Welcome to Full Circle Health’s Behavioral Health Services.
Behavioral Health Consultation, psychiatric consultation, medication management, and psychotherapy are made available to patients within our clinics as a part of our patients’ overall healthcare. The purpose of behavioral health services is to offer patients help when habits, behaviors, stress, worry, or emotional concerns are interfering with their health, happiness and well-being.
To schedule an appointment, you will need a referral from your doctor. There are typically behavioral health providers available at the time of your doctor visit. Let your doctor know if you would like to speak with someone.
Yolanda Gaona is Full Circle Health’s Behavioral Health Program Coordinator. She works closely with all of the Behavioral Health Providers. She also works closely with our patients to make sure all of their behavioral health needs are met by managing the referral processes, scheduling appointments, and verifying insurances.
Yolanda enjoys working in a teaching environment and learning right along with Full Circle Health’s resident providers.
Medical research suggests many health conditions, such as diabetes, COPD and heart disease are caused in part by behavioral factors. These diseases can be difficult to manage. Our behavioral health consultants (BHCs) can provide tools to help reduce symptoms and help patients cope better with headaches, fibromyalgia, diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension, and irritable bowel syndrome. BHC’s can help develop plans for changing behaviors such as quitting smoking, losing weight, stopping or cutting down on alcohol, increasing exercise or other lifestyle changes. BHC’s can also help with emotional or behavioral problems such as family or relationship difficulties, parenting concerns, excess stress, sleep problems, loss and grief, depression, anxiety, or anger problems.
Full Circle Health BHCs offer individual counseling for our patients. We can treat many conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems in children, stress management and grief.
Visits typically last 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Our Psychiatry providers can provide both initial evaluations as well as ongoing medication management for patients with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, as well as other psychiatric conditions.
The first visit lasts 60-90 minutes, with follow up visits lasting 30 minutes.
Registered dietitians (also called registered dietitian nutritionists) offer nutrition counseling to individuals and families as part of the medical care team at Full Circle Health. Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition and can help people toward the best way to eat for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight or low weight, food allergies and other nutrition-related conditions. Healthy eating can also help prevent chronic diseases, which is an important part of primary care. Dietitians work with families to create positive family mealtimes, learn strategies for picky eating and create plans to address weight concerns in kids. Ask your provider or nurse how to meet with a dietitian at the clinic. Learn more about our registered dietitians at
Yaneth Orellana Anderson, LCSW
Yaneth Orellana Anderson was born in El Salvador, Central America. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old, and she has lived in Idaho since her early teens. Yaneth graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Bilingual Education. After gaining experience working in schools, Yaneth obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Boise State and pursued a career as a mental health clinician. After her graduate program she worked as a clinician predominantly with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Prior to joining Full Circle Health Yaneth worked as a school social worker providing support for students and families across the Boise School District.
As a licensed clinical social worker Yaneth has a passion to continue her practice to support the mental health needs in our community. She serves both Spanish and English-speaking clients. Yaneth’s focus with her therapeutic practice is Mindfulness and EMDR. She also incorporates an eclectic approach from CBT, DBT, and IFS/Parts work to meet client needs. Outside of work, Yaneth enjoys long road trips with her partner, two children and one very large rescue dog who is often mistaken for a pony. Other interests include going to her children’s music and dance performances, reading, practicing yoga, meditation, and doing absolutely nothing.
Cynthia Annest, LCSW
Cynthia Annest is a caring and effective bilingual clinical social worker. She has addressed mental health concerns and biopsychosocial needs in Canyon County for over 10 years helping families and individuals. In session Cynthia uses a trauma sensitive, client centered, and balanced approach encouraging safety in processing, joining with clients in working toward their goals, and validating their experience while also challenging and equipping for client progress. When working with children/adolescents and families Cynthia uses family included approaches helping care givers/guardians to identify skills and strategies that empower them and help them manage, reduce distress, regulate, encourage healthy relationships and family dynamic, and increase resilience and wellbeing.
Cynthia is currently working with individuals and families across the lifespan to address trauma, anxiety, depression/bi-polar, disruptive/impulse control/conduct, neurodevelopmental, and other mental health issues. She is trained in and regularly includes CBT, DBT, CATIE DBD, TF-CBT and EMDR modalities in her work. Cynthia received her Master of Social Work with honors from Northwest Nazarene University. She enjoys spending time with husband, friends, and family. She also enjoys e-biking, fishing, cooking, and teaching her dog Timber new tricks.
Stephen Annest, LCSW
Stephen has provided effective and compassionate clinical intervention in outpatient hospital and outpatient/intensive outpatient community mental health settings for over 7 years. Stephen’s approach in counseling is feedback and trauma/mindfulness informed. He values cultivating safety and authentic alliance with his clients through helping them feel heard understood and respected, working on what matters to them, and encouraging open and honest feedback from clients about their session experience.
Stephen received his master’s in social work from Northwest Nazarene University and was raised in southern Idaho. He is CBT, DBT, and EMDR-trained and has helped a diverse list of individuals, family/children, couples, and groups address issues including anxiety, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, depression, mood and emotional dysregulation, and interpersonal relationship/family issues. Outside of session Stephen enjoys being an avid foodie, singer, and a meditation practitioner.
Jennifer Anthony, RD, LD
Jennifer was raised in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated with degrees from Idaho State University in Community Health, Mass Communication, and Nutrition and Dietetics. Her clinical interests are nutrition counseling and education for individuals and families, condition and disease management, and overall improvement in health utilizing nutrition and behavior change. She has practiced as a clinical dietitian in inpatient and acute care, as a dietary manager, and as an outpatient dietitian for 6 years. Prior to being a dietitian, she worked in health education and marketing for Pocatello Cardiology followed by health care marketing and public relations for two hospitals in Eastern Idaho and as a writer and photographer for the Idaho State Journal. Jennifer hopes to help patients and their families learn more about health and nutrition, how nutrition can help manage their condition(s), lower risk for illness, and increased longevity and quality of life.
She hopes to help patients and community members learn that nutritious cooking can be manageable, colorful, flavorful, and enjoyable. She is a supportive and compassionate person and enjoys meeting new patients and their families and working with different cultures and backgrounds. Jennifer is available to meet with patients in a variety of nutrition related areas including nutrition counseling and education for hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes, sports nutrition, gastrointestinal health, heart-health, kidney disease, Gout, weight management and health at every size, malnutrition and weight gain, liver disease, and eating healthy on a budget. She enjoys skiing, music, dancing, photography, and golf.
School: Idaho State University
Lillian Connelly, LCSW
Lillian is from Northern California, although she has resided in five states in her adult life. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran who, through lived experiences, became acquainted with and began to pursue a career in social work. She graduated with her master’s in social work in South Carolina in 2017 and has lived in Idaho ever since. Lillian has experience working in community based mental health clinics with various populations, to include children, teens, young and older adults. She offers an indirect, person-centered approach along with guidance in the areas of mindfulness based, motivational interviewing, CBT, and a problem solving or solution focused approach. Lillian is passionate about the dignity and worth of each person she works with and strives to help people live their best lives. In her free time, Lillian enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys reading, writing, crochet, and outreach activities.
Melanie Drake, MD
Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Melanie Drake earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from “the other UW” (University of Wisconsin – Madison) and traveled west where she worked in data analytics for around a decade. Seeking a career that would feel more meaningful she turned to medicine and graduated from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR for medical school and the University of Washington – Idaho Advanced Clinician Track for psychiatry residency. She is thrilled to be involved in resident training at Full Circle Health.
Her interests in psychiatry are broad. She believes formulations of patient concerns are best informed by wide and varied perspectives including from evidence-based medicine, neuroscience, psychology, social theory, and the history of psychiatry. Dr. Drake is an animal lover and enjoys keeping up with friends, spending time outside, yoga and reading.
Winslow Gerrish, PsyD
Director of Behavioral Sciences, Research and Grants
Dr. Winslow Gerrish received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University and completed an internship at the VA medical center in Portland, Oregon. Before coming to Full Circle Health, he acted as director of the PTSD clinic at the Boise VAMC and served as faculty in their Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. Dr. Gerrish grew up the son of a rural, full-spectrum, family doc in a small dairy town in Washington State. This upbringing laid the foundation of his life-long passion for family medicine and caring for the underserved.
Dr. Gerrish is a Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Washington and has been involved in primary care education with multiple University of Washington and WWAMI residency programs in Boise and Seattle. His special interests include PCMH transformation, interprofessional education, and behavioral health integration in primary care. His recent publications include a new book, Interprofessional Education in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Dr. Gerrish is an avid climber and skier. When not at work, you will find him with his wife (also a family physician) and children trying to get lost in the mountains while engaged in some type of crazy outdoor adventure.
Brooke Herzog, LCSW
Brooke Herzog is a clinical social worker. She has extensive experience working with families, children, and teens in a variety of settings ranging from outpatient agencies and in-home environments to leading group therapy in academic settings. Brooke provides individual counseling services for children and adults who are struggling to reach their potential because of anxiety, trauma, emotional dysregulation, attention problems, and/or social cognitive challenges. She received her Master’s degree at Boise State University and training in medical social work in 2013. Brooke utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions along with mindfulness, expressive therapies (drama, art, and movement), solution-focused, and interpersonal approaches when working with clients. Throughout the years, she has also developed proficiency in teaching parents, children, and families about self-regulation. She has co-authored research articles in the field and is grateful to be able to live out her passion for helping others. Outside of work, Brooke enjoys spending time with family, cooking for friends, skiing, and playing music with her talented husband.
University: Boise State University
India King, PsyD
India received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology from Pacific University in 2014. She completed her doctoral internship at the White River Junction VA in Vermont and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Boise VA, with a focus on integrated primary care at the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE). Dr. King’s passions are graduate medical education and interprofessional education and have been a core component of many of her roles. Dr. King’s clinical and research interests include primary care psychology, chronic disease management, interprofessional teaching, shared-decision making and motivational interviewing. You can find Dr. King primarily at the Nampa Clinic for services! When Dr. King is not hard at work serving Full Circle Health patients and our respective community and involved in teaching residents, you can find her enjoying the outdoors on her mountain bike!
Makala Knutson, LCSW
Makala received her Master’s degree in social work from Boise State University in 2018, having completed her internships through Full Circle Health and the outpatient behavioral health department at the Boise VA Medical Center. Her professional experiences prior to graduate school include working in a residential setting with adolescents experiencing houselessness and family crisis, international research, and working with people at end-of-life. Makala is passionate about social justice and supporting people in their healing journeys, recognizing that a sense of safety and the opportunity to openly explore one’s strengths, hopes, and life experiences are key to that process. She has completed a variety of training programs focused on trauma-informed care and grief, and she is excited to continue learning about somatic approaches to therapy. When she’s not working, you can find her enjoying time outdoors with her spouse, their son, and their two bully-breed rescue pups. She loves travelling, live music, and trying new foods.
Heather Moon, LCSW
Heather Moon was born and raised in Idaho. She obtained her bachelors and masters degree in social work at Boise State University. Her hobbies include; working out, running, weight lifting, trekking trails, mountain biking, traveling, singing and attending concerts. Heather also has a passion for continued education, nature, dream analysis, forklift driving, music, finding and creating meaning in life and spending time with friends and family. Heather has been providing mental health support to clients since 2007 and received her clinical endorsement in 2011. Heather enjoys working with clients with a wide variety of mental health needs and focuses the therapy based upon the individual need of the client and with emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Techniques used vary from: solution focused therapies, to cognitive behavioral therapy, to Jungian inspired approaches. Heather’s passion is helping people find ways that work for them to enhance their quality of life.
University: Boise State University
Kelsey Ruszel, RD, LD
Kelsey Ruszel, RD, LD specializes in diabetes and hypertension nutrition counseling, positive feeding strategies for children, Meal planning, and is a food insecurity advocate.
Javier Torrez, LCSW
Javier Torrez was born and raised in Idaho. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a masters in social work in 2007. Javier has provided mental health support in various environments which include emergency room departments, crisis support programs, and community mental health services. Javier uses his knowledge and techniques Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to help individuals manage and overcome symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric diagnoses. Outside of work, Javier enjoys traveling, skiing, and golfing with wife and children.
Wavey Tuck, LCSW
Wavey is a Clinical Social Worker who joined Full Circle Health in 2016. She was born and raised in Idaho and obtained her Bachelor’s in Theater from University of Montana and Masters of Social Work at Boise State University in 2010. Prior to becoming part of Full Circle Health, she provided individual, family, and group counseling in an outpatient setting. She specializes in expressive therapies with the use of movement, drama, and art as the primary tools for healing. She also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Non-directive Play Therapy to treat trauma, Post Traumatic Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and Attachment Issues. As well as, Child-Parent Psychotherapy with children and their parents ages 0-5. Wavey also has a background in performing, creating, and teaching movement and theater skills to children and adults. Away from work, she enjoys dancing, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors with her two young children and husband.
University: Boise State University
Services, including specialty care services, are covered for sliding fee patients. Full Circle Health offers a sliding fee discount program to eligible persons based on the patient’s ability to pay. Ability to pay is determined by the household size and annual income relative to a discount schedule based on federal poverty income guidelines.
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