Meet Our Team

Deb Meissner

Deb Meissner

Deb Meissner, LISW, IADC

Deb is currently the Director of Behavioral Health.  She has been with Myrtue Medical Center since 2012.  While Deb serves in a managerial role, she continues to provide clinical services as well.  Deb provides mental health and addiction services to individuals and families.

Deb is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  Deb has spent nearly 25 years in the field of mental health and substance abuse and has experience providing services in varied settings.  Deb currently holds her Iowa license as an independent clinical social worker (LISW) and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor (IADC).

Kris Gross

Kris Gross

Kristine Gross, ARNP-BC, PMHCNS

Kris is currently the nurse practitioner who mostly monitors psychotropic at Behavioral Health.  She has been employed with Myrtue Medical Center since May of 2006.  While Kris mostly provides medication monitoring, Kris can also provide: Disability Evaluations and Psychiatric Evaluations and Therapy.

Kris is a Nebraska native.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, then with her Master’s degree in Nursing.  Kris has spent approximately 25 years in the field of mental health.  Kris currently holds her Iowa license as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) as well as a Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomate.

Rodney Dean, MD

Rodney Dean, MD

Rodney Dean, MD

Dr. Rodney Dean attended Virginia Union University for his B.S., the University of Virginia for his medical degree, and then went into officer’s training for the Army.  He completed his Psychiatry Internship and Residency at the Letterman Army Medical Center and graduated with the honor of “Outstanding Psychiatry Resident.”  He has received military honors of Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.  Dr. Dean has worked as the Chief of the Community Mental Health Services and Department of Psychiatry for the Lyster Army Hospital in Alabama.  He was Chief of the Inpatient Psychiatric Service in Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  He currently is Director of Dean and Associates in Sioux City, Iowa and provides contracted psychiatric services for Myrtue Medical Behavioral Health Department.

Emily Barrett

Emily Barrett

Emily Barrett

Emily grew up in Walnut, Iowa then moved to Harlan after finishing school to pursue her career as a Pharmacy Technician.  Emily has worked as a pharmacy technician for 14 years.  She is now using her pharmacy background and working as a Patient Care Specialist in Behavioral Health here at Myrtue Medical Center.

Bev Jensen

Bev Jensen

Bev Jensen

Bev was co-owner of B & B Tire in Avoca for 20 years.  Prior to that, she managed a jewelry store for 10 years.  Bev has 30 years of experience in business accounting and customer relations.  Bev has worked at Behavioral Health for 7 years.  She has a strong focus on customer service.

Lindsey Jo Kinney

Lindsey Jo Kinney

Lindsey Jo Kinney, T-LMHC

Lindsey Jo attended Iowa Western Community College and received her Associate’s degree in Psychology.  She then attended Bellevue University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology.  She went on to obtain her Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling through Bellevue University.  Lindsey Jo has been working in the Human Services field for the past 12 years.  She has been trained and endorsed by the University of Iowa in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  She has been employed by Myrtue Medical Center Behavioral Health since December of 2011.

Joan Kloewer

Joan Kloewer

Joan Kloewer

Joan attended college at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.  Joan received a degree in Education/Human Service Related field.  Joan began working at Behavioral Health in 1995.  Joan started doing the Supported Community Living program and was also a Case Manager for Shelby County residents, Incredible Years Parenting educator, and now currently she does some grant writing and working with the Supported Community Living program, Elderly Screens, Behavioral Health Intervention Services and the Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program.

Dixy Rivera

Dixy Rivera

Dixy Rivera

Dixy graduated from Bryman College in California.  She moved to Harlan 9 years ago and started working at Behavioral Health.  She also is an Interpreter for the hospital and many other programs that Myrtue offers to the public.  She is very happy to be part of the Behavioral Health team and be able to help and provide care to this community.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Katrina Smith, T-LMHC

Kate is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  She has been working in Behavioral Health since 2011.  In 2014, Kate became trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective form of trauma treatment.

Kate graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling.  Prior to UNO, Kate attended Buena Vista University, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008.
Kate works with various populations in the community, and currently travels to all the schools in the district to provide services.
Mike Vaughn

Mike Vaughn

Mike Vaugh, T-LMHC

Mike is a Veteran of the United States Air Force.  His Bachelor’s Degree is from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his Master’s Degree is from Bellevue University. He has been in Mental Health Practice for 5 years.  He specializes in patients from adolescents through seniors.