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Our Professionals

Our goal is to meet the needs of our local community as well as to contribute to our broader professional communities. Portland, Oregon is a unique city – outstanding in its community building efforts. We aim to work with our remarkable hospital providers in Portland, and through strong consultation relationships, offer psychological services where needed. Furthermore, we are integrated in a community within a community in the S. Waterfront and evaluate the needs and requests of this community as well. On a broader scale, we work nationally through various activities to further our specialized fields.

Our Psychologists & Trainees

Our psychologists, psychologist residents, and practicum students in psychology doctoral programs specialize in psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, research, teaching and supervising. In clinical practice we assist clients as they develop strategies for coping with new or chronic health conditions, physical or cognitive rehabilitation, and/or degenerative disease, terminal illness, dying, and adjustment to loss. Our professional work considers individuals’ and families’ deeply meaningful and existential experiences about life and death. At times the goals of treatment might include addressing elevated or new symptoms of anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sleep difficulty, and/or chronic pain, while at other times treatment will focus on helping clients and loved ones to make sense of all that has happened or is happening. We work collaboratively with other medical and health care providers in order to best treat the whole person. Our practice emphasizes the highest standards of privacy, respect, and dignity for all of the clients whom we serve.
 

Louise E. Marasco, Ph.D.

Dr. Marasco, licensed clinical psychologist, founded Transitions Professional Center. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in California and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Miami VA Healthcare System in Florida with specialized training in geropsychology. Following internship, she completed a palliative care post-doctoral Fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System with training emphasis in inpatient hospice care, extended care, palliative care and palliative care consult service. All programs were APA-accredited, meeting the highest standards and guidelines for psychology training programs in the US.

Dr. Marasco’s areas of specialties include work with adults and older adults facing impending loss, who are actively dying, and who are bereaved. Areas of training experience  include evaluation and treatment of clients with spinal cord injury, pre- and post-heart transplant, PTSD, and severely mentally ill. Her academic and clinical training includes an emphasis in neuropsychological assessment in adults with various etiologies, including traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke and other vascular disorders. Much of her clinical training was established with inpatient and outpatient veterans and their families, and experience in a county inpatient psychiatric facility. Louise’s research focus has also revolved around loss, including loss of a perinatal baby.

Dr. Marasco’s career in palliative care, end-of-life care and bereavement initially grew out of interest in cultural and religious differences in customs and beliefs around death and dying. During her studies of Buddhism, she simultaneously worked as a home hospice volunteer for several years. This work led her to commit to formal doctoral training in clinical psychology.

The experience of loss may relate to loss of function, physical abilities and cognitive capacity, or life itself. Dr. Marasco’s patients are often newly diagnosed with terminal illness, enduring curative or palliative cancer treatment, and often have complicated medical and mental health histories.

The vision behind Transitions Professional Center was inspired by Dr. Marasco who recognized the need to establish a stronger presence of psychology in end-of-life services.

HaleyHaley G. Trontel, Ph.D.

Dr. Haley Trontel is a neuropsychologist at Transitions Professional Center and licensed as a clinical psychologist in Utah and Oregon.  Dr. Trontel graduated from the University of Montana before completing her clinical internship at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA in Bedford, MA in neuropsychology.  Dr. Trontel completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology which included both research and clinical responsibilities.

Dr. Trontel is trained in neuropsychology across the lifespan.  She is experienced in conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to facilitate diagnostic clarification and aid in treatment planning for patients, families, and providers.  Dr. Trontel has assessment experience in a broad range of neurological and psychiatric    conditions, with primary areas of expertise in traumatic brain injury (TBI), vascular disorders, and disorders of aging.

Katrin E. Beene, Psy.D.

Photo and bio to come!

Dr. Beene joined the Transitions team in October, 2017 as a clinical neuropsychologist. We are excited to welcome her aboard! Please check back for updates.

Marianne Kabour, Ph.D.

(Accepting new patients on a limited basis)

Marianne Kabour, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the team at Transitions Professional Center in November, 2014. With a specialty in working with children, teens, and their families, she will be expanding our services to accommodate this younger population.

Dr. Kabour is a pediatric psychologist whose work focuses on assisting children and families cope with medical conditions or recover from medical traumatic events.  Her clinical interests include teaching skills on coping and adjustment, pain management, increasing adherence, grief/loss, and promoting resiliency.

She completed her doctorate at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University), pre-doctoral internship at Wright State School of Professional Psychology and Dayton Children’s Hospital, and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) assisting in creating standards of care, and has received specialized training in working with children who have experienced trauma and assisting parents of children recently diagnosed with cancer.

Timothy Wright, Psy.D.

Timothy Wright, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist working at Transitions Professional Center as an independent contractor providing individual and group therapy for adults. He also works as a clinical psychologist with NorthWest Pain Clinic, at VA Portland Healthcare System.

Dr. Wright completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at La Salle University, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at VA Maine Healthcare System, with specialty training in behavioral medicine and PTSD. He went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in palliative care psychology at VA Portland Healthcare System, with specific training emphasis on end of life care, bereavement/grief, chronic pain, insomnia, and living with chronic illness.

His training and clinical experience is primarily with medically-involved individuals struggling with adjustment, mood, anxiety and grief difficulties across settings, from tertiary-care hospitals, to extended care facilities, outpatient primary care, and specialty clinics such as oncology, hemo-dialysis, and HIV. His therapeutic philosophy is to apply empirically-based principles of treatment, from a contextual cognitive behavioral therapy perspective. He has specialty training in traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy DBT) and a breadth of mindfulness-based interventions, e.g. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). His clinical research has focused on the mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions, and how this applies to healthy behavior change.

Andrea Diulio, Ph.D.

Bio to come!

Andie joined the Transitions team in July 2017. She has been a welcome addition!

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Fernando Serna, M.Div, BCC – Spiritual Care Counselor

Fernando is a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains who joined the team at Transitions Professional Center in October 2017 as a Spiritual Care Counselor.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at New York University, NY, Fernando completed a Master’s degree in Religious Studies at Providence College, RI, and a Master of Divinity degree in theology at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C. In addition, he has completed training and certification as a Certified Grief Recovery® Specialist by The Grief Recovery Institute®, California. Fernando also has completed training and certification in Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Management.

Fernando is also a full-time chaplain at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR. In addition to spiritual care work with patients, families, and staff, he serves on OHSU’s Ethics Consult Service and does occasional teaching in the medical school in the areas of spirituality and clinical ethics.

Fernando’s clinical work as a chaplain has been in both adult and children’s hospitals where his focus has been in critical care and trauma. In addition, he has worked as a hospice chaplain. Before beginning his work as a spiritual care counselor in 2010 he was a member of a Benedictine monastic community where over 30 years he gained extensive experience in spirituality, spiritual direction, inter-religious dialogue, education, and pastoral ministry.

At Transitions Professional Center services are usually provided by psychologists. However, some clients discover that there is a significant spiritual dimension to their process of living with serious illness and related issues. This service is intentionally focused on spiritual and/or religious issues wherever a client is on the spectrum of spiritual expression and belief.

Administrative Staff

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Emily Vierck ~ Office Manager


Emily Vierck joined Transitions Professional Center in April, 2014. She graduated from Western Business College in 1998 with a diploma in Medical Assisting. She has worked for 16 years as both a clinical and administrative medical assistant.

Emily is very pleased to be part of such a great team that provides such an important service to our community. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have.