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Patrick Springer, Published November 26 2013

Former Country Kitchen to house mental health clinic

FARGO – A former Country Kitchen is being remodeled and will serve as the new home for a St. Sophie’s mental health clinic on the south side.

St. Sophie’s, a psychiatric and addiction counseling provider, soon will move to the building occupied by a Country Kitchen at 3201 33rd St. S., near 32nd Avenue South and Interstate 29.

“We’re very happy with the new location,” said Dr. Emmet Kenney, a psychia-trist and the chief executive officer of St. Sophie’s. The move is expected be-tween Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The new location is close to the clinic’s current location in the Alerus Financial Center and provides convenient access for patients and their families, Kenney said.

Once remodeling is complete, the new clinic location will feature four traditional offices and five ex-am-style offices for medication management and telemedicine visits.

“It’ll give us more room,” Kenney said. “It’ll be better patient flow.”

Telemedicine has been used in psychiatry since the 1960s, Kenney said, and helps to extend services in an area that has a shortage of psychiatrists.

The clinic, which also has locations in Bismarck and Scottsdale, Ariz., provides individual counseling, family therapy, psychotherapy and medications.

Kenney, who was a co-founder of Prairie St. John’s, opened St. Sophie’s in Fargo in April 2011. He moved to Fargo from Omaha, Neb., in 1995 and co-founded Prairie Psychiatric Institute, which later became Prairie St. John’s.

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