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Our Staff

Michelle Kasper, Practice Manager

Michelle has over 30 years of management and leadership experience in the healthcare industry including, homecare, hospice, in-patient/out-patient hospital, and private practice. She has expertise in the areas of leadership development, personnel selection and hiring, management communication and supervision & training.

Michelle brings her years of experience in areas of patient/client care regarding; facilitating appointments, prior authorizations, medical record requests, insurance billing. She takes great pride in her office staff to ensure that clients receive the dignity and respect they deserve. She encourages a work environment that provides excellent customer service to clients, outside professionals, vendors and internal clinicians with her positive attitude and friendly demeanor.

Michelle can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333, or by email, at mkasper@owenscounseling.com.


Tara Busse, Office Manager

Tara attended Lake Forest College and has a Bachelor’s of Art in Communication, Digital Media Design and Film Studies. She brings over six years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has always been the type of person to listen and lend a helping hand.

In her free time, Tara likes to spend quality time with her husband and their dogs. If she is not with her family, you can find Tara spending time outside exploring and gardening.

Tara works out of our Lake in the Hills office and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 or by email at tara@owenscounseling.com.

April Padjen, Administrative Assistant

April attended McHenry County College and achieved an Associates in Arts degree. She is now attending the University of Illinois at Chicago to fulfill her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in gender and women’s studies. She’s always willing to help and works hard to get the job done.
When April is not working you can find her buried in her homework or studying for her next test. When she gets the chance she likes to be in the woods hammocking and listening to music. 

April works out of our Lake in the Hills office and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 or by email at april@owenscounseling.com.

Tammy Pungiture, Administrative Assistant

Tammy holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught for twelve years. Tammy has ten years of management experience in the hospitality field.  She is always willing to help and takes pride ensuring others happiness and well being.  When Tammy is not working she likes to spend time with her family and friends. Tammy is passionate about helping others and lending an extra hand.  When there is a need for assistance she is the first one to step up.

Tammy works out of our Lake in the Hills office and can be reached by phone at 847-854-4333 or by email at tammy@owenscounseling.com.

Our Interns

Owens & Associates offers a variety of opportunities at all education and experience levels. You may see interns ranging from high school and beyond in any of our four locations! Our interns are eager to learn the business, clinical, and marketing sides of private practice work. Please share your experiences with them as well! If you are interested in an internship with Owens & Associates Counseling, please let us know!

We Accept Most Major Insurance!

BCBS PPO and EAP, United Health Care PPO and EAP, TRICARE, CIGNA, Aetna EAP & PPO, OPTUM Health, CIGNA EAP, Health Partners, HUMANA, Military OneSource,  ASR Health Benefits, Value Options (Beacon Health), Assurance Health…AND MORE

Call today, for your convenience, we will verify your insurance coverage!