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Melissa Beagle, LMSW, Joins Carthage Behavioral Health Team

No Stranger to the North Country, Therapist has Worked in the Social Service Field Since 2003

Carthage Area Hospital is pleased to announce that Melissa Beagle, LMSW, has joined its Carthage Behavioral Health team at 3 Bridge St. as a general therapist. She began seeing patients last month and is focused on a wide range of therapy needs for adults and children.

A western Pennsylvania native of Butler, Beagle first came to the North Country as an Army family in 2000 and decided to make a make a permanent home in the area.

Before she joined Carthage Behavioral Health, Beagle worked as a senior operations manager for Transitional Living Services, Watertown, from 2016 until last month. From 2003 to 2016, she worked at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County, Watertown, where she was a case manager from 2003 to 2008 and the Jefferson County SPOA/SPOE Coordinator from 2008 to 2016.

She is a 1992 graduate of Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2017, she completed the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program, which is a program in collaboration between The College at Brockport and Nazareth College. Her master’s thesis focused on eating disorders. She earned her MSW licensure in June 2017.

Beagle said a sincere desire to help people drew her to practice in the mental health field.

“I like helping people,” she said. “After so many years in administration, I get to use my education and experience to practice therapy and help guide clients on a positive journey.”

Outside of practice, Beagle enjoys running and hiking and has completed several half marathons. She is actively involved with Team RWB and also enjoys helping veterans to reengage with the community through physical activity. She also hopes to summit all 46 of the Adirondack high peaks. A mother of two, her daughter Kathryn, 23, is pursuing a master’s degree in education at SUNY Potsdam. Younger daughter, Chelsea, 21, is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with her husband and is now attending U.S. Army Basic Combat Training, having recently enlisted in the service herself.

Carthage Behavioral Health staff sees patients from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays in the Carthage Professional Building, 3 Bridge St. Call 315-493-3300 to schedule an appointment

About Carthage Behavioral Health

     Carthage Behavioral Health provides professional outpatient mental health counseling and therapy services in a comfortable setting while assisting people with a wide range of emotional and mental health issues. Staff adheres to the strictest standards of confidentiality and respect.

Available services include but are not limited to: Initial assessment and diagnosis with an intake coordinator; verbal therapy; medication therapy; treatment planning; clinical support; health education and referrals.

Upon calling the clinic, or receiving a referral, a new patient case is assigned to an appropriate staff member. During the first visit, patients receive an initial assessment and staff develops a treatment plan suited to each patient’s specific needs.

Psychiatrist Jeffrey Aronowitz, MD, serves as medical director of Carthage Behavioral Health while Caleb Richter, PA-C is a physician assistant and Melanie Saber, LMSW is clinic manager. A team of six licensed therapists presently practice full-time at the clinic. Therapists from Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Health Clinics also assist in providing mental health services at Carthage Behavioral Health.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties. The hospital formed a clinical affiliation with Crouse Health, Syracuse, in 2017.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, neurosurgical care, physical therapy and behavioral health.