Kathy Abeln, MS, LPC

Clinical Director

Kathy is a provisional licensed professional counselor. Kathy received her B.A. in Psychology at St. Louis University and her Masters in Counseling at Missouri Baptist University. Kathy has experience in private practice where she specialized in adolescent and child therapy. She is also trained as a crisis counselor in the school setting. Kathy's passion is working with children who have suffered traumatic life events. Kathy has three children who are very active in sports and school activities. In her free time, she likes to scuba dive and spending time on the water.

Todd Odell MA, LPC, NCC, TAC


Todd was raised in Houston, Texas. Throughout his youth and young adulthood, he has had many diverse and growing opportunities. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Human Development from Utah State University. He graduated from the University of Akron with a Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy/ Counseling. Early in his career it was apparent that he would focus a lot of his time and energy on adolescent youth and young adults. While in college he worked for two residential programs which focused on different youth populations. He spent five years working as a therapist for a wilderness program in Utah. He also spent three years working for a local mental health and substance abuse agency in Utah. Over the years, he has received specific training in multiple diagnosis; and disorders. They are substance abuse, trauma, ADHD, adolescent issues, and reactive attachment. He also has specific training in several Family Therapy models, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In 2012 Todd and his wife, Randi, adopted a wonderful boy named Mykiel. This has driven Todd to focus more on youth with developmental trauma. Most recently Todd became TAC Certified, which means that he is certified to work with children with developmental trauma and adoption struggles. Todd and his family enjoy playing games, laughing, and camping.

Nicole Pingel MA, LPC


Nicole Pingel is a licensed professional counselor. Nicole received her B.S. in Psychology at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Nicole has prior experience working in residential care where she worked with teen and preteen boys with abuse and neglect histories. Nicole's passion is helping the kids that she works with find meaning from their trauma and helping them to feel capable and free to be the best version of themselves. In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dogs.

Courtney Kempker Med, PLPC


Courtney is a provisionally licensed professional counselor. Courtney received her B.S. in Psychology from Central Methodist University and her MEd from The University of Missouri. She has a residential background, focusing on children ages eight to thirteen. Courtney had her first daughter, Milaina, in January of 2018. In her free time, Courtney likes to go to movies with her husband, Andrew, spend time on the lake, go on mindfulness nature walks, and spend time with her family. Courtney is a native to the Lake of the Ozarks and loves the lake area.

Quesha Combs LMSW


Quesha obtained her Bachelors in Psychology from MIZZOU and her Masters of Social Work from Saint Louis University. She has previously worked in both residential and school settings where she developed her passion for working with kids and teens. Quesha is passionate in helping people achieve the best for themselves. She enjoys the occasional Netflix binge, spending time with her family and friends, and eating delicious food.

Emily Polovick MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Emily was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana before attending Saint Louis University (SLU) where she earned her Bachelor of Occupational Science with a concentration in Interprofessional Practice and her Master of Occupational Therapy. She is a registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and is licensed by the state of Missouri (L). She has always been interested in finding ways to tangibly help and connect with others. CALO's relational-based approach and CASA model aligned with her desire to utilize Occupational Therapy to enable individuals to create and maintain healthy relationships, promote independence in everyday activities, and achieve balance in a chaotic world. Through her fieldwork placements and The Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice at SLU, Emily has worked with students who have diverse sensory and social needs. She is excited to have the opportunity to help create positive change and joy for students and their families.

Brittany Hayworth AAS

Occupational Therapy Aide

Brittany Hayworth is a Lake of the Ozark native. After graduating from Camdenton High School with Honors, Brittany moved to Springfield Missouri to study Baking and Pastry Arts. Brittany graduated from Ozarks Technical Community College with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts with an emphasis in Baking and Pastry, as well as an Associates Degree in Hospitality Management. After graduating college Brittany quickly realized that baking was more of a passionate hobby than a forever career. Brittany moved back to the Lake of the Ozarks after college to be closer to family and immediately began her career at Calo Programs. Brittany started her position at Calo Teens as a residential coach in November 2015. After two years as a residential staff Brittany found a strong passion for helping students receive the help they needed, when a position became available in the Occupational Therapy department Brittany jumped at the chance to provide even more support and tools for the students. Brittany was able to move to the Occupational Therapy department in November 2017, where she currently serves as an Occupational Therapy Aide. Outside of Calo, Brittany enjoys losing herself in a book, as well as spending time with her family: husband Jeremiah, step son Dexter, and her German Shepherd mix Lola.

Nathan Kincaid BS

Clinical Case Manager

Nathan was born in Texas, but have grown up and always lived at the Lake of the Ozarks. Nathan currently lives in Osage Beach, MO. Nathan could definitely be considered a local familiar with the area. He went to Camdenton High School where he finished 88 out of 188 classmates. After that, he went on to College at the Missouri University of Science and Technology where he gained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Business Administration. From there Nathan went on to work at various treatment settings. This included working at Pathways as an Addiction Recovery Technician with teenagers, a Coach at Calo Teens, and a Case Manager with Great Circle and Children's Division, and since then joined Calo Preteens as a Clinical Case Manager in April of 2017.

Cindy Banner MS, MSE

Clinical Case Manager

Cindy comes to CALO with 31 years of educational experience. Prior to coming to Calo, Cindy worked as a teacher and counselor in the Sedalia Missouri School District, as she has a Masters in Counseling, Masters in Education for Learning Disabilities, and her Bachelors in Special Education. Cindy and her husband, John, relocated to the Lake area in June of 2014 and enjoy the many adventures the lake area has to offer. John and Cindy have two children, Nick and Jessica. Cindy believes strongly in the CALO model and is dedicated to helping families heal and find joy.

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