Meet Kristi. Kristi Gatlin is a Therapist and Case Manager who works in Laramie. Kristi uses a strengths-based and holistic approach to promote well-being and positive change. She is knowledgeable in evidence-based practices and treating complex medical needs. Prior to earning her social work degree, she worked as a nurse for over 10 years providing care to clients of all ages. We took a few minutes to learn a bit more about her…check it out!
Q: How would you describe yourself as a therapist?
K: I strive to show warmth, empathy, and acceptance toward my clients so they feel comfortable and relaxed during therapy sessions. I listen very carefully to what clients are saying, and I work hard to help them feel understood and heard. I use a person-centered and strengths-based approach to promote well-being and positive change.
Q: What is Case Management to you?
K: I believe case management is a collaborative process to enhance clients’ support networks. At LIV, we link clients to community resources and advocate on their behalf. We work closely with our community partners to provide crucial support to our clients.
Q: What is your favorite family recipe? Will you share it?
K: Chicken Donna (a favorite of my kids and named after my mom)
- 3 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in half)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- ⅓ cup flour 1 cup shredded American cheese
- 2 tsp paprika 2 cups diced celery
- Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup slivered almonds
- 4 tbsp butter ½ cup half and half
- 1 cup soft bread crumbs 2 tsp canned pimento
Shake chicken in a bag with flour, salt, pepper, and paprika. Brown chicken in melted butter. Spread celery in a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Lay chicken in a single layer on top. Combine soup, cream, cheese, and pimento and pour over chicken. Add the crumbs to drippings in the frying pan and toss to mix. Sprinkle crumbs and almonds evenly over the sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
K: I love to do anything outdoors…hiking, skiing, biking, walking the dog…
Q: What is LIV to you?
K: LIV is a caring and compassionate team of professionals who work hard every day to improve the lives of others.
Q: What is your favorite quote, book, or thing to do for self-care?
K: My favorite thing to do for self-care is pretty simple. I love to curl up on the couch with a good movie, a bowl of popcorn, and my dog at my feet!