Meet The Team

Our dedicated team of mental health professionals are here to guide you on your journey to wellness and empowerment. With a holistic approach that values compassion, expertise, and personalized care, we strive to create a safe and nurturing environment for individuals seeking support and growth. Each member of our team brings a unique set of skills and experiences, ensuring that we can address a wide range of mental health needs. From licensed therapists and psychiatric N.P.s to dietitians, we work collaboratively to provide comprehensive and individualized treatment plans tailored to your specific goals. At Calamity Rose Ranch, we are committed to fostering resilience, promoting self-discovery, and helping you navigate life’s challenges with strength and grace. Together, we can cultivate a brighter future and embrace the transformative power of healing.

Julia Sass - PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Meet Julia Sass, an accredited board-certified nurse practitioner and lifelong learner dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive mental healthcare to patients in Muscatine, Iowa, and surrounding areas. Julia completed her undergraduate studies at Muscatine Community College and the University of Iowa College of Nursing earning a Bachelor in Science Nursing in 2016. Upon graduation she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, during that time she also obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2022 and has since completed continuing education courses. Prior starting at Calamity Rose Ranch, she gained valuable experience in a community health center. She is proud to have returned to her roots to serve her community and provide compassionate care to patients of all ages. Outside of the office, Julia enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She can often be found cheering on nieces and nephews at their sporting events.

Accepted Insurances

Wellmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield ®, United Healthcare, Amerigroup of Iowa (Medicaid), Iowa Total Care, Aetna ®, Call for cash rate

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Spencer Kissel - PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Meet Spencer, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with diverse experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. A graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV, he has been serving the Muscatine community for three years, catering to patients of all ages, from 5 years old and up. With a background in addiction medicine from his work in Huntington, WV, Spencer approaches mental health issues with compassion and understanding. He is particularly interested in the connection between hormone therapy and mental health symptoms, constantly seeking advancements in this area for his patients’ benefit. Beyond his professional pursuits, Spencer finds solace in nature and enjoys weight lifting. His commitment to providing holistic care and fostering mental well-being makes him a trusted and caring resource for individuals seeking mental health support in the Muscatine area.

Accepted Insurances

Wellmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield ®, United Healthcare, Amerigroup of Iowa (Medicaid), Iowa Total Care, Aetna ®, Call for cash rate

By scheduling an appointment you agree to our cancellation policy

Kayla Carlsten - PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner / Owner
Hi, my name is Kayla Carlsten and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have a passion for mental health that goes back to one of my first jobs in 2007. I was just out of high school and looking for a job as I went back to college. I worked with the mentally disabled to help set goals to help them in life. I received my CNA at Muscatine Community College and my second job was with Lutheran Homes in the Alzheimer unit. As I went back to school for nursing I did not realize the impact mental health had in each aspect of my previous positions. I began my nursing career in 2012 and became a travel nurse in early 2014 working in hospitals and clinics. My agency called to ask if I would like to work at the inpatient state hospital. After working there I realized that I had always worked with mental health. As I continued the last 8 years as a nurse I have cared for mental health from the emergency room to the intensive care unit and in mental health units across Iowa. Mental health has a negative stigma even though at some point in our lives we will ALL battle with some aspect of it. As I continued my education I set my sights on starting my own practice. The goal of this practice is to meet patients where they are at with their mental health needs. The system has its flaws, and that’s why at Calamity Rose Ranch I like to do things a little differently. Rather than a quick in and out visit, I like to spend a little extra time getting to know every patient. We may even step outside to cuddle a horse or goat.

Accepted Insurances

Wellmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield ®, United Healthcare, Amerigroup of Iowa (Medicaid), Iowa Total Care, Aetna ®, Call for cash rate

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Stacey Morrell - LISW

Therapist
Meet Stacey Morrell, a Licensed Independent Social Worker (Iowa), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Illinois), Nationally Certified School Social Worker, and lifelong learner dedicated to helping others reach their highest level of potential. Stacey completed her undergraduate studies at Western Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1992. Upon graduation, she held various jobs in Therapeutic Recreation, Addiction Recovery, and Crisis stabilization in the Emergency Room at Methodist Medical Center. She also earned two Master’s Degrees from the University of Illinois, the first is an advanced degree in Social Work (2004), and the second is in Educational Leadership (2011). Before starting at Calamity Rose Ranch, she gained valuable experience working in the public school system and is excited to start providing compassionate care to clients of all ages. She and her husband, John, have 5 children, ranging in age from 29 years to 9 years, and have 1 grandson. Outside the office, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, riding motorcycles, reading, and gardening. At this time, she will only be working with clients remotely. Her hours will be, by appointment, Wednesdays 5 PM-9 PM and Sundays 8 AM-2 PM.

Accepted Insurances

Wellmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield ®, United Healthcare, Amerigroup of Iowa (Medicaid), Iowa Total Care, Aetna ®, Call for cash rate

By scheduling an appointment you agree to our cancellation policy

Autmn Kelly

Dietitian
Autumn is a dedicated and knowledgeable virtual dietitian residing in Tennessee. With a deep passion for nutrition and a wealth of experience, she offers personalized guidance to individuals seeking a healthier lifestyle. Autumn leverages technology to connect with clients across the state, providing evidence-based advice tailored to their unique needs. She emphasizes balance, variety, and moderation, empowering clients to make sustainable dietary changes. With Autumn’s compassionate approach, clients receive the tools and strategies necessary to overcome obstacles and achieve lasting results.

Accepted Insurances

Wellmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield ®, United Healthcare, Amerigroup of Iowa (Medicaid), Iowa Total Care, Aetna ®, Call for cash rate

Please call or text the office at (563) 261-4434 to schedule an appointment.