Meet Our Staff

Sherri Gansz
LCSW, LADAC

Sherri is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol Drug Addiction Counselor   She is originally from AR but over the last several years has moved often with her husband and family due to his career in the U.S. Army.  Upon his upcoming retirement, Sherri and her family have made Northwest Arkansas their home and are hoping to give to a community her passion for serving and helping others in need as they have done throughout her husband’s career.  Sherri has been married for twenty plus years and has four children and, several grandchildren. Sherri received her Bachelors in Social Work from Jonesboro, AR and her Masters in Social Work from Fayetteville, NC.  Sherri’s experience in a public mental health agency in North Carolina, working with military families during stressful times, and the vast experience gained in Arkansas over the past few years working in school settings, outpatient therapy and inpatient staff and psychiatrists has given her tremendous insight into the mental health field.  She hopes to work with local schools, churches, businesses, nursing homes and doctor’s offices for referrals, needs assessments and coordinating care with other agencies. This has been Sherri’s passion and dream to be active in a local community and to provide hope and encouragement for those emotionally, physically or spiritually in pain.  Moving forward Sherri is hoping to organize a variety of group sessions dealing with grief, anxiety, depression, military veterans and their families, PTSD, etc.

Mindy Grusing
LCSW

Mindy Grusing is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Counseling from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.  Mindy is the founder of Charis Counseling, PLLC.  Charis, the Greek word for grace, is symbolic of the mission of Charis Charis Counseling.  At Charis Counseling the hope is that self awareness will breed growth in a setting where grace and truth abound.

Mindy presently does private counseling with individuals, children, teens, couples, and families at Cardinal Care Center.  She works with clients on areas such as grief, anxiety, marital discord, depression, transition, and more.  She also does consult counseling for some local area schools were she serves as a help to teenagers in need.

Mindy does therapy with people of all ages, races, genders, belief systems, etc.  Additionally, faith based therapy is offered at client’s request.  It is Mindy’s belief that she sees the greatest positive outcome when seeking the truth of the bible and looking to God for help and strength.

Outside of work, Mindy enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years and her 3 boys.  She loves to be outside, play games, ride bikes, and be active with her family.  Her favorite activity is wake boarding at the lake. Mindy also loves to be with friends.

Kateri Killman
LCSW

Kateri is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. She is originally from New York State, Kateri moved to AR after she retired from the US Air Force. Kateri has three children and seven grandchildren. Kateri received her Bachelor’s in social work and her Master’s in social work from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Kateri’s experience is in two community mental health agency in Northwest Arkansas, working with a diverse adult population.

Kateri’s passion and dream to be active in a local community and to provide hope and encouragement for those emotionally, physically or spiritually in pain. Moving forward Kateri is hoping to open a practice in Siloam Springs, working with all military, veterans and their families.

Strength based-person centered is my basic approach. Establishing a positive therapeutic relationship is the foundation of personal change and emotional healing. I assess needs and strengths of an individual and develop a plan of objectives to be addressed through various methods. Kateri presently does private counseling with adult individuals, and couples at Cardinal Care Center. She works with clients on areas such as Post Traumatic Stress, grief, anxiety, marital discord, depression, transition, personality disorders and more.

Tara Prestridge
LPC, NCC

Tara Prestridge is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a board-certified clinical supervisor of licensed associate counselors (LPC-S). 

She graduated from Smackover High School in 2001, graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 and with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2007. She moved to Fayetteville in 2010 to begin a Ph.D. program in Counselor Education at the University of Arkansas. She has completed all the required coursework for her doctorate and is currently working on a dissertation on warmth and caring within therapeutic relationships. 

Tara has a wide range of experience within the mental health field, including: outpatient therapy, school-based services, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, case management, assessment/admissions, partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient programs, substance abuse treatment, community support services, day treatment, DBT skills groups, recreational therapy, clinical supervision, and teaching UA undergraduate courses. She is also trained in EMDR. 

Tara lives in Fayetteville with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.



Sarah Bryson
LCSW, LADAC

Sarah Bryson is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) and has been in practice for over 11 years.  She was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas and received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from Colorado State University in 2007.

Sarah practiced in community mental health as a therapist and behavioral health consultant for community health clinics for 6 years.  During that time she also worked with older adults who were entering skilled nursing facilities. She has extensive experience working with older adults and their caregiving families.  

Sarah couldn’t stay away from the beautiful Ozark Mountains and opted to return to Northwest Arkansas with her husband in 2013.  She began working at Hope Cancer Resources as an oncology social worker providing practical and emotional support to patients and families facing a cancer diagnosis.  Additionally, Sarah has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas for 3 years.

Sarah specializes in working with adults on issues related to addiction, grief and loss, aging, end-of-life, caregiving, and general depression and anxiety.

Sarah and her husband live in Farmington and stay busy raising two boys, attending Razorback sporting events, and enjoying the great outdoors.  



Carrie Jenkins
MMT, MT-BC

Carrie is a board-certified music therapist with a Masters degree in Music Therapy from Drury University.  She has been practicing music therapy since the summer of 2010.  She is the owner and therapist at Music Therapy of Northwest Arkansas with an office at Cardinal Care Center.

Carrie has worked with many clients and populations.  These include children with developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome and Autism, geriatric populations, including patients with Alzheimers/Dementia, and people with multiple disabilities. Aside time spent in Springfield, MO for college, Carrie has lived in Fayetteville, AR since 2000.  She graduated from Farmington High School.  Carrie loves the Northwest Arkansas area and looks forward to providing music therapy services to the people in this area.

Jacquelyn Scalf
Reading Specialist

Jacquelyn is so thrilled to be working with the community and providing Dyslexia Therapy.  She has spent three years working with students with Dyslexia in her school district.  She will be taking her national test in November to add CALT to her license.  A CALT is a certified academic language therapist.

The difference between therapy and tutoring is a therapist has 700 plus hours working with students with Dyslexia. The training is rigorous; it can take three or more years to complete.  Jacquelyn trained for three years to complete LEAD, an accredited multisensory structured learning program that has over 35 years of research.

She looks forward to working with the families in the community and helping their children grow as readers.

Kailisa Smith
Office Manager

Kailisa Smith is an office manager of Cardinal Care Center, where she ensures daily operations run smoothly. Since she has joined the team she talks to insurance companies, answers phone calls, takes payments and makes sure the therapists have everything they need. Kailisa has lived in Farmington for 4 years now, but was raised in Fayetteville all of her life. When Kailisa isn’t working she loves to spend time with her husband and her dogs.

Thomas Griffin
Massage Therapist

Thomas started his adult life in the music field by pursuing a degree in vocal performance and when that wasn’t working he came back to Arkansas and accidentally fell in love with massage therapy. Following his licensure Thomas immediately found a passion for working with athletes and the younger population (of course along with all people of all types) by helping them to build their toolbox for a healthy life. His focus is preparing his clients to maintain a healthy body and for his role to be to help push progress forward. With modalities focusing in sports, stretching, and neuromuscular Thomas has a goal oriented and productivity focused massage style. 

Tamar McGill

Tamar McGill is a Licensed Massage Therapist and an American Massage Therapy Association member. She is a 2019 graduate of The Edge School of Massage and has a BA in Psychology and Rehabilitation Science from Arkansas Tech University. She enjoys helping people deal with stress and anxiety by providing basic relaxation massage to better cope with life’s daily stressors. Her current goals are to become certified in clothed modalities such as CranioSacral, Myofascial Release and Thai Massage to provide options for individuals that live with the effects of trauma. Tamar has lived in NWA for the past 14 years. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family either hiking or floating; as well as reading and crafting.
Find more information at https://tamarmcgill.amtamembers.com