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Monique Maldonado


M.A. in Counseling Psychology,

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Monique Maldonado is a licensed Mental Health Therapist and a certified Substance Abuse Counselor who graduated from Southern California Seminary with her Master's in Counseling Psychology and emphasis in Theology. She has been serving as a Therapist for 7 years and has 10 years experience in the field of addictions. Monique is passionate about attachment styles, relationships, individual mental health and helping others break free from addictive patterns. She is married with 6 adult children and 18 grandchildren. She celebrates diversity and purposes to learn about other cultures and perspectives through travel and connection with others. In her spare time, Monique enjoys spending time with her husband and family; dancing, singing, hiking, and kayaking.
Monique serves Central Iowa clients in person at the Ames location as well as serving clients via tele-health. 

Kristin Boyd


M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

M.S. in Psychology

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Chief Financial Officer/HR

Kristin Boyd is a licensed Mental Health Therapist, and a certified Substance Abuse Counselor who currently serves tele-health clients. Kristin graduated from Drake University with her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2020, and she graduated from the University of Central Missouri with her Master's in Psychology in 2016. She has been serving in the counseling field for 7 years, and before that had experience working in a women's center. In her spare time, Kristin likes enjoying the outdoors with her husband and young son, spending time with family, reading, and completing house renovation projects.

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Melinda Crane


M.A. Marriage and Family

B.S. Social Work

Melinda Crane serves the Cedar Rapids area and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Substance Abuse Counselor who graduated from Mount Mercy University with her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. She started her career in healthcare as a nurse and has been counseling for the last 8 years. Melinda beleives her role in the therapeutic relationship is to facilitate healing through evidence-based practices from a framework of faith. Melinda enjoys exploring the outdoors with her sons and traveling on missions trips.

Melinda also sees clients over tele-health.

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Alex Harmening


MA Social Work ,B.S. Psychology

Alex Harmening serves the rural community in West Central Iowa and is a licensed Master level Social Worker who will primarily see individuals’ through tele-health. Alex graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with both her Bachelors and Master’s degree. Alex holds a specialization in Trauma, utilizing somatic body processing. Alex has experience with hospital based social work for the past 6 years in Dialysis, Hospice, and Inpatient Mental Health as well as working as a substance use counselor. In her free time, Alex enjoys spending time with loved ones.

Janine Whited

Masters of Business Administration

B.A. Accounting


Janine Whited is a retired CPA with her full-time career having been spent primarily in private industry in various roles which included responsibility for HR, benefits administration, and financial reporting. She has a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her work for Vine, Janine manages business finances, billing, client communication, and other office administration tasks. Outside of Vine, Janine enjoys being active with indoor and outdoor fitness, gardening, traveling, and loves spending time with her family.

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