Learn about our Staff Members.

Creative Living Center, P.C. is a counseling and mental health agency located in Rock Valley, Iowa.  The Center’s mission is “Seeking Wholeness in a Broken World.”  Hope and healing are offered in a safe environment following the example of Jesus.

Creative Living Center, P.C. retains a team of dedicated clinical professionals committed to quality service, on-going growth, and excellence.  The clinical staff has a high regard for the individuality, personal responsibility, and spiritual centering of individuals, families, and organizations.  They are committed to accompanying those seeking services on their unique healing journey.

Meet Our Team


Dr. Shawn R. Scholten

Dr. Shawn Scholten holds a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology. She has been practicing individual, couples, and family therapy with the Creative Living Center since 1993. Her specialties lie in grief and loss, anxiety disorders, pre-marital and couples work, children and adolescent therapy, and conducting trauma debriefings. Further interests are aiding in conflict-laden systemic situations. Dr. Scholten is an Iowa Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. She also is part of the NWIA Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team.



Dr. Dayton Vogel

Dr. Dayton Vogel holds a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of South Dakota. He has been practicing family and individual counseling since 1989. His areas of interest include working with adolescents and young adults, child and adolescent issues in the family framework, and adult concerns within the systemic context. Dr. Vogel holds Iowa Licensure in Marital and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.


Ms. Erica Wassenaar

Erica Wassenaar holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wayne State College. She specializes in play therapy and as a Level II certification in AutPlay Therapy, which is play therapy specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Traumatic Incident Reduction, and Critical Incident Stress Management. Other areas of interest are depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, divorce, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and other developmental disabilities. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, Iowa Association of Play Therapy, and Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Erica is also a member of the NWIA Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team.

Ms. Rebecca Mangold

Rebecca Mangold holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Dakota. She has been practicing since 2016 and is also a Registered Play Therapist. She has worked with a wide variety of ages with a special interest in children. Rebecca has worked with children and adults on a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, trauma, and other life changes/difficulties. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Rebecca and enjoys working with individuals and families in their native language.


Katie Vander Zwaag

Katie Vander Zwaag holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of South Dakota and is an Iowa and a South Dakota Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She specializes in anxiety, ADHD, depression, ODD, negative thought blocking, self-esteem building, social skills training, stress management, weight loss, college readiness, and career satisfaction. Katie works with children of all ages, as well as adults, through a cognitive behavioral therapy framework. She utilizes strength based and solution focused techniques in her work. In a world that often focuses on what is “wrong” with a person, she believes gains can be made by building upon a person’s strengths with people supported through the counseling process. When working with children, she values the ability to work alongside parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, and school systems.

Lauri Wolter

Lauri Wolter is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing, focusing on mental health across the lifespan.  She is licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in both Iowa and South Dakota.  Lauri has worked in psychiatric nursing for the past 20 years and worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.  Through her years of being a nurse, and then advancing to an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role, Lauri realizes the value of involving the patient in their treatment plan, and seeking the patient's input to help provide the best possible care.   She believes the most important aspects for providing great patient care are patience, understanding, compassion, and empathy. Lauri believes that collaboration of services to treat the "whole person" are necessary to help heal patients and provide the best care.  Lauri has been a certified Non-Violent Crisis Intervention trainer and strives to ensure safety for staff and patients.  She works with Genesight Testing to give patients results about how their genes may impact how they metabolize or respond to certain medications commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health conditions.

Michael Henning

Michael Henning holds a Master’s Degree and is licensed in Social Work. He has experience with diverse groups, having worked with teens who self-harm and are suicidal, while also working with adults with severe mental illness and leading groups. Michael’s interests include working with teens, adults, couples and families. Michael enjoys conducting School-Based Therapy. He also provides jail-based services.

Shannon Van Maanen

Shannon Van Maanen holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and is an Iowa Licensed Master Social Worker. Her specialization in graduate school was in trauma-informed care. Shannon works with the full age spectrum, from children through adults, as well as enjoys assisting families. School-based therapy is another area of experience and passion. She is trained in mindfulness, body-centered psychotherapy and somatic experiencing psychotherapy, and her focus is to use these techniques to help individuals overcome hard experiences. Other areas of interest include anxiety, depression, behavior disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.