Meet Our Physicians
Dr. Michael Ehlers
Board certified in Psychiatry, Dr. Ehlers joined the medical staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in 1995 and has been Director of Mental Health Services at the Western Maryland Health System since 1997. Before joining WMHS, he served as clinical director at the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland for three years.
Prior to coming to Cumberland, Dr. Ehlers practiced psychiatry in the Washington, D.C., area in variety of settings. He was a full-time staff psychiatrist at Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, for 20 years. Dr. Ehlers also worked as a corporate psychiatric consultant for IBM Corporation, Loral Corporation and Fannie Mae. In addition, he worked at the Carroll County Mental Health Clinic, the University of Maryland Student Health Center and the United States Medical Center.
Dr. Ehlers received his medical degree from the George Washington University Medical School and did his undergraduate work at the University of Connecticut. He did his internship at Beth Israel Hospital in New York and completed his residency training at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson, Maryland. He also served as a graduate psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in Washington, D.C., for eight years.
Dr. Ehlers is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Medical Specialties, and licensed to practice Psychiatry in the states of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is also certified in the administration of Buprenorphine for the treatment of Opioid Addiction. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Maryland Psychiatric Association and the Washington Psychoanalytic Society.
Dr. Christine Lee
H.K. Christine Lee, M.D., joined the Western Maryland Health System’s Behavioral Health Services practice in August 2009. Most recently, Dr. Lee completed her residency in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at the Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, New York, where she did her residency and served as Senior Chief Resident.
A native of Korea, Dr. Lee received her medical degree from the Seoul National University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. She completed her internship at Asan Medical Center in South Korea and worked in private medical practice for two years.
Dr. Alan N. Arnson
Alan N. Arnson, M.D. completed his undergraduate education at Yale University and University of Bonn, Germany. He received his medical degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and finished his psychiatric training at Vanderbilt University, Yale and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Dr. Arnson is board-certified in Psychiatry with added certification in addictions. From 1967 to 1986, he was in private practice and did government work in the Washington, D.C., area. He was also on the clinical faculty of Georgetown Medical School. He moved to Garrett County in 1986 and began practicing with the Garrett County Health Department and the Somerset (Pennsylvania) Community Hospital.
Since 1990, he has served with Pastoral Counseling and the WMHS Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Arnson is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Jean H. Ruiz, CRNP
Jean Ruiz is a certified registered nurse practitioner with the Western Maryland Health System’s Behavioral Health Services. She has been a practicing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) at the Winchester Medical Center’s Valley Behavioral Health Associates since 2004.
Jean has worked in a variety of private and hospital-based behavioral healthcare settings, and provided individual and group therapies. She spent many years working at the Winchester Medical Center as a therapist, nurse case manager, resource nurse and counselor. Jean received her nursing degree from Shenandoah University and completed her Master’s at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
In 2003, she earned a post-Master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Shenandoah University and the following year she was certified as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.