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).
Sylwia Smutny, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC
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).
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. She views the individual as a whole, incorporating 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.
Ms. Barney is passionate about therapy, while offering a sensitive snd gentle presence in the process. She assists clients in understanding their life and relationships through the process of understanding who they are. She obtained M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College, IL. Prior, she practiced as a CPA in areas of law, tax, finance and accounting. She has also raised three children. Her clinical interests include: anxiety, depression and relational issues, identity and self-discovery, sexual and gender identity, people parented by or partnered with Personality Disorders (Schizophrenia, Narcissism, Borderline). She also offers support before and after divorce. Another specialty, is working with people with ADHD and with Asperger’s.
Ms. Barney works with teens and young adults to create healthy change, relieve stress, and give support for relationship issues. She works with client issues of anxiety and depression. As well, does strength building therapy for a wide variety of identity development issues including the self, sexual and gender identity. Many of the clients she works with have had a background of complex trauma. A trained Child Centered Play Therapist, Renee also works with children. Play Therapy is the child’s language and is proven to support the child in developmental, relational and educational issues. Renee has worked with numerous children over the past years in California and Illinois.
Ms. Barney, empathic, kind, and engaged, practices psychotherapy through an assimilative integration approach. Her primary theoretical orientation is Person Centered Therapy on the foundation of Psychodynamic Object Relations and Attachment theory and informed by existential thought. She then assimilates techniques and treatments from CBT, Feminist Theory, and Narrative Therapy to meet the unique person, contexts and culture of each client. She enjoys working with clients from all cultural backgrounds, worldviews and life journeys.
Ms. Barney loves travel, the outdoors including coaching soccer, hiking and kayaking, and music including listening to it, harmonizing, singing alto and playing guitar. Some quotes that are vital to her include: “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” Maya Angelou. “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.” Brene Brown. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl R. Rodgers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy.
Denise Shostek, D.C.
Holistic Care Supervisor
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.
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.
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).
Erin Hankins Meagher received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She has experience working with college students dealing with depression, anxiety, academic difficulties, self-esteem issues, and career counseling decisions at Concordia River Forest. Erin also has experience working with adults providing crisis intervention. Erin’s areas of clinical expertise and interest are working with adults who are experiencing such issues as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and infertility. She has also completed training in Gottman Marital Therapy to specialize in working with couples.
Erin believes a trusting relationship with your therapist is one of the most important aspects of therapy so she strives to create a safe and trusting space to get to know her clients and understand their needs. For change to occur, clients must feel comfortable expressing their wants and desires and feel that their therapist is trustworthy, authentic, and supportive. In therapy, Erin utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused techniques, and mindfulness to help clients find effective solutions that fit their lives and to pursue healthier ways of coping to meet their goals
Erin is originally from Seattle, Washington but moved to Chicago to pursue her graduate degree. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and trying new recipes, reading, and playing the piano. Her favorite quotes are: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” (Mae West); “Change your thoughts and you change your world” (Norman Vincent Peale).