Meet Our Physicians
Dr. Michael Ehlers
Medical Degree: George Washington University Medical School
Internship: Beth Israel Hospital in New York
Residency: Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson, Maryland.
Fellowship: Graduate Psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining WMHS: clinical director at the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland for three years; full-time staff psychiatrist at Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, for 20 years; corporate psychiatric consultant for IBM Corporation, Loral Corporation and Fannie Mae. Also worked at the Carroll County Mental Health Clinic, the University of Maryland Student Health Center and the United States Medical Center.
Certifications: Board Certified in Psychiatry; diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners; licensed to practice Psychiatry in the states of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Professional Interests: Certified in the administration of Buprenorphine for the treatment of Opioid Addiction. Member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Maryland Psychiatric Association and the Washington Psychoanalytic Society.
Ashley Miller, CRNP-PMH
Education: Mountain State University, Martinsburg, WV (Nursing Degree - BS)
University of Maryland School of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health (PMH) (Master's)
Licensing Board: RN/Advanced Practice Nursing (MD); CRNP-PMH/Advanced Practice Nursing
Certifications: Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Kevin H. Peterson, Ed.D.
Title: Clinical Psychologist
Education: Frostburg State University, Psychology
West Virginia University, Psychology
Internship: Finan Center/Lois E Jackson Unit, Cumberland, MD
Additional: Psychology Faculty at Frostburg State University, Private Practice, Medical Staff at WMHS
Dr. Abishek R. Rizal
Abishek Rizal, M.D., is a member of the WMHS Medical Staff and the team of providers with the Western Maryland Health System’s Behavioral Health Services practice. Most recently, Dr. Rizal completed a fellowship Psychosomatic Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He did his Psychiatry residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts, through the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. While at St. Elizabeth’s, Dr. Rizal served as chief resident and received recognition for his tenure there. He also taught medical students as a clinical associate in psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Rizal received his medical degree from the Jahurul Islam Medical College and Hospital in Bangladesh. He completed internships at several hospitals in Nepal.
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.
Dr. Alan N. Arnson
Alan N. Arnson, M.D. completed his undergraduate education at Yale University and the 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.