Our Team

Kathryn Waggoner, PsyD, ABPP

Kathryn Waggoner, PsyD, ABPP

Founder & CEO

Dr. Waggoner is a licensed, board-certified clinical health psychologist. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University. She then completed a two-year formal postdoctoral program specializing in Clinical Health Psychology. From working in clinical settings to conducting research and influencing health care policy, health psychologists measure the impact of behavior on health and create ways to help people make behavior choices that induce good health and prevent illness.

For the first decade of her career, Dr. Waggoner worked for the Department of Defense in a variety of roles. Clinically, she has worked in level-1 trauma hospitals, pain rehabilitation, and several primary care clinics (internal medicine, women’s health, flight medicine). She then worked for Air Force Medical Operations, conducting clinical research, writing policy, and training clinicians to practice in primary care behavioral healthcare settings.

Dr. Waggoner proudly serves a diverse client base, including active-duty military service members. Most recently, she moved to Mississippi from Japan, her family having been stationed there. She took this opportunity to pursue private practice ownership, with the hopes of collaborating with the healthcare community and supporting efforts toward normalizing integrated care.

Currently, she provides psychological testing and assessment for children and adults facing difficulties in key areas of their lives. She values inclusion and is neurodiversity-affirming, stating, “we all have a way in which we understand the world around us, which is strongly influenced by who we are, how we learn, what we experience, and the culture in which we grew up. There is no ‘’typical’ or ‘standard’ way of thinking, feeling, behaving, and simply being. It is important to acknowledge that we see and experience things in our own ways, which naturally comes with both strengths and vulnerabilities. However, those difficulties are not flaws that need to be ‘fixed’ or corrected, but part of a person’s unique experience and identity. I seek to empower others and utilize psychological testing to uncover reasons why they might be struggling with an issue that is preventing them from moving forward.”

In her free time, Dr. Waggoner values spending time with her family, cooking, and building Lego designs.

Marie Ganschow, LPC, CAADC, BC-TMH

Marie Ganschow, LPC, CAADC, BC-TMH

Marie is a licensed professional counselor, who specializes in the treatment of addiction in youth and adults. She earned two master’s degrees: one in clinical psychology from Midwestern State University, the other in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas. She is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).

Marie has 25 years’ experience in the mental health field. Her therapy style is relational and authentic; she’s known for bringing creativity and even a bit of humor to the counseling space. Marie is trained in a method of psychotherapy known as EMDR; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. She has found EMDR to be effective for treating addiction and uses it and other behavioral therapies to return her clients to a place of balance, improved perspective, and most of all, peace.

Marie tells us, “Every person is valuable and worthy of my respect and care. Human connection is perhaps the most powerful of all the therapeutic tools, and therapy is most effective when it’s respectful and collaborative. I enthusiastically walk alongside you to challenge and support you as you navigate difficulties, process new experiences, and exercise the courage to make changes. I believe everyone can heal and grow.”

Marie enjoys a variety of hobbies during her leisure time. Those that top the list would be toying with arts and crafts, dancing with her husband, attending a performing arts event, or traveling to visit extended family.

Amy Wilkinson, LPC-S, BC-TMH

Amy Wilkinson, LPC-S, BC-TMH

Amy is a licensed professional counselor, who treats youth and adults with mild, moderate, and severe mental health issues. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from Delta State University, and has 23 years’ experience in the field.

Amy specializes in Motivational Interviewing, a counseling style centered around individual talk therapy. Motivational Interviewing is designed to strengthen a client’s commitment towards reaching goals, doing so in an environment of compassion, acceptance, and empowerment; recognizing the client’s autonomy, resourcefulness, and ability to choose.

Amy is also trained in EMDR; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, which is effective for treating PTSD, addiction, anxiety, and eating disorders. It incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with mindfulness, deep breathing, relaxation, and guided visualization.

As an extension of Amy’s work as a counselor, she is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200). She enjoys the physical and mental benefits of yoga, and passionately recommends them to anyone struggling with anxiety or just searching for a key to relaxation.

She shares, “I believe that we are all individuals, and all perfectly ‘imperfect’. We all have gifts and weaknesses, and it’s all part of being human! I believe that with the proper tools and guidance, we can transcend our weaknesses and turn them into gifts, using our wisdom and experiences to support others who are suffering from trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, grief, or loss.

In her free time Amy enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and of course, practicing yoga.

Michelle Dixon, P-LPC

Michelle Dixon, P-LPC

Michelle is a provisionally licensed professional counselor (P-LPC) who treats teens and adults who are struggling to find happiness in their lives. She understands that all mental health challenges deserve attention, whether derived from trauma and unfortunate experiences or perpetuated by substance use and unhealthy habits not yet healed. With honesty and compassion, Michelle offers her support with the sincere belief that every person is beautifully unique and worthy of the work.

She earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Liberty University in 2023; and has also worked in the substance abuse treatment field as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I) since 2018.

Michelle believes: “Each of us sees the world through our own individual lens – and that lens is colored by all we experience. Our days are filled with the good and the not-so-good; and how we watch ourselves manage it all forms our “self-image.”  Unconsciously, we place labels and limits on ourselves, accept others’ opinions of who we are above our own, and our self-image becomes distorted. I guide individuals back to their personal understanding of who they are, so they may begin moving through life’s challenges with a more positive outlook.”

Michelle is married, and has one son, 2 bonus daughters, 3 cats and 2 dogs. She enjoys football and is a fan of the New Orleans Saints and many college teams. In her free time, you may find her traveling, bird watching, or trying new foods! 

Dewey Watkins, LPC

Dewey Watkins, LPC

Dewey is a licensed professional counselor who treats teens and adults who are experiencing feelings of worry, sadness, frustration, and overall dissatisfaction in their lives. Through talk therapy, he seeks to educate, equip, and encourage those pursuing a better quality of life to reach their goals and dreams.

He attended William Carey University and earned a master’s degree in 2003 in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Individual Counseling. During his 20 years of practice, Dewey has provided counseling services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He believes in the need for human connection within the counseling process; and of utmost importance to him are the values of respect, vulnerability, equity, and inclusion.

Dewey’s counseling style is CBT-based (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), using simple, practical, and pragmatic approaches to overcoming mental health problems. He seeks to help those who are struggling by exploring their difficulties, identifying their desired changes, and guiding them towards solutions.

He abides by this firm foundation: “We all wish to understand and to be understood, especially when we are facing difficulties in life. I believe in the power of relationships, and that love, acceptance, and healing can be found in them. I want you to feel seen, heard, and valued – then together we can develop solutions and strategies to return you to peace of mind and satisfaction in your life.”

Dewey is an avid outdoor sportsman and enjoys hunting and fishing with his 3 brothers.  He and his wife enjoy singing in the church choir, spending time spoiling their cat Kay Kay, and planning their next adventure to a “bucket list” destination!

Elizabeth Broadus, P-LPC

Elizabeth Broadus, P-LPC

Elizabeth is a provisionally licensed professional counselor (P-LPC) who treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, trauma, grief, and difficult life transitions in both children and adults.

She attended the University of Mississippi and earned a master’s degree in Counselor Education in 2021. Before joining Phoenix, Elizabeth spent 2 years as an outpatient and day treatment therapist at a community mental health center.

Elizabeth follows evidence and strength-based practices, primarily utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She has witnessed the power in developing a caring, empathetic relationship with her clients, and she believes that these relationships are the basis for success in the counseling process.

Elizabeth believes that everyone’s story deserves to be heard, and she shares, “We all go through difficult times in our lives, and I want you to know that you are not alone in your suffering. It’s my hope to meet you where you are in your journey and provide a safe environment to explore the unique experiences that make you who you are. I recognize that it takes courage to take the first steps toward change, and I am here to empower and support you along the way. I firmly believe that given the right tools, you have the opportunity to discover hope and healing.”

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys having quality time with family and friends, trying out new restaurants, exploring the outdoors, and spending her summers out on the water. She is also an avid sports fan and loves attending Saints and Ole Miss football games!

Shelby Reeves, LPC

Shelby Reeves, LPC

Shelby is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who treats adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, identity issues, or relationship problems, build resilience, find healing, and pursue growth in their day-to-day lives.

She attended Delta State University and earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2021. Before joining Phoenix, Shelby worked as an addiction counselor and as a university student counselor. She has experience in a variety of mental health subjects; namely, substance and alcohol misuse, codependency, trauma, crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, grief, and family conflict.

Shelby understands that each of us experiences the world differently for a multitude of reasons. She utilizes a relational-cultural approach in therapy to understand the way culture and connection impacts her clients. From that understanding, she creates a personalized approach that will usually include interventions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Each one of these therapy styles emphasize balance, resilience, and growth as core aspects of the skill building process that Shelby helps to implement during her time in sessions.

Shelby tells us, “It can feel heavy to wear the burden of our fears, pain, confusion, and isolation alone. I believe therapy is a place to compassionately confront issues in our lives that have been difficult to face, to learn about how our experiences have shaped us, and how to continue navigating this life with that knowledge. I hope to empower individuals, create an environment of validation and support as well as guidance towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.”

In her free time, you can find Shelby walking or running on the beach with her dog, going to “hole in the wall” restaurants, art walks, or spending time with her grandma.

Kim Brewer

Kim Brewer

Client Care Director

Kim is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and currently resides in D’Iberville. As the newest member of the Phoenix team, she is pleased to bring 25+ years of caring service to our thriving behavioral health private practice. She earned degrees in criminal justice (1995) and sociology (1999) from Northwestern State University. When she’s not doing “all things professional”, she often attends New Orleans Saints football games or takes weekend jaunts to a fun destination!

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Phoenix Behavioral Health Center, PLLC
2112 Bienville Blvd Ste K
Ocean Springs MS, 39564

Phone: 228.819.2171
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Email: hello@phoenixpllc.com

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Evening and weekend hours available upon request.