Chambers and Blohm’s mission is to provide quality mental health care to improve the lives of clients and their families.

Meet Our Staff

Kathy Blohm, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Kathy is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict and the California School of Professional Psychology-Alameda. Dr. Blohm moved to Bismarck from Minneapolis in 1999 and opened Chambers and Blohm Psychological Services in 2001. She enjoys finding creative ways to practice psychology. Valuing collaboration and working with individuals from different agencies and across disciplines, she strives to develop new programs that meet the needs of the community. Dr. Blohm works with patients across the developmental continuum and specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood, and eating disorders. She has a special interest in human sexuality across the lifespan and is currently the only Board Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT) in western North Dakota.

Deb Bosch, LICSW

Deb is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She also completed an Associate’s Degree in Mental Health and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work both from the University of Mary. She has been practicing for more than 25 years and works with a variety of ages ranging from adolescents to the elderly. Deb developed Self-Esteem Group for Women and has led that group for a number of years. She works with individuals and families with a wide range of emotional concerns as well as relationship problems.

Julijana Nevland, PhD

Dr. Nevland is a Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Professor, and Chair of the Graduate Counseling Program at the University of Mary.  She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota.  Dr. Nevland completed her pre-doctoral internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she received specialized training in neuropsychological and forensic assessment, suicide prevention, substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and treatment of severe mental illness.  She has worked in various clinical settings to include state and federal prisons, veteran administration hospital (VA), and community mental health agencies.  Dr. Nevland enjoys working with individuals, families, and couples (all ages), and specializes in the treatment of mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar), anxiety disorders, PTSD/ trauma/grief, relationship difficulties, and improving adjustment/coping skills.  Dr. Nevland also completes comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and pain evaluations.  She has a special interest in organizational consulting and training, regarding the role of mental health variables in improving motivation, conflict resolution, stress management, and overall wellness.

Bob Johnson, PhD

Bob is a licensed psychologist. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Michigan State University Counseling Center and his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Georgia Counseling and Psychiatric Services. Bob enjoys working with adolescents and adults in individual, group, and couples counseling. His special areas of interest include clinical supervision, psychological assessment (including personality, cognitive, career, and ADHD assessment), anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.

Shannon Weisz, PsyD, LAC

Shannon is a licensed clinical psychologist and addiction counselor. Dr. Weisz received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Argosy University/Twin Cities (Minnesota School of Professional Psychology). He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Standing Rock Psychology Interns Program where he received specialized training in the area of multicultural therapy. Dr. Weisz has several years of experience working with both mental health and chemical dependency issues, and his interests include dual diagnosis, psychological testing and providing therapy for a wide range of mental health concerns. He provides both individual and group therapy and enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Lauree Hellman, APRN, PMHCNS

Lauree is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She provides individual and group therapy as well as medication management for adults and has many years of psychiatric nursing experience. Areas of treatment include depression, anxiety, as well as relationship difficulties, boundaries, stress management, self esteem and other areas of life improvement skills to achieve healthy functioning with life’s transitions. Lauree is also a facilitator for the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group which provides four 10 week sessions of intense group therapy to assist people in regaining control of their lives. She is a graduate of the University of Mary and University of North Dakota. She is board certified in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

Michelle Fike, APRN, PMHCNS

Michelle is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She provides medication management and individual therapy for adults in the treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns. Michelle received her Bachelor degree and Master of Nursing degree through the University of Mary. She completed post-masters certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing through the University of North Dakota. Michelle has many years of psychiatric nursing experience.  She is board-certified in advanced practice nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Megan Frankl, MS

Megan received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from North Dakota State University. She has additional training and coursework in the area of psychological assessment, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment. She is particularly interested in providing psychological assessments to elderly with a wide range of conditions including brain injuries, strokes, and various neurodegenerative disorders. She tailors her approach to the individual client, since every assessment is unique and involves more than a collection of data.

Gabriela Balf, MD

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Gabriela Balf is a board certified, psychologically minded psychiatrist and internist. She is proud to join forces with Chambers and Blohm to promote wellness by using psychopharmacology wisely, and by empowering people to advance their psychological strengths. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Carol Davila Univ in Bucharest, Romania, and pursued both her internal medicine and psychiatry residencies at Yale Univ School of Medicine, and her Master’s Degree in Public Health at Yale Public Health School in New Haven, Conn.

She believes that the effective approach to becoming mentally healthy means:

  • Looking at all aspects of a person’s life: mental, physical, social and spiritual
  • “Training your Dragon” – train your mind’s muscles by taking a psychology class ( therapy). Pills don’t bring ideas: if living your life fully requires taking some medication at some point, it means that your Dragon needs to learn some new tricks. Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems by using the same thinking we used when we created them”
  • Teamwork – Dr. Balf realized a long time ago that one person cannot care for another person by herself; along with our Care Coordinator Ms. Kara Poppe, she will collaborate with the relevant people/treaters in your life
  • Becoming partners in your health care: Dr. Balf expects you to be invested in doing better – She spares no effort and expects you to do the same

Dr. Balf is also a teacher: she used to be an Asst. Professor at Yale University and is currently the director of psychiatry education for UND School of Medicine in Bismarck. Her patients will often have the chance to educate their future doctors on the importance of mental health.

Last but not least, Dr. Balf is a relentless advocate for mental health: her master’s degree in public health helps her have a clear voice in the political climate at state and national levels, to promote a better understanding and handling of mental healthcare by our legislators. She will often ask you about your ideas on how to change the discourse about mental health in our state so that it becomes healthy North Dakota.

Kara Poppe, Care Coordinator

Kara is a Care Coordinator who works as a fundamental member of a collaborative care team by piloting regular caseload consultations with the team psychiatrist and interconnecting the resulting treatment recommendations. She has a special interest in working with personality disorders and behavioral modification. Kara received her educational degrees from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY interning with Saint Francis Trauma Hospital emergency psychiatric center and Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN with an internship at the local school district for Children’s Mental Health Services. After spending over two decades working in the mental health field for emergency psychiatric services and high behavioral hospitalized settings with state run programs, Kara identifies the collaborate care model – in particular, as being effective and efficient in delivering integrated care.

“It’s how well you connect with people you’re trying to service and communicate your understanding back to them.”

Sandy Kunz, Office Manager

Sandy is a native of Mandan, North Dakota. She received her Associates in Applied Science Degree from Bismarck State College. Sandy has been employed with Chambers and Blohm Psychological Services since their grand opening in 2001. Her primary responsibilities are insurance claims submissions and accounts receivable.

Melissa Lipp, Receptionist

Melissa is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota. She started working at Chambers and Blohm Psychological Services in January 2010. Melissa worked as the secretary at St. Alexius Partial Hospitalization Program for 9 years and as communication clerk in the St. Alexius Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 21 years before coming to Chambers and Blohm. Her primary responsibilities are scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, and assisting in the office as needed.