Elizabeth Bland, MSW, LCSW, director
Liz Bland is a Pennsylvania state licensed clinical social worker with over extensive experience working with women and families at the hospital, governmental and clinical levels; Liz has been with Main Line Health since 2006. Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression and adjustment issues before, during and after pregnancy; infertility; bereavement; unexpected medical outcomes; neonatal intensive care hospitalizations; special health care needs as well as general women’s and family issues. Liz previously served as the labor and delivery/maternity/pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit social worker at Bryn Mawr Hospital for seven years and during that time also co-founded a private counseling practice for women and families featured on ABC Action News Philadelphia as a notable community resource. In 2013, Liz was asked by Main Line Health to found and direct the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center (WEWC).
Since starting the WEWC in 2013, Liz has developed and led the program to its current compliment of professionals to meet the needs of women in the community. Liz also oversees the Edinburgh Screening Process across Main Line Health to ensure women who deliver at the health system are screened for and educated about perinatal mental illness. In September 2015, Liz founded a Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at the WEWC to meet community need. Under Liz’s direction, the WEWC has received rave reviews from patients and the community at large and was named an important resource for women by Philadelphia Style magazine in spring 2015. Liz has proudly represented Main Line Health at various hospital and community events and speaking engagements since founding the center in 2013, including serving as expert in NBC10’s piece on postpartum depression in October 2015. Liz was named a Power Woman 2016 by Main Line Today magazine in October 2016 and a 2017 Woman of the Year by Suburban Life magazine.
Liz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University, an undergraduate associate of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and achieved a master of social work from Temple University with honors. She is a proud member of the National Social Work Honor Society. Liz is honored to serve women and their families on their wellness journey.
Linda Ryan, MD, medical director
Linda A. Ryan, MD, medical director of the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center, has spent her career evaluating and treating patients with psychiatric symptoms in the medical setting. Dr. Ryan is board certified in both general adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Completing her undergraduate degree from Davidson College, medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, and residency at the University of Utah, she has held faculty positions at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Rochester. Dr. Ryan has worked at Bryn Mawr Hospital as a consultation liaison psychiatrist since 2006. Dr. Ryan was named Top Doc by Main Line Today magazine in 2015 and 2016.
“I enjoy evaluating patients using a biopsychosocial perspective, providing initial assessment and ongoing follow up of medical, psychological and social factors and reviewing the risks and benefits of medication in coordination with our experienced psychotherapists. The Women’s Emotional Wellness Center is a comprehensive treatment setting that aims to return each person to their most functional, comfortable and healthy state.”
Amanda Smith, MSS, LCSW, CAADC, clinical supervisor, counseling
Amanda is a licensed clinical social worker and internationally-certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor with experience as a clinician and supervisor. Prior work experience includes treating addictions and mood disorders among adolescent and adult populations, as well as within the family system. She has done extensive work in the settings of individual, group and family therapy. Amanda employs a variety of therapeutic approaches, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy. She meets her patients where they are and holds the belief that each individual has their own journey.
Amanda graduated Cum Laude from Cabrini College with a bachelors degree in psychology and social work. She earned a masters degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College of Social Work and Social Research. Most recently, Amanda resumed her studies at Bryn Mawr College and obtained a post-masters certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy. Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to inspire women and their loved ones on a path towards wellness.
Suzanne Fisher, MSW, LCSW, RYT
Suzanne is a licensed clinical social worker with clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in community mental health, victim services and hospital settings. Suzanne’s philosophy of treatment incorporates her passion for integrating practices of mindfulness, meditation and movement into daily life as a means of growing our internal awareness and well-being. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and feels blessed to journey alongside women as they navigate all the emotional, psychological and physical changes that provide a chance to tune into the beauty of our changing lives. Suzanne graduated with honors from Messiah College and then with honors from Temple University with a Master of Social Work. Suzanne has completed post-graduate training in structural family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and is trained as a community crisis responder through National Organization for Victim Assistance.
Leslie Forsyth, LCSW
Leslie is a licensed clinical social worker with over nine years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the non-profit sector. Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss and women’s issues. Leslie practices from strengths-based and psychodynamic perspectives to assist clients on their journey to emotional wellness. She has completed post-graduate training in cognitive behavioral therapy and assessment, group therapy and advanced integrated adolescent therapy at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Leslie is excited and honored to serve women and their families at the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center of Main Line Health. She graduated with honors from the University of Delaware and received her masters of social service from Bryn Mawr College. Leslie is a member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and the Clinical Social Work Association.
Kimberly Morrison, LCSW
Kim is a licensed clinical social worker with experience addressing the psychological needs of adolescents, adults and families through both individual and group psychotherapies. Her past work experience includes providing mental health and drug and alcohol therapy to pregnant and parenting women, as well as delivering social services and psychotherapy to criminal justice populations.
Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and afterwards received her masters of social service from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. At that time, she also had the distinction of being selected as a student presenter at American Family Therapy Academy’s annual conference. Kim later returned to Bryn Mawr College for a post-masters certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She often utilizes these CBT techniques in her practice as a clinician, but also focuses on how family systems and attachment patterns impact an individual’s perspective and thought process. Kim is honored to currently have the opportunity to assist women and their families in restoring their emotional wellness.
Karen Pentz, MSW, LCSW
Karen is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, parents and families. Karen practices from strengths-based and solution-oriented perspectives to help patients discover their strengths and feel empowered to gain back control of their lives and move forward with a brighter future. She utilizes cognitive behavior therapy strategies to challenge thinking patterns that contribute to and prolong anxiety, depression, stress, anger and hopelessness. Karen is very excited to be a part of the team at the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center to help women and their families have a positive emotional experience throughout the perinatal period and beyond.
Karen graduated with high honors from the Pennsylvania State University and holds a masters of social work from Marywood University. She is certified in child and adolescent psychotherapy and group practice from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Karen is a member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Workers. She has been a field instructor for students from several local universities and provides clinical supervision to social workers in pursuit of licensure.
Avital Spiegel, LCSW
Avital is a licensed clinical social worker and a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Social Work. In 2015, Avital completed her post master’s degree in CBT. Avital has experience in treating both mental health and addiction issues through individual, family and group settings in her private practice. Avi’s prior work experience also includes EAP case management and coordination. Avital practices from a strength-based perspective; her goal in therapy is to help encourage individuals to explore their own story and what brought them into treatment. Her compassion and commitment to well-being creates a safe, supportive environment to help clients identify what is working in their life and develop tools and strategies to change distorted thinking patterns. Avital integrates meditation and mindfulness practices with her clients to encourage increased focus, tolerating anxiety, and being able to be present in the moment. Avital is grateful to have the opportunity to partner with women and their families in improving overall emotional wellness.
Christina Kucher, CRNP
Christina Kucher is a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry/mental health. As a nurse practitioner, she utilizes a holistic nursing approach to provide medical and emotional support to those working with psychotherapists. Her previous experience includes working with adolescents and adults within a community mental-health setting, as well as with women in a residential setting. Christina received her bachelors degree in neuroscience at Kenyon College, and then completed her nursing training at the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School.
Meghan Clark, administrative assistant
Meghan brings extensive administrative assistant experience to the group. Meghan works to insure the WEWC office runs effectively administratively and in communicating the WEWC’s vision to employees, coworkers and members of the community. Meghan has been with in the Main Line Health family for over three years and, prior to her start at WEWC, worked as administrative assistant in the Central Development department.
Referrals for an appointment can be made by calling 1.888.227.3898. Treatment at The Women’s Emotional Wellness Center is covered by most commercial insurance plans and Medicare. The staff will provide specific information about reimbursement issues.