Outpatient Behavioral Health & Wellness Center (Rocky River, OH)
Mental health & substance abuse care in Rocky River, Ohio
Healing from a mental health or substance use condition can be a long road. Our team of addiction specialists and mental health professionals in Rocky River are here to guide and support patients throughout this journey. With a wide range of knowledge and experience in the industry, our behavioral health professionals will not only work to provide every patient with the highest quality care but also strives to be a shoulder to lean on so that every patient at our Rocky River behavioral health center can find lasting relief.
Meet the Vertava Health Rocky River, OH Team
LPCC, Virtual Counselor
Sunny Bowers is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Ohio and has a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in clinical counseling from Malone University. With over ten years of experience working with adults, first responders, and teens in all phases of addiction and trauma, Sunny has focused on issues like depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, and relational difficulties.
Her approach to therapy strongly focuses on the therapeutic relationship. She believes that for patients to make progress, they need to feel comfortable with their therapist and that lasting change is built on authentic exploration. Using several different approaches to therapy depending on the patient’s unique needs, Sunny strives to empower her patients.
Joseph was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kent State and soon after started a career in the world of health and wellness. His has worked in everything from wellness to hospice settings and has experience in both prevention and treatment as well.
Joseph takes pride in helping people become the best versions of themselves. As a member of the Vertava Health Rocky River behavioral health team, Joseph’s goal is to grow the outreach efforts in the community and raise awareness about the resources and options that Vertava Health has to offer.
LPC, LMFT, Therapist
Kiera E. Graham holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Akron. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as well as a marriage family and couples therapist (LMFT). She is passionate about helping individuals from all different backgrounds who are struggling with emotional distress, mental health management, and substance use concerns. She frequently works with people who have experienced trauma and uses trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to help them change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for healthier outcomes.
Kiera strives to support her patients through life’s stressors and help them adapt healthier coping mechanisms to effectively adjust to life’s changes. She explains, “I use a kind but direct approach to aid clients to recognize distorted thinking, increase communication and conflict resolution skills, and efficiently meet both their personal and emotional goals. This helps patients to feel confident in themselves and proud of their inner and interpersonal growth.”
MHA, Executive Director
Nicole was born and raised in Athens, Ohio. She received dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and healthcare administration from the University of Rio Grande as well as a master’s degree in health administration from Ohio University. With over six years of experience in healthcare management, Nicole has worked in both hospital and outpatient settings while focusing on patient access. She also has experience running the front-end operations in an outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse agency.
Kassandra (Kcee) Phillips
LSW, Clinical Solutions Coordinator/Therapist
Kcee Phillips was adopted and grew up in Medina, Ohio. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University as well as a Master of Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. During her time at school, she worked in a hospital setting and gained experience in community outreach and group work. In the past, Kcee worked for a housing first agency that assisted the formerly homeless demographic in Cuyahoga County. She also has experience working with foster families, foster children, and a spectrum of trauma survivors.
Having struggled with a drug addiction starting at the age of 15, Kcee understand what patients are going though. She moved to Cleveland ten years ago with her now late husband to make a new life for themselves and has been sober ever since. She now uses her personal experiences to help others find lasting sobriety.
“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage”-Brene Brown.
LPCC, Lead Therapist
Dustin Vacha received his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Walsh University in North Canton and has been working as a therapist since 2017. He is a licensed professional clinical counselor and has a history of working with individuals who struggle with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma. Dustin enjoys meeting with all people and has worked in outpatient, residential, and school-based settings. He also has experience facilitating group therapy, couples counseling, and individual therapy while using techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI) modalities.
MSHS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Linn LeClair graduated from Cleveland State University with a master’s degree in health sciences and a certificate in physician assistant studies from Cuyahoga Community College in 2015. She is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. Since becoming a physician assistant, Linn has worked with patients undergoing bariatric surgery as well as hospitalized psychiatric patients.
Po ki Yang
PA-C, Physician Assistant
Po ki Yang moved to Twinsburg, Ohio from Hong Kong at the age 15. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and started working in biomedical research in neurology and melanoma. Po ki later went to Cleveland State University for a master’s degrees in both health science and physician assistant. She has experience in interventional pain management and is currently specialized in outpatient adult psychiatry and substance use disorders. She uses motivational interviewing to help her patients and believes in the importance of harm reduction.
Clinic Solutions Coordinator
Born and raised in Cleveland, Nicole Donerson has ten years of experience in the mental and behavior health field. She enjoys interacting and building relationships with patients, and her priority is to ensure that all patients receive quality service and attention. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two children.