Who We Are
Smita is the co-owner and Director of Program Development of the practice. She is originally from India, getting her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Delhi. She came to the U.S. in 1993 to complete her Ph.D. at the University of Toledo, completing it in 1999. During her doctoral training, Smita specialized in marriage and family counseling. She has had her work published in professional journals and has given many workshops in the community. She started the practice in 2000, working out of her home. Through her hard work and dedication the practice has grown to two offices in two cities. Smita and her husband Brian own and manage the practice together. Smita enjoys working with a wide range of clients, including young children, couples, and families. She is also interested in using meditation and relaxation techniques in therapy. Smita is also an accomplished author. She is in the process of writing a series of children’s books, has had a book chapter published in a psychology textbook, and has many more ideas in mind . . .
Brian Pearson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Co-owner and Clinical Director
Brian joined the practice full-time in 2007, after being involved on a part-time basis for many years. He has been practicing as a psychologist since 1984, and has degrees from The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and The University of Toledo. During his doctoral degree he majored in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has had an article regarding dual relationships published in a major professional journal, and has given numerous workshops on Suicide Prevention, Dual Diagnosis, ADHD, and Crisis Intervention. He works well with couples and families, and is particularly interested in working with families considering, going through, or having gone through divorce. Brian is also passionate about psychological testing for, and treatment of, ADHD. Brian and his wife Smita own the practice together. He also doubles as the agency handyman and computer geek, so if you don’t see him in the office, he might be the guy in jeans fixing something!
Maurice joined Still Waters in January, 2011. He has worked in the social work field for over 20 years in various capacities, with the last 15-plus years as therapist. Maurice received his BA in Social Work from Siena Heights University and his Masters in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. He is trained in the international CENAPS Relapse Prevention model for substance abuse. He is very interested in learning new things, and always has his face in a book reading up on treatment issues and techniques.
Allen Finkel, M.S.W., L.M.S.W. has been a psychotherapist since 1990. He has worked with a wide variety of adults and teens in individual, couple, family, and group treatment modalities. He earned his Master of Social Degree at New York University, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts.
Allen has formal training as Focusing Therapist, helping people to believe and trust in their internal wisdom and self-guidance capabilities. Allen is also a Certified Personal Trainer, and has developed a practice model which integrates fitness training with psychotherapy. This model helps people gain a sense of well-being, through feeling good about their bodies by breaking through obstacles which may be holding them back.
Ron joins Still Waters with a wealth of experience in the counseling, education and correctional fields. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Western Michigan University and is a certified special education teacher, parent educator, and authority in early childhood instruction. Ron has extensive experience with the developmentally disabled, serving as Director of Programs at the former Fort Custer State Home for the Developmentally Disabled, the Coldwater Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled and the Muskegon Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled. He also has expertise working with troubled adolescents and has taught aggression management to teen offenders in juvenile facilities. After a lifetime of serving others, Ron and his wife still find time to enjoy their seven daughters and 23 grandchildren. He joins the staff at Still Waters Counseling with the goal of “helping to bring peace to a troubled world.”
Maria Karimova, M.S., TLLP
Maria joined Still Waters Counseling in January of 2016 as a clinical psychology intern. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters degree in Clinical Health Psychology in August of 2016 (MS, TLLP) and currently works as a staff psychotherapist.
Prior to joining Still Waters Counseling, Maria worked with a wide range of individuals in the community, ranging from assisting in community re-entry of convicted offenders to providing children’s art education.
Maria has experience in comprehensive psychological assessment and psychotherapy, working with children, adolescents, and adults. She considers herself an integrative psychotherapist, combining a variety of therapeutic techniques to help each individual client in a unique way that works for them. She aims to incorporate artistic expression and mindfulness practices in her therapeutic approach.
Kathy joined the Still Waters team in December of 2015. She is a graduate of Siena Heights University, receiving her Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling earlier. Kathy is deeply committed to community work, having volunteered for over a decade working with and advocating for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, working with people in crisis, and facilitating therapy groups. She has her own business, Lifetime Art Impressions LLC, through which she has published a book on bereavement. She also writes a Healthy Living column on-line.
An artist at heart, Kathy appreciates creative expression and utilizes this in her therapeutic approach. She enjoys working with clients of all ages. In her private time, Kathy enjoys her family, community work, travel and her art. She is always smiling and brings her unique talents to all of us at Still Waters.
Jim has degrees from Adrian College(B.A.), Siena Heights University(M.A.), and Eastern Michigan University(Sp.A.). He has over 40 years of experience working in mental health in a number of settings. He spent the first eight years of his professional career serving as a teacher, counselor, and coach. Following his teaching career, Jim was a school psychologist with the Saline Area Schools(3 years), and Ann Arbor Pioneer High School(21 years). During this time, Jim was also a clinical psychologist and consultant with Boysville and several mental health clinics.
Jim has a background in working with individuals with a variety of concerns. His school career has given him an understanding of treatment and intervention with student learning and social problems. His counseling and consultation in correctional facilities has provided him with extensive knowledge in handling anger and conduct issues. Jim has expertise in working with issues related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, divorce, communication, stress management, substance abuse, and relationships.
In his leisure time, Jim loves being with his family. He enjoys sports, current events, music, and reading. In addition, he has also coached football, basketball, baseball, and soccer with youth in the Saline community.
Kelli joined the Still Waters team in 2005 as Office Manager, coming to us with extensive experience in both the medical and dental administration fields. Kelli is an invaluable member of our staff,, leaving many to wonder how we ever got along without her! She manages both the Adrian and Saline offices – scheduling appointments, conducting phone intake interviews, maintaining client records, and handling all aspects of billing and insurance – and always with a smile on her face. As a busy mom with two children, she also enjoys spending time with her family whenever she can.
Mary has been with the Still Waters practice since the beginning of 2011, joining us initially on a temporary basis but she is now a welcome permanent member of the staff. With extensive experience in office administration, Mary is also busy in her ‘off duty’ hours as a mother of four daughters, grandmother of eight, and a regular volunteer for a number of nonprofit organizations.