Tammy Jackson, M.S., M. Div., Licensed Psychologist /Founder/Executive Director
816-246-4465, ext. 1
Tammy Jackson is the founder and executive director of Healing Grace. She has been in private practice since 1992. Tammy received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University in 1990 followed by her Master’s Degree in clinical psychology at University of Central Missouri (formerly CMSU) in 1992. She obtained her psychologist licensure in 1995.
A few years later Tammy decided to obtain a Master’s of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary where she received top honors in her graduating class in 2010 and as a leader among Baptist Women in Ministry in 2009. Along with maintaining a busy counseling practice Tammy has served as pastor in two local churches: Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO (2008-2010) and Missouri City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (2010-2012). Her call story is published in a recently released book, Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to the Call of God.
LeeAnn Mckee, M.S., Licensed Psychologist
816-246-4465, ext. 2
LeeAnn has been in full time, private practice since 1995 after receiving her master of science degree in clinical psychology from the University of Central Missouri. Psychology is not just her profession, it is her passion. She feels honored to be allowed into her clients’ lives as they strive to meet goals as a therapeutic team. She works with children, adolescents, couples and adults of all ages both individually and as part of a family. Depressive and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders and grief and trauma issues including the losses caused by divorce are all areas of expertise, among others. LeeAnn respects each client’s unique perspective and needs and draws upon their strengths to aid them in healing and personal growth.
Licensed Professional Counselors
Lauri Ruth, MS/LPC – Play Therapist
816-246-4465, ext. 4
Lauri Ruth is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in Play Therapy. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families.
Lauri earned her undergraduate degree in Education from Central Missouri State University (now UCM), and began her career as a junior high mathematics teacher. After the birth of her daughters, Lauri spent seven years as a stay-at-home mom and childcare provider. When her children entered school, she returned to the university for her master’s degree in counseling. While earning her graduate degree, Lauri worked several part-time jobs; preschool teacher, assistant director at a daycare facility and paraprofessional at the high school level for Ozanam Home for Boys and Girls. After receiving her graduate degree, Lauri spent one year as an Elementary In-School Suspension teacher for Della Lamb Charter School, three years as a Middle School Counselor in Higginsville, MO, and four years as the Teacher on the Adolescent Unit of Research Psychiatric Center.
Mark Carey, M.S., LPC
816-246-4465, ext. 10
Mark received his Master’s of Counseling Psychology from Avila University. He is
currently working on his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. While at Avila, Mark assisted with psychological research about learning theories, comparing therapeutic approaches, and performance anxiety. Mark has experience working in a psychiatric hospital with children and adolescents. He gained experience working with individuals, groups, couples and families during his work in private practice.
Alicia Grindstaff, M.S., LPC
816-246-4465, ext. 8
Alicia has worked with Healing Grace assisting in office duties since 2013 while she was attending UMKC to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After finishing there, she continued on to get her Master’s in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling from Avila University. She completed her course work in May of 2015 and is currently under supervision as a counselor while working towards her state license. You may still see her helping in the office as needed, and is happy to assist clients when possible in this manner as well.
Mary Starr, M.A., LPC
816-246-4465, ext. 5
Mary received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and her Master of Arts degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling at Webster University.
She enjoys counseling children, teens, and adults, as well as couples and families. Her frame of reference is a client-centered approach and she specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). For children, Mary combines play therapy with trauma-focused CBT to help children express their emotions and begin to heal in a safe environment.
Jason Zoellers, M.A., LPC, Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor
816-246-4465, ext. 24
Jason received his undergraduate degree in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison followed by his Master of Arts in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO) in 2003. He became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri in 2006.
Jason entered full time private practice upon graduation and decided to pursue post master’s work in play therapy in 2006. He completed a Certificate in Play Therapy at MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, KS) in 2007, where he also served as a clinical supervisor and adjunct instructor with the play therapy program.
Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)
Sean Dowling, M.S., PLPC
816-246-4465, ex. 21
Sean received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas in December 2009 and subsequently completed his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2012. As part of these programs, he performed dual internships at both the Baker University Counseling Center and the KU University Career Center. Among his extracurriculars in graduate school, Sean was the Master’s President of the CPSO student organization and the program coordinator for the CLEOS Positive Psychology Laboratory where he recruited nearby high schools to participate in research studies at KU. He administered and interpreted data from numerous types of assessments and conducted counseling sessions during the project.
Elaine Rudd Strid, Ph.D., PLPC
816-246-4465, ext. 18
Elaine Strid joined the Healing Grace team in October, 2018 as she returns home to our community after working in Wyoming as a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 20 years. Elaine grew up a “Farmer’s Daughter” in Harrisonville, MO and moved back to this area to be near family. Elaine is a trauma specialist and is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) certified. She has also worked as a professional presenter for PESI, Inc., training other therapists in this mode of treatment for the past two years. Elaine works with sexual abuse, military trauma, domestic violence, recovery for spouses of sexual addicts, and other forms of acute, chronic and residual childhood traumas.
Counselors in Training
Kimberly Bell, M.A., Counselor in Training
816-246-4465, ext. 20
Kimberly joined Healing Grace Counseling Center as an intern in January, 2017. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Rockhurst University in 1997. In May 2018, she received her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Mid-America Nazarene University specializing in marriage, couples and family.
Before she decided to return to graduate school Kimberly worked in the medical field as a triage telephone nurse and medical assistant in a busy doctor’s office. It was while working in this job that Kimberly learned the importance of caring for the emotional needs along with the physical needs of those who are hurting. From this experience she found she had an intense desire to learn more about how she can focus on counseling as a profession.
Destiny Lakin, Counseling Intern
816-246-4465, ext. 7
Destiny joined Healing Grace Counseling Center as an intern in August, 2018. She completed her bachelors degree in psychology from Ottawa University in March 2017 and immediately began her masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. The program is accredited through The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and she will complete this program in the summer of 2019.