Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

(443) 590-3224

About the
Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

Located on the campus of Luminus Health Anne Arundel Medical Center, the clinic will serve those in need of short-term urgent care to manage a mental health or substance use disorder. Interdisciplinary staff includes Peer Support Specialists, Mental Health Clinicians, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. The Urgent Care Clinic provides interventions for psychiatric conditions as well as coordination of care for any medical conditions with which a patient may be suffering. The clinic will coordinate support services and create a person centered aftercare plan in order to strengthen the path to recovery and wellness.

When to Visit the Clinic

  • Moderate to severe psychiatric symptoms that need to be assessed and addressed
  • Symptoms are likely to worsen if prompt initiation of treatment, including medications, is delayed
  • The patient is safe and able to wait 2-3 hours for treatment to begin
  • Daily activities are a struggle and pleasurable activities and hobbies seem to have vanished
  • The individual is suffering from a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and is interested in initiating treatment
  • The individual is suffering from an Opiate Use Disorder (OUD) and is interested in medication to treat the disorder (If symptoms allow, initiation of Suboxone treatment can be completed at the initial visit)
  • The patient would benefit from engagement in person-centered treatment planning

When to Visit the Emergency Room

  • Experiencing extreme agitation and resistant to treatment of mental health symptoms
  • First time experiencing severe psychiatric symptoms such as cognitive decline, memory loss, lack of concentration, extreme lack of energy or severe depressive thoughts (may be related to a medical issue)
  • Imminent risk to self or others as the result of mental health symptoms
  • Self-harm has occurred and requires medical treatment to stabilize
  • Thought disturbance resulting in risky thoughts and/or behaviors combined with an inability to keep safe

How to Find the Urgent Care Center

The clinic address is:

Hospital Pavilion South

2001 Medical Parkway

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

It is located on the 4th floor of the Sajak Pavilion and can be accessed directly via the entrance on the 4th floor of garage D.

(443) 590-3224

Hours

Monday through Friday – 9am – 9pm

Staff

Jennifer Messix – Urgent Care Clinical Director

Jenn Messix is a nurse, a servant leader, an advocate, and the Clinical Director at Arundel Lodge’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center in Annapolis, MD. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Chesapeake College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Western Governor’s University and received an ANCC psychiatric-mental health nursing certification in 2017. Jenn is currently engaged in a Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Walden University with an anticipated graduation date of November 2023. Upon graduation, she will sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board exam and is looking forward to caring for patients in a greater capacity, once licensed.

Jenn began her nursing career at Shore Regional Health in Easton, MD as an Emergency Room Nurse after completing their Critical Care University program. Additionally, she has worked as a psychiatric staff nurse, nurse supervisor, and nurse educator of acute and residential psychiatric services at Adventist Behavioral Health and Wellness services in Cambridge, MD, and worked as a charge nurse for the adolescent inpatient unit as well as managed 2 adult co-occurring inpatient units for Adventist Behavioral Health and Wellness Services in Rockville, MD. Recently, Jenn served as a hospital representative for involuntary admission court hearings and worked as the clinical director of behavioral health with oversight of their adolescent & adult inpatient, adolescent & adult partial hospitalization, and emergency psychiatric service lines at Calvert Health Medical Center in Prince Frederick, MD. These combined experiences as well as support from her mentors who are also local leaders, have served her well throughout her professional nursing career.

Jenn’s current role is to support her team of administrative assistants, peer support specialists, nurses, therapists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners in serving individuals from local communities with their mental health and substance use disorder needs. Her passion for building rapport, stigma reduction, mental wellness, patient advocacy, self-awareness, education, and patient-centered care is readily apparent. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, traveling, listening to true-crime podcasts, and spending time with her family and 2 Maine Coon cats.

Jenn wants everyone to know that “Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not define who a person is or what they are capable of achieving.

Julie Seaman

Julie Seaman has been a nurse for over seven years. She is a 2014 Cum Laude graduate of Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland where she obtained her associates degree in nursing. During her education Julie became a member of Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Delta Nu. Julie began her nursing career in the mental health field working with patients that suffered from a substance use disorder. She quickly realized that the field of mental health and substance use was her passion. While working at Luminis Health (Anne Arundel Medical Center) in the behavioral health division, Julie became a member of the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau.

In 2017 she graduated with President’s Honor’s from Chamberlain University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In May of 2017 Julie received the Structural Empowerment Award/Mentor Role award. To further her knowledge in treating substance use disorders, Julie obtained her Certified Addiction Registered Nurse certification.

In March of 2019, Luminus provided the opportunity for Julie to obtain her instructor certification of Yoga 12 Step Recovery.

In May of 2021, Julie graduated from Walden University with her master’s degree. She is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Her passion and need to do more for patients in the mental health field inspired her to pursue further education in psychiatry. It is her determination as a psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide complete care for patients in mental health.

Shannon Tieman

Shannon received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in 2008, a Masters in Science in Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Catholic University in 2014, and a post Masters Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2021. She is board-certified in primary care and psychiatry as a nurse practitioner.  Shannon has practiced medicine for over 12 years, beginning with her experience as a nurse on the medical surgical floor for five years at Sibley Hospital, Washington DC. She advanced on to be a nurse practitioner for Johns Hopkins University in Infectious Disease. She has practiced at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center primary care group as a nurse practitioner treating patients with diverse and complex needs for over five years.

Her interest in psychiatry and substance use developed after seeing many patients with these health concerns and the limited care in the community. Her recent experience in psychiatry has been at Arundel Lodge behavioral health urgent care clinic treating patients of all ages with mental health conditions and substance use.

Markus Olin-Fahle

Markus is a LMSW and serves as Intake Specialist and Therapist at Arundel Lodge Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center. He holds an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as additional degrees in music and city planning. Markus brings a unique combination of empathy, understanding, honesty, humor, and a wide range of personal life experiences into his work. His focus is on building a therapeutic alliance with clients based on trust and unconditional positive regard and providing them with the support, guidance, and encouragement needed to make lasting life changes and feel better about themselves. He has a strong interest in Positive Psychology and other strength-based approaches to treatment, as well as the use of meditative practices in therapy. He lives in Annapolis with his wife and enjoys playing guitar, walking in nature, going to concerts and movies, and traveling to new places whenever possible.

Candace Jones

Candace is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who specializes in grief, trauma, crisis stabilization, and vocational supports. She has a passion for all people, especially vulnerable/marginalized populations, and those living with mental health and/or substance use disorders. She works with underserved populations as a part of ALI’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic. Candace completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Bowie State University and her Master of Arts in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is currently pursuing education in Christian Counseling as this is another passion of hers as well. She is a natural advocate and enjoys listening and learning from others just as much as she enjoys leadership.

Stacey Eibling

Stacey Eibling, MSN, RN, is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  She has over 10 years of experience, including inpatient psychiatric nursing and medical urgent care nursing.  She is excited to get to bring these two specialties together to work in psychiatric urgent care.  In her role, she gets to triage patients who are facing mental health crises and provides emotional support and validation to those who are struggling.  She is passionate about giving care that is nonjudgmental and breaks down the stigma of mental health.  Stacey lives in Annapolis with her husband and cat and enjoys playing video games and watching documentaries.

Stephanie Pierce

Stephanie works as a nurse at the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center and incorporates humor into her daily work routine, as well as surrounds herself with positivity. She is a Navy veteran with 9 years of service, during which time she worked as both a hospital corpsman and a psychiatric technician. After raising her children, Stephanie decided to return to the workforce and began working in a medical office. This reignited her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She graduated from AACC Nursing Program in 2021 and is currently enrolled at Stevenson University, where she will graduate with her BSN in 2023. Additionally, she is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success through Stevenson University. Stephanie is not one to be complacent and is always seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow professionally. 

Stephanie provides compassionate care with a warm smile and light conversation. She feels that she is able to build connections with people she meets and enjoys being able to provide coping skills. Stephanie believes perseverance is key to overcoming any obstacle that life may throw at you.

 “Life is not always easy.  Sometimes you need to take it one day at a time. Always remember that when you feel like you have hit rock bottom the only place to go from there is up.” 

Cyerra Clark

Cyerra is an administrative assistant at Arundel Lodge Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic. Graduated summa cum laude from Coppin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology. Cyerra has worked in the Behavioral Health Field for the last 7 years serving families, children, and adults in her community. Cyerra has experience working with individuals who have mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Cyerra will be one of the first faces you see when you come through the Arundel Lodge Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic door. Cyerra believes that in the Behavioral Health Field it is crucial to provide support to people in need. She will put great importance on assisting you and providing helpful information.

 

 

Tiffany Larson

Tiffany Larson is an administrative assistant at Arundel Lodge’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care.  When an individual first walks into the clinic they will be greeted with a warm smile and a welcoming demeanor.  Tiffany resides in our local community, therefore is invested in promoting mental wellness for community members.  She also has worked in positions where she cared for those who are physically disabled and have mental health disorders.  Tiffany is impassioned by helping to erase the stigma that surrounds mental illness.