Our Team

Eric Nolan, M.D.


Dr. Nolan was born and raised in rural Kane County, and recently returned to the area after completion of his medical training. He attended Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, earning a B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish. He also attended the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where during his third year of medical school he discovered that psychiatry was where his passion lay. In addition, it was during these years that he learned the vitally important role of humanism in medicine—which continues to inform his practice with both his patients and their families.

He completed three years of training in General Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, where he was able to take advantage of extensive psychotherapeutic training and experience in both psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy. In addition, he began to hone his skills in utilizing pharmacotherapy to treat a variety of mental health conditions. He followed this with the completion of his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. During his time in St. Louis, he was fortunate enough to work with a variety of extremely talented mentors and in a variety of specialized clinics, including an Infant/Preschool Clinic, Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic, and a Community Mental Health Center.


Shannon Underwood, MS, LCPC


Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 18 years of clinical experience. She received her Master's of Science in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University. Shannon utilizes an integrative approach incorporating multiple theoretical orientations and evidence based practice to best meet a person's and system's individual needs. She utilizes genuineness, transparency and a sense of humor to engage in strong working relationships with her clients. Shannon specializes in: 


  • Individual and Family Therapy with Youth and Adults (ages 4-65) in systems facing multiple and/or complex challenges

  • Individual therapy with youth and difficult to engage adolescents, teens, and young adults

  • Empowering, teaching and supporting family members and care givers of youth and young adults with resistant behavior/conduct issues


Angella MacDonald, MS, LMFT

Angella is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over a decade of clinical experience in community mental health and private practice settings. She received her Master's of Science in Child & Family Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University and has specialized expertise in working with and presenting on LGBTQ+ issues. Angella mixes evidence-based and trauma-sensitive practices with playfulness, humor, and heart in her work with clients.  Angella specializes in:

  • Individual and Family Therapy with youth and adults (ages 12+)

  • Working with family members and loved ones of transgender or non-binary adolescents and adults

  • Bereavement, loss, and complex grief 

  • Women struggling with perfectionism, body image, miscarriage/fertility/pregnancy challenges, or parenting


Cindy Baleskie, MA, LCPC

Cindy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a background in teaching Middle and High School. She received her Master's of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2011 from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Secondary Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Cindy uses warmth, science, and sense of humor to create a safe and nonjudgmental space for her clients to learn about themselves and to practice new, healthy ways of approaching life.  Cindy specializes in:

  • Individual and Family Therapy with youth and adults (ages 12+)

  • Individuals who struggle with suicidal thoughts, self-harm, addictions, or other high-risk behaviors, using DBT-informed therapy

  • Trauma, grief, and treatment-resistant issues using Brainspotting, a mindfulness-based approach to reprocessing difficult memories 

  • Perfectionism, giftedness, and challenges with academic or social skills


Mark Copertino, LCPC


Mark Copertino has been practicing counseling with a population of adults and adolescents for over 15 years in both hospital and private practice settings. He received an MS in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University. Mark takes a genuine and down-to-earth approach to help clients feel comfortable in a safe and non-judgmental environment. He applies personalized therapy approaches and techniques to help clients currently being held back from living a more fulfilled and happier life. Mark specializes in:



-Individual counseling for adults and adolescents (12+) struggling with depression, anxiety, or mood instability

-School refusal, school anxiety, social anxiety, self-esteem, and peer relational problems

-Life transition difficulties such as work, school, and relationship changes

-Family conflict and family relational problems

-LGBTQ+ client and family challenges


Amy Wessel, LCSW

Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 17 years of clinical experience who brings a wealth of knowledge and therapeutic skill to the Creekwood team. She earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago, and has worked primarily in an outpatient mental health hospital setting. In her position as a therapist and school liaison, she routinely provided therapeutic services across a spectrum of presenting difficulties with adolescents, parents, and families struggling with school avoidance, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-harm and suicidal ideation. She approaches the therapeutic process with casual warmth, empathy, and compassion, and provides a comfortable, nonjudgmental space where her patients feel safe to process life’s current circumstances.  Amy utilizes various counseling approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Techniques, Motivational Interviewing and an overall Client Centered, Strength Based Approach.  Amy specializes in:


-Individual therapy for adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, or mood instability

-School refusal, school anxiety, social anxiety, self-esteem, and peer relational problems

- Social skills and Academic Challenges

-Life transition adjustment related to work, school, and relationship changes

-Family conflict and family relational problems