Our Team

Clinical Personnel 

Joye L. Henrie, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Founder & Clinical Director

Dr. Henrie is clinical psychologist providing outpatient, individual psychotherapy to adults. She is a psychodynamic therapist specializing in treating individuals in high stakes occupations (e.g., those where a license, clearance, or position/reputation may make them reticent to go to therapy…such as military members, medical professionals, therapists, aviators, first responders, business owners, and executives). Dr. Henrie is a certified war trauma specialist and primarily treats trauma/PTSD (including complex/childhood PTSD), grief, stress, life transitions, and depression.

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She also provides expert consultation to legal professionals on military/veteran matters, and she provides clinical supervision to therapists in training – to include LMSWs, as she is a New Mexico Social Work Board approved interdisciplinary supervisor. Dr. Henrie earned a double bachelor’s (i.e., psychology and sociology) at the University of Utah and her master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Arkansas. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Lackland Air Force Base’s (AFB) Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, after which she served as an active duty psychologist in the U.S. Air Force where she was also Kirtland AFB’s Suicide Prevention Program Manager. Dr. Henrie was named Air Force Global Strike’s biomedical clinician of the year in 2016.

Dr. Henrie’s abridged CV can be viewed here. 

Please note: Dr. Henrie is not currently accepting new psychotherapy patients, but does continue to accept new one-time evaluations. 

B. Thomas Hail, LCSW, BCD
Board Certified Clinical Social Worker; Director of Clinical Supervision

Tom has 15 years’ experience as an Active-Duty Air Force officer and Board Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker with training in clinical supervision. Recently, as the Mental Health Department Head for the 27th Special Operations Wing he honed his expertise in conducting psychotherapy for service members in highly sensitive positions who are often inherently apprehensive to seek mental health treatment.

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Tom especially enjoys working with active and retired service members who are struggling with any of the following challenges:

  • Individuals in high-stakes professions
  • Posttraumatic Stress
  • Childhood trauma
  • Caregiver for special needs dependent
  • Transitioning from Active Duty to civilian status
  • Military occupational stress or dissatisfaction
  • Distress from geographical separation of spouse or children

Tom is passionate about providing dignified, discreet, compassionate, and effective treatment tailored to patients’ needs. Tom prefers not to employ manualized or scripted psychotherapy techniques. Rather, he uses a psychodynamic and psychoeducational approach fused with his training and expertise.

Tom is a New Mexico Social Work Board approved supervisor.

Please note: Tom is not currently accepting new patients. 

Jemia Warner, LCSW (WI), LMSW (NM), LCSW (TX)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jemia graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health. Prior to joining Desert Wise full-time, Jemia worked as the New Mexico Director of Healthcare Coordination Services for the Department of Veterans’ Services supporting the healthcare needs of veterans. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Wisconsin and Texas and has experience working with diverse client backgrounds.

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Jemia has worked with adults, children, racial/ethnic populations, families, and veterans. Her clinical expertise has focused on working with individuals who experience grief, trauma, adjustment issues, and mood-related disorders. She is also a military spouse of a prior active duty, current reserve officer who serves in the United States Air Force. Jemia’s diverse career path in the world of social work has given her a unique perspective on the needs of therapy, self-care, and behavioral health education. Jemia is passionate about creating change in various stages of life through the utilization of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and person-centered therapy.

For additional information about Jemia, visit: Rose Legacy Institute

Sujana Chowdhury, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Sujana earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at New Mexico State University in May 2021. She is now pursuing her Licensed Clinical Social Worker credentialing and serves as a psychodynamic therapist. Sujana has worked in a variety of Social Work roles – to include Service Coordinator for government funded agencies and an Intake Specialist at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She has also interned at two other Albuquerque area clinics. Through collected experiences, she has discovered a passion for working with people who have experienced trauma.

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After increasingly learning about the distinct nature of military experiences, the major discrepancies between civilian and military life, and the shortage of qualified mental healthcare providers for military-connected individuals, Sujana was driven to dedicate her professional work to this population. Sujana aspires to be a connecting bridge between civilian and military worlds, and she takes seriously the responsibility of civilian providers to acquire the necessary education and training to effectively serve the military population.

KrynBeth McClain, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

KrynBeth is a military spouse and has served the military-connected population in various capacities for over 15 years, to include: FRG leader and key caller for the DFAC, mortar, sniper, and Cav Scout platoons, working for the DoD as an event planner, serving homeless veterans in the Housing First model, serving as a caregiver for veterans with TBI and PTSD, and speaking with caregivers about brain injury, PTSD, and self-care. For her dedication as a volunteer, KrynBeth received the Patriot of the Year Award from the Blackhawk Brigade. KrynBeth has 12 years of progressive experience in behavioral health that spans administration, direct care, grant writing, nonprofit organization management, case management, intensive outpatient substance use and trauma group work, and individual and family therapy.

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KrynBeth earned her Master’s from Boston University School of Social Work with a specialization in adult trauma. She is trained in cognitive processing and behavioral therapies, motivational interviewing, STAIR narrative, play and expressive art, somatic awareness, breath work, and mindfulness. KrynBeth’s practice is client-centered, and she views the therapy space as a collaborative atmosphere where clients can be themselves, voice concerns, and work through their individual mental struggles with curiosity and non-judgmental exploration. Her passion for her clients focuses on facilitating self-direction, empowerment, and a growth mindset – through the use of creativity, imagination, and humor.

Anna Fedotova, PsyD, ABPP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Anna Fedotova is an Active Duty Air Force clinical psychologist. She has an extensive experience working with adult populations suffering from traumatic reactions, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, sleep issues, and marital conflict.

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After having immigrated to the United States in 2002, Dr. Fedotova studied psychology at Wright State University (WSU) and, in 2011, she graduated from the WSU School of Professional Psychology with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She completed a Master’s degree in Public Health (Concentration: Emergency Preparedness) via WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and completed her residency at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 2011.

Throughout Dr. Fedotova’s career, she has held various positions. At Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), she served as a staff psychologist in outpatient mental health, a faculty member and clinical supervisor to psychology residents, the Officer in Charge for mental health services in the primary care clinic, and the manager of PTSD-related services and research. Upon her return from Afghanistan, she built the Military Training Consult Service to support safe and effective Basic Military Training (BMT) operations. Subsequently, she was trained as a Survival Escape Resistance Evasion Psychologist and was assigned to serve in Korea.

Currently, Dr. Fedotova is the Director of Psychological Health at Kirtland AFB. Prior to this assignment, she was in charge of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinics at Los Angeles AFB, and she was appointed as the first [interim] US Space Force Mental Health Consultant.

Dr. Fedotova is a nationally published author on trauma treatments, as well as personnel selection into positions of power and authority over vulnerable populations. She was also the developer and host of Blue Grit podcast, which featured stories of adversity and resilience.

Dr. Fedotova specializes in biofeedback, trauma and PTSD, sleep, adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress, life transition, career counseling, coaching/optimizing performance, and pain. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, various sleep and chronic pain protocols, Biofeedback, and Mindfulness. She is board certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (ABPP) and is bilingual (Russian and English).

Please note: Due to conflicts of interest, Dr. Fedotova cannot accept any Active Duty clients, Activated Reservists on Active Duty orders, or TRICARE beneficiaries.

Brittany McKinley, MA, LSAA
Therapist; Substance Abuse Specialist

Having served in the Army for 10 years, Brittany is passionate about helping vets lead a happy, addiction-free life. As an Army Medic she provided medical support in both clinical and combat environments. Today, Brittany is driven to help her fellow service men and women achieve self-empowerment and thrive in every aspect of their lives.

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Brittany is a practicum student with Purdue University, completing her Masters degree in Psychology with a concentration in addictions. After seeing the impact of addiction on individuals and families she chose to dedicate her life to helping others find relief and freedom. She chose to seek an internship with Desert Wise to continue her service to the military community. Brittany understands of the stigma and adversity her clients may face, and strives to provide client-centered, compassionate support.

Phylicia Bediako, PhD, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Dr. Phylicia Bediako earned her bachelor’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed a thesis about the well-being of helping professionals. As an undergraduate student, she discovered her passion for providing emotional support to people during the most challenging times of their lives. She began volunteering at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and Alliance for AIDS Services-Carolina and completed UNC’s Helping Advocate for Ending Violence Now (HAVEN) to help those experiencing relationship or sexual violence.

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She then earned a PhD in Health Policy and Management and Demography at Penn State University, where she studied how identity and social status influence the way people interact with the world around them (e.g., how they behave in intimate and familial relationships, how they define and develop community, how they access or create resources that improve their health and well-being, and how they reach out for help when they need it).

As a Behavioral Sciences Training postdoctoral fellow at New York University, she researched how people are impacted by violence, coercion, abuse, and other dangerous power and control dynamics that operate at interpersonal, community, and societal levels. She studied the wide variety of coping mechanisms that people adopt to survive abuse, control, toxic environments, and difficult circumstances. After years of conducting research that repeatedly revealed gaps in the availability of compassionate, holistic, and culturally competent services to help survivors, Dr. Bediako was inspired to return to school to pursue her Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Violence and Injury Prevention from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. As an MSW student, she completed training in trauma-informed care and therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT). Her post-MSW role as Curriculum Administrator at the Arizona Trauma Institute exposed her to trauma and PTSD treatment approaches that prioritize strong therapeutic relationships, emotion regulation, and finding safety in the body. Dr. Bediako has a special interest in supporting clients of diverse identities who have trauma histories as they navigate challenging transitional periods and has worked with a wide range of groups, including mothers and pregnant women with mood and anxiety disorders, survivors of sexual assault and abusive relationships, people with stigmatized medical diagnoses, and first generation and international university students. She has received extensive training in working with trauma survivors and is a Certified Historical Trauma Specialist and Certified Trauma Support Specialist.

Megan Sexton, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Megan is a prior military child and current military spouse who is passionate about serving the military community, by providing quality and supportive mental health services to military affiliated individuals. Megan worked at the Kadena AB Mental Health Clinic in both administrative and FAPA roles. She subsequently graduated with a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University, where she completed internships treating veterans with the VA and working with adolescents with complex mental health conditions at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. 

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Megan primarily takes a humanistic approach when working with her patients, but also considers the importance of a psychodynamic lens. Megan is particularly interested in working with military spouses and adult children, and her clinical foci include complex trauma, generational trauma, and treating trauma survivors who have repeated cycles of violence.

**Coming Soon**

Romney Brown, MSW
Master Social Worker

Romney Brown is our Skill Bridge intern – transitioning from 10 years of active duty service in the Air Force to the Reserves. She spent most of her career as a medical technician serving joint force populations and working in a trauma hospital. Most recently, she served as an NCOA instructor providing professional military education to service members. She is passionate about advocating for the military community and providing a safe space for people to be heard. Romney received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Valdosta State University. There, she developed a solidified goal to become a therapist. She is a recent MSW graduate from Rutgers University.

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During her internships at Rutgers, she worked with adults and children dealing with addiction, homelessness, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Today, Romney is passionate about treating individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and active duty-related stress, and she has particular interest in working with active duty service members, veterans, military dependents, and women.

Administrative Personnel 

Russell Henrie
Business Manager

Russ joined Desert Wise full-time in 2019 and serves as the Business Manager. Russ’ professional history spans the highway department and private construction industries – to include supervisory positions. He served as a level-3 foster parent for several years and put in his time as a military spouse. Russ brings to Desert Wise a wealth of varied personal and professional experiences and an enthusiasm for supporting the best care for our nation’s military members and veterans.

Britton Scritchfield
IT Consultant

Britton is a US Army veteran, where he served as a tactical communications specialist and software developer. Britton currently works full-time for the Department of the Army as a Software Engineer and Knowledge Management Officer, while freelancing as a software/web developer and IT consultant on the side. At Desert Wise, Britton has been key in establishing and maintaining our web and network capabilities, as well as ensuring a seamless transition to virtual services during the public health emergency.

For more information about Britton, visit: www.x2labs.com


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