Tonaltzin was raised in the suburbs of Chicago where she graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Masters degree in Social Work. Her academic and research focus concentrated specifically on children and families. She obtained her undergraduate social work degree from Northeastern Illinois University.
In Chicago, she spent a majority of her time involved in her passions for volunteering for at-risk populations at homeless shelters, foster care agencies and inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers. Likewise, she has worked in public school districts in the Chicago area, to help struggling students raise test scores for state examinations. She also served as an in-home behavioral therapist for children with autism and behavioral challenges.
Most recently, prior to making the move to Bozeman from Chicago, Tonaltzin had dedicated herself to being an intensive outpatient substance abuse counselor where she worked with clients who had both substance abuse and mental health symptoms.
Tonaltzin is thrilled to be a part of Providence Mental Health to empower individuals and their families lead more fulfilling and independent lives in the Gallatin Valley community.