Fernando Cobos, M.D., Medical Director, Substance Abuse & Outpatient Services, has provided clinical services for FirstHealth of the Carolinas Behavioral Services since 2005. He received his medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and has been a psychiatry instructor for Harvard Medical School and attending psychiatrist at Mass General Hospital. Dr. Cobos also served as medical director of Detox/Rehab for Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh and assistant professor of Psychiatry for the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He has served three tours of duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps in a combat stress control unit in Iraq. Dr. Cobos has become a “physician’s physician” by treating other professionals who are dealing with addictions. He works closely with the Board of Nursing as well as other professional organizations that monitor providers in the health care arena. He is fluent in Spanish and has experience in treating Latino patients.
Charlie L. Swanson Jr., M.D., completed medical school at Indiana University. He later did his general psychiatry residency at Duke University and completed a fellowship in neuropsychiatry and schizophrenia research at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Swanson’s interests
include inpatient and clinic adult psychiatry,
mood disorders, schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric
conditions. A general adult psychiatrist, he is
certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and
Mary Mandell, M.D., has been an outpatient psychiatrist with FirstHealth of the Carolinas since 2003. After earning her undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Georgia, she completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as chief resident. A board certified psychiatrist, she specializes in treating patients (including physicians and other professionals) who have been diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Mandell, who operated a private practice for three years before joining FirstHealth, received an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in 2006. This national award is presented only to about 10 psychiatrists throughout the country each year.
Benjamin Ose, M.D., graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate B.A. in history and then completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and a psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt. After his residency training, he worked with active duty service members, primarily from the 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg and subsequently served as medical director of A New Start Support Services in Clayton. Dr. Ose is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and his clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders as well as holistic mental health.
David Ruck, M.D., child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy and his medical degree from Duke University. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Letterman Army Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the combined program at Letterman Army Medical Center and the University of California-San Francisco. While in the Army, Dr. Ruck served as training director and later program director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. During Operation Desert Storm and two years later in Somalia, he deployed with the Army’s first active-duty Combat Stress Control Detachments. He worked in community mental health clinics in North Carolina and South Carolina for five years after retiring from the Army. Since 1999, Dr. Ruck has been in private practice, primarily seeing children, adolescents and their families in an outpatient setting. His clinical interests include ADHD and other disruptive behavior disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety and pervasive development disorders. He is board certified in general psychiatry as well as in child and adolescent psychiatry. At FirstHealth, he works with adults on the inpatient psychiatry service and with patients of all ages in the clinic.
Liz Watson, MSN, PMH-N.P., received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duke University and her master’s degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a post-master’s certification as psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ms. Watson is board certified as both a family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and as a clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric-mental health nursing. She has worked with children and adolescents and their families, addressing emotional and behavioral difficulties, for more than 18 years. Her areas of specialty include child and family adjustment to separation and divorce, depression, anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders and eating disorders. She addresses these problems with children and their families within a family systems framework and can, when indicated, prescribe medication. She also works with adults who are experiencing mental health problems (including post-partum mood disorders) at different life stages.
Mitchel, M.S., PA-C, graduated
from the University of Kentucky and was trained
as a physician assistant at the Medical University
of South Carolina. He did a post-graduate
residency in general surgery and later completed
another post-graduate residency in Emergency Medicine
at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern
California Medical Center in Los Angeles. After
completing the ER residency, he joined the staff
of Cigna Healthcare to work in the Department of
Chemical Dependency. Mitchel spent the next eight-plus
years working primarily with opiate-addicted individuals
in the Los Angeles basin. He moved to Southern
Pines in 1989 after spending a year in New Hampshire
working in a private psychiatric hospital. Upon
his arrival in Southern Pines, he joined the staff
of the Dartmouth Clinic and worked in both the
inpatient psychiatry unit and the Pinehurst Treatment
Center. Since leaving the Dartmouth Clinic,
he has worked with adult patients on a clinic
basis. He is certified by the National Commission
on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Lindsay Johannes, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Ohio University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Johannes specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents, as well as adults experiencing mental health issues. Her clinical interests include ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, adolescent adjustment issues and behavioral management training with parents. Her clinical services also include cognitive and psychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults.
Manley, MSN, R.N., C.S., holds a bachelor’s
degree in nursing from State University of New
York at Plattsburgh and a master’s degree
in psychiatric/mental health nursing from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She is board certified as a clinical nurse specialist
in adult psychiatric/mental health nursing, and
has been a clinic psychotherapist at FirstHealth
of the Carolinas since 1995. Her areas of additional
training are codependency, eating disorders,
women’s issues, mind/body approaches,
mood disorders and family systems, and eye movement
desensitization and reprocessing treatment for
trauma. She coordinates the FirstHealth
Mindfulness-based Stress Management Program.
Liz Harry, MSW, LCSW, earned bachelor’s degrees in both social work and sociology and received her master’s degree in social work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., in 1999. She has more the 20 years of experience in the mental health field, working as a counselor, case manager, therapist and clinical supervisor, and she was certified in Critical Incident Stress Management in 2004. She is experienced in working with children, adolescents, teens, adults and couples. She has worked in the fields of substance abuse in a long-term residential program in Florida, and has continued to work with patients who are dual-diagnosed and have chronic mental illness as well as those with marital problems, trauma/abuse issues, adjustment disorders and other behavioral issues.
Robert Peterson, LPC, a licensed professional counselor, brings a strong background in work with children and adolescents through both psychological testing and counseling service provided by Child Protective Services in Texas. He also worked with individuals, couples and families as a therapist for Jewish and Family Services in San Antonio. He has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. His specialties include therapeutic interventions with adolescent issues, parenting, childhood trauma, men’s issues, and the effects of the military on individuals and famililies, including PTSD.
Ellen Starnes, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, Since 1992, Ellen has provided psychiatry and chemical dependency group and individual therapy for FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Behavioral Outpatient Services. She attended East Carolina University, where she received her MSW. Ellen is currently N.C. board certified as LCSW and LCAS . Her specialties include all types of mental health disorders, marriage and family counseling, depression and anxiety, chemical dependency and individuals with military-related disorders.
O. “Billy” Wray, NCC, CAS, LCPC, LCAS,
AADC, COL CA USAR, has a B.S. degree
in psychology from Jackson State University and
a master’s degree in community and agency
counseling from Delta State University, both in
Mississippi. He completed a clinical internship
specializing in the treatment of impaired professionals
at COPAC, also in Mississippi. His clinical
experience spans 23 years with a focus on the treatment
of addictive disorders including alcohol, drugs
and eating disorders for which he holds national
and international certifications and state licenses.
His professional background includes clinical experiences
in one of the country’s top 10 treatment
centers in Southwest Florida, The Willough at Naples;
clinical contract work for a large defense contractor,
SAIC, in Germany; and as clinical director of an
adolescent treatment center in South Carolina. Mr.
Wray has worked at all levels of care including
inpatient and partial hospitalization. He provides
therapy in intensive outpatient groups (including
therapy for chemical dependency), professional
support aftercare groups, individual therapy and
couples therapy. He also has a private practice
Williams, LCSW, has
23 years of experience and training in the mental
health field, including 20 years of experience
in emergency behavioral health assessment. He holds
an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Before joining the FirstHealth behavioral clinic
team, he served as provider network operations
director, day treatment director, and child and
family therapist for the Sandhills Center. He also
assisted with after-hours emergency mental assessments
and dispositions for FirstHealth.
Williams is experienced in addressing the emotional
and behavioral needs of children, adolescents and
their families as well as in emergency/crisis assessments
for all age groups.
Burnore, M.S., LPC, LCAS (P), received her bachelor's degree
in studio art and writing from Rollins College
in Winter Park, Fla.; a Master of Science degree
in professional counseling from Georgia State University;
and a substance abuse counseling certificate from
East Carolina University. A licensed professional
counselor in the state of North Carolina and a
nationally certified counselor, she holds a provisional
license as a clinical addictions specialist in
the state of North Carolina. Devon has worked
in the mental health field since 2006 and has experience
working with children, adolescents, adults and
families. She has worked in long-term treatment
settings as well as in brief intervention therapy. Her
areas of additional training are motivational interviewing,
dual diagnosis, equine-assisted psychotherapy and
trauma-focused CBT. Her areas of clinical
interest include disruptive behavior disorders,
substance abuse, PTSD and anxiety.