Lane Sander, MA, MDiv, LMHC
DIRECTOR AND LEAD COUNSELOR
Lane is the director and founder of Renovate Counseling Services (founded in 2016) and is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana. He completed his graduate training through Grace College and Theological Seminary and holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lane has multiple years of experience working with clients in a variety of settings ranging from private practice to college counseling centers.
Lane approaches therapy from a person-centered lens and firmly believes that a strong emphasis on the therapist-client relationship is the start of the process towards healing and wholeness. He also incorporates Narrative and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into his approach to counseling as well. Lane enjoys being able to walk with his clients on their journey towards achieving their goals related to their mental health and overall wellbeing.
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS
Jon Leyse, MA, LMHC
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Jon is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Taylor University and his Master’s degree in Counseling from Huntington University. He has been investing in people for over 30 years as a pastor, missionary, chaplain, and counselor. Jon sees clients currently in the Bluffton office, and will be launching the Renovate office in Decatur in spring 2024, as the site supervisor there.
Jon has experience working with couples, teenagers, men struggling with sexual addiction, and those serving in vocational ministry. His clients say he has a gift of helping them relax and open up. Jon is passionate about integrating all aspects of life (mental, physical, relational, and spiritual) in helping others reach their full potential.
Bonnie Spallinger, MA, LMHC
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Bonnie Spallinger is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. She completed her graduate program from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2015. Bonnie has served with a community health provider for four and a half years and has experience working with families, women, men, adolescents, and children. Her expertise is working with adolescents and emerging adults struggling with trauma, decision making, life issues, and behavioral issues. She enjoys assisting parents in finding helpful methods to parent their children. Bonnie has experience in community health, college counseling centers, hospitals, and church settings.
Bonnie approaches therapy using Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) as the main methods to help produce positive outcomes. In the past, Bonnie has been an elementary and middle school teacher, has lived and worked at an international boarding school and co-parenting high school girls, served as a Resident Director at a small Christian college and has served as the Assistant Program Director at a Christian Camp for children between the ages of 7-18. Bonnie can assist individuals and families with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, parenting issues, ADHD, self-harm, suicidal ideation, grief, substance use, and adjustment disorders. Bonnie strives to work with families and individuals in a collaborative way so they can achieve their goals.
Brier Stucky, MA, LMHCA
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR ASSOCIATE
Brier completed his Bachelor of Science degree in History from Ball State University and completed his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Huntington University in 2022. He has experience working with children, teens, and adults struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, substance use, gender identity issues, ADHD, and other behavioral issues. Brier incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Client-Centered Therapy into his practice and strives to work with his clients collaboratively to help them set and achieve their goals in therapy.
Brier has lived in the Bluffton area for his entire life and is passionate about reducing stigma around mental health conditions in the community. In his free time, Brier enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, traveling, and cooking.
Nikki Surbaugh, MA, LMHC
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Nikki completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Relations and Child Development from Ball State University. She graduated from Huntington University with a Master of Arts in Counseling in July 2016. Nikki is licensed in the state of Indiana as a Mental Health Counselor Associate.
Nikki has experience working with adults, families, children, and adolescents in a variety of settings including private practice, public school, and a non-profit transitional home for women. She’s received training in treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, family, parenting, and marital issues, as well as trauma and addictions. Nikki enjoys providing therapy from a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, family systems, client-centered, and faith integration at the client’s desire.
It is Nikki’s goal as a therapist to come alongside each client, providing support, care, and a safe place to process and work towards personal well-being.
MADDIE Teeter, MA, LMHCA
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR ASSOCIATE
Maddie graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, receiving both her bachelor of science in Psychology (in December 2020) and master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (in December 2022).
Maddie has experience working with a wide variety of clients, including children, teens, middle-aged adults, and older adults. Maddie is passionate about providing therapy from a person-centered outlook by utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and internal family systems. It is Maddie's goal as a therapist to create a safe environment for all of her clients. Maddie wants to meet her clients where they are at in their journey and come alongside each one as they grow and heal.
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS
Tim Hirschy, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, MAC, LISW
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Tim completed his Bachelor’s in Counseling at Grace College in 1990. He completed his graduate program from Indiana University in 1996. Tim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the state of Indiana. Tim is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker and able to see individuals virtually in the state of Ohio. He also holds a Master Addictions Counselor certification from the National Association of Addiction Professionals. He has experience working with families, women, men, adolescents and children. Tim has worked with individuals and families with a variety of issues including grief/loss, sadness/depression, anxiety/stress, trauma, anger issues, addictions, ADHD and individuals and families in transition. Tim’s primary hope is to help individuals and families to find wholeness, freedom and encouragement as they move through their life journey.
Tim uses a variety of techniques including utilizing education, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, strength-based, the emotional freedom technique as well as integrating art therapy. Tim has completed training to practice Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A. R. T.) which is helpful for a variety of trauma and mental health issues.
Tim also believes that exploring faith beliefs and integrating these into our lives is an important part of the therapy process.
Michelle Korporal, MSW, LCSW, CADACII
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Consultant – Level II in the state of Indiana. Michelle completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Indiana State University and her Master of Social Work at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2018.
Prior to joining Renovate Counseling, Michelle has worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She has worked in community mental health, home-based case management, and medical settings. Michelle utilizes different treatment modalities that include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Education, and Client-Centered approaches.
Dee Russell, LCSW, LCAC
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Dee graduated from the Michigan State University School of Social Sciences and then the Indiana University Purdue University School of Social Work in 2006. Dee has been practicing as a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addictions counselor in multiple settings, including a critical access hospital, behavioral health hospital, and private practice settings. Dee has work experience in long-term care facilities, schools, jails, corrections, and child services.
Dee enjoys empowering clients to be the best version of themselves by using a client-centered systems approach using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She is passionate about partnering with individuals, couples, and families to achieve healing from a trauma-informed care approach with various issues, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, impulsivity, and co-occurring disorders.
LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS
Available at our Huntington Office
Jenna Fisher, MA
Jenna has a bachelor's degree in Business Management and her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Huntington University. She will continue to work towards her LMHC licensure in Indiana. Jenna hopes to assist individuals in finding themselves, understanding personal strengths and reaching goals while harnessing coping skills. Jenna is drawn to work with children, adolescents, couples, individuals and families. She has a passion for incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy , and Strength-Based Therapy techniques while implementing Spiritual Integration when invited.
She enjoys any time outdoors with her family in her free time, including spending time in the field during harvest with her husband. Aside from all things outdoors, Jenna cherishes helping her clients to see to the best part of themselves while walking alongside them in their journey.
Carrie Garza, MA
Carrie is a master's level therapist who is a graduate of Huntington University and holds her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and college students. Her training includes working with client's dealing with stress/anxiety, sadness/depression, suicide, grief/loss, adjustment disorders, behavioral issues, self-harm, spirituality, and trauma (informed) care. Her therapeutic approach integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) with various interventions to tailor the therapeutic process.
Carrie is compassionate and has a heart for all those seeking answers to improve their quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, listening to music, reading a good book, watching movies, and spending time outdoors.
Noel Garza Jr., MA
COUNSELOR / CONSEJERO
Noel is a master's level therapist who is a graduate of Huntington University and holds a Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling. Noel is a Veteran of the United States Army, and is also a licensed minister with the United Methodist Church. He has previous experience counseling at the Vet Center in Fort Wayne providing services to adults with PTSD, Veterans and their families, traumatic brain injuries, and military sexual trauma. Noel also has experience counseling children, teens, adults, and couples with issues related to anxiety, depression, suicide, grief, adjustment, transitions, relationships, spirituality, anger, hoarding, and sexuality. Noel has a heart for others and feels it is his calling to be a servant to those in need.
Noel approaches therapy from a Solution Focus modality with a strong focus on the client-therapist relationship from the start of his sessions. He incorporates a faith-based approach that explores beliefs and patterns fostering spiritual integration and growth. Noel enjoys walking with the client through their experiences and drawing from those experiences that build resiliency and hope.
Noel es un terapeuta de nivel de maestría que se graduó de la Universidad de Huntington y tiene una maestría en artes en consejería clínica de salud mental. Noel es un veterano del ejército de los Estados Unidos y también es un ministro con licencia de la Iglesia Metodista Unida. Tiene experiencia previa en consejería en el Vet Center en Fort Wayne brindando servicios a adultos con TEPT, Veteranos y sus familias, lesiones cerebrales traumáticas y trauma sexual militar. Noel también tiene experiencia en asesorar a niños, adolescentes, adultos y parejas con problemas relacionados con la ansiedad, la depresión, el suicidio, el dolor, la adaptación, las transiciones, las relaciones, la espiritualidad, la ira, el acaparamiento y la sexualidad. Noel tiene un corazón para los demás y siente que es su llamado ser un servidor para los necesitados.
Noel aborda la terapia desde una modalidad de Solution Focus con un fuerte enfoque en la relación cliente-terapeuta desde el inicio de sus sesiones. Incorpora un enfoque basado en la fe que explora creencias y patrones que fomentan la integración y el crecimiento espiritual. A Noel le gusta caminar con el cliente a través de sus experiencias y aprovechar esas experiencias que crean resiliencia y esperanza.
Sarah Johnson, MA
Sarah is a master's level therapist who is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has previous experience counseling in rural school systems, women’s recovery centers, and community mental health centers. Sarah also has experience counseling children, teens, adults, and families with issues related to anxiety, depression, suicide, grief and loss, transitions, relationships, anger, and addiction. Sarah has a heart to serve and loves to help others.
Sarah approaches therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral approach with a strong focus on the client-therapist relationship from the start of her sessions. She incorporates tools that help modify the connection between thoughts and behaviors. Sarah uses Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral approaches for children who have been exposed to trauma. Sarah also approaches therapy from a Dialectical Behavioral approach to identify and change negative thinking patterns and push for positive behavioral changes. Sarah appreciates the privilege of meeting her clients where they are in their journey towards change.
Rachael King, Ms
Rachael has extensive experience counseling children, teens, adults, seniors, couples, and groups. For the last decade, she has worked in school, community mental health, and hospital settings helping clients address depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, anger, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Rachael incorporates a variety of therapeutic modalities including Adlerian, person-centered, and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) which are focused on treating the whole person while exploring barriers that interfere with life goals and interpersonal congruence.
Rachael holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Family and Consumer Science with a Family Studies concentration, as well as a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Purdue-Fort Wayne.
Danielle Zackey, MS
Danielle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Purdue Fort Wayne and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New England College. Danielle is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana.
Danielle has had experience working with addictions at a non-profit transitional home for women. She has experience working with youth and adolescents through ministries and volunteer work. Danielle likes to incorporate Strength-Based, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered in her approach to therapy. She believes that collaboration and the therapeutic relationship help her clients identify goals and potential solutions related to their mental health and well-being.
Elizabeth Bothast, BA
Elizabeth has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Francis in 2021 and will be graduating from Huntington University with a Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling in Spring 2024. After graduation, Elizabeth plans to work towards her LMHC with a specialization in play therapy for children. Elizabeth has a passion for working with children and teens and their families on an array of areas such as adjustment from trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques into every session. Elizabeth has experience in working in community mental health, private practice, and school-based settings working on an array of social, behavioral, and life development skills.
When not counseling others, Elizabeth enjoys hiking and fishing with her husband, and reading psychological thrillers. Elizabeth has a passion for volunteering in kids ministry at her local church to foster the spiritual growth of the next generation.
Andy Rodgers, BS
Andy has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and will graduate in 2024 with his master's degree in Social Work at Indiana Wesleyan University. After graduation, he will continue to work towards his LCSW in Indiana. Andy hopes to assist individuals in finding who they are as a person, understanding personal strengths and goals while developing coping skills along the way. Andy is drawn to work with children, adolescents, and families. He has a passion for incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy while implementing Spiritual growth as needed.
He enjoys any time outdoors with his family in his free time, including hunting, fishing, and attending his children’s sporting events. Andy lives with his wife and their 2 children (15 and 13) and attends church locally. Andy has a passion for combatting human trafficking and working through trauma that has been endured through hardships. He has experience working with children, adults, groups, and those in the legal system. He hopes for individuals to make the best out of their lives, and for them to know that they were made for greatness.
Kim, a lifelong native of Bluffton, completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education/Office Administration from Ball State University.
She has had a myriad of opportunities to serve in various educational and business settings, including teaching accounting and business law at Blackford High School, working as a teacher’s aide at Bluffton Middle School, and volunteering at A Friend’s House Ministries and Christian Care Retirement Community.
Kim and her husband have 8 children. Besides spending time with family and friends, she enjoys working outdoors, hiking, and sports.
Abby is originally from Roanoke, IN and moved to the Bluffton area in 2012. Abby graduated from Homestead high school in 2003 and has an AAS in physical therapy assisting. Abby previously worked in long term care with geriatric population doing direct patient care and some administrative duties. She loves hearing life stories from people who have lived and experienced a lot more of life than she has.
Abby and her husband have been married for 10 years and have 4 daughters. Their family is active in volunteering at their church.In her free time, Abby enjoys crafting with her girls, walking/biking/running, reading, and just spending time with friends and family.
CARE COORDINATOR - HUNTINGTON OFFICE
Abby is originally from Warsaw, and growing up she lived in Winona Lake, Columbia City, and Huntington. From a young age she had it on her heart to contribute to the lives of others and to advocate for the marginalized. Abby has intensive experience working with children and teaching students with disabilities. She has a passion for animals, music & dance.
In her free time Abby enjoys writing, reading, and a gratitude yoga practice. Abby lives in Huntington with her husband and their three children. As a family they enjoy playing with their guinea pig babies and actively serving their church.
CARE COORDINATOR - BLUFFTON & HUNTINGTON OFFICE
Kaitlyn grew up in Wells County and graduated from Norwell High School. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from IUPUI. She has a lot of experience working with the elderly, those of all ages with disabilities, and with mental health. It has always been in her heart to love and help others. She truly enjoys making people feel special and celebrated. Kaitlyn believes that music and laughter is good for the soul and that grace and kindness will always go a long way.
Kaitlyn and her husband have two kids and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones. She loves crafts, movies, music, a good bonfire, and being at the ocean.
Sydni lives in Ossian, IN with her husband Mitchell and dog named Boris. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 2018 from Grace College and Seminary. She met her husband, Mitchell, while in college and they got married in 2018 as well.
Before coming to Renovate, she worked as a Registered Behavioral Technician doing therapy with kids with Autism. She enjoys making handmade jewelry, staying active, and spending time with her niece.