Regional Behavioral Health

Regional Behavioral Health

Family Health & Wellness, GRMC’s Regional Behavioral Health Center

 69 Wolf Acres, Oakland, MD 21550


GRMC’s regional behavioral health center, Family Health & Wellness Services, provides comprehensive behavioral health counseling and addictions treatment.  The center will offer these services for people throughout GRMC’s three-state, eight-county service area. The staff at the center includes a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Masters Level Social Workers, Addiction Counselor, Licensed Practical Nurse.

Patients seeking services at the center receive primary care health screenings, such as blood pressure and body mass index checks, in addition to counseling care. By integrating primary care screenings with comprehensive behavioral health services, Health & Wellness of GRMC seeks to ensure that people struggling with behavioral health issues also have access to the primary care services that can help them lead healthier lives. This holistic approach to care reflects Garrett Regional Medical Center’s mission of striving to treat each patient like family.

Walk-in clients are welcome for nonestablished patients; sessions with individual counselors also available by appointment.

Phone: 301-533-2190


Family Health & Wellness Services Staff:


Melissa Cussins is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), has extensive experience working with children and adolescences from various backgrounds, who suffer from life transition problems. This includes mood and anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, and oppositional disorders to name a few. She received her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work focusing on family and children clinically. Her BS was achieved at Towson University focusing on Family and Human Services.

Monica Fries is an Addictions Counselor at Health & Wellness. She has worked in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for the past 23 years. She studied Neuroscience at the University of Maryland and completed her undergraduate work at Frostburg State University. She has completed several certifications over the years including Conflict Resolution, Crisis Intervention and Motivational Interviewing. She continues to focus on reducing stigma by educating individuals and using a non-judgmental approach.

Christopher Lyon is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) who graduated from California University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from a generalist practitioner mode and has clinical experience working with individuals and couples as well as families and groups. Christopher utilizes the CBT approach that focuses on various factors that may impact the functioning of his clients.

Abbey Patterson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Abbey graduated from Allegany College of Maryland in 2015 with her AA in Human Services and from Frostburg State University in 2016 with her Bachelors in Social Work. In 2018 Abbey received her Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University. Throughout her career Abbey has provided services for adults, adolescents, and children using a holistic strength based perspective to meet the needs of the clients.

Kelly Rock is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC). Kelly earned a Diploma of Nursing from Mercy Hospital School in Nursing in 1995, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Carlow University in 2010, and a post-master’s certificate in child/adolescent psychiatry/mental health from Vanderbilt University in 2016. She specializes in psychiatric diagnostic reasoning and medication management of psychiatric disorders in the community mental health setting.

Dr. Lisa Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PsyD). Lisa graduated from Marshall University, in Huntington, WV, where she was born and raised, with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, in 2011. A proud lifelong resident of WV, she is dedicated to serving residents of rural areas and is excited to have expanded her services to the beautiful state of Maryland. She has practiced in inpatient mental health and enjoyed time as an assistant professor teaching medical students, but her passion is in outpatient community mental health. She utilizes a person-centered approach and techniques from several theoretical backgrounds to treat a wide array of emotional concerns and believes that each person is doing the best he or she can with the resources he or she has and that psychotherapy can be an additional resource to help that person live to his or her highest potential. Lisa provides services for individuals aged 15 and older. When she is not in the office, Lisa enjoys living on the family farm, spending time with her family and animals.