Dr. Gisela Kohl, MD, Certus Psychiatry

Dr. Gisela Kohl, M.D.

Raleigh & Winston-Salem

Dr. Gisela Knebl Kohl founded Certus Psychiatry & Integrated Care in Winston-Salem. A native of Argentina, she was a chemical engineer before following her passion and going to medical school. Her vision of psychiatric care involves looking at the entire patient, including lifestyle, nutrition habits, and physical activity. She then works on developing strategies where patients are active participants in their care.

In starting Certus, Dr. Kohl has taken her career in psychiatry and created an independent practice where she has developed her own proven unique paths to wellness in patent care. She and her husband, Federico, who runs the practice with her, enjoy a happy life with their four children, including triplets who attend Wake Forest University and a young daughter in elementary school.

Amy Bilicki, Nurse Practitioner, Certus Psychiatry

Amy Bilicki, MSN APRN FNP-C | Nurse Practitioner

Raleigh & Winston-Salem

Amy attended South University for her Bachelor’s degree in science and her Master’s degree and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She has worked in various settings, including 20+ years in Critical Care.  She has gained experience in providing holistic care to both the chronic mental health client in the outpatient setting and the client in crisis in the inpatient setting.  Amy provides care to adolescents, adults, and the aging adult.  She enjoys educating her clients and their families about their mental health diagnoses and feels that an informed person can better control their mental health.  Her focus is on healing, well-being, and understanding of the entire person and collaboration with families, therapy, and other disciplines to achieve optimal physical and mental health.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and the family cat “Gus.”  She loves the beach and is an avid “Star Wars” geek.  Amy is thrilled to be a part of such a diverse and competent team of caring providers and looks forward to providing care to you.

Teshia Jones, Physician Assistant, Certus Psychiatry

Teshia Jones, MHS, PA-C | Physician Assistant


Teshia grew up in Greensboro and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She received her Master’s degree in Health Sciences and Physician’s Assistant Certificate. She is a board-certified Physician Assistant.

She has worked in various settings, including underserved clinics in Gaston county and Statesville. She prides herself on providing quality and evidence-based care to all patients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching documentaries, and doing puzzles.  She resides in Forsyth county with her two young children. She is thrilled to be a part of a diverse and competent team of practitioners and therapists.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching documentaries, and doing puzzles.  She resides in Forsyth county with her two young children. She is thrilled to be a part of a diverse and competent team of practitioners and therapists.

Elena McGinty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Certus Psychiatry

Elena McGinty, FNP | Nurse Practitioner


Elena attended South University for her Bachelor’s degree in science, as well as her Master’s degree and post Master’s degrees, and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She finds great importance in listening to her clients’ needs and goals and treating them holistically, using integrated care inclusive of communicating with therapists, primary care providers, and any other disciplines the client may permit. Elena’s goal is to build trust through open and honest communication in creating a platform for healing and wellbeing.

Susan Schleith, Nurse Practitioner, Certus Psychiatry

Susan Schleith, PMHNP | Nurse Practitioner


Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner.

She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health. Her clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients facing a wide range of mental health challenges.

Greg Tallent, Physician Assistant, Certus Psychiatry

Greg Tallent PA-C, MPAS | Physician Assistant


Greg is a native of Cape Girardeau, MO, and completed PA school at South University in Savannah, GA in 2005. Following his PA studies, he briefly practiced orthopedics and family medicine before finding his way into emergency medicine. Greg has extensive Emergency Department (ED) experience in both rural and academic settings. Prior to moving to the Raleigh area to work in the ED at UNC Rex Hospital, he was a traveling ED clinician providing care in SC, NC, NY, OH, and VA.

After working on the frontline throughout the COVID pandemic and experiencing his own mental health challenges, Greg is excited to join Certus Psychiatry. He is thrilled to be a part of such a diverse and competent team of caring providers and looks forward to providing care to you. Greg believes in fostering a safe, therapeutic environment where individual relationships can form and grow. He believes a team approach combining pharmacotherapy and counseling is key to successful and meaningful outcomes.

In his free time, Greg enjoys spending time with those he loves the most – his wife, children, and two dalmatians. His passions include exploring the world of wine, spending time in nature, staying active, and playing sports with plenty of fresh air and great views – biking, hiking, golf, and running.

Lisa Law, Lead Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Lisa Law, LCMHCS | Lead Clinical Therapist


Lisa works with adolescents and adults to assist them in dealing with day-to-day struggles. Her experience includes but is not limited to treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief. Her expertise includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy).

She received her Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Wake Forest University. She also is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a Supervision Credential. Lisa has received specialized training in CBT and DBT and Trauma-Focused CBT. She attends ongoing training for specific disorders and therapies and has an extensive history of inpatient, partial hospitalization, utilization review, marketing, and outpatient therapy.

Lisa is originally from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is married and has three dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family in her free time, enjoying her garden and her pool, reading, and vacationing in New Hampshire’s seacoast and lakes.

Lauren Boyette, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Lauren Boyette, LCMHCA | Clinical Therapist


Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) who works primarily with adults and emerging adults. She earned her BA in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Asheville and her MS and EdS degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also maintains her National Certified Counselor certification.

Her counseling experience ranges from college counseling centers to outpatient therapy. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar, stress, trauma, life transitions, and identity. She is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and works with a variety of concerns for this population. Her methods used in counseling may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Reality/Choice Therapy, Mindfulness, and Psychotherapy/Talk Therapy.

Therapy can be daunting and sometimes overwhelming. Lauren believes with the right support and direction, everyone has the opportunity to find their own inner and outer happiness.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren has lived in North Carolina for over 15 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat.

TyKia Browns Clinical Therapist at Certus Psychiatry

Ty’Kia Brown LCSWA | Clinical Therapist


Ty’Kia earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from Savannah State University. She is passionate about working with teens, young adults, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, addiction, self-esteem issues, and other life stressors.

Ty’Kia has experience in acute PHP/IOP programs, as well as domestic violence/teen dating violence, and substance abuse treatment by helping clients develop and utilize coping skills, guiding clients to reach their personal goals, and helping them establish and maintain self-care.

Ty’Kia’s approach has a holistic framework and family systems foundation to promote whole- person wellness. She also incorporates evidence-based practices into her therapy sessions, including art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Trauma-Focused CBT to assess motivation to change, address any ambivalence towards change and to aid negative, faulty, or irrational thoughts.

Outside of therapy, Ty’Kia enjoys creating art, making candles, fashion design, and engaging in community work.

Lisa Carr, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Lisa Carr, LCSW | Clinical Therapist


Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who works with children, adolescents, and adults on a wide variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, interpersonal violence, traumatic experiences, life transitions, divorce, self-esteem, and compassion fatigue.

Lisa received a BA in Fine Arts from Hampshire College and an MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her professional experience includes generalized community-based counseling, counseling survivors of interpersonal and/or community violence, providing school-based therapy for elementary-aged students, and facilitating online clinical support groups. Lisa draws from principles and skills from attachment theory, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT and TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Polyvagal Theory, phased trauma treatment, and somatic approaches to tailor treatment plans for each client. When possible, she enjoys integrating creativity and expressive arts activities into the therapeutic process.

Lisa is a Winston-Salem native but finished high school in Durham (go Unicorns!) and then moved to Amherst, MA, for her undergraduate program. After college, she lived in several US cities, including New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Boston, before resettling in Winston-Salem. Now Lisa can be found exploring her backyard wilderness with her daughter, four cats, and a dog.

Beverly Everett, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Beverly Everett, LCMHC | Clinical Therapist


Beverly is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) who works with people of all ages aged four to adult and provides individual, family, marital, and group therapy. She has extensive experience helping people steer through difficult moods, whether from oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, bipolar, depression, borderline personality disorder, or stress and trauma. Beverly is experienced in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Therapy. She has training in specialized approaches for trauma, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Brainspotting, and EMDR.

She received her graduate degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. She is married and has three children and enjoys spending time with them and being active in the community.

Rachel Everette, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Rachael Everette, LCSWA | Clinical Therapist


Rachael received her Master of Social Work from Appalachian State University, and she works with individuals, families, and groups of all ages.

She serves a wide variety of people with mental health-related issues and conditions. She specializes in working with young children and adolescents with behavioral issues, mood issues such as oppositional defiance disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism, anxiety, depression, and more.

Rachael believes in empowering individuals and groups to overcome issues and challenges. She is experienced in CBT, DBT, TFCBT, and Mindfulness, and play therapy.

Rachael was born and raised in Winston-Salem. She is a mom to the sweetest Pitbull puppy girl named Stella and enjoys spending her free time with family, friends, and volunteering in her community.

Casey Johanson, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Casey Johanson, LCSW | Clinical Therapist


Casey a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Psychology with a minor in Family Issues and Early Childhood Education in 2003. She completed her MSW at Florida Atlantic University in 2008.

Casey joined the Certus team with eight years of teaching experience and more than 12 years of clinical experience in various settings, including hospice, community mental health, and outpatient care.

She is a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and takes psychodynamic and attachment-based approach in intervention. She specializes in trauma, grief and loss, and ego-state work.

Casey embraces other therapeutic modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, and Sandtray. She is dedicated to reducing human suffering, across the life span, with the hope of increasing resiliency and whole-hearted living in all those she serves.

Marita Morgan, Clinical Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Marita Malm Morgan, Ph.D., MA, LCMHC | Clinical Therapist


Marita is a bilingual psychotherapist (English and Spanish). She finished her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1997 at the Universidad de Belgrano and completed her Ph.D. in Psychology in Argentina, practicing psychotherapy in hospitals and private practice settings. Once she moved to North Carolina, she pursued licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) to continue helping others achieve a better quality of life.

Marita works with adults and older adults. Her experience includes but is not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and neurocognitive deficits. Her background is in cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuropsychology, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She did a post-graduate training in an Integrated Model of Psychotherapy, she works with different techniques depending on the patients’ goals. These techniques include Psycho-Education, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, Dialectical Behavioral techniques, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychotherapy/Talk Therapy.

Charlotte Sime, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Charlotte Sime, LCMHC | Clinical Therapist


Charlotte is a native of Texas. She works with older children ages 11 and up, adolescents, and adults to assist them in navigating life events. She earned her Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling and Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Her counseling experience range from in the church, Adolescent Regional Correction Facility, Outpatient Addiction Agency, a large Mental Health/Substance Use Community Based Services, and a crisis walk in clinic. She can see clients individually or groups. She has experience with substance use, depression, anxiety, co-occurring, stress and trauma, grief, unhealthy eating patterns, and different life transitions. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapy interventions depending on clients’ goals with CBT, DBT, MI, mindfulness, and psychotherapy. She believes in raising awareness to help navigate life options to assist in reducing negative outcomes.

When not doing therapy, she likes to create Art, tinker on stuff, travel, hang with family, spend time with her husband and dog, Goose.

Rachel Smith, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Rachel Smith, LCSW | Clinical Therapist


Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated from Appalachian State University with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She has a history of working in Community Mental Health, working with folks in individual and group therapy, families, children, adolescents, and adults with a wide array of diagnoses and needs.

Her approaches therapy with adults, adolescence, and children with an open mind and heart. She has a passion for meeting folks where they are to grow in awareness and exploration of emotional needs. Methods used include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a framework for helping patients achieve wellness. Rachel is also passionate about growing her skills and learning more about connecting and helping her patients in the most ethical and up-to-date treatment modalities. She finds it vital to work as a team on treatment plans and goals with patients’ medical providers.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter hiking, camping, spending time outdoors, and volunteering within her community.

Shana Smith, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Shana Smith, LCSWA | Clinical Therapist


Shana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSWA) with a BA in Human Relations and a Master’s degree in Social Work who specializes in working with the Substance use population.  Her experience in in-patient hospitalization and outpatient therapy has enhanced her knowledge in working with individuals, couples and families coping with dual-diagnosis, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, stress, trauma, addictions, life transitions, grief and loss, and unhealthy self-image for all ages.

Shana is passionate about helping others strive for healing, healthy living, and encourages goal setting and will assist in attainment. She believes in self-discovery at any age and stage of life. Shana is compassionate in the use of psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

As a mother to five children, you might find her on any given night sitting at a ball field watching her pride and joy, hanging by the firepit with friends and good food, or spending time with her loving husband and furbaby.

Denise Wallace, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Denise Wallace, LMFT | Clinical Therapist


As an interactive and consultative therapist, Denise works with individuals, couples, and families by helping them navigate life’s issues by joining patients on the road to understanding themselves better and how small changes will make a difference.

She helps individuals, children, couples, and families work through their anxiety, anger management, depression, divorce, grief, life transitions, and stress. Denise has worked at family services facilities, private offices, and a psychiatric hospital.

Denise attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to earn a Master of Science degree, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and graduating with top honors. Denise has excelled in psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, as well as Family Systems Therapy.

Denise lives with her husband, has three adult children (the youngest in the US Air Force), and has one cat and one dog, whom she refers to as her “babies.” Her favorite thing to do when not working is spending time with her family.

Catherine Warner, Therapist, Certus Psychiatry

Catherine Warner, LCSWA, PMH-C | Clinical Therapist


Catherine received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she works with adolescents ages 13 and up, adults, and couples. She is also certified in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International and has a passion for working with individuals and couples of all shapes and sizes going through the life stages of conception, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, or loss.

She has experience with anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, gender and sexual diversity, and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She has a passion for working with individuals and couples of all shapes and sizes going through the life stages of conception, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, or loss. Catherine is actively working toward her Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International.

Catherine works to meet clients where they are and while helping them navigate life’s challenges while continuing to learn, grow, and heal. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Trauma-Focused CBT – depending on the client’s needs.

Catherine is a North Carolina native and has been in Winston-Salem for the past two years. She is a dog and cat mom to her three “fur babies,” and when she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and being a Pure Barre instructor.

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