Levi Armstrong, Psy.D., M.S.PsyPharm
Passionate about his own diagnosis of ADHD, Dr. Levi Armstrong is a clinical neuropsychologist (Texas #36271) specializing in neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of medical, neurological, and psychiatric problems for children, adolescents, and adults. Born and raised in rural northeast Texas, he cares deeply about de-stigmatizing mental illness and is an active advocate for legislative provisions in line with this goal. He has hospital privileges at Medical City Hospital in DFW and Paris Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Paris, Texas and has consulted in their inpatient PM&R, neurology, and inpatient geropsychiatry departments.
Dr. Armstrong earned a bachelor's of science from Texas A&M University - College Station in community health/biomedical science, a master’s degree in psychology (professional counseling emphasis), and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialty emphasis in clinical neuropsychology from the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He completed a 1-year, APPIC - approved, pre-doctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology in Dallas and subsequently completed Houston Conference-aligned, formal two-year post-doctoral neuropsychology residency under the supervision of a board certified clinical neuropsychologist. Additionally, he is one of the very few psychologists in the country who have earned a post-doctoral masters of science in clinical psychopharmacology (Fairleigh Dickinson University). This degree provides him with the advanced knowledge and clinical training in general medicine as it relates to safely prescribing psychotropic medication. Although he is available to consult with his patient's psychiatric medication prescribers and meets the standard of training for prescriptive privileges in other states, Dr. Armstrong cannot and does not prescribe medication in the state of Texas.
Dr. Armstrong is a member of many professional organizations including the Texas Psychological Association (including the psychopharmacology legislative committee), National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), and the Academy of Medical Psychology (AMP), and the Texas Counseling Association (TCA). Dr. Armstrong is also a full-time graduate counseling and psychology professor in the Human Behavior and Counseling Department at Amberton University in Dallas, Texas, and an adjunct professor of psychology in the graduate psychology department at UT Tyler.
Dr. Armstrong is happily married to his best friend and beautiful wife. They have two young children who keep them laughing (and very busy!). In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, playing with his kids, playing guitar, and painting landscapes with watercolors. He and his wife are proud to be active community members in Wylie, Texas and hope to continue expanding the practice to serve their community as a centralized hub for mental health treatment for every individual in need of help regardless of their financial status, cultural background, sexual orientation, or religious/political beliefs.
Jess Pearson-Allen, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA-Texas
Licensed Behavior Analyst & Neuropsychology Pre-Doctoral Intern
Jess Pearson-Allen is a licensed behavior analyst and doctoral candidate supervised by Dr. Levi Armstrong. She has over 15 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum and/or ADHD as well as other developmental disorders. Jess is in her final year of her Ph.D. Program in School Psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at Texas Woman’s University. Jess earned her master’s degree in Special Education at The University of North Texas (UNT), where she also earned two graduate academic certifications in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Interventions. Jess received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Education at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
At Integra, Jess provides assessment and counseling services to children and adults, including play therapy for children, activity therapy for adolescents, and psychotherapy for adults. Jess is passionate about providing compassionate mental health and psychological services to individuals and families. She works to ensure clients feel comfortable throughout their assessment and that they leave feeling good about their experience. As a therapist, Jess believes relationships are crucial. She is devoted to building relationships based on trust and client autonomy as she supports individuals on their unique growth journeys. While Jess is a Jesus follower, and open to integrating scripture and prayer in counseling sessions if desired, she also enjoys working with people from diverse religious backgrounds that differ from her own.
Jess is happily married to her husband, Daniel, and together they have two children, Eli (15) and Ava Kay (11). Jess is an active member of Crosspoint Community Church in Rockwall, Texas. In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, watching her kids participate in sports, cooking for her people, spontaneous dance parties, and trying to keep houseplants alive.
Rachael Taliancich, MA, LPC-A
Supervised by Dr. Cassie Rushing, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT
Rachael Taliancich earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration at The University of Texas at Dallas and her master’s in Professional Counseling at Amberton University. Experts say that most individuals change careers at least three times in their lifetimes, and Rachael is no exception. She began her young career in information technology and then made a complete change to early childhood development as a childcare provider and administrator. Her love for helping children and their families develop and grow was ignited with this experience, and she is now in her third and final career as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas practicing as an LPC Associate under the supervision of Dr. Cassie Rushing, PhD, LPC-S, while pursuing full licensure. Rachael offers counseling and play therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults and is working to complete her certification as a Registered Play Therapist. Rachael also enjoys working with parents and offers parent coaching and counseling.
Rachael grew up as a military dependent moving repeatedly throughout childhood and adolescence which helped develop an appreciation for other cultures and perspectives. Exposure to these varied experiences fueled the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to feel heard, respected, understood, and cared for, and Rachael works to build a relationship based on trust and partnership with all her clients.
Rachael is proud to call Wylie home and lives here with her husband, daughter, two energetic dogs, and has two wonderful adult step-kids. In her free time, she enjoys reading a good book, watching her favorite TV shows, volunteering and watching her daughter perform in the high school marching band, and trying (and sometimes succeeding) in training her dogs.
Maria Lippart, MA
Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Intern
Maria Lippart is a doctoral candidate and clinical psychology pre-doctoral intern supervised by Dr. Armstrong. She was raised on the East Coast due to her father’s career, but her family has Texas roots, and she moved back to Texas as soon as she could. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in marketing with a minor in communications from Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA. In addition to taking classes for her major, Maria enjoyed studying voice, guitar, and piano; DJ’ing at the radio station, writing for the college paper, and being involved in theatrical productions. After raising three daughters with her husband Barry, who pastored for 25 years, Maria changed from a career with a defense contractor, to working in higher education. During this time, she returned to college, obtaining a Master of Arts in Professional Development from Amberton University. She is now in the final year of her doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). Maria has a special place in her heart for teenagers and young adults, having worked in youth ministry for many years. She and her husband volunteered at a juvenile facility that housed youth with mental health problems. They also volunteered at a men’s prison and have a heart for those that have come through difficult circumstances. Maria’s counseling philosophy is to develop a holistic, integrative plan with the client tailored to the individual’s specific needs and goals. She is looking forward to working with clients of all ages and backgrounds at Integra. In their free time, Maria and her husband enjoy eating out, watching Hallmark movies, riding motorcycles, and being outside with their animals. Maria also likes working out, reading books, and writing songs or stories.