Meet Our Staff

Medical Team

Dr. Laurie Philips H.C. Philipps, Ph.D., FABPS

Dr. Laurie Philipps
Ph.D

Dr. Jerrod Handy, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology Fellow

Dr. Jerrod Handy
Psy.D

Lynette Stegner, M.A., Therapist & Neuropsychology Technician

Lynette Stegner
M.A

Kiersten Sippio, M.A., Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology Fellow

Kiersten Sippio
M.A.

Livia Balaban, M.A., Neuropsychology Technician

Livia Balaban
M.A.

Chona Green, Psy.D

Chona Green
Psy.D

Alexa Saunders, M.A.

Alexa Saunders
M.A.

Jamie Harris

Jamie Harris
M.A.

Llasmin Mendes - Office Manager

Llasmin Mendes
Office Manager

Katie Walter - Administrative Assistant and Marketing Assistant

Katie Walter
Administrative

Ethan Salm - Technology Lead

Ethan Salm
Tech. Lead

Riley Lundrstrom - Administrative Assistant

Riley Lundrstrom
Administrative

Office Team

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Dr. Laurie H.C. Philipps, Ph.D., FABPS
  • Dr. Laurie Philips H.C. Philipps, Ph.D., FABPS
  • play_arrowLicensed Clinical Psychologist
  • play_arrowClinical Pediatric & Adult Neuropsychologist
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Dr. Laurie Philipps is the founder of NeuroHealth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Psychology and English Literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology from The University of Iowa. She completed fellowships in the areas of Developmental Disabilities and Pediatric Neuropsychology at The University of Iowa Medical Center, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, and subsequently completed her residency in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center/Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Philipps has held faculty and clinical appointments at The University of Chicago Medical Center, Rush Medical Center/Rush Medical College, Northern Illinois University, the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and in the Advocate Healthcare System. She also served as the Dean of Students at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Philipps is an invited lecturer at a number of academic institutions and professional societies, and she is a member of the training committee for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has also published numerous original research articles.

Dr. Philipps is a Fellow of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, with certifications in the areas of pediatric and adult neuropsychology and pediatric and adult forensic psychology. She has been on the medical staff of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital since 1993. She has also held previous medical staff appointments at The University of Chicago Medical Center, Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Philipps specializes in direct school consultation and advocacy for patients at NeuroHealth, assisting children, adolescents, and their families in obtaining and retaining 504 Accommodation Plans, as well as Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in both public and private school settings. She also provides direct school advocacy for students whose special education needs require a Private Therapeutic Day School Placement.

Dr. Philipps’ areas of expertise include pediatric and adult psychological, neuropsychological, and forensic assessment, as well as treatment and case management of pediatric and adult autism-spectrum disorders, learning disorders, developmental disorders, neurologic disorders, anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorders, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Philipps also has experience and expertise with neurocognitive remediation of executive function and memory disorders. She embraces a systems approach to assessment and treatment, providing both marital and family interventions as well.

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Dr. Jerrod Handy, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology Fellow
  • Dr. Jerrod Handy Psy.D.
  • play_arrowPost-Doctoral Clinical Psychology
  • play_arrowNeuropsychology Fellow

Dr. Jerrod L. Handy, Psy.D. obtained his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, with minors in Spanish and Theology from The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Handy received his Master of Arts and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. He also studied abroad at The University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Handy completed his Internship in Clinical Pediatric & Adult Psychology at Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Handy currently provides neuropsychological, psychological, adoption, and forensic assessment/testing services, as well as psychotherapy and consultation to children, adolescents, adults, and their families at NeuroHealth. Dr. Handy assists families with the development and implementation of parenting strategies, behavior management plans, and family communication skills. He also has expertise in ABA Therapy with children diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Handy’s areas of clinical assessment and treatment expertise include ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Attachment Disorders, Adoption Issues, Autism-Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders), Substance Use/Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussions, and Complex Trauma.

Dr. Handy assists parents in understanding the application of psychological/neuropsychological testing results to obtain/retain/expand 504 Academic Accommodation Plans and IEPs in grade school through high school. In addition, he assists with the utilization of psychological/neuropsychological test results in applying for ACT/SAT/AP accommodations for students, as well as for individuals seeking test accommodations on the GRE, MCAT, and also professional licensure exams (such as the Bar and Nursing Exams). Previous to joining our team at NeuroHealth, Dr. Handy provided psychological services at Michael Reese and Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and also worked with Autism Home Support Services in Chicago, Illinois providing ABA Therapy to children diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Handy is conversational in Spanish.

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Lynette Stegner, M.A., Therapist & Neuropsychology Technician
  • Lynette Stegner
  • play_arrowM.A.
  • play_arrowTherapist
  • play_arrowNeuropsychology Technician

Lynette Stegner, M.A. has been providing clinical services to patients and their families at NeuroHealth since 2012. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her pediatric and adolescent psychological assessment and treatment internship at Breisch Psychological Services in Loves Park, Illinois. She is currently completing her doctoral degree (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Lynette has also served as a therapeutic counselor at the Adventure Camp Program in Oak Brook, Illinois, a therapeutic camp for children and adolescents with selective mutism. Lynette has extensive experience with developmental, psychological, and neuropsychological assessment and treatment of preschoolers, elementary aged-children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a variety of concerns/challenges, including learning disorders, neurologic disorders, developmental/autism-spectrum disorders, selective mutism, anxiety, OCD, depression, and bipolar disorder.

She has a systems focus in terms of treatment and case management of the individual; therefore parents and other pertinent family members/caregivers are always integrated into the therapeutic process with children and adolescents, and with adults as indicated by the presenting concerns.

Lynette is well-versed in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and interpersonal methods which allows her to customize her approach to treatment to best meet the needs of children, adolescents, and their families.

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Kiersten Sippio, M.A., Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology Fellow
  • Kiersten Sippio, M.A.
  • play_arrowM.A.
  • play_arrowPre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology
  • play_arrowNeuropsychology Fellow

Kiersten Sippio, M.A. obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree from Georgia Southern University, her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and is a Doctoral Degree Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She currently provides neuropsychological and psychological testing services, as well as psychotherapy and consultation to children, adolescents, adults, and their families.

Kiersten assists families with the development of parenting and family communication skills. Her areas of clinical assessment and treatment expertise include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism-Spectrum Disorders/Developmental Disorders (including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, concussions, and seizure disorders.

Kiersten has expertise in the application of psychological/neuropsychological testing results to obtain/retain/expand 504 Plans and IEPs for preschoolers, grade schoolers, and high school students. Her expertise also extends to utilizing test data to obtain ACT/SAT/AP accommodations, as well as academic accommodations for college students.

Prior to joining NeuroHealth, Kiersten has provided service at Holy Family Keys to Recovery in DesPlaines, Illinois.

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Livia Balaban, M.A., Neuropsychology Technician
  • Livia Balaban
  • play_arrowM.A.

Livia Balaban, M.A. obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biopsychology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, and is a current Doctoral Degree Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Adler University.

Her areas of clinical service provision include neuropsychological and psychological testing, therapy, and consultation with children, adolescents, adults, and their families.

Areas of clinical experience and expertise include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Autism-Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders), depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, traumatic brain injury, concussions, and seizure disorders.

Ms. Balaban also has particular expertise with assessment of and interventions with college students.

Previously, Ms. Balaban has provided clinical services at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University Counseling Center, Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Midwest Asian Health Association in Chicago, Illinois, University of Illinois Institute for Juvenile Research, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta B.R.A.I.N. Program.

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Chona Green, Psy.D
  • Chona Green
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Deema Soufan, M.A.
  • Deema Soufan
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Deema Soufan, M.A., LPC obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also studied at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, England. Deema currently provides neuropsychological and psychological testing services, as well as therapy and consultation to children, adolescents, adults, and their families.

Her areas of clinical assessment and treatment expertise include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, developmental disabilities, Autism-Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders), complex trauma, traumatic brain injury, concussions, and seizure disorders, as well as parenting strategies and family communication skills.

Deema also has expertise in the application of psychological/neuropsychological testing results to obtain/retain/expand 504 Plans, IEPs, as well as ACT/SAT/AP accommodations in grade school through college. Previous to joining our team at NeuroHealth, Deema provided psychological services at Concordia University Counseling Center in River Forest, Illinois, John Jay Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and at Autism Awareness.

In addition, she has provided services as a Private Special Needs Tutor to children and adolescents with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and autism-spectrum diagnoses, and has also taught at Illinois State University. Deema is fluent in Arabic and Italian.

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Jamie Harris, M.A.
  • Jamie Harris
  • play_arrowM.A.

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Alexa Saunders, M.A,
  • Alexa Saunders
  • play_arrowM.A.