Adult services patient handbook

David Martorano, MD David Martorano, MD, Assistant Medical Director and Director of Adult Psychiatric Services
Dr. David Martorano obtained his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California Neuropsychiatric Institute. He specializes in addictions and is affiliated with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Martorano is a second-generation psychiatrist raised near New York City. He began working in the field of software development while still in high school, later founding two companies. Dr. Martorano also worked professionally as a singer before going back to school to study medicine. Dr. Martorano is treating adults on an inpatient and outpatient basis at WBI.

Lida Prypchan, M.D. Lida Prypchan, M.D.
Dr. Prypchan began her career in psychiatry at a young age, conducting patient interviews while working for her psychiatrist father in his private practice in Venezuela. She completed her medical education at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela, the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and Elmhurst Hospital Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she also completed a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Prypchan's past experience also includes working as a research associate with Matcheri Keshavan, MD, Duncan Clark, MD, Juan Mezzich, MD and at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in the fields of schizophrenia, anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, and diagnostic classification systems in psychiatry.

More than 200 articles authored by Dr. Prypchan have been published. She is a three-time recipient of the National Award of Scientific Journalism in Valencia, Venezuela.

Dr. Prypchan is an attending psychiatrist at Wyoming Behavioral Institute specializing in inpatient treatment for children and adults.

Jiri Danczik Jiri Danczik, MD
Dr. Jiri Danczik was born and raised in the Czech Republic. Dr. Danczik graduated from medical school Cum Laude in Prague in 1991. He moved from the Czech Republic to the United States in 1997, and successfully finished Psychiatric Residency training at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, where he also worked as a Chief Resident. In 2002 he was Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Danczik has helped patients in multiple settings, including acute inpatient, residential and outpatient facilities. He has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, including Bipolar Disorders, Major Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and substance use disorders. Dr. Danczik's personal interests include Judo, Arabian horses, literature and music. He has been living in Wyoming since 2006. He began providing inpatient and outpatient treatment at WBI in 2016.

Laurie Johnson, PA-C Laurie Johnson, PA-C
Laurie Johnson has worked in emergency, specialty and primary care settings in Wyoming for more than a decade. She has extensive experience with patients experiencing mental health crises. She obtained her paramedic certification from the United Hospital Paramedic Program in Grand Forks, ND, her associate's degree in biology from Western Wyoming College, her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming, and her master's degree from Central Michigan University. Her personal interests include international medical missions and Special Olympics. Laurie is a medical and psychiatric health care provider at Wyoming Behavioral Institute.

Kelly Plessman, MSN, APRN, FNP-C Kelly Plessman, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Kelly obtained her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming in 1990 and her master's degree in nursing from Walden University. She has more than 20 years of nursing experience in Wyoming, working mainly in primary care and hospital settings. Kelly specializes in adult wellness and is adding mental health to her areas of practice. Her other interests include family, and being in the outdoors, hunting, camping, and fishing. Kelly joined Wyoming Behavioral Institute in 2016.

Maegan Kemery Maegan Kemery, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services
Maegan Kemery is a licensed therapist. She completed her master's in social work at Wayne State University in Detroit, and her bachelor's in social work at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Maegan worked as an outpatient substance abuse therapist prior to joining WBI's adult unit. Her previous experience also includes working with parents and children receiving assistance from family services and corrections system inmates. She has worked in mental health settings for more than 10 years.

Nicky Castillon Nicky Castillon, Nurse Manager
Nicky Castillon is a registered nurse and social worker with more than eight years of progressively intensive experience working with high needs populations in Wyoming. She began her career working with children and adolescents in court-ordered supervised visitation, and then spent several years providing care in Wyoming nursing homes. Nicky joined the WBI team in 2010, providing acute care for children and adolescents. In 2014, she was named the adult unit nurse manager. Nicky obtained degrees in social work and nursing from Western Wyoming College and the University of Wyoming. Nicky is also president of the Platte River Judo Board.

Melissa Eichenberger, PPC Melissa Eichenberger, LPC
Melissa Eichenberger has a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming. She specializes in community mental health and has worked with law enforcement as a victim advocate and first responder, and in private practice as a counselor. She provides training for first responders and Safe Houses regarding sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence and women with disabilities. Melissa also past experience as a summer camp lead staff person for children with disabilities. Melissa will be working on an inpatient basis with adults at WBI.

Archie Pettry Archie Pettry, LPC
Archie graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling. His past experience includes working for the Department of Family Services before joining the Natrona County School District as a counselor in Casper's schools. Archie began working as a therapist on WBI's acute adolescent unit in 2012.

Cassidy Lach, LPC Cassidy Lach, LPC
Cassidy completed her Master of Arts degree at the University of Denver. She worked for the Wyoming Department of Corrections for three years prior to joining WBI's Admissions Department in 2011 and the adult unit treatment team in 2014.

Ken Guidry, LPC Ken Guidry, LPC
Ken was born in south Louisiana and lived there until he moved to Casper. He obtained a bachelor's in psychology from Nichols State University in 1982 and a master's degree in social work from Southern University at New Orleans in 1998. Ken has been active in the Louisiana and Wyoming Army National Guards, serving as a Behavioral Science Officer. Ken also has worked with adolescents and adults in private practice. Ken joined WBI's adult unit therapy team in 2017.

Keli Warren-Vann, CAP Keli Warren-Vann, CAP
Keli obtained her bachelor's degree in counseling from Texas A&M and is licensed in Wyoming as a Certified Addiction Practitioner, providing substance abuse assessment, education and treatment services for adolescents and adults at Wyoming Behavioral Institute since 2013. Keli has specialized in substance abuse intervention and treatment for more than a decade, working in inpatient and outpatient settings with special populations, including those housed in correctional institutions and Native Americans. Her skills include group and individual counseling, program curriculum development and implementation, and case management and treatment planning. She is also a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Keli provides substance abuse counseling services at WBI on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Steve Welch Steve Welch, LPC
Steve Welch, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, has been at Wyoming Behavioral Institute since 2000, working as a therapist on the adult unit. He obtained his education at colleges and universities in Colorado, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Mexico, receiving degrees in Fine Arts, Business administration, Psychology, Education, and Counseling.

Justin Wollerman, Hospital Chaplain Justin Wollerman, Hospital Chaplain
Justin Wollerman comes to Wyoming Behavioral Institute from College Heights Baptist Church in Casper where he has been a member since 2007, has served in ministry since 2008, and has served as the Youth Pastor since 2013. He started leading adolescent Bible studies at WBI on the Pathways psychiatric residential treatment unit in 2013. Pastor Justin is working toward a degree in Christian Ministries and Theology from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. He graduated from Kelly Walsh High School and started his academic career at Casper College seeking an engineering degree before determining that he had a different calling. Pastor Justin came to know Christ in September of 2007. He was born and raised in Casper and enjoys time with family and friends. He and his wife, Sumer, are raising their two children in Casper. Pastor Justin makes regular rounds during the week at Wyoming Behavioral Institute, introducing himself to patients requesting spiritual support. In addition to the spiritual counsel provided to patients by Pastor Justin, a group of volunteers from College Heights offers Bible studies on the adult, child and Pathways units.


Some problems may have been building for years...we can assess them in hours. Our intake team provides a comprehensive assessment at no charge. The goal of this assessment is to provide the patient and /or referring parties with comprehensive conclusions and recommendations for treatment. A member of our intake team is easy to access and available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Simply call for an appointment, walk in, or obtain a referral from a health care professional. Each individualized assessment is designed to explore particular issues, including:

  • Alcohol and other Drug Dependency
  • Psychiatric Disorders such as Depression
  • Anxiety or Schizophrenia
  • Sexual, Physical or Emotional Abuse
  • Behavioral Disruption of an Explosive or Assaultive Nature
  • Family Problems

Following the assessment process, a referral will be made to the appropriate level of care based on each patients' individualized clinical needs. These may include inpatient hospitalization, day treatment programs, or referral to an outpatient therapist or physician. If you desire further information or would like to arrange for a free, confidential assessment with an assessment coordinator, call (307) 237-7444 or 800-457-9312.

Admissions to the Wyoming Behavioral Institute shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, or sex.

The Psychiatric Assessment Team (P.A.T.) is a highly trained group of qualified mental health professionals who provide mobile response to individuals experiencing emotional crisis. The P.A.T. is equipped to handle psychiatric emergencies in a variety of locations in the community.

When called, a P.A.T. professional will travel to the site and initiate a psychiatric and/or chemical dependency assessment that identifies the existing issues. Upon completion of the evaluation, possible solutions are presented to the individual, family members or health care professional.

  • Confidential 24 hour/7 day service
  • On-call Licensed Clinicians will respond to your location for all psychiatric emergencies and on-site evaluations.
  • Involuntary 72-hour holds
  • Assistance with referral of all patients

Types of Treatment
A multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals led by a psychiatrist administers treatment.

Team members may include:

  • Nurses
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Technicians

The treatment process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose any underlying medical or biochemical origins of disease. An individual plan of care is written for each patient's special needs.

Therapeutic components may include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • 12 Step Support Groups
  • Discharge Planning
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Medication Education/Management
  • Psycho-Educational Groups

The treatment plan focuses on attainable short and long term goals established with the input of the patient's family and referring professional, if appropriate. Active family involvement in treatment is a critical component as the patient's recovery is often correlated to healthy family interaction.