Nicole Sartini-Cprek, M.Ed., LPCC, NCC, IMHP
Co-Founder, Clinical Director and Therapist
Nicole Sartini-Cprek has been practicing therapy professionally since 2010 and working in the field as a non-professional since 1999. Sartini-Cprek’s specialty is helping adults who are recovering from difficult childhoods, leaders who are looking to find more balance in their lives and high-functioning individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression. She also specializes in assisting individuals going through major life changes such as: entering adulthood, starting or graduating from college, getting married, making job changes or preparing for or adjusting to the birth of a child. Nicole’s counseling practice involves integrating traditional talk therapy with mind-body work through the practice of mindfulness, the use of diet and exercise, nutritional supplements and an emphasis on cultivating self-empowerment.
Nicole believes that every life obstacle we face can be transformed into an opportunity for growth. We cannot change the past, but, as long as we are alive, we can acknowledge and act on the fact that we are still writing our stories- that the present and future are still ours to create. We can make the choice to love ourselves just as we are, and at the same time, move forward toward our goals and the kind of life we most want. It is her intention to help every person she works with to the best of her ability and to respect the trust they put in her as a mental health professional by offering thoughtful and evidence-based interventions.
Contact Nicole at Nicole@bridgemindbody.com
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*******This therapist works with adults 18+, accepts HSA, cash, check or credit.**************
Jennifer Owens, LCSW, CPT, LMT
Co-Founder, Wellness Director and Therapist
Jennifer Owens is a licensed clinical social worker and certified ecotherapist with a passion for environmental justice and guiding people towards the life they envision for themselves. Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings in both clinical and directorial roles since 2002 in holistic health and 2010 in mental health. Her experience working in multidisciplinary settings, informs her body-mind-spirit-nature approach to helping people overcome anxiety, fear and life’s hurdles. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social work since 2014.
Jennifer utilizes the power of ancient wisdom practices such as nature connection, somatic awareness and integrative mental health to help her clients heal, grow and thrive; living more meaningful and healthy lives. Her approach could be right for you if you have tried other types of therapy with little success, if you prefer holistic modalities or if you enjoy being in nature. Her strengths are assisting folks who are healing from trauma, in life transitions and feeling lost, finding one’s purpose, struggling with self-love and seeking deeper connection with self, community & planet. She also specializes in working with mild-severe anxiety issues such as PTSD, OCD, panic disorder and phobias.
Cultivating wholeness is the central focus of her therapeutic style. She uses a combination of somatic ecotherapy, mindfulness-based CBT, transpersonal and positive psychology, ancestral healing, ceremony/ritual, dream work, guided imagery, rites of passage and non-ordinary state techniques in office and out-of-office sessions. Jennifer provides LGBT friendly services and welcomes all individuals to her office.
Jennifer is one of the only therapist in the state trained in ecotherapy and wilderness therapy. Jennifer loves the natural world and has experienced many healing benefits from her time outdoors, in fact she often credits her adventures in the backcountry and deepening relationship to the “other than human” world, to her recovery from severe panic and anxiety. She has a lifetime of experience in the wilderness (kayaking, backpacking and hiking), leading outdoor adventure groups and is a certified level 2 Ecotherapist and certified Yasei Forest Therapy guide. She has studied with the Earthbody Institute, the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, Wildcraft Forest School and Animas Valley Institute. Jennifer leads guided Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing walks for the community as well as other outdoor and nature connection events. She is also the president of the Shinrin-Yoku Society of Kentuckiana and a founding member of the Southeast/Northeast Ecotherapy Alliance. Please see our page Outdoor and Nature therapy to see if it would be a good fit for you.
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*******This therapist works with ages 16+ and accepts HSA, cash, check or credit. Please contact Jennifer for inquires about wilderness based therapy, forest bathing, groups and nature retreats.**************
Megan McMillen, M.Ed., LPCC-S
Assistant Director, LPCA Supervisor and Therapist
Megan McMillen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, as well as a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and LPCC Supervisor. Megan began her path toward helping others in 2006. She has worked in a variety of settings including; a Domestic Violence Shelter, Psychiatric Hospital, Community Mental Health agency and a Residential Treatment Facility. Megan completed her MEd in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisville in 2011.
Megan has twelve years of experience working with a wide range of diverse populations and varying treatment needs, so she is extremely adaptable in her therapy approach. Megan uses traditional therapy modalities as well as integrative and wellness tools into her sessions. Megan, who has her own experience with anxiety and depression, inherently recognizes the importance of taking care of one’s body, mind, spirit, environment and relationships. Megan has been a practitioner of yoga for twenty years, teaches meditation and has knowledge in exercise and a certification in nutrition consultation.
Megan has experience helping with depression, anxiety, improving self-esteem, processing trauma, building healthy relationship skills, teaching assertiveness and creating healthy boundaries. Megan’s biggest goal as a therapist is to teach individuals how to unconditionally love themselves, because without that, change is not possible. Megan will work with you to correct any unhealthy thought and behavioral patterns that are keeping you stuck in the life and help you develop your potential to be your best self.
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********This therapist works with ages 16+. She accepts Humana insurance, HSA, cash, check, credit************
Sarah Barber, MSW, LCSW
Therapist, Building C Supervisor, and Nutrition and Wellness Consultant
Sarah Barber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified nutrition and wellness consultant with a passion for helping others. Sarah has been working or volunteering in clinical settings since she was a teenager. She graduated with a BSW and an MSSW from the University of Louisville. Upon graduation, Sarah began working in community mental health. Sarah enjoyed working with adults ages 18 and older with a variety of diagnosis including but not limited to; Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression. However, Sarah specialized in helping those diagnosed with anxiety and personality disorders. Sarah understands that many individuals with either personality disorders or anxiety struggle with emotional and behavioral dysregulation and that having a positive therapeutic relationship with their counselor is the first step towards recovery. Sarah has worked with individuals utilizing both cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy. She also understands the benefit of non-traditional approaches such as focusing on nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness activities.
Through her time working in both stroke and oncology programs, Sarah has also gained extensive experience working with individuals with chronic physical health conditions. Sarah understands how life changing a new physical health diagnosis can be and enjoys helping her clients process and cope with their new reality. Sarah specializes in using flexible client centered approaches, mindfulness-based strategies, and solution focused talk therapies to help individuals heal mind, body and spirit. Sarah firmly believes that what happens in counseling is only effective if you also put in the work in your everyday life. Sarah will help you create a plan and learn the skills you need to be your best, most complete self.
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*******This therapist works with ages 18+. She accepts Humana and Anthem BCBS insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit). **************
Stephanie Batts, LPCC, NCC
Therapist and Building B Supervisor
Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received an M.A. in Professional Counseling from McKendree University in Illinois, and recently received a post-graduate certificate in Couple Therapy. Stephanie began her career helping teens and their families in crisis situations. Later, she worked at a community mental health facility serving both mental health and substance abuse clients. She has worked with a diverse population of individuals, couples and families. Much of her experience has been working to help clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality issues and poor self-esteem. Stephanie is passionate about working with couples and families to enhance relationships through improving communication, connection, parenting skills and conflict management.ognitive behavioral
Stephanie approaches each new client with an open mind and a desire to help them reach their own goals. Her hope is to create an accepting, comfortable, compassionate space for clients to feel safe sharing and exploring uncomfortable thoughts and difficult situations. She welcomes all individuals regardless of race, religion or sexuality to her office. Stephanie believes in a holistic approach and uses a combination of counseling techniques (brain spotting, mindfulness, meditation, solution focused, self-awareness, ognitive behavioral etc.) to tailor therapy to a client’s specific needs, strengths, and abilities. She also uses these techniques to deal with her own life stresses. She enjoys mindful walks, yoga, creating artwork, listening to music and reading to unwind and create positive energy in her own life.
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*******This therapist works with ages 12+. She accepts Humana and private pay (or HSA, cash, check, credit) for individual therapy and out of pocket only for couples counseling. *******
Laurel Sims-Stewart, M.Ed, ATR, LPCC
Community Outreach Director and Therapist
Taking the first step toward personal healing or help for your child can feel overwhelming, but with the right support it doesn’t have to be. Laurel strives to create a safe, welcoming, and person-centered environment for each individual with whom she works. Her goal is to walk with you on this journey of healing, and empowering you or your child to feel confident in making positive changes.
Laurel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a background in expressive therapy techniques. She completed her M.Ed. in Counseling with a Concentration in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville in 2012. Since then she has had the opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to completing her master’s, Laurel gained experience in the mental health field working with clients on the autism spectrum, children battling chronic medical issues, and as a sexual assault crisis counselor.
Laurel specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, & has extensive experience working with children, teens, & young adults. Laurel utilizes an integrative, insight-based approach including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychoeducation, & expressive techniques. She will work together with you to find the strategies that fit best for you or your child.
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*******This therapist works with children and adults ages 6+. She accepts Humana and BCBS commercial insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit). Laurel is currently on maternity leave. Please check out our other awesome therapists on this page or call 502-694-9488 to be added to your preferred therapist’s waitlist. Thank you!**************
Marie Coma-Thompson (LPCA)
Therapist and Yoga Instructor
Marie Coma-Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200). She began working in the mental health field in 2000 after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BS) from the University of Pittsburgh, and she later completed her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MEd) at the University of Louisville. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, a psychiatric hospital, and a grief counseling center. In 2007, Marie started teaching yoga and meditation and began to discover the many ways in which yogic philosophy aligns with theories of psychology and mental health.
Marie specializes in working with grief, loss, and trauma and also has experience working with anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, depression, and relationship issues. She takes a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to therapy and has a gift for relating to and uncovering a person’s highest self. In her work, Marie draws from mindfulness-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, and Existential approaches. She is also trained in EMDR, an evidence-based treatment for trauma.
Marie will meet you where you are and help you develop a personalized, integrative path to healing and personal growth.
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*******This therapist works with ages 16+ and accepts FSA, HSA, cash, check or credit.**************
Rhonda Fessel, LPCC, LPAT
Rhonda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Professional Art Therapist that believes in the power of healing and improved well being through the process of creativity and positive thinking. Rhonda believes that everyone can reach their greatest potential with the right kind of support and nurturance. Rhonda is flexible in her approach and is able to adapt her techniques to meet the needs of each person she works with. She likes to create a space for her clients to explore their inner selves through the process of uninhibited art making. Rhonda has experience working with people of all ages who are overcoming Addiction Issues, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma. Rhonda earned her M.Ed in Counseling with a Concentration in the Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville in 2008. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including both inpatient and outpatient facilities.
In her free time, Rhonda likes to engage in movement meditation whether it is through yoga, hiking, or hoop dance. She likes to use her creativity in the studio making art and in the kitchen baking healthy snacks. She believes in the power of positive thinking and intention and has seen in her own life how this kind of focus can assist with overcoming fear and self-limiting beliefs. She believes in holistic care approaches and has experienced positive transformation through techniques that combine mind, body and spirit.
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*******This therapist works with ages 18+. She accepts Humana and Anthem BCBS insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit).**************
Amy Halvorson, LCSW
Amy obtained her graduate degree from Colorado State University in 2012. She specializes in working with teens and young adults. Amy has assisted individuals facing a broad array of challenges including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and adolescent behavior issues and substance use. One of Amy’s passions and specialties is helping others heal and find freedom from their symptoms related to trauma. Trauma can be thought of as any overwhelmingly distressing event. Memories of these events are stored in the brain and tied with strong emotions. Amy uses effective, evidence-based methods that target the mind and body as a whole and have been shown to improve well-being by reducing the impact of trauma. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as other modalities. Amy’s clients find her to be attentive, have a welcoming presence, and empathic nature. Her primary focus is to help you feel supported in utilizing your strengths to effectively seek your own solutions to move forward and break out of feeling stuck.
K. Vanessa Blades, LPCC
Therapist (with a focus on child and family therapy)
Vanessa Blades is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She completed her Masters of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Chicago’s Adler University (previously known as the Adler School of Professional Psychology) in 2014. She has over five years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse orientation, identities and cultures in a variety of settings including an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, a Residential Treatment Facility, Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Therapy Programs, Community Mental Health Care Facilities, and Therapeutic School Programs, which met the needs of students with educational, developmental, and emotional-behavioral obstacles. Vanessa has worked as a researcher in Northern Ireland investigating the impact of war and sectarianism (The Troubles) on the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and socio-economic well-being of its people as well as the effectiveness of present cross-community (peace) organizations in assisting healing and positive change.
Making the decision to begin or continue in therapy can feel like a vulnerable and challenging process for a person and entire family. Vanessa is committed to creating a safe space and being an ally and advocate with you as we explore your individual strengths and in working towards a more helpful, balanced, and rewarding present and future. Using her professional and personal experience and knowledge, Vanessa specializes in the treatment of Mood Dysregulation (i.e., Depression, Anxiety, and Explosive Anger), PTSD and other Trauma Reactions, Prolonged Bereavement and Grief Processing, Relationship and Communication Issues, Transition in Life issues, Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia, and Self-Esteem issues. Vanessa uses person-centered and evidenced-based interventions and techniques in her practice, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strategic and Structural Family Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy (e.g., Sandtray, Puppet Therapy), Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, Progressive Muscle Relaxation techniques, and Expressive Therapy techniques (e.g., movement, art, music, and meditation) to assist individuals and families in moving towards their personal goals.
******* This therapist works with adults and children 6+. She accepts Anthem BCBS and Humana insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit and debit card). *********
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Cassie Baker, LPCC, TCADC
Cassie Baker is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who received her undergraduate training at Eastern Kentucky University, where she graduated with honors. She completed her Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in 2015 through Lindsey Wilson College. Since that time, has worked primarily in the outpatient community mental health setting, although she has also provided services both in a residential treatment facility and domestic violence shelter.
Cassie has experience treating mood disorders, trauma, personality disorders, addiction, grief & loss, and other mental health concerns. She specializes in working with adults who are living with co-mingling mental illness and substance use disorder(s). She strives to foster a safe, non-judgmental environment in which individuals are free to explore their specific challenges and barriers. She is adept in the use of cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other integrative evidence-based treatment modalities within the therapeutic environment. Cassie values the mind-body-spirit connection as an integral part of the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. She promotes heightened mind/body awareness in her practice, to include the use of mindfulness-based interventions and interactive-expressive techniques. She focuses on self-compassion as one of the most powerful therapeutic tools, and the foundation on which all other skills are built.
Cassie believes that each and every individual is capable of positive change, as long as they have the tools and support needed to do so. She has found that her greatest challenges in life were most effectively managed when she was able to tend to her “whole self” needs, and through connection with others who provided the support she needed to thrive.
******* This therapist works with adults. She currently accepts Anthem and Humana BCBS insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit and debit card).*********
Erin Srader, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Erin is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who joined Bridge Counseling and Wellness in June 2019. Erin graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Florida in 2005. She later obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bellarmine University and has been a registered nurse since 2014. She worked as a charge nurse at Our Lady of Peace Psychiatric Hospital on units for children and adolescents. While working on her master’s degree at Indiana Wesleyan University, she began working with adult psychiatric patients at University of Louisville Hospital and veteran psychiatric patients at Robley Rex VA Hospital in Louisville. She has worked with patients across the lifespan suffering from ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and behavioral issues. Erin is a member of professional nursing organizations including The American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
Erin will provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and more for new and existing clients at Bridge. She shares Bridge’s philosophy of taking an integrated approach to mental health care and emphasizes good sleep hygiene, exercise, and a healthy diet to support adaptation to internal and external stressors.
She is passionate about working with clients of all ages to consider psychopharmacologic and/or behavioral interventions. She is committed to giving you the time and attention to understand your circumstances and work with you to develop a plan of care to improve your mental health.
Contact Erin at ErinMartin@bridgemindbody.com
******* Erin works with clients ages 6+. This provider accepts Humana and BCBS insurance, HSA, cash, check and card.********
Erin Smith, RN, BSN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Erin is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who joined Bridge Counseling and Wellness in early 2018. Erin obtained her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Kansas and has been a registered nurse since 2012. While working at The University of Kansas Children’s Psychiatric Hospital for five years as a charge nurse and preceptor, she specialized in children and adolescent psychiatry. Erin moved to Louisville in 2016 where she worked as a nurse at Our Lady of Peace Psychiatric Hospital. For the past two years, she’s worked with children and adolescents while finishing her Master’s degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has worked with patients across the lifespan who have been suffering from ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, eating disorders, and other behavioral issues. Erin shares our philosophy of taking an integrated approach to mental health care and emphasizes the value of a healthy diet (including supplements when appropriate) and exercise with her patients.
Erin was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau membership award during both her undergraduate program as well as in graduate school. She is a member of professional nursing organizations including The American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International, where she serves as a nurse leader.
Erin will be working to provide medication management, psychiatric evaluations, and more for new and existing clients at Bridge. She is passionate about working with all ages to consider psychopharmacology and/or behavioral interventions. She is committed to giving you the time and attention needed by understanding your struggles and working with you to develop a plan of care.
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*******Erin works with ages 6+. She accepts BCBS and Humana commercial insurance (or HSA, cash, check, credit). Erin Smith is currently on maternity leave. Please contact our medical assistant, Melissa, with any concerns or to schedule with our other PMHNP, Erin Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org*********
Therapist and Yoga Instructor
Kathryn brings to the practice of therapy a love of exploring all that promotes growth and healing in the lives of individuals. She views therapy as a collaborative process. Kathryn values the client’s ability to discover their inner wisdom and utilizes evidence-based practices to guide their therapeutic work together.
Kathryn specializes in adult individual, systemic and couples therapy. She seeks to serve as a guide and positive support during times of transition, uncertainty and human struggle. As a registered yoga instructor, her approach to the therapeutic process is holistic, rooted in the body-mind-spirit connection. As a client-centered therapist who incorporates mindfulness-based and other strategies tailored to each client’s needs and preferences, Kathryn helps one manage unwanted symptoms, shift away from feeling stuck, and modify negative patterns.
Clients find Kathryn’s empathetic reflective listening skills and quiet demeanor bring a sense of calm and safety to the therapy experience. With Kathryn’s encouragement, many clients have found an ability to grow through difficult moments of transition, grief, relationship distress, anxiety or depression. Her core belief that self-awareness and self-compassion lead to grace and healing offer her clients hope through therapy.
Kathryn holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
“Out of the mud of your fears, struggles, pain and confusion, the lotus flower of your inner heart will spontaneously grow.” – Anon I Mus
********This Therapist offers a sliding scale rates as she works to obtain her advanced licensure. She can accept cash, check, credit and HSA.***********
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To schedule an appointment please call 694-9488.
Lee Schardein, M.Ed., LPCC-S, E-RYT 500
Therapist, LPCA supervisor and Yoga Instructor
Lee is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and an experienced registered yoga teacher. Lee has been working in the mental health field for over 12 years. Lee graduated from UofL with her M.Ed. In Mental Health Counseling in 2010. She has worked with a community mental health agency for 9 years and has been supervising LPCA’s for 3 years.
Lee has experience working with kids, teens, young adults, families, and individuals on a variety of issues including: mood dysregulation, ADHD, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, gender identity, building self-esteem, strengthening social skills, processing trauma, and moving through transitions. Lee blends traditional therapy modalities with a mind body wellness approach. Lee not only teaches yoga, but also breath work mindfulness and meditation.
Lee has been teaching yoga for 5 years. She completed her 300 hour training with with Laughing Lotus in NYC. Her classes are empowering and focus on building mind/body connection, self love and inner strength. Lee also uses yoga as a tool for stress management and improving focus.
Lee believes by learning to love ourselves, be authentic and enjoy the present moment, we can show up more fully in our relationships, roles and community.
*******This therapist works with ages 6+ and accepts FSA, HSA, cash, check or credit. She is in the process of being paneled for BCBS and Humana commercial insurance.*******
Melissa Slaughter, CCMA, CMAA
Melissa is a certified clinical medical assistant and certified medical administrative assistant who joined Bridge in January 2019. Melissa earned her certifications in Lexington at the Emergency Medical Training Professionals of Kentucky in early 2016. Her background consists of primary care, oncology and phlebotomy. Melissa will be working alongside Erin Smith as her medical assistant to help with patients needs in and out of the office.
Rozlyn Newman, BS
Rozlyn graduated with a BS in psychology and criminal justice, with a certification in correctional rehabilitation, from the University of Cincinnati. During her time there, Rozlyn worked with Parker Woods Montessori to facilitate a program designed to help children cultivate their dreams and think positively about their futures.
Rozlyn greatly values the incorporation of alternative methods into traditional therapeutic practice and hopes to have a hand in fostering this integration in more forms of therapy and rehabilitation in the future. She helps to keep the communication and operations of the Bridge team running smoothly, and is always excited to help with new ventures!