Greg Phillips, BS, MBA, Regional Vice President
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, became Executive Director in December 2010 then, in September of 2014, Greg was promoted to Regional Vice President. Greg has a B.S. in psychology and an M.B.A. He has been married to Selena for 18 years and they have three beautiful children.
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. Favorite outdoor past times include hiking and kayaking.
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.
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.
Wanda Shelton-Bright, Housekeeping Supervisor
Wanda is a native of Dickson TN, graduating from Dickson High in 1969. After a few years in the food and beverage industry, she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1979. She continued in this field as a NCO club manager. Stationed at Whiteman AFB in Knob Noster, MO and Maelstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT, Wanda distinguished herself by earning her Sargent stripes “below the zone” (earlier than standard promotion time), becoming Manager of the Month, and becoming the only female club manager in a group of nine managers. In 1990 Wanda worked in the food and beverage industry and with the Tennessee Department of Corrections until 2000, at which time she was employed in the mental health field for the first time. After the death of her husband in 2004, Wanda began the navigation thru her grief and began a job as a tractor trailer driver (YIKES) and, later, as a licensed security guard (no gun, thank you very much). Struggling to find her place, a neighbor suggested applying at The Ranch. Wanda has had a successful career at The Ranch since 2007 when she began as a RA. Since that time, Wanda has been instrumental in the development of vital Ranch functions such as the residential program, house management, and the client transportation. She served as the House Manager for The Eating Disorder Program for 2 ½ years. Currently, Wanda is providing direction and oversight to the House Keeping department as manager for that team.
Wanda has two wonderful children. Her daughter Tandi lives in Dickson and is also employed at The Ranch. She is also mother to Wanda’s 4 fabulous granddaughters. Wanda’s son, William, holds a MFA from the University of Memphis and lives in Portland, Oregon.
Lori Reddmann, Purchasing Coordinator
Lori is originally from the suburbs of Detroit Michigan where she met her husband Mike Reddmann. Lori and Mike are long time dedicated employees of the Ranch who offer their amazing talents. Lori’s competitive nature and love of real estate took her from a production line spray painter in the automotive industry to the Residential leasing/sales field. There she served over 2 decades as Residential Property Manager then Regional Manager of multiple rental communities. Lori has an extensive background in the housing field holding an Accredited Residential Manager title from IREM, the Institute of Real Estate Management, A Certified Occupancy Specialist from NCHM, National Certified Housing Management and held a MI state Salesperson license. Moving from the corporate life from Detroit to Hartford CT., Lori found her way to the middle of TN to slow life down a little. In 2004 she answered an ad for a PT driver here at the Ranch and quickly moved into the Resident Assistant roll, in 2011 she was promoted to Lead Resident Assistant where she supervised one of the Ranch’s co-occurring residences for women. In 2013, she advanced in to the Senior House Manager position where she managed our Piney Lodge residential detox center and Overlook House, women’s co-occurring residence. After about 10 years in the clinical field with the Ranch, Lori transferred to the Operations department and is now our Purchasing Coordinator.
Lori says, “I really feel God sent me here. It is just a good fit. We just clicked.” If you know Lori, you know that she loves everything about The Ranch and she works hard at keeping us a family.
Dave Ward, Transportation Supervisor
Dave was born and raised in Ohio, moving to Tennessee in July 2005 for family reasons. He is a machinist by trade, working for Shiloh in Dickson when first moving to Tennessee. He worked at Dickson Recovery for a short time before starting as a P.R.N. driver for The Ranch in 2009. When Dave first started at the ranch, he and Roman were the only 2 drivers. Over the years, Dave was promoted to Director of Transportation and now is supervisor to 5 full time drivers who transport clients to wherever they need to go, whenever they need to be there, with more drivers to be added as the ranch grows and expands.
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.
Shelly McCarson, Revenue Cycle Manager
Shelly has over 15 years experience of Revenue Cycle Management in the Healthcare Industry. Before joining Elements Behavioral Health parent company for The Ranch, she managed the Medical Records Department for one of the largest Dialysis Corporations in the US. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and is currently working on her medical coding degree thru Volunteer State. Originally from Memphis, TN she now resides in Fairview.
Betsy Grove, Utilization Review Coordinator
Betsy brings several years of experience in utilization review, customer service and insurance benefit verification to our finance team. She has training in medical billing and coding and is working to obtain her certification in this field. Betsy’s primary commitment as a utilization review specialist is to advocate for our clients in an effort to obtain the maximum benefits offered by the insurance carriers. She enjoys being a liaison between various departments involved in the treatment of our clients. Betsy resides in nearby Dickson County with her husband and is the proud mother of four very active boys and her beautiful niece. Betsy enjoys spending time with family and friends & was attracted to The Ranch because of its family feel.
Casey Stiltner, Benefits Verification Specialist
Casey has several years experience in insurance benefit verification, medical billing and customer service. She enjoys the medical/ behavioral health field because it allows her the opportunity to help others. Casey has completed 2 years of online courses through Dyersburg State Community College and plans to complete her degree in Sociology. She lives in near by McEwen, TN with her husband Nathan and two awesome children, Casin and Jaylin. Casey enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys the family oriented atmosphere of The Ranch.
Jamie Seaborn, Utilization Review Specialist
Jamie is a native of Hickman County, she grew up in Pinewood and now resides in near by Centerville with her two children. She obtained her licensed practical nurse in 2003. She brings over 10 years experience in nursing, customer service, and public communication to her position as a utilization review specialist here at The Ranch. Jamie loves being a part of The Ranch family and seeing all of the wonderful things that happen here.
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.
Jenger Parrish, Admissions Financial Coordinator
Jenger is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development with a focus in Health and Human Services. Prior to working for the Ranch, she was a Revenue Cycle Manager with our parent company, Elements Behavioral Health. Jenger is married to Keith and has three active boys. Regarding her switch from Elements to the Ranch she says, “I love being part of the Ranch family and the amazing things that happen here.”
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.
Tyler Samuels, Admissions Specialist
Currently living in Nashville, but born and raised in Sarasota, FL, Tyler came to The Recovery Ranch after graduating from Troy University in 2012. At Troy, he studied Psychology and Marketing, but also played football for the Sun-Belt Conference champions Troy Trojans. Before that, Tyler started his college career at Wingate University, in Wingate, NC. Although he may be young to the industry, Tyler is happy to of found his niche in society and looks forward to helping in any ways he can.
Lori Carrigan, Admission Specialist
Lori is a native of Nunnelly, TN and began her career in the treatment field five years ago as admissions counselor with Foundations Recovery Network where she excelled in admissions and coordinated interventions from all over the United States including Canada. Lori completed two years at Columbia State Community College where she majored in Psychology and Marketing. She continues her education through extensive courses in the recovery field.
Lori has a deep compassion toward integrative approaches and helping others find their own path to life long recovery. There is no place more beautiful, magical and healing than The Ranch. This is home and I have come full circle.
When not at The Ranch Lori enjoys spending time with her 23 yr. old daughter, Paige Carrigan and loves being outdoors along with playing with her dog Lilly.
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.
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.
Kevin Haggerty, Alumni Coordinator
Kevin has been working at The Ranch since July of 2013. Prior to moving into the Marketing Department as Alumni Coordinator, Kevin began working as a Resident Assistant in one of the Men’s Co-Occurring Disorders Programs. Kevin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Dayton and has been living in Nashville since 2012. Working in the recovery field has been a major part of Kevin’s personal journey. He endeavors to continually be in a position to help others. In his free time, Kevin enjoys attending meditation groups, running, and playing with his cat, Dale.
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.
Becca has had a heart for working with others from a very young age. In addition, she always seemed to find herself in leadership roles, applying problem-solving skills, persistence, and creativity to any challenge that came her way. After entering into her own personal recovery, Becca sought ways to use these passions and skills in the recovery field. In 2003, Becca began her career as a clinical assistant working with youth at Cumberland Heights Treatment Center. She graduated with her master’s degree in 2007 from Vanderbilt University. After a couple of years as a primary therapist, Becca began to recognize the need for gender-responsive treatment and spearheaded a team to open as women’s treatment program at Cumberland Heights. She served as Clinical Coordinator for this team. In 2010, Becca was hired as the Residential Manager for The Ranch. Understanding the importance of a residential container that would help clients practice new relationship skills and boundaries with themselves and others propelled Becca to implement new programming and policies within the residential component of The Ranch. When Becca began, The Ranch employed approximately 30 residential staff. Currently, The Ranch employs approximately 125 residential staff members. In 2011, Becca also became the Program Director for the Men’s Co-Occurring Disorders Program at The Ranch. This program includes River House, Creek House, and Spring House and specialize in addiction as well as mental health problems. Providing excellent clinical care within a safe and nurturing residential environment is the passion of both Becca and the entire Men’s Co-Occurring Disorders team.
Prior to joining the staff at the Ranch, Amanda Elkin was the Clinical Director at Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in Birmingham, Alabama. Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi, and has over 7 years of experience working with clients and their families impacted by addiction, eating disorders, and trauma. Amanda has worked in several residential treatment centers and also has a background in facilitating experiential workshops on issues such as trauma, family of origin, sex addiction, and partners of sex addicts. Amanda is a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT) as well as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).
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.”
Andrew Elman, Primary Therapist
Andrew holds a master’s degree in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, with a dual emphasis in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. He has 10 years of experience working as an art therapist in a variety of clinical settings including residential and inpatient eating disorder psychiatric care, community mental health, and treating adults with chronic medical illness. The primary focus of Andrew’s work has been treating people with trauma and abuse. In addition to art therapy, he is trained in dialectical behavior therapy and EMDR.
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.
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.
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.
As I embarked on my own healing journey in 2007, I began to understand the importance of embracing the whole person, the mind-body connection, and developing intentional spiritual practices. In my work with clients, I strive to provide a grounded presence to empower others to find hope for themselves as they begin to embrace their authentic selves. Upon graduating with a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt’s Human Development Counseling program and completing EMDR level I & II training in 2014, I was drawn to The Ranch’s philosophy of treatment as it aligns with my view of the importance of understanding a client’s sense of self through their meaning making systems. I enjoy working with groups and individuals using attachment focused, experiential, mindfulness based, dialectical behavioral, and EMDR therapies to promote growth in recovery and healing from unresolved trauma wounds.
Jill has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Vanderbilt University. She’s a nationally certified counselor and holds a Level II certification in equine-assisted psychotherapy from EAGALA. Prior to joining The Ranch, Jill spent 12 years as an administrative officer in the not-for-profit sector for an agency doing community health outreach and 15 years utilizing her Bachelor of Business Administration in music business from Belmont University as a business manager and event coordinator in the music industry.
Jill is a Nashville native with 35 years of experience owning, breeding, training and riding horses. In addition to horses and working with individuals, couples and families struggling with addiction and trauma, her passions are her amazing sons, cycling, adventure travel, snorkeling, music and cooking ethnic food.
Charlie Frangos holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. He is a Certified Practitioner in Rapid ResolutionTherapy®, is certified in Hypnotherapy and is a CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) in certification. Charlie has been at The Ranch since September, 2012 and has worked as a Primary Therapist at both River House and now at Creek House. Charlie is in recovery and has a deep passion to help other addicts and trauma victims. He does lots of experiential work with his clients including psychodrama, empty chair, anger release work and much more.
He grew up in the Boston area and has lived in Nashville, TN since 1999. He is married to Gala Gorman and he has two grown sons and 4 grandchildren. He is an avid tennis player and Bhakti Yoga enthusiast.
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, LMSW, 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.
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.
Dawn Hook, LMSW, CADC, Primary 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.
Evelyn Howard, LMSW, CACII, LMT, Primary Therapist
Evelyn Howard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado and in the State of North Carolina, and a Certified Addiction Counselor Level 2 in the State of Colorado. Evelyn attained her Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University after first working in the Child Development field and then in the field of Massage Therapy. Evelyn has experience in treating children and families and in addictions counseling. Evelyn formerly worked as a multi-systemic therapist for at-risk youth and their families. She worked for three years as an addictions counselor at Harmony Counseling Center in Durango, CO, where she provided counseling for individuals with co-occurring disorders – depression, bipolar, anger issues, and personality disorders in conjunction with addiction problems. Evelyn is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist; a Reiki Master; and a student/teacher of Native American Medicine Wheel, and A Course in Miracles. She has extensive knowledge of 12-Step work and the program of Narcotics Anonymous.
Alisha Irby, M.S. Primary Therapist
Alisha has an undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University in Psychology and a Master’s Degree from Tennessee State University in Counseling Psychology. Her background in the field includes work as a Forensic Interviewer for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Consumer Advocacy for Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Crisis Counselor for Mobile Crisis and Emergency Psychiatric Services in both Tennessee and Virginia. Alisha has an eclectic approach to therapy with an emphasis on solution-focused and experiential therapies. She believes that the therapeutic approach should be based on each person’s individual needs.
Lorraine Y. Jefferson, LMSW, Primary Therapist
Lorraine received an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Lehman College, Bronx, New York and a Masters degree in Social Work at New York University, New York City. She later obtained her New York social work license in 2006 and her Tennessee social work license in February 2013. Her work as a Social Worker includes areas of: Chemical Dependency; Mental Health; Crisis Intervention; Domestic Violence; Telephonic Utilization Review.
Lorraine moved to Tennessee from New York City in 2013, and joined the Ranch family on September 6, 2013 as a counselor at Piney Lodge, The Ranch’s assessment, stabilization, and detox center, where she provides personal attention and support to each client as they begin their journey toward wholehearted recovery. She uses a blend of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and client-centered approaches in her clinical work. Lorraine strongly believes that spirituality is a vital part of our overall well being, and that healing must address the whole person, thereby, leading the way to rediscovering the lost spiritual connection to God.
Tim Kiernon, MMFT, CTT, CSAT Candidate, CC, Primary Therapist
Tim Kiernon is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Trauma Therapist and a Certified Life and Career Coach. He currently is the primary therapist in the Men’s 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. 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 EMDR, trauma resolution and experiential therapy. Along with being a Certified Trauma Therapist he is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate and a Daring Way Facilitator Candidate. 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 clients feel safe so that they may address the traumas in their life and hopefully overcome their addictions.
Valerie Martin, 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.
James Nihan, LADAC, NCAC-I, ASAT-C, Primary Therapist
James Nihan is a licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselor and an associate sex addiction therapist. He has been associated with The Ranch since 2000 and he has been involved with the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery since its inception. His personal recovery began in 1975 and in 1980 his story was featured in a book published by the Rutger’s Center of Alcohol Studies. An award-winning songwriter and artist, his personal experience gives him an understanding of the unique recovery challenges faced by clients within the entertainment industries. Special interests include healing through music and art, The Four Agreements and meaning of metaphor. With extensive studies in spirituality he supports those who seek connection through medicine wheel, labyrinth and the native ancestral landscapes that have become The Ranch. Working with clients who have adoption and abandonment histories is close to his heart. Of the creative process, James asserts, “Each one of us is an artist and each day we are given an opportunity to create. I think of life as a canvas and each day a brushstroke.”
Ginny Leary, LPC, 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.
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.
Jeff Rooney, MSSW, Primary Therapist
Jeff joined the Ranch team in 2013. He holds a Masters Degree in Science and Social Work from the University of Tennessee. He has worked in the field of Dual Diagnosis for more than ten years. He has served clients in outpatient and residential settings working with adults, adolescents, and families. Jeff has also worked in HIV service settings, providing Dual Diagnosis treatment to persons living with or affected by HIV. He has experience and training in Psychodynamic Object Relations Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Clinical Mindfulness, Contemplative Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, and Twelve Step Facilitation. Jeff’s approach to therapy is technically eclectic, pulling from many modalities, for the purpose of resolving the internal and systemic barriers to ongoing recovery and living from a place of authenticity and spiritual connection.
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. She is a Certified 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?”
Erika Thompson, LMSW, Counselor
Erika earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Butler University, located in Indianapolis, IN. Following graduation, she moved to Bowling Green, KY and earned her Masters degree in Social Work. Prior to working at The Ranch, Erika interned with Fairbanks Hospital where she worked specifically with the Supportive Living Program for individuals struggling with addiction. In 2011-2012, she interned at The Bridge to Recovery working with addiction and trauma clientele. From 2012-2013, she helped develop the Kentucky Victim Assistance Academy.
Erika is now a Licensed Masters Social Worker who has been with The Ranch since October 2013. She enjoys expanding her professional knowledge and experience through her work with clients and trainings.
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 Hambry 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.
Jeff Jackson, Coordinator of Christian Tract
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.
Daniel Wolfshadow Winkler, Clinical Outreach Coordinator – Native American Services
Daniel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in rural North Carolina at Appalachian State University. Over his career, he has worked with schools, law offices, outdoor programs, nonprofit organizations and has had a long history in the field of youth awareness and treatment.
Daniel began his career in healthcare as a member of a hospital emergency room team. Many of the children and youth that came into the emergency room could have been helped before they ever arrived at the hospital. The hospital Daniel worked for had a residential treatment campus. He was asked by the Residential Program Director to come and work directly with the youth they served. He most recently worked for Natchez Trace Youth academy from May 2006 to March 2014. NTYA is a long term behavioral health facility for “at risk” youth which also provided services directed to Native youth.
One of Daniel’s favorite sayings: “Justice is not a flexible tool. Unless we all do our part to ensure that justice is applied equally to all human beings, we are a party to its abuse.”
— Leonard Peltier, Native American Political Prisoner.
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.
Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, Medical Director
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.
John Woods, MD, Staff Physician
Dr. Woods is double board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine. He completed his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis and four-year residency training at a University of Tennessee affiliate program in Nashville, serving as chief resident during his fourth year. Based on his personal experience in recovery, Dr. Woods feels a strong calling to work with people struggling with addiction and eating disorders.
Dr. Woods currently lives with his wife and three children in Jackson, Tennessee, where he also maintains a private practice. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and hiking the trails in Tennessee.
Rhonda M. Bartine, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
Rhonda is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She attended Middle Tennessee State University for her Bachelor’s degree. After working in the intensive care arena for 18 years, she found that her interest changing from caring for the physically wounded person to caring for the emotional wounds of her patients and their family. She obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She has been an instructor of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Fundamentals of Critical Care Medicine. She is passionately interested in the study of addiction in all forms, both substance and process addictions and the underlying processes that drive these addictions. She has a beautiful three and a half year old daughter.
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.
Rose Newton, RN, Nurse
Rose has been a nurse since 1979. From almost the beginning of her career, she has worked in treatment facilities Rose worked for Florida Alcohol and Drug treatment Center in Avon Park, Florida then became a board certified psych/mental health nurse in 1992. She continued working with adolescents and then totally switched to Geriatrics with mental health issues. For the past 13 years Rose was the nurse manager of the geriatric out patient psych department and director of nursing for Hickman Community Nursing Home. The reason Rose came to the Ranch? “Because I have a love for providing a safe environment for clients to begin there new life. I was once asked if I had experience with working with addictions my response is yes I have lived with addicts for 40 years. We still take it one day at a time.”
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.