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Behavioral Health

Meet Our Providers

Lindsey Cornett
MSW, LISW

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
LISW-S

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.

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Erin Hlad
PMHNP-BC

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.

Jessica Jewell
LISW-S, LICDC-CS

Jessica graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a double minor in Spanish and Interpersonal Communications in 2003 from Ohio University. She went on to get her Master of Social Work degree in 2008 from the Ohio State University. Jessica has worked at Six County, Inc, Muskingum Behavioral Health, MVHC in the past, and Southeastern Ohio Counseling Center before joining MVHC in 2018.

Liz Knicely
PMHNP

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
LSW

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

PMHNP-BC

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! 

Karen Yanico
LISW

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.

Julie Coulson
PMHNP-BC

Julie specializes in Psychiatric Mental Health. Julie obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Otterbein College and then did a post Master’s certification in Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati.

Olivia Hamilton
LISW

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
PA

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.

Wendi King
LISW-S

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
LSW

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
LISW-S

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. 

Kaci Willey
LISW

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.

Bobak Youssefi
PMHNP

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.

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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