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Lori Ann Hertel — Retired Evaluation Therapist

Hays, KS—Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Lori Ann Hertel, Ph.D., LCMFT, is a Distinguished Healthcare Professional in the Psychology field.       

Dr. Hertel earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Fort Hays State University and completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Psychology at Walden University. Dr. Hertel graduated in 1989, started working as a probation officer about six months later, and completed her career in the psychology field. She attributes her professional success to her professionalism, integrity, and education, as well as to the relationships she established with her work mentors and community members. After working in the psychological field for many years, Dr. Hertel returned to school and earned her Ph.D. in Health Psychology in 2019.

Dr. Hertel, now retired, was an evaluation therapist at Serenity Psychology Services & Consulting LLC in Hays, KS, and remains a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist. The doctor notes that she dealt with the assistance, diagnosis, and recommendation of therapy services in this position and builds off of her earlier experience as the manager of Hertel Therapeutic Services from 2010 to 2014.

Dr. Hertel considers her involvement in starting and organizing several human resource organizations in the community some of her most notable accomplishments. She was director of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, established in 1970, was involved in spearheading the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program in the area, was instrumental in starting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in her area, and with the support of the 20th, 23rd, and 24th Kansas Judicial District Chief Judges, she became the founder and director of the Citizen Review Board in those three judicial districts. The doctor also maintains membership with the Wonder Woman’s League and has remained active in the local Northwest Kansas Developmental Services Program by giving her ongoing support and being involved as a quality assurance team member. 

According to Dr. Hertel, she has dealt with a lot of loss in her life, including her daughter at the age of 17 to multiple pterygium syndrome. The doctor’s passion for her work has helped her to cope with her significant loss. She enjoys being involved in and starting community programs that aid others and sits on many boards in her local area. Dr. Hertel credits her father for her success, as he was her hero and her biggest supporter.

In her retirement years, she is enjoying spending time with her family and hopes to continue to dedicate her time and be involved in voluntary community activities and charities.

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