Hinckley-Big Rock High School - 1973
University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana - 1978
Chicago School of Professional Psychology - 1989
Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and Wisconsin
I was born in 1955 and grew up in Big Rock, IL on a small farm. My father worked for Illinois Bell as a telephone man. He farmed before and after work. My mother stayed home to care for my 5 younger siblings and me. Mom opened a grocery store in Big Rock called “The Little Store” when my siblings and I were older. After my parents retired, they transformed our land into Deer Valley Golf Club, a 9 hole golf course designed by my father, John Flodstrom.
While growing up I was active in student government and the pom squad. I wrote about 4H and school events for two local newspapers. My hobby was sewing. I loved making clothes for my family and me. In addition, farm chores, helping Mom in the store, and a part time job as a waitress kept me busy. In the 1970’s I saw Dr. Joyce Brothers on television and knew I wanted to be a psychologist someday.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Family Studies from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After graduation I became a kitchen designer for St Charles Kitchens. It was fun designing kitchens for families living on the Gold Coast, Michigan Avenue and the North Shore of Chicago. The life I saw there was very different from the small village of Big Rock where I grew up.
While working as a kitchen designer I entered the clinical psychology doctoral program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I graduated with honors in 1989. I’ve worked at a battered women’s shelter in the Chicago housing projects, in a community clinic, within the Department of Children and Family Services, at the Solomon Grade School in Chicago, and for Directions in Learning – a therapeutic day school for middle and high school students in Glenview, IL.
In 1987 I joined a private practice, Partners in Psychiatry, based in Glenview, IL. I’ve been on staff at Edward Hospital and Linden Oaks in Naperville and Forest Psychiatric Hospital in Des Plaines. I opened my own private practice in Naperville in 1990.
Along the way I married, became a mother, and divorced. In 1999 I closed my practice to be a stay at home Mom. My practice reopened in 2008. Two years later I moved to Thiensville, Wisconsin to live with my college sweetheart. I fell in love with Thiensville. When my fiance suddenly died, I decided to stay.
My office is located in a charming, yellow Victorian in Thiensville's historic district. The front porch, sunny windows and beautiful woodwork create a relaxing, lovely environment in which to contemplate your life.
People tell me they enjoy meeting here. This old painted lady is private and has a lot of history. The calm atmosphere is the perfect place to step away from your life, take stock, see things from a different perspective and imagine new possibilities as you create the life of your dreams.