Staff

The Professional Renewal Center® staff is committed to providing exceptional service to clients in need. Each staff member has years of experience working
with professionals and is dedicated to the individualized treatment process for each client at PRC®.

Professional Renewal Center®
Clinical Staff

Betsy White Williams, PhD, MPH

Dr. Betsy White Williams earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with specialization in clinical aging from the University of Southern California. She completed her postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego. Her early research and clinical work were in the area of neuropsychological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

For the past 13 years, her research and clinical foci have shifted to issues concerning high-accountability professionals. She has extensive experience working with high accountability professionals, in particular healthcare professionals. Her work with physicians includes addressing concerns related to clinical competency, substance use disorders, burnout, professional boundaries, disruptive behavior, and aging. In this work she has provided assessment, treatment and remedial education/treatment services. Currently she is the Clinical Director at the Professional Renewal Center® an assessment and treatment facility in Lawrence, Kansas.

In her clinical capacity Dr. Williams is involved in the multidisciplinary assessment process as well as treatment/remediation process. She provides ongoing interface among the client, the workplace, administrative and regulatory authorities, and professional assistance programs. As a result of her broad experience she is familiar with issues related to clinical and quality assurance systems.

In regards to her academic work, she is the former Director of Outcomes and Research in the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Rush University Medical Center and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry School of Medicine, University of Kansas.

She is the course director and faculty for The Distressed Physician, a remedial continuing medical education activity; Healthy Communications for Healthcare Professionals, a one-day CME activity that provides an overview of the importance of and skills to foster good communication in the healthcare environment; and the COPE program, which is a performance improvement CME activity.

Dr. Williams is a member of the Kansas Pain Management & Substance Abuse Statewide Educational Initiative Planning and Expert Committees. She is Chair of the Research Committee for the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) and is currently on the Program and Membership Committees of SACME. She has been actively involved and on the Board of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health SASH. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity and a reviewer for The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. She has published in the areas of the efficacy of continuing medical education, disruptive behavior, chemical dependency, sexual misconduct, aging, and clinical competence. Recent published articles include:

Surgeons in Difficulty: An Exploration of Differences in Assistance-Seeking Behaviors between Male and Female Surgeons;


Assessment of a Physician’s Workplace Behavior, Pursuing Professional Accountability: An Evidence Based Approach to Addressing Residents with Behavioral Problems

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Relationship Among Practice Change, Motivation, and Self-Efficacy;

Evaluation of the Interactive Science Publishing Tool: A Three Dimensional Interactive Software Application

She received the Ray L Casterline Excellence in Writing Award in 2010 for the Article Disruptive Physicians: A Conceptual Approach and the Society for Academic CME and the 2013 Fox Award for Best Research Presentation for Self Efficacy and Structural Barriers as Mediators of Practice Change.

Phil Flanders, PhD

Dr. Flanders is the Director of Psychological services at PRC®. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University. He completed his internship at the V.A. Medical Center in Tucson with clinical foci and training in neuropsychology and geropsychology. He has been practicing in Kansas for approximately 30 years. Dr. Flanders has spent the majority of his time working as the director of multidisciplinary teams. He has significant experience and expertise assessing and treating high-achieving/ high-accountability professionals within an intensive outpatient setting. He has expertise and training in EMDR, hypnotherapy and mindfulness. He has lectured throughout the state of Kansas on the topic of burnout in physicians. Prior to joining the PRC® clinical staff, he had the opportunity to treat returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lois Johnson, LSCSW

Ms. Johnson is a clinical social worker with 16 years of counseling experience in mental health, medical health, and educational settings. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. Her clinical experience includes individual and group therapy with clients experiencing a diverse set of needs, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relational conflict, and issues related to workplace conflict, communication problems, previous trauma, and personality traits. She is an experienced presenter and workshop facilitator at both local and regional levels.

Ms. Johnson is also an ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church where she has served on the clergy credentialing board, and chaired the Commission on Diversity and Advocacy, which is active in issues involving gender, ethnicity, culture, and ecumenism.

Annas Lefort, LSCSW, LCAC

Ms. Lefort is a clinical social worker and clinical addiction counselor with 20 years of experience in the field of human services. She received her master’s degree in social work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She has professional experience in the fields of child welfare, developmental disabilities, addictions, and behavioral health. She has specialized training in motivational interviewing.

She is a Lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and has also provided numerous trainings for professionals throughout Kansas on the subjects of diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders and screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). Prior to joining the clinical staff at PRC® she worked at DCCCA where in her most recent position she developed collaborative relationships with primary care practices to provide integrated physical and behavioral health services to patients.

Ariel Ludwig, LSCSW, LAC

Mr. Ludwig is a licensed specialist clinical social worker and licensed addictions counselor. He earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. He has worked with a myriad of populations suffering from mental health issues in a variety of professional settings.

He is approved by the State of Kansas to complete drug and alcohol assessments. This includes conducting Driving Under the Influence (DUI) evaluations. He has been doing these for more than three years. These evaluations include making diagnostic determinations and appropriate levels of care based on ASAM and KCPC criteria.

Professional Renewal Center®
Consulting Staff

Mairaj A. Khan, M.D.

Dr. Khan is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Heis licensed in both Kansas and Missouri with over 10 years experience providing both inpatient and outpatient services. In addition to providing consulting services at PRC®, Dr. Khan worked at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UMKC. He is currently medical director of ReDiscover's Partial Hospital Program (where UMKC pharmacy students and KU residency Doctors rotate, are taught, and supervised). He also provides inpatient psychiatric care as an admitting psychiatrist at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri.

His keen interest in Psychiatry developed as a Research Associate and Psychometrician at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the Schizophrenia Research Program, while evaluating patients and healthy subjects in clinical research studies and trials. Dr. Khan then went on to join Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry Residency training program. His entire final year of training was devoted to the core concentration specialties of geriatric psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and addiction psychiatry.

William Hale, M.D.

Dr. Hale practices psychiatry at the Sastun Center of Integrative Health Care in Overland Park, Kansas where he works with children, adults, and elderly clients. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then completed residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry. He also completed a two-year training program at Menninger in Biofeedback and Psychophysiologic Therapy. He received a nine-month Fulbright Fellowship to conduct medical anthropology research in India.

Through his work at the Sastun Center and during eight years of practice at Prairie View Mental Health Center in Newton, Kansas, he has had extensive experience in working with interdisciplinary clinical teams in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital treatment.

Jeremy Burd, MD

Dr. Burd received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania and completed his residency training at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas. He obtained a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, New York. He worked in private and hospital practice in New York until 2005. In addition to providing psychiatric services to PRC®, Dr. Burd also works with Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Burd’s professional memberships include the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. His expertise in substance abuse, personality disorders, and depression make him a valuable part of the PRC® clinical team. He is board certified in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

Bruce Michael Cappo, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Cappo is a Board-Certified licensed psychologist (Kansas & Missouri) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. For 25 years, he has specialized in conducting formal evaluations that assess forensic and public safety related concerns. Dr. Cappo has evaluated both sexual offenders and sexual predators and has designed and implemented residential and outpatient treatment programs for offenders and predators. He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), and continues to serve as an original member of the Sexual Predator Transition Panel for the State of Kansas. He has worked with prosecutors and defense attorneys in municipal, county, state, and federal cases and has testified in multiple county, state, and federal courts. Evaluations in this area include both psychological factors that may be a focus of diagnosis or treatment as well as detailed actuarial risk factors relevant in terms of both treatment and public safety. He also conducts applicant evaluations for the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, and for several regional police departments. He is the psychologist for a large police department in the Kansas City area as well as multiple smaller agencies. He has provided evaluations for the Federal Transportation Security Administration as well. He also conducts applicant evaluations for individuals desiring to enter religious life and for other public service and safety-related positions. Dr. Cappo has evaluated many professionals (medical, legal, religious, and financial) who are known or suspected to have an impairment, who are mandated to seek an evaluation by a supervising authority, or who have other legal or forensic reasons to obtain an assessment.

He presently serves on the University of Minnesota Press Advisory Committee related to psychological assessment and is an Ad Hoc reviewer for several journals. Dr. Cappo is a Past President and Fellow of the Kansas Psychological Association as well as a Past President of the Kansas Association of Professional Psychologists. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and is certified by the Board of Governors of the APA College of Professional Psychology in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. He is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is a member of the Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Dr. Cappo is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Karen Roberts, DNP, APRN-BC

Dr. Roberts is a Board-Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with the Internal Medicine Group. She received her BSN from Washburn Universitymin Topeka, Kansas, her MSN from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, and her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) from Washburn University in 2015. With nearly 16 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, her specialties include women’s health issues, psychiatric issues, and holistic/integrative care. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Nurses Association. She is the author of numerous articles and essays about nursing, healthcare, and wellness, and has been nationally recognized for her accomplishments related to creativity and nursing.

Kipp Low, MCJ

Chief Polygraph Examiner

Mr. Low is president/owner of Forensic Truth Analysis, LLC, a company specializing in polygraphs examinations and forensic interviewing. Mr. Low is a 27-year law enforcement veteran of the Topeka Police Department where he rose through the ranks of patrol officer to commander of investigations/special units. He is a 1998 graduate of American/International Institute of Polygraph in Atlanta, Georgia and has performed over 3,000 polygraph examinations. A consultant to numerous companies, he has been involved in conducting polygraph exams and forensic interviewing in a multitude of areas including criminal specific, employment screening, internal affairs, professional boundary violations, sex offender treatment, and sex offender monitoring. Mr. Low is a graduate of Washburn University with master’s degree in Criminal Justice and an Adjunct Professor at the University instructing courses in investigations. He has special certification in the use of polygraph in the clinical field and has been a guest presenter on the subject of polygraph on numerous occasions providing lecture to both the private and law enforcement sector.