We Treat More Than the Physical
We Offer Mental and Emotional Care Too

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 support services for you in-house! We employ a team of 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 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 furnish a notary. Please call for an appointment or to find out more about these classes as locations vary.



A. Monique Burns, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Monica Kragenbrink, Ph.D
Dr. Burns has an extensive background in child welfare, clinical, administrative and academic social work and enjoys working with all ages of patients on issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, work stress, and relationships.

Her career began in child welfare which developed into teaching at the university level for a number of years. Prior to starting her private practice, Dr. Burns worked as a therapist in an intensive out-patient program.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Burns is a sought-after legal expert, consulting on child welfare cases across the United States.

Dr. Burns sees patients at Heartland Primary Care, KCKS location.


Monica Kragenbrink, Ph.D.

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 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.


Brandi Lane, Psy.D.

Brandi Lane, Psy.D.
Brandi Lane, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who provides individual and group therapy to couples and adults. She has expertise in treating depression, anxiety, chronic illness/cancer distress, pain, insomnia, grief, and adjustment to life stressors. Dr. Lane completed her undergraduate degree at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA and her graduate work at Alliant International University in Fresno, CA.

Dr. Lane 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 Leslie

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 am 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!”