Wisconsin Rapids


Lori A Kroening, LCSW, CSAC

Dual Diagnosis Therapist
Advanced Practice Social Worker
Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor

Lori holds a Master Degree from UW Madison in Social Work, her Substance Abuse Certificate through Northcentral Technical College, and her BS in Psychology through Liberty University. Lori primarily treats adults who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues. It is Lori’s personal philosophy that co-occurring disorders should be treated concurrently to provide the best results to clients. Keeping an open mind and treating each client as an individual, and then tailoring the treatment to help the client with their own unique set of circumstances, is something that Lori finds challenging as well as gratifying.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Dual Diagnosis Disorders
  • Court Ordered Treatment
  • Substance Abuse Recovery & Maintenance
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Obsessions & Compulsions
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Co-Dependence
  • Stages of Change Approach
  • Individual and Group Therapy


Samantha Casey LSW, LPC

Samantha has worked as a social worker for the last 7 years and has obtained a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Lakeland College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Samantha is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Training and has experience providing individual and group counseling for children, teens, and families. Samantha enjoys spending time with her 2 sons as well as camping, attending sporting events and concerts.


Rick Vela, MSW/LCSW

Rick has a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Bernardino. Rick is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with thousands of hours of mental health therapy experience. Before moving to Wisconsin, Rick worked in Children’s Protective Service in California helping "at risk" children and strengthening their families. Rick began working in the field of Mental Health for the Tomah VA Hospital in 2008 and now practices as a mental health clinician at the Wisconsin Rapids clinic. Rick is a "Wisconsin Batterers Treatment Providers Association - Certified Individual." Rick works with all ages and is especially sensitive to problems faced by women, children and adolescents.

His areas of specialization include: emotional regulation (anger, anxiety), depression, self-esteem building, sexual abuse, Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence prevention, PTSD, grief and loss, guilt/shame and shame-based problems, assertiveness building, marital issues and relationship building skills.


Robin Swanson, MA LPC

Robin holds a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Lakeland University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology from UW- Stevens Point. She works with children, adolescents, and adults.

Robin has experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma or conflict within their relationships and has worked with those clients to foster hope, happiness, and balance in their lives.

As a counselor, she works to create a safe and accepting environment where her clients feel empowered to improve their lives.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relations
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Image and Esteem
  • Stress Management


Cherie Cisewski, LPC-IT

Cherie received her Master of Counseling degree from Lakeland College, she also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Cherie has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

Cherie has previously worked in crisis intervention, day treatment programs, and hospital settings. She focuses on providing positive support for individuals and groups who are challenged with symptoms of anxiety, depression, life adjustments, trauma, and other mental health concerns.


Andrew Busse, MS

Andrew hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with dual concentrations in Child and Adolescent and AODA counseling from the CACREP accredited program at the University of Wisconsin Stout. He also completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Stout in addition to his Certification in Applied Ethics. Andrew’s orientation focuses on empower clients through our natural drive for survival and connection. His theoretical approach includes but is not limited too Gestalt, Behavioral Therapy, and Existentialism. He has experience working with individuals varying from childhood to adulthood in both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Areas of specialization include:
    • Play Therapy
    • Conduct Disorders
    • Adjustment and Mood
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Alcohol and other Drug Abuse (AODA)
    • Anger Management


    Dana Weideman, LPC-IT

    Dana received her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, she also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She completed her internship with Compass Counseling. Dana has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and anger.

    Dana has previously worked in case management with severe mental illness and homeless population and as a youth counselor with dually diagnosed children and adolescents. She is passionate about helping individuals identify healthy coping skills and build self-esteem and self-worth. Dana strives to help people reach their full potential and cope with the difficulties of this complex world. She has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).