Get to Know Us

Dr. Michele Kinderman

Dr. Michele Kinderman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of Wellness Outside the Box. In her group sessions, she combines the more traditional therapies (cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, insight oriented therapy) with music, movement, nature, and humor to assist clients in building their strengths and achieving their goals. Dr. Kinderman has nearly two decades of experience treating children and adults struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, parenting issues, and the daily stresses of everyday life. In addition, her love of animals became a natural segue into the field of Pet Therapy where she helps individuals work through grief via connection and interaction with animals.

After the devastating loss of her mother to ovarian cancer, Dr. Kinderman relied heavily on the curative properties of nature, movement, and connectedness to help her heal.  As a result, she strives to incorporate these values into her work with clients at Wellness Outside the Box. To maintain balance and serenity in her own life, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, dancing, and spending time with her husband, sons, friends, and therapy dog Zippy. 


Dr. Kelly Yanek

Dr. Yanek is a nationally certified School Psychologist and co-founder of Wellness Outside the Box. She has had a love for the outdoors since she was a little girl climbing trees and exploring nature. Dr. Yanek has incorporated this passion for nature and adventure into her work since her career began, whether taking walks with high school students to help them problem-solve or leading mindfulness exercises with kindergarten students to help them find calm in their day.  In addition to her certification as a school psychologist, Dr. Yanek has specialized training in adventure based counseling and the technical skills of high and low ropes/adventure courses. She is also a RYT-200 yoga instructor. Her expertise in adventure, mindfulness, and nature-work enables her to successfully treat those who prefer non-traditional paths to wellness. She takes great pride in the progress and success of her clients, and looks forward to helping you. In her free time, you can find Dr. Yanek traveling, enjoying the beach, practicing Yoga, running, cycling or swimming. Ultimately though, she loves spending time with her family and friends!

Our Story...

The story of Kelly and Michele begins in 2007 at the daycare facility where their young sons were enrolled. The occasional polite chat at drop off and pick up times quickly led to more lengthy conversations where the two women learned that they had a great deal in common, including careers as psychologists and a love of nature. Their friendship started out with occasional trips to the park after daycare pick up, and soon morphed into weekly playdates and dinners.  Their similar parenting styles, complimentary personalities, and a tendency to find humor in even the most stressful of situations made their connection easy and natural. Prior to meeting, these working moms had been spending their evenings alone: preparing dinner, taking care of the home, and caring for their toddlers, while their diligent husbands worked long hours at their respective jobs. The emotional support and companionship that this friendship provided the women was invaluable.  Since the days of daycare, the women continue to maintain their bond despite having moved to opposite ends of New Jersey. After many years of brain storming and exploring their passion for the outdoors, adventure, and the field of psychology, Kelly and Michele have combined their unique knowledge and expertise to bring you a one-of-a-kind path to health and healing: Wellness Outside the Box.