At Sunflower Medical Group, we know that it can be difficult to eat right and take care of yourself when you have emotional, mental, financial, or transportation concerns. That is why we have Kansas City counseling and support services for you in-house! We employ a team of KC psychologists, a full-time dietician, and a social worker to help support you and help you find the help you need to better care for yourself. We encourage our patients to be open and discuss their mental health and emotional health with their physicians.
We do not charge for any dietician or social work services for our patients. We also schedule regular (and free) group diabetes support groups led by the dietician and psychologist monthly. Lastly, we have partnered with Kansas City Hospice to help us facilitate advance care planning classes to help our community plan for end-of-life issues. These classes include a free workbook, living will forms, and we will also furnish a notary. Please call for an appointment or to find out more about these classes as locations vary.
Kansas City Therapists & Psychologists:
Maria Santiago Padin, Psy.D.
Dr. Santiago is bilingual in Spanish and English and has been a practicing psychologist since 2005. She treats adolescents (age 15 and up) as well as adults with mild to severe mental illness such as depression and anxiety, panic, PTSD. She can perform psychological testing and diagnostic assessment, integrated health care, behavioral medicine, and is skilled at working with grief. She has worked in a variety of settings including prison, inpatient psychiatric hospital, outpatient, medical, and private practice settings. She is a certified Parenting Through Love & Logic instructor and is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), leadership & supervision, psycho-pharmacology, psychotropic medication clinical trials, and geriatric psychology.
Dr Santiago earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Foreign Languages from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She then earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, MO. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health in New York State and she completed her post-doctorate residency at Fishkill Correctional Facility for the New York State Office of Mental Health and at Osawatomie State Hospital in Kansas.
Dr. Santiago sees patients at Heartland Primary Care, KCKS location.
Monica Kragenbrink, Ph.D.
Monica Kragenbrink, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides assessment and evidence-based psychotherapy services to adolescents, couples, and adults using cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and solution-focused treatment approaches. She has expertise in treating depression, anxiety, chronic illness/cancer distress, pain, insomnia, grief, and adjustment to life stressors. Dr. Kragenbrink completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina, her graduate work at The Ohio State University, her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and her post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. Outside of work, she likes to explore and enjoy the outdoors, read fiction, and spend time with family and friends.
Dr. Kragenbrink sees patients at Heartland Primary Care, KCKS location.
Brenda Rump, Ph.D.
Dr. Rump was born and raised in Larned, KS and began her psychology studies at the University of Kansas. She then studied at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, and earned her Masters of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology. She then returned to the University of Kansas to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology. She has worked in a variety of positions in the field of non-profit Social Services, and most recently she worked as a clinician serving adults and children at Johnson County Mental Health Center for 15 years. She was a professor of psychology at Johnson County Community College for ten years, helping to train the next generation of psychologists.
She enjoys helping children and adults with a wide variety of issues including coping skill development, via Cognitive Behavior Therapy, emotion regulation with Dialectical Behavior therapy methods and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy while utilizing Brief, Solution-Focused approaches.
In her free time, she loves to watch her favorite sports teams play, including KU football and basketball, NDSU football, the KC Royals and the KC Chiefs. She loves to complete jigsaw puzzles and listen to Linda Ronstadt.
Dr. Rump sees patients at the Sunflower Medical Group Mission location.
Care Manager/Social Services:
Shelley Franzeskos B.E.S. Care Manager/Social Services
Shelly earned her Bachelor in Education Studies from the University of Missouri school of education, focusing on counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling. Based on the needs and values of the patient, and in collaboration with all service providers, the care manager links patients and their families/support systems to community resources (financial assistance, food pantries, housing, and support services, etc.) and government services (Medicaid, Social Security, Disability, etc.) for maximization of health and patient/family care. In addition, the Care Manager/Social Services facilitates Advance Care Planning Classes.
Shelly helps patients at all locations.
Melissa grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 1993 with a BS in Dietetics and a minor in Gerontology. She has helped people in all stages of life from infants to older adults. Melissa specializes in diabetes education as a Certified Diabetic Educator and has a certification in adult weight management. She also helps people manage their chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal disease, and kidney disease. She loves to cook, thrift store shop for decorating, swim, dance and fish with my family! Melissa is married with two children. She is a firm believer in being able to eat and enjoy all foods in moderation. Let Melissa help you balance your nutrition by eating all the foods you love and accomplish your health goals. You’ll never hear this dietitian say “You can’t eat that!”