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Mercy Outpatient Psychiatry

At Mercy Outpatient Psychiatry, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that evaluation is accessible and that treatment is aimed at maintaining and enhancing our patients' dignity and individuality. Mercy Psychiatry strives to make sure the value of the lives of the individuals and families we serve is realized to its full potential.

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For mental health crisis management 24 hours/day, seven days/week, call our Access Line at (319) 398-6476 or call the Community Crisis Line at Foundation 2 at (319) 362-2174 or (800) 332-4224.


Our providers are dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluations, medication management, neuropsychological testing, therapy and counseling for a variety of conditions that affect individuals of various ages and many walks of life. Conditions treated include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic disorders
  • Dementia disorders
  • Interpersonal and relational problems
  • Employment problems
  • Family and marital problems

Team Approach

Our team approach includes:

  • Psychiatrist – Our Psychiatrist serves as both medical director and clinical supervisor to our staff.
  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner – Our Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), diagnoses psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions, provides medication management and assesses patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.
  • Neuropsychologist – Conducts neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensory-motor function, languate, learning and memory.
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker – Provides assessment, counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, families and couples for cognitive, social, mental or emotional disorders, including interpersonal or personal situations.

Our Team

Alan Whitters, MD

Alan Whitters, MD, DFAFA
Dr. Whitters is the Medical Director of Mercy Behavioral Services. His practice is limited to adult psychiatry and he is now seeing psychiatry outpatients at Mercy Family Counseling, 1340 Blairs Ferry Rd. in Hiawatha.


Sundara Munagala, M.D., MRC Psych

Dr. Sundara MunagalaDr. Munagala completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Missouri. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRC Psych). He provides comprehensive prevention, diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, including specialization of the general adult population and geriatrics.

Ellie Snavely, PhD, Licensed  Neuropsychologist

Dr. Ellie SnavelyDr. Snavely is a licensed neuropsychologist and she works with all ages. Special interests include: neuropsychological evaluations, ADHD, psychological evaluations, learning disabilities, individual therapy with adults, developmental with neurological/disabilities and medical conditions.

Ronald Ridder, PhD, Licensed  Neuropsychologist

Ronald Ridder, PhD

Dr. Ridder is a licensed neuropsychologist who works with patients, school-aged through geriatric. Special interests include: neuropsychological evaluations, ADHD, psychological evaluations, learning disabilities, individual therapy with adults, developmental with neurological/disabilities and medical conditions.

Jill Petersen, ARNP

Jill Petersen, ARNP

Jill received her Masters of Science degree in nursing from Allen College. She specializes in a full range of primary mental health services, including assessment, diagnosis, and ongoing medication management to individuals of all ages with various diagnosis in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Her special interests include inpatient care, child/adolescent disorders, substance abuse, mood/anxiety disorders, and forensics.

David Ross, LISW, ACSW

David Ross

Dave is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with the State of Iowa. Special interests include: couples and individuals, conflict resolution, anger management and issues of substance abuse.


Luke Hansen, Psy. D.

Dr. Luke Hansen

Dr. Hansen, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, works in Outpatient Psychiatry assisting with patient assessment and evaluation. Dr. Hansen also provides assessment, evaluation and treatment to chronic pain patients in the Regional Spine & Back Pain Center. Special interests include pain management, psychological evaluations, ADHD, depression, anxiety and individual therapy with adults and adolescents.

First Visit

Your first visit to our clinic will include an evaluation by our highly trained and certified staff, utilizing the latest information and innovations in mental healthcare. At the end of each session, you will be informed of our recommendations for treatment, including the possibility of medication and psychotherapy (counseling). Your referring physician may be notified of the initial visit if you give consent for us to do so. It is helpful if you arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment to allow time for the registration process. We request that you present your insurance card at each visit.


If you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency, please seek care at the nearest emergency room or dial 911. If you need to reach someone outside of our regular business hours, Mercy’s Access Line is available 24 hours per day/7 days per week at (319) 398-6476.


Because time is reserved for your appointment, we charge a fee if appointments are not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance.

Contact Information

Mercy Medical Center
701 10th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Phone Number:
(319) 369-4777

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday