Bonner General Behavioral Health
Bonner General Behavioral Health offers outpatient mental health services for adult and pediatric patients from licensed psychologist Dr. Joe Wassif, Ph.D., psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner’s Natasha Splaine-Talbott and Sunshine Bartlett, and our licensed master social worker Arlene Spinosa.
Dr. Joe Wassif
Dr. Wassif grew up near Annapolis, Maryland. He received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a Master’s of Education from Gonzaga University. He later attended West Virginia University and earned a second Master’s in Counseling and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He has worked in several traditional mental health agencies, including an inpatient hospital, a PTSD unit at VA medical Center, college counseling, and a psychological assessment facility. He has experience working with a multitude of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and loss. He also completed his dissertation on the concept of post-traumatic growth in combat veterans.
To help meet a need in our local community Dr. Wassif is working towards the completion of a post-doctorate master’s in psychopharmacology, a necessary step in gaining prescriptive authority as a psychologist.
The expansion of our clinic has allowed for testing and assessment capabilities, offering disability determinations, learning disability assessments, neurocognitive evaluations, and personality assessments. Dr. Wassif works with patients from the age of 8 and above, including testing and counseling.
In his college years, Dr. Wassif raced on the Penn State Cycling Team. Though his racing days are behind him, he still rides as often as possible, passing the joy of the sport on to his kids.
Heather Bartlett, PMHNP, known to her friends, coworkers, and community as “Sunshine,” was raised in Sandpoint. She grew up skiing at Schweitzer, picking huckleberries, and swimming in Lake Pend Oreille. “My family and I love this area and feel so privileged to call it our home.”
She has been a registered nurse for over 28 years, working in many settings, including the ICU and emergency room. She received a master’s degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University, based in Versailles, Kentucky, and is board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health across the age spectrum (child, adolescent, and adult). Her clinical areas of interest are ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, substance use, and trauma.
“Over my years of nursing, I have witnessed incredible resilience. I have found that true health goes far beyond the presence or absence of illness. I chose my mental health specialty because I am passionate about finding ways to help people thrive, achieve their full potential, and live their best lives, even when faced with tough odds.”
Natasha Splaine-Talbott APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner practicing in Sandpoint, Idaho. Born and raised in the Atlanta, Georgia area, she has been in North Idaho since 2013 providing comprehensive psychiatric services.
She is currently practicing in the outpatient setting at Bonner General Behavioral Health and sees children, adolescents, and adults for psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy.
Natasha received her advanced practice training at the University of Southern Maine, in Portland, Maine, and has been employed in a variety of settings, including outpatient and inpatient behavioral health programs. Natasha’s professional interests include improving access to mental health services, perinatal mental health, and child and adolescent psychiatry.
During her time off, Natasha enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, biking, and listening to live music.
Arlene A. Spinosa, LMSW
Arlene was born and raised in San Marcos Texas and moved to North Idaho in 2002. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2015, from Boise State University. She has been in Sandpoint for almost 19 years and feels a strong connection to this community.
Arlene’s initial interests involved working with adolescents for over 15 years at inpatient and outpatient settings, including Wilderness Therapy and as a CBRS (community-based rehabilitation services) provider.
Today as a counselor, she is grateful for being in the position of helping people of all ages. She works with individuals and families through life challenges, depression, anxiety, social struggles, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, trauma, severe, persistent mental disorders, and grief. She utilizes various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused approach, plays therapy models, and encourages the use of a customized self-care plan. Her specialty is her compassion for helping people while using a combination of client-centered, strength-based, and holistic approaches with clients.
Arlene enjoys most activities while outdoors but especially tennis, biking, pickleball, skiing, and being on the lake with family and friends.
Dr. Terry Johnson – Retired
Dr. Terry Johnson, M.D. has been practicing medicine for 40 years, 35 of those specializing in psychiatry. He received his doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and served as an Army Doctor and Psychiatrist from 1979-1987, honorably discharged at the rank of Major. Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Johnson spent 25 years at St. Alexius Medical Center providing all levels of psychiatric treatment to patients at inpatient and outpatient clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, and community mental health facilities. He specialized in Treatment-Resistant Depression and practiced Psychopharmacology. He also spent his years teaching at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.
Dr. Johnson moved to Sandpoint and joined our team in 2013. He specializes in General Adult Psychiatry, serving our 18 and older community.
In his time off Dr. Johnson helps his wife with the goats and other projects on their farm. He enjoys ongoing entertainment from their highly intelligent animals.