Integrated Behavioral Health

Neighborhood Family Practice has proudly been providing Integrated Behavioral Health care to patients since 1995. Integrated medical and behavioral/mental health care means that physical health concerns are understood to affect your mental health and mental health concerns affect your physical health. Treating both together results in significantly improved physical and behavioral health outcomes. At NFP, behavioral health staff are only a few steps away from your medical provider. We are there when needed as a warm hand for patients who may be struggling with emotional issues.

Individuals must be established patients of NFP’s medical practice in order to receive behavioral health services. Our Ridge and Detroit-Shoreway sites include behavioral health services on-site. At our Tremont site, behavioral health and physical health providers work in different settings, but coordinate care through shared electronic medical records.

 

Behavioral Health Providers

Peggy Keating, MA, MSW, LISW-S Vice President - Behavioral Health and Care Integration Peggy Keating received a master’s degrees in psychology and social work from Cleveland State University. She has been a practicing clinical social worker in Ohio for many years. She has had extensive training and experience working with issues related to trauma, sexual and physical abuse, addiction to alcohol and other drugs, disabilities, anxiety and depression. Her specialty areas include LGBT, women’s issues, and substance abuse/dependence.

Peggy Keating, MA, MSW, LISW-S
Vice President - Behavioral Health and Care Integration

Peggy Keating received a master’s degrees in psychology and social work from Cleveland State University. She has been a practicing clinical social worker in Ohio for many years. She has had extensive training and experience working with issues related to trauma, sexual and physical abuse, addiction to alcohol and other drugs, disabilities, anxiety and depression. Her specialty areas include LGBT, women’s issues, and substance abuse/dependence.

Rachel Berman, LISW-S Rachel Berman was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to the USA in her teens. Her educational background is a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College, New York and a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. She has been working with adults and families for over thirty years. She has had the pleasure to work at NFP since 2000. Some of her special interests include collaborative work with the doctors on behalf of our patients, women's issues and mental health

Rachel Berman, LISW-S

Rachel Berman was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to the USA in her teens. Her educational background is a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College, New York and a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. She has been working with adults and families for over thirty years. She has had the pleasure to work at NFP since 2000. Some of her special interests include collaborative work with the doctors on behalf of our patients, women's issues and mental health

Nancy Carver, LISW-S Nancy Carver works at NFP as a clinical social worker. She received a bachelor’s in social work from Methodist University and a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University. Nancy has over 10 years of experience as a social worker, case manager and care coordinator.

Nancy Carver, LISW-S

Nancy Carver works at NFP as a clinical social worker. She received a bachelor’s in social work from Methodist University and a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University. Nancy has over 10 years of experience as a social worker, case manager and care coordinator.

 
Holly Cliffel, LISW-S Holly Cliffel received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Social Administration and Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University. Holly is a bilingual social worker with almost 20 years of experience in case management, community organizing and specialized training. Holly works at NFP as a behavioral health therapist.

Holly Cliffel, LISW-S

Holly Cliffel received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Social Administration and Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University. Holly is a bilingual social worker with almost 20 years of experience in case management, community organizing and specialized training. Holly works at NFP as a behavioral health therapist.

Kelly Cunningham, LISW-S, LICDC-S Kelly Cunningham, LISW-S, LICD-CS, started with Neighborhood Family Practice in 2015 as a behavioral health therapist. After earning a Bachelor of Social Work from Cleveland State and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Kelly worked at Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, Alternative Paths Inc., Fairlawn Psychiatric Associates and Applewood Centers. Kelly sees patients of all ages.

Kelly Cunningham, LISW-S, LICDC-S

Kelly Cunningham, LISW-S, LICD-CS, started with Neighborhood Family Practice in 2015 as a behavioral health therapist. After earning a Bachelor of Social Work from Cleveland State and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Kelly worked at Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, Alternative Paths Inc., Fairlawn Psychiatric Associates and Applewood Centers. Kelly sees patients of all ages.

Richard Hill, MD Psychiatry Dr. Rick Hill received both a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has served as Medical Director for Ravenwood Mental Health Center and as Chief Clinical Officer of Geauga County. He has many years of clinical experience treating adult patients. Among his many community activities, he serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Cleveland. Dr. Hill serves as a supervisor for staff physicians, fellows, residents and medical students and is a faculty Senior Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University.

Richard Hill, MD Psychiatry

Dr. Rick Hill received both a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has served as Medical Director for Ravenwood Mental Health Center and as Chief Clinical Officer of Geauga County. He has many years of clinical experience treating adult patients. Among his many community activities, he serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Cleveland. Dr. Hill serves as a supervisor for staff physicians, fellows, residents and medical students and is a faculty Senior Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University.

 
Paul Hirschel, LISW-S Paul Hirschel, LISW-S, joined Neighborhood Family Practice in 2016 as a behavioral health therapist. Paul graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Social Administration. Paul’s professional experience includes a counselor at Bellfaire-JCB, disaster action team volunteer at American Red Cross and several counseling positions at FrontLine Service.

Paul Hirschel, LISW-S

Paul Hirschel, LISW-S, joined Neighborhood Family Practice in 2016 as a behavioral health therapist. Paul graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Social Administration. Paul’s professional experience includes a counselor at Bellfaire-JCB, disaster action team volunteer at American Red Cross and several counseling positions at FrontLine Service.

Susan Knope, LISW-S Susan Knope, LISW-S, began working at Neighborhood Family Practice in 2012 as a behavioral health therapist. Susan holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. Prior to joining NFP, Susan worked for over 20 years as an intake specialist, counselor, substance abuse specialist and program planning specialist. In her most recent position she served as the clinical director for the Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland.

Susan Knope, LISW-S

Susan Knope, LISW-S, began working at Neighborhood Family Practice in 2012 as a behavioral health therapist. Susan holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. Prior to joining NFP, Susan worked for over 20 years as an intake specialist, counselor, substance abuse specialist and program planning specialist. In her most recent position she served as the clinical director for the Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland.

Maryann Kuzila, LPCC Maryann Kuzila, LPCC, began working at Neighborhood Family Practice in 2013 as a behavioral health therapist. She previously worked at Recovery Resources as a mental health assessor, clinical therapist, group facilitator and alcohol and drug therapist. Maryann has over 15 years in the field and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services from John Carroll University.v

Maryann Kuzila, LPCC

Maryann Kuzila, LPCC, began working at Neighborhood Family Practice in 2013 as a behavioral health therapist. She previously worked at Recovery Resources as a mental health assessor, clinical therapist, group facilitator and alcohol and drug therapist. Maryann has over 15 years in the field and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services from John Carroll University.v

Lauren McGowan, LPCC-S Lauren McGowan started with Neighborhood Family Practice in 2015 as a behavioral health therapist. Lauren has worked with a diverse range of individuals at Community Assessment and Treatment Services, Mental Health Services, Compass Rose Center and The Attention Center. She also taught masters-level students for several years as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State’s Masters in Counseling (CASAL) program. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Cleveland State University.

Lauren McGowan, LPCC-S

Lauren McGowan started with Neighborhood Family Practice in 2015 as a behavioral health therapist. Lauren has worked with a diverse range of individuals at Community Assessment and Treatment Services, Mental Health Services, Compass Rose Center and The Attention Center. She also taught masters-level students for several years as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State’s Masters in Counseling (CASAL) program. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Cleveland State University.

Sue O'Brien, PMHCNS-BC Sue O'Brien began serving at Neighborhood Family Practice as a behavioral health clinical nurse specialist in 2014. She received a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Rochester. Sue previously worked at University Hospitals and Recovery Resources, treating mental health issues.

Sue O'Brien, PMHCNS-BC

Sue O'Brien began serving at Neighborhood Family Practice as a behavioral health clinical nurse specialist in 2014. She received a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Rochester. Sue previously worked at University Hospitals and Recovery Resources, treating mental health issues.

Lacresha Rox, Psychiatric CNP Lacresha Rox, CNP earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlin College of Nursing. She is part of Neighborhood Family Practice's Behavioral Health team. Lacresha enjoys helping others feel their best and works to help her patients live well, physically and mentally.

Lacresha Rox, Psychiatric CNP

Lacresha Rox, CNP earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlin College of Nursing. She is part of Neighborhood Family Practice's Behavioral Health team. Lacresha enjoys helping others feel their best and works to help her patients live well, physically and mentally.

Annie Slota Annie Slota received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from John Carroll and a Master of Social Work from Cleveland State University. Annie has worked in social services and community development for over 15 years. She currently serves as the behavioral health linkage coordinator at Neighborhood Family Practice.

Annie Slota

Annie Slota received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from John Carroll and a Master of Social Work from Cleveland State University. Annie has worked in social services and community development for over 15 years. She currently serves as the behavioral health linkage coordinator at Neighborhood Family Practice.