Mental Health ProfessionalsMeet our Team

Mental Health Professionals

We know you love your child. We also know you want what’s best for them.

Parents experience many feelings and different reactions having to hospitalize their child. For some, it’s heartbreaking and completely overwhelming. For others, it’s a relief knowing their child is getting the help they need.

At Willow Springs Center, we pledge to respect the unique needs of your child and your family’s dynamics. Our compassionate, professionally trained staff will work together as an interdisciplinary team to provide the best coordinated care, support and guidance for your child throughout treatment.

Leadership Team 

  • Chris Farley
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Tricia Larmer, MS
    Director of Business Development
  • Jennifer Vonarx, LCSW
    Admissions Director
  • Stephanie Brown
    Director of Patient Relations

Medical Director

Dana M. Arlien, MD
Medical Director

Dana M. Arlien, MD is the medical director at Willow Spring Center. She has an undying compassion for the quality of medical services for those entrusted to our care.

An accomplished author, avid outdoors person and the recipient of numerous academic awards and scholarships, Dr. Arlien is a former participant in NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program. She completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine, where she was chief fellow for child and adolescent psychiatry. She is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Nevada.

She earned her doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her bachelor’s degree with honors in neurobiology, physiology and behavior at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Arlien received the Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award in 2006 from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

With John Chappel, she co-authored the chapter “Treating Intoxication and Withdrawal” in Correctional Psychiatry: Practice Guidelines and Strategies, published by Civic Research Institute.

DBT Consultant

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.
Consultant, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., has been recently appointed to the professional staff at Willow Springs Center to serve as clinical consultant to the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program. In his new role, Dr. Fruzzetti participates in weekly DBT consultation team meetings, supervises the doctoral student treating DBT patients and is a member of the DBT program development team.

Dr. Fruzzetti holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington and serves as the director of the dialectical behavior therapy and research program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Current director of research for the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, Dr. Fruzzetti also has been an investigator on numerous DBT studies including those related to the treatment of suicidal adult women and young adults, women victims of domestic violence and families of people with borderline personality disorder.

He is the author of “Families and Borderline Personality Disorder: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace in Your Family” (Pub. October 2012) and “The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy & Validation.”

In 2010, the Nevada Psychological Association named Dr. Fruzzetti Psychologist of the Year.