Meet Our Doctors

Meet Our Doctors

Ann Barnes PsychologistDr. Ann Barnes, Psy.D., R.D.

Dr. Barnes is a Co-Founder of Barnes & Klatt P.C.   She has been a practicing Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1995.  She gained her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is an attending medical staff member at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.  She is a licensed registered dietitian and holds a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Washington.  Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association, and the American Dietetic Association.

Dr. Barnes is dedicated to assisting individuals, families, and couples to having healthy relationships with themselves and others.  She has extensive experience in the treatment of all eating disorders, including prior responsibility for both the clinical and operational aspects of an in-patient and outpatient eating disorder treatment program.  Additional areas of interest include: mood disorders, adjustment to medical illness, couples therapy, individual and family relational issues, and bereavement and trauma.   Dr. Barnes enjoys leading workshops and presenting on a variety of topics including: eating disorder recovery, mindfulness, body image, stress reduction, and effective interpersonal communication.  She is available upon request to speak at your event.

Dr. Barnes invites individuals to engage in the courageous work of recovery which creates the transforming and transcending process of becoming who they truly are meant to be and creating a life filled with peace, joy, confidence, clarity, meaning, and connections.


img_1938-4Dr. Sylvia Klatt, Psy.D.

Dr. Klatt is a Co-Founder of Barnes & Klatt, P.C.  She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist having earned her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  She also earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University.  Dr. Klatt is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Klatt has been in practice since 1995 and has experience in treating a range of mood and anxiety concerns in child, adolescent and adult populations.  She has trained and worked in a variety of settings including: private practice, community counseling centers, schools, day care centers, nursing/rehabilitation centers, inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.  Her areas of interest and specialization include: generalized anxiety disorders, depression, social/emotional development of children, adolescents and young adults, family adjustment, life transition issues, infertility, grief and loss,  women’s/girl’s issues, stress management and health/medical illness adjustment.  Dr. Klatt also volunteers with a breast cancer support group and has special interest in the emotional needs of cancer patients and their families.

Dr. Klatt believes in a supportive, compassionate therapeutic relationship that is sensitive to each individual’s unique needs to facilitate their personal process of adjustment, change and growth.

Dr. Natalia Nieves, LCPC, AMFT

Natalia Nieves has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. Ms. Nieves is currently in the final steps toward completing her Ph.D. in Couples and Family Therapy at Adler University, where she also obtained her Master’s degree. Over the past 10 years, Ms. Nieves has done extensive work with clients impacted by the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. She works with children through adult clients impacted by family stress, divorce, anxiety, immigration, LGBTQ issues, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and spirituality and faith crises. Ms. Nieves is a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Some additional treatment areas she is able to help families, couples, and individuals with include grief and loss; trauma; the stress of acculturation and immigration; social justice issues; power and control issues; communication and trust issues; and marital dissatisfaction.  Ms. Nieves is also fully bilingual in Spanish.

Ms. Nieves believes that true healing happens in the context of relationships. We learn to balance our needs with those of the people we care about, establish healthy limits, and to love and trust in ways that liberate us from the things that keep us stuck and hurt. In her work with couples, she uses an attachment based couple’s therapy model. This model helps conflicted couples understand and make changes in their painful relationship cycles to foster deeper and trustworthy connections that can grow into healthy relationships. Ms. Nieves is also Prepare/Enrich certified and can provide premarital counseling and marriage enhancement counseling using evidence-based assessment tools.


Dr. Amy Damore, Psy.D.

Dr. Damore is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship with MacNeal Family Medicine Residency Program and an additional fellowship with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Prior to this, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Damore has worked and trained in a variety of settings including: school health centers, private practice, counseling centers, and family medicine residency programs. She has experience working with various psychological, behavioral, and medical concerns with patients across the life-span, including children, adolescents, adults, and families. Additionally, she has specialized in promoting wellness while working with young professionals and health-care providers to buffer the effects of burnout & promote resiliency. Dr. Damore’s interests include working with stress related disorders, career transitions, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD, grief & loss, relationship issues, family dynamics, chronic medical illnesses, and issues related to professional burnout & wellness.

From the outset of therapy, Dr. Damore aims to foster a warm, trusting, and compassionate environment in order to help patients feel comfortable with the process.  Although her background originates from a psychodynamic approach, her practice style is collaborative in nature and adaptive to each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Damore provides treatment utilizing a range of strategies that are drawn from evidenced based research, ‘best-practices” and years of clinical experience. She not only believes in a strengths-based approach, but also in truly striking a balance between supporting and challenging each person in order to promote resiliency, growth and real change through insight and action.

Dr. Heather Cintron, Psy. D.

Dr. Cintron is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist earning both her master’s and doctorate degrees at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Dr. Cintron has a breadth of experience treating individuals in a variety of settings including: therapeutic day schools, private practice, and skilled nursing facilities, and correctional institutions. She also has experience with conducting forensic and neuropsychological evaluations.

Dr. Cintron has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families whom have experienced trauma. Her areas of clinical interest include working with first responders, children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression and anxiety, marital and relationship concerns, infertility, and struggles with peer relationships and emotional regulation within academic settings.

Through a supportive, fostering, and nonjudgmental environment, Dr. Cintron utilizes multiple therapeutic approaches which best meet her client’s individual needs. She believes assisting clients in identifying patterns and current stressors within their life, and how they impact a client’s emotional state, behaviors, and health can lead to growth, understanding, and change.




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