Mental Health Providers

Interpersonal Psychiatry of Lawrence Kansas has a group of caring and experienced medical and clinical mental health providers. Our diversity allows patients the opportunity to engage in multiple services with a single community based provider. This means less scheduling issues and more of your time remaining yours. It also means your healthcare information is shared quickly and accurately among the professionals on your treatment team who are all in one place. The result is the highest quality of care to address your individual needs.

Your doctor or therapist are attentive to your needs and will return your call or email within one business day, oftentimes within hours. A call to our office will be answered promptly by one of our friendly staff members. If you call (785) 393-6167, we will get you in with one of our compassionate mental health providers.

Hiten Soni MD
Dr. Hiten Soni, MD


Dr. Soni opened Interpersonal Psychiatry in October of 2013 after witnessing firsthand the exponential need for psychiatry assistance and support in the community. Dr. Soni worked as an engineer for a number of years before returning to medical school. Next, he finished his internship at Saint Louis University and his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He has taken additional training at The Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute and Psychoanalytical Institute of Greater Kansas City.

He is licensed to practice psychiatry in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Dr. Soni treats all psychiatric problems. However, he specializes in addiction, sexual dysfunctions, and couples therapy including LGBT related issues.

Dr. Soni currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two children, and two dogs.

Dr. Soni sees patients in both our Lawrence and Kansas City offices.

Doing good before doing well

Dr. Hiten Soni, MD
William Braun MD
Dr. William Braun, MD

Addiction Medicine

Dr. Braun is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine after completing a fellowship at the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine, and a proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, and an enthusiastic spectator of the athletic programs.

Dr. Braun sees patients in our Lawrence office.

Gina Rasnic
Gina Rasnic, APRN

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Gina Rasnic joined Interpersonal Psychiatry as a Nurse Practitioner in the spring of 2016. She became a Registered Nurse in 1993 after attending Kansas City Kansas Community College. Gina completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, before earning her Master’s degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Gina sees patients in our Lawrence office.

Elise Foreman Carter
Elise Foreman Carter, RN, BSN, NC-BC

Nurse Coach

Elise Foreman Carter, RN, BSN, NC-BC joins Interpersonal Psychiatry to offer supportive nurse coaching services for clients in the Northeast Kansas community to enhance and/or achieve effective coping. Clients suffering from social isolation, fear, anxiety and chronic worry, or overwhelming feelings can benefit from this additional layer of support to their mental health regimen. Nurse Coaching is a specialized, client-directed and relationship-centered interaction with expert knowledge in human caring science. This structured approach has proven beneficial to meet the needs of Elise’s clients in areas of: 

  • Stress management
  • Transitional life goals
  • Professional caregiver support
  • Non-professional caregiver support
  • Navigating the healthcare scene

Elise is the only Board Certified Nurse Coach in the State of Kansas. Her blog can be seen at Whole Life Nursing, where interviews that she has conducted with innovative and globally renowned healers can be viewed. Elise has designed a module for the Kansas Nurse Leadership Residency Program entitled Nurse Coaching for Transformational Leadership in Healthcare, offered through the Kansas Action Coalition, 2015. Elise has spoken on similar topics at the Kansas Action Coalition 2014 Summer Summit, the 2015 Advanced Integrative Nurse Coach Certification Program, and the Kansas Student Nurses Association Winter Summit, 2015. Additionally, Elise has developed proven parameters as to the effectiveness of the Nurse Coaching approach through her business, Whole Life Nursing, LLC. Now she is bringing this service to clients at Interpersonal Psychiatry.

Stay alert to notifications from Elise to join a Saturday group teach-in that is directed at both professionals and non-professionals. Contact Interpersonal Psychiatry to schedule an appointment for coaching sessions TODAY!

Elise sees clients in our Lawrence office.

Anissa Pfannenstiel
Anissa Pfannenstiel, LSCSW


Anissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 13 years of practicing with patients ranging from 3 years of age to geriatric populations. She is a previous owner of a halfway addiction house, and has worked with foster care families, biological parents, and foster children, as well as severely and persistently mentally ill clients.

Anissa is trained in a number of different types of therapy so she is able to customize the best fit for your needs in healing:

  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Contemplative Practice Therapy (mindfulness)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy

Additionally, she is a parenting coach and Unplug/Reconnect workshop leader. With a passion to connect and help clients find their innate ability to manage their lives, Anissa is committed to meeting her client where they are to help them absolve their situation to a place of well-being.

Anissa sees clients in our Lawrence office.

Hope Heller
Hope Heller, LPC-S (Mo), LCPC (Ks), NCC, BCPC, MAC

Chief Operations Officer

Hope is a CBT therapist with more than 18 years experience in mental health across a variety of settings. Her specialties include mood disorders, personality disorders, addictions and co-occurring disorders in adults. Her focus is on you and providing quality care that assists you in improving your life based on your needs.

Hope sees clients in both our Lawrence and Kansas City offices.

Scott Fieker
Scott Fieker, MS, LPC, BCPC, BC-PTSD


Scott has a direct and compassionate approach to working with clients and their families. He specializes in assisting his clients to look at their current circumstances with honestly and integrity. His expertise is Trauma Informed Care, using mindfulness, goal, accountability and personal integrity to assist clients in developing a clear understanding of how his/her/their personal relationships with other, family, work, finances. Scott has a passion for working with LGBTQIA individuals. His experience includes:

  • Coming out
  • Relationships
  • Family dynamics
  • Gender identity
  • Grief
  • Children of GLBTIQ parents
  • Parents GLBTIQ children
  • Life transitions
  • Multiple traumas
  • Living in a heterosexist culture
  • Recovery from sexual, emotional, physical trauma
  • Chronic depression, anxiety, PTSD, dissociative disorders, addictions and compulsions

Scott sees clients in our Kansas City office.