Medical Services

Progressive Care with Compassion.

Staff

Meet Our Therapists

Riley Smith

Riley Smith, LICSW, LIMHP started working for Valley County Health System as a therapist in May 2016. Riley graduated from University of Iowa with her Master’s Degree in Social work and she received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology of counseling from Morningside College. Riley transitioned to the role as Program Director of the Heritage Program for Seniors in October 2017.

Riley has experience working with clients of all ages and has worked in the field of substance abuse, child welfare, end of life and mental health. Riley recognizes that attachment and trauma have significant impact on a person’s life and aims to equip her clients with the tools necessary to function at their optimum. She holds a certificate in End of Life Care and has received training focused on trauma, attachment, DBT, CBT, grief and loss and has completed training in critical incident stress management and marriage/relationships. Riley is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Riley lives with her husband and two children in Ord, Ne. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her family. Riley believes that her role as a therapist is to assist her clients along their journey of self-discovery while offering a safe and comfortable environment.

 

Macaela Haas

Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Macaela Haas, PLMHP, began working at Valley County Health System in 2016. Macaela has experience working with age groups ranging from children to the elderly. Prior to joining Valley County Health System, Macaela has worked with families, women, and men in crisis due to mental health, drug dependency, environmental crisis, domestic violence, and physical/medical disabilities over the past 8 years.

Macaela has a special interest working with depression, anxiety, attachment and trauma. Macaela has completed Trauma-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Art Therapy training. She utilizes these evidenced-based approaches to assist individuals impacted by trauma and transitional changes.

Macaela is a member of the American Counseling Association, and the Nebraska Counseling Association. Macaela was awarded the Employee of the Quarter for her outstanding display of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect and trust.

Macaela holds Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University and a Bachelor degree in Human Service Counseling from Wayne State College.

 

Staci Huston

Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Staci Huston, PLMHP, began working at Valley County Health System in 2019. Staci has a special interest in the evaluation and diagnosis of illnesses and injuries that affect functioning of the brain. Prior to joining Valley County Health System, Staci has worked as a neuropsychology extern and intern at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital serving inpatients and outpatients with complex medical conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, amputation, spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia. 

Staci has experience working with adult and geriatric patients when problems with thinking or memory are evident or suspected. She has also worked with all age groups providing family therapy, memory testing, dementia evaluation, behavioral management, and psychoeducation.

Staci resides in Ord, Ne with her daughter and enjoys quality time with her family, training dogs, traveling, and the great outdoors.   

Staci holds Masters of Science in Psychology from Walden University and a Bachelor degree in Human Services from Bellevue University.