Meet the Clinicians
David Anderholm, MD
Dr. David Anderholm is the founder of Northern Psychiatric Associates, the mental health clinic of choice in the Brainerd lakes region providing both psychiatric and psychological services for patients of all ages. It employs a staff of 17 clinicians and support staff. He completed his undergraduate and graduate school education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and specialty training at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine. Dr. Anderholm is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.
Melissa Virnig, RN, CNP
Melissa Virnig completed her studies at the College of St. Scholastica and is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Minnesota. She has worked in most areas of nursing starting out in high school as a nursing home aide. She has been with Northern Psychiatric Associates since the clinic opened in March 2007. She sees adult patients age 18 and older.
Stephanie Smith, RN, CNP
Stephanie Smith completed her undergraduate degree at The College of St. Scholastica and her graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. Stephanie is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Minnesota. Stephanie enjoys working with patients of all ages. She has previously worked in mental health serving our veterans. Stephanie sees patients ages 13 and older.
Jeanne Kurtz, PhD, LP
Dr. Jeanne Kurtz is a licensed psychologist and has worked in the mental health field since 1980. She has been with Northern Psychiatric Associates since the clinic opened in March 2007. Her practice includes patients of all ages facing a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress and health issues, and weight and eating concerns. She has worked extensively with patients preparing for bariatric surgery and dealing with obesity.
Amanda Hintz, MSLP
Amanda Hintz is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota. She has practiced at Northern Psychiatric Associates since the clinic opened in March 2007. She has extensive experience working with children and adults, and she facilitates the adult group in the Parent Works program through Crow Wing County Human Services. She provides counseling for a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, loss, and trauma.
Philip Tange, MSW, LICSW
Philip Tange is a licensed independent clinical social worker. He works with adults, providing treatment for anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, assertiveness problems, and anger issues. His primary treatment methodology is cognitive-behavioral therapy. He completes parenting evaluations for guardians ad litem and social services, as well as some types of court ordered evaluations. In particular, he is interested in group therapy.
Karleen Schmiedt, MSLP
Karleen Schmiedt is a licensed psychologist specializing in treatment for depression, anxiety, situational stress, relationship and family issues and grief and loss. Karleen has facilitated groups for Women’s Anger and Self Esteem and works effectively with victims of domestic violence as well as individuals in the process of recovery from Chemical Dependency.
Julie Christensen, MSW, LICSW
Julie Christensen is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She works with children beginning at ten years of age, teenagers, young adults, and adults. She has individual counseling experience in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, dependency, GLBT, grief/loss, situational stress and many other issues. Julie is actively involved in various community programs promoting and educating mental health.
Patty Baysinger, LPN
Patty Baysinger is a licensed practical nurse with 32 years of experience working within the community in a variety of settings from nursing homes, National Guard, Crow Wing County Jail, home care, and as an assisted living nursing supervisor. Patty assists the clinicians with medication management, phlebotomy, and patient quality assurance.
While she may not schedule appointments, you may see Jane, the office dog, during your visit to Northern Psychiatric Associates. Be sure to say hello!