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We are proud of our exceptional staff who stay current and are among the best within their fields of expertise. Monarch professionals have expansive knowledge in behavioral health and topics related to the long-term services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

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Amanda Matthews

amatthewsAmanda Matthews is a psychologist for Monarch actively supporting, educating, and empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Ana Liza Cisneros-Howard

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Ana Liza Cisneros-Howard is a behavioral health therapist based in Albemarle. In addition to providing individual therapy for children, teens and adults, she facilitates three therapeutic adult groups and co-facilitates one Dialectical Behavior Therapy group for adults weekly. 

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Benjamin Neal Millsap

BenMillsapwebBenjamin Neal Millsap is the Senior Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer at Monarch. He joined Monarch in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Bill Garrot

Bill GarrotBill Garrot is a behavioral health therapist and has worked in the industry for 25 years with almost a decade of experience in crisis services.

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Brandon Tankersley

Brandon TankersleyBrandon Tankersley is the Director of Peer Services for Monarch. He specializes in Evidence-Based Practices such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan.

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Dr. Jacqueline N. Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Dr. Jacqueline N. Smith is the Associate Medical Director based in Mecklenburg County. She is primarily responsible for providing care to children, adolescents and adults.

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Dr. Peggy Terhune

Dr. Peggy Terhune1Dr. Peggy Terhune is the CEO of Monarch and The Arc of Stanly County since June 1995.

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Dr. Robert McHale

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Dr. Robert James McHale, FAPA and a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializes in evidence-based mental health care practices for both adults and adolescents. 

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Dr. Sharyn M. Comeau

Sharyn ComeauDr. Sharyn Comeau, a Pediatric and Adult Psychiatrist based in Mecklenburg County, has been practicing medicine for more than 21 years and has been with Monarch since January 2014. She specializes in treating people with mental health challenges of all ages with a focused interest in child and adolescent psychiatry.

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Jude Johnson

Jude Johnson

Jude Johnson is a licensed therapist that specializes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness meditation.

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Karen S. Holst

Karen Holst

Karen S. Holst is a licensed therapist that specializes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness meditation.

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Mary Beth Young

Mary Beth YoungMary Beth Young is the Assertive Community Treatment Team Lead (ACTT) for Davidson and Rowan counties, which involves supervising a team of multi-disciplinary professionals who support individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in their homes and in the community.

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Sarah O'Horo-Nash


Sarah O’Horo-Nash MSW, LCSW is a Practice Administrator for Monarch’s Lexington office, which includes managing outpatient services for individual, group and psychiatric services along with peer support.

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