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Debbie Sardina, LCPC

debbie sardinaMs. Debbie D. Sardina is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois.  She earned her Masters of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University.  She also holds an Illinois Department of Human Services, Part C Early Intervention Specialist Credential (Evaluation / Assessment / Intervention certified).  Debbie works with young families utilizing a “Supernanny” approach by working with parents directly with the goal of eliciting compliant behavior from their children.

Debbie works with young children / adolescents and their families, assisting parents in establishing authority in their home, as well as caring for and nurturing their children’s emotional well-being.  The goal of therapy goes beyond behavior management and strives for family unity.  Debbie’s practice is not limited to strictly working with children and families, though, she works with adults and couples using a strength-based approach to facilitate personal growth within each of her clients.

For families and individuals who profess a Christian faith, Debbie provides Biblical-based counseling to families, couples, and individuals.  She skillfully combines traditional mental health counseling while utilizing the Bible as ultimate authority and guidance.  She helps her clients discover God’s plan for their lives through Biblical scripture.  No judgment, only encouragement.

Debbie is happy to be joining Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. as an outpatient provider.  She is a single mother of two teenage children and lives in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Marineta Saunderson, MSN, APN

marineta_saundersonMs. Marineta Saunderson, MSN, APN is Board-Certified in the State of Ilinois as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She completed her Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) from Northern Illinois University in 2010.  Marineta earned two undergraduate degrees – her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology / General Science from the University of Dubuque in Iowa in 1995 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from Rockford College in 1999.

Marineta presently works at Advanced Primary Health Care in Aurora, Illinois, where she provides primary care medicine to all age groups served by the clinic.  She also continues to work at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse.  Marineta’s work experiences as a nurse are varied and include work as a pediatric nurse specialist at Central DuPage Hospital and a Psychiatric Nurse at Linden Oaks Mental Health Center in Naperville, Illinois.

Marienta is excited to get back into the field of psychiatry as an Advanced Practice Nurse.  She holds Certification through the ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner.


Frank Gutierrez, LCPC, CADC

frank_gutierrezMr. Frank Gutierrez, LCPC, CADC is licensed in the State of Illinois as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and is certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).  He received his Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology (M.S.) from Argosy University of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2009.  He has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families and feels comfortable providing counseling services using a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Existential Therapy.

Frank joined the staff of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2015 and works as an outpatient provider at the Chicago office location.  He is fully Spanish bilingual.  Frank is well-respected for his multicultural experience.  He has worked with a wide array of client providing individual, group, family, and couples’ counseling.  Frank has also received training in working with DCFS referrals.

Frank takes a holistic approach to therapy designed to unite mind, body, and spirit.


Mack Haggerty, Psy.D., LCPC

dr_haggertyDr. Mack Haggerty has an extensive and varied background in human behavior and clinical intervention and assessment.  He obtained his master’s degree in counseling while on active duty in the United States Navy at Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina in 1990.  Since then, he has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and obtained his Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.  Dr. Haggerty completed his internship with the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas.Dr. Haggerty’s specialties and professional interests include the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders – including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – depressive disorders, anger management, ethical issues in clinical psychology, veteran’s issues, couples’ therapy, autism spectrum disorder, childhood fluency disorders, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Dr. Haggerty utilizes a variety of treatment modalities to help his clients, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy, motivational counseling, and client-centered interventions.  His sense of humor and pragmatic style are designed to put his clients at ease and utilize their perhaps unknown resources.

A lifelong aviation and classic vintage automobile enthusiast, Dr. Haggerty resides in the Northwest Suburbs with his wife and twin boys.

Allison Barton, M.A., LCPC

Ms. Allison Barton, Counseling ExternMs. Allison Barton completed her undergraduate studies at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California in 2009 where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree (B.A.) with a Studio Art emphasis. She went on to earn her Masters of Art Therapy Degree (M.A.) from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2012.  Ms. Barton completed her Art Therapy Internship at The Gunnison Health Care Center in Gunnison, Colorado where she provided art therapy with a varied client population dealing with bereavement and end of life issues. More recently, Ms. Barton has served as a Screening, Assessment, and Supportive Services (SASS) Therapist with Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  She presently serves as a Community Liaison for Garfield Park Hospital where she assists in marketing.

Ms. Barton’s professional interests include working with children and the elderly, working with terminally ill populations, and using art therapy in cross-cultural settings.

Ms. Barton joined the staff of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. as a Counseling Extern in 2014.  She recently obtained her Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) certification in 2016 and works in private practice at Dr. Parisi’s Mount Prospect office where she maintains a diverse practice.  She is a member of the Illinois Art Therapy Association and is active in her church.

Megan Orr, Psy.D.

dr_orrDr. Megan Orr is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. She earned her Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2010. She completed her undergraduate coursework at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2004.Dr. Orr completed her pre-doctoral internship at Sheridan Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and her post-doctoral residency at Hillcrest Healthcare Center. Dr. Orr’s clinical experience includes work within a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. For the past four years, her work professional work has primarily focused on providing services to individuals with chronic mental illness and the geriatric population.

Prior to joining Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C., Dr. Orr was the Director of Mental Health at a psychiatric healthcare center and was responsible for developing and managing internal programming, discharge coordination, behavior monitoring, training of staff, and managing the completion of all necessary psychosocial assessments. Dr. Or employs the use of various treatment modalities and values the importance of maintaining a biopsychosocial perspective in the understanding of her clients. Her approach to psychotherapy draws heavily from her training in cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Orr joined Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2013 as both an inpatient and outpatient psychologist. She continues to supervise doctoral externs at a psychiatric healthcare center in Chicago. Dr. Orr was born and raised in Tipton, Indiana. In 2005 , she moved to Chicago in order to complete her graduate studies. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, as well as cooking.


Patricia Hoyos, Psy.D.

Dr. Patricia Hoyos, Licensed Clinical PsychologistDr. Patricia Hoyos completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Psychology in 1993. She went on to earn her Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2004 with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Psychology.Dr. Hoyos completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she provided intensive, in-home treatment to Autistic children ages 3 to 7 using a comprehensive, behavior-based intervention model. She completed her post-doctoral psychology fellowship at the Ada S. McKinley Community Services Interventions Outpatient Program where she provided bilingual, in-home, community-based treatment to severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents and their families.Dr. Hoyos’ areas of specialization include the treatment of trauma, health psychology, early childhood, family therapy, Latino families, domestic violence, and low-income populations. She has worked within her own private practice and as a Staff Psychologist at Mount Sinai Hospital where she has continued to work with children, adolescents and families and cater to an ethnically diverse and underserved population.

Dr. Hoyos joined the staff of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2014 as a Psychologist who provides inpatient services at Metro Chicago skilled nursing facilities working within a bilingual capacity. Dr. Hoyos is a native Spanish speaker and is passionate about serving the needs of the Latino elderly. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Midwest Association of Latino Psychology (MALP).


Chandrakant (C.K.) Shah, Ph.D., LCPC, CADC

dr_shahDr. C.K. Shah has been credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois for fifteen (15) years. He graduated with his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Psychology from The University of Baroda, Gujarat, India in 1976. He is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is Board-Certified as an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Specialist through the Illinois Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association.

Before joining the outpatient team of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C., Dr. Shah worked for fourteen (14) years for the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center as a Staff Psychotherapist where he provided individual counseling, group psychotherapy, substance abuse intervention, and case management services to a varied client population.

Dr. Shah’s career experience has given him a deep understanding of mental health and substance abuse issues. He has a great commitment to providing the highest quality of care to individual and families to help improve their quality of life. Dr. Shah has expertise working with older teenagers, adults, and geriatrics and has worked extensively with anxiety, depression, chronic mental illness, relationship problems, substance abuse, traumatic stress, and grief counseling. Dr. Shah utilizes a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and client-center therapy.

Dr. Shah lives with his family in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu.

Ailsa Nielsen

Ailsa Nielsen, Psy.D., LCPC

Dr. Ailsa Nielsen chicago illinoisDr. Ailsa Nielsen completed her Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and earned a graduate Art Therapy Certificate from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She is credentialed in Illinois as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with experience in a variety of areas.

Dr. Nielsen completed her pre-doctoral training in rehabilitation, providing testing and clinical services to persons with strokes and other neurological disorders. She has also provided psychotherapy for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma-spectrum disorders, addiction, and couples counseling and marital enrichment.

Dr. Nielsen has worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing expressive art therapy using the visual arts. She believes that engaging in the creative process in the therapeutic context can provide another avenue for self expression and understanding / resolution of concerns. Visual imagery can compliment verbal expression and enrich the healing process for individuals interested in working in this manner. Children and adolescents who may have difficulty communicating can also utilize engaging in the arts as a method of rapport-building and sharing concerns.

Dr. Nielsen began working as a staff therapist with Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2011. Dr. Nielsen lives with her family in Skokie and enjoys spending time reading and engaging in the arts and other leisurely activities.