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Our Team

We love empowering, educating, and nurturing others!

Marcie McAlister

Executive Administrator, Billing & Payroll, & Credentialing Manager

I am a highly detailed and compassionate Executive Administrator and Office Manager. As the gatekeeper for Alta Vista, I assist clinicians in credentialing processes, in addition to maintaining HR files and processing payroll. With more than 6 years billing experience, I also assist clients in insurance and billing processes. I follow HIPPA standards in employee and client record management. If you have an admin question or have questions or concerns about establishing new or ongoing care, I am often your frontline guidance. I am committed to maintaining efficacious and streamlined practices.

Anthony Abastilla, LMHCA

Therapist

II have worked with children, teenagers, and adults since 2003 as a clinician, mental health counselor, case aid, and school counselor. The companies I have worked for include Kitsap Mental Health Services, Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas, The Washington Youth Academy, and the Moses Lake and Central Kitsap School Districts.

I hold a Bachelors degree in Human Services, Masters Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Education. I have completed supplemental trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Problem Solving and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). I was a school counselor for 9 years and worked in the Mental Health field 9 years before that.

I believe in building trusting relationships that are client centered, solution focused, and relational with a nonjudgmental approach. I use play therapy to build relationships and develop rapport with my youth clients. One of my main goals is to help you identify not only what you are doing and thinking, but the reason and rationale behind it. The hope is that we can then figure out strategies and ideas to help you understand yourself and create goals and solutions. Most importantly, I want to develop a trusting

relationship with you where you could trust me and know that I care about your wellbeing. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to see you grow, improve your quality of life, and to be a small part of

that success.

Kimberly Burke, LICSW, CMHS

Therapist

I earned my MSW from USC. My first career was as a teacher and I’ve taught almost every level from kindergarten through college. I ran my own day care/ preschool/kindergarten for 10 years after teaching in public schools. In my mental health career I have worked with children, adolescents and adults, and I enjoy a combination of clients in my caseload. I love working with gender questioning and transgender individuals, and individuals with trauma, depression and anxiety. I use CPT, EMDR, DBT, CBT, ACT, self-compassion, IFS, and reflective listening, play, art therapy, sand tray with children.




Bethany Donovan, LMHC, MHP

Mental Health Counselor

Counseling is my passion, and I steadfastly believe that being of service to others through my role as a mental health professional is my life purpose. I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014 and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology in 2017, both from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. My background working in the field of mental and behavioral health includes an internship in a correctional facility, as well as varied experience in community mental health settings, working with an incredible variety of people from all walks of life, struggling with issues just as varied.


As both a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the spouse of an active duty military member, I have a wide swath of experience and understanding of military culture and the unique challenges military families and spouses face on a daily basis. I work with adolescents (13+) and adults dealing with trauma, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and serious emotion dysregulation, as well as with couples.

As a therapist, I believe that: (a) knowledge is power and education about your unique needs or struggles is imperative; (b) as human beings, we are whole people—not a diagnosis—and deserve to be treated as such; and (c) it is never too late to start working on healing and improving your mental health.


As an eclectic therapist, I use a variety of methods from relevant theoretical approaches when collaboratively treatment planning and engaging with you in sessions. My preferred methods & theoretical approaches include—but are not limited strictly to—Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT], Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT], Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction [MBSR], Internal Family Systems [IFS], Person-Centered Therapy [PCT], Solution-Focused Therapy [SFT], expressive arts therapies, and psychoeducation. One size does not fit all, and by focusing on your unique experiences and strengths, we can focus on what is right for you.

Steven Thomas, MA, MFTA

Therapist

I have a Family and Marital Therapy Associate license. I received an M.A. in Psychology from Brandman University on the Joint Base Lewis McChord campus in 2018 and a Masters of Christian Education from Asbury Theological Seminary. I served in the Army as a Chaplain 2005-2015. I have also been a licensed teacher in several States and now hold an Elementary certificate in the State of Washington. Mental Health care is a commitment. Like other commitments success is linked to reaching goals and understanding the responsibilities, and understand how each person involved will commit. As there are many different types of people, there are different approaches that can be utilized for the circumstances.  I believe that the person seeking help can grow best if the positive is the main concentration.  Additionally, people are never an island; Specifically with children, it is important that caregivers are involved and support change to maximize results will. 


My primary approaches are Solution Focused based and Play Therapy combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help in behavior modification and helping individuals change beliefs that are leading to unwanted behaviors. I also use Dialectic Behavioral Therapy that helps in emotion regulation,  and in guiding better choices. Narrative Therapy/spiritual guidance, trauma-informed therapy, family/ couples therapy techniques guide communication. My approach often involves continuous evaluation of the participant and caregiver to find what is succeeding and what areas need to be adjusted. I believe all people are not perfect and so a major part of the growth of a person is when a family is willing to make changes together.

Heather McLellan, MSW, LSWAIC

Social Worker

I am a graduate of Pierce College, Pacific Lutheran University (1994,BSW), and the University of Washington, Tacoma (2004,MSW). I am a Tacoma native, and have enjoyed engaging with numerous individuals and a variety of large and small social service agencies in Pierce County during the last 20+ years of Social Service employment. My experience includes veteran community outreach programs, Inpatient and Outpatient Substance Abuse treatment and Social Work interning at the PTSD program at VA Hospital at American Lake. Child Welfare Services in Tacoma for seven years, and Case-managing at a private foster care agency and later becoming the Program Manager. I wanted a change and to work more closely with clients and took providing in home counseling and parenting services to diverse families, but found myself driving across three counties and spending more time in traffic than with clients. I am very excited to be working for and with individuals young and old, individually, and/or in small groups, and families at Alta Vista Integrated Life Services in Gig Harbor where I too live! 


I often make the statement, “Social Work is not just what I do for a living, it best fits who I am”. My service delivery is client centered, holistic, and eclectic, utilizing many pieces from my vast array of theoretical modalities learned (addictions treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive- BehavioralTherapy, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Therapy, Play Therapy, Level 1 Theraplay, Grief Therapy, to name just a few), always checking in for shared understanding of the problems and the proposed or desired solutions/outcomes. Therapy treatment will begin with a shared assessment of the clients’ needs and hopes for desired outcomes, and specific ideas of how we’ll get there, together.

Kris Landon, MSW, LSWAIC

Therapist

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of Washington. I have a Master of Social Work degree and a certificate in Animal-Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver. I am currently a licensed associate social worker (LSWAIC) pursuing my independent clinical licensure (LICSW) under direct supervision of my supervisor.

I have enjoyed working in a myriad of social work settings over the years with individuals from various cultural backgrounds, age groups, ethnicities, citizenship status, family compositions, religious affiliations, relationship statuses, sexual orientations, gender identities, etc. One of my passions is working with individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, specifically those who are in the process of exploring their own self-identities.

I employ various therapeutic techniques in session such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, trauma-informed therapy, play therapy, animal-assisted therapy and working from a strengths-based approach. I believe in providing client-directed services that address your specific needs and desires while assisting you in reaching your therapeutic goals. I welcome the opportunity to share in your journey toward positive growth and healing.

Brandi Wallentine, LMHCA

Port Orchard, Poulsbo

Therapist

I started babysitting at 8 years old and from that point to today I’ve been fascinated and constantly curious about early childhood development and human behavior. In my younger years, I tutored elementary students and worked at the YMCA in afterschool and summer youth programs. After graduating high school, I started working at a development center near Portland, Oregon where I was the co-teacher to 17 four-year-old's. In the evenings I would teaching swimming lessons to infants through adults and nanny on the weekends. In 2008 I started my “back-to-school" journey and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington. While attending, I volunteered as a King County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and volunteered at Treehouse for Kids in Seattle. After graduation, I moved back “home” to Kitsap where I started working for a local school district as a paraeducator, substitute teacher and eventually was offered a full-time position at the high school working with a federal grant program that assisted students in graduation goals and post-secondary aspirations. I earned my Master of Education with a Professional School Counselor certification in June of 2019. While attending grad school I worked as a registrar for a local drop-out reengagement program where we worked with youth to re-engage them toward high school/GED completion. After earning my graduate degree, I began working as the program manager for a local youth program through the Olympic Educational Service District, also a program that re-engages youth in academic and career building goals. Currently, I’m an associate mental health counselor and attending Olympic College, working toward my Chemical Dependency License requirements.

Ashley Santos, BA

MSW Intern

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and will be graduating with a master’s degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2021. For the last 6 years, I have served many different roles in non-profit agencies around the Puget Sound. I am an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as an advocate for LGBTQI rights, gender equality, and non-binary inclusion. My specialties include working with individuals and families coping with grief and loss, to include complicated and disenfranchised grief. I am also experienced in crisis intervention and safety planning. As a military spouse, I have an understanding of the complexities within military culture and the hardships that can accompany such a lifestyle. I aim to empathetically support and empower my clients to increase their self-confidence, set manageable goals, and navigate through the experiences in life that can feel overwhelming. 

Melissa Punzalan, BA

MSW Intern

I am currently completing a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on children, youth, and families. I hold a BA in English with a minor in Sociology.

For the past 7 years I served as a Public Hea​lth technician for the United States Air Force until honorably discharged. I have a passion to work the military population whether working with children and their social and emotional development but also with military veterans and their mental health. I also understand the importance of working with individuals as a family system in order to provide the best care for the individual and entire family unit.

Prior to the Air Force, I worked in the Department of Defense education system abroad as a paraprofessional assisting children with physical, mental, medical, and psychological disabilities.

My other interests include working with children in early intervention in order to help them be successful. I have a strong desire to work with women and children who suffer from maternal health issues such as postpartum depression, anxiety, birth trauma or other perinatal mood disorders. With regard to therapeutic practices, I am drawn to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, Art Therapies, Behavioral Health, Parenting, and Mental Health counseling.

Alyson Pond, MAMP

Disabilities Coordinator

My passion lies in helping people overcome adversity, navigate the challenges placed in front of them, and reach their full potential. I am currently a Masters of Social Work student at Louisiana State University Online. I earned a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and hold Masters in Military Psychology from Adler University. The focus of my first Masters was resiliency, positive psychology, and PTSD, and I am continuing to do work in this area through my MSW.

I am a nationally certified psychiatric technician and have spent time as a civilian working for Army behavioral health. My areas of operation included the residential treatment facility for substance use, the emergency department, and the acute inpatient unit. These opportunities allowed me to see what a difference clinicians such as social workers and counselors can truly make in someone’s life. 

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