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Q&A Regarding Your Appointments During COVID-19

As the need to practice social distancing continues during this new coronavirus pandemic (and COVID-19, the disease it causes), our healthcare guidelines are continually changing and protocols being updated.

Here are some questions and answers about appointments with our therapists while social distancing orders are in effect:

  1. Are the Chesapeake Health Care Mental Health offices open?
    Yes.
  2. Are you taking new clients?
    Yes.
  3. How can I make an appointment using telehealth or an in-office appointment?
    You can call one of the mental health sites listed on the Locations tab that is closest to your home and ask to make an appointment.
  4. What about school-based appointments? Are you still seeing those clients?
    Your therapist should have already reached out to you to discuss using telehealth appointments as an alternative to school-based appointments. If you have not been in touch with the therapist, please call the office where you would normally take your child to appointments.
  5. Can I still get my prescription medications?
    Yes, your doctor or nurse practitioner will continue to schedule appointments and prescribe your medication. Your appointments can be via telemedicine or an in-office visit.
  6. Will I still see the same therapist or prescriber I have always seen?
    YES!
  7. Will my child still receive PRP services?
    Yes. PRP services will also be provided via telehealth or an alternative method during social distancing requirements. Please call your office of care for more information.

Please make sure your providers have your up-to-date contact information, so they can easily notify you of any changes.

About Our Mental Health Team at CHC

We have been providing mental health treatment for clients in Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester counties since 1994. Our services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, group, couples and family therapy, and school-based treatments.

We now offer telemedicine appointments. Skip the trip and securely connect with your CHC providers from the comfort of your home. Call your office of care to make an appointment.

Our staff of nearly 60 Mental Health providers includes:

  • Adult Psychiatrist
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Nurse Practitioners, LMSW, LCSW-C, and LCPC

Our clinical interventions include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-informed Care Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Non-Directive Play Therapy
  • Supportive Therapy
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) Services

We provide individualized treatment plans.  Our site addresses and phone numbers are listed on our Locations tab.

Mental Health Providers

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Madalyne Adams, LCPC

Madalyne Adams received her bachelor’s degree in art and psychology from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. She received her master’s degree in art therapy and counseling from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, she was a Mental Health Clinician at the Resources for Human Development in Seaford, DE.

Patricia R. Allen-Dark, LGPC

Patricia R. Allen-Dark is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). She received her B.A. in Economic History from the University of the West Indies. She also received an M.S. in Criminal Justice, and an M.S. in Secondary School Counseling from Wilmington University. Before joining CHC, Patricia was a Behavioral Health Clinician with TidalHealth Peninsula.

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Deborah L. Anderson, CRNP-PMH

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner – Psychiatric Mental Health
MSN at Wilmington University

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Mary C. Bailey, LCSW-C

Mary Bailey received her B.S. in Social Work and her Master’s of Social Work from Salisbury University.

Dawn Biester, LCPC

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Emily Bloodsworth, LCSW-C

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George F. Bowden, Jr., LMSW

George “Frank” Bowden received a Bachelor’s degree in social work and a Master’s degree in advanced standing social work from Salisbury University. Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, he worked for Maple Shade Youth and Family Services where he was a school-based counselor in Somerset County.

Monica S. Christopher, LCSW-C

Monica Christopher received her B.S. in Psychology from Capella University, and her M.S. in Social Work from Salisbury University.

Katelyn E. Jones, LMSW

Katelyn Clark, LMSW

Katelyn Clark received her B.S. in Psychology and her Master’s of Social Work from Salisbury University.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Katelyn was a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Worker for the Worcester County Health Department in Maryland where she helped those with a mental health diagnosis make positive life choices.

Jami Cook, LMSW

Jami Cook, LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker), received a B.S. in Social Work from Shippensburg Univeristy in Shippensburg, PA, and an M.S. in Social Work from Salisbury University.

Before joining CHC, Jami was a Senior Social Worker/Case Worker for the State of Delaware, Division of Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities where she provided case management to connect elderly clients with physical disabilities to in-home and community resources.

Michelle B. Corbin, LMSW

Lisa Dixon, LGSW

Lisa Dixon, LCSW-C

Lisa Dixon received her B.A. in Psychology, and Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. She also received her Master’s of Social Work from Salisbury University.

Roberto E. Donati, LCPC

Roberto Donati received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Universidad Argentina J.F. Kennedy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and his master’s degree as a clinical mental health counselor from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Roberto was in private practice for 11 years as a licensed psychologist before moving to the U.S.

Lori Feather, LCSW-C

Lori Feather, LSCW-C is a Certified Mental Health Therapist.

Lori obtained her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Lori was a PRP Specialist at Arrow Child & Family Ministries where she provided therapeutic services to children and adolescents.

Megan Fulton, LMSW

Megan Fulton received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A in Social Work from Salisbury University. She has experience in providing therapy and crisis intervention for children and adolescents and their parents.

Rani George

Rani M. George, CRNP-PMH

Rani George is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Rani received her Master of Science in nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is also a graduate student in the Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner program from the University of South Alabama.

Celeste M. Grudzien, LCSW-C

Jason N. Hawkins, LMSW

Jason Hawkins obtained his Master of Social Work from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Jason was a Mobile Crisis Specialist at Affiliated Sante Group where he worked closely with law enforcement and community resource agencies to help individuals in crisis situations transition to a higher level of care.

Shawnata Haywood, LGPC

Shawnata Haywood, LGPC is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). She obtained her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Shawnata was the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance/Mental Health Liaison at UMES.

Stephanie L. Hewitt, LCSW-C

Kelley Holloway

Kelley A. Holloway, LCSW-C

Bryant J. Howard, LCSW-C

Bryant Howard received a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in social work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

He comes to Chesapeake Health Care from Eastern Shore Psychological Services, where he worked as a Mental Health Therapist.

Justin R. Howard, LMSW

Justin obtained a B.A. and a Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University. He also obtained a Master of Education in School Counseling from Wilmington University.

Sharon L. Janssen, LCSW-C

Sharon Janssen obtained a B.A. and a Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Before joining CHC, Sharon was a Medical Social Worker for Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care in Salisbury where she provided emotional support and education to patients and their families.

Shaneka Jews, LMSW

Shaneka received her Bachelor of Social Work from Salisbury University, and her Master of Social Work from Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Shaneka was an intern with Community Behavioral Health Clinic where she provided therapeutic intervention and individual and family therapy.

Irene Johnson, LMSW

Irene received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, West Harrison NY. She is a CASAC-T – Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor.

Before joining CHC, Irene was a Chemical Dependency Clinician/Case Manager at Catholic Charities of Orange and Ulster Counties, Middletown, NY.

Nicole R. Krasner, LCSW-C

Melissa Kubacki, LCSW-C

Melissa Kubacki, LCSW-C received her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in  Washington, DC. She received her master’s degree in social work from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Melissa was a Psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente in Bremerton, Washington.

Kerri Lambert, LCSW-C

Kerri E. Lambert, LCSW-C

Karen D. Layton, LCPC

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She received her B.S. in Deaf Studies from Towson  University in Towson, Maryland, and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling with a specialty in counseling deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Karen was the Associate Director at Balance Point Wellness, a community-based holistic mental health and wellness center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Mia S. LePage, LMSW

Mia is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology of Early Childhood Education from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. She received a Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Sara Linton, LMSW

Sara Linton received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Sara was a Crisis Counselor at Go-Getters, Inc., where she provided individual and group crisis stabilization counseling services in a residential treatment environment.

Mallory Lloyd, LMSW

Mallory Lloyd, LMSW received her Bachelor of Social Work and her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Mallory was a counselor at the Salisbury University Counseling Center where she held therapeutic individual sessions and crisis intervention with clients.

Katie L. Lukehart, LCPC

Katie Lukehart received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Katie was a Behavioral Health Consultant at Chase Brexton Health Care Mt. Vernon in Baltimore. Maryland.

Katie Maldonado, LMSW

Katie is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She received her master’s in social work from Salisbury University.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Katie was a Homeless Outreach Intern with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Salisbury, MD. 

Monserrat Matos, LMSW

Monserrat Matos received a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University and an M.S. in Social Work from Delaware State University.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Monserrat was a Patient Care Management LMSW at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional where she conducted patient discharge assessments to provide for home health, rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient referrals. She worked with multiple agencies to coordinate services for discharged clients.

Svetlana “Lana” McLaughlin LCSW-C

Kimberly M. Meilhammer, LCSW-C

Ellen Meshileya, CRNP-PMH

Ellen Meshileya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Science, Nursing (BSN) from Chamberlin College of Nursing in Downer Groves, Illinois. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialization from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Karyn R. Mierau, LMSW

Karyn received her B.A. in Social Development Studies, Social Work focus, from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, and her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University. 

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Karyn was a Day Program Coordinator at GoGetters/Lower Shore Clinic.

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Victoria E. Miller, LMSW

Victoria Miller received a Bachelor’s degree in social work, and a Master’s degree in advanced standing social work from Salisbury University.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, she worked as a school-based counselor in Worcester County for the Worcester County Health Department.

Ashley Nicholson, LMSW

Ashley obtained her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Ashley was a Comprehensive Case Manager with First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown, Delaware, where she worked with clients to help them advance to a more self-sufficient lifestyle by obtaining housing, employment, and education.

Catherine O’Leary, LGPC

Catherine O’Leary, LGPC received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Waynesburg University, in Waynesburg, PA.

Daria Parsells, LCSW-C

Jonathan Pobst, LMSW

Jonathan Pobst received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. 

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Jonathan was a Social Worker Therapist at Balance Point Wellness in Salisbury, Maryland, where he provided individual therapy to clients via telehealth and face-to-face sessions. 

James A. Porter, DNP, CRNP-PMH, PMHNP-BC

James Porter is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). James graduated in April 2022 from Samford University in Birmingham, AL where he earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice in advanced mental health nursing and nursing education.

Prior to obtaining his doctoral degree, James earned his Licensed Practical Nursing certification in 2012 from Bevill State Community College in Sumiton, AL, followed by his Associates of Science in Nursing degree in 2015 from Wallace State Community College (formally George C. Wallace State Community College) in Hanceville, AL, and both his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 and 2019, respectively. 

Sarah B. Pryor, LCSW-C

Justin D. Pusey, LMSW

Justin received his Bachelor of Social Work and his Master of Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Justin was a clinical social work intern at Salisbury University’s Counseling Center where he led individual and group therapy sessions for students.

Lisa Rekos, LGSW

Lisa Rekos, LCSW-C

Lisa Rekos earned both her bachelor’s and master’s in social work from Salisbury University, in Salisbury, Maryland.

Leena S. Saj, CRNP

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a master’s degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner from Wilmington University.

Amy E. Searcey, LCSW-C

Amy Searcey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Amy was a therapist with Eastern Shore Psychological Services where she provided individual, group, and family therapy.

Karen R. Shipman, LCSW-C

Alyssa L. Shores LCSW-C

Alexa Lynn Y. Shoultes, LMSW

Alexa Lynn Y. Shoultes, LMSW received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Salisbury University. She also received her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University.

Most recently, Alexa worked in Chesapeake Health Care’s pediatrics department as a Behavioral Health Integration Specialist where she developed individual goals and treatment plans for children.

Mark S. Simulis, LCSW-C

Mark obtained his B.A. in Psychology from North Park University in Chicago, IL. He then received his Master of Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.

Before joining the team at Chesapeake Health Care, Mark was a Treatment Foster Care Supervisor at Arrow Child & Family Ministries where he was in charge of training new foster parents and facilitating the placement of foster children into the homes of suitable foster parents.

Tasia Smith, LMSW

Tasia received a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Purchase, and her M.S. in Social Work from Salisbury University.

Before joining CHC full-time, Tasia was a School-based Mental Health Intern in our Princess Anne office where she visited area elementary schools and participated in therapy sessions.

Sandra J. Welsh, LMSW

Sandra received her B.A. in Psychology and her Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Before joining CHC, she was a Treatment Level Foster Care Case Manager at Arrow Child and Family Ministries in Baltimore, MD.

Colleen Snitzer, LMSW

Colleen Snitzer received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park, and an M.A in Social Work from Salisbury University. She has experience in providing therapy for children and adolescents, including school-based therapy for intermediate, middle, and high school students.

Rachel Thomas, LCSW-C

Rachel Thomas received her B.A. in Psychology and her Master’s of Social Work and LMSW license from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Before joining us full time, Rachel completed an internship with Chesapeake Health Care as a Mental Health Counselor. She also worked with elementary and high school students in an after-school and summer therapeutic program.

Kandyce Tolbert, LCPC

Kandyce Tolbert, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology from Salisbury University.

Chelsea N. Tyler, LCSW-C

Kimberly D. Valentine, LCPC

Cheryl Wakeman, LMSW

Cheryl Wakeman, LMSW received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, and her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Cheryl was a Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Care (BHIPP) intern with Chesapeake Health Care where she evaluated and coordinated care for clients.

Kyle J. Ward, DO, MS

Dr. Kyle Ward is a Psychiatrist. He received his B.S. in Biology and his M.S. in Applied Biology from Salisbury University. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

Before joining Chesapeake Health Care, Dr. Ward was the Attending Psychiatrist at Einstein Healthcare Network where he provided psychiatric consultations and crisis intervention for patients.

Tammy Witzke, LCPC, M.S., NCC

Tammy Witzke is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Therapist. She obtained a bachelor’s in psychology, and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Wilmington University in Delaware.

Tammy comes to Chesapeake Health Care from Salisbury University, where she worked in the Counseling Center.