Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Meet Our Behavioral Health Providers!

Maintaining strong physical health isn't always as simple as taking blood pressure and completing labs. In order to be truly healthy, you must consider the close relationship between your physical, mental, and emotional state.

At Central Ozarks Medical Center, we recognize the close relationship between physical health, emotional health, and behavioral health. We realize that in order to achieve a lasting positive outcome, all these aspects must be treated (sometimes simultaneously). We are proud to have experienced Lake of the Ozarks behavioral health specialists on staff expressly for this purpose. Today's blog is designed to help you get to know these talented providers a little bit better.

Behavioral Health Providers at COMC

Michael Stone, PsyD

Dr. Stone received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southwest Missouri State University and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. He completed an internship at Wasatch Mental Health in Provo, Utah, and he completed his postdoctoral residency at Dakota Counseling Institute in Mitchell, South Dakota. He remained at this community mental health center for about 10 years. While there, he served as the Chief Psychologist and Director of Training, and was very involved with the training of graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral residents pursuing doctoral degrees in Psychology. He is a past president of the South Dakota Psychological Association, and a member of the Missouri Psychological Association and Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychologists.

Prior to joining Central Ozarks Medical Center, Dr. Stone operated a private psychological practice in the Osage Beach and Jefferson City areas. His specialty areas of practice are psychotherapy with adults and older adult populations, as well as psychological testing and assessments.

Dr. Stone resides on a small acreage near Iberia, Missouri. He and his wife, Jennifer enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and traveling. In addition, Dr. Stone is an avid collector of music, musician, and recording engineer. He also enjoys cooking for family and friends.

Elizabeth Ewers Teel, Ph.D.

Dr. Teel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from William Woods College, in Fulton, MO, her Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She completed an internship, post-doctoral fellowship, and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR. Her areas of training were in Neuropsychological Assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorders Assessment, and Educational Assessment. While there, she also gained valuable skills in in Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT). Her residency concentrated on working with the Adolescent Gynecology Clinic, High Risk Newborn Clinic, and Oncology Clinic, in collaboration with various medical professionals. 

Prior to joining Central Ozarks Medical Center, Dr. Teel worked for the State Department of Mental Health, Comprehensive Psychological Services Division for 18 years. She spent her last 6 as the Chief of Children’s Community Operations for the Central Region (31 Counties). She left this position to join Pathways Behavioral Health Care for the past 5 years as a Clinical Psychologist in their Jefferson City and Waynesville Offices.

Dr. Teel resides with her husband in Dixon, MO. She enjoys participating in all aspects of her and her husband’s operation: Three T Quarter Horses. She and her husband breed cow and reining horses. They also train and show them with the American Ranch Horse Association.

Danette Harrington, LCSW

Danette received her Bachelor's degrees in pre-medicine and psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Louisiana. She attended Concordia University for graduate training in School-Based and Christian Counseling and received her Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska in Clinical Social Work, majoring in individual and small group counseling.

Prior to joining Central Ozarks Medical Center, Danette practiced in an outpatient mental health clinic. She also worked as a medical clinical social worker with hospice, home healthcare, ER, nursing home, and dialysis patients.

Danette started her career as a school social worker serving special education students. In her spare time, she started a therapeutic horseback riding program.

Danette utilizes a service dog, Dollie, in her practice for those patients who desire to interact with pet therapy. She occasionally spends time away from work on mission trips, including four in Afghanistan.

Trust COMC With Your Behavioral Health Needs

Our job at Central Ozarks Medical Center is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to achieve (and maintain) optimum health and wellness. Tending to your behavioral and emotional health is an important part of the process. We are proud to offer a variety of tools and programs designed to assist with these efforts, including assessments, private consultations, and family counseling.

Visit our website to learn more about our behavioral health services in Mid-Missouri.

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