It is our core belief that a healthy mind is the foundation of whole health. That is why our mission is to be a trusted provider for compassionate and exceptional psychiatric and mental health care. And, we envision a world where seeking care for the mind is as acceptable as seeking care for the body. We, also, believe that you are not defined by your diagnosis. So, where others see a psychiatric patient, we see a real person. We see you as a great daughter and an accomplished athlete dealing with depression; a loving husband and an excellent chef dealing with bipolar disorder; a caring wife, a super mom and a renowned scientist dealing with anxiety; a diligent student, a talented pianist and a devoted friend dealing with ADHD; an amazing grandpa and a retired attorney dealing with substance use disorder; or a devoted son and a brave soldier dealing with PTSD. These fundamental beliefs have led us to create a welcoming space where you can seek and receive care without the fear of being discriminated against, judged or stigmatized.
Choosing YOUniq Health to assist you on your journey to wellness means working with a team that truly cares about your success and is committed to helping you achieve your health goals. Our clinicians have decades of combined experience making them well positioned to provide the quality care that aligns with the mission and vision of YOUniq Health. They do not rush you in and out. Instead, they spend adequate amount of time with you. They, also, respect your feelings and listen to you so you feel comfortable trusting them with your care. And because they know that you are unique, they work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
YOUniq Health was established out of a commitment and desire to help expand access to quality health care for all, especially those dealing with mental health issues. We opened our doors on November 16, 2018 following a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony held by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce at our Hampton Place location in Lincoln, Nebraska. With the integration of technology in our practice from the onset, we expanded our reach, via telehealth, to patients living in other parts of the State of Nebraska dealing with psychiatric provider shortages. And with such technological capabilities, we were better positioned to play a major role in providing the much needed psychiatric and mental health care to patients far and near when the shutdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic happened in March 2020. From our humble beginnings, YOUniq Health has grown to become a household name in the city of Lincoln and surrounding communities.
Our focus is on restoring individuals of all ages — children, adolescents, adults, the elderly — and their families to whole health through humanized behavioral, psychiatric and mental health care. Our providers prescribe medications very responsibly, combined with brief therapy, for a wide range of conditions that affect the mind including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, addiction and substance use, and eating disorder as well as women-related issues such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal depression, and post-partum depression.
Our approach is simple — we work in partnership with you and your family. And when necessary, we coordinate with other healthcare providers involved in other aspects of your care. Your cooperation makes it possible for us to figure out your problem(s) and come up with an individualized and unique treatment plan for you.
When it comes to the use of medications, our providers have very good understanding of their benefits, risks and safety issues and they prescribe responsibly. Your medications are reviewed regularly for continued need, appropriate dosage, and side effects. Adjustments to your treatment are also made as needed, including, but not limited to, dosage increase or reduction and medication discontinuation when no longer needed. As for addictive medications, our providers only prescribe them when necessary and with extreme caution.
We open our doors 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday. These hours allow you the flexibility to find a suitable time for your appointments. We are closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We observe the following major holidays — New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
If you need to be seen on an urgent basis, please call us during our open hours so we can assist you with expedited scheduling. We do not provide emergency services. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department (ED).
We are in-network with and accept payment from government funded as well as commercial insurance plans. We also accept self payment from our patients and you can pay with major credit cards.
Dr. Amarachi Ogbonnaya-Akpa began her career as a baccalaureate prepared and licensed nurse. She later became an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) after receiving the required graduate nursing education. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from Babcock University, a Master of Science in Nursing (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty track) degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from St. Joseph’s College, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, and a Post-Doctoral Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Brandman University.
She holds three board certifications as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC) from the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Dr. Amarachi's experience spans many years of clinical practice in diverse settings that involves caring for various patient populations. She is also helping prepare future advanced practice nurses by teaching graduate level courses and precepting students on clinical rotations.
With a commitment to expanding access to health care for all, Dr. Amarachi saw the need and started a Women’s Clinic at the People's City Mission Free Medical Clinic in January 2015 to care for the homeless and uninsured. Also, under her clinical direction, YOUniq Health, at inception, partnered with the Good Neighbor Community Center to offer free mental health care to those they serve within the Lincoln community who are unable to pay for their care. She strongly believes that technology has a huge role to play in providing more access to healthcare services to patients who live in underserved areas; especially those dealing with mental health issues.
Dr. Amarachi believes that people are experts on their own lived experiences. As such, she prioritizes letting her patients tell her their stories. This allows her to understand where they are coming from and to learn about their strengths and struggles, which helps her get to the root of their problems. She encourages patients to ensure that their provider is a good fit so they can maximize the benefits of the ensuing therapeutic relationship. Also, she spends quality time with her patients so they can build rapport and earn each other's trust. Beyond the use of medications to manage symptoms, Dr. Amarachi is intentional about equipping her patients with the knowledge and strategies they need to improve their overall health.
Married and with a son and two daughters, Dr. Amarachi enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves baking and cooking. She also loves being in nature, dancing, listening to music, singing, traveling, and watching movies.
Heather Spangler is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and is board certified as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She obtained her certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center after completing a Master’s degree level nursing training at Purdue University. She began her nursing career at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska following her graduation from Southeast Community College and becoming licensed as a registered nurse.
In addition to her role at Bryan, Heather had the opportunity of mentoring nursing students at an outpatient aesthetics clinic. This was made possible by her experience in aesthetics which predates her nursing career. She previously owned and operated beauty schools for 15 years and was among the first set of instructors to be licensed in the state of Nebraska. This experience comes handy in her clinical practice as she routinely uses her extensive background in teaching to help her patients gain a better understanding of their health conditions as well as the various treatment options they have to choose from.
For five years and while at Bryan, Heather dedicatedly took care of patients, of all ages, who during severe worsening of their psychiatric and mental health conditions, end up in the mental health emergency department or get admitted inpatient at the hospital. Having seen her patients at their lowest in the hospital, she is now committed to helping them manage their conditions effectively in the outpatient setting so they can avoid the burden of ER visits and hospital stays. In order to help her patients reach their mental health goals, she recognizes that not all goals are a year out, so she helps them to focus on how to make their day a good day.
Heather is a proud Rotarian and is a founding member of the Lincoln Giving Spirits Evening Rotary Club. She is also a Volunteer Coordinator for Josh the Otter, a children’s drowning prevention program of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation. She is married and has 2 children, 3 bonus children, a grandson, 2 cats and a dog. Heather enjoys spending time with her family. In addition to learning to golf, she loves watching the Huskers and Green Bay Packers football.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Heather has called Lincoln home since 2001. She is glad to be a part of the team helping to give Lincoln a healthier mind and would love to help you and your loved ones achieve your mental health goals.
Beatrice Ekwunife is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and is board certified as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She obtained her certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center after completing a Master’s degree level nursing training at Post University.
She also holds a bachelor's degree in nursing obtained from George Washington University where she graduated magna cum laude. Beatrice is a life-long learner and she is continually engaging in professional learning activities to stay up-to-date in the ever changing healthcare landscape.
In addition to her academic and clinical training, Beatrice gained invaluable experiences during her time in the United States Army and these have been beneficial to her in the many years that she has taken care of a diverse population of patients both in the hospital and outpatient settings.
Beatrice is passionate about providing her patients with the best quality care possible. So, she actively listens to them to learn about their lived experiences and uses in-depth conversation as an effective tool to gather the information she needs to make the right diagnosis. She also involves her patients in the planning of their treatment and ensures that personal variables that may impact treatment outcomes are considered.
Knowing that medication alone doesn’t fix all problems, Beatrice helps her patients to add on the coping skills they need to live their best lives. Furthermore, she believes that an informed patient is an empowered patient, so she prioritizes teaching her patients. She also responds to their concerns and questions to help them better understand their health conditions and the treatment options available to them.
Aside from being a veteran and an excellent clinician, Beatrice is a wife and a mother and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves hiking and traveling.
Getting care on time for mental health problems improves the odds of recovery. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you notice any of these warning signs in you or your loved one — having little to no energy; withdrawing from people and social activities; having crying spells; feeling helpless and hopeless; sleeping more or less than usual; exhibiting mood swings; eating too little or too much; getting angry or irritable; worrying too much; having nightmares; being hypervigilant; getting scared a lot; having frequent disturbing memories of past events; having decreased attention, concentration, and focus; being unusually confused or forgetful; believing things that are not true; hearing voices or seeing things that are not real; or other unusual symptoms.
Doing a self check and/or paying close attention to changes in a loved one is a major step in determining the need to seek help. Remember that just like any physical health problems — cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, pneumonia, and so on, it is okay to seek help for psychiatric and mental health problems.
We have convenient ways for you to get in touch with us. Please call us on the phone at (402) 413-6677, send us a text at (402) 623-0750, fax us at (402) 817-0210, message us on Facebook or chat with us on Google Maps. Also, you may stop by at the clinic when we are open for a quick chat with our front office.
We are located at the Hampton Place building, behind the gas station at the southeast corner of S 56th and South Street and across the street from Cornhusker Bank. The entrance to Suite 104 is at the south side of the building and there are parking spaces available.
Monday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
2120 S. 56th St. Ste 104, Lincoln, NE 68506 | Ph: 402.413.6677 | Fax: 402.817.0210
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