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9/17/2013 2:14:00 PM
Verde Valley Guidance Clinic adds medical staff

Verde Valley Guidance Clinic C.E.O. Robert Cartia today announced the addition of five new members to the Clinic's medical and supervisory staff. Cartia stated that the additions will increase the Clinic's capacity to serve consumers in both psychiatry and primary care. Joining the Clinic's psychiatry team are Doctors Christhine Nuez, M.D, Courtney Keckich, M.D., and Roya Karbakhsh, M.D.

Dr. Nuez is a Licensed Psychiatrist who most recently served in Psychiatric Residency at University of South Alabama and Yale University. She is a graduate of De La Salle University, HSC, Cauite, Philippines.

Dr Keckich is a Licensed Psychiatrist who completed a Psychiatric Residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr. Keckich most recently served as Associate Chief of Psychiatry, Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster, Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School Of Medicine.

Dr. Karbakhsh comes to the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic from the Dutches County Department of Mental Health, Poughkeepsie, New York. She completed a Residency at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York and was a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at University School of Medicine. Dr. Karbakhsh is a graduate of Isfahan Medical University, Iran.

Sean Murray, Family Nurse Practitioner, most recently served in the Yavapai County Community Health Center and East Flagstaff Family Medicine. He earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Northern Arizona University, and received the Arizona March of Dimes 2013 Nurse of the Year Award in the rural category.

Shawn Hatch, ACSW; LMSW; CCS; CAADC, joins the Clinic as an Adult Program Supervisor after serving as Director of Clinical Services Behavioral Health, Marquette General Hospital; Marquette, Michigan. Hatch holds a Master's of Social Work from The University of Michigan.

Verde Valley Guidance Clinic is contracted through NARBHA, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Apache and Mohave counties. Funds for services are provided through a contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services and AHCCCS.


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