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Behavioral Health

Meet Our Providers

Lindsey Cornett

Lindsey graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and  a Master of Social Work. Prior to joining the MVHC team, she worked for Children Services, Faith Hope & Love Autism Services, and Allwell Behavioral Health Services. 

Erin Demkoicz

Erin graduated from Wittenberg University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She then went on to attend The Ohio State University, earning her Master of Social Work in 2012. Erin has previously worked with Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility, Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, and Six County, Inc. in Guernsey County. Erin has been with MVHC since 2015.

Olivia Hamilton

Olivia obtained her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Ohio University. She chose to go into social work because she has always loved supporting others to overcome challenges and reach their full potential. She enjoys working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is passionate about treating patients struggling with anxiety and stress management. A fun fact about Olivia is that her favorite place to be (other than cheering on the Buckeyes at ‘The Shoe’) is Charleston, South Carolina.

Tim Ickes

Tim enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Green Beret immediately following his high school graduation. He served in the Army for 18 years, including a deployment to the Second Gulf War, before retiring as a Warrant Officer in 2004. While serving, Tim earned a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, and multiple good conduct and distinguished service awards. 


Following his retirement from the Army, Tim went back to school to earn his Bachelor of Science in Health Professions and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts. He previously worked at Family Care Behavioral Services, serving Zanesville and Coshocton. Tim feels his purpose is to take care of others and make their lives better. He specializes in treating adults with mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and schizophrenia.

Liz Knicely

Liz obtained her Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from Northern Kentucky University. She has several years of RN experience and previously worked in the behavioral health unit at Genesis Hospital. Liz chose to become a PMHNP as she saw first-hand the need for mental health providers in our community while working in the ER, med-surg, and ICU units. She especially enjoys helping survivors of trauma and patients with PTSD, seeing them thrive after enduring difficult situations and helping them find the resources to live their lives to their fullest potential.


A fun fact about Liz is that she lives on a farm with over 30 animals!

Andrea Schmitt

Andrea obtained her Bachelors in Social Work from Ohio University Zanesville. She chose to go into social work as she could see a discrepancy in services for youth in our rural community and a lack of mental health and recreational opportunities for adults. She hopes to lend a hand to make positive changes in our community. She enjoys working with youth as well as those dealing with ADHD, ODD, depression, and anxiety. A fun fact about Andrea is that she has performed in plays since she was a teenager and has begun taking her artistic journeys further.

Shalah Severt

Shalah Severt

Shalah received her Associate's Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She then received her Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate from Frontier Nursing University. Shalah chose to go into behavioral health after being made more aware of the need for mental health care while working as a bedside nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She was inspired to advocate for mental health wellness and provide services to those in need. Shalah enjoys treating a variety of patients every day. She is especially passionate about working with patients struggling with substance abuse disorder.


A fun fact about Shalah is even though she has been in the nursing/medical field for over 30 years, she had always wanted to be a pilot! She started as a combat medic/91B in the Army then became an LPN/91C. She says she lost her desire to be a pilot after her first helicopter ride! 


Julie Wells

Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Services from Muskingum University. She is currently in her clinical (and final) year of graduate school, working towards her Master of Social Work and LISW licensure. Julie chose to pursue a career in social work as she has always had the heart to help others and wanted a job where she could help people live happier and healthier lives. A few years ago, she decided to further her education so she could help people in various capacities as a social worker. 


A fun fact about Julie is that she has been married for almost 19 years and has four children who keep her busy! She enjoys watching her kids do the things they enjoy. In her spare time, she enjoys running and working out, as well as spending time with her family and friends. Julie previously worked in intervention at The Catholic Schools of Zanesville for six years before joining the MVHC Team. She joined MVHC as a grad student in January of 2022, then became a full-time employee in June of 2022. 

Anna Worthington

Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from Ohio University. She chose to become a social worker because she knows there is inconceivable power to be found in a helping hand, especially when we feel it is impossible. Anna feels this career path has allowed her to "learn daily, love unconditionally, and do good recklessly" while empowering our community. Her favorite patients to work with are adolescents, as she is drawn in by their vulnerability and unapologetic drive and determination. 

A fun fact about Anna is that she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts in her free time! Anna joined the MVHC Team in February of 2023. 

Bobak Youssefi

Bo obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University and is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Bo is available to see all patients for their mental health needs, but he specifically enjoys working with pediatric patients battling anxiety and ADHD.

Kendra Cosgrave

Kendra obtained her Bachelor in Social Work from Ohio University and her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville. She is also a Certified Trauma Professional. Kendra chose to become a social worker because it is a versatile field. She enjoys learning about others and helping them overcome the challenges they face in life. She especially enjoys working with teens and adults. She has previous experience providing case management and therapy services in the Guernsey County area. 

A fun fact about Kendra is that she has a twin brother who is one minute older than her and an older sister! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Kendra has been on the MVHC Team since May of 2022. 

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Raegan Gallagher

Raegan earned her Associate in Applied Science - Social Work Assistant from Zane State College and her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Capital University. She chose to become a social worker because she wanted to be a resource to people in need who were unable to help themselves or who were unaware where to go for help. Raegan particularly enjoys helping teens and younger children.


A fun fact about Raegan is her favorite animal outside of cats is a Snow Owl. Raegan joined the MVHC Team in November of 2023.


Erin Hlad

Erin earned her Associate of Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University and her Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. She chose to become a PMHNP-BC after working as a nurse for 15 years and witnessing the need for mental health professionals in our community. Erin loves working with all patients, but she has an especially strong passion for helping patients battling Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and depression. 

A fun fact about Erin is she owns a campground with her father. Erin joined the MVHC team in January of 2023.

Wendi King

Wendi attended Ohio University and received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2001. She furthered her education and graduated from Ohio State University in 2006 with her Master in Social Work degree. She has previously worked for Children Services, Genesis Extended Care and Rehab, and Genesis Behavioral Heath as an inpatient social worker. She has her certification in smoking cessation. Wendi has worked for MVHC since 2016.

Jennifer Riesbeck

Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and has been a Licensed Social Worker since 1993. In addition to having nearly 15 years of experience as a Children Services Caseworker, she has also worked at Muskingum County Head Start, Area Agency on Aging, and OhioKAN. Jennifer loves working with children of all ages, especially kinship, adoptive, and foster children and families. 

A fun fact about Jennifer is that she loves Broadway musicals! She is the mother to four adult children, three dogs, and one cat. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her children, traveling, and caring for foster dogs and cats. Jennifer has been part of the MVHC Team since December of 2022. 

Amanda Sevcik

Amanda attended Ohio University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and later went on to receive her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. Amanda previously worked with Children’s Services and Six County, before coming on board with MVHC in 2014. 

Shauna Stemm

Shauna graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration. She chose a career in social work as it allows her to advocate for others and to help them reach their goals. Shauna particularly enjoys helping individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She has previous experience in both individual and group therapy settings. 

A fun fact about Shauna is she enjoys traveling with her husband! Two of her favorite destinations are Ocean City, Maryland, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Shauna joined the MVHC Team in June of 2023. 

Kaci Willey

Kaci graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2009 from Muskingum University. She went on to get her Master of Social Work degree in 2011 from The Ohio State University. Kaci has previous experience working with children and families.

Karen Yanico

Karen received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Ohio University in 1995. She went on to get her Master's Degree in Social Work from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University. Karen worked for over 20 years as a School Social Worker and was in private practice before joining the MVHC team in 2019.


Karen went into social work because she enjoys helping people learn to cope with hardships and improve their quality of life. She loves working with people of all ages, especially children and teens. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, cooking, and boating on Seneca Lake.

If you’re feeling depressed, stressed, anxious, vulnerable, or just having a difficult time, we invite you to reach out to our Behavioral Health team. MVHC also offers Telehealth visits so you can speak to one of our many providers, including behavioral health providers, from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to do this alone.  


MVHC Behavioral Health Services are available to new and existing MVHC patients. 

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