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Our Staff

Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

The Leadership Team at Midwest Center for Youth & Families provides a stabilizing support system that allows our clinical staff to focus on what matters most: helping children and families achieve success.

Rob Hittmeier

Rob Hittmeier, Chief Executive Officer
Rob Hittmeier comes to Midwest Center for Youth & Families with over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. He received his BA in Psychology, and his MS in Guidance & Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Rob has worked both in outpatient and inpatient care settings providing services to a variety of ages, conditions and diagnoses. His experience in quality of care has lead him to many administrative positions at other agencies and now Chief Executive Officer at Midwest Center for Youth & Families.

Rob brings with him a collaborative and inclusive leadership style, based on developing trusting relationships with his staff. “I hope to create a positive work culture and environment, while also maintaining a strong sense of accountability and commitment to our DBT culture”.

Dr. John Zwerneman, Psychiatrist
Dr. Zwerneman became Midwest Center’s Medical Director in 2013 and has been practicing psychiatry for over 18 years. He received his undergraduate degree at New Mexico State University and attended medical school at the University of North Carolina. He also has extensive experience as a medical missionary in various countries including Israel and Grenada. Dr. Zwerneman says he “enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with children, adolescents and their families, and watching their lives improve.”

Dr. Robert Raster, Psychiatrist
Dr. Raster joined Midwest Academy’s South Shore location in 2013 and comes to us with over 15 years of experience. He completed his undergraduate study at University of Notre Dame in 1988, followed up with medical school at Wayne State University in 1992 and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Northwestern in 1996. Dr. Raster loves the interesting work he does at Midwest Center and the nice staff he gets to interact with on a daily basis. “They make my job a lot easier,” he says, “because in my position, I’m working daily doing what I love, but the staff is why I walk through the doors with a smile on my face.”

Dr. Mallikarjun Patta, Psychiatrist
Dr. Patta joined Midwest Center in 2013. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degrees from Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. He later received his Master of Medical Sciences at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, and performed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is board certified in general psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine and his work has appeared in various publications, including the British Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Times. It is rewarding for Dr. Patta to, “collaborate with my professional and dedicated colleagues at Midwest Center.”

Krystina Davis

Krystina Davis, LMHC, Director of Clinical Services
Krystina Davis started her career with Midwest Center for Youth & Families in 2019. She received her BA in Psychology from Purdue University, and obtained her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University. Krystina became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2013. She has held a variety of positions in the mental health field, including Behavioral Health Advisor, Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager. Krystina comes to us with 12 years’ experience in the field. “It’s very important to me that families know their children will be safe with us, and feel comfortable with our facility and staff. My goal every day for myself and my team will be to earn that trust, and never take it for granted.”

Katie Lerch

Katie Lerch, MSW, LCSW, Director of Intake
Katie Lerch graduated from Indiana University Northwest. She began her career with Midwest Center for Youth & Families in August, 2012 as a therapist and then joined the admissions team as an Intake Clinician. In 2018 Katie moved into the role of Utilization Review Director and then became the Director of Intake. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with families to evaluate appropriateness for our program and educate families about DBT treatment. In the event that our program is not the best fit, I do the best to assist families in locating other resources.”

Roberta Woods, BS, MS, Director of Education
Roberta Woods has been our Principal since 2007. Our school, Midwest Academy, is a fully accredited, on-ground school that has been in operation since 2005. She has her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and her master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. Roberta also has an endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages from NOVA Southeastern University. Prior to serving as an administrator, she taught Special Education to students at all grade levels. Roberta says she enjoys dedicating herself to “helping children accomplish their goals—both academically and therapeutically, at Midwest Center for Youth & Families.”

Take the First Step

Find out how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Midwest Center for Youth & Families can help your child find hope and healing. Call 888-629-3471 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. If you or your loved one need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.