The family Therapy Institute Midwest


Meet Our Staff

MARY LU EGIDY (ee-ghee'-dee) MS CS APRN has a master’s degree from the KU School of Nursing. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing (American Nurses Credentialing Center). She has 17 years of experience in a variety of mental health settings and is skilled in providing evaluations of behavioral and mental health. As a advanced registered nurse practitioner, Ms. Egidy may write prescriptions for psychiatric medication under protocol with her supervising psychiatrist. She also provides individual, couples and family therapy and has received specialized training in strategic therapy, EMDR and psycho-educational processes. She has recently attended training on the treatment of ADHD and bipolar disorder in children and teens and is especially adept at the pharmacology of these disorders. She is one of FTI Midwest's greatest assets, in that she allows us to carefully integrate treatment with medication management. She is extremely popular with her clients because she makes a good connection and spends the time necessary to understand their concerns.

"Well used, medication can be a powerful intervention. I see my job as integrating medicines with therapy. We work closely at FTI to be sure that all treatment fits together...not meds here and therapy there."

Cari Chapman, MA, LCP is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at Washburn University and holds advanced licensure as a master’s level psychologist. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kansas State University. She practiced for 9 years at a community mental health center in Leavenworth, KS and also served as the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program Manager prior to joining FTI in 2008. While she is experienced with a wide variety of presenting issues and clients, Cari particularly enjoys working with and connects well with adolescents and their families, to successfully manage the challenges at this intriguing developmental stage. She works effectively with teens on relationships, sexuality, identity, and achieving healthy independence. She sees children and adults on a multitude of issues including mood instability, ADHD, anxiety, relationships, trauma, self-injury, parenting and behavioral concerns. Cari also works with individuals and families of all ages on issues related to sexual abuse. Her experienced and tender yet candid approach make her a well regarded therapist among clients and professionals.

"I believe therapy is about joining with clients in a trusting, genuine way to help them gain a sense of empowerment and competence. Success happens when a client feels he or she can implement positive change and truly feel confident in saying, ‘I’m ready to move ahead on my own.’ Sometimes we just need a little nudge to help us get there.”

Paul Francis, PhD, LP is a licensed psychologist in the state of Kansas.  He has 30 years of part-time and full-time private practice. Experience includes State & Federal hospital work, Vocational Workshops, Industrial Consultation, Mental Health Clinics, Extensive Interpersonal Skills Training, and Clinical work with Adults, Children and Families. Dr. Francis practices in Lawrence & Paola.

DAVID BARNUM, PHD is a licensed psychologist. He specializes in the therapy of younger children, couples and families as well as psychological evaluation. Dr. Barnum has 10 years of experience in this field (5 at the post-doctoral level) and is especially skilled at working with teenage boys on behavioral, psychological, emotional, and scholastic issues. His other specialty is working with young children in family and individual play therapy. He is so popular with his clients that he frequently receives personal referrals, making his schedule a bit challenging at times. He is also a highly regarded supervisor of psychologists and a popular therapist. His warm, honest, interpersonal style makes it easier for clients to become comfortable, even if this is their first time working with a therapist. He has published and presented on several topics.

"I think it is important to provide psychological interventions in the language of everyday life. Whether I am working with kids, adults, couples or families, I find that my clients want practical ideas that speak to their lives, not psychological jargon or stock interventions. I tailor my work to the way my clients think, feel, and act."

GREG TANGARI, LSCSW DCSW is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, with nearly 25 years of experience in the field, focusing extensively on therapy with children, families, and couples. He is a diplomate of clinical social work (DCSW), the highest earned certification available to social workers. He specializes in working with adolescents and younger children, as well as divorce therapy, custody, and foster care. He has published in a nationally recognized journal and presented on topics of family therapy, ethics and supervision both locally and nationally. He is past president of the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and is vested in improving the access of Kansans to mental health and social work services.

"Many times clients come to therapy feeling things couldn't get much worse. I work hard to help my clients find a sense of hope and optimism for change. We'll stay with it until we get there."