Contact: Rachel Mayberry
For Immediate Release
Heartspring hires new psychologist, expands services
Wichita, Kan.—In order to serve more children and eliminate waitlists, Heartspring expanded its campus. The campus expansion includes a new addition for pediatric services and autism services, a remodeled cafeteria and a new group home. With the pediatric services and autism services addition, Heartspring’s outpatient services capacity increased. The addition has six new therapy rooms and offices and creates 90 new therapy slots per week.
“We knew we had to do something to address the growing need for the services we provide for Wichita-area children and their families,” David Stupay, Heartspring president and CEO, said. “Our goal is to never have to tell a child or family in need of services they have to wait because we simply don’t have enough space for them.”
Because of the expansion, Heartspring has been able to bring in new staff to serve the Wichita community. Dr. Brooke Hansen, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, joined the Heartspring team in April as a psychologist in Pediatric Services. She has a doctorate in School Psychology and holds national certifications as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). She attended Tulane University where she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, and also attended Oklahoma State University where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology (school psychometrics) and a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology (school psychology).
Before coming to Heartspring, Dr. Brooke worked with the State of Nebraska at Beatrice State Developmental Center and at the Department of Correctional Services. With the State of Nebraska, she worked on interdisciplinary teams with other professionals to develop behavioral interventions, provide therapy and complete psychological assessments, as well as consult and respond to crises as needed. Before that, Dr. Brooke worked primarily with children in the schools and in a clinic setting. Dr. Brooke was born with a cleft palate, which she says has always motivated her to work with children with special needs. At Heartspring, she’ll be able to do just that.
“At Heartspring, I’ll have the opportunity to help kids, and that’s the goal,” Dr. Brooke said. “That’s what I went to school to do. The more skills we can teach kids now, the more independent they’ll be when they are adults. I’m excited to be a part of the Heartspring team where so many talented professionals are working towards that mission.”
Dr. Brooke will be able to see clients with most major medical plans.