensed Specialized Clinical Social Worker. He is fluent in spoken Spanish. He received his bachelor degree from Biola University in California. After completing his Bachelor’s degree he worked with Child Abuse Prevention Center as a caseworker partnered with a therapist, where he learned he wanted to further pursue becoming a therapist. He attended and graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Social Worker with an emphasis in clinical social work.
After completing his Master’s degree he worked with Foothill Family, in California, and was a school/home based therapist providing mental health treatment for children and their families for 5 years. In 2015, he moved to Washington and worked at Sea Mar Behavioral Health and rounded out his experience by working with adults for 3 years before moving to Kansas.
Carlos entered the field in order to share with others the life-changing power of being in therapy, learning about oneself, and making decisions to change one’s way of interacting with the world. His therapeutic approach is focused on cognitive behavioral therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Carlos has experience in treating: depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, and behavioral problems. Carlos was recently trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a form of treatment to assist with complex trauma and managing stress better. His style can be described as engaging, creative and solutions focused. He wants to share what he has learned and considers it a joy to do so. He also considers it a privilege and honor to be a part of the change process for others.
Staci Smock LSCSW
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Staci Smock is a Licensed Specialized Clinical Social Worker. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Wyoming before completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Kansas in 1998. After completing her MSW, Staci served for six years as the Social Worker for the inpatient Geropsychiatric Unit at Geary Community Hospital. Staci then worked for eight years as a Program Manager in Behavioral Health at Mercy Regional Health Center overseeing an intensive outpatient mental health program.
Prior to joining Katie’s Way, Staci worked for the VA Hospital providing therapy for Veterans dealing with issues including depression/anxiety, trauma, relationship issues and substance abuse. She is skilled in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Solution Focused Brief-Therapy (SFBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Staci primarily serves our teenage and young adult population and specializes in mood disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, adjustment disorders and family conflict. Staci looks forward to partnering with individuals and families to develop a treatment plan which aligns with their goals and desires and promotes their journey to wellness and recovery.
Kendra Stuke LSCSW
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Dr. Kendra Stuke received a Doctorate of Social Work from Capella University. Kendra is a Licensed Specialized Clinical Social Worker who spent most of her career treating children and teens suffering from trauma. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work at Washburn University. She began her career working with the Developmentally Disabled population as a case manager. Her master’s level social work practicum was completed at the Department of Children and Family Services in Topeka, where she worked as an Investigator. After completing her Master’s, Kendra spent the next 10 years at DCF where she investigated abuse. At DCF, Kendra became the Program Administrator for the Department of Children and Family Services for a 24 County Region overseeing Children and Adult Services. Kendra went on to obtain her clinical licensure at the Family Service and Guidance Center in Topeka, KS where she worked in the preschool outpatient and crises center. Kendra returned to Child Welfare and worked for St. Francis Community Services as an Adoption Specialist. Before joining the Katie’s Way team, Kendra worked at Via Christi Outpatient Behavioral Health Center treating outpatient psychotherapy for children, teens, young adults and their families. Kendra has over twenty years experience in social work practice. She has a passion for treating children, youth, teen and young adults who suffer from trauma, abuse, ADHD and anxiety. She specializes with children who have needs related to foster care, adoption and Autism.
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.