Meeka Centimano, LSCSW

Founder of Centimano Counseling


Meeka Centimano, LSCSW

Clinical Director & Therapist | 913.530.3837


In 2003 Meeka Centimano, LSCSW established Centimano Counseling, the first perinatal mood and anxiety disorder counseling practice.  She founded the non-profit organization- The Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Center in 2004. Meeka has spent the last 16 years using her personal experience with postpartum anxiety and her professional expertise to help others find hope and recovery. Her personal story, her clinical work, and her advocacy for change has been featured in Parents Magazine, Adoptive Families Magazine, The Kansas City Star, M Magazine, Fit Pregnancy and National Public Radio.

Meeka is also an educator and keynote speaker for community groups, mental health providers, and healthcare professionals. She has worked with the University of California-Berkley, Postpartum Support International, the University of Kansas Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City Maternal Child Health Coalition, St. Luke's Health System, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Kansas State Health Department, and Parents-As-Teachers National. If you are interested in hosting Meeka you may e-mail her at

Meeka received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 1998. In 2003 she received her Certificate of Completion in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International. She completed a 10-hour postgraduate course with Karen Kleiman, LCSW at the Postpartum Stress Center in Philadelphia in 2009 and was invited to attend an advanced 10-hour Master Class with Ms. Kleiman in 2013.


Kara Shelman, LCSW, MPH

Therapist | 319.594.1167


Kara is a clinically licensed social worker with 10 years’ experience in maternal mental health. The focus of Kara’s work includes pregnancy and postpartum mood related disorders with special interest in families struggling through infertility, loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or termination of a pregnancy. In addition to individual counseling services, Kara facilitates the “Postpartum Emotional Support Group”, “Pregnancy After Loss”, and “Perinatal Loss Support Group” at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Early in her career, Kara worked in inpatient and residential settings for eating disorders. She has the unique expertise in working with those that struggle with disordered eating, exercise and body image during the pregnancy and postpartum time.

She is also passionate about working to address maternal health issues at the community level. Her speaking experience includes local and statewide conferences and collaborating with hospitals, colleges and behavioral health organizations to provide education and trainings about women’s reproductive mental health. If you are interested in hosting Kara you may email her at

Kara graduated from the University of Iowa in 2006 with her Master’s Degree in Public Health where she specialized in Maternal, Child and Family Health. During that time she worked with Dr. Michael O’Hara and Dr. Scott Stuart- prominent researchers and clinicians in postpartum mood disorders. In 2009 she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and in 2014 she received her Certificate of Completion in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International.


Tiffany Kann, LMSW

Group & Workshop Facilitator | 913.717.5730


Tiffany Kann’s personal experiences with infertility, loss, and mothering led her to begin working with families in the perinatal period of life. She has a passion for facilitating groups that allow stories to be told, education to be shared, and communal support to facilitate the healing process. Her practice experience has included hospital crisis response for domestic violence centers, running grief support groups, and individual therapy for grief, trauma, parenting, and relationship concerns. 

Tiffany received her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and became a licensed social worker in 2014. She was drawn to the profession because of her passion for working with people that were surviving trauma and grief. During her time at The University of Kansas she fell in love with both research and practice. She has worked on research projects for parent support programs and services, teen pregnancy prevention, and traumatic loss and grief.


We are looking for a part-time therapist to join our team.