Video Visits Available at FirstHealth Behavioral Services Clinics
COVID-19 has changed much about everyday life, but FirstHealth of the Carolinas remains committed to quality patient care and safety. At our Behavioral Health clinics, we are ready to serve you when and where you need it.
FirstHealth is also expanding care capabilities at its Behavioral Health clinics throughout the region. Video visits will allow patients to continue seeing their clinician when they need assistance with a mental health issue.
Patients can begin the process with a phone call from a nurse and then have a live video chat with their provider. Like a normal office visit, providers who have relationships with established patients will be able to prescribe medications.
For more information, call (910) 715-3376.
This Section Includes:
- Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Services
- Addiction Recovery Services
- Clinic Services-Outpatient
- Specialized Programs
- Meet Our Team
- Contact Information & Locations
Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Services
The newly renovated 30-bed adult inpatient psychiatric unit at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst provides psychiatric and detox services to patients ages 18 and older. The unit was carefully redesigned to create a safe and comfortable state of the art behavioral health space for our patients. The unit is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses and social workers, and led by Medical Director Jason Jerry, M.D., addiction specialist and board certified psychiatrist.
• 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
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. 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
- 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.
Intensive Outpatient Services in Pinehurst
This program is ideal for adult men and women who may 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 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 in Pinehurst, please click here. To schedule a confidential assessment or to learn more about our services, call (910) 715-3370 or (910) 715-6740.
Outpatient Group Sessions in Rockingham
FirstHealth offers group sessions that provide patients the opportunity to share their feelings and learn strategies in highly structured and supportive environment.
- The Mood Group is offered for patients who struggle with feelings and moods of sadness, loneliness, anxiety or stress. The group session allows members to share personal feelings, ideas and problems, and develop new ways to decrease the negative feelings and moods while forming support networks. Sessions are held on Mondays from 3 - 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 - 10 a.m at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital - Richmond located at 921 S. Long Drive in Rockingham. For more information about the Mood Group, call (910) 417-3661.
- The Relapse Prevention Group is offered for patients looking for support on their recovery journey. Group members have the opportunity to increase their awareness and knowledge of tools to promote recovery from chemical dependency and aid in relapse prevention. Sessions are held on Mondays from 9 - 10 a.m. and Wednesdays from 1 - 2 p.m. at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital - Richmond located at 921 S. Long Drive in Rockingham. For more information about the Mood Group, call (910) 417-3661.
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.
- Family Therapy
- Relationship Difficulties
- Grief & Loss
- Stress Management
- Addiction Disease Issues
- Psychological Testing
- Communication Difficulties
- Professional Support Aftercare Program
- Anger Management
- Trauma / PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chronic Illness
- Medication Management
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Abuse Issues
- First-Episode Psychosis
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Neuropsychological Testing
Children & Adolescent Services
- Behavioral Assessment
- Psychological Testing
- TF-CBT Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ages 3-18)
- ADHD & ADD
- Oppositional Behavior
- Substance Abuse
- School Difficulty
- Social Skills Training
- Temper Tantrums
- Adjustment to Parental Divorce/Remarriage
- Abuse Issues
Professional Support Aftercare Program (PSAP); To download a brochure, click here.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Program
Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Treatment Program
Meet Our Team
Jason M. Jerry, M.D.
Jason M. Jerry, M.D., earned his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio and completed his residency at The University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida. A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Jerry has devoted most of his career to the research and treatment of those addicted to alcohol or drugs. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Prior to joining FirstHealth, Dr. Jerry was a staff psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center and an assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He has been very involved in patient advocacy work and served as the chair of the Treatment Subcommittee for the U.S. Attorney of Northern Ohio’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, chair of the Addiction and Pain Committee for the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association and as a member of the Ohio State Medical Association’s Focused Task Force on State Legislation.
He previously worked for one of the largest privately owned addiction treatment centers in Florida and served as the corporate medical director.
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.
Anthony Mazzarulli, M.D.
Anthony Mazzarulli, M.D., earned his medical degree from Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School and completed an internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Mazzarulli completed his residency and an addiction medicine fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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.
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.
Zoe Panizzi, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Zoe Panizzi, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Ms. Panizzi earned her bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College with a double major in psychology and gender and women's studies. She then went on to study nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, graduating with a Master's of Science in Nursing from the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. Prior to joining FirstHealth Ms. Panizzi spent time working in community mental health in Tennessee. She enjoys working with patients of all ages but specializes in children, adolescents and young adults. Ms. Panizzi is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Tennessee Nurses Association and the North Carolina Nurses Association.
Joel M. Monroe, Psy.D.
Joel M. Monroe, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist. He 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 diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. He provides a full range of adult psychological services, including neuropsychological and psychological evaluation, consultation, psychosocial skills and resiliency training, and individual psychotherapy. His clinical interests include severe and persistent mental illness, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, trauma and dissociative disorders, neuropsychiatric conditions, and adult general mental health. He received the 2017 Mental Health Professional of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the International Society of Schizophrenia Research, the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis, and the Society for Personality Assessment.
Matthew Eubanks, PA-C
Matthew Eubanks, PA-C, is a native of Moore County and is quite familiar with FirstHealth. While still in high school, he obtained hundreds of volunteer hours within various departments of Moore Regional Hospital. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Matthew returned to work for FirstHealth on a medical floor for two years while obtaining hours for graduate school. He obtained a master’s degree in physician assistant practice from Campbell University, rotating solely with FirstHealth and local community practices. In his current role at FirstHealth, he works primarily with individuals on the inpatient psychiatry service and in the outpatient behavioral services clinic. Matthew is excited to return to the community, and he is passionate to serve in a new role as a provider with FirstHealth Behavioral Services.
Kelly King, MSN, PMHNP
Kelly King, MSN, PMHNP, is an adolescent and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. Prior to joining FirstHealth, King spent nearly 15 years as a registered nurse in inpatient psychiatry working with both children and adults. She enjoys working with patients of all ages but specializes in children, adolescents and young adults.
Amy Scribben, MSN, PMHNP
Amy Scribben, MSN, PMHNP, is an adolescent and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in both Pinehurst and Rockingham. A native of Ohio, she has more than 10 years of nursing experience, 5 of those as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Mrs. Scribben earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Akron. Most recently, she worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio and previously served in the same role with practices in Akron and Cleveland. Mrs. Scribben enjoys working with patients across the life span as has worked in a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient. Mrs. Scribben comes from a family of nurses, including her mother, who is a psychiatric nurse. In her free time, Mrs. Scribben and her family enjoy warm weather, fishing, four-wheeling and bike riding.
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
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, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
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.
Lisa Atkins, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Ms. Atkins has more than 20 years of experience and training in the mental health and substance abuse fields, and is fully licensed in both disciplines. She is skilled in addressing trauma and other emotional and behavioral issues, and she specializes in addressing substance use issues.
Shelia Williamson, M.A., NCC, LPCS, LCAS, CCMHC, CSI
Ms. Williamson uses an integrated psychotherapeutic approach to therapy with a focus on CBT and Behavioral Therapy. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, family and group settings.
Contact Information & Locations
Behavioral Services Clinic - Moore County
Specialty Centers Building
35 Memorial Drive
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Behavioral Services Clinic - Richmond County
Medical Park Building
921 S. Long Drive, Suite 202
Rockingham, NC 28379
For more information or to make a referral to our Intensive Outpatient Services,call (910) 715-6740.
- Intensive Outpatient Services
Specialty Centers Building
35 Memorial Drive
Pinehurst, NC 28374
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.