Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
Byron is passionate about working with emerging adults that struggle with their relationships to substances or compulsive behaviors. Byron received his undergraduate degree in Psychology (Applied concentration) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
While at UIC, he completed an internship working with the formerly incarcerated seeking to reenter the workforce at The Safer Foundation. He then worked in the social services and mental health field in Chicago for the next three years at different social services organizations. During that time, he received training at Haymarket towards the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification. He began working at Yellowbrick in November of 2016 as a member of the Core Competence Staff at The Residence. Byron began his Master’s in Social Work degree while working as a CCS in 2018, and completed an internship at Yellowbrick where he worked in the Reward Alternative Pathways (RAP) IOP program, providing substance use disorder individual and group counseling. For his masters level clinical internship, Byron worked with patients within the LGBTQIA+ community at Howard Brown Health as a Behavioral Health Consultant and student therapist. Byron received his MSW degree from UIC in the Spring of 2021 and is now a member of the professional staff at Yellowbrick as a staff social worker with leadership in RAP programing.
Byron also takes part on the assessment team by performing both comprehensive and substance use assessments. The comprehensive history assessment is a biopsychosocial history taking of the emerging adults life. The substance use assessment is a conversation that explores one’s relationship to substances or other compulsive behaviors.
Following his education at Yale, The Chicago Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School Psychiatry Residency and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Dr. Viner has four decades of experience applying the clinical and research knowledge of psychiatry and psychoanalysis to the challenge of creating meaningful and pragmatically effective treatment programs.
Dr. Viner has served as the Medical Director for Inpatient Services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Feinberg School of Medicine and Four Winds Chicago Hospital. He is currently the CEO and Chief Medical Officer at Yellowbrick, a national referral center for the treatment of troubled emerging adults.
Dr. Viner has served on the faculties of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine (1980-2012). He is Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Dr. Viner has been Board Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the recipient of the Illinois Psychiatric Society 2016 Award for Excellence & Innovation in Clinical Services.
Dr. Viner is parent to six sons and daughters ages 25-39.
Dr. Laura Viner is a Clinical Psychologist and tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Medical School. For over 30 years, Dr. Viner has done clinical research, teaching of Psychology and Psychiatry students, and assessment and clinical treatment of individuals, families and groups with adults, adolescents, and children. She has published over 50 scholarly articles in scientific journals and books, including her recent popular psychology book on psychoneuroimmunology, The Joy Formula for Health and Beauty. Dr. Viner also gives scientific presentations to professional audiences around the country.
Dr. Laura Viner is Director of Research at Yellowbrick. Prior to Yellowbrick, Dr. Viner was Senior Staff Psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University where she also developed and directed a program for inner city children and their families to prevent violence and antisocial behavior. Earlier at Northwestern, Dr. Viner was Director of the Outpatient Eating Disorders Program.
Dr. Viner is a parent to six emerging adult and young adult children.
David Baron, MD, was born and raised in part in New York City, and later in Livingston, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Psychology (magna cum laude) and M.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Baron went on to complete his psychiatry residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Baron is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin University/The Chicago Medical School. In that role, he supervised psychiatric residents in their community psychiatry rotation for 15 years. During that time he also served as Administrative Psychiatrist, and Interim Director of Mental Health Services, for the DuPage County Health Department, supervising 50 psychiatrists and over 200 other clinical staff.
Dr. Baron’s clinical and administrative experience and practice since completing his training in 1989 has been within a developmental neurobiological understanding of mental illness. Over the course of his career, he has worked to understand mind and brain as different languages for the same essential human experience, including the complexity of neuroscience, the evolutionary basis of the human brain and behavior, and the deeply personal subjective experience of every individual.
Dr. Baron is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He served on the Ethics Committee of the Illinois Psychiatric Society as a member from 2001 to 2006, and as Chairman from 2006 to 2011.
Dr. Baron resides in Evanston. He enjoys travel, golf and cooking. He is a father to one emerging adult son.
Bryn Jessup, PhD is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz where he earned a BA in Psychology. He proceeded to earn both a Masters and then PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1984. His Post-doctoral Fellowship was at The University of Michigan Children’s Hospital where he launched an enduring interest in child development, trauma and the impact on families. From 1986-1996, Dr Jessup was a Staff Psychologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago where he provided inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults; family therapy; diagnostic testing and evaluation; supervision and teaching for the APA-approved (clinical psychology) internship program and child psychiatry residency program. He began to specialize in high-risk families, including sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect, and foster care.
Dr. Jessup joined The Phoenix Institute in 1996 and later became the Director of its Northfield Office of The Phoenix Institute, a highly respected center specializing in working with individuals and families suffering the aftermath of trauma, abuse and neglect. In addition to providing outpatient adult, child, marital and family therapy, diagnostic testing and forensic assessment, he was responsible for clinical supervision of the multidisciplinary group practice providing specialized clinical services in the areas of traumatic stress, loss, and problems of emotional and sexual intimacy.
Dr. Jessup has been an Instructor in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Michael Losoff is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, subsequently earning a Masters in Human Development from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a two-year NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Research and Clinical Work in Adolescence, jointly sponsored by Northwestern University Medical School and The University of Chicago.
Dr. Losoff brings a deep understanding of development during adolescence and young adulthood and to utilizing this understanding within the kinds of rich clinical settings that are relevant and resonant to Yellowbrick’s intensive community immersion model of treatment. These settings have included the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago and Little City Foundation. He has an appreciation of and expertise with in-depth, analytically informed psychotherapy and was the Founding Director and Coordinator of Clinical Services of the Center for Depth Psychotherapy at the C.G. Jung Center of Chicago. Additional leadership roles have included Program Director of the Child and Family Consultation Center at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). Dr. Losoff has served as President-elect (2012-2013) and is currently President (2013-2014) of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
Dr. Losoff is the father of an emerging adult daughter and son.
Dr. Jung Mi Yi is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys working with adults and youth. She began her career providing crisis and therapy services to all populations in emergency rooms. For the last 13 years, she has served in leadership roles in hospital, outpatient, and residential settings, developing and administrating programs for youth with psychiatric challenges and those diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Yi graduated from Ripon College with a B.A. in Psychology. She earned both her masters and doctoral degrees from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also completed a Mini-MBA certificate program in Executive Management from Loyola University.
Maintaining a healthy balance in life is a strong focus for Jung Mi. She achieves this goal through connecting with family and friends, reading, painting and traveling. Physical sports like kickboxing work, too!
Pete Myers, Psy.D. earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1999, after having completed his master’s degree in the social sciences at the University of Chicago in 1992. Prior to his graduate training, he graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor’s liberal arts degree with a major in psychology. He has worked in the field of mental health for the past 33 years. His background is grounded in psychodynamic and family systems-based approaches.
Most of his career had been at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago, a residential and therapeutic school for children and adolescents with profound mental health and special educational needs. He began as one of the dormitory counselors at the school and grew over time into leadership roles including Clinical Director and Co-Executive Director. There he also served an individual, group, and family therapist as well. While working at the school, he was additionally the Director of the Brooke Whitted Center, a residential and outpatient transitional program for emerging young adults with significant mental health challenges in need of support to launch successfully into their adult lives. His tenure at the school was formative in his experience working within a therapeutic community, the importance influence of groups and their milieu. He also has worked as a psychometrician for a private practice, outpatient therapist at the Juvenile Protection Agency in Chicago, and staff therapist at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, and inpatient program in NYC. Dr. Myers is an executive board member of the Association Children’s Residential and Community, an international organization advancing quality interventions for youth of all ages and their families.
Over the course of Dr. Myers’ career, he has been invested in and strives to work with young people of all ages and their families to overcome severe, persistent, and debilitating mental health challenges that are interfering with their abilities to grow into the persons they want to be, and, to live a life that brings them healthy relationships, meaning, joy, and accomplishment. He values working with families, recognizing the importance of the interdependence between individuals and family in understanding the challenges and building a future. Beginning with his work at the school, he has been a strong leader and advocate for quality interventions for LGBTQ+ individuals, in particular gender diverse individuals, which are affirming and respectful one’s identity development. He is committed to collaborating with each person as a unique individual and values each person’s distinctive and diverse characteristics, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and ability.
Dr. Myers serves as a part-time lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus.
Ms. Bostick earned her Bachelors of Nursing Degree in 1994 from St. Andrews University and a Masters in Education from the University of Dayton in 2005. She is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC) and a Certified Addictionologist. Ms.Bostick has extensive experience clinically in medical, addiction and psychiatric settings providing direct clinical care, offering leadership and management, directing operations and providing Quality Assurance and Accreditation expertise.
Kathi Baron, MS, OTR/L, MFA holds graduate degrees in Occupational Therapy and in Writing for Young Adults, and has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association for 40 years. She has experience in Behavioral Health with children, adolescents and adults; and also, developed and managed a rehabilitation program for injured workers. She’s written a variety of articles that are published in Occupational Therapy journals and texts. In 2009, WestSide Books published her first novel, Shattered. Kathi has also presented at state and national Occupational Therapy conferences and has guest-lectured in Occupational Therapy programs at: Cleveland State, Boston University, Midwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Over the years, she supervised occupational therapy fieldwork students and mentored occupational therapists. She has presented writing workshops to students K-12th grade, for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and to teachers of English at their national conference. She loves judging writing contests and has done so for the Northern Illinois High School Literary Contest and Mental Health America North Shore’s Teen Essay Contest. Kathi is an avid baseball fan, loves cats, and reading.
Stephanie received her Bachelors degree at Purdue University in Behavioral Science in 2012. She decided to continue her education and focus on the clinical side of mental health. She attended Valparaiso University where she received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015. She worked as a career counselor at Valparaiso University assisting young adults in the transitioning from home to college and beyond. She began her post education professional training at the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in North Carolina where she was introduced to neurofeedback technology. Stephanie then spent the next few years focusing on neurofeedback and brainwave technologies at the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, California. Stephanie then created AIM services, a business that focused on the education and use of of neurofeedback in the medical community. As a brainwave practitioner she collaborated with the Healing Arts Center, an alternative medical treatment facility, providing neurofeedback as well as brain stimulation technology to patients. She worked with a wide range of illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Sleep Disorders, Autism, ADHD and PTSD. Stephanie also collaborated with the Homecoming for Veterans program working one on one with Veterans providing cutting edge neurofeedback to assist in military service related PTSD. In addition she provided services for individuals focusing on brain training, specific to peak performance in sports and education. She has been an integral part of several research studies focusing on brainwave activity and it’s role in brain and body healing.
Stephanie, now a member of the Yellowbrick Admissions Team, enjoys using her expertise and serving the CCN when necessary. As Admissions Coordinator, Stephanie is usually the first point of contact for families and potential patients exploring Yellowbrick as a possible treatment option.
Wendy comes to Yellowbrick with experiences rich in personal maturity, shared humanitarian values, and clinical practice in varied settings. Her professional career began as a not-for-profit entrepreneur following her receiving an MBA from Fletcher (Tufts University)/Harvard Business School. She developed organizations assisting homeless boys and abused women as well as creating business opportunities for disadvantaged populations to become economically self-sufficient. Since beginning her education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, Wendy has worked as an art therapist with individuals of all ages, with families and in group settings, and has in-depth exposure to clinical contexts involving trauma and loss. Wendy’s creative interests include art therapy using painting, drawing, pottery, photography, videography & movie-making, fabric arts and other media.
Emma received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and MSW from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Originally from Evanston, IL, Emma moved to Brooklyn, NY following graduate school. Emma began her career working in Harlem and the South Bronx with children, adolescents, and families involved in the child welfare system. Following this, Emma worked at a residential treatment facility in Brooklyn that provides treatment for adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses and criminal justice system involvement. Emma recently moved back to Chicago and is happy to be working in the community that she grew up in.
Caroline Onischak MSN APRN PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated with honors from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, IL with her Masters of Science in Nursing. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Resurrection University in Chicago, IL and earned a dual Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is deeply committed to the study of trauma, developmental neurobiology and the mind-body connection. She has trained with renowned trauma and addiction expert Dr. Gabor Mate and also spent a year training with the psychiatric consultation-liaison team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has presented at the Illinois Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and at the Midwest Conference of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses on topics such as neuroplasticity, medical mimics of psychiatric disorders and the impact of childhood trauma on medical and psychiatric illness. She has experience in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has worked both in outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings, treating patients across the lifespan, from children to adolescent, to adult and geriatric patients. She is dedicated to the compassionate care of patients with mental health issues.
Ilene Wynn, RD, LDN, earned a Bachelors of Science degree with honors in Nutrition and Medical Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago – Health Sciences Center in 1983. She has worked primarily in outpatient treatment settings including Lake Forest Hospital, Health and Fitness Centers of Lake Forest Hospital and private practice for the past 23 years.
Ms. Wynn’s areas of expertise focus upon preventive Nutrition and Wellness, Disordered Eating, Weight Management and Sports Nutrition. Her philosophy emphasizes provision of nutrition care and intervention to facilitate behavioral and lifestyle changes. She has developed and implemented numerous nutrition education programs and materials for the community and corporate settings. She has extensive experience in nutrition consultation and treatment of individuals with Eating Disorders, having worked with University Behavioral Health since 1994.
Ms. Wynn is the mother of one emerging adult daughter and one teenage daughter.
Through her various outreach and business development roles, Tracy has become a knowledgeable and trusted resource for families and individuals seeking treatment for many years.
She comes to Yellowbrick from The Dorm, with locations in NY and DC, where she served as Director of Outreach & Business Development. For the past decade, Tracy has worked with the top psychiatric and mental health Residential Treatment Centers throughout the country in outreach and director positions as well as in consulting roles. She transitioned to the behavioral health world from corporate sales & marketing roles where she worked for international companies such as Honeywell and Franklin Covey. “I’m excited to work with Yellowbrick’s talented clinicians, helping to spread this forward thinking model nationally. The timing is just right for Yellowbrick to expand its message, and I am excited to be a part of this journey.”
Tim Prorok, PhD is a Cognitive Neuroscience Associate at Yellowbrick and currently operates neuromodulatory techniques including dTMS and Neurofeedback. Dr. Prorok is a graduate of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and did his undergraduate work at Elmhurst University in Psychology.
In addition to having a formidable knowledge of English History and Science Fiction, Tim has a soft spot for Alaska, candy corn, and any kind of chocolate. Also, to be noted, Tim enjoys train rides.
Jacqui Stieglitz brings over 20 years of experience in customer service and administration. Originally from Rome, Italy, Jacqui has lived in England where she attended Kent Boarding School studying English and Italian and graduating with an Associate’s Degree in English Literature. Jacqui has also resided on and off in Israel for several years before settling in Evanston to be closer to her family.
Jacqui is the mother of an emerging adult daughter and teenage son.
Cami became a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher in 2017, and has spent time teaching in the Chicago area, as well as a year in Rehovot, Israel. Since then, she has completed certifications and trainings in trauma-informed and therapeutic yoga, yoga nidra, children’s/family yoga, pre/postnatal yoga, Kabbalah yoga, sound healing, and wellness coaching. Cami’s teaching methodology includes showing up for her students with unconditional acceptance and support; in the hope that her students can use the tools they learn to forge their own path to healing. Those tools include body/self awareness, compassionate acceptance, and playful, curious exploration. Cami enjoys spending her time practicing yoga, traveling around the world, or rooting for the San Francisco Giants. Cami holds a BA in Theatre/Dance and Women’s/Gender Studies from Muhlenberg College.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.