Jake Wiskerchen
Founder and Clinical Director

Marriage & Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor

Across the counseling field Jake has helped people struggling with all types of issues and has been trained in a variety of methodologies and theories. Prior to founding Zephyr Wellness, he gained experience working for six different mental health agencies, two colleges, adult drug court, and a psychiatric inpatient hospital...


Lindsay Garrison
Founder and Operations Director

Marriage & Family Therapist

Lindsay Garrison was born and raised in northern Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno. Throughout more than 10 years of mental health experience she has always enjoyed the process of facilitating change by helping individuals, families and couples break through the barriers that prevent them from achieving their highest potential.  She particularly enjoys working with children and has a son and daughter of her own, whom she loves very much...

Staff and Clinicians

Robert Westwood
Office Manager

Rob has literally dealt with people from all over the world. He was born and lived the first year-and-a-half of his life in Taiwan, after which he was moved to Oregon until he was three. He then lived in Illinois and California followed by a six year stint living in Germany. When he returned to the States, Rob and his family moved to Hawthorne, NV, where he graduated from high school. After high school, he did a four year stint in the Marine Corps which allowed him to deploy to the Far East, Australia, and Pacific Islands.

Upon exiting the Marines, Rob enrolled in the University of Nevada, Reno where he earned his degree in Political Science and History. He then returned to take Accounting and Finance classes, after which he worked in the gaming and hospitality industry. 

Rob joined the Zephyr Wellness team to assist with front desk and bookkeeping duties. He believes that having dealt with people with different backgrounds and outlooks allows him an insight into understanding people and their needs so that he can connect a client with the provider who will best suit their needs.

Lauren Penksa
Reception/Intake

Lauren was born and raised in Henderson, Nevada, before leaving for Reno to attend college at the University of Nevada. She is currently in her last semester of her undergraduate degree studying Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in psychology.  Her next step is applying and attending graduate school in order to pursue her dreams of helping children within family therapy and hopefully one day having her own counseling practice.

How I keep myself healthy: I enjoy traveling, listening to music, spending the day outdoors, and cheering on the New York Yankees.

Jesse Lott - Clinical Supervisor
Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Jesse has provided counseling and therapy services in the Truckee Meadows since 2005.  Since that time, he has helped many people struggling with a wide variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief, loss, relationship problems, and substance abuse.  

Jesse's belief is that nobody truly wants to suffer, but at times in life we can become stuck and unable to make the necessary shift without some assistance or guidance. He believes the act of seeking therapy is tremendously powerful and a testament to one’s courage and commitment to their life.  Jesse approaches therapy with an active collaboration among his clients and their families and has found through years of experience that the most effective therapy includes participation from his clients both within and outside of the therapy session.  He believes in supporting his clients through compassion, education, and direct and honest feedback without judgment or shame.

Jesse’s areas of specialization are in relationship/marriage counseling and substance abuse treatment. He completed his master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2006, both at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Amanda Green
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Amanda was born and raised in Elko, Nevada and moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Addiction Treatment Services in 2011. She continued on to get her master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology and graduated 2015. She also earned an advanced certificate in addiction treatment services and then worked as a school counselor in Reno so she definitely understands the stress children and families have placed on them by the school and everyday life. 

Amanda enjoys working with individuals of all ages, couples, families, and groups. Individuals are part of a system which creates who we are today. Therapy helps provide the tools that gain insight into those systems allowing for change. Each individual is an expert on him or herself and has the capacity to change. She creates a safe, accepting, and trusting therapy environment where she can explore issues affecting those in the room, working together to create insights on feelings, behaviors, and thoughts while focusing on mindfulness and the present moment.  

Amanda's focus is on children, age three to 10 in play and has knowledge in creating behavior plans to help parents out at home with their children. She has experience in treating domestic violence, anger,
anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, adolescents, school related issues, children of divorce, and substance treatment. She helps provide the tools needed to make the changes in your life to help you start becoming the person you would like to be. 

How I stay healthy: Walking, mountain biking, reading, sewing, creating fun and interesting things, gardening, working with wood, hunting, fishing, camping, reading, spending time with my partner and family

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David Reid
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Dave grew up in Reno, attended local schools, and graduated high school in 1975.  He attended Oregon State University and transferred to Multnomah University where he completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Biblical Education.  He married Kathy, a widowed mother of two, and then dove into church work and began seminary. 

Two additional children and a Masters of Divinity degree later, Dave and his family left for Europe for six years where he did pastoral care for missionaries and taught church leaders and laymen.  This confirmed his love for counseling struggling people in difficult situations.  Upon return Dave became a pastor in a large church in Reno where he did couples, family, and individual counseling and therapy for nearly 13 years. 

Desiring to improve his skills and be more effective,  he entered Northcentral University’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program.  He graduated and is currently a board-licensed intern helping struggling couples and families find the life of love and connection they need.

How I stay healthy: Working out, backpacking, building furniture and fine woodworking, music, literature and movies.

Trish McCoy
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Trish was born and raised in northern California and moved to Reno in 2005 to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 2009 and in 2017 she completed her Marriage and Family Therapy degree at Capella University.

Trish implements solution-focused theory in her counseling and realized that the integration of positivity coupled with client collaboration appealed to her. Trish is a firm believer that with some guidance every person has the inherent ability to identify and find their own solutions to current, continuing, and future challenges. She enjoys serving northern Nevada families.

How I stay healthy: Music, reading, exercise, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Heather Milligan
Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum Student

Heather was born in Reno, NV and graduated from North Valleys High School. She is a first generation Nevadan with roots in Alaska. She attended Truckee Meadows Community College before transferring to University of Phoenix where she received her Associate's in Human Services Management and then completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Presently Heather is pursuing a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through Northcentral University

Heather has contributed to our local community by working with developmentally disabled adults, working as direct support staff and case manager in adult day workshops and group homes. Her experience in working with intellectual disabilities fostered an interest in facilitating change in the developmental disability population and her other clinical interests include working with blended/step families, LGBTQ individuals, and adolescents. 

Heather believes that meaningful change occurs when relationships offer emotional safety. 

How I stay healthy: Nature walks, spending time with my canine companion, mindful eating practices, indoor/outdoor gardening, and playing softball.

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Dani Ellis
Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum Student

Dani was born and raised in Reno, NV and graduated from North Valleys high school. She graduated from University of Phoenix with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.

Dani worked for the State of Nevada Welfare office for 3 years before beginning her practicum with Zephyr Wellness. With this experience she is able to work with people in distress and often highly emotional situations while expressing warmth, empathy, and compassion.

Dani believes that providing a safe place leads to empowerment and, ultimately, meaningful change for her clients. She is an asset to anyone who seeks her wisdom and insight.

How I stay healthy:  Crafting and doing outdoors activities with my husband, our son, and our 2 rescue dogs

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Bailey Bigelow
Undergraduate Human Development and Family Studies Intern

Bailey has lived in both Santa Barbara, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Reno in 2014 to attend the University of Nevada Reno. She is currently in her final undergraduate semester pursuing dual degrees in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies.

Bailey enjoys working with children and families and plans to continue her education by pursuing a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her goals also include living in Spain for a year to work with families in need and teach English to children in lower socioeconomic schools before returning home to become a full-time therapist.

How I keep myself healthy: I enjoy traveling, going on hikes, staying active, and spending time with friends and family.

Steven Barcia
Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Approved Domestic Violence Treatment Provider

Steven was Born and raised in upstate New York and then traveled west to attend the University of, Nevada, Reno. He received a master’s degree in Counseling and educational psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy in 2011. During this time, he also earned an advanced certificate in addiction treatment services  Since then, he was worked with individuals, groups, couples and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Steven is also an approved domestic violence treatment provider.

 Steven Believes that the key to a successful therapeutic experience begins with an environment where one feels safe and accepted. He strives to create this through understanding each client’s unique experience and goals with consistent attention to non-judgement. Steven works from a solution focused philosophy and incorporates Cognitive behavioral strategies while maintaining a focus on emotional awareness. Steven also takes in a holistic perspective, providing attention to the many complicated factors that affect one’s well-being. Steven’s goal is to help clients develop skills, perspectives, and behaviors they can incorporate beyond the therapeutic experience and contribute to a lifetime of increased peace and wellness.

How I stay healthy: creating art, music, and participating in many outdoor activities.    

Kathryn Weber-Karp
Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Kathryn has lived in Reno since 1974, and received her bachelor's degree in Education as well as her Master's degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy & School Counseling from the University of Nevada Reno.

She has experience in drug and alcohol counseling, domestic violence counseling, and individual, group and family therapy, while her strength is in counseling children and their families from preschool through college.

Kathryn recently retired from the Washoe County School District after 30 years, spending the majority of her time counseling students and families. She enjoys helping families becoming healthy and functional, believing in the potential of each person in overcoming any adversity.

How I stay healthy; spending time in nature, staying physically active, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Julia Catlin
Clinical Professional Counselor Intern

Julia comes to us from Wisconsin where she earned her graduate counseling degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse and her bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 

Specializing in childhood, parental, and individual counseling with interests in trauma and attachment, Julia has extensive experience in substance abuse counseling and crisis response. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a certification in the Circle of Security intervention model. 

Julia presently serves as Secretary for the Nevada Counseling Association and enjoys advocating for her clients and the mental health field as a whole. She spent extensive time in Costa Rica, where she became fluent in Spanish.


How I stay healthy: performing arts, dance, and music, and spending time with my husband, daughter, and rescue dog.

Jeremy Elsmore
Clinical Professional Counselor Intern

Jeremy is originally from Southern California but moved to Reno at age 10. He comes to Zephyr by way of Idaho and Wyoming, where he obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively. Since 2014 he has served the community as a school counselor at Mendive Middle School and now brings his passion for helping others to his therapeutic career.

An active Mormon, Jeremy believes that spiritual faith and psychology are not mutually exclusive but instead closely complement one another.  He aims to join his career and his church community in order to help de-stigmatize mental health issues.

How I stay healthy: I enjoy camping, spending time with family, gardening, and raising chickens.

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Grace Ravenelle
Clinical Professional Counselor Intern

Grace was born in Los Gatos California but has lived in Nevada most of her life, attending Truckee Meadows Community College for her AA before attaining her BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, followed by her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UNLV.

Her experience with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors across all walks of life gives her insight and experience into a broad array of human struggles. Professionally, Grace takes pride in implementing topics from the original family system into treatment in order to gain a broad view of the big picture of an individual’s life. She looks forward to earning her professional certification as a play therapist in the near future.

How I stay healthy: painting, creating and listening to music, watching films, being in nature, mindfulness, exercise, veganism, and spending time with my dogs, Zephyr and Nova (yes, I have a dog named Zephyr and also work at Zephyr Wellness)

Heidi Rhoades
Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum Student

Heidi was born and raised in California.  She moved to Las Vegas just out of high school, where she met her husband of 14 years. Together they have three awesome children and a house full of pets. The family moved to the Truckee Meadows in early 2017 and have fallen in love with area with plans to stay here for many years to come. 

After she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Heidi began pursuing her graduate degree in marriage and family therapy with Northcentral University. Throughout her educational career, Heidi has been certified and worked as an early childhood educator where she found a passion in with working with children.  

Heidi believes that everyone is a unique individual worthy of respect and deserves to be treated with dignity. She brings these beliefs into clinical practice with her clients. 

How I stay healthy: Mindful meditation and spending time with my family

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Cecy Cervantes
Undergraduate Psychology Intern

Cecy was born in Long Beach, California, and is currently in her last semester at the University of Nevada, Reno pursuing dual degrees in Psychology and Political Science. She loves being involved and has been part of ASUN, Brushfire, and the Environmental Club.

Cecy plans to get her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy somewhere in Southern California. She loves Positive Psychology and hopes to incorporate positive psychology interventions in her training. She has traveled to Istanbul, Turkey and hopes to one day open a practice there.

How I keep myself healthy: pilates, journaling, and taking my pup, Saké, for walks!