Our Staff

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 Yashinsky-Wortman, Jill Interim Assistant Dean of Student Well-Being & Healthy Living

Jill Yashinsky-Wortman

Interim Assistant Dean of Student Well-Being & Healthy Living

Started at GU: May 2006

Education / Training:

  • St. Norbert College, BA, Communications, 2005
  • Gonzaga University, MA, Organizational Leadership 2009
  • Certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, Champlain College, 2017
  • Trained Coach, Coactive Training Institute, 2018

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

“I love working with and supporting our team as they provide amazing care to GU students!”

 
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Fernando A. Ortiz, Ph.D., ABPP

Director of Counseling Services

Started at GU: June 2009

Education / Training:

  • B.A., Philosophy, St. John’s Seminary College
  • M.A., Counseling, Santa Clara University
  • M.B.A. Healthcare Management, Gonzaga University  
  • M.A., Religious Studies, Gonzaga University
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Washington State University
  • Post-Doctoral Counseling Specialization, University of California, Santa Barbara

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

“The most meaningful aspect of my work includes supporting the university’s mission to enhance the student’s psychological and emotional wellbeing. It is extremely rewarding to see counseling help students become more engaged, interactive and reflective.”

 
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Dr. Valerie Kolokoff

Physician

Board Certified Family Practice

Started at GU: August 2015

Education / Training:

  • Gonzaga University, B.S., Biology
  • George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, M.D.
  • University of Wyoming, Cheyenne, Family Practice Residency Program

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I enjoy interacting with patients and being able to provide quality medical care with empathy, compassion and concern for their total well-being."

 
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Dr. Trevor McCrorey

Physician

Board Certified Family Practice

Started at GU: April 2007

Education / Training:

  • Whitworth College, BA BS, 1991
  • Creighton University, MD, 1996
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital, Family Practice Residency, 1999

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I love making students feel better."

 
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Dr. Erin Morrison

Psychiatrist

Board Certified

Started at GU: September 2015

Education / Training:

  • University of North Florida, BS, Biology 1998
  • University of North Florida, MD, 2002
  • Wright State University/Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, Psychiatry Residency, 2006

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I love being part of an amazing team who really cares for students and helps them achieve their potential."

 
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Carlee Payton

Office Assistant

Started at GU: December 2014

Education / Training:

  • University of North Florida - Bachelor of Science in Communications / Public Relations
  • 13 years Administrative Assistant experience
  • 8 years Higher Education administrative experience

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I enjoy being apart of an amazing team at the Health & Counseling Services who love what they do and who truly care for the students here at Gonzaga."

 
Jen DiMaio Receptionist Health & Counseling Services

Jen DiMaio

Receptionist

Started at GU: September 2017

Education / Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications Management, University of Dayton
  • 10+ years Administrative Assistant experience

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I enjoy the staff I work with and being part of a team keeping students healthy, happy and safe."

 
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Jolein Doughty

Receptionist

Started at GU: September 2016

Education / Training:

  • AAS Medical Office Specialist 
  • Certificate in Chiropractic Assistant
  • Certificate of Billing and Coding Specialist 
  • 13+ years Administrative Assistant experience 

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I love being part of the bigger picture in our student's lives by keeping them healthy, mind and body, so they can focus on their academics and their future."

 
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Nicki Schepis

Receptionist

Started at GU: November 2018

Education / Training:

  • 5 years at Providence Sacred Heart's Kidney Transplant Clinic (Medical Receptionist and Financial Coordinator)

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I love the interactions, no matter how small, that I have with the students in Health & Counseling Services. It is a privilege to be able to serve & guide them while on their journey here at Gonzaga."

 
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Jeff B.

Staff Therapist

Started at GU: November 2014

Education / Training:

  • B.A. Psychology
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certified in Adlerian therapy, CBT, and EMDR

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I enjoy being a part of aiding students in adjusting to a new phase of life and transforming into the people they want to be."

 
Liz B. Staff Therapist at Health & Counseling

Liz B.

Staff Therapist

Started at GU: October 2018

Education / Training:

  • B.A. in Psychology, Gonzaga University 2009
  • M.A. in Community Counseling, Gonzaga University 2013
  • LMHC in the state of WA

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I am passionate about helping people reach their full potential and being a part of their transformational growth process."
 
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Tara H.

Staff Therapist

Started at GU: January 2016

Education / Training:

  • B.A. in Political Science, Carroll College 1993
  • M.A. in Counseling, University of Montana 2004
  • LMHC in the state of WA

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I love joining people on their journey, and assisting them in building, recognizing, and their strengths as they move through the challenges they face in their lives. I am excited to be part of the vibrant energy here at Gonzaga."

 
Jennifer Lott

Jennifer L.

Staff Therapist

Started at GU: January 2018

Education / Training:

  • B.A. in Psychology, Gender Studies Certificate, Eastern Washington University
  • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Western Washington University
  • LMHC in the state of WA

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

“I love helping people to overcome life challenges and to adjust to change. I especially enjoy helping people to recognize their strengths and to learn new  skills. It is wonderful to see students as they work to become their best selves.”

 
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Sharon Young, BSN, RN

Nurse Manager 

Started at GU: September 2016

Education / Training:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Eastern Washington University 1986
  • Experience in direct patient care and managing teams caring for patients with kidney disease needing dialysis and transplantation
  • Worked at Providence Sacred Heart
  • Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Fresenius Medical Care

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I love working with a professional caring team who are dedicated to helping students."

 
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Sabrina H.

Medical Assistant

Started at GU: September 2016

Education / Training:

  • AA, SFCC
  • Certificate in Dental Assisting, SCC
  • Certificate in Medical Assisting, Carrington College
  • Internship with Fairchild Airforce Base
  • Certified Medical Assistant

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

"I love helping people and I enjoy making a difference by providing a positive and healing atmosphere for the patients I serve."

 
Stephanie Morgan

Stephanie M.

Medical Assistant

Started at GU: August 2018

Education / Training:

  • Certification of Medical Assisting
  • Associates of Applied Science
  • Spokane Internal Medicine
  • Rockwood Neurology
  • Rockwood Epilepsy and Stroke Clinic

Favorite Aspects of My Job:

 "I find great satisfaction in assisting our patients along their path to total health and well-being."

 
Melody Weaver Nurse at Health & Counseling Services

Melody W.

Registered Nurse

Started at GU: March 2013

Education / Training:

  • Associates Degree in Nursing Science in 1990
  • Nursing career has included hospital (nephrology) and Home Health Care
  • 25+ years working as a registered nurse

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I enjoy one-on-one nursing care to the students."

 
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Nicole Burkette-Ikebata, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Started at GU: July 2017

Education / Training:

  • University of Notre Dame, BA in Finance 2002
  • University of Washington, MPH (Master of Public Health) 2004
  • University of Washington, MD 2016

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I love meeting new people and helping them understand themselves better and make personal goals."

 
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Brian Sweatt, DO

Psychiatry Resident

Started at GU: July 2017

Education / Training:

  • University of Kansas, BA in English and Psychology
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I enjoy meeting and assisting tomorrow's professionals with today's depression and anxiety."

 
 Caitlin Larkin, MD 

Caitlin Larkin, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Started at GU: August 2018

Education / Training:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physiology from University of Arizona
  • University of Washington School of Medicine

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I love having the opportunity to meet new people every day, and also to work with a group who is so dedicated to helping others. I am really looking forward to working with college students and helping them navigate through this exciting (but sometimes scary) time of their lives."

 
 William “Alex” Lehecka, DO

Alex Lehecka, DO

Psychiatry Resident

Started at GU: August 2018

Education / Training:

  • University of Puget Sound, BA Psychology
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Larkin Community Hospital, Transitional Year Residency Program

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"Every day is so different and patients have such unique stories and experiences..."

 

 
 Shane Rall, MD 

Shane Rall, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Started at GU: August 2018

Education / Training:

  • BS in Biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage
  • MD at the University of Washington, School of Medicine

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I enjoy getting to listen to other's stories, to learn more about the immense diversity of the human experience and using my love of science and medicine to help others."

 
 Sean Zohorsky, MD 

Sean Zohorsky, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Started at GU: August 2018

Education / Training:

  • University of Dallas: Biochemistry
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine  

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I enjoy having meaningful conversations, problem solving with people and seeing them get better."
 
Sam Haghighi, counselor at Health & Counseling Services

Sam H.

Psychology Practicum Student

Started at GU: August 2018

Education / Training:

  • B.A., Psychology at Central Washington University
  • M.S., Experimental Psychology & Behavior Analysis at Central Washington University
  • Ph.D. candidate, Counseling Psychology, WSU

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I love hearing people's life stories. Most people often don't have the chance to realize how extraordinary they are and how well they have navigated the difficult challenges that life has thrown at them. I cherish the privilege of helping someone recognize and empower their inner strength."

 
Venette M. Counseling Intern

Venette M.

Counseling Intern

Started at GU: February 2019

Education / Training:

  • 20 years in Information Technology while serving in the Marine Corps
  • BS in Organizational Leadership, National University 
  • Studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Gonzaga University 

Favorite Aspects of Job:

"I love that I get to help people by being that caring, listening, and non-judgmental person, that will also assist them in setting goals and navigating through life's challenges."