620-792-5700 1905 19th Street, Great Bend, KS 67530

Behavioral Health Team

Carie Brown, LSCSW, LCAC

Carie has worked for the clinic since 2008 providing behavioral health services to patients and families of all ages.  She has worked in the social work field since 2000 and has worked in the mental health hospital setting as well as community mental health.  Carie received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2000 from Fort Hays State University and then obtained her Master of Social Work degree in 2003 from Newman University in Wichita.  Carie prides herself on providing quality care to her patients and has collaborated successfully with other community organizations throughout her career.  Carie is licensed to provide Drug and Alcohol services and specializes in working with adolescents and families.


J. Mark Blakeslee, LCMFT, LCAC

Mark Blakeslee has worked in a great number of settings in the areas of substance use, sexual abuse victims, juvenile sexual offenders, grief, PTSD, depression, gambling, troubled children and adoption.  He graduated from Hastings Nebraska College in Psychology/English Magna Cum Laude with a BA and Friends University in Family Therapy with an MS.  He also completed the Substance Abuse coursework from DCCC in Dodge City.  He is a Certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, Clinical Additions Counselor, Kansas Certified Gambling Counselor level II and Clinical Marriage/Family Therapist.  He has a “Heart” for kids but loves to work with all kinds of exceptional people.


Rita O’Gwin, LSCSW

Rita joined the Heart of Kansas staff in January 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from St. Mary’s of the Plains College in Dodge City. In 1997 she obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Rita is retired from Larned State Hospital after working for the state of Kansas for approximately 30 years. While with the state, Rita worked with children as young as 5 years of age and with adults into their 90’s. At Heart of Kansas she specializes primarily in working with adults, but also works with clients of all ages.