Alicia joined the Empower Psych team in 2017 to fulfill her passion of helping others while maintain her strong business skills.  She has the valued ability to build a strong rapport with each patient and embraces each day with compassion and professionalism. 

Alicia graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with dual majors in Business Administration & Business Communications and dual minors in Marketing & Psychology. During her education, Alicia received her insurance license, in health and life coverage, allowing her to broaden her experience as a benefits and reimbursement specialist.

In collaboration with Dr. Richard Gestring and Amanda Kearney, PMHNP, Alicia can provide monthly injections of Vivitrol (Naltrexone IM) to the patients who are receiving continued treatment and support with our providers. Alicia can assist in medical administration, follow-up visits, insurance issues, and any prior authorizations.


Emily Barrett - Receptionist

Richard Gestring, M.D.

Amanda Kearney, PMHNP

Alicia Schoonover - Office Manager & Vivitrol Administrator 

Dr. Richard Gestring founded Empower Psych Centers in 2015 with the goal to break down barriers that prevent mental health and substance abuse treatment, and to empower those who otherwise might not get the help they need. By acknowledging the broad spectrum of issues within the field, he strives to provide the most up-to-date evidence-based treatments along with tailoring an individualized plan to help with their struggles and begin moving towards a more adaptive future. Dr. Gestring and his staff are determined to empower individuals by giving them the tools and support to strive, progress and ultimately maintain recovery.

Dr. Gestring graduated with his Doctor of Medicine in 2009 from American University of Antigua College of Medicine, then completed his residency with Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in 2014.

His interests in the mental health field originate from his life experiences, including his deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Sergeant (retired) in the US-Army. Currently while maintaining his private practice, Dr. Gestring also provides treatment at Harris House Treatment and Recovery Center, CenterPointe Hospital and Hyland Behavioral Health at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

Board Certification- 

Certified Buprenorphine Physician by SAMHSA

Amanda Kearney, PMHNP, is an adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Amanda joined the Empower Psych team in 2016 with the goal of advocating for her patients while individualizing their care for their specific needs. Through collaboration with Dr. Gestring, Amanda cares for patients with a variety of mental health and substance abuse disorders to promote a healthy community.  She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and subsequently trained as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has experience in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient behavioral health, outpatient psychiatric clinics, correctional nursing and as a mental health nursing instructor.

​​Are you accepting new patients?

- At this time we are not accepting new patients.

555 N New Ballas Road. Suite 220

St. Louis, Missouri 63141

+1 (314) 200-2628

​​​Emily joined the Empower Psych team in 2018 with the goal of utilizing her Bachelor Degree in Psychology. Emily graduated in 2016 from Lindenwood University, St. Charles. She has always had a passion in psychology and found it to be very interesting. She has dedicated much time and effort in learning new and updated information, and utilizes these skills with each interaction and individual that walks through the door.

She has a passion for helping others, and she is the smiling face you see when entering Empower Psych Centers.