Julie O’Toole, MD, MPH
is founder and Chief Medical Officer of Kartini Clinic. Dr. O’Toole is a board certified pediatrician and has been in private pediatric practice for more than two decades. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, and NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association). She also has a master’s degree in public health (international health). As well as being an avid gardener and bookworm, she is the proud parent of four grown children and grandmother of four active boys and two delightful little girls.
is Kartini Clinic’s Chief Operating Officer. She worked in a general pediatric practice for eleven years before helping to found Kartini Clinic in 1998. Shanna has a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University. She enjoys taking turns dancing in the rain with her children and exploring Portland’s many parks with her energetic dog, Harley Quinn. The most recent additions to the family are two rescue cats, Malcolm and Luna.
is our Director of Intake and Human Resources. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and received her Master’s of International Communication at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. After finishing her degree at Macquarie she traveled around the world and has now returned to Portland with her husband to be closer to family. She loves being outside in the sun, traveling, going on adventures, playing with her dog, and cuddling her two children.
is another member of Kartini’s “Reed Mafia”, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Reed College in 1994 and a Master’s from Monterey Institute of International Studies. After stints in New York and London, he returned in 2003 to the greener pastures of the Pacific Northwest. After working in various positions at Kartini Morgan was appointed CEO in 2008.
is the Director of our Business Office. She grew up in Boise, Idaho and moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and traveling.
Sherrill Gandsey RN
is the clinic's Program Nurse. Before joining the Kartini team, she was a pediatric nurse for Legacy Emanuel/Randall Children’s Hospital for over 20 years. Sherrill has worked with the Kartini team for over 10 years and is the staff liaison between the hospital and clinic. In her spare time, Sherrill is a Disaster Nurse volunteer for the American Red Cross and most recently assisted back east with families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Her hobbies are dancing, tennis, boating and most important spending time with her family.
Janiece E. DeSocio, PhD, PMHNP, RN
is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is board certified as both a family psychiatric nurse practitioner and a clinical specialist in child/adolescent psychiatric mental health. At Kartini Clinic Janiece meets with patients and parents for psychiatric evaluations and consults with the team about medication management. She is coordinator of Kartini research activities and has published a textbook chapter on eating disorders and numerous articles on psychiatric issues facing children and adolescents. In addition to her work at Kartini Clinic, Janiece is Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Associate Professor for the College of Nursing at Seattle University.
Samara Stevens, ND
is Kartini Clinic’s Resident Physician and Clinical Nutritionist. A Naturopathic Doctor and Oregon native, Dr. Stevens graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine here in Portland and has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Oregon State University. She is a board member of IAEDP’s Willamette Valley Chapter and has worked with adolescents and adults in both residential and intensive outpatient treatment settings. In her spare time, she enjoys a wide range of crafting activities, participating in triathlons with her husband and is the proud pet parent of two dogs and a cat, Wi-Fi, Jazz, and Smudge.
Leslie Weisner, LMFT
is a Family Therapist. Raised in Connecticut, she earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University. Leslie has been a therapist for 16 years, working almost exclusively with eating disorders. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 sons, and their dog Tulip.
is one of the founders of Kartini Clinic. After gamely serving in many capacities Steve retired from active duty in 2011 but continues to assist as the Clinic’s legal counsel. Steve graduated from Reed College and Hastings College of Law. He is the parent and step-parent of 3 daughters and a grown son. When he’s not in the Kartini Clinic, he paints pictures and writes poems.
is the Milieu Manager at Kartini Clinic. She earned a Psychology degree from Westminster College in Missouri and moved to Portland in 1996. Amy resides with her son Beckham, boxer Ruby and her therapy hamster named Pansy. Amy enjoys almost anything outdoors; particularly exploring Oregon’s geology. She spends most of her free time on rock collecting adventures.
Alex Garcia, MA
is one of our Milieu Therapists in the Partial Hospitalization Program at Kartini Clinic. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Webster University in the Netherlands. Alex has experience with case management, as well as clinical group experience serving patients with intensive psychiatric illnesses. He enjoys singing with Portland's Oregon Repertory Singers and like many people who live in the PNW, he loves hiking, camping, backpacking, river days, exploration of Portland's beautiful surroundings, and dogs!
Lisa Peacock, LMFT
is a Family Therapist at Kartini Clinic. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both Oregon and California. She is Founder and Executive Director of The Peacock Foundation an animal assisted therapy program for children in Los Angeles, CA. She is the proud trainer of a menagerie of animals all of whom visit the clients at Kartini Clinic to provide Animal Assisted Interventions.
is our Kitchen Coordinator. Lindsay grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Horticulture. In 2006 she packed all of her belongings into her car and headed to Portland. She spends most of her time hanging out with her sweetheart, Sean, and their two cats, Hooligan and Lucile. She enjoys listening to music, singing, dancing, working on puzzles, and and wowing everyone with her extensive knowledge of song lyrics.
is Kartini's Utilization Review Specialist. An Ohio native, Ashley worked in the design industry in New York City between college and graduate school. She also taught college Art History before spending several years in the health insurance field. She enjoys reading, cooking, playing with her dog, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
is Kartini Clinic's Cook. She is an avid reader. Anything she can get her hands on will eventually be read and possibly reread if time allows. She reads anything from sci-fi to historical fiction and loves books about living in foreign countries. These books fuel her love of travel. Caitlin grew up on a small cherry orchard that her grandfather owned. Growing up next door to her grandparents allowed for an education in cooking and baking. By an early age Caitlin was cooking for her family or helping her grandmothers with holiday baking. Living on an orchard encouraged her to learn about food. She maintains a garden every year and keeps chickens for fresh eggs. After moving to Portland Caitlin trained under a head baker and went on to manage a bakery for many years.
is working with schools throughout the Northwest to help them support Kartini students as they strive to smoothly transition out of, and back into, their hometown schools. Mary is a licensed Oregon school administrator and teacher with many years of experience. She had led schools through accreditation, taught at the graduate level, and published articles about learning. Mary has a Master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Her favorite activities include reading, skiing, and hiking up mountains with her dog, Boomer. Mary and her husband are the proud parents of two children: one currently in college and one recent college graduate.
Claire Stanton, LPC
is the Intensive Outpatient Therapist at Kartini Clinic. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Oregon and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. Claire has a wide range of clinical experience including serving individuals, adolescents, couples, and families in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She is a world traveler who enjoys the outdoors, reading, going on walks, and spending time with her husband while they plan their next trip.
is one of Kartini Clinic’s School Teachers. Anthony grew up in California and graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor of Science. While at UCSD he was the co-president of a free clinic in Mexico, he was a teacher’s assistant for multiple college courses, and he conducted psychiatric research at the VA San Diego. He will be attending medical school in the fall of 2020. Anthony likes spending time with his dog, Giorgio, he makes mechanical watches, and he loves reading.
is Kartini’s Art Teacher. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Delaware. Carolyn has studied art in Vienna, and Berlin, and now has made the trek across the country to the Pacific Northwest for inspiration. Carolyn’s love for art is fueled by its endless possibilities and the unique ways of expression that it allows. In addition to making art, Carolyn also loves getting dirty in the garden, soaking up rays by the water, and going on adventures in the woods.
is one of Kartini Clinic's Intake/HR Administrative Assistants. She graduated from Scripps University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and French. After living in California for eight years, Maddie decided to return home to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is aspiring to continue her education to become a Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Maddie loves trying out new food spots in Portland, practicing yoga, experimenting with recipes using her InsantPot, hiking in the gorge, and traveling.
is one of Kartini's Intake/HR Administrative Assistants. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Literature with a focus on Latin American Studies and Brazilian Portuguese. A recent transplant to Portland, she enjoys discovering the niche parts of Portland. She loves to travel around Latin America and cook traditional Mexican food to share with family and friends. If you can't find her doing any of these activities, she is probably in a library somewhere reading.
is a Milieu Therapist and Special Education support teacher in the Partial Hospitalization Program at Kartini. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education in Special Education (P-12) and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education from Central Washington University. He has taught in Middle and High School classrooms in a variety of subjects. Like most Portlanders, he enjoys spending time outside as well as playing video games and playing with his cat, Toga.
is one of our Medical Assistants offering a smiling face at the front desk. She feels strongly about perseverance and looks for the positive in any situation, which she learned growing up in the foster care system. She plans to pursue her passion in American Sign Language (ASL) and will continue her work with children and adolescents. Kaitlin loves to spend time adventuring with her partner and pup, Molly, who is her pride and joy and looks forward to traveling to many interesting locations.
is one of the Patient Account Representatives, and a Medical Assistant at Kartini clinic. She is a Northern California native and attended Portland State University with a focus in Communications. Mori’s passion for empowering youth started with her work in the nonprofit sector, where she advocated for changes in the legislature and education policy. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2018 and now enjoys exploring the city, cuddling with her hedgehog, Milo, and watching scary movies.
is our newest Account Representative. A Colorado native, Dona has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Food Science and Nutrition. She relocated to the Pacific Northwest five years ago to be closer to her daughter. Dona enjoys traveling, singing and practicing yoga.