Ronicka was born in California and raised in a rural Kansas town, Washington. Her sense of childhood community led her to have a passion for connecting with people. Ronicka specializes in individual and couples who have a substance use disorder or are in recovery. She has been in the behavioral health care field for 15 years. She received a B.S. in Criminology and Women’s Studies from Kansas State University. She then went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, and Clinical Mental Health. She also pursued her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership through Doane University.
Ronicka has managed a domestic violence shelter, volunteered for the Nebraska Aids Project as a victim advocate, worked for Lancaster County Adult Probation, and has instructed undergraduate classes in the areas of criminal justice, sociology, and counseling for 11 years. Ronicka also facilitates webinars at Bellevue University for continuing education credits for those that are licensed professionals. She has developed and presented webinars on ethics, substance use and families, group therapy for substance use, and evidenced based practices for addiction treatment.
Ronicka is Gottman certified for couples and has worked with many couples through the process of establishing and maintaining sobriety and healthy communication patterns. She also works with individual clients, families, adolescents, and youth. Her services include outpatient treatment, individual therapy sessions, relapse prevention, and alcohol and drug education. Ronicka works closely with an addiction medicine physician who is also at Pine Lake Behavioral Health to assist clients in their overall heath and addiction medicine options. Clients she serves and helps includes: Opioid use disorders, alcohol use disorders, stimulant use disorders, and all other Substance Use Disorders. Ronicka employs many different techniques of psychotherapy depending on the clients needs.