Director of Mental Health, Vice President and Co-Owner of DFWC
Patricia Wright, Ph.D
Dr. Wright earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992. Prior to completing her Ph.D. she earned her undergraduate degree from Mississippi College. She has had the privilege of working in private practice for the majority of her professional career. Other settings include her providing professional services to schools, hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, and a drug and alcohol treatment program for adolescents. Dr. Wright furthered her educational studies by pursuing additional training in psychopharmacology and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr. Wright provides psychological services to ages across the lifespan, focusing primarily on children from 6 years of age through adults in their 60’s. She conducts psychological evaluations for individuals, for the school systems, and for other providers including counselors, physicians, and psychiatry. Most of her patients are referred for treatment of trauma, the many forms of anxiety, depression, eating disorder issues, grief, learning disabilities, AD/HD, and other adjustments in life.
Dr. Wright is blessed by having her husband, Carroll Hoselton, come along beside her, and through a faith-walk, opened their own practice in August 2015, and expanded to Desoto Family Wellness Center in March 2021. She and her husband are trained as facilitators in the program Prepare/Enrich, a program that utilizes Christian principles in either helping engaged couples prepare for an upcoming marriage, or by enhancing a married couples’ relationship. She takes no credit for the success of their practice, but claims Matthew 5:16 “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Sarah received her master's degrees in social work from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in 2005. She became fully licensed (LCSW) in 2007. She is licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi. She began her career in community mental health and enjoyed branching out to work in pediatric day clinics and schools. She began her current path in private practice in 2020. She works with a range of clients with concerns including depression, anxiety, life stress, life changes, trauma, and other mood and life concerns. Her concentration is children, teens, and female young adults and adults. Sarah is down-to-earth and practices with warmth and compassion. Her therapy style is described as relaxed, and utilizes a client-centered, interactive, approach and believes in the power of acceptance. Her approach is a melting pot of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral, acceptance, DBT, client-centered, short-term focused, and goal oriented. She loves spending her down time with family, her fur babies, and reading.
Lacy earned her bachelor's degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University in 2011. She continued her studies at MSU through graduate school where she earned her Master’s degree in Psychometry and her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Lacy is also nationally certified as a School Psychologist through NASP. While she was at MSU, she worked in school-based and clinical settings performing interventions, one-on-one counseling with students, consultation, psychoeducational evaluations, social skills sessions, and completed the coursework for her BCBA. Lacy completed her internship in a school district setting in Columbia, SC. She then returned to Mississippi to be closer to family. Lacy has worked in Desoto County Schools as a School Psychologist since 2015 and she recently made the transition to private practice where she is conducting psychological evaluations. Lacy is married. She and her husband have two children. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. One of Lacy’s favorite bible verses is: Ephesians 4:32 - “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you"
Tori Hunt, P-LPC, is a proud graduate of Delta State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Education in Counseling. She has 3 years of experience as an elementary school counselor, as well as brief experiences in private practice and substance abuse recovery for adolescents. Tori is most passionate about working with adolescents and adults of all ages with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, adjustment issues, and various other mental health issues. She plans to expand her professional competencies in areas such as trauma counseling, eating disorders, grief counseling, marriage and family counseling, and substance abuse counseling. She utilizes an existential approach with all clients, believing that all clients can experience healing through learning to live according to their most authentic self. She blends this approach with Cognitive-Behavioral and Person-Centered techniques. Tori believes in meeting her clients where they are, that all clients have the solutions to their struggles within themselves, and that it is her honor and privilege to help them find those solutions. Tori never promises to “fix” anyone, but vows to help her clients grow and find the path that leads to their ultimate fulfillment!
When Tori is not practicing counseling, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking, reading, writing creative fiction, journaling, and traveling. Her faith in the finished work of Jesus is the very inspiration for her work in counseling. She aims never to force her beliefs on any one of her clients, but to use her God-given gifts and passions to help clients navigate their issues and find healing, growth, and victory over them! Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, which reads “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jordan Royals, LPC, earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mississippi College in 2015. Prior to completing her master's degree, she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Millsaps College in 2011. Jordan began her career working in an inpatient hospital setting. She has experience working in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient care, community mental health, crisis teams, and private counseling. She has eight years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults that are overcoming grief, trauma, emotional disorders, behavioral problems, family issues, and eating disorders. Along with these areas, she also has experience working with depression, anxiety, and learning disabilities.
As a clinician, Jordan is passionate about encouraging others as they break through challenges in their lives. She desires to illuminate hope, compassion, and a sense of security as they navigate through the darkest parts of their experience to reach a place of acceptance and peace. She holds certifications in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, friends, and family members engaging in outdoor activities or traveling.
Michelle Ruder, LPC earned her master’s in counseling from Delta State University in 2020. Prior to completing her masters, she earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from The University of Mississippi in 1991. She started her career as a social worker practicing as a medical social worker in public and private industry. As a counselor, she has completed her TF-CBT certification and is a trauma informed clinician. She is also trained in substance abuse and has worked in both adolescent and adult inpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs, as well as an intensive outpatient program. Michelle has furthered her educational studies with training in psychopharmacology, EMDR, and motivational interviewing. Michelle has experience working with children starting as early as age 4, and extensive experience working with adolescence 13–18. She also works with adults 18 and up. Michelle provides services to those who suffer from trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, adjustment issues, and other mental health issues.
Michelle is blessed with three adult sons and a grandson. Her faith and family are central to her life. She has asked God not to allow her trials to be in vain, but for Him to work through her to help others. Michelle’s life verses are Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” and Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderful made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Mental Health Team
Meet Keever Hoffmann, the psychological examiner at Desoto Family Wellness Center – Meridian location. With vast experience, she's committed to helping individuals succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
Keever earned her Master's and Educational Specialist degrees from Mississippi State University in 2008. She began her career as a school psychologist with the Plaquemines Parish School District in Louisiana and continued her impactful work there until the end of the 2021-22 school year. Recently, she returned to her hometown and worked as a school psychologist in the Lauderdale County School District during 2022-23, bringing her invaluable experience and compassionate approach to support the students and educators in her community.
Keever specializes in evaluations and mental health, using a multi-disciplinary approach. She's nationally certified through NASP (National Association of School Psychologists), highlighting her commitment to high standards.
Beyond her work, Keever leads as President-Elect of MAPS (Mississippi Association of Psychologists in the Schools), shaping school psychology in Mississippi. She enjoys family time, exercise, trying local food, and attending her children's activities.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Lauren received her Master of Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2023. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Mississippi State University in 2018. Lauren is licensed by the State of Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. Prior to completing her graduate degree, Lauren served as a social worker for survivors of domestic violence through case management, legal advocacy, and community education. She has also worked within in-patient settings for adults with severe mental illnesses and their families. Lauren has experience working with children in a school-based setting that are navigating behavioral and emotional problems as well as Individual Education Plans (IEPs). During her graduate program, she received rigorous training on therapeutic interventions for adults and children. As a social work clinician, she approaches clients in a way that highlights strengths and recognizes the resilience within each person to overcome life's challenges. She seeks to partner with each client to address the various facets of their life that may be contributing to social and emotional problems. In her free time, Lauren enjoys being outdoors, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with her friends and family.
Mandy earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Northwest Community College in 2003. From there, she started work at St. Jude Children’s Hospital as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and worked on that unit for 10 years. While there, she went on to pursue her Family Nurse Practitioners Degree and earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Union University in 2012. Mandy has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner and provides primary care services to all ages. She is compassionate about developing relationships with her patients and caring for them in all aspects of health and wellness.
Mandy and her husband, Jeremy have two children. They are active members of Compel Church in Olive Branch. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys reading, traveling, and watching her son play baseball and her daughter play golf. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 4:23. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Dana graduated from Southaven High School in 2003. She attended Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she was first chair flautist in the school band. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Delta State in 2008. From there, she began working at Baptist Desoto on a medical-surgical unit for two years, transitioning to the intensive care unit there for the next nine years. While there, she began pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University, which she completed in 2019. She has also worked at Baptist Memphis in the intensive care unit since 2021. Dana is a Family Nurse Practitioner and will provide primary care services to all ages.
In her spare time, Dana enjoys traveling, bike riding, CrossFit, hiking, flower gardening, bird watching, music, playing flute, studying history, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and her rat terrier, Pepper.
One of Dana’s favorite quotes is by Queen Elizabeth II, “Everyone is our neighbor, no matter what race, creed or color. It has always been easier to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult, but much more rewarding.”
Angela graduated from nursing school in Tallahassee, Florida in 1997. She has been in the nursing profession for 25 years, working at a Pain Management and Rehab facility, Midsouth Anesthesia, and a primary care clinic. Angela and her husband have a 21- year old son named Caleb. In her time away from work, Angela enjoys working in the yard, watching movies, appreciating birds and flowers, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son.
She has 2 favorite Bible verse passages, one of which is Galatians 5:22-26. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” The other passage is Ephesians 6:10-18.
Kim graduated from Anthem College in 2010 with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences/Radiology. She has worked primarily in neurology, internal medicine, and pediatrics.
Kim and her husband, David, have 3 children (Ryan, Mary, and Annabelle). In her spare time, Kim enjoys watching her son perform with the band and her daughters play softball.
Amy has over 12 years of experience in accounting and billing. She has spent five years in insurance, credentialing/coding, marketing, and human resources. In addition, with her career she has been in management for over 15 years, which gives her immense joy.
Amy is the mother of three children and two grandchildren. Her family and friends are her passion, with Jesus Christ being in the center of her life. In Amy’s free time, she loves traveling, kayaking, camping, and fishing. Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love”.
Krista earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Delta State University allowing her to spend 33 wonderful years of teaching in both public and private school settings. She spent 19 years in the DeSoto County School System and 14 years at Northpoint Christian School. After being nudged by God, Krista took a leap of faith and left teaching. Little did she know that God would move her to the business world at Desoto Family Wellness Center. Krista embraces the role and responsibilities of her job as Executive Assistant to Carroll Hoselton, President and Owner. She is also committed to providing information and assistance to her co-workers in both the mental health department and the medical department. She is also committed to providing information and assistance to her co-workers in regards to Human Resources.
Krista and her husband live in Southaven, and their son lives in Olive Branch with his wife and 2 dogs. In her spare time, Krista enjoys serving on the Prayer Ministry Team at Getwell Church, spending time with family, shopping, watching movies with her husband, and encouraging family, friends, and strangers! One of her favorite Bible verses is I Thessalonians 5: 16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Receptionist / Scheduler / Billing
Lauren has over 10 years experience in the Medical field helping patients and office administration. She is married, has 2 children and a new puppy who completes the family. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and being involved in church activities. Lauren also loves to cook and bake especially around the Holidays. She enjoys being able to serve wherever needed. Her favorite scripture is Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord Bless You and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you peace."
Lisa has enjoyed supporting healthcare professionals and helping patients in the medical field for over eight years. Her education and experience have allowed her to work in both hospital and private practice settings. Lisa has been married to her husband J.D. for thirty-three years and has been blessed with three children (Dallas, Faith, and Haleigh). She lives in Olive Branch and is a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. In her spare time, she likes to read, watch movies, and finish the many sewing projects she is interested in. Her greatest passion, however, is spending time with her husband, children, and her grand dog Sully. One of her favorite scripture passages is James 3:17-18. “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Hunter O’Daniel works in the Billing Department for both mental health and medical. He is an alumnus of University of Mississippi with an undergraduate degree in Accounting. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dogs and going to Trivia Night with his friends. His favorite bible verse is Proverbs 24:5, “Wisdom makes a man more powerful. Knowledge gives a man strength.”
Receptionist / Scheduler
Laurie Beth O’Daniel
Laurie Beth earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Mississippi College in 2018, her master's degree in psychometry from Mississippi State University in 2021, and will soon be pursuing a master's degree/LPC in counseling. She loves to travel, sing, cook, visit historic locations/museums, and go thrift shopping. She also adores her Desoto Family Wellness Center family! Her favorite verse is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Receptionist / Scheduler
Jenna is a wife to an electrician, mother to two energetic boys, has three dogs, and is very involved with their church, Hope Chapel in Olive Branch. Life keeps her busy but happy. Jenna is very family and faith oriented. She enjoys trying new places to eat with family and friends. She is a food lover all the way! Jenna has been involved in customer care for over ten years now and in the last four years in medical administration. Her favorite Bible verse is "God is within her, she will not fall" Psalms 46:5.