Wendy Finney (she/her)

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER / COMMUNITY LIAISON

Assisting those who struggle with body image and eating disorders has been a passion of mine since 1994 when I began volunteering as a support group leader for an online website, and subsequently became a public speaker on eating disorders and trauma, including presenting at The Renfrew Conference. I have had the pleasure in working with various eating disorder organizations and charities over the last 20 years. I received my Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Phoenix, and have been working in the administrative field within mental health organizations since 2004. I am excited to be a part of the team at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates.

I strive to provide understanding and guidance as our patients navigate the process of starting treatment, understanding insurance benefits, assisting in the scheduling process and making sure that your experience is the best possible in being a patient at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates. I feel thankful to often be the first contact that our patients may have in taking the first step to receive help, and I want you to know that I am dedicated in helping you with these sometimes confusing processes.

Beyond work, my other passions include my husband of almost 30 years, spoiling our ever-growing family of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews (of which we currently have 60), scrapbooking and creating custom made greeting cards, a rediscovered love of gardening, and traveling, and running the non-profit organization I founded with my husband, Body Image Betrayal and Related Issues LLC, where I also facilitate a twice-monthly support group for those struggling with an eating disorder.

I take the trust you put into us for your treatment very seriously, and I look forward to working with you!

Kristyn Carrigan (she/her)

OFFICE MANAGER

Passionate about people, learning their stories and building a supportive rapport with all our clients is very important to me. I believe in the power of positive affirmations. Every day is a day of new beginnings. I’m new to Columbus as of May 2024. I moved from Dayton to be closer to my three-year-old grandson, Zander. I am super excited to join the team of dedicated, professional counselors and the awesome administrators at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates!

I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I enjoy thinking outside the box. My greatest achievements come from watching my team grow in their own area of expertise. My degree in Communications has allotted me several great opportunities. I was a News producer for WKEF Channel 22 in Dayton. I was a Camp Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where my passion for people, especially children, blossomed. I strive every day to be as happy and grateful as “my kids” were at camp. They changed my life.

My family is my heart. You will find me with the three most important munchkins in the world, Jameson, Paisley and Zander. I can’t wait for my daughter and nieces to bring more children into the world for me to love and spoil!

Sharing a few fun facts, I’m hoping to talk someone into “skydiving” with me. I’ve yet to convince my family members to take the plunge. I also own a Shaved ice shack, Arctic Fox Shaved ice. I had a location in Dayton for five years. Keep an eye out, I might open in Columbus soon. Finally, my stress-free downtime is riding my horse, Dakota.

Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey.

Tierney DeStefano (she/her)

ASSISTANT OFFICE MANAGER

Ever since I was in middle school, I always knew that I wanted to work in the mental health field. I have always had an interest in why people do certain behaviors and how people can be supported through many changes with life and within themselves. I am so excited to join the team at Eating & Behavioral Health Associates and be surrounded by individuals who share the passion for helping others who are in need of this support.

My work in the field began with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which I obtained in 2019 from Northern Illinois University. I worked as a community focused therapist in the Columbus area during my internship, then transitioned into private practice when I obtained my license to be a Licensed Professional Counselor. It was here where I found my passion in helping others start the counseling process as well as providing guidance in finding the right fit for a therapist and understand billing and insurance (which can be confusing!). After I left my role as a therapist, I transitioned into an administrative role and utilized my training within the field to ensure that people are getting the care that they deserve.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my partner, my friends, and my family. I really enjoy playing both video and board games, and I actually learned how to build my own PC in 2020! I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, which is where my love of sports came from. You can always catch me watching the Ohio State football game or Formula 1 race when they are on!

I am looking forward to meeting you and aiding you in your mental health journey!

Kelsey Knoll (she/her)

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT / HR COORDINATOR

Since a young age, I have been fascinated with how people work, why we do the things that we do and most importantly why we think the things that we do. I, like many others, have a passion to aid individuals to reach their maximum potential, whether it be through counseling, volunteering, or even listening.

Due to this passion, I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Iowa State University. Throughout my time in Iowa, I explored various subset fields within Social Work and Psychology, including Behavioral Health, Intellectual Abilities, Addiction and Underprivileged Youth, which all led me to a greater understanding of mental health and life challenges and how to best help others. These experiences prepared me for my transition to Ohio in seeking out a position where my knowledge and passion within the field could be utilized. I am delighted to be a team member at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates in which I can learn from and work with an experienced staff, and can also continue to help others through a mental health environment.

A fun fact about me: I have now lived in seven states (Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio!) My hobbies and area of interests are writing and fashion, as I have a great appreciation for both arts. Despite spending most of my childhood growing up in the Chicago West Suburbs, I am an avid Green Bay Packers fan!

Jennifer Golden (she/her)

BILLING SPECIALIST

I am very excited to be joining the team of dedicated professionals at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates. Their knowledge and passion for helping people is an inspiration.

Prior to joining Eating and Behavioral Health Associates in 2021, I worked in partnership with my father at our family-owned medical billing practice.  Although our business was originally founded in our home state of Massachusetts, we relocated to Ohio in 2015.  During our 20 years of operation, we worked with various medical providers, including those specializing in Mental Health.

As an experienced billing specialist, I am highly skilled at navigating the insurance approval process and working with patients and providers to help them understand the intricacies involved.  I look forward to working with you and ensuring that you can maximize your health benefits.

I attended Providence College in Rhode Island, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.  I live in New Albany with my husband and 2 children.  In my free time, you can find me watching one of my daughter’s field hockey, hockey or lacrosse games, enjoying exercise or spending time with my family.

Emalyn Shellhaas (she/her)

RECEPTIONIST

I am excited to join the team of clinicians and staff at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates as a receptionist! Prior to working at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, I worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital as a mental health technician, providing direct patient care with focus on treatment for eating disorders.

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Cincinnati. While exploring the applications and focuses of psychology, I found my passion for mental healthcare. I am currently a graduate student at the Ohio State University, obtaining my Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in mental health and substance misuse.

Outside of the office you can find me reading, or spending time outside with my dog and my husband. I look forward to meeting you!

Caroline Burrier (she/her)

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Before joining Eating and Behavioral Health Associates, I spent many years working as a full-time nanny with children varying in age and background. The experience ignited my passion for working firsthand with people, especially children. This is a big reason that I gravitated towards psychology.

Although originally studying business in college, I have learned that working with people one-on-one and help them navigate through life brings me joy. Currently, I am working on my undergraduate degree in psychology at The Ohio State University and plan to graduate in 2025. Working here has given me the opportunity to explore various aspects of psychology, broadening my understanding and experience. I am honored to begin my psychology journey at Eating and Behavioral Health Associates with such a kind team to help me on my path to becoming a psychologist.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, spending times with my friends, and going on walks. I also have a passion for painting my nails and attending OSU football games. When you don’t find me at a game, you’ll see me cuddled up with my Ragdoll cat named Romeo.