Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is expanding its psychiatric services to the community with a new psychiatrist and physician assistant on staff.

Monte Bernhagen, M.D., rejoined the Pine Rest Pella Clinic staff in April. Dr. Bernhagen has more than 25 years of experience as a board certified psychiatrist and is seeing patients 18 years and older. He currently has availability to see new patients within one week of referral.

Dr. Bernhagen’s areas of expertise include the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, dementia and Alzheimer’s assessments, psychotic disorders and schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma disorders.

Kimberly Eccher, PA-C, joined the staff July 30 to expand the clinic’s capacity to provide psychiatric medication management services. Eccher has been working for Pine Rest on its main campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan and went through the physician assistant psychiatric training program. This program provides advanced training and experience in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. Eccher is accepting new patients 18 years and older. She currently has availability to see patients within one week of referral.

Eccher’s areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar disorder, eating disorders and grief and loss.

The Pella clinic has provided the city and surrounding communities with quality behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families for the past 42 years. The clinic has immediate access to all of Pine Rest’s resources, including experts in several areas of behavioral healthcare. The clinic’s address is 2611 Washington Street, Westport Medical Plaza. Call 641-628-9599 for appointments or questions.

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