who we are
Sweetgrass Psychological Services provides quality psychological care to the people of the Flathead Valley and beyond. We believe that mental health does not end with the individual and so we are committed to supporting a community that ensures opportunities for physical and mental well being and fitness. We make responsible choices on behalf of the limited resources of our community and the environment as we ensure that everyone receives the quality care they deserve. We are devoted to helping children, families, individuals and couples find their way toward greater mental health. To this end, we provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy as well as psychological assessment and professional consultation. Our providers are diverse in their approaches to helping individuals become the brightest versions of themselves. The fit between you and your therapist is an important one and at Sweetgrass, we strive to meet your needs with our diverse offering of expertise, personalities and approaches to the growth process.
Sara Boilen, Psy.D. Chief Psychologist and Founder
Dr. Sara Boilen earned her doctoral degree from The University of Denver. There, she focused on women's issues, child development, and psychological assessment. Her professional interests include relationships, grief, trauma, and assessment. Sara brings vibrancy, humor, compassion, and honesty to her work with people as she employs a collaborative approach; empowering her clients to find their inner strength and courage. Sara's practice - rooted in rigorous clinical training - follows a pragmatic approach, honoring the wisdom of the client and the power of healing relationships. That is, while her work is informed by empirically-based practices, she takes time to figure out what each client needs. Sara aims to reduce suffering, while helping her clients work on understanding the root of their struggles. Mindfulness, coupled with the advances in our understanding of the brain, contributes to her integration of mindfulness, DBT, and ACT into her therapy practice. Sara does not believe in fixing people, but rather in helping them become the brightest versions of themselves.
Sara Boilen, PsyD founded Sweetgrass Psychological Services in 2013 in response to the growing need for quality, affordable, and approachable psychological services in the Flathead Valley and surrounding areas.
Katrina Evans, Psy.D., Psychologist
Dr. Katrina Evans earned her doctoral degree from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. Following her post-doctoral residency in Casper, Wyoming, Dr. Evans moved back home to the Flathead Valley to provide psychological services to children, adolescents, parents, and adults who are seeking psychological evaluations for a range of presenting concerns. Dr. Evans works with clients and their loved ones to reach their individualized evaluation and treatment goals to provide personally meaningful change in their lives. Dr. Evans values life-long learning and seeks to further develop her psychological skills to better serve the clients with whom she works. Her professional interests include psychological assessments and evaluations, psychoeducation, suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Evans has received training to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2).
Dr. Evans joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services in October of 2018, as a temporary permit practitioner in psychology, after relocating from Wyoming to Montana. Dr. Evans maintains licensure as a psychologist in the state of Wyoming. She is on track to become independently licensed as a psychologist in the state of Montana by December of 2018.
Kara Stansbury, LCPC, LMFT, Therapist
Kara Stansbury earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in 2012. She is dually licensed in Montana as a Clinical Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Much of her professional experiences has been devoted to helping families heal from depression/anxiety, divorce/separation, grief, addiction, trauma, and communication issues. Kara is also trained as an Academic Coach for adolescents and a Parent Educator for parents with children ages 0-5.
Kara got her start in therapy as a backcountry guide for at-risk adolescents. She see’s herself fulfilling a similar role as a therapist; guiding you to a healthier and more balanced life, marriage or family. She brings a calm, thoughtful, and knowledgeable presence to sessions and uses evidence based approaches like Family Systems Theory, DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness to help you achieve the changes you are seeking. Kara believes that we all stray away from our true nature and need support along the way. She is honored by your courage in seeking support in living the life you desire.
Kara joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services in 2017 as a fully licensed, independent therapist.
Michelle Matzke, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Michelle Matzke is a licensed psychologist in the state of Montana and in the state of Ohio. She obtained her doctorate in psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011. Michelle is humbled to help individuals as they explore their process toward something different (whatever that might mean for a particular individual, couple, child, or family). She strives to stand beside people as they realize that each baby step they take is part of a huge leap toward change. Michelle is particularly skilled and enjoys working with individuals with Autism, anxiety, depression, and life changes. For Michelle, the work often begins with the assessment process in which she helps clients, and their loved ones and other providers understand the what and the why before ultimately moving toward the what now.
Michelle is passionate about helping children, adults, and families connect in authentic ways as they work toward shared goals. Dr. Matzke brings humor and warmth to her therapeutic relationships as she weaves Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Systems Theory into a collaborative therapy process aimed at helping people feel better in their daily lives.
Dr. Matzke joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services as a fully licensed, independent psychologist in 2018.
Jordan Scotti, Ph.D., Psychology Resident
Jordan Scotti, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Montana in 2014. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree, she was the founder of Best Place Tutoring, in Whitefish, MT, which she ran from 2006-2009. Jordan has worked as the School Psychologist for the Whitefish Middle and High Schools since 2015. There, she serves children and their families by providing assessment and therapeutic services.
Jordan works with children, families, and individuals as they pursue a deeper understanding of themselves and their loved ones through psychological assessment and therapy. Jordan has a strong appreciation for the importance of self-awareness and confidence and strives to provide her clients with a safe space to explore a deeper self-understanding.
Jordan joined Sweetgrass Psychological Services as a psychology resident to complete her post-doctoral fellowship in 2017. She is on track to become fully licensed as a psychologist in the state of Montana in 2019.
Jen Fugatt, Office Manager and Scheduler
Jen retired from her career as a Physical Therapist and left her home in Florida to pursue new adventures in Northwest Montana. Fortunately for Sweetgrass, Jen found her way to our doors in 2017, when she became our office manager. Jen is not only the voice on the other end of the phone, and the one who responds to your emails and referrals, she is the backbone of Sweetgrass. Her organization, spirited wisdom, and her compassionate stance help keep Sweetgrass running. Jen cares about the community in which she is embedded and demonstrates this care by assisting new and existing clients find their fit at Sweetgrass.
Jen is heavily involved in the greater community - serving on the Board of the Montana Wilderness Association and participating as an active Soroptimist. She also staffs the Violence Free Crisis Line for the Abbie Shelter.
Heidi Houser, Bookkeeper and Biller
Heidi is a self-taught expert in many fields. Sweetgrass Psychological Services is lucky to have Heidi applying her accounting, management, and business talents to the clients we serve. As the oldest team member, Heidi literally keeps the lights on at Sweetgrass. She manages all of the financial aspects of Sweetgrass including bookkeeping and billing. Heidi is who to talk to if you have questions about insurance or your bill. She works tirelessly to ensure that our clients have the access they need to mental health services by working collaboratively with the providers and insurance companies.
Heidi can also be seen volunteering and serving the Alpine Theater Project in Whitefish, an organization with whom she has been involved for the past eight years.
all photographs were taken by Daniel McKay. For information about him, please visit: https://www.danielmckayphotography.com