Meet Our Team
ND Systems Team includes Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Master Prepared Clinicians, Neurofeedback Trainers and Life Skill Coaches.
Clinical Training: Master’s Students enrolled in an accredited program seeking a mental health rotation
Supervision: Graduates of Master Programs seeking supervision for licensure.
Residency: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners seeking a residency opportunity to solidify confidence as an independent health care provider of mental health services.
Teresa Lyons, APRN, PMHNP, attended the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), earning her Masters in Science of Nursing with credentialing to become a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Her training at UCSF provided a strong background in working with children, teens and families. She returned to Fairbanks and entered into private practice as ND Systems. The practice has grown to included several other professionals as well as expansion with two satellite clinics in Kenai Alaska and Seattle Washington.
My introduction to providing mental health care started in 2011 at my undergraduate internship co-facilitating twice a week groups for LGBTQIA+ homeless youth. This led to a decade of providing services to people experiencing a wide range of challenges in life including addiction, homelessness, and family stress. During my master’s degree, in addition to three months of providing therapy at a community clinic on campus, I had the opportunity of a year-long internship at Tanana Chiefs Conference, splitting my time between the addictions department and the children’s department. I graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2020 with a Master of Education in Counseling: Community Mental Health.
My approach to therapy is strengths-based and client-centered. I am deeply interested in understanding of how systems large and small affect an individual or family. I like to tailor the level of structure to the client and family. Depending on the client I incorporate play, expressive arts, or talk therapy with evidenced based exercises to develop insight, self-compassion, and problem-solving skills. I enjoy working with clients and their families to meet their goals. I am particularly interested in working with children and their families; young adults navigating life transitions; and people of any age seeking gender/sexuality affirming therapy.
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Danielle McQuillar is a military veteran with a passion for helping those in our community. As our Client Advocate, Danielle comes to ND Systems with a vast knowledge in community resources which aides in her ability to connect clients to resources that they may need to meet their needs. Danielle can also assist those that are wanting or needing guidance to gain their independence and other life skills. She is currently attending UAF for her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work so that she may further her ability to aid and advocate for others.
Born in South Korea but raised in Tennessee, Lydia is here in Fairbanks due to being an Army spouse. As a daughter of retired Army father and prior service herself, she graduated in July of 2015 from the Army
Practical Nurse course out of Ft. Bliss, Texas. She has served in the mental health field as an Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Nurse as well as a DoD civilian nurse for Active-Duty members. Lydia also has experience working with high acuity pediatric patients in Private Duty Nursing along with being a Restorative Nurse Manager in a Long-Term Care setting.
Her passion for delivering high quality, patient-focused care has led her to the administrative side of health care. Her previous experiences working as a staff nurse drove her desire to influence both patient care and the care of staff in positive ways. She is completing her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration but plans on continuing on to a graduate program to become a medical provider.
Since calling Fairbanks home in 2008, Linda completed her Master of Social Work at Simmons University of Boston, MA in May 2018, with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma. Her passion for meditation and yoga has fueled her outreach within the community educating others in meditation, mindfulness, and yoga, particularly to those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. Linda has also studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brain spotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma and serves as a clinician at ND Systems specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy.
Linda has served the addiction and trauma recovery community of Fairbanks in various roles since 2012 working in both residential and outpatient recovery programs. She has worked with the Women and Children’s Home for Inner Healing, Ralph Perdue Center, Turning Point Counseling Services, Fairbanks Native Association Community Services and Youth and Young Adult Services, the UAF Social Work Department, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s Education Support Staff Association, Anderson Fire Department, and has led many community-based offerings.
In 2013, she co-founded Alaska’s first Yoga and 12 Step Recovery Meeting, and has volunteered as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2016. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a freelance educator, specializing in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills to nurture longevity in the caring professions.
With over 20 years in the mental health field working with families and children in the Fairbanks community and in South Carolina, Yolanda uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy supporting clients to live a balanced life.
Yolanda provides parenting classes to support custody conflicts, and parent visitation. Yolanda believes a strengths approach equips clients with the skills necessary to focus on their talents, possibilities and hope.
Yolanda holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University School of Social Worker and an undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Yolanda studied Alaska Native Studies and Native North American Studies that provides a foundation for cultural diversity when working with individuals and families.
Yolanda is Certified as a Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health. In addition,
Yolanda attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she completed her studies as an
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Yolanda supports clients in behavioral change, and coping
skills for healthier lifestyles.
Sharon was born and raised in Alaska. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Nursing from UAA in 1992. Over the years, she worked in a variety of settings including Corrections, Addiction treatment, and Home Health and Hospice. Hospital experience includes working on a Medical Surgical/Pediatric unit, Postpartum and Nursery, Mental Health, Telemetry unit, and Post
Anesthesia Care Unit.
In 2018, she went back to UAA to obtain a Master’s in Nursing with a focus as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She sought out clinical experiences while in school that would provide more experience with children and adolescent mental health. Becoming certified in neurofeedback is in process to provide other options to those who want other options to medicating youth with ADHD. She is also getting additional training to help those with learning glitches such as Dyslexia, ADHD or Autism. She works out of the Kenai office.
Kaala was born in Texas and is the Administrative Assistant at ND Systems,
with a variety of experience being a medical administrative team member.
She is responsible for effectively communicating with the team and with our clients in order to deliver the most efficient care possible. Kaala uses her optimistic attitude and upbeat personality to encourage others to succeed. Kaala appreciates hard work, assisting individuals and more importantly-being part of a team that encourages growth as a team as well as an individual. Kaala enjoys life for what it is and not what others think it should be. In her free time, Kaala enjoys painting, drawing, pottery and remaining active in the community with family.
Danah obtained her Associate of Arts Degree in 2010 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2012, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Danah went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social
Work and graduated from the University of New England in 2018 and shorty thereafter became employed as a Mental Health Clinician with ND Systems in September of 2018. Danah is an experienced child protection advocate and has worked as both a child protection investigator and court appointed Guardian Ad a Litem. She’s skilled in conflict resolution and has advanced education and training in domestic violence, sexual offending and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Danah utilizes a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Psycho-Education approaches to assist her clients in reaching their desired therapeutic goals. Danah currently offers psychotherapy sessions, both individual and family, as well as Biopsychosocial Risk and Resiliency Assessments.