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Regional Director of Behavioral Health Integration and Specialty Clinics, Oregon Region: Vanessa Casillas, PsyD

Vanessa CasillasVanessa Casillas, PsyD, is the Regional Director of Behavioral Health Integration for Providence Medical Group in Oregon and SW Washington. She supports our embedded Behavioral Health Providers in Primary Care and Medical Specialty Clinics as well as our Adult and Senior Psychiatry Clinics in the Portland Service Area and the Behavioral Health Clinic in Hood River. Dr. Casillas also serves as the co-lead for the Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care Focus Group for the Mental Health Substance Use Clinical Performance Group. Dr. Casillas earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon in 2009.

Training Director: Elisa Rudd, PsyD

Elisa RuddDr. Elisa Rudd is the Training Director for all Providence Medical Group’s (PMG) Psychology training programs in the Oregon region, which include approximately 30 Practicum students, 5 Interns, and 5 Psychology Residents at present. In addition, Dr. Rudd is the Behavioral Health Clinical Manager of Licensed Psychologists and Behavioral Health Providers in our Primary Care and Internal Medicine clinics in Southern Oregon, Southwest Washington, Hood River, and the Portland Service Area. At Providence, Dr. Rudd also serves as leadership sponsor for the Behavioral Health Provider Diversity Workgroup and is Co-leader for the Department of Behavioral Health’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Prior to her current role, she spent 5.5 years as a Behavioral Health Provider – 1.5 years at a multi-specialty medical clinic, and 4 years at PMG.

After earning her undergraduate degree in psychology (magna cum laude), Dr. Rudd worked in Human Resources as a Training and Education Manager. She went on to complete her M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in Counseling and Human Systems (Rand Fellowship) from Florida State University then provided consulting services for nonprofit organizations such as Children of Incarcerated Parents (aka Forever Family) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta as well as career counseling services at UNC-Asheville (Associate Director) and Georgia State University. Dr. Rudd completed her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University (Diversity Service Fellow) during which she completed her Internship at Grand Valley State University’s Career and Counseling Center in Michigan. Dr. Rudd’s Postdoctoral Residency work included psychological testing for Insight Psychological Services. During her graduate education, Dr. Rudd worked 8 years for a 24-hour behavioral health crisis and contact center. This organization provides access to behavioral health counseling, debriefing, and crisis services to university counseling centers, hospitals, managed healthcare organizations, state and county crisis lines, and employee assistance programs throughout the U.S., Canada, and in parts of Japan, and Qatar; she responded to and supported more than 35,000 callers during her tenure with ProtoCall Services

Raised in Guam, Dr. Rudd enjoys living in Portland with her wife of 25 years, where she spends her free time hiking, writing, and enjoying all things science fiction.

Internship Training Director: Kristie Knows His Gun, PsyD

Kristie Knows His GunKristie Knows His Gun, a 2013 graduate of George Fox’s doctor of psychology program, joined the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology in 2014 as an assistant professor of psychology. In addition, she works as the training director for the Integrated Care Internship, an APA accredited site that is a consortium with Providence Medical Group. Kristie also serves as the director of the primary care track teaching courses focused on the foundations of primary care.

During her doctoral training, she interned with Wasatch Mental Health (2012-13) and was a pre-intern with School-Based Behavioral Health in George Fox’s rural consortium. Knows His Gun holds a PsyD from George Fox, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from George Fox (2010) and both a master’s degree (2008) and bachelor’s degree (2006) in psychology from Montana State University.

Clinical Manager of Practicum Students: Jeri Turgesen, PsyD

Jeri TurgesenDr. Jeri Turgesen is a Board-Certified Health Psychologist. She completed her doctoral degree at George Fox University, her internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a residency at the Portland VA Medical Center.

Currently serving as a Clinical Manager for Integrated Primary Care and Practicum Training, Dr. Turgesen has been an employee of Providence Medical group for the past 7 years. Prior to her management role, she served as a Behavioral Health Provider in primary care. Dr. Turgesen greatly enjoys serving patients within the primary care settings and working as an active member of interdisciplinary medical teams to address patients’ holistic healthcare needs. Part of her work includes community partnerships and collaboration of Behavioral Health and local high schools to support adolescent mental health and suicide risk.

Areas of emphasis and interest include trauma informed care, chemical dependency, crisis and risk management, physical health and health management, and caring for the needs of LGBTQ+ patients

When not working, Jeri enjoys spending time with her family, running, and enjoying time outdoors.

Clinical Manager of Medical Residency Education: Ryan Dix, PsyD

Ryan DixDr. Ryan Dix currently serves as the Behavioral Health Manager of Medical Specialties, Neuropsychology, Medical Education, Project Nurture and Adult and Senior Psychiatry Clinics (East, Milwaukie and West) in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Prior to this he spent 5 years as a behavioral health provider with Providence at their northeast clinic where he also worked as a behavioral medicine faculty for the internal medicine residents

Dr. Dix currently serves on the board of the Oregon Psychological Association and has served in a number of roles on that board. Additionally, he has served as the liaison from OPA for the Oregon Board of Psychology.

Dr. Dix earned his undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University and his PsyD degree from George Fox University. While at Providence he earned a master’s degree in management as well as a certification in tobacco treatment. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family.