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He is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), has extensive experience in mental health crisis services and earned both an undergraduate and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Karen S. Holst
Holst has participated in the seven-day Mind/Body Medicine training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D., and attended the nine-day Intensive Residential Practicum in MBSR through the Center for Mindfulness. She completed the eight-week MBSR course through Duke Integrative Medicine as well as studied MBSR under the guidance of Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Lindsay Bridges, MD. Holst has a Doctorate degree in Human Services Administration.
He completed specialized training on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. Johnson reaches even more people through his holistic health service A Keen Mind, which offers a range of programs and tools designed to help reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness in daily life.
Matthews graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College, with a B.S., with Honors, in Psychological and Brain Sciences. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.
She is also a board member of the North Carolina Association for the Management and Treatment of Sexual Offenders (NCAMTSO).
Dr. Robert McHale
Dr. McHale received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology at Saint Louis University, a Masters of Science Degree in Biology at University of Missouri – St. Louis, and his Medical Degree from Saint George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Kansas – Wichita, School of Medicine. He was named Chief Resident during his training. He has been Study Physician and Sub-Investigator at the Clinical Research Institute in Kansas, involved with research concerning Depression, Psychotropic medications and drug – drug interactions of medications. Prior to entering into medical school, Dr. McHale worked as a biochemist at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and has been a co-author of over 30 scientific publications and abstracts. He was also involved in research and study of Sleep Disorders at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry – Sleep Disorders Center. He has given numerous lectures and presentations on mental illness and believes education is a hallmark for quality of care for all the people with serve in our communities.
Dr. McHale was awarded Excellence In Service Award from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), The Laurie Coyner Award: Excellence For Psychiatric Inpatient Care at University of Kansas, Saint Louis University Undergraduate Research Award. He is a Member of several Professional Associations; American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, North Carolina Psychiatric Association, North Carolina Medical Society, Kansas Psychiatric Society, Collaborative Family Health Care Association. Dr. McHale recently has been recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Dr. McHale and his wife (Amy) are new to the North Carolina area and are pleased with the generosity and hospitality of the North Carolinians. Robert and Amy are the proud parents of a young son named Thomas.
Benjamin Neal Millsap
Milsap is responsible for ensuring Monarch’s use of evidence based or best practices, fidelity to those practices, for agency wide endeavors to improve practices such as Trauma Informed Care and suggesting and implementing new clinical initiatives across our Behavioral Health system. He works as part of a dyad with our Senior Vice President of Operations for Behavioral Health to support Monarch’s leadership staff. His area of expertise focuses on working with those who are dually diagnosed with a mental health and substance use disorder.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) in the State of North Carolina, Ben is also currently a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) for the North Carolina Professional Practice Board. After several years as a mental health and substance abuse clinician, supervisor and regional director, Milsap’s current role at Monarch is to continue to develop new opportunities, programs and service lines statewide, while enhancing the quality of Monarch’s services through the use of evidence-based practices.
Milsap lives in Locust, NC with his wife, Christy who also works for Monarch.
She is rostered as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) clinician through the North Carolina Child Treatment program. She is also certified to provide treatment and assessments to children and adolescents with concerns of harmful sexual behavior.
Before arriving at Monarch in April 2016, she completed all psychiatric training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. While enrolled there, she worked at a state prison, a state mental health hospital, and a county crisis clinic. During her training, she also co-founded a free mental health clinic at a women and children’s shelter in Chapel Hill.
She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and psychology, and completed medical school at the UNC School of Medicine in 2005. She remained in Chapel Hill, where she finished specialty training in general psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. She is board certified in all three specialty areas.
Smith lives in Charlotte with her significant other and daughter.
Tankersley has worked in North Carolina as a Special Education teacher, and previously in Ohio as a Software Engineer. In 1991, Brandon sustained life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks after a car accident involving a drunk driver. His family was informed by doctors that he would likely be in a “vegetative state for life”. After ongoing prayers, great medical attention, and years of continuous, intensive therapy, Tankersley has overcome and continues to beat the odds that were stacked against him.
He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Information Technology courtesy of a scholarship from the university’s Office of Disability Service. He earned a Masters in Special Education with a concentration on Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Cincinnati, also on scholarship.
Tankersley is active with his church, has volunteered countless hours, and has spoken to many schools, organizations, and community groups about working hard, being focused on doing your best, the dangers of drinking and driving, and not giving up in the face of adversity. Brandon’s story has been documented numerous times, and he has received several scholarships and awards since his recovery.
In 2014, Tankersley was appointed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to be a board member on the North Carolina Brain Injury Advisory Council (BIAC). There, he works with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to help contribute towards the definition of brain injury, promoting inter-agency coordination of efforts, studying the needs of persons with brain injuries, coordination of prevention efforts, and make recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Tankersley is also a contributing board member to The North Carolina State Consumer & Family Advisory Committee, The North Carolina Stakeholder Engagement group, and The North Carolina Integrated Care Steering Committee.
Dr. Peggy Terhune
Mary Beth Young
For the first half of her career, she worked with children and adolescents who experienced trauma and displayed severe emotional and behavioral issues. Since then, she has focused on being an administrator and working with individuals who have complex clinical issues. Her volunteer experience includes training caregivers in Senegal, Ukraine, and Haiti on how to work with young people who have experienced trauma.
Young’s areas of expertise include trauma, working with individuals who demonstrate complex clinical issues, and serving as an administrator. She has written two chapters published in the book “Healing for Hurting Hearts: A Handbook for Counseling Children and Youth in Crisis”; one titled Basic Counseling Skills and the other Healing Through Focused Play.
Young earned a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for 21 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.