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Welcome to IPD

"Center of Excellence in Mental Health Care"

New at IPD

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Having fun with DBT
Teaching skills to create the life you want to live!!!

With Dr. Bob Wiltz and Catherine Gianan

Monday, March 20, 2017 from 12-1pm in Morris
Click here to learn more!

To sign up for Groups contact the IPD intake department at (815) 942-6323 or see a front desk associate.

Personal Exploration Group
Group therapy developing new methods of coping with stress, anxiety, and depression

With Nicolette Mireles, LCPC

Thursdays starting June 16, 2016 at 6 PM, IPD Romeoville.
Click here to learn more!

To sign up for Groups contact the IPD intake department at (815) 942-6323 or see a front desk associate.

Who We Are 

The Institute for Personal Development (IPD) has become one of the most reputable, outpatient, mental health clinics in the Midwestern United States.  We provide counseling, psychotherapy and advanced psychiatric and neuro-psychiatric evaluations and treatments. Our multidisciplinary team of highly experienced clinicians helps individuals facing mental health, emotional, alcohol and substance use problems. Because we focus on state of the art care, the Institute for Personal Development has grown to one of the largest, private, outpatient, mental health and emotional wellness clinics in the country.

Unlike most clinics where you may have to wait weeks for an appointment, due to the fact that IPD has so many closely located clinics, IPD often can get a patient in for an APPOINTMENT WITHIN A MUCH SHORTER TIME FRAME IF A PATIENT MIGHT BE FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO TRAVEL TO ANOTHER NEARBY LOCATION!

Consistent with wanting to make a large impact on the communities we accept almost all major insurances, making care accessible today! Call Today - (815) 942-6323.

In line with offering the most cutting edge treatments, IPD now offers TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) a state of the art FDA cleared, non-drug, treatment for difficult to treat depression (one of few in the state)!  We can find a way to make this affordable to you and begin your treatments immediately even before your insurance gives us approval! Call Sarah our TMS Authorization Specialist (815) 942-6323 ext. 1003

Our Approach

IPD provides services that are individualized for each and every client. Our clinicians are highly trained and focus on a thorough evaluation of the cause of your emotional pain. We examine problems in an individual's relationships, job and life. We will understand the environment in which they grew up and how this may have effected how they view the world.  We understand the value system which they hold dear.  We evaluate if they are on medications which could make them feel bad, if they might have a medical disorder which effects how they feel or if they have a brain chemistry problem which is causing them to feel bad and distort the way they see and experience the world. Once a thorough evaluation is completed a treatment plan is designed and discussed with the individual and (with the patients permission) the family.  We identify treatments which are scientifically proven to be effective in the condition or conditions which you have presented and then we "get to work".

It is important to us that you OBTAIN RESULTS AND IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE! Our goal is to assist with alleviating emotional pain and suffering for individuals, families and communities. Our plan for treatment is to improve each individual’s quality of life.  Within treatment, we use traditional and complementary approaches with the highest level of clinical and ethical standards.

Our Team

Our treatment team consist of over 35 clinicians including psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and nurse practitioners.  Our team of clinicians are professional and well trained with scientific knowledge of useful treatment techniques. Such techniques can be used to assist individuals to cope with stressful situations in the home, work, school and community. Working through any crisis lies an opportunity to grow and become stronger!  We stress treating the whole person mind, brain, body and spirit.

Our Services

Individual Counseling, Psychiatric and Neuro-psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Evaluations and Medication Management, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling and Group Therapies.

Our Locations - Please click here to learn more regarding where we are located.

What's new at IPD:

Dr. Ron Wuest, founder, C.E.O. and Medical Director of the Institute for Personal Development, has been awarded by the Illinois Psychiatric Association for his Outstanding Achievement in Rural Psychiatry. This award is presented in recognition of Dr. Wuest's contributions to the delivery of psychiatric services in rural areas of Illinois. According to the IPA Dr. Wuest has, "Gone above and beyond the call of duty to reduce stigma and provide excellent care to underserved rural populations." Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wuest; we really are very, very proud of him and his work!

Dr. Wuest received his M.D. from Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Loyola University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Wuest is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical Center. Dr. Wuest Currently serves as a consultant to Morris Hospital for over 20 years and Rush Copley Medical Center. Dr. Wuest speicalizes in treating individual who are not getting better from current treatment or difficult to treat conditions.

Jennifer Loughran’s career includes extensive experience working with individuals, children, adolescents, families, and groups. She believes that when people are experiencing difficult times in their lives, the combination of support and introduction to new skills will provide a sense of relief and the ability to cope with day to day struggles. Her goal for her clients while in treatment is to guide them to feel empowered to overcome future obstacles. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy along with the use of Anger Replacement Training Jennifer is able to guide her clients to the emotional balance and stability they desire.
Along with Jennifer’s counseling experience she has been involved in the education setting for the past 9 years as a School Social Worker. This has allowed her to develop an expertise in school counseling, specifically in regards to the special education population. She has an understanding of the policies and procedures and can offer support in regards to parents advocating on behalf of themselves and their student.

Joy Miller is a senior-level Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor. She received her Masters Degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her clinical internship at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital on the inpatient psychiatric unit and she completed her internship for her certification in addictions at the Intensive Outpatient Program at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health. Joy is also pursuing her Certification in Eating Disorders.

Ms. Miller's work experience includes working as a psychotherapist on an inpatient psychiatric unit, working in an Intensive Outpatient Program for treating addictions and doing individual psychotherapy with teenagers and adults. Her specialties include: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), individual, marital and family therapy, addressing the following issues: mood disorders, addictions, codependency, anger management, emotional overeating/obesity, anxiety, and low self-esteem; Miss Miller has a passion for helping those with Trauma. Joy has been practicing therapy since 1998 and in January, 2005 she joined the staff at IPD.

Roxana Calafos is a Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 18 years of nursing experience.  She attended Pensacola Christian College and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Nursing.   While working as a Registered Nurse at Edward Hospital, she began pursuing her graduate studies to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Since becoming a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015, she has worked in the walk-in clinic setting seeing a wide range of patients for emergent, non-life-threatening illnesses. She became passionate in functional medicine when she realized most of the patients she was seeing were not living healthy lives, were becoming ill frequently and relied heavily on antibiotics.
She is excited to work in the role of Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner alongside Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf to improve the quality of life for her patients.  She is committed to life-long learning and is pursuing certification in Functional Medicine via the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Her interests include nutrition, adjuncts to cancer treatment and working with the pediatric population. 

Tracey Sanders is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois.  Tracey received her M.S. from National-Louis University in 1999, and has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adult men and women, couples and families.  Her areas of interest include women's and men's issues, relational conflicts, marital problems, anger problems, blended family challenges, and work issues.  Tracey's treatment focus is to not only resolve problems, but to thrive by building on strengths, becoming aware of weakness and false beliefs, and live a healthy life in all facets (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. 

Dr. Mellin received her M.D. from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.  She also completed her psychiatric residency there, where she also served as chief resident.  Dr. Mellin is board certified in adult psychiatry by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Mellin treats adults with a wide range of disorders.  She has 16 years of clinical experience and has worked in a variety of settings.  Dr. Mellin also has a Master's degree in psychoneuroimmunology; a field that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the interactions between the nervous system and immune systems and the relationships between mental processes and health.  Her philosophy of treatment is treating the whole person.

Welcome to IPD Dr. Smita Gautam, Child/Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist!!  
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I completed my child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois and am board eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  I completed my adult psychiatry training at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH and I am board certified in Psychiatry.
I enjoy working with children and adolescents and believe that timely interventions can change the trajectories of their lives.  My interest include anxiety disorders in children, depressive disorders in children, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, sleep problems in children and problems in really young kids - 0 to 5 y/o age.  Additionally, I treat children with severe mood dysregulation, autism and eating disorder who need careful evaluation and medications

Dr. Mullen received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1999. He went on to complete a Family Practice Internship at Ancilla Health Systems and his Psychiatric Residency at  the University of Maryland in 2003. He has completed specialized training and a Fellowship in Adolescent and Adult Addictions at the Mountain Manor Treatment Center, and a second Fellowship in Adult Psychotherapy at the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis.
Dr Mullen is dual Board Certified in Psychiatry. He has worked as an outpatient Psychiatrist serving a variety of patient needs, and as the Medical Director of the Methadone Program at Western Maryland Recovery Services. He has also worked as the Medical Director of Long Term Residential Dual Diagnosis Program at the Avery Road Combined Care  facility. Most recently, Dr Mullen was the Medical Director of Outpatient Services, the Partial Hospitalization Program, the Intensive Outpatient Program, and the Chemical Dependency Program at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Linden Oaks Medical Group.
Dr Mullen enjoys treating adults primarily between the ages of 18 and 100. He has particular interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, and patients who are complex and have responded poorly to past treatment. He works out of both the Chicago and Romeoville, Il offices.

ALAN R. HIRSCH, M.D., F.A.C.P., a Board Certified Neurologist and Psychiatrist.  He is a Senior Attending in the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. 
Dr. Hirsch is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Neurology, Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Addition Psychiatry, and by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties – Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry.  Dr. Hirsch received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and completed his residencies in both Neurology and Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  He has written hundreds of articles and eight books about different aspects of psychiatry and neurology.  Often times underlying psychiatric disorders stem from undiagnosed neurologic or medical illness.  Dr. Hirsch’s exceptional background and experience enables him to provide attention to these problems which often complicate psychiatric and behavioral treatments.  Dr. Hirsch offers a comprehensive consultation, diagnosis and treatment of a full range of mental health disorders.  

We can help, our staff at IPD is experienced in treating many conditions including (but not limited to):
Adult Abuse / Child Abuse / ADD / ADHD / Adolescents / Adoption / Adjustment Disorder / Alcohol Abuse / Anger Issues / Anxiety / Autism / Behavioral Therapy / Children / Chronic Illness / Court-Ordered Evaluations / Depression / Developmental Disabilities / Gambling Issues / Men / OCD / Pain Management / Panic Attacks / PTSD - Trauma / Relationship Issues / Self-Esteem / Self- Inflicted Pain / Sex Offenders / Sexual Dysfunction / Sexual Harassment / Spiritual Counseling / Sports Psychology / Suboxone / TMS / Women.


Institute for Personal Development is a certified Therapy specializing in For Patients, depression, counseling, therapist, rehabilitation and much more in Morris, IL. We also do Cognitive - Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Counseling, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Depression, Stress, Grief, Anger Management, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Self Esteem, Domestic Violence, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Suicide, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all work related in the 60450 area and surrounding areas of Morris IL, Joliet IL, Ottawa IL, Romeoville IL, Plainfield IL, Shorewood IL, Oak Brook IL, Naperville IL, Bolingbrook IL and Chicago.
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