Don was born and raised in Lincoln Nebraska and has an intense interest in individual, familial, and community mental health. He has been in the health care field for 35 years. He received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Portuguese from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He then went to Respiratory Therapy School in Lincoln and finished through California College of Health Science. He worked in physical health care in Respiratory Care, Cardiology, Cardio-dialysis, drove an advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) vehicle and provided ACLS duties for King AIr Jet flights, and taught advanced cardiac life support at the Lincoln Medical Education Foundation. He finished his physical health care experience working in cardio-vascular perfusion, working in cardio-thoracic surgery.
He went back to graduate school and received a Bachelor or Arts (MA) in Counseling, became a LMHP, a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC) and became a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC). He is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP). Don has supervised clinical interns working toward LMHP and LADC licensure. Don has been a Nebraska Certified Mediator for two decades, with certificates in General Mediation, Family Mediation involving divorce and/or Parenting Plans, Victim Offender Mediation, and Large Group Facilitation. He also was a family group conference coordinator at The Mediation Center. For the last 10 years, he has worked at The Lincoln Regional Center.
He currently owns and operates Lincoln Behavioral Health Clinic. Clients that he serves and helps treat include: Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Co-Occurring Disorders (formerly known as Dual Disorders), Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Substance Induced Mood Disorders), Adjustment Disorders, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders (General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Acute Stress Disorder ASD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) , Complex PTSD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Phobia and other phobias, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other Personality Disorders, Family Disputes, Couples Therapy, Child/Family reunification work, and all types of mediation. He employs many different modalities of psychotherapy that meets the client's needs.