New Faces at The Ranch
Greta Hillin, Program Manager and Therapist for Spring House – Greta holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Her introduction to the counseling profession was with Hope Alliance Crisis Center, serving domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors. She began as the Law Enforcement Outreach Coordinator, working closely with police officers and assisting them in working with rape victims and domestic abuse situations. She went on to become Director of Intervention Services where she oversaw the clinical team and intern program, facilitated support and therapeutic groups and worked with clients one on one. Upon leaving the crisis center, Greta worked at Austin Recovery as a primary therapist for men living at Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center and running a small private practice. More recently, Greta was at The Meadows where she was a Survivor’s Week facilitator, working with family of origin issues and helping clients heal childhood wounding. Greta began her own recovery journey in 1989 and her passion is in working with clients who suffer from trauma, codependency and addiction issues.
Dr. Louise Merritt, Psychiatrist – Dr. Louise Merritt is a Menniger-trained psychiatrist with additional training in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has many years of experience in the addiction and dual diagnosis fields. Her areas of interest and expertise include trauma recovery, mood and personality disorders as well as integrative/holistic psychiatry.
Kate Michael-MacLeod, Program Manager and Therapist for Lake House – Kate could not be happier about getting to work at the Ranch. Her previous experience includes crisis counseling at WomenFIRST in Charlotte, N.C., social work and program planning at the Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville, group facilitation for teen offenders with the Domestic Violence Intervention Center in Nashville, and many hours of volunteer work teaching dance, theatre, and creative writing to emotionally disturbed youth in South Florida, where she was born and raised. Kate comes to the Ranch after working primarily with teens in state’s custody at a Level 3 lockdown facility, and is thrilled by the change of scenery. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (N.C.C.).
Karen Moran, Program Manager and Therapist for Hilltop House – Karen has held a Tennessee license as an alcohol and drug counselor since 2002 and has 19 years experience in the counseling and addiction field, working with primarily adolescents and their families with chemical dependency and trauma. She has worked in residential, outpatient, psychiatric, and sober living communities and with diverse client groups. She is originally from South Florida, but has been in the Nashville area for over 12 years. She is thrilled to be a part of the ranch team.
Chris Morrison, Aftercare Coordinator – Chris began working for the Ranch as a resident assistant for River House in August of 2007. In November of 2008 he was promoted to Aftercare Coordinator where he plans continuing care for discharging clients and works on follow-ups with Ranch Alumni. He also helps run Experiential Therapy here at the Ranch through ropes courses and team building exercises. Chris has worked in treatment centers such as Cumberland Heights in Nashville, behavioral facilities for juveniles such as Omni Vision, and taught children art and woodworking for Camp Marymount and the Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts. He has attended colleges for art and computer science. Chris began his own journey into recovery in 1997 and has done extensive work with Nashville’s sober high school, Community High School.
Shelly Patrick, Nurse – Shelly brings 17 years nursing experience with her to The Ranch. She has worked in many different areas during her nursing career, including detox, addiction and inpatient psychiatric care. Shelly feels blessed to be part of The Ranch family. She has a husband and two wonderful children at home.