Media Releases

Three Clinicians Join Pine Rest

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is pleased to welcome three clinicians, Brie Walter-Rooks, Carol Rich and Elaine Decker to the Northeast Clinic location.

Brie Walter-Rooks, L.M.S.W., C.A.A.C., is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified advanced addictions counselor. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Calvin College and her master’s of social work from Grand Valley State University.

Her most recent practice experience includes extensive focus on the impact of trauma on individuals struggling with substance use disorders and a diversity of mental health issues, including personality disorders. Walter-Rooks’ areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, codependency and sexuality issues. She practices individual, couple, family and group therapy.

Carol Rich, L.M.S.W., has worked in behavioral health services for more than 25 years and serves the needs of children, adolescents and their families. She earned her master’s of social work and bachelor’s of science from Western Michigan University, and has training in trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy.

Rich has worked as a clinical social worker in a variety of settings including community mental health, schools, outpatient community counseling, assessment and referral, and hospitals. Rich has expertise and interest in the areas of childhood and adolescent problems, attachment issues, parenting challenges, couple and family issues, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, anger and mood regulation problems.

Elaine Decker, M.S., L.P.C., is a licensed professional counselor who graduated from Illinois State University with a master’s of science in counseling education. Decker has over 25 years of experience working with child and family dynamics in a residential treatment setting serving a diverse population. She has also worked extensively with gender specific issues. Decker works on issues with PSTD and trauma, anger, reactive attachment disorder, adoption, parenting, mood disorders and substance abuse.

All three clinicians are accepting new clients at the Pine Rest Northeast Clinic at 3225 Evergreen Drive, Suite 301, Grand Rapids. Call 616-364-1500 or go to

About Pine Rest

Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.

Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service to the greater Grand Rapids and national community. The Pine Rest Foundation observes an important milestone as well, 50 years of service. A year-long celebration begins in fall 2010 – 100 years of innovation, countless healing moments.