Sarah Kranz, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
I have lived in Longview, TX since 1994. My husband and I have four children (ages 14-20). I am a Licensed Psychologist (Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists). I have a B.S. in Psychology from LeTourneau University, a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Ph.D. from NorthCentral University.
My areas of expertise include clinical psychology, child and adolescent development, and trauma-informed care. I provide both evaluation and counseling services.
I spent 12 years out of the traditional workforce to stay home with our children. My family is actively involved in the community and our church. Our children are involved in band, drum line, working with individuals with special needs, UIL, gymnastics, and competitive cheerleading. Our children are by far my greatest accomplishment and greatest joy.
LeAnne McClure-Oliver, LPA with Independent Practice
As a Licensed Psychological Associate (with independent practice), I have several years experience conducting evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. I also provide counseling services. I retired from public education in 2011, after a combined total of 31 years as a special education teacher (all levels), school guidance counselor, special education counselor, behavior specialist, and Autism consultant. In addition to working with young people, I also have 2 years experience working in a geriatric-psychiatric intensive outpatient program, working with senior adults with dementia. I began psychology doctoral studies in 2004, with a focus in High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. While life circumstances happened and I was not able to complete my doctorate, I treasure the knowledge and experience I gained on that journey. I have been married for 30 years. We have 4 adult children, 2 of whom are adopted, and 8 grandchildren.
Lauren Bradley, LPC
I’ve spent most of my life here in Longview. I earned my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler, and have worked in residential/inpatient setting sand private practice settings since 2012. I’ve been married to my husband for 9 years and we have 3 small children. My hobbies include learning as much as I can about natural health options and training for/competing in triathlons. To see my personal website, click here.
I enjoy working with family systems and couples. I specialize in perinatal counseling, including grief/loss and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. I desire to come alongside my clients and empower them to work toward a life that demonstrates their purpose and personal strengths. My goal as a counselor is to meet people where they to build a strong therapeutic relationship and progress toward their personal hopes and goals during our time together.
Deborah Williams, LPC, RPT
I have lived in East Texas most of my life. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin. I received my M.A. in counseling in 1998. I provide counseling services. I have been licensed as an LPC since 2000. I have enjoyed working with a variety of ages of clients since I began counseling. I have had experience in working with children in play therapy as well as counseling with adults.
Christa Obertheir, LPC
I graduated from East Texas Baptist University with B.S. in Secondary Education and taught for 8 years before moving into school counseling. I earned my M.A. Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to school counseling, I’ve worked at a behavioral hospital, counseling center, non-profits, and adoptive care agency. I offer public speaking, adoption counseling, and professional development. I am member of Texas Counselor Association and International Association of Trauma Professionals.
I work with adults and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I use Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal as a counselor is to help people discover their worth and value, as well as partner with them to better understand themselves and bring about the change they seek. To see my personal website, click here.
Joanna Goodwin, LPC, LSSP
I am a combat veteran who retired as a Captain from the Air National Guard after 25 years of service. I have a M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in School Psychology and a B.S. in Psychology. I am both a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I have worked in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, as well as in foster care and adoption. My heart is for hurting people and families. I believe that through my experiences in the military and work in the mental health field, I am in a unique position and have a calling to care for the needs of people. I am part of a non-profit organization that serves veterans. For more information about the non-profit, click here.
Terri Peerenboom, MA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
I have lived in East Texas for the majority of my life. I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1992 with a B.S. in Nursing and have practiced as a Registered Nurse since that time. I hold a M.A. in Counseling from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and a M.S. in Nursing from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. I am licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have spent most of my nursing career as a nurse educator primarily teaching mental health concepts. I look forward to broadening my role and practicing as a mental health provider while still maintaining the core values of a nurse. My role at Kranz Psychological Services is to assist with disability interviews for the State of Texas.
I am married to my husband of 22 years and we have one beautiful 18-year-old daughter.
Grace Henderson, LPC
I was born and raised in Longview. I have a B.A. in Sociology from Texas A&M and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University. I have previously worked in non-profit settings, partial hospitalization settings, and community clinic settings with children, adolescents, veterans, and their families.
I have received training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and person centered therapy. As a counselor, I want to help my clients identify their goals and work together to find ways to utilize their strengths in order to achieve them. I believe when people feel safe and comfortable enough in the counseling environment to be vulnerable and identify their struggles, that is when change and healing can begin.
Brittney Teafatiller, LPC Intern (under the Supervision of Deena Shelton, Ph.D., LPC-S)
I have lived in Longview since 2013. I earned my Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from LeTourneau University in 2018. I have been married to my wonderful husband for three years and we have a fun little toddler. We love spending time making meaningful memories together as a family. I enjoy learning, restoring, and creating.
My goal as a counselor is to engage the potential in people and help individuals, couples, and families cultivate purpose and put hopes into action. I also love to look through the lens of the family system and help clients to see this perspective. My hope is that clients will become empowered and gain a fresh sense of self-identity, worth, and purpose.
Analy Parra, Licensed Psychological Associate
(under the Supervision of Dr. Sarah Kranz)
I was born and raised in Marshall, Texas. I graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology. I am pursuing licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate. I would like to eventually obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology and be licensed as a psycholgoist. My areas of interest include traumatic brain injuries, posttraumatic stress disorder, and investigating the utility of neuropsychological/psychological tests in minority populations.
Paige VanMeter, QASP-S, Director of Autism and Behavior Analysis Team
I am an East Texas native and am passionate about serving my home community. I have a B.S. in Psychology from Texas State University. My graduate work from the University of West Florida is in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Exceptional Student Learning. I have served both adult and child clients with Autism and other behavioral concerns in the home and in a treatment center setting. I have extensive knowledge/experience in special education and the public school system; I am proud to be a resource and advocate for children and their families. My area of expertise includes early intervention, social skills training, educational advocacy and parent training. I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to play a role in the development of every client I’m able to serve.
My life after hours is filled spending time with my family and my two dogs that I adore. I enjoy engaging in activities that allow me to be expressive and creative, including practicing calligraphy. I am also proficient in American Sign Language and spend time volunteering in the Deaf community and interpreting appointments for Deaf individuals.
Mallory Ford, Operations Lead for Autism and Behavior Analysis Team
I was born and raised in the Kilgore/Longview area. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana and have begun my graduate work through the Florida Institute of Technology, studying Professional Applied Behavior Analysis. For the last 3 years, I have worked with young children on the Autism spectrum or with a variety of cognitive and developmental diagnoses. I am passionate about being a support to my clients and their families by providing a variety of services, including parent/caregiver training and vocational/life skills training.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time on my family’s farm, playing and watching sports and raising my Great Dane. Much of my time outside of work, though, is spent enveloped in my continuing education courses.
Russell Montgomery, LPC-S
I have a B.A. in Psychology from East Texas Baptist University and a M.A. in Religious Education and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I began my counseling career at Tarrant County MHMR and moved back home to Longview to work with Community HealthCore where I served in multiple roles (Caseworker, Program Manager, Therapist, and Director of Crisis Services).
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and LPC Supervisor. I have worked with individuals, married or engaged couples, and families dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, marriage conflict, grief/loss, suicidal thoughts, communication, parenting skills, addiction, personal growth, and more. I have been married to my wife Keri for 23 years, and we have three daughters. I am active in my church and teach a small group. I enjoy reading books on history and theology. I also enjoys all things sports - especially baseball.
Dorothy Ivey, MD
I am board certified in Family Medicine and have over 20 years of experience in family medicine. I have regularly treated depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University and University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
During my time in practice, I have realized the overwhelming impact of our mental health on our physical well-being and disease processes. This has motivated me to join KPS in a more comprehensive model of healthcare. I am especially interested in helping people deal with past trauma to mitigate long-term health effects.
Cara Whedbee, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Christian Counseling. I specialize in working with children, and I love to use play to assist in therapy with clients. I have been a LMFT for over 15 years, and have worked with children in many different settings, including private practice, school districts, and psychiatric hospitals. I have also been published in several journals.
I am married with three children. I look forward to working with our clients here at Kranz Psychological Services to help them heal and adjust in their lives.
Whitney, Office Manager
I am a Longview native. I received both a Child Development and Teacher Education degree from LeTourneau University. Professionally, I have worked in a variety of fields – universities, counseling practices, performance centers, child-development centers, and the Marine Corps Community Service’s marketing department. My husband and I have been married for 9 years and have been back in Longview for the past 4 of those, after living on both the East and West Coast. We have 2 children and a golden retriever. I enjoy coffee, running, and going on adventures with my family.
Angela, Support Staff
I graduated from Pine Tree High School in 1993. I obtained my Associates Degree from Kilgore College, and I have a Bachelors of Science from UT Tyler. I have been married for 18 years, and we have one daughter (age 13). I have been a stay at home mom for the last 10 years, prior to joining KPS in June of 2018.
Te'ya, Support Staff
I’m 20 years old and I’m from Longview, Texas. I graduated from Pine Tree High School as a distinguished graduate and a Texas merit scholar in 2017. I started my college career as a freshman at Kilgore Community College. After my freshman year I attended Sam Houston State University with a major of Biomedical Science. While I was pursuing my studies at SHSU I was also a cheerleader on the All-Girl competitive squad. After living in South Korea briefly, I am happy to be back in Longview where I will continue working towards my goal of achieving my degree in Sports Management.
My interests include working out, tumbling around in the gym from time to time, playing with my Pomeranian puppy, and most importantly spending time with my family.
Jennifer, Support Staff
I am originally from the Houston area but have lived in Longview for the past 25 years. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Although my background is in retail management, I enjoy working in a medical office environment. I have been a stay at home mom most of my adult life. My husband and I have five children together and I enjoy traveling, Netflix, and just spending time with friends and family.
Sasshey, Master's Intern
I am originally from El Paso. I have a wonderful son (age 3) and fiancé. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Tyler, pursuing my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology and on the LPC track. Post-graduation I plan on pursuing licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate and hope to serve underserved populations, such as the Hispanic community. The areas that interest me include neuropsychological/memory tests, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma. Prior to joining the practice, I was a graduate teaching assistant for cognitive and physiological psychology classes at the university and a contracted translator for a children's therapy company. Much of my free time is spent with family and friends.
David, Support Staff
I am a member of the board for Operation True North and also a Veteran of the United States Army. I am currently a counseling/psychology major at LeTourneau University. When I complete my degree, I plan on pursuing a career and making it priority to aid in providing counseling, healing, and hope for the Veterans and families of this great nation.
Linda, Director for Spanish Language Services
I am originally from Mexico, and I have lived in East Texas for the past fourteen years. I am mother of three wonderful children. I have always been passionate about working to help others, and this has allowed me to collaborate in several social projects. I graduated from The University of Texas at Tyler with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I am now pursuing my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology. My areas of interest include teens and adults who struggle with behavior and emotional problems, including anger management, anxiety, depression, trauma, and minority psychology.
Makenna, Support Staff
I have lived my whole life in Longview, and I am in my junior year at East Texas Baptist University. I'm working on a couple of bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
I have a background working with kids and nonprofit organizations, and someday I want to work in Victimology. In my free time I play with dogs, read, spend time with my loved ones, and kayak.
Mayra, Master's Intern
I am currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Tyler, pursuing my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology and working on pursuing licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate and a licensed counselor. My passion is to serve underserved populations and continue to work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I have many years of experience working with both adult and child clients with autism spectrum disorders and other behavioral concerns in the home and in a treatment center setting. Further, I am currently a Qualified Mental Health Provider for a nonprofit working with adults dealing with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. My goal is to help the clients achieve and maximize individual potential in their home, school, and the community creating lasting change throughout their lives.
I am originally from Mexico, in my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and making memories.
Brandi, Support Staff
I am originally from Longview and have lived here all my life. I graduated from Kilgore High School in 2007. I am bilingual - fluent in both English and Spanish. I consider myself to be a person with a passion to help the people around me, I think KPS is a great opportunity for me to facility communication for our Spanish speaking clients. I am happily married to my best friend, and we have four wonderful children. I really enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and learning about other cultures.
Hannah, Support Staff
I am originally am originally from Dallas, TX. I graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX with my Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology and minor in sociology. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at Tyler. Professionally, I have worked in childcare and in a residential facility for struggling teens. I hope to become an LPC and work with families, couples, and athletes.
My hobbies include being outdoors, working out, playing soccer, volleyball and pretty much anything active.
Candy Scott, LPC-S, LSSP
I have lived in East Texas all my life. My husband and I have four children- three boys and one girl ranging in ages from 6 to 23. In my free time, I love to go camping, read non-fiction, watch reality TV shows, and travel. Also, my family and I are actively involved in our church.
I have over 15 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience in completing psychological evaluations, including autism evaluations. I also enjoy providing counseling. I have worked both in the school setting and clinical setting. My heart and true calling is to help those with mental health concerns and those that have special needs.
Locke Curfman, LPC
I have lived in East Texas since 1996. After a 10 year hiatus from the human services field to work as a pharmaceutical sales representative, I determined it was time to return to counseling, my first love. I completed my internship at the Bradshaw State Jail in correctional counseling and worked for three years on staff before moving into private practice.
I believe that clients can best be guided on their healing journey by truly listening without judgment and by offering direction informed by research, clinical practice, and the client’s needs and motivation to heal. I provide individual counseling for adults. My passion is working with adults that have been victims of trauma (e.g., abuse and neglect). My specialty therapy is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I am a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, EMDR International, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
My wife, Kara, and I have been married for 29 years and have six children ranging in age from 23 to 7 years old. Three are biological and three are adopted from the foster care system, but ALL of them are "our children." Having fostered and adopted children of various ages and races, we are very involved in the realities of being a trans-racial family. As the husband of a case manager for a post-adoptive services organization, I am reminded daily of the special needs that both adopted children and their adoptive and biological parents have. My wife and I are actively involved in a local church and with various community services.