Lee McCormick, Founder
Lee McCormick is the founder of The Ranch Recovery Center in Tennessee, where a holistic and spiritual approach to addiction is the focus. Lee founded Spirit Recovery, Inc., which produces Recovery Conferences, Sacred Journeys, workshops and other recovery and personal growth experiences. He is the author of Spirit Recovery Meditation Journal and was a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul. As executive producer of Dreaming Heaven, a documentary on spiritual awakening and experience, Lee became a partner in Enlightened Innertainment Production Company, a film and music creative endeavor. He is a partner and co-creator of the Dreaming House in Teotihuacán, Mexico, a group retreat center at the foot of the pyramids. A talented songwriter and singer, Lee has owned and operated the Piney River Cattle Company for the past 20 years. His pursuits also include being a certified chemical dependency counselor, spiritual teacher, and Toltec Guide trained in the tradition of the Eagle Knight lineage of don Miguel Ruiz. Lee resides between his ranches in Tennessee and Malibu, California as well as the Dreaming House in Teotihuacán, Mexico.
Greg Phillips, BS, MBA, Executive Director
Greg has worked in the treatment field for over 20 years. He began his career at Pine Grove as a counselor’s assistant and over the next 13 years served as a Ropes Course Director, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and ended as the Program Director of the Professional Enhancement Program. Greg spent the next 16 months as the Director of Marketing at Las Vegas Recovery Center. He joined The Ranch in August of 2007 as Chief Operations Officer becoming Executive Director in December 2010. Greg has a B.S. in psychology and an M.B.A. He has been married to Selena for 17 years and they have three beautiful children.
Keith Parrish, Director of Operations
Before coming to the Ranch, Keith was Centre Director of O.I., Inc. as well as owned his own landscaping company. Prior to being at O. I., he was General Manager at Cycle Gear, opening new stores across the country. He has worked in the field of construction as an electrician, carpenter, and assistant superintendent. Keith studied sports medicine at the University of South Alabama, later becoming a professional soccer player, has coached at NCAAD 1 level, high school and youth travel teams. He has been married to Jenger for 16 years and has three boys.
Mark Albritton BS, Quality Manager
Mark comes to the Ranch with 17 years’ experience in the mental health field. His work as a mental health provider has ranged from direct client contact, liaison between regulatory agencies and facility administration. He has also owned and operated a small business in Dickson County. His experience has taught him the importance of confidentiality. He also understands the importance of meeting both the needs of regulatory agencies and accomplishing quality client care. Raised in the bayous of the deep South, he enjoys the outdoors and often hikes and kayaks with his wife of 27 years.
Anita Little, Human Resource Manager
Prior to joining the staff at The Ranch, Anita worked as Human Resource Representative for nine years at Shiloh Industries and one year as Manager for a staffing agency. Anita enjoys time with her two daughters and husband. Anita has excellent people skills and is glad to be with her new family at The Ranch.
Marie Reed, Administrative Assistant
Marie brings to The Ranch a diverse background of social work and administrative support in various industries. Her experience and expertise includes executive assistant positions, receptionist duties, creating newsletters, database maintenance, payment processing and countless other responsibilities that keep an office running on a day to day basis. She has literally “done it all” and The Ranch welcomes her experience, humor and knowledge. In her role as administrative assistant she supports Executive Director, Director of Operations and Clinical Director.
Dolly Southall, Receptionist
Dolly is the Receptionist at The Ranch, the kind voice you hear when you call. Having worked in treatment facilities for six years before coming to the Ranch, she brings a wealth of understanding and compassion to those who call in for the first time looking for help. Dolly answers the phones, files and is wonderful in her willingness to assist anyone who needs help. Dolly says, “I really enjoy working at The Ranch. I understand that when people call us for the first time, they are afraid of the unknown – they don’t know what to expect. I like being able to take away some of their fears and help them to feel better about taking that first big step.
Betsy Grove, Business Office Specialist
Betsy brings more than 5 years experience in medical billing and coding, customer service, insurance benefit verification and utilization review/utilization management to our team. She has success fully competed medical billing and coding courses I and II. She is training to become certified in this field. Betsy began her career at Dickson Medical Associates in 2006 as a patient account representative. She quickly advanced to a position as a precertification /referral and benefit verification specialist. She enjoys being an advocate for our clients and assisting in obtaining the maximum benefits of their insurance plan. She resides in near by Dickson County with her husband Casey, four sons and niece. Betsy was attracted to The Ranch because of its family feel.
Matt Eggleston, Director of Admissions
Matt serves The Ranch with several years of personal recovery experience, a Juris Doctorate degree, as well as vast experience in the treatment field. Prior to joining The Ranch, Matt served as the Marketing Director for the Integrative Life Center and volunteered with the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program in various capacities working with impaired professionals. Matt regularly serves as a guest speaker focusing on outreach to the university and professional communities.
As a member of The Ranch team, his primary commitment is to connect clients and practitioners with the best recovery resources available. Matt has worked as a guest lecturer counseling professionals and students on the delicate balance of recovery in their daily lives. He has also been intern, counselor, and admissions coordinator for the professionals program with Foundations Recovery Network. Prior to joining the recovery field, Matt practiced law in Memphis, Tennessee for over ten years in both the public and private sector and served as special judge to the Shelby County Domestic Violence and Drug Courts.
This collective experience offered wonderful opportunities as well as time to consider his true passion and enthusiasm for integrative therapeutic approaches for people seeking recovery.
Byron Simpson, J.D., Assistant Director of Admissions
Byron brings recovery and legal experience to The Ranch. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Byron completed his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University as well as a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In his practice prior to coming to The Ranch, Byron counseled medical, treatment and mental health facilities on admission and charting practices. Happy to now be working more directly with those in need, Byron brings a passion for the treatment of professionals, as well as those who suffer from co-occurring disorders. Byron has worked closely with the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program as a peer monitor and volunteer, and lectures on the importance of peer support of law students, lawyers and judges.
Deidre Butte, Admissions Specialist
The Ranch is Deidre’s first position in the adult recovery industry. She has worked the past 8 years in the adolescent residential treatment field in Admissions and Marketing. Before that, Deidre was an Adult Clinical Case Manager for a community-based program and worked as a child abuse investigator in a bordering county. She has been a fan of The Ranch for many years and is excited to be a part of the team. Deidre graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Deidre has a passion for helping others find the treatment that will best serve the individual’s needs. Her own journey of recovery began in 1981. Deidre’s energy and enthusiasm is reflective when she meets others who are on a mission of self-improvement.
Craig Bosse, Admissions Specialist
Craig has 18 years experience at all levels of care in the treatment field, specifically around co-occurring disorders. He has a special passion for The Ranch’s eclectic treatment style. Craig is currently apprenticing to pour Native American Sweat Lodges as well as pursuing the study of Toltec philosophy. He enjoys the opportunity to be a member of The Ranch admission team, and being part of the “Gateway to The Ranch”.
Nina Hayes, Admissions Support
Nina’s background includes experience in office management and administrative services in areas as diverse as cosmetics, engineering, and DNA analysis tools. She has been office manager at The Ranch since early 2002 and has watched the organization grow and evolve significantly during that time. In addition to her administrative and client service duties. Nina is also a published and award winning poet and has completed writing her first novel.
Kristin Harris, Admissions Support
Kristen resides in White Bluff, TN but grew up in Lyles. She graduated from East Hickman High School in 2009 and later earned her degree in medical assisting from Kaplan Career Institute in July 2012. Kristen was able to complete her medical assistant externship at the Ranch. Before coming to the Ranch, Kristen worked in customer service at a sky diving center. When asked about why she chose the Ranch, her reply is: “ because of the family feel. I am passionate about helping others & making a difference in someone’s life.”
Becca Harber, MA, Admissions Support
Becca lives in Fairview Tennessee with her husband Geoffrey and 2 children, Levi and Aubryanah. Becca graduated from Dickson County High School in 2007. She obtained her Medical Assistant degree at Kaplan Career Institute in July 2012. After finishing her externship here at The Ranch, she was hired on as a Medical Assistant. Becca then became a part of the admissions team in September of 2012. Working here as been awesome, and life changing. “The reason I love working here so much, is the family feel, and the fact that we are helping and changing peoples lives.”
Cheryl Brown, Director of Marketing/Outreach
Nearing 30 years of service in the addiction and behavioral health field, Cheryl continues her passion of providing hope and healing to those individuals and families who continue to suffer from the throes of alcoholism, drug addiction, mood disorders, eating disorders and sexual addiction. Cheryl’s journey began with her own recovery and grew as she continued her training and became a certified addiction counselor. Cheryl’s background, practice, and knowledge have come from a few noteworthy pioneers in the treatment field such as: Life Healing Center ~ Santa Fe, where she held the position of Executive Director and lead the staff to pioneer the first women’s gender specific program for sex, love and relationship addiction; Sierra Tucson, where she held multiple management and supervisory positions in Intake and Marketing for over 17 years; and Cottonwood, where she began her experience in the treatment field and became skilled as a certified addiction counselor, holding the positions of Business Manager, Therapist, and Assistant Clinical Director. “The Ranch truly resonates with my personal beliefs around the effective tools and models needed to impact the severity of the illnesses and life challenges I often see presented in our clients. The healing process here addresses the multidimensional aspects of the whole person, and provides the client with opportunities for personal accountability and time in a safe, nurturing, and life-like environment. Most importantly, this affords them the ability to anchor the new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change.” Cheryl also remains devoted to her family, which includes her father, children and grandchildren. She is also an avid horsewoman and ballroom dancer.
Stephanie Fultz, Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Stephanie Fultz worked at The Ranch when it first opened its doors in 1999. From there, she worked in administrative roles with Onsite Workshops, Nashville Machine Co., and Cumberland Heights, where she helped to develop the children’s program. Honoring her passion for working with people, Stephanie pursued a career in marketing outreach. She returned to The Ranch in 2011 as a marketing assistant and honed her marketing skills at Integrative Life Center of Nashville before coming back to The Ranch as Clinical Outreach Coordinator.
Stephanie enjoys music, horses and raising her daughter. She has a passion for helping people and feels The Ranch’s philosophy offers many choices to people who are on the journey of recovery.
Jessica Hirsch, Alumni Coordinator
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a master’s degree in English Education from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining The Ranch, she was a teacher at the YWCA and the Director of Admissions at a nonprofit private high school in Atlanta. She has 10 years of experience coordinating events, improving communications and creating ambassador programs. In her free time, Jessica enjoys photography, hiking and spending time with her cats. She was attracted to The Ranch by the whole-person approach, which takes into account each person’s mental, physical and spiritual health.
Barbara Larew-Adams, Clinical Director
Prior to joining the staff of the Ranch, Barbara Larew-Adams was the Chief Clinical Officer and the Director of the Family Program at Cumberland Heights in Nashville, Tennessee. Barbara is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Tennessee. She has held a longstanding interest in the provision of treatment services for those people and families impacted by addiction, psychiatric disorders and trauma. Barbara has worked with a variety of treatment teams in both inpatient and intensive outpatient settings, providing treatment for individuals, couples and families. She has been an advocate of gender responsive treatment coupled with an passion for the forming of a collaborating partnership between the patient, the family and the treatment team. Barbara has worked in the field of dual diagnosis treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as working in experiential workshops and providing training for professionals.
Karen Brownd, Director of Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at the Ranch
Karen received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis and a Masters degree in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She later obtained her (CSAT) Certification in Sexual Addictions through Dr. Patrick Carnes and Supervision under Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S. Her work as a Therapist includes areas of: Primary Chemical Dependency; Intensive Trauma Resolution; Sex / Love / and Relationship Addiction; Gender Specific Issues and Self-Harm.
Karen joined the Ranch family in mid-February 2011 to work with the Ranch team on developing a gender specific sexual disorders program. Prior to the Ranch, Karen was at the Life Healing Center, where she held multiple management and supervisory positions in the Clinical and Milieu areas for over 6 years. Karen past career positions included: Residential and IOP facilities for Chemical Dependency and 20 years in the Financial Industry as a VP of Information Technology.
Karen, a native Tennessean, is grateful to return “home” and close to her children.
Susan E Strain, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS, Director of Eating Disorder Services
Newly relocated to Tennessee from Western North Carolina, Susan comes to the Ranch with extensive experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, dealing with a wide range of populations and psychiatric conditions. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.
Susan Strain completed her undergraduate degree at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her MSW from Rutgers University in 1982. A proponent of the bio-psycho-social model of illness and recovery, Susan’s sees the illness and the recovery process as multi-dimensional; both involving the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of an individual’s life.
She uses a blend of motivational, cognitive/behavioral and insight oriented approaches. Susan believes that therapy is ultimately about balancing a full understanding and acceptance of the present reality while moving toward desired change. She see the role as therapist to be an agent of change by providing and modeling self- understanding, self-acceptance and self-compassion while maintaining the challenge to develop new ways of being in the world and feels strongly that the ambivalence about change is a natural and an expected part of the recovery process.
She is very excited to be a part a healing community that shares her treatment philosophy and values an individualized, compassionate approach to the treatment of eating disorders in particular. The Ranch provides the warmth, emotionally safety and clinical expertise where clients can explore how deeper issues are expressed in their relationship with food and body and struggles over food, appetite and hunger can be understood as the symbolic expressions of ambivalence over need, desire and vulnerability.
Buddy Horne, MA, LPC, CSAT-S, Clinical Specialist
Buddy has been a therapist for over seven years treating adults and families with issues related to addiction and trauma. He worked as a primary therapist for four years at The Prescott House, Inc., a 12-Step based treatment center for men, providing individual, group and family therapy and most recently served as a therapist at the Northern Arizona Veteran’s Administration focusing on the treatment of PTSD and addiction. Buddy specializes in experiential therapy, is a trained EMDR practitioner and is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained by Patrick Carnes.
Dawn Zurlinden, LCSW, MSSW, Clinical Specialist
Dawn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. For the past several years, Dawn has worked exclusively with adults and families who struggle with addictions that are complicated by other psychiatric or emotional issues. She has provided individual, group and family therapy in settings including the Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Nashville Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Dawn specializes in experiential therapy. She applies her strong background in music, theater and art to promote spontaneity and self-expression toward healing and a deeper sense of spirituality.
Bobby is an experienced therapist who is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist. Bobby has provided extensive training services throughout the country for a number of years. He has been on the faculty of CENAPS Intensive School of Relapse Prevention Specialists and has been published in Addictions and Recovery Magazine as well as other recovery related publications. Bobby also specializes in Adventure Therapy techniques utilizing the Challenge Course, Ropes Course, Experiential and Metaphor Therapy as tools for enhanced recovery.
Dede is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Horseback Riding Instructor through the Council for Horsemanship & Safety. She is among the first practitioners to be certified by the North American Handicapped Riders Association as an equine assisted psychotherapist. Dede has extensive experience with 20 years in private practice, in group, individual and couples counseling and she uses equine therapy on her farm in Ashland City, Tennessee. “Animals in childhood and recovery in adulthood are my two saving graces. I am blessed to have the opportunity to share both of my passions with others.”
Justin Roll LPC, MHSP, CSAT, Trauma Therapist
Justin has been working in the addictions field since 1999 and has been at the Ranch since 2006. Justin has worked with multiple populations including adolescent and adult chemical dependencies, mood disorders, and adjustment issues. He is a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (trained by Patrick Carnes) and is the CRSR therapist for men at the Ranch. He also has training in EMDR, Brainspotting and Experiential Therapy, which he incorporates into his daily work with the men.
Alyssa Stines, LCSW, Trauma Therapist
Alyssa is a Licensed Master Social Worker and obtained her master’s degree from The University of Tennessee. She comes to The Ranch after working at a primary care facility for adults with chemical dependency and mental health concerns. Her previous experience also includes working with victims of trauma and she completed her clinical practicum here at the Ranch. She is an EMDR trained clinician and is excited to be back at the Ranch in this role.
Valerie Kusler, LMSW, Primary Therapist
A native Texan, Valerie received her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. With a personal history of eating disorder recovery, she is passionate about helping clients reconnect to their potential for a rich and meaningful life in recovery from destructive addictions and attachments. Valerie is trained in ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) and psychodrama, and integrates these modalities along with DBT, 12-step, and shame resilience theory into her work with clients. When not at The Ranch, Valerie enjoys reading, singing, yoga, comedy, dessert, and being in the moment with her partner, Chris, and their 2 cats.
Ginny Leary, MS,LPC,EMDR level 1&2, CSAT candidate , Primary Therapist
Ginny is a Licensed Professional Counselor, she obtained her Masters of Science in Counseling from William Carey University in Mississippi. Subsequent to joining the Ranch family, she has eight years of experience working with addiction, trauma, and eating disorders. Ginny is an EMDR trained clinician and will soon be CSAT certified. She enjoys her work and finds fulfillment in witnessing the healing process as it unfolds.
Linda K. Hardy, MA, LPC, Primary Therapist
Linda is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary/special education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and a Master’s Degree in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. Linda came to The Ranch in January, 2012 after working for Vanderbilt Mental Health Center for nearly 9 years, where she treated incarcerated adolescents for substance abuse, trauma, and other issues. One of her therapy passions is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in which she is intensively trained. Linda originally hails from Kansas, although she has never met Dorothy nor seen a tornado.
Janet Heilbronn, MSW, Primary Therapist
Janet Heilbronn comes to the Ranch with over 10 years experience in therapeutic work with individuals and groups. She received her masters in Social Work from Arizona State University and her undergrad from West Virginia Wesleyan in Human Services, and has done extensive post graduate work in experiential therapies and metaphor. She is currently working on her LADAC. Janet’s past work includes domestic violence, trauma and addiction. She is personally and professionally familiar with 12 step recovery. Janet believes that the deepest healing comes when people feel witnessed through their personal journey. She brings a deep compassion and commitment to her work with clients. When not working in the therapeutic milieu, Janet enjoys singing with Nashville in Harmony, yoga, the outdoors, creating art and spending time with her family. She has two cats that teach her daily about staying present in life.
Dawn Hook, LMSW, CADC, Therapist
Originally from Arkansas, Dawn is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Dawn comes to The Ranch after completing her field practicums at The Renfrew Center working with women with eating disorders and The Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System where she assisted Veterans and their spouses with the benefits and services they have earned. Prior to attending the University of Tennessee, she worked as a substance abuse counselor at Serenity Park, Inc., founded by Joe McQuany, in Little Rock, AR. Dawn has extensive knowledge of 12 step programs and the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dawn, also, holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Missouri State University and a B.S. in Addiction Studies from the University of Central Arkansas.
Christie Bates, MA, Therapist
Christie was attracted to the Ranch by our multifaceted approach to helping people recover access to the authentic qualities of the heart. She began meditation upon entering family recovery in June 1985 and first came into the treatment field professionally in 1991. Before coming to the Ranch, Christie initiated mindfulness-based programming on recovering creativity in her role as Clinical Coordinator at Cumberland Heights. She was among the first peer leaders of Nashville’s Refuge Recovery group and has received benefit from study and practice with Against the Stream, One Dharma-Nashville, contemplative Christian retreats, and additional mindfulness training for professionals. Christie intends to help clients of the Ranch move beyond the view of mindfulness as a mere stress reduction tool, so that they have the opportunity to cultivate – through ethical and dedicated practice – a mind and heart able to enjoy unconditional freedom from the tyranny of preferences.
Lauren Herman, M.Ed, NCC, Primary Therapist
Originally from Ohio, Lauren got her first introduction to the Ranch as an clinical graduate intern while finishing up her Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Nationally Certified Counselor and is working toward her professional counseling license. Lauren returned to us as a Continuing Care Counselor, and is now in the role of a Primary Therapist for Creek House, one of our women’s co-occurring houses. She has experience working with dual diagnosis, addictions, mood disorders, PTSD, and family systems. In addition, Lauren believes in an integrated approach to addressing each person as a whole, not just certain parts, by working with clients using DBT, CBT, and experiential modalities.
Tim Kiernon, MMFT, CC, CTT candidate, Primary Therapist
Tim Kiernon is a Marriage and Family Therapist & Certified Life and Career Coach. He currently works in the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery. Tim came to the Ranch in July of 2012 after spending 14 years in the environmental/conservation non-profit world. He has a B.S.Ed in Recreation and Parks Administration from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.
Tim has extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR-I), trauma resolution and experiential therapy. He is pursuing a Certified Trauma Therapist designation through an intensive trauma treatment certification program, Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing. Tim credits his own personal recovery journey as his greatest asset when working with clients and openly shares about his own personal struggles with addiction and other compulsive behaviors. Tim firmly believes in producing an atmosphere conducive to healing by creating an environment where the clients feel safe so that they may address the traumas in their life and hopefully overcome their addictions.
Millie Nygren, BSW, BCRPS., Primary Therapist
Millie has a specialty certification in relapse prevention and is certified by the State of Tennessee as a Prime for Life facilitator. She has worked in the addiction field for 14 years with experience as a primary counselor for Inpatient and Outpatient treatment and a family counselor. Her background includes residential treatment and the criminal justice system which has presented her with a wide range of addiction experience providing her with strengths in working with a variety of clients. Millie is a CSAT in training, being trained in Patrick Carnes program.
Anita Pringle, MA, Primary Therapist
Anita Pringle, comes to The Ranch as a 2012 graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education with a minor in music from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee. Anita is an ordained United Methodist pastor with more than 30 years of serving in various churches in the Southeast. She is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Board Certified Christian Counselor as well as a certified Celebrate Recovery facilitator. Anita enjoys cooking, catering, people, helping others, teaching/preaching, traveling/cruising and music.
Bethany Winfield, MA, Primary Therapist
Bethany holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and came to The Ranch as a resident assistant at Lake House. She moved into her current role as case manager at Overlook in January 2012. Her past clinical experience includes grief and loss, domestic violence, depression, and addiction. In her previous employment she has worked with underserved women and children. In her current role she enjoys walking with clients through their treatment experience, and helping them develop a vision for life after treatment through their aftercare plan. She is also involved in family care providing support to clients loved ones, and family therapy opportunities for clients during their stay at The Ranch.
Cathy Wixon, M.A., Primary Therapist
Cathy holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Michigan. Cathy has worked in the mental health field as a therapist/counselor with adults, adolescents and families in Tennessee and California. Cathy is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 family and civil mediator. She is also a retired administrator from the Los Angeles Community Colleges. Cathy works with the CRSR program. She has trained with Dr. Patrick Carnes and is a candidate for Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)/Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT).
Jillian has a Masters of Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in School Psychology. She grew up on a farm in Illinois and the holistic nature, naturalistic surroundings and person-centered approach of The Ranch compelled her join it in 2013 as a Primary Therapist for Piney House. Jillian is trained in multiple theoretical approaches to therapy and has a background in person-centered therapy, energy psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and gestalt therapy.
Jillian’s experience includes working with mood disorders, personality disorders, lifestyle management and organization, family systems, adult transitions, co-dependency and trauma. She strongly believes that people have the capacity for change and growth. Helping her clients learn how to use their strengths more effectively, learn how to tolerate and become less limited by their weaknesses, and learn how to deal with internal conflict to better balance their lives is an important facet of her therapeutic style and she is grateful for the holistic nature of The Ranch.
Jillian and her son have lived in Nashville for the better part of 13 years and are pleased to call it home. Her favorite quote is from Carl Rogers, who said, “In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
Jeff has worked in the field of addiction treatment for over 11 years. He began his career working with adolescents in an inpatient setting and was a primary counselor for three years. Afterwards, Jeff began working with adult populations, his focus being that of helping those clients who had been to multiple treatment centers, or were termed as “chronic relapses.”
Jeff is certified by Mindful Schools as a mindfulness meditation teacher. He teaches meditation occasionally at Against The Stream Nashville, (a Theravadan Buddhist Center.) and taught meditation in jails and prisons in the Nashville area for over a year. Jeff has also facilitated workshops on integrating Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, and hopes to do more of these in the future.
Currently Jeff is a counselor and case manager at the Ranch.
Courtney earned her Master’s degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She recently completed a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she developed skills in clinical dietetics and nutrition counseling. Her experience includes working with college students as the nutritionist for UT Campus Dining. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide nutrition care at The Ranch.
Samantha Gordon RD, LDN
Samantha is originally from Troy, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate work at Michigan State University in 2008. Recently, Samantha completed her dietetic internship in Nashville, Tennessee, where she gained much of her experience at Centennial Medical Center.
Prior to her arrival in Tennessee, she completed a year of AmeriCorps at a non-profit facility in Kansas City. While there she developed nutrition classes for the impoverished surrounding community and played an intricate role in the organization’s community garden. When Samantha has free time, she enjoys being outdoors, especially camping and hiking. The holistic approach, unique individuals and natural surroundings found at The Ranch are deeply inspiring.
Crystal Van Meter MS, RD, LDN, Nutritionist/Exercise Specialist
Crystal earned her Master’s degree in exercise and nutrition science from Lipscomb University. She completed her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she developed the skills to facilitate behavior change as well as gained experience working with diverse populations and a wide variety of disease states. Her experience includes working as a dietetic technician, registered (DTR) at Vanderbilt as well as making specialized infant formulas for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Crystal is grateful for the opportunity to join The Ranch family.
Lindsey VanDoornik RD, LDN, Nutritionist
Lindsey is originally from Evansville, IN and attended the University of Southern Indiana where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Food and Nutrition. She then moved to Nashville to attend the dietetic internship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she gained experience working in both the clinical and community settings providing education, counseling and coaching. Lindsey’s interest in becoming a Registered Dietitian grew out of a desire to help others live happier, healthier lives. Before joining our team at the Ranch, Lindsey gained valuable experience working in Home Health specializing in tube feedings as well as Long Term Care where she managed the diets and menus in several facilities.
Becca’s got her first introduction to the Ranch as an RA at Lake House while attending graduate school. She now returns to us as Residential Manager. Becca has been a professional in the addiction’s field for 6 years, spending most of that time employed with Cumberland Heights Treatment Center in Nashville, TN. She began as a direct care staff person and moved on to become a therapist and an administrator in the field. Becca is passionate about addiction recovery of all kinds. Additionally, she is interested in gender-responsive treatment and in program development. Becca is personally familiar with a 12 Step model of recovery. She also has years of experience in using the 12 Step model in a treatment setting. In addition, Becca uses all types of therapeutic modalities and interventions to assist clients in progressing in their own recovery journeys. Becca received her Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. She is working toward becoming licensed as a professional counselor. Becca is also beginning her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision. . Becca began her personal recovery journey about 10 years ago.
Jeff Jackson, Spiritual Coach
Jeff has been at the Ranch for the last four years and brings a variety of backgrounds to the table. Originally growing up on a working ranch in Texas, serving the public in law enforcement, and being involved in Christian ministry, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. After working in the music business as a staff writer/artist for a publishing company on music row Jeff came to work for the Ranch full time in the areas of the equine program, music therapy, and spiritual questioning from a Christian worldview. He believes everyone has a story to tell and what better way to tell it than in the creative process of songwriting.
Dave Glassford, Client Coordinator
Dave began working at The Ranch in January of 2007 as a resident assistant for River House. In May 2008, he was promoted to Men’s Program Coordinator where he managed daily operations of River House. In November 2009, he became responsible for coordinating the transporting of clients to their various appointments on and off The Ranch’s campus as well as overseeing the purchasing of food for the Ranch. In 2010 he added scheduling of the clients to his job responsibilities. He attended Denison University and Belmont University as a philosophy major. Dave began his recovery journey on December 16, 2005 when he checked into Cumberland Heights and has been sober ever since. He is dedicated to his spiritual growth and participates in sweat lodge ceremonies, fire walks, and vision quests, and enjoys reading philosophical and spiritual writings. His favorite philosophical writers are Martin Heidegger, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, and Soren Kierkegaard. Dave is the proud co-owner of the Harpeth Grill in Brentwood, TN.
Lee holds a masters degree in Dietetics and brings over 30 years experience of nutrition care in the behavioral health arena. Prior to joining The Ranch Eating Disorder Team, Lee spent over 20 years as the nutritionist at a residential facility for troubled adolescent. She also was the nutritionist on the Eating Disorder Program at Sierra Tucson, an internationally respected treatment program in Tucson, Arizona. Lee was instrumental in the development of a highly successful program at Sierra Tucson.
Currently Lee maintains a private practice as a nutrition therapist in Tucson, specializing in providing treatment to clients struggling with eating disorders. She is providing consulting services to The Ranch, sharing successful treatment strategies for individuals with eating disorders and co-morbidities.
Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S , Founding Director of the Sexual Recovery Institute
Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is the founding director of the Sexual Recovery Institute, an outpatient sexual addiction and intimacy disorders treatment program in Los Angeles, Mr. Weiss is co-author of Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy to Obsession, author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men and co-author of the just released, Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Addiction in the Internet Age along with numerous professional articles on sexual addiction.
A UCLA clinical social work graduate, Mr. Weiss did his post-graduate training in sexual addiction and sexual offending under the direction of Dr. Patrick Carnes. Mr. Weiss is a former board member of The National Council for Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity and has presented for The UCLA Neuro-Psychiatric Institute, The American Association of Sex Educators and Therapists The National Association of Social Work, The NIH (National Institutes of Health) and The US Military among many, many others. He provides clinical training and program development for numerous multi-addiction treatment centers.
Daniel Sumrok, Medical Director
Dr Daniel Sumrok is an experienced physician who attended West Virginia University as an undergraduate where he received Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in chemistry. He completed medical school at Marshall University and went on to residency training in obstetrics at Marshall University and later in family medicine also at Marshall. He has been a Fellow ,American Academy of Family Physicians since 1995. He was one of 106 Physicians in North America who received the first Board Certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and he is also certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr Sumrok has been working in addiction medicine in both the outpatient and inpatient settings for the past 7 years and maintains an outpatient practice in McKenzie TN. Dr Sumrok holds clinical appointments at University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University , Meharry Medical School and Bethel University. He has taught Physical diagnosis ,History taking, and biomedical ethics. Dr Sumrok has a large family with a total of 9 girls and 6 boys adopted, fostered and biokids. He has done medical missionary work for many decades and has worked in Honduras, Ecuador, Jamaica and several Native American reservations of the US west. Dr. Sumrok feels that no work i n his life has been so needed and so personally and professionally rewarding as helping others understand and deal with the disease of addiction. Dr Sumrok says that he has never worked with a staff so focused on recovery and skilled as the staff at The Ranch.
Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, Director of Behavioral Health
Dr. Baron is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine, and has practiced in the Nashville area since 1998 in a variety of treatment settings, including private practice, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Parthenon Pavilion.
Dr. Baron completed his medical degree and internship at Tulane University. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine and in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has been a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt since 2003.
Dr. Baron has a passion for treating addictions and mental health issues among licensed professionals, including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, airline pilots and lawyers. He has served as a monitor for the state Physician Health Program as well as a supervisor for the Davidson County Drug Court.
Dr. Baron specializes in treating chronic pain and addiction. In 2006, he conducted original research showing that chronic opioid use can make pain worse – a finding that startled the medical community and has since been reproduced in study after study.
In 2010, Dr. Baron was appointed to the Board of Medical Examiners, the licensing board for medical doctors in the state of Tennessee. He was elected as vice chairman for the committee overseeing the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database, a database designed to monitor the dispensing of certain prescription medications and other controlled substances. He is also an appointed Fellow for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Angela Wood, RN, APN, Associate Director of Healthcare Services
Angela Wood is an Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatry. She attended David Lipscomb University for her undergraduate degree and then went on to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to obtain her master’s degree. She is board certified to treat the entire lifespan including children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. She has worked under the supervision of Child and Adolescent psychiatrists as well as board certified addictionologists. She currently has a practice in which she provides psychiatric and medical medication management for residential and IOP facilities in the middle Tennessee area. Angela has worked with the Ranch off and on since 2001 and currently works under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Rector at the Ranch and Integrative Life Center, and associated facility.
Chad McGill, RN, Lead Nurse
Originally from Winchester, TN; Chad moved to the Nashville area in 2002. Earning his RN Degree from Columbia State Community College, he began working at Maury Regional Medical Center in the Cardiac Unit. Then he felt the calling to join the staff at the Ranch, so he could resume working with people dealing with grief and depression. He also is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia and licensed in the states of Tennessee and Alabama.
Terry Jeffreys, LPN, Nurse
Terry attended Tennessee Technology Center in Dickson, TN and graduated from Nursing School in April 2011. Terry began his nursing career at New Life Lodge in August 2011. He went into the field of addiction because he wants to assist people freeing themselves from drugs and alcoholism.
Terry is also a DAE (Disaster Activated Employee) with the Department of Homeland Security – FEMA.
Tiffany Rochelle, LPN, Nurse
Tiffany brings professional, personal, and compassionate care to The Ranch. She has been an Licensed Practical Nurse since April 2011. She has an Associates degree in Psychology and plans to further her education soon. She also has her IV therapy certificate. Tiffany has experience in both detox and addiction. Her interest in this field comes from her family background and knowing people can change. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and 3 children.
Michael Shawn Tanner, LPN, Nurse
Shawn joins The Ranch with over 6 months of correctional /detox nursing experience. Prior to joining The Ranch he was a nurse at the Williamson County Sherriff’s Department. While working full time at the jail, he also gained additional detox experience by working PRN at Buffalo Valley, Inc. Shawn received his nursing degree in March 2011 from Tennessee Technology Center of Hohenwald, and also completed an IV therapy training course which in result he received an IV therapy certificate. Prior to nursing, Shawn worked in the automotive industry at the GM Spring Hill plant. He held a position of a ware house associate for Penske logistics for eight years. The plant later closed in the year of 2009. This gave Shawn an opportunity to go to school and seek a career that would be both, rewarding and dependable. Shawn brings a warm welcome to the ranch with laughter and a great since of humor.
Candy Tomlin, LPN, Nurse Coordinator
Candy graduated LPN nursing school in 2007, after spending 12 years as a journeyman carpenter. Candy chose the nursing field to help change lives and began her nursing career in home health, and then decided she needed more of a challenge. Candy worked for NHC for 1 ½ years on the skilled nursing unit, and after that decided to try something totally different. To quote Candy, “ I fell in love with psych nursing over 3 years ago now. I have 3 ½ years detox and addiction nursing experience. Dealing with major psychiatric disorders of all types on a daily basis, I feel like its always changing, and never the same or boring. I love the challenge. “Outside of work, her hobbies include horseback riding, training, and care. Her true passion is being with my horses; is an equine advocate, and has served in several rescues, and helped in the training of the Dickson Co. Police Department on evaluating horses. Also keeping Candy busy are 5, almost grown, teen children.