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Highly Trained and Passionate Staff

The staff of the Toledo Center takes pride in being highly trained, dedicated and respectful in providing the highest quality treatment available based on the latest scientific and clinical principles.

Amos Taylor, MBA

Interim Executive Director

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Amos Taylor, MBA

Interim Executive Director

As the Interim Executive Director at Magnolia Creek, Amos is responsible for overall success including administrative, operational and clinical services. In addition, he is responsible for spearheading the development, communication, and implementation of effective and efficient treatment outcomes and strategies. He guides and encourages the team at Magnolia Creek to follow the core principles as an organization that delivers quality, compassionate care in an intentionally sustainable way. Magnolia Creek continues to fulfill its mission of serving the needs of those who are struggling with eating disorders, their families, and those committed to their care. Accordingly, Amos is always available to those seeking admission to Magnolia Creek as we focus on ensuring treatment that restores hope, health, and happiness. Amos is happily married to Michelle, and they are the proud parents of Isaac and Isabel.

Karen Striph, MD

Medical Director

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Karen Striph, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Striph is the Medical Director at the Toledo Center and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Striph worked previously as a family physician at Flower Hospital in Sylvania and was the Assistant Director in the residency training program with the Promedica Health System.

Meggan Desmond, MSW, LISW-S

Clinical Director

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Meggan Desmond, MSW, LISW

Clinical Director and Director, Adolescent Program

Meggan was one of the original staff members who established the Adolescent Residential Treatment Program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Toledo. As part of her education and training, Ms. Desmond completed internships in settings providing experience in substance abuse and domestic violence. She currently provides direct care services to both the adolescent and adult patients. She has a wealth of experience in running groups on a wide range of topics and specializes in teaching psycho educational components of our program.

Amy Good, RD, LD

Milieu Director

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Amy Good, RD., LD

Dietitian

As a Registered Dietitian at Toledo Center Clinic, Amy is specialized in the dietary management of eating disorders and provides leadership in our nutrition psycho education groups. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining our staff, Amy worked in a variety of clinical and hospital settings. She previously worked for an online platform that aligns Registered Dietitians with clients, utilizing modern technology like smartphones, in an effort to track their diet and provide professional education about the nutritional aspects of their diet.

Anna Lippisch, MSW, LSW

Director, Childhood Eating Problems Program

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Anna Lippisch, MSW, LSW

Director, Childhood Eating Problems Program

Anna currently provides individual and family therapy to persons suffering from childhood eating problems, as well as a range of other problems encountered during childhood, including but not limited to: ADHD, anger management, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral problems, Conduct Disorders, depression and phobias. She is a licensed social worker, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and obtained a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo. As part of her education and training, Anna completed internships in settings providing experience in working with children, adolescents and families.

Joe Fraiz, MD

Consulting MD

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Dr. Joe Frazier

Consulting MD

Please check back. Bio Coming Soon!

Samantha Sattler, MA, LPC

Therapist

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Samantha Sattler, MA, PC

Therapist

Samantha is currently a Professional Counselor, working with clients in the Adolescent, Adult and Outpatient Programs. She is experienced in providing individual, group and family therapy specifically tailored to the needs of those with eating disorders. She began her career at Toledo Center as a member of the direct care staff and was promoted to Manager of the Adolescent Residential Program. She then went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Toledo and then obtained her Masters of Counselor Education at the University of Toledo.

Kiersten Basilius, MSW, LISW, LICDC

Therapist

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Kiersten Basilius, MSW, LSW, LICDC

Therapist

As a therapist at Toledo Center, Kiersten assists in overseeing treatment services and staff at the Toledo Center Clinic as well as education and outreach services. She is a licensed social worker and chemical dependency counselor, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo. As part of her education and training, Kiersten interned in substance abuse and outpatient therapy settings.

Arline Soncrant, BA

Director, Financial Operations

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Arline Soncrant, BA

Director, Financial Operations

Arline is one of the founding staff members of Toledo Center, and plays a key role in general operations and fiscal management, and financial policy development. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.

Tracey Darrington, BS

Director, Operations & Compliance

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Tracey R. Darrington, BS

Director, Financial Operations

Tracey supervises all aspects of quality assurance, develops policies and procedures required to maintain certification and licensure through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and CARF, performs insurance contract negotiations, and performs Human Resource functions at Toledo Center. She has a strong background in regulatory compliance and benefit administration. Tracey obtained undergraduate degrees in Healthcare Administration and Human Resources Management.

Kara Pate

Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships

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Kate Pate

Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships

Kara specializes in relationship building, mentoring, brand identity, mental health awareness, and treatment placement providing the best care possible for every individual. Along with her extensive experience in the field, Kara’s personal journey has gifted her with a unique compassion and ability to help others find their meaning and purpose.

She graduated from CSULB with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and received her Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University. She is also a graduate of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. She has been active with local chapters of the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment, The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and has served on the board for The Body Revolution Redding and the Eating Disorder Recovery Services.

Kara’s goal is to help women find a new path and journey toward full recovery. She enjoys collaborating with clinical teams allowing each client the best opportunity for full recovery, and is looking forward to forming new partnerships with Toledo Center.

Note: Staff requiring supervision are supervised according to Ohio Revised Code.

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