Nadia Persun, Ph.D.
Clinical Care Director
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Persun’s clinical expertise includes treatment of anxiety, eating disorders and weight loss, infertility and women’s health, marriage and family therapy, and adolescent issues. She also does psychological testing for personality disorders and learning disabilities (ADHD). Dr. Persun obtained her Doctorate in Psychology and Human Development at the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois). Prior to GreenPath Clinic, Dr. Persun worked at Meier Clinic in Wheaton, IL, as a therapist and as a testing practicum supervisor. Dr. Persun has worked at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Hospital, doing research on and helping patients with eating disorders. She has also worked at the Roosevelt University Student Counseling Center, providing therapy to young adults on issues of self-esteem, career counseling, and relationship problems. Dr. Persun also has years of experience teaching psychology courses, as a Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty at The University of Chicago and at North Central College (Naperville, IL).
Since 2006, Dr. Persun also served a Managing Partner of “Family Bridges”, a non-profit organization providing relationship enhancement education and services to the Chicagoland community. She a certified instructor of several family wellness curriculums and offers lectures and training seminars for couples on marital wellness and divorce prevention. Dr. Persun has authored “Growth: Happy Home, Healthy Workplace,” a new curriculum that teaches personal and relational wellness in business settings. She provides corporate coaching to businesses.
Dr. Persun has a warm and compassionate treatment style and is easy to connect to. She is a native of Moscow, Russia, having moved to the United States in 1990s to pursue her undergraduate degree in Psychology. With her family, Dr. Persun enjoys outdoors, arts and crafts, travel and learning foreign languages. Dr. Persun is passionate about holistic approach to treatment of mental health and other conditions. Having worked for years in psychiatry affiliated agencies, Dr. Persun understands pharmacological treatments, yet she helps consider natural options.
Dr. Persun’s favorite quotes on life are: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” (Oscar Wilde) and “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony ” (Mahatma Gandhi). Her favorite quote on health is "The first wealth is health” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Jean Hendrix, M.A., LCPC
Counselor / Mental Health Therapist
Ms. Hendrix obtained her bachelor’s in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from St. Xavier University. She has fifteen years of experience as a therapist. She worked as a therapist at Maryville Academy providing therapy to adolescent girls in a residential setting. She also has experience working with trauma survivors and their families at Northwest Treatment Associates.
Ms. Hendrix utilized play therapy and art therapy when working with young trauma survivors. She provided individual, couple’s and family counseling at Catholic Charities and Youth Service Bureau. She has experience providing counseling to clients with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, relationship issues, past trauma, parenting, anger, autism, caregiver stress, grief and alcohol and substance abuse. She uses a client-centered approach and finds empathy to be an effective way to engage with clients. She believes in empowering clients to make decisions and change behaviors that may be impeding progress. She is the parent of a child with autism and has been involved with therapeutic interventions.
In her free time, Ms. Hendrix enjoys reading, bike riding, spending time with family and traveling. One of her favorite quotes is “Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me and which truly expresses me?”. Another favorite quote is “Give the best you have and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway” Mother Teresa.
Debbie Prescott, M.A., LPC
Counselor / Mental Health Therapist
Ms. Debbie Prescott received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. She considers it a privilege to provide a caring environment in which to help her clients discover their strengths and learn to utilize them to their fullest capacity.
Her approach is holistic -- addressing the overall health and well-being of each individual. Her goal is to provide her clients with the tools and insights they need to move beyond old, limiting behaviors and beliefs. Ms. Prescott specializes in guiding her clients through life’s many transitions, such as marriage conflict, grief, job loss and divorce. She focuses on those with symptoms of depression, anxiety and anger management. She helps women enhance their self esteem, increase assertiveness, cope with stress and navigate through life phase changes.
Ms. Prescott works with those 18 years of age and older.Her clients find her approachable and non-judgmental. She integrates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and uses Supportive and Solution Based Modalities. But her goal is to serve each client’s individual needs and develop treatment that facilitates the resolve of one’s core issues.
In her free time Ms. Prescott enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys gardening, reading and traveling with her husband. One of her favorite quotes is "Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start" (Nido Quebe).
Sylwia Smutny, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC
Clinical Supervisor; Psychologist Mental Health Therapist; Addiction Treatment Counselor
Dr. Sylwia Smutny received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University, Shaumburg,IL). She obtained her B.S. from Loyola University (Chicago, IL). Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, ADHD, and self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse and cutting. She is has extensive training, certification, and experience treating addiction issues, such as alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and gambling.
Dr. Smutny has a broad range of experience working at a residential treatment center, public schools, community mental health centers, as well as in private practice. She is experienced at working with children, teens, and adults from different cultural backgrounds. Being a native Polish speaker, she enjoys working on issues on immigration, acculturation, and can provide therapy and psychological testing in Polish.
Dr. Smutny is described by her clients as empathic, understanding, and nonjudgemental. She uses holistic approach to treatment and looks for strengths in a person. She is skilled at providing DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) to treat personality disorders, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to treat issues of anxiety and depression, and also uses Motivational Interviewing for enhancement of self esteem and assertiveness. Dr. Smutny helps her clients to learn effective coping skills, teaching them skills of mindfulness and cognitive restructuring.
Native of Naperville/Aurora area, she enjoys travel and spending time with her young daughters, teaching them skills of mindfulness and holistic health. Her favorite quotes include: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference" (Serenity Prayer); "The greatest discovery of all times is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude" (Oprah Winfrey); "The mind is everything. What you think you become" (Buddha).
Kristie Sharon, MA, LSW
Counselor / Mental Health Therapist
Ms. Sharon became a therapist to help people navigate their complex worlds to live a healthier, happier life. She believes in a holistic approach; that all components of ones' life are interrelated. Ms. Sharon views the individual as a whole and incorporates the different, unique aspects of one’s life. She considers it an honor to give the sacred space in her practice for clients to reach their fullest potential.
Ms. Sharon received her Master's Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker with the state of Illinois. Her diverse background in social services includes: working with clients with physical and developmental disabilities, as well as those suffering with opiate and other substance abuse addictions. Most recently, Ms. Sharon worked with acute psychiatric hospital in-patients with various mental health illnesses. Ms. Sharon has experience working with both adult and adolescent populations. Ms. Sharon’s areas of specialty are anxiety and depression, women's emotional health and empowerment, family and couples therapy, trauma treatment, adolescent behavior issues, substance abuse/dependence, life transitions, coping and anger management.
Mrs. Sharon is compassionate and understands that each individual is unique. Therefore, she has the ability and experience in a plethora of theoretical approaches. Adding a holistic approach to the traditionally focused behavioral models as well as elements of solutions based modalities that incorporate body consciousness is emphasized. Ms. Sharon also places importance in the Person-In-Environment concept and helps her clients’ process and understand how the environment effects them and how they in return effect the environment.
Raised in Naperville, Ms. Sharon is excited to provide therapeutic healing techniques to the local community. In her free time. Ms. Sharon enjoys nature, white water rafting, hiking, and the ocean. She also enjoys playing golf and spending time with her husband and two dogs- Otis & Maxwell. Ms. Sharon loves to live a healthy and active lifestyle and practices yoga and meditation. Mrs. Sharon is very passionate in raising awareness about mental health illness. One of her favorite quotes is “Be the change you wish to see in the world”- Gandhi.
Yuri Korvatko, DC, MS, DACBR, BSc (Hons) Osteo.
Licensed Chiropractor / Diplomate of American Chiropractic Board of Radiology
Dr. Korvatko has begun his medical career in 1984, after graduating from a dental school in Russia. In the early 1990 he has moved to the United Kingdom, where he pursued career in manual medicine and natural health and has graduated with the honorary degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the London School of Osteopathy. Through 1990s, he owned a multidisciplinary practice in London, as an Osteopath, alongside Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Homeopaths, Neurolinguistic Program specialists, Hypnotherapists, Podiatrists, Massage Therapists and other providers of traditional and complementary medicine. Dr. Korvatko has also taught clinical sciences and manipulation skills at the British School of Osteopathy in London.
In addition to his Osteopathic degree, Dr. Korvatko has obtained his honorary degree of Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois. After becoming a licensed Chiropractic Physician, Dr. Korvatko has embarked on a three year post-doctorate residency program in Radiology at NUHS, achieving a status of a Diplomate of American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR), with post-doctorate degree of Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Korvatko has also obtained several other professional qualifications including certificates in Acupuncture and McKenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and therapy.
Dr. Korvatko is a strong believer in the patient centered and multi-disciplinary approach. Dr. Korvatko offers combined hands-on and clinical diagnostic skills that include advanced orthopedic and physical examination skills, advanced spinal manipulation and soft tissue therapy skills, acupuncture, nutritional support, therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation therapy skills. Dr. Korvatko treats a wide variety of conditions ranging from pediatric and maternal complaints, adults with back and neck pain, migraines, headaches, disc disease, spinal stenosis, chronic inflammation and arthritis, nutritional and metabolic support and many other physical as well as emotional and general health complaints.
In addition to his advanced manual therapy skills, Dr. Korvatko provides Diagnostic Imaging interpretation of x-rays and MRI. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at NUHS in Lombard, Illinois, teaching graduate classes and supervising chiropractic students. Being a strong proponent of natural and preventative healthcare approach, Dr. Korvatko strongly adheres to some early Osteopathic and Chiropractic healing philosophy that states that “the human body remains its own ultimate medicine chest.” Outside of work, Dr. Korvatko enjoys yoga, swimming, current affairs, classical and contemporary music, cooking European and world’s cuisines and spending time with his wife and their two children.
Denise Shostek, D.C.
Dr. Denise Shostek has turned her passion for health into a holistic practice, treating the whole person with alternative medicine.
She is a Chiropractic physician, licensed acupuncturist, and currently obtaining her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Shostek enjoys working with women of all ages, and has facilitated women through musculoskeletal issues, diabetes, menopause, anxiety, insomnia, cancer support, nutritional counseling, weight loss, digestive issues, herniated discs, back pain, movement issues, diabetes and hypertension, to name a few.
Dr. Shostek employs naturopathic philosophy as a coaching tool, encouraging patients to take responsibility for their health, allowing the body to heal naturally with proper diet, clean water, exercise, sleep, and a healthy environment. When you meet with Dr. Shostek, you can expect that healthy exercise and movement will be part of your treatment plan. Her number one anti-aging protocol is exercise, with a close runner-up of diet and supplementation. Whatever your health challenge is, she will develop a comprehensive wellness system for you.
Dr. Denise’s philosophy on healthy living is rooted in the concept of good stewardship. You are only given one body in life and what you sow in this body is what you will reap. This applies to not only how we use our body and what we feed our body, but also to what we do and think. She feels it is a privilege to work with the counseling staff, who also support holistic health. One of her favorite quotes is from Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” It takes courage to maximize one’s health and Dr. Denise is ready to help you take on the challenge to live life to its fullest.
Kate Schaefer, MA, LPC
Counselor / Mental Health Therapist
Ms. Kate Schaefer received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, IL). She is also a graduate of North Central College (Naperville, IL). Ms. Schaefer treats emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal issues in children of all ages. She ensures that the child’s family system is supported as well and given all of the resources necessary to make positive changes in the child’s natural environment. She believes that to effectively treat a child, the whole family should be involved in order for change to take place. Ms. Schaefer also works with teenagers and young adults on issues related to relational problems, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and career indecision.
Ms. Schaefer areas of clinical expertise include anxiety disorders, self-esteem and relationship issues, and work with Autism Spectrum and other developmental and learning disorders. She has worked as a Behavioral Therapist, conducting in-home ABA therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as an intern Mental Health Therapist at a community mental health center. She brings a wide variety of clinical experience to her work, allowing her to tailor her treatment to individual clients.
Ms. Schaefer’s belief on the counseling process is the treatment of the whole person. This extends to family and personal relationships, as she believes it is important to heal with support and love. She strives to create a warm, empathic environment in her therapeutic space to help clients feel at ease discussing difficult life experiences. Ms. Schaefer believes that each person who comes to therapy holds the tools within themselves to make change, but may need a helping hand to guide them towards the discovery of their unique coping skills. She brings in both art and play into her treatment style, using her training in the therapeutic style of Theraplay ©. Despite her passion of working with children and adolescents, Kate enjoys working with individual adults and families dealing with a variety of life’s difficult challenges.
In her free time, Ms. Schaefer enjoys reading, writing blogs, playing video games, and spending time with her fiancé, friends and family. Her favorite quotes on life are: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” (Eleanor Roosevelt) and “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” (Thomas Edison).
Laura Schleifer, MA, LPC, NCC
Counselor / Mental Health Therapist
Ms. Laura Schleifer believes that each individual holds unique strengths, wisdom, and the capacity to heal, grow and thrive. She received her B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She helps clients discover the tools they already possess and to use them effectively to reach their goals. She also teaches new skills and considers it a privilege to join with clients on this collaborative healing journey.
Ms. Schleifer has a wide range of experience serving children, youth, adults, and families. Her specialty areas include treating social, emotional and behavioral issues related to grief, trauma, family conflict, divorce, adoption, ADHD, and developmental delays. She also enjoys working on issues related to loss and trauma, and helps those navigating their way through life transitions, physical disabilities or interpersonal conflicts. These situations often lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression or posttraumatic stress that can be alleviated through the power of a warm, supportive therapeutic relationship.
Ms. Schleifer brings an accepting, humanistic stance to all of life’s problems and works holistically to help clients cope with difficulties and find solutions. Treatment is tailored to individual needs, often incorporating mindfulness approaches to reduce stress and promote greater well-being.
Over the years Ms. Schleifer has had the opportunity to live and work in several countries, familiarizing herself with many cultures. In addition to traveling, learning and artistic endeavors, she loves spending time in nature and playing with the many children and animals in her life. Some of her favorite quotes include “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom (Anais Nin); "Never, never, never, never give up (Winston Churchill); and “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” (J.R.R. Tolkien).