meet our team

Our team of professionals can provide you with comprehensive mental health diagnosis and treatment. We collaborate to provide the best possible care for you.

Dr. Annie Stachowitz
Licensed Psychologist, Owner of Bethink

Dr. Annie Stachowitz specializes in working with children and adolescents. She spent eight years at South Sioux City Community School District providing psychological evaluations and other mental health services. Dr. Stachowitz has been in the clinic setting for five years, first at Heartland Counseling Services in Nebraska, before establishing Bethink. She offers thorough psychological evaluations with clear, detailed reports and helpful recommendations.

Dr. Stachowitz utilizes the most up-to-date, technologically advanced, valid, and reliable instruments available. She also offers therapy, specializing in serving children and adolescents. She is eclectic in her therapeutic approach, but tends to utilize a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy treatment approach most often.

Dr. Stachowitz earned a bachelor’s degree at Morningside University, and a master’s and doctorate degree at the University of South Dakota.


Erin Hodgson
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Erin Hodgson, DNP, ARNP, graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care. She is board certified in both fields, offering a holistic approach to caring for pediatric and adolescent patients with mental health needs. Erin focuses her care on all aspects of the child– physical activity, nutrition, sleep, recreation, and social-emotional health – in addition to medication management of ailments.

Erin was born and raised in Iowa. She lives on a farm with her husband, two children and their dog.

She enjoys reading, running, gardening, listening to music and time on the river. She is a solid Hawkeye despite living in Husker nation.

What Erin likes most about working with young people is their tenacity to work through challenging times. Erin loves working at Bethink because of the ability to have a team approach to children’s mental health care by working directly with a psychologist and therapists to collaborate and work to achieve the best plan of care for our clients. Erin offers extended time for initial evaluations with new patients to best understand their needs and coordinate their care. At every appointment, it is important to her that patients feel heard, and not rushed. Erin is also working to grow her services to include TOVA testing in order to provide more thorough assessment of ADHD and better tailor care.


Brian Paugh
Psychiatric Physician Assistant

Brian specializes in medication management of mental health disorders in adults and adolescents. He has experience in treating a variety of mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, attention disorders, adjustment disorders, insomnia, and more.

Brian has several years of experience with both inpatient psychiatry as well as outpatient psychiatric care.

He has offered several different mental health treatment options including TMS and Spravato. When it comes to deciding on treatment, Brian will discuss options providing patients the ability to make informed decisions and control of their health. Brian recognizes how lifestyle factors affect mental wellness. He emphasizes the role of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes in improving one’s mental health. He also encourages utilizing therapists in the care of patients.

Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree from Lynn University and his Master’s from the University of South Dakota.


Stacey Norton Modrell
Licensed Independent Social Worker

Stacey provides mental health therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her training in Sand Tray Therapy and credentials as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor help her to provide a unique therapy experience. With over 30 years of experience, she has helped individuals with mild to severe mental health concerns.

support staff


Matt Stachowitz
Chief Financial Officer


Jamie Knowlton
Business Manager


Beth Criss
Administrative Support