Staff Bios

Meet Our Team


Mary Nelsen Tamborski received her BA from San Diego State University and her MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Currently she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern under the supervision of Aisha Pope. Mary completed her practicum at the Alvarado Parkway Institute in San Diego and received vast expereince working with people suffering from severe mental illness and substance abuse. However, her specialty is helping couples and individuals (including adolescents) discover the blocks that keep them from living their inner joy.

Mary’s formal training is secondary to the life training she received from her mother, Dr. Jane Nelsen, a Marriage and Family Therapist and author the Positive Discipline books and Serenity: Simple Steps for Recovering Peace of Mind, Real Happiness, and Great Relationships. From the earliest time she can remember her mother and father had her involved in respectful communication, encouragement, and focusing on solutions.

Mary loves being a wife to husband Mark and a mother to her son’s Greyson and Reid. Since Mary’s first love is being the mother of two young boys, it was a natural for her to become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.


Shawn Worrlein is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with adults, children, and families in a variety of setting for many years.  Shawn has expertise in the area of suicide and self harm prevention, and years of experience treating mental health and relationship challenges in children and adults.  He also has experience in a wraparound program where he worked closely with children and parents in a program designed to reduce the likelihood of out of home placements for children with challenging behaviors.  Shawn is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and is happy to bring his skills to Roots & Wings. to provide therapy, parenting classes, and men’s groups!