About

About US

 

Our WSW Team includes board certified specialists committed to treating, inspiring, empowering, nurturing, and supporting the human spirit. Our office is proud to offer both prescribers for medication management and therapists for psychotherapy. At WSW, we are devoted to not only upholding, but surpassing standards of mental health care and our clients’ expectations. We serve the Greater Dayton Area with honor.

WOODSTREAM WELLNESS PROVIDERS & STAFF

Our Team

OUR OWNERS

Emilie & Shawn Breeding

Owners

Shawn and Emilie met in 2006 while working on an adolescent residential psychiatric unit in Dayton, Ohio. It was “love at first psych.” Shawn and Emilie married the following year and have been blessed with 3 beautiful children. Both Shawn and Emilie have a passion for serving patients in the field of mental health. They both decided to pursue advanced degrees with the dream of opening their own mental health outpatient practice. Shawn and Emilie’s vision came to fruition in the summer of 2021 when they opened WoodStream Wellness, a beautiful office space filled with positive energy and compassionate providers.

Laura Purdy

Co-Owner, Medical Director, MD

Laura is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician with experience as a full-time Med/Peds Hospitalist as well as Chief of Hospitalist Service for an Army Community Hospital. Extensive telemedicine experience throughout the scope of synchronous and asynchronous telemedicine. She is successful in nurturing productive relationships with physicians and crafting a strong team. With extensive telemedicine experience across a broad scope of service, Laura brings tremendous value added to the organization.

OUR PRESCRIBERS

Emilie Breeding

Owner, PMHNP

Emilie lives with her husband and 3 children in Springboro, Ohio. Emilie and her family enjoy traveling, hosting pool parties, watching movies, and playing with their dog Disco Popcorn.
“Work Hard Play Hard.” Emilie and her family strongly believe in a healthy work-life balance. When the principle focus of one’s work ethic includes virtue in hard work, they are better-able to enjoy their passions outside of work with both family and friends.

Emilie has a true passion for the development of a compassionate connection with her clients. Emilie has a natural ability for listening and making her clients feel safe and heard. Emilie takes pride in building relationships that focus on trust and honesty.

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Shawn Breeding

PA-C

Shawn grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio and now lives in Springboro with his wife and 3 children. Shawn achieved his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College and has greater than 20 years experience in the field of psychiatry. Shawn’s dream has always included opening a psychiatric office in his hometown. Shawn enjoys watching Star Wars with his children and traveling with his family and friends. Shawn also enjoys music and going to concerts.

Shawn’s favorite quote is “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make” by Les Brown. Shawn believes that dreams can be achieved with hard work and dedication.

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Brad Gibson

PMHNP-BC

Brad grew up in Cincinnati Ohio and has been working in healthcare for over 20 years in various roles such as clinical nursing, leadership, and operations. His passion for mental health advocacy and support led him to pursue his passion full time as a nurse practitioner serving patients across the lifespan. When outside of the office you may catch him with his family enjoying the outdoors in a variety of activities like kayaking, hiking, or playing sports.  

Brad’s favorite quote is “Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not out there is that it’s inside us.” –Sonja Lyubomirsky 

Ashley Gould

PMHNP

Ashley grew up in Beavercreek, OH. She lives with her husband and two sons. Ashley and her family enjoying traveling across the world, being outdoors (especially in the pool) and having family movie nights or dance parties. Ashley holds a dual certification as a family nurse practitioner and board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Ashley’s passion is working with her patients to form partnerships and is passionate about helping individuals and families thrive. She sees children, adolescents, and adults and enjoys working with children and adolescents that are more complex. Ashley has a special interest in caring for those with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS).

Ashley’s favorite quote is “ You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know”

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Paul Jutte

PMHNP

Paul says, “I’m a curious person, born and raised in Southwest Ohio. I strive to drink in as much of life as possible; always saying yes to new opportunities.” Paul enjoys engaging in outdoor activities, being in nature, stimulating conversation, learning new things, and meeting new people.

Words that give him perspective, “If you’re not weird – you’re weird.”

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Chad Kennedy

PMHNP

Chad grew up in the small farming community of Rosewood, Ohio. He attended Graham High School and then completed his nursing education through Clark State Community College, Ohio University, and Wright State University. He enjoys running, traveling, seeing live music and sports, enjoys plays, and likes doing outdoor things like hiking or kayaking. 

“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

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Micheal Mikus

PMHNP–BC

Micheal grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and is a huge Cleveland Browns fan! She went to The Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree, Xavier University for her Masters, and Northern Kentucky University for her Post-Masters where she specialized in Psychiatric care!

Micheal’s favorite hobbies include shopping, working out, and being a dog mom to her baby, Mia!

She’s passionate about living life with a glass half full mentality. Micheal likes to give everything and everyone around her 100% and always try and bring out the best in a situation.

Micheal was a Pediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse for 5 years before she joined the wonderful world of Psychiatric Mental Health Care. She is a new grad PMHNP and am ecstatic to begin this journey.

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Lori Morgan

PMHNP

Lori grew up in Trenton, Ohio where she attended and graduated from Edgewood High School. She enjoyed playing soccer, boating, and spending time with family when she was growing up. Her favorite quote by Austrian Neurologist, Sigmund Freud, is “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” She has a passion for helping those that cannot help themselves. She has been a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner since January 2021, and specialize in all age groups. She graduated with her MSN in November, 2020 from Walden University.

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Janet Neal

DNP, PMHNP

Janet grew up in a large family in the wonderful rural farmland of Champaign County, Oh.  She has been a nurse for over 30 years. Most of her experience has been as a hospital psychiatric nurse and professor of psychiatric nursing.  She served in the Army Nurse Reserve Corp and was an Army wife for 20 years. She cherishes the 3 sons she and her husband raised and now their four grandchildren. 

She loves hiking, trampoline rebound workouts, motor homing, and being a part of a book club. Her passion is working with patients to achieve rich stability and a life lived with purpose. 

Janet incorporates natural therapies into practice as patients desire. 

Janet says, “My goal is to understand and discover what will best help each person feel physically and emotionally well. I value patients for who they are from a faith-based worldview, but I honor people of all world views. Everyone is created special!”

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Barb Paulo

PMHNP

Barb grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Cincinnati to attend school at UC. Nursing is a second career for her, having originally gone to school to be a teacher. She has 2 boys at home, ages 7 and 8, and spending time with them is her favorite thing to do.
She recently graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with her Masters of Nursing, and she is excited to begin her career as a PMHNP. She has worked as a nurse since 2011 in multiple settings and specialties, and with all age groups across the lifespan.

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Margaret Phillips

MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Margaret is a dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry and primary care. She can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Bi-Polar, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Depression, Panic Attacks, Mood Disorders, Insomnia, Personality Disorders, PTSD and Schizophrenia.

Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University where she graduated magna cum laude. She later graduated summa cum laude from South University where she received her Master of Science in Nursing. After working with the underserved population in addiction medicine, Margaret decided to specialize in psychiatry and received her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Margaret is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification board. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAPN) and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). Margaret has received specialized training and holds a special DEA X-waiver 275 to prescribe medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which allows her to treat patients who are suffering from addiction.

Margaret enjoys spending time with her children and grand-children. She also enjoys travelling with her husband.

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Misty Richmond

PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Misty is a Cincinnatian, born and raised. She graduated from Colerain High School, got her RN diploma at Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, BSN from the College of Mount Saint Joseph on the Ohio and her MSN, Teaching Certificate, and PhD at the University of Cincinnati. She is passionate about higher education, human rights (including patient rights), autonomy, and pursuing a satisfying and productive life. She has worked in psychiatry for many years, and started in acute inpatient psychiatry in 1985 as a new RN. Misty has been a Psychiatric NP since 2013. She focuses on psychotherapy and existential issues. She has also taught in psychiatric NP Programs, including developing two of them, since 2015.

One of her favorite quotes is, “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal”, attributed to Albert Camus (a favorite French existentialist)

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Whitney Rosen

MPAS, PA-C

Whitney grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Cincinnati with her husband and son.  She achieved her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College and has previous experience in family medicine.  Whitney is passionate about partnering with people of all ages on their mental, emotional and spiritual health journey, which she believes is central to all wellness for individuals and communities.  Whitney also loves spending time with her family and friends; reading, hiking, travelling, coffee, family walks and movie night are some of her favorite things.

“Maintaining our own confidence and well-being benefits our family and our workplace and everyone we communicate with.  Happiness is contagious.” – Pema Chodron

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Olivia Shaw

Olivia Shaw

PA

Olivia grew up in Springboro, Ohio with her parents and older sister. She attended the University of Dayton for an undergrad (Go Flyers!) and loved it so much that she stayed through her master’s degree. During her clinical rotations, she developed a passion for mental health and knew that she would pursue a career in psychiatry. She graduated from the physician assistant program in December 2020.

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Jeremy Wessel

PA-C

Jeremy grew up in Xenia, Ohio & went to Kettering College. There, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and went on to achieve a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2015. He likes to spend time with his wife & children, playing & building guitars, as well as gourmet cooking & baking.

“Treat a man as he is & he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he should be & he will become what he should be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Leigha Wachs

PMHNP-BC

Leigha grew up in Gallipolis, Ohio, and is married with two children, four grandchildren, and two very spoiled West Highland terriers. She and her husband love to travel and explore new places and she also enjoys gardening and hiking with her dogs. Leigha is passionate about life, mindfulness, and personal growth. Leigha completed her undergraduate Nursing degree at Chamberlain University and completed her Master’s program as a Psychiatric Practitioner at Northern Kentucky University. She has an extensive medical background in several pediatric specialties including general, developmental, psychiatric, and neurology as the caring for and optimal wellness of every child has been her life’s calling. Specializing in, but not limited to, the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD, Leigha focuses on FDA-approved and evidence-based therapies to help children six through eighteen years of age on their path to heal, grow and develop into their best selves.

Leigha’s favorite quote is “Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” ~ Grandma Moses

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OUR THERAPISTS

Megan Abrams

LISW-S

Megan was born and raised in Beavercreek, Ohio. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Wright State University and went on to complete her Master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati. She has 15 years of mental health experience working with children and adolescents. She began her career as a school-based therapist, then moved onto inpatient and partial hospitalization social work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and spent the past three years providing cognitive behavioral therapy within a pediatric office.

Megan is a LGBTQIA+ affirming and culturally competent therapist that prioritizes a strong therapeutic relationship, compassion, and collaboration with her patients. Megan’s primary focus is with children, adolescents, and young adults.

She’s a proud mother of three and enjoys Pilates, TV/movies, music, podcasts, non-fiction, animals, good food, the outdoors, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Alicia Back

MA, LPCC-S

Alicia grew up in Harrison, Ohio and currently lives in Mason, Ohio with her husband and three daughters. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and obtained her Master’s degree from Xavier University. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling, trying new restaurants, watching movies, reading, anything outdoors, and spending time with friends. She has three dogs and six guinea pigs all of which she adores!

Melanie Dufresne

MSW, LSW, Psychotherapist

After serving 20 years in the United States Air Force, Melanie decided to embark upon a second career and complete her Masters of Social Work at the University of Southern California. With a concentration in Adult Mental Health and Wellness, she has 3 years of experience treating adults with general mental health, substance use, and trauma disorders in both the community and veteran healthcare setting. Melanie loves art, reading, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Certified in Cognitive Processing (CCPT) Therapy for PTSD, Skills Training for Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), and training and experience in various humanistic, existential, and expressive adjunct therapies, Melanie offers a mixed skill set of evidence-based treatment modalities appropriate for adults seeking mental health care.

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Wendy Rutledge

LPC

Wendy Rutledge is a mental health therapist in the Dayton, OH area. She is from Florida, though in her younger years she grew up on a small island in the Bahamas. Wendy says, “The ocean and adventure are a part of who I am; I bring that into my work with my clients through exploring the depths of the human mind and heart.”

Wendy utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, motivational interviewing, a strengths-based perspective, and collaboration with her clients.

A favorite quote: “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” -Carl R Rogers.

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Robin Shampton

Robin Shampton

MS, LPCC-S

Robin grew up in Centerville, Ohio.  She enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, wrangling her dogs, and finding the humor in life. She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Wright State University. She has over 17 years of mental health experience in the Dayton area. She has a passion for working with neurodiversity. She specializes in supporting patients using a solution-focused approach.

Pam Wessel

LPC

Pam is passionate about providing a safe, compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental, therapeutic environment to allow for an authentic and strong therapeutic relationship. We as people are wired for connection. Therefore, in the hard moments of life we need someone to walk alongside us through the journey help us move towards the other side feeling heard, supported, and not alone. Pam has additional training in Betrayal Trauma for partners of sexually addicted individuals through APSATS.org. She has also completed level 1 and 2 from the Gottman Institute, a research-based approach to relationships. Her work experience ranges from 4 years to senior adults in managed care, private practice, and school environments.

Providing mental health therapy is a second career for Pam, as she worked in the dental field for 26 years. Pam feels very fortunate to have found two careers she is very passionate about. During her years in dentistry, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin University and her Master of Science in education majoring in mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. Pam enjoys spending time with her family and friends; along with being in outdoors, gardening, research, reading, exercise, and visiting the ocean every chance she gets.

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OUR ADMINISTRATORS

Ed Vorrasi

Vice President

Ed grew up in Rochester, New York and now lives in Waynesville, OH with his wife and two sons. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo NY where he received a degree in economics and finance and was an Academic All-American in football. Ed also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo. Ed enjoys family time, watching his son’s play sports, and traveling. Ed is an advocate for the Autism community and frequently donates his time to support families and individuals with Autism.

Kristin Bruckman

Clinical Liaison, RN

Kristin is a lifelong resident of Dayton. She loves to read, travel, hike, try new food/ restaurants, and watch independent films. She enjoys spending time with her three children. Kristin is passionate about the well- being of others and her community. She understands and advocates on the importance of mental health. Favorite quote: “You are an instrument of God. Don’t leave the instrument sitting in its case, my son. Play! Leave no part of your instrument unexplored. Why settle for ‘Three Blind Mice’ when you can can play the ‘Gloria’? No, not Bach’s ‘Gloria.’ Yours! Your ‘Gloria’ lives within you. The greatest sin is not finding it, ignoring what God made possible in you.”― Abraham Verghese, quote from Cutting for Stone Kristin is an experienced RN. She has a background in oncology, ENT, and clinical management.

Jenni Burnett

Office Manager

Jenni is originally from Youngstown, OH but moved to the Cincinnati area in 2018. Graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and returning to Indiana Wesleyan University for a master’s degree in social work. She enjoys being the liaison between clinical providers and patients to ensure that everyone receives optimal care for their specific journey. She believes it is extremely important to personalize patient care not only in a clinical setting but in the administration environment as well.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, attending rock concerts, and finding local restaurants that offer new experiences. 

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Angela Tait

Administrative and Revenue Cycle Specialist

Originally from North East Ohio, Angela relocated to Cincinnati for college and eventually planted her roots in South Lebanon with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs. With 6 years of experience in Medical Office Administration, the last 4 have been specialized in Mental Health. Her administrative strengths are Revenue Cycle Management including claims billing, posting, denial management, precertification, and clinically she was a department coordinator and administering technician for a depression treatment called TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). In her spare time, she loves going to concerts and music festivals.

Maegan Carson

Administrative Assistant

Maegan Carson was born and raised here in Dayton, Ohio. She attended Twin Valley South K-12 and graduated in 2019. Maegan is currently a psychology major at Sinclair Community College and plans on transferring to a university in the fall to continue her education. She is currently pursuing a future career in child behavioral health as that is something Maegan discovered she was passionate about after being a preschool teacher for two years. In her free time, Maegan enjoys playing sand volleyball, kayaking, hiking, trail riding on quads, and spending time with friends and family. She is also a dog mom to three, Phoebe, Molly, and Buddy.

One of her favorite quotes/daily reminders is “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody”.  

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Josh Charlton

Practice Manager

Josh grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and then received his BA from Earlham College in Biology, his first Master’s in Environmental Science & Conservation from Indiana University, and his second Master’s in Administration & Leadership from George Mason University. Josh had the privilege to live coast to coast in this great country while working as a Mammal Curator in different Zoological Institutions, and the family moved back here to SW Ohio when his kids were school age.

He and Ashley have a blended family with four wonderful kids (11, 11, 9 and 6). Their extracurriculars keep them hopping (either from coaching or spectating!), but it is incredible to watch them grow and develop into the delightful and thoughtful individuals they are becoming.

Josh enjoys anything outdoors, as well as a good lazy evening curled up on the couch, and is truly fulfilled working in positions that make a difference for the individual and greater good!

Shelley Fischer

Administrative Assistant

Shelley has been a lifelong resident of Centerville, OH. She lives with her husband, three amazing kids and the sweetest goldendoodle puppy, Tucker.

Shelley has over 3 years experience in medical office administration & 22 years experience in the customer service industry. Shelley has a passion for people, always hoping that she can brighten someone’s day through empathy, kindness and compassion.

Her favorite activities are everything outdoors including golf, tennis, and snowboarding with her family. She loves the snow and mountains just as much as she loves the sun and sand!

She learned at an early age from a mentor, the answer is never “I don’t know”, but rather “I will find out for you”.

Nadara Cozad

Administrative Assistant

Nadara has worked around the United States on multiple military bases for the past 11 years. She is a mother of 3 amazing adults and a grandmother of 5. Nadara grew up in a small Northern Ohio farming town & returned to Ohio 4 years ago. She graduated from Strayer University in March of 2021 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, concentrating in HRM. She enjoys working out, baking, cooking, and traveling.

Her favorite saying is “It is what it is, just roll with it.”

Erin Person

Administrative Assistant, M-PSY

Erin is a native Daytonian, who spent her college years in Tennessee. After receiving her masters degree in psychology, she moved back to Dayton to be close to her family. Erin spent several years teaching adults, then transitioned to early childhood education after her daughter was born. She spent many years working with young children, but psychology has always been in her heart, and she is right at home again working at Woodstream Wellness. In her spare time, she likes to go rv camping with her husband, 3 children, and their goldendoodle, Molly. Erin is also active with causes important to her – breast cancer research in honor of her mother and grandmother, and the National MS Society, as an MS Warrior herself. The quote that gives her perspective is from John Lennon: “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”