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Midwest Center

3676 N. Washington Blvd.

Indianapolis, IN 46205

Phone 317/923-3930

Fax 317/923-2441

Shelvy Haywood Keglar, Ph.D., HSPP

Clinical Psychologist


Shelvy Haywood Keglar is a clinical psychologist, founder and President of Midwest Psychological Center, Inc. Dr. Keglar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Arkansas State University. He earned is Ph.D. is Psychology from Indiana University. Dr. Keglar has published in the areas of personality assessment, addictions, and adolescent psychology. Dr. Keglar specializes in treating adolescents and families, neuropsychology, correctional mental health and the developmentally disabled population.  A distinguished alumnus of Kaskaskia College and Arkansas State University, Dr. Keglar was selected as a top Psychologist in Indianapolis and distinguished alumnus for the Department of Counseling and Psychology at Arkansas State in 2015.  He is a member of the International Who's Who in medicine. He is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology, and certified in the Treatment of Alcohol and other Substances of Abuse and former Chair of the Indiana Hypnotist Committee. 


Nicole L. Jones, B.S.

Executive Assistant

Nicole Jones is a 2016 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services.  Nicole is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Keglar and for the corporate office. Before joining the corporate office, Nicole worked as the Administrative Assistant for Midwest’s Community Based Counseling Division.


Leesa Carter-Franklin, MSW, LCSW

Program Coordinator

Leesa Carter-Franklin is the Program Coordinator over Midwest’s Community Based Counseling Division and oversees Midwest’s Foster Care Program.

Leesa graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University, majoring in Human Development with a Minor in Child Psychology, and completed the Masters of Social Work program at IUPUI in 1998. Leesa previously worked for Midwest Psychological Center, Inc from 1998-2007 as a therapist and was overseeing the Community Based Program until her departure. Leesa has over 15 years of counseling experience and is a valued member of the Midwest team.

Emma Starks, MSW

         Assistant Program Coordinator        


Emma attended Defiance College in Ohio, where she played basketball for four years and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Work with a minor in Autism Studies. Emma then attended graduate school in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University. Emma received her Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Children, Youth, and Families as well as Global Health. Emma was promoted to Assistant Program Coordinator after working as a Therapist for Midwest. Before joining the Midwest team, Emma worked at a community mental health center and as a school based therapist.


Karen Carlson, B.S.

Director of Administration


As the Director of Administration, Karen Carlson oversees human resources, quality assurance, and business development for Midwest Psychological Center.  A graduate of Indiana University, Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Before being promoted to Director of Administration in early 2015, Karen worked as the Contract Compliance Monitor for Midwest since 2007.


Gabra Gachaw, M.D

Medical Director


Dr. Gachaw, a graduate of Indiana University Medical School, is certified by the Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Gachaw has worked in community mental health and for the Indiana Department of Corrections. Dr. Gachaw currently provides psychiatric services and oversight for Midwest Psychological Center.


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