CVCHC welcomes new psychologist

Published 8:03 am Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Central Virginia Community Health Center (CVCHC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jamie Pettus, Psychologist. Dr. Pettus will provide high-quality behavioral health services and will be part of an integrated, comprehensive primary care team at CVCHC.

Dr. Jamie Pettus

Dr. Pettus received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. She received her Master of Arts in Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Pettus grew up in Drakes Branch, Virginia (Charlotte County) where her family owned a car dealership for over 75 years. She recently moved back to the area from Oregon with her wife, three Italian greyhounds, and cat.

She brings with her many years of experience, most recently having worked in private practice in Portland, Oregon focusing on working with the LGBT community, and having an emphasis on working with transgender clients.

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Dr. Pettus has a love for cars and the Carolina Panthers football team. When asked why she chose this profession, Dr. Pettus stated, “I’ve always wanted to help people, and I have a strong belief that we are all here to show compassion and kindness to others. I went into psychology to see those who don’t feel seen, and to give a voice to those who feel no one is listening. I’m excited to work in community health because I feel that my values and beliefs are reflected here.”

CVCHC is part of Central Virginia Health Services (CVHS), a nonprofit community health center – Virginia’s first community health center. CVCHC currently offers family medical, dental, and pharmacy services. Community health centers like CVCHC are community- based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care because of geography, lack of insurance, poverty, or other factors.

Along with other health care safety net providers, the health center plays a key role in the community’s health. CVCHC takes most insurance plans and offers an income-based discount for services for low-income families. CVCHC has received previous VHCF grants that have enabled it to expand services and increase access to health care providers at several of its sites.

To make an appointment to see Dr. Pettus, call the office at (434) 581-3271. For additional information, contact Sheena Mackenzie, Development Director, 804-359-0477 or 804-972-1611.