Lake Country Welcomes Two ARMHS Practitioners to the Team!

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Lake Country Associates is proud to announce the addition of Laura Kempnich and Sarah Elstad to our team of Mental Health Practitioners.  Laura and Sarah will be working in the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program, helping people diagnosed with mental illness avoid hospitalization and manage their symptoms while living in the community.

Laura Kempnich

Laura’s experience as a business owner and social worker uniquely qualifies her in helping the people we serve organize, prioritize and take action in self-advocating and improving their lives.  Laura earned her MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.  Laura’s social work experience includes working at the Walk-in Counseling Center in Minneapolis, where she provided individual and couple’s counseling and co-lead workshops on suicide prevention.  She also provided services at the Home Away Shelter and Home Away Group Home in Golden Valley, a facility for adolescent girls with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Since moving to the Park Rapids area in 1985, Laura and her husband have built a successful restaurant business, Companeros Mexican Restaurant in Dorset MN.  With the sale of the restaurant this year, Laura now has the time to return to her career in Social Work.

 Sarah Elstad

Sarah is experienced helping people diagnosed with mental illness in residential settings and in their homes.  After earning her Bachelor of Science from Bemidji State University, Sarah worked for Sprucewoods, a residential program for people with mental illness.  Sarah then moved to the metro area and worked in ARMHS programs at Boston Mental Health Services and Central Minnesota Mental Health Center for over five years.

Sarah is now settled into the Park Rapids community and is looking forward to using her experience to continue helping people with mental illness.

 Please join us in welcoming Sarah and Laura to the Lake Country Associates Team!

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My ARMHS staff is awesome!  She has helped me make progress in many areas of my life.  I have better relationships now.

My children's counselors are awesome.  I've seen huge progress in both my kids.

Talking with my therapist is helping, instead of holding it all in.

Her thoughtfulness and her knowledge of helping people with depression is what I need to achieve my goals!

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Listens to both my child and me.  Getting us through some very difficult times with care and compassion.

I am so thankful I was directed here!

My counselor helps me out when I need it most.  I can always count on them to say the right things, even when I don't want to hear it.

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When we come in for an appointment, the reception staff always has a friendly smile on her face.

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I had a person to talk with about my problems and my problems are getting better.

The receptionist knew my name after the second visit...very friendly!

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