The health and wellness of our students – inside and outside of the classroom – is extremely important to Indiana Tech. That’s why our Wellness Clinic is equipped with a health clinic nurse practitioner and qualified counseling professionals to help our student body maintain optimum physical and emotional health. In addition to providing quality treatment options, we strive to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices that will enable students to effectively pursue their academic goals.
** As a precautionary measure due to the COVID pandemic, masks will be required during in person visits to either our counselors or the health clinic. If you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID virus, please visit one of the local health clinics designated for COVID testing.
About Our Counselors
Tina M. Luther, MA, LMHC: Tina Luther has a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology from Hanover College and a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with combined experience of 18 years in the social services and mental health fields.
Tina has worked in a variety of settings in social services, behavioral health hospitals, mental health consulting, private practice, community mental health, and student assistance counseling. She specializes in all ages raging from childhood to late adulthood and has experience doing individual, group, couples, and family counseling.
Tina’s area of focus is anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, family issues, mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, stress, and anger management. She is registered with Star Behavioral Health to work with Military and their families, along with being certified in ASIST-Suicide first aid, Crisis Intervention Management, and a certified Family Development Specialist.
Mary Etheart, PhD, LCAC: Mary Etheart graduated from the University of Michigan, then received a doctorate in developmental psychology from Florida International University. She is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and has been working in the fields of social services and mental health for 25 years.
Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, Mary lived in Miami, Florida where she had a private practice as well as working as a therapist with a women’s transitional facility and a children’s crisis team. In Fort Wayne, Mary served as the executive director of Hope House, a transitional residential facility for chemically dependent women, until joining Parkview. Mary has also taught counseling and psychology classes at various universities.
Mary’s areas of focus are anxiety, stress management, depression, self-esteem, life changes, relationships, addictions, and LGBTQ issues.
About Counseling Services
The Indiana Tech/Parkview Student Assistance Program offers a variety of short-term counseling and consultation services to address the needs of students. All services are confidential and provided in a welcoming, comfortable setting, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or presence of a disability.
All currently enrolled Indiana Tech students are eligible for our services, including up to six full counseling sessions per year. Family members and significant others are eligible, when seen with the student. There is no charge for these services.
Intake, assessment and referral
The first appointment allows a student and a counselor to get to know one another and formulate a plan of action. This meeting is usually structured, as it involves the completion of initial paperwork. In some cases, the student and the counselor may agree to facilitate a referral to a community agency.
Students are able to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss a variety of problems including (but not limited to):
- Identity issues
- Relationship problems
- Substance abuse
Couples counseling can help couples determine and work through the influences putting stress on their relationships. While the goal is often to help couples repair their relationships, counseling can also help couples end relationships in a healthy and respectful manner.
Consultation services are offered to meet a variety of student needs, including concerns about another student who may be:
- Experiencing emotional problems
- Displaying irrational behavior or behavior out of the norm
- Exhibiting signs of substance abuse
Rapid Resolution Therapy
RRT is an interactive therapy, where the therapist guides the session with imagery, mindfulness and psychoeducation. This positive, solution-focused approach helps an individual reframe how he or she views the world around them. RRT dispels the negative effects of traumatic events effectively, rapidly, and gently.
Workshop presentations are available on a variety of topics in the areas of mental health, communication and conflict resolution. Call the Student Assistance Program to discuss the specific interest of your group or organization.
We are firmly committed to keeping the information you share confidential, including your attendance and participation in counseling. We do not, and are not legally permitted to, discuss your information with anyone — including university officials, faculty members, parents or outside agencies — without written authorization from you.
Exceptions to this rule are made when:
- You or someone else is in imminent danger of serious harm
- A child or other dependent is being abused
- A court order requires release of records The office is staffed with licensed professional counselors.
Hours and Contact Info
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a short lunch midday. Office hours vary during holidays, semester and summer breaks.
Call (260) 266-8060 or (800) 721-8809 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are not currently being accepted under our COVID protocol but usually are accepted during normal office hours.
After-Hours Crisis Line (260) 446-1867
During a crisis situation or emergency need, follow our Crisis Management Emergency Plan and contact Chris Dickson, Devin Blackford, or Dan Stoker. Student Affairs front desk extension for Donna Sark is 2443.
Direct extension to the counselors are 2432 for Tina Luther and 2448 for Mary Etheart. They will not answer when in sessions but you may leave a message.
Indiana Tech Wellness Clinic Andorfer Commons – Student Affairs Suite Room 150 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803.
About Our Nurse Practitioner
Todd Shaw, MSN, FNP-BC: Todd Shaw has an Associate in the Science of Nursing from the University of Saint Francis, a Bachelor in the Science of Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Saint Francis. He is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of combined experience in nursing and as a primary care provider.
Todd has worked in various settings including hospitals, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and Alzheimer’s/dementia wards. He specializes as a Family Nurse Practitioner which means he sees patients throughout the spectrum of their lives, ranging from infancy to advanced ages. He currently works for Extended Care Specialists, Inc.
Todd’s focus for the clinic is to manage acute injuries and illness in hopes to keep students healthy for the semester. He looks forward toward getting the opportunity to work with you!
Patricia Dingman, MSN, NP-C: Tricia has spent most of her career in the inpatient hospital setting caring for chronically ill patients with Cardiac diagnoses. She specialized in the management and treatment of patients with heart failure. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she assesses, diagnoses, and treats patients of all ages focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. She is currently employed by Eventus Wholehealth.
In the clinic setting, Tricia will continue to focus on health promotion and disease prevention while treating acute illnesses and injuries. Maintaining the health and safety of the students is of the utmost importance and she looks forward to the opportunity to serve you.
- Acute care for minor illnesses/injuries,
- Pharmaceuticals (writing prescriptions for medications associated with treatment plan)
- Referrals to primary care physicians that are accepting new patients
- Referrals to appropriate levels of treatment when unable to provide treatment onsite
- Mental health referrals (18 and older to the Indiana Tech provided counselor or to Indiana Tech Student Services for available resources)
- Maintenance of medical records
Monday through Friday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Appointments can be scheduled at https://mpclinicschedule.setster.com/. Click on Indiana Tech Onsite Clinic. Next, select Clinic Visit. Choose the Date and Time. Enter your Name, your email address, and any notes or special requests, then submit. You will receive a confirmation email that you must click on the “Click Here” button to confirm your appointment. Walk-ins are not currently being accepted currently under our COVID protocol but normally are accepted during regular office hours.
Located in Andorfer Commons on the 1st floor (Andorfer 164) within the Student Affairs Suite (Andorfer 150).