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Meet 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

  • Ann Schaack, CEO / Managing Director
  • Dana Arlien, MD, Chief Medical Officer
  • Chris Farley, Chief Financial Officer
  • Nancy Lindler, MFT, Director of Clinical Services
  • Laurie MacAfee, RN, Director of Nursing
  • Jennifer Vonarx, LCSW, Director of Admissions
  • Kristine Anglin, Director of Human Resources
  • Tricia Larmer, MS, Director of Business Development
  • Mark St. Germaine, Director of Plant Operations

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.