Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Cedar Crest Hospital & Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Cedar Crest Staff

Meet the caring and compassionate staff of Cedar Crest.

Executive Team

  • Caanan Blakemore, DNP - Chief Executive Officer
  • Holly Doherty, MBA - Chief Operating Officer and Director of Risk/PI
  • Melissa West - Chief Financial Officer
  • Jenny Stooksberry, BSN, RN - Chief Nursing Officer
  • Greg Stewart, PhD, MDiv, LPC - Director of Behavioral Health Services
  • Natalie Reeves, LPC-S - Director of Clinical Services
  • Melissa Wheeler - Director, Business Office
  • B.J. Truitt - Director of Facility Operations
  • Holly Provance Doggett - Director of Business Development
  • Shellie Hassell, LPC - Director of Admissions
  • Allison Liston - Director of Human Resources
  • Amy Spruell, RN, MSN, MHA - Director of Utilization Review

Medical Staff

  • Dr. Sandra Vexler, M.D. - Psychiatrist
  • Dr. Sejal Mehta, M.D., MBA - Psychiatrist (RTC)
  • Dr. John E. Pierson, IV, D.O. - Psychiatrist (Adult)
  • Keva Rocha, RN - Infection Control and Nurse Educator
  • Dr. Shree Shrestha, M.D. - Medical Director, Psychiatrist (Child & Adolescent)
  • Dr. Taghi Shafie, M.D. - Outpatient Clinic

Clinical Staff

Administrative Staff

  • Derrick Lindsey - Transportation Manager
  • Joanna Mohanadas - HR Coordinator
  • Layce Cantwell - Business Development and RTC Liaison
  • Emily Bartek - Patience Experience Manager
  • Sheila Liston - Risk Assistant
  • Casey Hooks - Staffing Coordinator
  • Sharice Milton, RMA, BS, CCHW - Executive Assistant
  • Jaylyn Schumpert, MBA - Business Development Liasion
  • Jennifer James - Receptionist
  • Melisa Wheeler - Dir. Business Office
  • Keisha Shaw - Head Chef
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