CATHY VON HIPPEL, PH.D.
Dr. Cathy von Hippel grew up in Alaska, left for college and graduate school, then returned, and has worked in private practice in Alaska for over two decades. Dr. von Hippel grew up hiking, cross-country skiing, and flying in a Cessna 180. In 2018, with her colleague Danielle Allen, Dr. von Hippel developed Alaska Telepsychology to serve urban and rural Alaskans and to reduce barriers to treatment. Dr. von Hippel helps stuck youth and adults to develop actionable, concrete plans for achieving goals. She helps patients to progress steadily toward their best functioning in love, family, and work. Dr. von Hippel also works with parents to scaffold their children’s development toward confident independence. She sub-specializes in evaluating diagnostically complex cases, using a multi-disciplinary and multi-reporter approach that integrates information from patients, parents, primary care providers, educators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc. Areas of expertise include: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and psychological testing.
Sammy Mack, MS, LPA
Sammy is a lifelong Alaskan who enjoys hiking, skiing and paddle-boarding. Her roots in the field of psychology are in Applied Behavior Analysis, working with children who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sammy has worked with teens and adults in both residential and outpatient settings. She provides individual psychotherapy, conducts psychological evaluations, and facilitates social skills groups for children and teens. Sammy incorporates elements of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness into her work. Areas of expertise are: child psychology, early adulthood, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and anxiety.
Mary Palko, LPC, CDCII
Mary Palko is an adventurer who has mountain-climbed, telemarked, and worked in mental health settings in Alaska for the past 20 years. Mary works with children, teens, and adults. She focuses on developing concrete coping skills for managing anxiety, depression, grief, transition to adulthood, and family issues. Mary also provides psychotherapy in American Sign Language. Additional areas of expertise include AD/HD, social skills training, substance abuse, and relationship building.
Barry Andres, LCSW
For the past 17 years, Barry has worked statewide in community mental health supporting the diverse needs of Alaskans. He helped create a child and family trauma center, supervised clinicians in outpatient treatment centers, and provided individual and family psychotherapy. Barry specializes in working with people who have experienced trauma, substance misuse, and anxiety and mood disorders. He additionally works with parents on managing emotions and improving parenting skills. Barry worked as a commercial fisherman and has extensive experience in construction. His joys in life are the outdoors of Alaska, his dogs, fishing, and being a change agent in the lives of others.
Aurora Sidney-Ando, LPC
Aurora was born and raised in Mexico, is fluent in Spanish and English, and has lived in Alaska for the past 12 years. She earned a masters degree in counseling and a Ph.D. in humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Aurora works with teens and adults, emphasizing the goodness in people, common needs, and rational problem-solving. In accordance with patient needs, she also incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and expressive arts. Areas of expertise include trauma, the transition to adulthood, cross-cultural issues, and the creative arts. Aurora is an avid traveler and an accomplished painter and illustrator. In Anchorage, she paints and volunteers with non-profit organizations.
SuSAN R scott, MS, LMFT
Sue has been spotted in a blizzard, at night, rescuing a kitten in the middle of the Glenn Highway. She worked on fishing boats, in medical practices, and in engineering firms before becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Sue specializes in mood disorders, trauma, marital/relationship problems, health related problems, disabilities, career change, and substance abuse. She incorporates cognitive behavioral therapies, mindfulness training, and EMDR into her work. Sue has taught psychology classes and supervised students. At home, Sue relaxes with her wildly charismatic dogs and controlling cat. Her hobbies include fishing, animal rescue, gardening, watercolor painting and photography.
Danielle Allen, Practice Manager
Danielle Allen is from the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Alaska for over a decade. Danielle has worked as an administrator in both medical and mental health clinics, and understands the health needs of Alaskans. Her administrative expertise includes insurance billing and HIPAA-compliant telepsychology platforms. Danielle excels at helping patients access and organize the care they need. She travels internationally, and loves meeting people from different backgrounds. Her favorite things include her family, dogs, and making people smile.