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Sasha Khosravi, DO

Clive Behavioral Health is pleased to introduce Dr. Sasha Khosravi as its Chief Medical Officer (CMO). As CMO of Clive Behavioral Health, Dr. Khosravi will oversee clinical operations of the medical staff, implementing safety and quality improvement efforts and evaluating overall quality of services.

Dr. Khosravi joined MercyOne in 2006 and has been instrumental in multiple initiatives to broaden and expand behavioral health services for the community. He helped with the move from Mercy Franklin to MercyOne central campus with modern and expanded new inpatient facilities, and helped develop the MercyOne Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry Center. Dr. Khosravi is committed to education and training of future clinicians and was integral to the creation of the MercyOne Psychiatric Residency program, training residents and helping achieve compliance with the Accreditation Council Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He is also committed to advocacy and is part of the Iowa Psychiatry Society, serving as past chair of its legislative committee. He also consults with multiple school districts and was recently awarded a Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 Midwest Regional School Conference.

Dr. Khosravi graduated from Des Moines University, followed by a psychiatry residency at Washington University in Saint Louis and served as chief fellow at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital for his Child and Adolescent Fellowship.

Eric Barlow, MD

Dr. Barlow has been practicing psychiatry in the Des Moines metro area since 2003. He received his medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Barlow is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His general focus is adult psychiatry, and he specializes in caring for patients diagnosed with treatment resistant depression, as well as Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Schizophrenia. He has extensive experience with electroconvulsive therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and general medication management. Dr. Barlow’s personal interests include spending time with family, traveling, hiking, reading, and music – with a special fondness for 1980’s Rock music and classic 80s movies.

Dr. Barlow is passionate about providing mental health education to help eradicate the stigma of mental illness. He will always treat those suffering from these diagnoses as people who are much, much more than their respective illness.


Mary Thompson

Mary Sparks Thompson, RN, LISW

Chief Executive Officer
Mary has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Clive Behavioral Health since September 2019.  Her dedication to serving those with mental health challenges has been instrumental in moving the vision of Clive Behavioral Health to reality.  Clive Behavioral Health opens in February 2021 as the first freestanding behavioral health hospital in central Iowa.  Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa.  She has served in behavioral health leadership positions for over twenty-five years, most recently leading behavioral health services for MercyOne Central Iowa.

“I have always had an interest in behavioral health and in advocating for those with behavioral health care needs.  For me, health care is a way to be of service to those in treatment and their families, as well as the amazing staff who provide the care.  I am honored to be a part of Clive Behavioral Health and our efforts to make a difference for our community.” 

Mark Vanderlinden

Mark VanderLinden

Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined the Clive Behavioral Health team after serving as Chief Financial Officer at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Cedarville University and a Master of Health Administration from Des Moines University.

“I’ve worked in a hospital or healthcare setting for the majority of my career. While accounting can be aggressively focused on profit margins, I have found that working in healthcare is personally rewarding. Working at the bedside or 1-on-1 is not one of my gifts, and not in my skill set, but by working to ensure we have sustainable financial operations, I get to share in the ministry of healing and helping others in their time of need.”

Melissa McCoy

Melissa McCoy

Director, Human Resources
Melissa leads efforts at Clive Behavioral Health to help the team be positively engaged in our mission to provide high quality care for patients. Melissa has devoted her career to serving in both healthcare and public sector human resources roles. At the University of Phoenix, Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a Master of Management, and a Human Resources Management Certification.

“I didn’t know I wanted to serve in healthcare. I was lucky enough to get my first human resources job in healthcare many years ago. At that time, I realized how rewarding healthcare is. While I’m not a direct care giver, I feel my role in human resources contributes to the care of the patients by ensuring a safe and engaging work environment for the employees that do care for those patients.”

Ron Muecke

Director, Plant Operations
As Director for Plant Operations, Ron oversees all aspects of facility management including food & nutrition services, environmental services, maintenance, power plant, and grounds keeping. He is an important member of our regulatory compliance team. Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University. Ron has extensive experience in facility management having served with major health systems and at ABM Industries, a national facility management firm.

“Serving others in the healthcare setting has been my passion for over 20 years. I look forward to going to work each day to help in providing a safe, comfortable, and healing environment for our guests and staff. I believe the space we work in influences our ability to be successful in our mission. I am excited to be part of the Clive Behavior Health Hospital – meeting the needs of our community.”

Blake Schneider

Blake Schneider, MSW, LISW

Director, Social Work
Blake is responsible for oversight and implementation of therapy and case management services for all Clive Behavioral Health services and locations. Blake looks forward to promoting a healing environment for all who walk through the hospital doors. Blake has over 15 years of experience in leading clinical teams in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a special focus on continuous quality improvement. He holds degrees in psychology and social work from Truman State University and Saint Louis University.

“As a social worker, I am dedicated to the service of the most vulnerable and underserved populations and have sought to do so through a commitment to implementing the best known treatment methods.”

Sandy Swanson

Sandy Swanson

Director, Business Development
As Director of Business Development, Sandy will work to develop strong relationships with providers, community service organizations and community advocacy groups to further the Clive Behavioral Health mission and seek ways to improve access to care for patients and their families. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Iowa State University and a Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University. Prior to joining Clive Behavioral Health, Sandy served for nineteen years in a variety of administrative roles at MercyOne Central Iowa.

“When I was in college, my beloved grandmother experienced a cancer diagnosis. At the end of her cancer journey, she received outstanding hospice care. Her excellent care and the positive impact that had on our entire family motivated me to pursue a career in health care.”

Clive Behavioral Health
1450 NW 114th Street
Clive, Iowa 50325

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