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Behavioral Services

At FirstHealth of the Carolinas, our Behavioral Services Division provides multi-level, integrated services to assist patient in their recovery from the physical, emotional, social and spiritual effects of their illnesses while recognizing the right and dignity of the patients as individuals.

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This Section Includes:



Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Services

 Serving adults 18 years and older; specialized services available for the older adult population.

Services include:

• Medical Detoxification

• Dual Diagnosis Treatment

• Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment

• Voluntary / Involuntary Admissions

To download a brochure about out Inpatient Psychiatric Services, please click here.



Addiction Recovery Services-Pinehurst

FirstHealth Addiction Recovery Services provides a full continuum of care for adult men and women, ages 18 and above, suffering from behavioral health disorders, substance abuse issues or experiencing overwhelming personal crises.  Addiction recovery services include scientific and 12-step modes of treatment and medication-assisted treatment if needed.  Both Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Services (IOS) help individuals understand their illness, reduce the impact of symptoms and cope with challenging and situational crises.

Both the chemical dependency and psychiatric tracks have a setting that provides tools for recovery. Personalized treatment plans are specifically developed according to each patient's unique strengths, needs and goals. Therapies and related services that may be incorporated into a patient's plan include medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, along with a special recovery program designed for professionals.

FirstHealth Addiction Recovery Services provides levels of care to include:

  • Medical Detoxification
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Services (IOS)
  • Professionals Support Aftercare Program (PSAP)

We also offer ongoing counseling and treatment in an outpatient clinic setting based on each patient's individual needs.


Download our brochure for Addiction Recovery Services-Pinehurst.


Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Services

These programs are ideal for adult men and women who may not have completed an inpatient treatment program or may not have risen to the level that requires that more intensive level of treatment experience.

We understand that in order to provide the most effective support for men and women who are experiencing substance use disorders and certain co-occurring conditions, we must be prepared to provide care at a variety of levels. For many people, the ideal treatment environment allows the individual to participate in a full day treatment (PHP) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or a half day treatment (IOS) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, depending on the individual's needs.

To download a brochure about our Intensive Outpatient Services/Partial Hospitalization Program, please click here.

To schedule a confidential assessment or to learn more about our services, call (910) 715-3370 or (910) 715-6740. 


Professional Support Aftercare Program

FirstHealth offers a Professional Support Aftercare Program (PSAP) for professionals and executives. Our program for professionals provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment process created to meet the individual needs of the professional and their family members.  We focus not only on issues related to inappropriate use of alcohol or drugs, but also on other self-defeating addictive behaviors and co-occurring mental health difficulties.

We provide therapeutic groups for professionals in which they can receive support and assistance among other individuals who share similar experiences.  FirstHealth offers a weekly Professional Support Aftercare Program that meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the FirstHealth outpatient clinic located in the Specialty Centers Building at 35 Memorial Drive, entrance 4 in Pinehurst.  For more information about the program, click here.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information about the Professional Support Aftercare Program, call (910) 715-3370.




Clinic Services 

Adult Services

  • Family Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Grief & Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Addiction Disease Issues
  • Psychological Testing
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Professional Support Aftercare Program
  • Anger Management
  • Divorce/Remarriage
  • Trauma / PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Chronic Illness
  • Medication Management
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Abuse Issues


Children & Adolescent Services

  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Psychological Testing
  • Depression
  • TF-CBT Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ages 3-18)
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD & ADD
  • Oppositional Behavior
  • Substance Abuse
  • School Difficulty
  • Social Skills Training
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Adjustment to Parental Divorce/Remarriage
  • Abuse Issues




Specialized programs

Crisis Intervention

Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Program; To download a brochure about our Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Program, click here.

Professional Support Aftercare Program (PSAP); To download a brochure, click here.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)



Meet Our Team

Gregory Collins, M.D.

Gregory B. Collins, M.D.

Gregory B. Collins, M.D., is a board certified addiction psychiatrist who has dedicated his entire professional career to the treatment of alcohol and drug problems of all types.  He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine where he also completed a psychiatric residency. He served for two years with the U.S. Navy and became the Medical Director of the Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.  Prior to joining FirstHealth, Dr. Collins had a chemical dependency practice with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he founded the Clinic’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center.  Dr. Collins has achieved widespread recognition for his treatment of professional athletes in the Cleveland area and has received several local and national awards for his work. Dr. Collins is also very involved with advanced biochemical research in alcoholism.  He has written numerous articles and book chapters in professional publications, and lectures widely on substance abuse and psychiatric topics.

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Mary T. Mandell, M.D.

Mary Mandell, M.D.

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.

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Benjamin Ose, M.D.

Benjamin Ose, M.D.

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.

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David C. Ruck, M.D.

David Ruck, M.D.

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 outpatient clinic.

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Meredith Stanton, M.D.   

Meredith Stanton, M.D.

Psychiatrist Meredith Stanton, M.D., has a particular interest in adults and children with anxiety and mood disorders, especially PTSD, generalized anxiety and depression.  A native of Georgia, Dr. Stanton earned her medical degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon and completed her internship and residency in psychiatry at Atlanta’s Emory University School of Medicine.  Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, she was previously associated with Palmetto Tuomey Healthcare System, Tuomey Healthcare System Senior Life Improvement Program, Sumter Psychiatry Associates and Santee-Wateree Mental Health Center.

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Corinne S. Medina, M.D.

Corinne S. Medina, M.D.

Psychiatrist Corinne Medina, M.D., earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa.  She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Jane Schwarting, PMHNP  

Jane Schwarting, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Jane Schwarting, PMHNP-BC, is a child, adolescent and adult board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Schwarting earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University. After practicing as a nurse for several years, she continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning her master’s degree in nursing and completing the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. Schwarting also holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Tennessee. At FirstHealth, she works in psychiatry, serving both children and adults in the outpatient behavioral services clinic.

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Joel Monroe, Psy.D.

Joel M. Monroe, Psy.D.

Joel M. Monroe, Psy.D., received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Heidelberg University and obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C.  He completed his residency at Broughton Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship in psychotic disorders at the Medical College of Georgia.  Dr. Monroe specializes in the provision of adult inpatient and outpatient psychological services, including individual and group psychotherapy, cognitive remediation and social skills training, and psychological and neurocognitive assessment. His clinical interests include schizophrenia and psychotic spectrum disorders, chronic mood disorders, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, personality disorders, neuropsychiatric conditions, and adult general mental health. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis, and the Society for Personality Assessment.   

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Roger Mitchel, M.S., PA-C

Roger Mitchel, M.S., PA-C

Roger 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 postgraduate 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 an outpatient basis. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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Elizabeth Manley, MSN, R.N., C.S.

Elizabeth Manley, MSN, R.N., C.S.

Elizabeth 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

Liz Harry, MSW, LCSW

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

Robert Peterson, LPC

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

Ellen Starnes, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

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.


Danny Williams, LCSW 

Danny Williams, LCSW

Danny 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.


Nicole Sutton

Nicole Sutton, MSW, LCSW, LCASA

Nicole Sutton, MSW, LCSW, LCASA, earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Before joining the FirstHealth team, she served as a provider with Daymark Recovery Services, working with children, adolescents and adult patients individually and in group settings.  She has experience working with issues related to personality disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, chemical dependency, anxiety and depression.   Her training includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, CBT, Relapse Prevention and Motivational Interviewing.  


Kristen Buss

Kristen Buss, M.Ed., NCC, LPC

Ms. Buss has an eclectic professional background that includes experience with equine-assisted psychotherapy, art therapy and traditional office therapy. Experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples, she specializes in treating eating disorders and substance abuse as well as other mental and behavioral issues.


Paul Benfield

Paul Benfield, M.A., P.C., LCAS

Mr. Benfield has 34 years of training and experience in the mental health field, specializing in substance abuse assessment and treatment.  Before joining FirstHealth Behavioral Services, Mr. Benfield practiced for more than four years as a senior counselor with FirstHealth’s Employee Assistance Program. He works with both individuals and groups while providing therapy for adults and adolescents.



Contact Information & Locations

For more information or to make an appointment or to make an appointment with our Behavioral Services Clinic, call (910) 715-3370


Behavioral Services Clinic
Specialty Centers Building
35 Memorial Drive
Pinehurst, NC 28374


For more information of to make a referral to our Intensive Outpatient Services or Partial Hospitalization Program, call (910) 715-6740.


For transfers or direct admissions to Inpatient Psychiatry at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, call the FirstHealth Transfer Center at (910) 715-BEDS (715-2337). Clinical information will be requested about the patient.



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