MARY KAY FRASIER
Educational programmer, Business Manager, and Davis Dyslexia Correction®
Mary Kay earned a degree for Drake University in education and music education. Her early experience is vast including teaching in inner city school, private music lessons, directing choir and serving as a parish organist. She has also been active in the real estate community in Des Moines and has a background in business.
In 1998 she and David Beeman developed Innovative Learning to be a unique practice for counseling and learning. Her ability to look for answers beyond the expected, willingness to analyze each child’s needs and advocate for both the child and parent emerged from her teaching and parenting experiences. She understands the parents quest for solutions not provided by traditional environments and helps create innovative solutions.
Mary Kay has been a presenter to a variety of audiences. She has presented to community groups, an international symposium on dyslexia in Toronto, Canada, and the national conference for the Corrections Education Association. The presentation format provides instruction regarding the visual-spatial learner and its relationship to dyslexia and giftedness. She was retained as a consultant to the Sherrard School District in Illinois to assist teachers in responding to dyslexic students.
Ph.D., Psychologist, Director of Assessment and Psychological Services.
David obtained his doctorate in psychology from Iowa State University in 1992 after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame. He has been working in the field full time since 1991. He has a strong background in assessment of children, adolescents, and adults including psychological, educational, emotional, cognitive, and perceptual aspects of psychological evaluations and neuropsychological screenings.
He holds a contract with Juvenile Court Services to conduct forensic psychological evaluations, with ongoing services since 2009. He has trained numerous psychologists over the years, and he continues as the clinical director of the practice, supervising the other clinicians as needed. In addition to administrative, supervisory, and assessment duties, he provides counseling services primarily to adolescents and adults. He approaches all his work with undeniable passion.
He has a deep desire to maintain a quality standard of assessments, to develop treatment alternatives, and to recognize the need to address learning issues as related to an individual’s functioning as a whole. David serves as the director of assessment and psychological services (including counseling, EEG Neurotherapy, and Cognitive Rehabilitation).
SUSAN SMITH HELKENN
Licensed Social Worker
Susan joined our practice in 2009 to add neurotherapy to her range of skills and treatment modalities. ILP was a good fit for Susan’s unique range of practical and clinical experiences, having served adults and children in the mental health and medical field for over 15 years.
Susan is certified as a Child Life Specialist, holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology-Anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Iowa.
Clinical interests include adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, school related problems, relationship issues, grief/loss as well as medical trauma and stress. Susan strives to schedule new clients promptly and is accepting referrals for adults, adolescents, and children.
Dusty Baker received his B.S. in Psychology from Drake University in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in 2016.
He works from a humanistic and emotion-focused perspective, and views self-critical beliefs as the core to most concerns that bring people to therapy. Dr. Baker believes approaching their concerns from a non-judgmental perspective with self-compassion allows the client to feel safe in the exploration and incorporation of new perspectives that helps foster personal growth in the client's life. Honoring the client’s unique multicultural identity is also emphasized to better understand how self-critical beliefs developed and how those beliefs can be challenged with respect to each client’s personal and cultural values.
Dr. Baker works with a wide variety of concerns and has special interests in psychological assessment, ADHD, trauma, and vocational concerns. He also enjoys clinical supervision, teaching, and is a firm believer in the power of humor.