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Carter Barnhart

CEO and Co-Founder

After struggling with mental health challenges for years following a sexual assault in her early teen years, Carter Barnhart knew she needed help. With the love and support of her family, she was admitted to Newport Academy, a teen residential treatment program, to help her heal from the aftermath of trauma. The personal, attentive, and top-notch care that Carter received while at Newport inspired her to want to provide the same service to others. Two years after her discharge, Carter joined Newport’s team as one of its earlier employees and worked her way up into the C-suite, growing Newport and learning along the way how vitally important personalized care is in the journey toward healing and recovery with mental health issues.

But Carter also recognized the critical failures within the broader landscape of mental health care: lack of access to continuum of care services, exorbitant costs, months-long waitlists, boilerplate treatment options that lacked tailoring based on individual needs. Carter has had the privilege of being a part of over 10,000 client success stories, but she knew too many remained without access to the care they deserved.

Carter founded Charlie Health to ensure that youth and families everywhere can experience high-quality, evidence-based treatment. The youth mental health crisis is urgent–Charlie Health is leading this battle, reminding youth and families that support is available and healing is possible.

Our Team

Our team is comprised of passionate, forward-thinking mental health experts that are committed to delivering quality, accessible care to teens, young adults, and families

Clinical Leadership

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, DSW, LCSW

Co-founder & Chief Clinical Officer

Ellen Broxmeyer, LCSW, CPHRM

Chief Compliance Officer

Dakota Carter, M.D.

Medical Director

Eli Muhrer, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Chelsi Clark

Director of BIPOC Programming

Kira Torre MS, LMFT

Director of Family Programming

Kera Passante, MS, LPC, CCAT

Director of Experiential Programming

Ann Matino, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

NaKeya Ashe, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

Shawnna Punteney, MS, LPC

Clinical Director

Maggie Vitello, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

Ley Cray, Ph.D

Director of LGBTQIA+ Programming

Megan Lederman, MA, LPC

Director of Clinical Programming

Carly Taylor, MA, RYT

Director of Contemplative Programming

Elizabeth Brown, MM, LPMT, MT-BC

Director of Creative Arts Programming

Admissions Team

Christopher Swartz

Admissions Manager

Alex Emura

Admissions Manager

Annie Thacker

Admissions Manager

Pennee Clowes

Admissions Manager

Allyson Bergman

Admissions Director

Engagement Team

Laura Sebulsky, MBSR

Regional Director of Outreach, Pacific Northwest

Andrew Swartz

Director of Outreach, AZ

Maren Stubenvoll

Outreach Manager, Pacific Northwest

Geanne Weaver-Hepler

Director of Training, Onboarding, and Development

Amber Buchanan, MBA

Director of Outreach, TX

Hillary Wylie

Outreach Manager, TX

Elizabeth McLister

Regional Director of Outreach, Mid-Atlantic

Chelsey Whilding

Outreach Manager, WA


Harrison Frist

Chief Operating Officer at naviHealth

Ann Hiatt

Executive Coach and Leadership Strategist at Ann Hiatt Consulting

Stephen Klasko, MD

President & CEO at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

A.J. Schreiber

President & CEO at Juvo Autism and Behavioral Health Services

Jim Weinstein, DO

Senior Vice President & Head of Innovation and Health Equity at Microsoft Healthcare
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Our clinical program has reimagined the delivery of evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health treatment. Youth and families across the country are in crisis. Rates of youth depression, anxiety, and suicide are staggering. At Charlie Health, we're able to provide families with an appropriate level of care for their needs, dramatically reducing rates of emergency room visits and admissions to inpatient care facilities.

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW
Chief Clinical Officer and Co-founder

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