Meet the Team

Our Therapists

 

Gloria Jean Bannasch

Founder, Co-Owner, Team Leader of GJB Health Services

• Master of Education
• Professional Counselor
• Nationally Certified Counselor
• Board Certified Executive Coach
• Board Certified Telemental Health Provider
• Certified Gottman Therapist
Wisconsin's only Certified Gottman Therapist

“As Wisconsin’s only Certified Gottman Therapist, working with couples is my passion.  I also present workshops designed by the Gottman Institute: The Art and Science of Love Workshop for Couples, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and Bringing Baby Home.  To sign up for my workshops in Appleton and in other locations, call our office or go to my website:  https://couplesworkshopswi.com"

Gloria has worked in both mental health and alcohol treatment programs in a variety of settings. As a hobby (and “self-therapy”) Gloria creates art pieces; many of which are on display in our Appleton office and in the booklet.


 

 

    Gerald J. Bannasch

    Gerald J. Bannasch

    MD, FACNS

    Dr. Bannasch provides both psychiatric and neurologic services to his patients. New clients can make appointments with less than a month’s wait time.
    He is board certified in adult neurology, general psychiatry, vascular neurology, behavioral neurology, neuropsychiatry, and is a fellow in the American Clinical Neurophysiological Society.

    “My philosophy for treating patients is evaluating for any medical problems which could be causing, or exacerbating, potential psychiatric issues. Time-limited medications may be prescribed along with psychotherapy and life-style changes to empower patients.”


     

     

      Tania Hanford

      LPC

      Tania is a Wisconsin State Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in Sexual Therapy. She got her Master of Educational Psychology degree from UW Milwaukee and undergraduate degree from UW Oshkosh.

      Tania’s Sexual Therapy Certification is from the AASECT certified program at the University of Michigan. She has over 5 years of counseling experience working with youth, families, couples, and individuals with disabilities.

      Tania works with clients seeking sexual reassignment and is proud to serve the LBGTQ+ community.

      “My approach combines Motivational Interviewing, Family and Relational Systems, Mindfulness, and CBT. My work is based in guiding individuals and couples to find their successful life balance.”


       

       

        Kathleen Mueske

        Kathleen Mueske

        LPC

        “I believe that HOPE is the true essence of an enriched life and, that as a professional counselor, I am called to restore or enhance hope in challenging situations.”

        Kathleen seeks to partner with individuals who are interested in improving the quality of their lives, their relationships and their self-compassion.
        Kathleen is interested in providing a safe and affirming environment that creates opportunities for healing and improved health and wellbeing. Clinical areas of interest are Grief and Complicated bereavement, PTSD, LGBTQ+ Issues, Spiritual Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues and Low Self-Esteem.

        Clinical Modalities are Brief Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, DBT, Person Centered, Feminist Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused therapy.

        Populations served are children and parents, teens, college students and other young adults, adults, couples, veterans, artists, victims/survivors of trauma/abuse, professional caregivers, individuals with chronic health, and mental health conditions.


         

         

          Tricia L. Gonzales

          Tricia L. Gonzalez

          MA, LPC

          Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and a master’s degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI.

          Tricia works with teens and adults who struggle with Anxiety, Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; however, she works with anyone who is experiencing psychological distress. Teaching clients therapeutic techniques to treat their symptoms and heal their suffering is Tricia’s goal.

          Tricia offers clients effective ways to change how they respond to symptoms so that they can live a life beyond the symptoms that come with depression and anxiety.

          Therapeutic workbooks which address such issues as Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Self-harm, Divorce and Negative Thinking Patterns are used with teens. Tricia finds these workbooks are often useful for teens who may struggle to engage in talk-therapy; this format creates a more structured and goal directed approach.


           

           

            Dorothy Fonstad

            Dorothy Fonstad

            MSE, LCSW

            Dottie has been a therapist for over 30 years and is well known for her ability to help motivated clients gain insight and learn coping skills that they can use the rest of their lives.

            Dottie takes her job very seriously and believes that it is irresponsible to simply educate clients about different ways to handle problems; instead she makes sure they learn how to use their new skills effectively.

            Clients often comment on how Dottie’s compassionate and supportive approach, as well as her sense of humor, makes them feel very comfortable and never judged. They also appreciate Dottie’s willingness to be honest with them and provide feedback in a way that they do not ever feel shamed or criticized. When a client works with Dottie, they quickly become aware that she truly cares and holds herself as responsible as her clients, for their progress.

            Dottie is trained in Cognitive Behavior, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness, Trauma therapy, Biofeedback.

            Dotti is in the process of training for Brainspotting techniques. Dottie works with: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem, LBGTQ+ Issues, Unresolved Childhood Issues, Work Issues, ADHD, Borderline Personality Issues, and Adjustment Issues.


             

             

              Jilliam Rotzenberg

              Jillian Rotzenberg

              LPC-IT

              Jillian was the first member of the support team at GJB Health Services. Jillian completed her master’s program last year and is now a Licensed Professional Counselor in Training.

              In Wisconsin, 3000 hours of supervision are required to complete licensure requirements; once completed, Jillian with be a fully licensed Professional Counselor.

              Jillian has filled almost every role at GJB Health Services, including Office Manager, and will continue to help with various support team needs as her client case-load continues to increase. Currently her role is largely clinical in nature.

              Jillian, and the rest of the LPC-ITs, provide therapy on a sliding scale; determined by income. Most clients pay $75.00 for the initial session and $50.00 for subsequent sessions. Jillian has a special affinity for working with the families of men and women who have served in the armed forces. Jillian also works with couples.


               

               

                Korah Petrasko

                Korah Petrasko

                LPC-IT

                Korah completed her master’s program at the end of 2017. She is also completing the 3000-hour requirement for licensure. Korah has been helping the support team as her practice builds.

                Korah is an advocate for clients on the Autism Spectrum and has a special gift for bonding with children and teens. Korah gives freely of her time to advocate for mental health in the community. She is accepting new clients of all ages.


                 

                 

                  Tamara Riel

                  Tamara Riel

                  Ph.D. Intern

                  Tammy is completing her first internship at GJB Health Services; once her internships and practicums are completed, Tammy will be eligible for licensure as a Doctor of Psychology.

                  During this internship, Tammy is performing psychological and neuropsychological assessments.

                  Tammy also sees clients on a sliding scale basis. In her free time, Tammy helps the support team, as needed.


                   

                   

                    Michael Frost, MSE, CSAC, LPC-IT

                    Michael Frost

                    MSE, CSAC, LPC-IT

                    The latest LPC-IT to join the practice is, Michael Frost. Michael is also a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor who is passionate about, and fascinated by, recovery. He is strength-based and person-centered and believes in the worth of every person.

                    Michael embraces change and personal growth as lifelong processes and encourages clients to ask themselves, “Who am I?” and “What do I want?”. He enjoys helping his clients develop awareness, the ability to ask for help and the willingness to identify, allow and express feelings.

                    Michael is interested in people’s stories and listens closely for beliefs that may drive behavior.


                     

                     

                     

                       

                      Our Support Team

                       

                      Stacey Kreuter

                      Stacey Kreuter

                      Office Manager

                      Stacey oversees the front office, making sure that the phones are answered, appointments made, doctor’s orders called in, and all questions get answered.

                      Stacey works closely with the financial department to be sure all information is current and accounts are up-to-date.

                       

                        Mary Fischer

                        Mary Fischer

                        Head of Billing and Coding

                        Mary oversees filing claims for insurance. She is instrumental in pre-certification for new clients and patients. When insurance information changes, Mary makes note of the change and recertifies clients’ and patients’ benefits. Mary supports the Provider Team.

                         

                          Mary "Walt" Walter

                          Mary “Walt” Walter

                          Head of Financial Accounts

                          Mary posts the payments that come into the practice. She works closely with Mary Fischer and Stacey to be sure that all accounts are in good standing.

                          Mary contacts clients and patients when there are questions about accounts, or when a payment plan needs to be established.

                           

                            Gunjan Saini

                            Gunjan Saini

                            Assistant to Mary Fischer

                            Gunjan helps Mary Fischer with pre-certifications for clients and patients, and handling insurance claims.

                            Gunjan works closely with Stacey, Mary Fischer and Mary Walter to keep client and patient accounts up-to-date and in good order.

                             

                              Alea Kreuter

                              Alea Kreuter

                              Front Office

                              Alea is one of the first people to greet clients and patients when they arrive at GJB Health Services.

                              She handles appointments, filing, phone calls, and questions of all kinds, calls in medication refills and schedules testing.

                               

                                Alexis De Zee

                                Alexis De Zee

                                Student and Member of the “GJB Family"

                                Sometimes she’s with us, and far too often, she’s not.  When Alexis is in the office, you can feel the warmth of her smile from the parking lot.

                                Despite our efforts to convince Alexis otherwise, she has returned to college.  Expect to see Alexis often, in many different roles at GJB.

                                 

                                   

                                  Team Dogs

                                   

                                  Valley

                                  Valley, is Korah Petrasko's support dog who provides emotional support to clients and staff alike. She is a rescue dog who loves to go to work and make people smile!

                                    Cheyenne

                                    Shaiyene

                                    Shaiyene is owned and trained by Kathleen Mueske. Shaiyene’s job is to calm and comfort the clients with whom Kathleen works.

                                     

                                      Jack

                                      Jack

                                      Jack’s official owner is Mary Fischer. Jack is Mary Fischer's companion animal; however, we all get to love on him.