Psychology Internship Faculty

Psychology Internship Faculty

Brant VanOrman, PsyD, is the Training Director for the pre-doctoral psychology internship at Pine Rest. He graduated from Wheaton College after completing his internship with Pine Rest. He then conducted assessment and therapy at the Grand Haven clinic for two years before transferring in 2002 to the Psychological Consultation Center on Pine Rest’s main campus. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. His current outpatient work is largely related to psychological assessment and consultation. He was named Training Director for the internship beginning in 2007. He facilitates the integration of faith, science and practice through the Case Conference Seminar. He supervises the Child and Adolescent inpatient rotation.

Sera Gruszka, PhD, is the Assistant Training Director for the pre-doctoral psychology internship at Pine Rest. She graduated from Ball State University in 2011 after completing her internship with Pine Rest. Her post-doctoral work included outpatient therapy in a traditional mental health setting and in a primary care setting. Additionally, she completed one year of a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology. She currently works at the Campus Clinic on Pine Rest’s main campus and provides outpatient therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of clinical interest include anxiety disorders, OCD, chronic pain, older adult concerns, and marital and family issues. She is a supervisor for Pine Rest’s Psychiatry Residency Program. She was named Assistant Training Director for the internship beginning in 2014. She also supervises the Caring Communities rotation.

Elizabeth Cyr, PsyD, is an adjunct supervisor for the Pine Rest Southwest Clinic. Dr. Cyr graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago in 2011. She has worked at the Pine Rest Southwest Clinic since entering as a pre-doctoral psychology intern in 2010. Dr. Cyr’s prior work experience includes conducting psychological assessments with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adolescents as well as conducting therapy and assessments within inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Cyr’s current clinical areas of interest include working with adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, Axis II disorders, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, perinatal mood disorders, and women’s issues.

Scott Halstead, PhD, is a supervisor for the Van Andel inpatient rotation and neuropsychological testing. Dr. Halstead received his degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992, served as a psychologist with the U.S. Air Force from 1991 to 2003, and completed a two-year neuropsychology fellowship at Brown University in 2000. Joining Pine Rest in 2003, he is the Corporate Director of Pine Rest’s Professional Practice Group. He also provides outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Halstead specializes in working with older adults with memory disorders, and presents to interns on this and other assessment issues.

Lesley Hetterscheidt, PhD, is the coordinator of outpatient perinatal mood disorder services for Pine Rest and a fully licensed practicing psychologist. She attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate education and then received her doctorate from Wayne State University. She completed her post-doctoral internship with Pine Rest, and continued on at the Northwest Clinic as a full time psychologist specializing in perinatal mood disorders and women’s issues. Her outpatient work also includes therapy with children, teens and families addressing a variety of mental health issues and supervision of both masters level clinicians and post-doctoral interns.

Ryan Jaarsma, PsyD graduated with his doctorate from Wheaton College in 1998 after completing an internship at the Western Michigan University Counseling and Testing Center. He began working at Pine Rest in 1998, became an outpatient supervisor in 2001, Assistant Training Director in 2003 and Training Director in 2004. Dr. Jaarsma was instrumental in remodeling the internship program in 2004, proposing the inpatient / outpatient / outreach model and securing a grant to reach underserved populations. He is a member of APA and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He continues to provide psychotherapy to adults, teens and children at the Pine Rest Campus Clinic and facilitates the psychotherapy training for Pine Rest’s psychiatry residency program.

Bruce Retterath, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has practiced at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services since 1993. He is the manager of the Psychological Consultation Center at Pine Rest. Dr. Retterath completed his undergraduate and doctoral degree at the University of North Dakota. His prior work experience includes inpatient, outpatient and residential settings. Dr. Retterath’s current clinical areas of interest include the assessment and treatment of ADHD, anxiety disorders and mood disorders, diagnostic/personality evaluations, pre-surgical evaluations, learning disability evaluations, and management consultations. Dr. Retterath is a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of American, American Association of Christian Counselors, and Michigan Psychological Association.

Lisa Schirmer, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Practice and Utilization Management for Hospital Based Services. Dr. Schirmer received her Master of Education degree from McGill University in Montreal, PQ in 1986 and doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University in 1999. She did her internship at a joint program between University of Notre Dame and Oaklawn Hospital in Goshen, Indiana. Dr. Schirmer has experience working in multiple settings such as outpatient services, the MSU Employee Assistance Program, a community mental health clinic, and college counseling centers before specializing in hospital based care and administration. Her current interests include staff development and training. She is a member of the training committee.

Pamela White, PhD, is a fully licensed psychologist who has practiced at Pine Rest since 1994. She completed her undergraduate degree at Miami University and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Kent State University in 1987. She completed her internship at Ohio State University Hospitals and her post doctoral fellowship at a behavioral medicine/rehabilitation center affiliated with OSU hospitals. Prior to joining Pine Rest, Dr. White provided outpatient therapy and consultation at Children’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio. She currently provides outpatient therapy and consultation to children, adolescents, and adults at Pine Rest’s Campus Clinic, where she serves as supervisor.

Timothy Zwart, EdD, serves as the supervisor for the Aspen inpatient rotation. Dr. Zwart graduated from Western Michigan University in 1988. At Pine Rest he administers the ADD Institute and provides assessments, consultation and therapy. Dr. Zwart provides psychoeducational presentations to parents on ADHD, stress management and parenting issues. He is member of the Michigan Psychological Association and American Association of Christian Counseling. Dr. Zwart also provides personality and career assessment training.

Executive Leadership

Mark Eastburg, PhD: President / Chief Executive Officer
Alan Armstrong, MD: Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
Bob Nykamp: Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
Scott Halstead, PhD: Corporate Director, Professional Practice Group
Susan Langeland: Corporate Director, Hospital Based Services
Al Jansen: Director, Residential Services
Gary Burkhart: Chair of Psychology Department