Mansfield’s Providers for Healthy Living expands mental health care services | Business News
MANSFIELD – When Dr. Johanna Wilson was approaching the end of her education four years ago, she knew she wanted to practice psychiatry in Mansfield.
“I knew I wanted to come back and serve the area where I grew up,” said Wilson, a psychiatrist. “I’m from New London, but Mansfield was always the city we’d go to.”
She opened a branch of the Columbus-based Providers of Healthy Living on June 28, 2014 with a staff of three. Now, just more than four years later, her business has expanded in Mansfield to provide more services and to offer psychological testing, which was previously offered only at the three Columbus area branches.
“My schedule’s been getting so full that I had to stop taking patients,” Wilson said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 13.
“The work that we do here requires me to see my patients monthly or when people are in crisis, weekly or every couple weeks. So, to take on new patients means I’m less available for my existing patients.”
This prompted the addition of a professional counselor, Holly Baker and a physician’s assistant, Nicole Wurstle. This means Providers for Healthy Living, located at 1221 S Trimble Rd. in Building C, now includes two full-time therapists, two full-time medical providers and two part-time employees.
The addition of testing services for ADHD, autism and more was also a huge step forward, in Wilson’s opinion.
“Instead of sending our patients to Columbus as we’ve done in the previous years, we can now do a lot of that here, which is much more accessible,” she said.
Providers for Healthy Living offers psychiatric medication management, individual, couples, family and group therapy, and more to children, adolescents and adults up to age 55
“A lot of our patients talk about the stigma associated with mental health, their previous experiences with mental health care providers and how that’s limited their ability to get good care in the past, but I think the reputation we have and the patient experiences here are generally very positive,” Wilson said.
The office is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In the fall, they expect to add hours from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.