Maria Rago, Ph. D.


Maria is the clinical director and founder of Rago & Associates. She has extensive experience in individual, marital and family therapy, supervision and professional consultation. Her leadership has been important across inpatient, outpatient and residential settings. Her advice is so sought after that Maria has been quoted in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Scholastic’s Science World Magazine and by the Associated Press. Maria was named, “Health Hero” by Prevention Magazine for their March 2008 issue. She was also selected as “December” for the 2009 Prevention Calendar. She has appeared as an expert on the 10 o’clock news for both ABC and NBC in Chicago and nationally on Good Morning America and Fox News Live with Brian Wilson.

Maria serves as the National Vice President of ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) and in 2012 she was honored to win ANAD’s prestigious Vivian Meehan Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in her service and commitment to people with eating disorders and their loved ones.

Maria has been a passionate and outspoken leader in the field of eating disorders, obesity and body image, and she has spoken across the nation and in Europe to help change people’s unfair assumptions and views. Her book, “Shut Up, Skinny Bitches” (2010) encouraged readers to love food and their bodies.

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Lisa Hardekopf, L.P.C.


Lisa Hardekopf is a Certified Eating Disorders Associate and sits on the board of the Illinois Chapter of the Internation Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Lisa firmly believes in being creative in therapy and uses a variety of expressive forms of therapy to break through verbal defenses. In 2008, with the help of her horse Wings, she created "On Wings" an equine therapy program designed specifically for the needs of eating disorder clients. Lisa has a long history of running intensive group therapies and is renowned for her innovative and effective body image work. She currently offers a variety of groups including body image groups and the ever popular "Lord of the Rings" group. She is often accompanied in the office by her German Shepherd, Mira, who puts clients quickly at ease and always brings a smile. Lisa was a former college runner and coach and has a long history of riding and showing Saddlebred horses.

Josie Miller, L.P.C.


Josie is a creative, warm and direct therapist. Her expertise in eating disorders guides clients down a path ro recovery. With her help, clients solve any issues holding them back from true happiness. "A primary goal I implement in therapy is helping my clients attain self acceptance. Identifying and embracing our strengths and weaknesses allows us the freedom to grow and replace our negative, irrational beliefs about ourselves with kindness and confidence".

Josie also works extensively with couples wanting to resolve marital issues and become more connected. "Often a couple experiences vast changes and dynamics throughout their relationship. I provide a safe, neutral environment and a positive perspective that allows couples to resolve conflict and ultimately build a stronger bond by focusing on and meeting each others needs".

Lastly, josie offers christian based therapy for clients seeking to involve God in their therapy journey. "We are all broken, healing is a humble journey and when we open our hearts and invite God into our lives, nothing is impossible".

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways a knowledge him, and he will make straight your paths"

Heather Aviles, M.A., A.T.R., L.P.C.


While working on her B.S. degree in Psychology, Heather began using art as a form of healing negative behaviors and expressing emotions. Art can transcend unconscious obstacles and barriers in a powerful way while healing the soul. She received her M.A in Art Therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Heather’s form of therapy allows her clients to develop and change in the ways they wish to, Overcoming resistance and responding differently to negative feelings. Heather has a passion for working with clients struggling to overcome severe depression, anxiety, and trauma. “I believe with Art Therapy you can creatively push the negative feelings out, which then allows you to transform into the unique and beautiful person you truly are.” Heather also specializes in couples and family counseling.

Stephanie Ciucci, R.D.N., L.D.N.


Stephanie is an energetic and highly dedicated dietitian that provides guidance in all areas of nutrition. She has been specializing in the treatment of eating disorders since 2004. Stephanie strives to help her clients reach optimal mind/body health through teaching her clients the vital role of balanced, non-restrictive nutrition. Stephanie believes that everyone is an individual, so she takes a very individualized approach to treatment to help address the specific needs of her clients. Stephanie does find that a hands-on approach to treatment, such as grocery shopping, cooking sessions and dining out sessions are very effective in building life skills that are essential for a healthy recovery. Stephanie also helps her clients discover and develop a healthy relationship with physical activity, which is very important for mind/body wellness.

When Stephanie is not in the office, she loves to fill her time playing with her very spirited and energetic twins, organizing social events for her twins club, doing anything outdoors and cooking.

Favorite quotes:

“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” – Hippocrates

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Hellen Keller

Kendra DeFrank, L.C.P.C.


Kendra is an energetic and passionate therapist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. She believes in full recovery and utilizes a variety of techniques to help her clients heal. Kendra used to work as a therapist in the Eating Disorder Program at Linden Oaks Hospital and became well known for her effectiveness with body image and self-esteem work. She also has expertise in the resolution of depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Kendra is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). EMDR helps clients heal from trauma, which is really any experience that impacts someone negatively. Sometimes underlying traumas are the catalyst for the development of eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. If this is the case, it is important to heal these traumas in order to fully recover from the other presenting problems.

Kendra works in our New Lenox office as well as in our Naperville location. When Kendra is not doing therapy, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her three children.

Lindsay Calvario, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.


Lindsay is a loving, energetic, and creative nutrition therapist with over 10 years of experience treating eating disorders. As an eating disorders expert, she joins her clients on their recovery journey by creating a safe place for healing and improving their relationship with food. She believes in meeting her clients where they are at and compassionately guiding them to freedom from their eating disorder. Having experience with her own recovery journey, she understands her clients on a deep level. Lindsay is passionate about using experiential techniques to help her clients restore and maintain health in the most loving, non-rigid way possible. She believes in progress - not perfection - and has dedicated her life’s work to helping her clients find their own “perfectly imperfect” way of eating, one that is comfortable, flexible, and promotes optimal health and well-being. Lindsay is also talented at working with athletes and is a former collegiate cross country and track & field athlete herself. When not at the office, she is found doing her most important job of spending time with her husband and 3 young children.

Colleen Watson, L.C.P.C.


Colleen is a compassionate and energetic therapist who has special interest in treating those who have struggles related to identity, self esteem, body image, life transitions, anxiety and depression related disorders. Colleen’s passion is guiding clients to true and lasting recovery from the barriers in their lives that have prevented them from leading a full and meaningful life. Colleen loves to get creative in the way she approaches work with a client including implementing family therapy, and experiential therapies in order to target real life experiences as they pertain to the recovery process. The vast majority of Colleen’s training and experience has been in treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, addiction and eating disorders, at various levels of care (Residential, partial hospitalization, intensive out patient) which allows her to work effectively with any situation. Colleen takes a relational, person centered and strengths based approach in working with clients. She believes by working with clients to uncover the root function of behaviors they’re struggling with it is possible to discover a more adaptive way to manage life's stress, and in turn live a full and value based life. Colleen is trained in a variety of treatment modalities and utilizes CBT, DBT, RO-DBT, ACT, and ERP among other things with her clients. In addition to this, Colleen is an expert in the treatment of eating disorders.

Eve Miceli, Psy.D.


Dr. Miceli is a warm, caring and creative therapist who utilizes an integrative approach while working with her clients. She utilizes an intensive, team approach to treatment when necessary, and finds this to be most effective in the healing and recovery process. She enjoys working closely with families and loved ones in order to help facilitate healthy relationships and maximize therapy outcomes.

Dr. Miceli specializes in working with issues related to Interpersonal Concerns, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders and Traumatic Stress. Additionally, she believes that Effective Communication is a key component in any healthy personal or professional relationship, and enjoys providing such training to individuals, couples, families and small organizations.

In her spare time, she enjoys working on creative projects and spending time with her family.

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Lisa Carroll, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.


Lisa is a companionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated dietitian. She is committed to improving the health and well-being of her community through nutrition and positive relationships with food. Lisa specializes in eating disorders and weight management and believes in helping her clients achieve full recovery through unique learning and recovery experiences. Her interactive approach with clients helps to promote health and nutrition. Lisa strongly believes that food and nutrition play a large role in physical, mental, and emotional health and allows the individual to enjoy life to its fullest. Her goal as a dietitian is to help the client build lasting relationships with food and a positive body image. As an animal lover, Lisa enjoys playing outdoors with her dog and cooking for her family and friends.

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Lenny Rago, M.S.W., C.A.D.C.


Lenny is a warm and caring counselor who specializes in helping people work through addiction, anxiety and depression issues as well as general mental health and well being needs. He is passionate about working with people to achieve their personal goals and he has dedicated his professional life to serving communities and individuals. Prior to receiving his MSW and CADC, Lenny was a police officer for many years. This experience provided Lenny with an awareness, compassion for and sensitivity to all different types of people facing stressful and challenging situations. He has assisted a lot of people with making positive changes in their lives. Lenny’s background includes working with adults and adolescents in a clinical setting focused on family and individual counseling. He has also been a mentor for foster children and teens. In his down time, Lenny likes spending time with family and friends, traveling and watching sports- especially the Bears and Blackhawks.

Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D.


Dr. Geraghty has a specialty certificate in clinical health psychology. She is described as compassionate, humorous, and unconditionally accepting of her clients. Dr. Geraghty practices Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which incorporate evidenced based treatments such as mindfulness, teaching coping skills, and assisting clients in living their values.

Dr. Geraghty bases her care on the biopsychosocialspiritual model and therefore views and supports each client as a whole. She has an active style of therapy which involves clients learning about themselves through experiential exercises. Her clinical expertise includes: eating disorders, chronic illness and physical disabilities (e.g. chronic pain, cancer, spinal injury, amputation, surgical and medical procedure preparation, etc.), trauma (e.g. PTSD, secondary trauma in healthcare professionals, etc.), anxiety disorders (e.g. phobias, OCD, etc.), bereavement, depression, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Dr. Geraghty also enjoys giving interactive presentations to clients and professionals.

As a person with chronic pain and other physical disabilities, Dr. Geraghty understands firsthand the difficulties that medical diagnosis brings to daily living. Dr. Geraghty supports and guides clients and their families, assisting them in living life to the fullest regardless of one’s medical and psychological circumstances.

One of Dr. Geraghty’s favorite quotes is: “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” Join Dr. Geraghty in supporting you in living a rich and meaningful life.

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Amanda Comstock, Psy. D.


Dr. Amanda Comstock is a licensed clinical psychologist who believes that change and growth can occur through a collaborative, supportive and therapeutic relationship. She is a warm and caring psychologist who will meet you where you are. She is passionate about helping her patients identify and work towards achieving their personal goals and wellness. When working with patients, Dr. Comstock practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She is also able to provide Christian Counseling. Dr. Comstock helps reduce distress by teaching coping skills that help patients to work towards their personal goals and assist with living a fuller and more meaningful life.

Dr. Comstock enjoys working with individuals of all ages with a variety of concerns, including: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, relationship problems, bereavement, memory concerns, (i.e. Alzheimer’s, dementia, and family consultations for elderly parents). She also specializes in working with law enforcement officers and their families. In addition to therapy services, Dr. Comstock can also provide personality testing.

In her spare time, Dr. Comstock can be seen with a camera in hand as she loves photography, traveling, and spending times outdoors.

Ashley Podzius

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Though we cannot control the obstacles we encounter on our journey, we have a choice to either let an experience tear us apart or give us strength. The practice of yoga reminds us that wherever we are in this journey, we are never alone.

What slowly began as a way to move and escape her physical body, quickly developed into a lifestyle of acceptance. Ashley began her yoga practice with Brenda Temme, dancing and breathing to the style of Vinyasa Flow. Through personal exploration and self-study, Ashley developed a thirst for the spiritual and emotional side of the practice. Through yoga, she was able to release her attachment to the idea of perfection. She received her certification through The Colorado School of Yoga, with Kathryn Budig and Gina Caputo at a 200-hour Residential Integrated Training. Ashley infuses her classes with her passion for love, vitality and music. She thrives to share the magic of yoga with her students, allowing them to feel confident in their minds and bodies, guiding them to move in a way that makes them feel alive.

Ashley received a Trauma Informed Yoga certification at Moksha Yoga in Chicago through a program ran by Catherine Ashton, founder of Yoga to Transform Trauma. This certification allows her to teach a sensitive approach to yoga to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and many other forms of PTSD. Ashley holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is the Yoga Specialist at Rago & Associates, an outpatient Psychiatry practice, at their Naperville and Chicago locations. She works with clients affected by trauma, as well as those who struggle with eating disorders, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

Danielle Evanson, L.C.P.C.


Danielle’s experience and training allow her to work with clients across the life span, including children, adolescents and adults. Using creative, individualized techniques, Danielle works to assist clients to achieve their most fulfilling lives. An active problem-solver, Danielle will help her clients find solutions that work best for them. Any trauma that her clients have experienced will be fully considered as a part of their healing journey. Danielle brings many years of work experience in higher levels of care to the outpatient setting. This allows her to help clients even when their symptoms are severe, and to ensure that they find safety and solutions with a long term view. Danielle’s passions include working with depressive and anxiety disorders, obsessiveness, ADHD, children who are struggling in school or relationships, addiction and trauma. Danielle is also a specialist in eating disorder recovery.

“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you,” Rupi Kauer

Her favorite hobby is traveling with her husband and young daughter.

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