About Us

About Us

The MFS Family
  • Fully Licensed Psychologists
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • 125 Years of combined experience

Group photo of most of MFS staff

Dr. Pam McCaskill, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

 

As a fully licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pamela A. McCaskill is the Clinical Manager of MFS. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She is an expert Parenting Coach with 20 years of experience in the field of child development, parenting, and behavior management. Dr. Pam obtained her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from Wayne State University and pursued further specialized training in pediatric psychology at The University of Florida/Shands Hospital. Dr. Pam owned and directed a private practice in Ocala, Florida until 2004 when she and her husband moved back home to Michigan to raise their children near her extended family. Currently, Dr. Pam is the owner and director of McCaskill Family Services; she specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of child, adult, and family problems. Dr. Pam has also been teaching parenting workshops for parents of strong-willed children for over 20 years and is active in speaking on a variety of topics within the community. Dr. Pam also specializes in ADHD and she’s a professional advisor for the Western-Wayne County ChADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) chapter. Dr. Pam is an active member of both the American Psychological Association and the Michigan Psychological Association.

Dr. John McCaskill, Ph.D.


Dr. John McCaskill has been working with children, teens and families for the past 25 years in various clinical settings. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, followed by his Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. Dr. McCaskill has received advanced training and attained specialization in the areas of developmental, child clinical psychology, and neuropsycho-educational testing/assessment via Children’s Hospital of Michigan, as well as the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. John worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where he was responsible for the training and supervision of clinical/pediatric psychology graduate students and pre-doctoral interns in diagnostic evaluation and clinical treatment techniques. He served as the Director of Psychological Services at the Shands/UF Eastside Community Practice, a primary care community health center emphasizing an integrative approach to health care, with collaboration among primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, and dentists, as well as on-going community outreach, education and preventive health care. Dr. John ran a very active private practice in Ocala, FL, specializing in diagnostic evaluation and treatment of a variety of neurodevelopmental, emotional and behavioral difficulties/conditions in both children and adults, but with particular emphasis on younger children, adolescents and families. Dr. John moved back to Michigan to raise his family closer to relatives when he accepted a position on the Medical Staff as a Clinical/Pediatric Psychologist at William Beaumont Hospital’s Center for Human Development in 2004. He specializes in diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning for children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as more general social, emotional and/or behavioral difficulties; consultation with school personnel and integration of educational/therapeutic interventions; advocating and securing appropriate specialized educational services; and providing consultation and educational workshops (ADHD, Dyslexia, etc.) to a variety of community and educational groups. In September of 2010, Dr. John left Beaumont in good standing in order to pursue private practice on a full-time basis. He continues to specialize in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, and other difficulties affecting children, teens, and adults. Dr. John is an active member of both the American Psychological Association (including the Clinical Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, and Pediatric Psychology Divisions) and the Michigan Psychological Association.

Dr. Michelle Byrd, Ph.D.*

Dr. Michelle Byrd, Ph.D.
Dr. Michelle Byrd is the Clinic Director of our Brighton Office. She is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who practices evidenced-based treatments for children, families, and adults. In particular, Dr. Byrd has experience and expertise in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) modalities such as parent management training (PMT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as other mindfulness-based approaches to clinical care. In addition, Dr. Byrd has both clinical and research experience in the integration of behavioral and medical care in primary healthcare settings, particularly in the area of pediatrics. A native of southeastern Michigan, Dr. Byrd earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and both her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno. She returned to the Detroit area in 2001 to complete her pre-doctoral internship at Henry Ford Health Sciences in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry where she gained considerable training and experience working with medically ill populations. In addition to her clinical practice at McCaskill Family Services, Dr. Byrd is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University where she has been employed since 2002. Dr. Byrd teaches graduate courses in Child and Family Therapy and Clinical Organizational Management while providing clinical supervision to doctoral students at a community health clinic. She has concentrated her research interests on integrated care and the development, dissemination and implementation of empirically validated treatments. Dr. Byrd has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on these topics, as well as having won awards for her mentoring and classroom teaching.

Dr. Ellen Koch, Ph.D.*

Dr. Ellen Koch, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellen Koch is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who practices evidenced-based treatments for adolescents and adults. In particular, Dr. Koch has experience and expertise in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) modalities such as exposure-based treatments for anxiety disorders and PTSD, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression, and interventions related to the interaction between physical and mental health. Additionally, Dr. Koch has both clinical and research experience in effective treatments for PTSD and the role of anxiety sensitivity in the development of anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Koch earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from Western Michigan University. She also completed specialized training in CBT for anxiety disorders, behavioral medicine, and PTSD at the University of Michigan Hospital, Department of Psychiatry from 2001-2003. In addition to her clinical practice at McCaskill Family Services, Dr. Koch is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University where she has been employed since 2003 and has served as the Director of Clinical Training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology since 2007. Dr. Koch teaches courses to the doctoral students related to assessment and treatment and provides clinical supervision to doctoral students at a community health clinic. She has published journal articles and book chapters related to effective treatments for anxiety disorders. Dr. Koch will also begin serving on the national accrediting association for psychology programs through the American Psychological Association in 2016.

Dr. Ellen Koch is the Number 1 International Expert in the US for Short-Term Exposure Treatment for Anxiety, her work was recently featured on Good Morning America.

Dr. Ellen Barrett-Becker, Ph.D.*

Dr. Ellen Barrett-Becker, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellen Barrett-Becker is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Barrett-Becker has specialized training in treatments focused on parenting and attachment, cognitive-behavioral treatments, mindfulness-based treatments, dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents and adults, motivational interviewing, and treatments for trauma and loss. Dr. Barrett-Becker is interested in utilizing evidence-based methods in a warm and accepting environment to facilitate therapeutic change. Dr. Barrett-Becker obtained her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Michigan’s Mary A. Rackham Institute where she provided clinical services to clients across the lifespan. Dr. Barrett-Becker completed her postdoctoral training at the clinical child psychology postdoctoral training program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. During her two-year postdoctoral training Dr. Barrett-Becker gained additional specialization in working with children and families. Dr. Barrett-Becker also serves as an Associate Director/ Training Director at Wayne State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Barrett-Becker is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Angela Tzelepis, Ph.D.*

Clinical psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of ADHD and comorbid conditions in adolescents and adults and behavioral interventions for pediatric sleep disorders. Dr. Tzelepis can be reached as 313-530-3046 or email atzelepi@med.wayne.edu.

Dr. Karen Yurko, Ph.D.*

 

Dr. Karen Yurko, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Yurko has over 20 years of experience with a variety of clinical issues, and she has extensive expertise in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders (particularly OCD), and working with issues pertinent to gifted children. She can be reached at 734-812-3931 or email at drkarenyurko@gmail.com.

Dr. Renee Bryer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN*

Dr. Renee Bryer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Renee Bryer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN: Adolescent and Adult Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Neuropsychologist who specializes in assessment and therapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Bryer can be reached at 248-916-9632. For more information visit her website at www.reneebryer.com.

Dr. Fred Upton, Ph.D.

Dr. Fred Upton, Ph.D.

Dr. Fred Upton, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. He utilizes variety of evidence-based treatment approaches to help clients meet treatment goals, including cognitive behavioral treatments, parenting, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based treatments. Dr. Upton completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, and finished his master’s and doctoral degrees at Wayne State University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan’s Mary A. Rackham Institute, serving clients across the lifespan.

Amanda Klingensmith, M.A.

 

 

Dr. Amanda Klingensmith, Ph.D.

Amanda Klingensmith, M.A. is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Amanda has specialized training in treating a variety of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and behavioral issues in children and teens.  She utilizes many empirically based interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral parent training and motivational interviewing. Amanda also has experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments which focus on providing accurate diagnoses and helpful recommendations for children with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and a variety of other presenting difficulties. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wayne State University, and earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she worked with patients across the lifespan in a variety of hospital and outpatient-based settings.

 

 

Emily Kavanagh, M.S., LLP

 

 

 

Emily Kavanagh, M.S., LLP
Emily Kavanagh serves as director of McCaskill Family Services’ Technology Center. She also has advanced training in and provides therapy and assessment services for children, families, and adult clients. Emily has a strong background working with a variety of clinical problems including depression, anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, and child behavioral problems in individual, group, and family therapy settings. Emily is directly supervised by Drs. Pamela and John McCaskill.

Jaclyn Hamlin, M.S., TLLP

Jaclyn Hamlin, M.S., TLLP

Jaclyn Hamlin is a master’s level clinician specializing in the treatment and assessment of children, families, adolescents, and adults. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Madonna University and provided therapy and assessment services in the Counseling and Disability department through the University of Michigan. She has also worked with families struggling with grief and loss through Sandcastles Grief Support Program within the Henry Ford Health Systems. Jaclyn specializes in treating young children, teens, and adults who suffer from various types of anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, phobia’s and personality issues. Additionally, she works with couples, families, and specializes in psychological assessment for ADHD and learning disabilities. Jaclyn believes in utilizing a variety of treatment techniques, including empirically based therapeutic interventions to help facilitate personal change, symptom reduction and improve relationships. She recognizes that every person and family is unique, and works together with her patients to create a supportive and individualized experience that is applicable in everyday life. Jaclyn is directly supervised by Drs. Pamela and John McCaskill.

Alicia Weisensel, M.S., LLP

Alicia Weisensel, M.S., LLP
Alicia is a master’s level clinician specializing in the assessment of children, teens and adults. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Alicia loves working with people of all ages and has a gift of helping children and teens feel comfortable during the entire testing process. She has extensive experiencing administering psychological tests (well over 1000s of tests to date!) She works hand-in-hand with her supervisors, Drs. John and Pam McCaskill, in testing clients with a variety of clinical problems including Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, ADHD.

Truc Nguyen, M.S., TLLP

Truc Nguyen, M.S., TLLP

Truc Nguyen (pronounced “truke” “win”) specializes in the treatment and assessment of children, families, adolescents, and adults. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, and she went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She completed her practicum at Eastern Michigan University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where she worked with college students. Truc relates very well to children and teens of all ages and parents love her!  She has a strong background working with various clinical problems, including depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, multicultural issues, and interpersonal relationship concerns. Truc is directly supervised by Drs. Pamela and John McCaskill.

Karla VanAssche

 

Karla VanAssche
Karla is our office manager who is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations including answering the phone, scheduling appointments and providing patients with receipts that can be submitted to their insurance companies if needed.

Hannah Burgol

Hannah

Hannah is our part-time office assistant who helps with answering phones and scheduling appointments. She spends much of her time away from the office in college pursing a degree in nursing.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 734-416-9098 Ext.1 or email our office at office@mccaskillfamilyservices.com

*“These doctors operate independent practices and are not employees or agents of McCaskill Family Services”