Greg Phillips, BS, MBA, Regional Vice President, Southeast Region – Elements Behavioral Health
Greg has worked in the treatment field beginning in 1992. His career started with 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 19 years and they have three beautiful children.
Brian Robertson, Regional Director of Finance, Southeast Region – Elements Behavioral Health
Brian joined The Ranch team in October 2014, bringing with him 19 years of accounting and financial management experience in the healthcare sector. Prior to joining Elements Behavioral Health, he performed in a number of accounting roles in the Nashville-area market. Brian has held positions with Healthcare Consultants, Vanguard Healthcare and HealthMark Partners. He has also served as the Finance Manager for Correct Care Solutions and the Director of Finance for Prologics. Prior to joining the Elements family, he was the Corporate Controller for Urgent Team. Brian and his wife Lisa have been married for 16 years. They have two children and reside in Franklin, TN.
Anita Tidwell, Regional HR Director
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.
Marshall Millikin, Executive Director
Marshall is excited and grateful to return to The Ranch, where he initially served on the founding Board of Directors over 15 years ago. He has worked in the treatment field for over 20 years. He began his career at Onsite Workshops as a Program Coordinator, and during 12 years with Onsite he served as an Admissions Director, Marketing Director, Co-Director and Co-Owner. After leaving Onsite, Marshall served as the Referral Relations Liaison for Cumberland Heights Treatment Center, and then joined the Life Healing Center in 2007 as a Southeast U.S. regional outreach coordinator. During six years with Life Healing Center, he served in additional roles of Marketing Director, Admissions Director and Executive Director. Throughout his seven year tenure with CRC Health Group, Marshall served in Senior Leadership roles for Life Healing Center, Wellness Resource Center, New Life Lodge and Sierra Tucson. For the last year he has been involved in addiction and behavioral healthcare management consulting and training, executive recruiting, and development of residential facilities and intensive outpatient programs.
Marshall has been married to Deb Leinart for 23 years, and they have three amazing daughters and three incredible grandchildren.
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.
Jenia Tapp, Human Resources Manager
Jenia comes to The Ranch with 15 years experience in the Human Resources field. She began the first 5 years of her career in Human Resources in the Benefits Department at American Home Patient as Benefits Assistant and quickly moved up to Benefits Manager. She then spent the next 10 years at a local non-profit, Park Center, as Human Resources Director. Jenia joined Elements Behavioral Health as Human Resources Manager at the Collection and Billing Office in Franklin June 2014 and transferred to the Ranch in January 2015 to fill the Human Resources Manager role. Jenia has been married to Andy for 8 years and they have 5 children, 4 boys, 1 girl and their ages range 21 to 6. Jenia is a certified jazzercise instructor and when not in class enjoys watching her kids many sporting events.
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.
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.
Byron Simpson, J.D., 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 move to The Ranch she says, “I love being part of the Ranch family…amazing things that happen here!”
Deidre Sage Butte`, Admissions Specialist
Deidre was born and raised in Memphis, TN but came to the Middle Tennessee area for college. Deidre graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After having worked in the Criminal Justice field for several years, Deidre found the treatment field to be very rewarding, when she could see positive results happening before her eyes on a daily basis. The Ranch is Deidre’s first position in the adult recovery industry. She had worked the previous 9 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. Deidre had been a fan of The Ranch for many years prior to becoming a part of the team. Deidre has a passion for helping others find the treatment that will best serve their individual needs. Deidre has been in recovery from Eating Disorder for many years. Deidre’s energy and enthusiasm is reflective when she meets others who are on a mission of self-improvement.
Deidre and her husband own a small horse farm 4 miles from The Ranch. Raising Arabian horses has been a passion for years. Deidre has been surprised by how much she has learned when attending Equine Psychotherapy sessions at The Ranch, despite being a horseman. The family also has dogs, cats and a wide variety of chickens.
Kiya Bowermaster, Admissions Specialist
Kiya Bowermaster obtained her Bachelor’s at Middle Tennessee State University. She was born in Florida, but Tennessee is where she calls home. Kiya meets each day with a desire to help others and began her journey in the treatment field as a case manager providing care for adolescents. “When the opportunity to be part of The Ranch became available, I jumped at the chance and am truly grateful to be part of something that is so unique and wonderful.” Kiya is also a dedicated animal advocate and pooch rescuer. She cherishes her beloved dogs Titan, Toby and Stick. Should a stray dog wander into her view, she is quick to foster and find the wayward traveler a home.
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. At Troy, he studied Psychology and Marketing, but also played football for the Sun-Belt Conference champion Troy Trojans. Before that, Tyler started his college career at Wingate University, in Wingate, NC. Tyler’s desire to help people lead him to The Ranch where he takes great pride in the work he does. Overcoming challenges and obstacles, and finding a way to positively affect those he works with, Tyler truly enjoys his opportunity to work at The Ranch.
Mickey Hamilton, Admissions Specialist
Mickey Hamilton graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Major in Biology, and Minors in Psychology and Chemistry. He became a Certified Medical Representative that spent over 20 years in the medical field with biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals serving as clinical liaison -many of those years were spent promoting the concept of Co-occurring Disorders to psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, psychiatric hospitals, and detox centers/methadone clinics. Mickey’s career path took a different turn subsequent to his treatment and recovery for alcoholism. “I had always heard great things about The Ranch. Each day at The Ranch brings a new set of blessings, and I’m continually amazed by dedication and compassion of those I work with, and the amount of healing that happens here.” When not at The Ranch, his time is spent with his wife and children, being active in church, working his recovery program, or playing golf.
Ashley Shelley, Admissions Financial Coordinator
Ashley graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His work experience includes over 20 years in customer service and sales operations management. Ashley has been married to Staci for 16 years and has two children, Ethan and Emma. Ashley loves to spend time watching his children play sports, fishing, and playing banjo, guitar, and bass.
Michelle Martel, Admissions Support
The Ranch is Michelle’s first position in the Adult Recovery Industry. Michelle lives in Fairview, TN but is originally from Atlanta, GA. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with experience in office management and administrative services. Michelle has a passion for helping others. She was thrilled when the opportunity to work at The Ranch became available. “I feel so fortunate to be a small part of the amazing things that happen at The Ranch on a daily basis.” When not at The Ranch, Michelle enjoys spending time with her very active family, husband Kris; daughter Lauren, son Chase and their beloved Boxer, Rico.
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.”
Carolyn Steffek, Admissions Support
“I heard about The Ranch through one of our own team members, Ashley Shelley. I worked with him for 15 years at an advertising company in Brentwood, TN. I feel truly blessed to be a part of The Ranch family. It is my first time working in the treatment field and I love it. I feel like it was my calling. In the short time that I have been here, I have seen miracles happen. What a wonderful thing to experience. I really love working at The Ranch and look forward to many years getting to know the staff.”
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. In response to why she chose to work in this setting:: “Working at The Ranch as been an awesome experience – truly life changing. I love it because it feels like family – a family who is dedicated to helping people change their lives.”
Cheryl Brown, National Director of Marketing – Eating Disorder Services
Cheryl Brown has worked in the addiction and behavioral health field since 1981. Her position at The Ranch supports her passion for providing hope and healing to those individuals and families who continue to suffer from trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, sexual addiction and substance use disorders. 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, holding the positions of Business Manager, Therapist, and Assistant Clinical Director over her tenure. “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 often presented in our clients. The healing process here addresses the multidimensional needs of the whole person, and provides the client with opportunities for personal accountability, while in a safe, nurturing, and life-like environment. Most importantly, this affords them the ability to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change.” Cheryl also remains devoted to her family, which includes her, children and grandchildren. She is also an avid horsewoman and ballroom dancer.
Caetlin Mangan, Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Caetlin radiates a dedicated passion for helping professionals and their clients and patients in their recovery journey. She cherishes being in the treatment field because she believes hard work and willingness results in an opportunity for an individual to truly meet themselves for the first time. Caetlin was recruited and awarded a scholarship to The University of Texas at Austin for her membership on the IE Public Speaking Team. She won an American Forensics Association National Championship in 2005 along with several other top five finishes. She later graduated with a BLA in English, with a minor in Communication Studies. Her work history includes Sales Management of commodity trading in California, Product and Sales Management of medical equipment in Illinois, and more recently insurance verification at Cumberland Heights in Nashville, TN. Caetlin resides in Nashville with her dogs, PJ and Chloe, where she regularly volunteers her time by leading a weekly body image, female empowerment group with women early in sobriety. She also volunteers at the Davidson County Drug Court Women’s Program, DC4.
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, ACSW, LCSW, 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, LPC-MHSP, CSAT-S, Program Director
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 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 – she assisted in the development of the first residential women’s gender separate, sex and intimacy disorder program in the country. Karen’s 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 for Becca.
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, as well as Pine Grove Treatment Center in Hattiesburg, MS. She is also held the positions of Clinical Director of Family Programming and Intensive Workshops while at Pine Grove. Her career in the treatment field began in 2007 and culminates in extensive experience working with clients and their families impacted by addiction, eating disorders, and trauma.. Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi, 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 Supervisor (CMAT-S) as well as a Certified Sex Addiction Supervisor (CSAT-S).
Tara Booker, MSW, Primary Therapist
Tara describes her work as a Primary Therapist as invigorating. As a Nashville native, Tara began her experience in therapy working as an intern with adults in residential treatment in and, it was there, she fell in love with recovery based treatment and has pursued it ever since. She earned her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Through to her journey to The Ranch she experienced working with inpatient psychiatric care facilities, learning and treating the intricacies of severely debilitating mental illness. Tara found her way to The Ranch in March 2014 with servant’s heart to support those suffering with life-threatening pain, in a more contained, supportive and long-term care environment. Tara focuses her therapeutic approach on validating one’s experience and self, by revealing the underlying causes of pain and maladaptive traits, while deepening one’s connection to their spirit in order to live a life with long-term fulfillment.
Hannah Phillips, MSW, LMSW, EMDR I & II, Primary Therapist
Hannah Phillips received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and earned her Masters of Social Work degree, with an emphasis on health and mental health, from Boston College. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient psychiatric care, adult day programs, and collegiate ministry through a church. Hannah was drawn to the field of mental health because of her experiences as a client and as an affected family member. Through these experiences, she became passionate about mental health awareness and decreasing stigma around it as well as about offering hope and healing from the diseases that keep people from living as their best selves.
Buddy Horne, LPC- MHSP, CSAT, Clinical Specialist
Buddy has been a counselor working in the field of treating trauma and addiction since 2000. He specializes in helping others to be integrated and authentic by identifying psychological barriers that prevent them from being their true selves. He utilizes therapeutic interventions such as experiential therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting. He has a Masters degree in professional counseling from Ottawa University and is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained by Patrick Carnes. Buddy has 15 years of experience in providing individual, group and family therapy and has been on his own recovery journey for 20 years. He has previously worked at the Prescott House, Inc. and the Northern Arizona Veteran’s Administration. He believes we were all divinely designed with a unique purpose and our goal is to find it and live it.
Dawn Zurlinden, LCSW, CSAT, Clinical Specialist
Dawn began working at The Ranch in 2000. She specializes in trauma, addiction and spiritual recovery. She helped develop The Ranch experiential approach to recovery on all levels. She combines somatic and experiential techniques such as Brain-spotting, Somatic Therapy, EMDR, Psychodrama, and Expressive Therapy. She provides Native American Sweat Lodge, Medicine Wheel, and other therapeutic ceremonial opportunities. Dawn received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and has also studied with cutting-edge innovators including David Grand, Peter Levine, Patrick Carnes and don Miguel Ruiz. Dawn applies her personal experiences facing challenges on her journey to promote optimism and self-compassion 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.
Kathryn Defatta, M.Ed., NCC, Adventure Therapist
Kathryn Defatta received her bachelors of science in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in family relations from The University of Southern Mississippi. As a Franklin native historically, she returned to Tennessee to complete her Masters in Education from Vanderbilt University in Human Development Counseling. Kathryn completed a practicum and internship at The Ranch while in graduate school. She loved the opportunity to dig head first into recovery work from the beginning of her professional career. Kathryn has worked as a therapist with both the Men’s and Women’s programs at The Ranch, diversifying her knowledge base on eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Her current position as an adventure therapist provides a wonderful container to help each client explore their challenges. “I love being able to weave physical and mental health together in the journey to wellness and healing! I operate out of a holistic attachment focused lens which helps me elicit positive change and meet authenticity in clients while individualizing treatment for each client’s unique process.” When not working Kathryn loves running, spending time with her family and friends, and exploring the great city of Nashville outdoors!
Megan Repass, MS, Adventure and Wilderness Therapy Program Coordinator
Megan brings an energy level that can rarely be matched to her role at The Ranch, which is fitting for her position! She is a Masters-level therapist, certified Wilderness First Responder, ACCT Level II Practitioner, and lover of the outdoors. Prior to coming to The Ranch, Megan had worked in the outdoor education industry for over eight years, working with at-risk youth and young adults. From the Grand Tetons and Wind River Range Mountains of Wyoming, to the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she is experienced in leading backcountry trips in rock climbing, white water canoeing, backpacking, horse packing, and trail riding. Megan is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and later worked for NOLS as a horse packer. With a Master’s degree in Psychology from Lipscomb University, and many years of experience, Megan is able to create an atmosphere in an outdoor setting where people can experience the valuable principles of recovery. She believes that God created our beautiful environment for us to use in order to deepen our faith in Him. This belief is what drives her to integrate wilderness therapy into The Ranch’s treatment program. Often times, you will find her with her trusty side-kick, Huck Finn, a certified therapy dog who also attends adventure therapy days when hiking or orienteering.
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, Brain-spotting and Experiential Therapy, which he incorporates into his daily work with the men.
Lisa Anderson, LMSW, Primary Therapist
Lisa is a Nashville native who has worked as a professional counselor since 1998. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, she returned to Nashville where she attended Vanderbilt Divinity School, graduating with a Master’s of Theological Studies with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. Additionally, Lisa also earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work from UT. She has worked with individuals suffering from mental illness and the disease of addiction in a variety of settings including an employee assistance program, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a maximum security state prison. She has experience providing individual, couples, family and group therapy with diverse populations. While in graduate school, Lisa worked as an intern at Renewal House, a sober living community for women in early recovery and their children. Lisa was previously employed at Cumberland Height as a family therapist in both the adult and adolescent treatment programs. Recovery is a passion for Lisa personally, as well as professionally. “I am delighted to be employed as a primary therapist at the Ranch, where I can help clients and families embark on their own personal journey of recovery from the effects of the disease of addiction.”
Christie Bates, MA, Trauma Therapist, Contemplative Therapist, Author
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 since 2002.. 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.
Amanda Morrow, MS, Primary Therapist
Amanda Morrow received her M.S. in clinical counseling from Lipscomb University, in Nashville, TN. She has extensive experience working with couples, and individuals struggling with grief, anger, depression, addictions, and shame, as well as adolescents with inappropriate sexual behavior. Amanda shares her desire to help others find healing: “I can remember even as a young child having a passion to help others and felt purposefully drawn to the counseling field. What drew me to the Ranch is the ability to approach wellness from a holistic view with the opportunity to develop spiritually.”
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, 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.
Caverly Connor, M.Ed., NCC, EMDR I, SET 1, Primary Therapist
Caverly Connor has a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Arizona State University, and a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Human Development Counseling, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, from Vanderbilt University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Caverly is additionally trained in EMDR Part 1, and Somatic Experiential Therapy Part 1, as well as training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Caverly first joined The Ranch as a clinical graduate level intern while completing my Master’s degree. Post graduation she began working at The Ranch full time as a therapist in the women’s co-occurring program. Caverly has a history of service in the helping profession – as early as age 16 she volunteered for a Teen crisis line. “I was drawn to the work at The Ranch because I believe in the importance of healing through community, and I value the use of a holistic and team approach to aid in the recovery process for our clients. I take a holistic approach to my work with clients and aim to walk beside them in their journey towards healing and rediscovery.”
Jennifer Payne Guarino, LMFT, CSAT, Primary Therapist
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport. Her interest in promoting positive life-changing messages through the arts led her to obtain her bachelor’s degree in communication and human relations. Subsequently Jennifer earned her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. She specializes in counseling individuals, couples and families at The Ranch, as well as in her private practice. .Jennifer also completed additional training with Dr. Patrick Carnes Ph.D. and the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals and she is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). “I have a desire to help persons recover from shaming, controlling and abusive behaviors and practices. I utilize therapeutic modalities that best fit the individual including experiential, cognitive behavioral and family systems.”
Linda K. Hardy, MA, LPC, DBT 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 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. Linda heads The Ranch DBT consultation team.
Laura Locke, MS, ESMHL, Equine Therapist
Laura Locke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She also holds Certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning from PATH Int’l. She is currently working on her postmaster’s hours for her LPC-MHSP license. Laura has had years of in this field since 1997. Prior to that she worked as a paralegal,, primarily in healthcare, in the areas of contracts, licensing, risk management, and regulatory compliance. She is a co-founder of Take 2 Ranch, Inc, a 501c3 organization that provides rehabilitative training for rescue horses, where she serves as volunteer President and Executive Director. Laura is passionate about her work as an equine therapist. She believes “horses see our souls, and provide a safe, non-judgmental place to unpack our stuff, and discover our true selves.” It is her hope to take the equine therapy program to a higher level of interaction and relationship building, and incorporate the recreational equine activities to reinforce the therapeutic healing process. A lifetime horsewoman, Laura owns and breeds straight Egyptian Arabians, and lives with her Labs, Simon and Gus.
Danielle Sukenik, MMFT, EAGALA Certified, Equine Counselor
Danielle grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University and is certified in the EAGALA equine therapy model. Danielle came to the Ranch to fill her role as an Equine Counselor, joining both her passion for therapy and helping others with her love for horses. She attributes her love of horses developed while visiting her grandmother’s California ranch as a young child. Danielle says, “Many people work and never get a chance to do what they love. At The Ranch, I am fortunate to combine my professional goals with the powerful and honest horse who creates space to be our true, unique selves.”
Jane Cantrell, M.Ed., NLP, Clinical Therapist – Energy Healing
Jane Cantrell received her B.S., Elementary Education and subsequently her M.Ed. in Counseling and Psychology, from Middle Tennessee State University. She provides Individual and group therapy at The Ranch as well as in her private practice which has included equine therapy and energy healing since 2001. Energetic healings facilitate the balancing and clearing of the individual’s energy field so that blocks are released and the authentic self moves forward. Jane resonated with the healing arts at a very young age. “My trainings motivated me to work with people and animals, facilitating healing sessions via counsel and energetic work. My own work in recovery is part of my foundation in working with others on their recovery path. I love working as part of the Ranch team supporting clients via multiple therapies which address core issues, removing blocks and promoting healing.”
Rebecca Wilson, MS, Primary Therapist
Born and raised in Tennessee, Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English Education. After beginning a career as a high school English teacher, Rebecca wanted to be able to provide more for her students and went back to school to receive a Master’s of Science degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. After several years of being a public school teacher, Rebecca began her own journey of recovery and realized that she wanted to expand her knowledge to be able to help all people. She then pursued a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology also from The University of West Alabama. Rebecca uses an eclectic variety of styles focusing on all aspects of 12 step recovery. Rebecca loves working with people in recovery offering them a little bit of hope to know that recovery is possible for all people. Prior to The Ranch, Rebecca worked as the lead counselor in a nonprofit organization proving treatment from alcohol and drugs. Rebecca is excited to be at The Ranch so that she is able to expand her knowledge and experience into all areas of recovery.
Lauren Herman, M.Ed, NCC, EMDR I & II, DBT Specialist, Trauma 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.
Allie Doherty, MS, Primary Therapist
Allie Doherty received her M.S. from Lipscomb University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Before joining the Ranch, through her internship she experienced seeing clients at Lipscomb University’s Counseling Center and at Metro Police Department’s Domestic Violence Division where Allie worked with individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, shame, and grief. Additionally, she worked as an Administrative Advocate for victims and their children at a domestic violence shelter. “My strong passion for helping people overcome pain and hurt is what led me into the treatment field.”
Valerie Martin, LMSW, CSAT-C, EMDR I & II, 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, 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. 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.” 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.
Tommy Williams, LADAC, ASAT-C, Primary Therapist
Tommy Williams is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor including a strong clinical and 12-step background with a heart to help others embrace effective change and learn new skills. Since 2004 he has delivered care to those suffering from addiction and behavioral health disorders. Tommy has worked as an Intensive Outpatient Counselor and Family Counselor at Cumberland Heights and for Tennessee Prison for Women Therapeutic Community. He is an apt presenter and appreciates the opportunity to teach concepts useful for lasting recovery, such as: Boundaries; Relapse Prevention; Shame and Addiction; Spirituality. Tommy also is trained in role-playing, ropes/challenge course, labyrinth walk and many others. His diverse set of clinical skills fit right into The Ranch team approach.
Anita Pringle, MA, CSAT, 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.
Daniel Moore, MA, Primary Therapist
Daniel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Taylor University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. He has worked in the field of mental health and education since 2003. He has delivered care as a therapist to foster children and families, as a classroom instructor and coach, as a counselor in private practice in Nashville, and most recently as a therapist at The Ranch. Daniel chose to become part of the Ranch team once he witnessed the multi-layered and eclectic approach to treatment that clients of the Ranch received. Daniel is a lover of all things outdoors, particularly fishing, hunting, and camping.
Rodney Robertson D. Min. M.A M.Div. B.A. Family Therapist
Rodney Robertson has been involved in working with families for over 35 years. Rodney’s doctoral dissertation was on the subject of determining the principles that form the foundation for effective family communication. The dissertation also included an analysis of eight of the most common family communication patterns found in most family units today. In addition to his doctoral work he also has a Master of Arts degree in Human Services and a Master of Divinity degree. Rodney has operated his own private counseling practice for seven years in North Carolina focusing on the needs of families and individuals. Rodney has also provided counseling services for other community and civic organizations including churches, local school systems, and three years as the pro-bono counselor for the Miami City Ballet in Miami Florida. Rodney has been a member of the National Association of Forensic Counselors. As a member of the NAFC he was certified in the areas of Addictions, Domestic Violence, and Criminal Justice. Rodney has taught continuing education units for the NAFC on the subjects of: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; PTSD Resulting from a Criminal Act; Borderline Personality Disorder and the Impact the Disorder has Upon Criminal Activity; Emotional Regulation; Conflict Management; and Family Communication Patterns. Rodney is the proud father of three wonderful adult children and is busy chasing down ten grandchildren.
Jeff Rooney, MSSW, Primary Therapist
Jeff Rooney holds a Masters Degree in Science and Social Work from the University of Tennessee. He has worked in the field of co-occurring disorders since 2003. Jeff has served clients in outpatient and residential settings working with adults, adolescents, and families. He also worked in HIV service settings, providing therapy and treatment to persons living with or affected by HIV. Jeff achieved specialized training and experience 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, EMDR I & II, Trauma 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, MA, ASAT, Primary & Couples/Family 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).
Timothy L. Hook, MSSW, CSAT-C, Counselor
Timothy Hook received his Bachelor of Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University and his Masters of Social Work from University of Tennessee. He also served our country in active duty with the United States Air Force from October 1990 to November 2011. Tim was deployed fourteen times over four years in austere locations. He left his last deployment as a part of the Commander’s staff and was responsible for over 750 personnel for all administrative needs and duties. As a result of his extensive military service, he remains focused on comprehensively addressing and healing the devastation caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. “My goal is to better understand the effects of trauma and help others heal and overcome PTSD.”
Erika Thompson, LMSW, Primary Therapist
Erika Thompson is a Licensed Masters Social Worker earning her Masters degree in Social Work at Kentucky Western University in Bowling Green, KY. She achieved her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Butler University, located in Indianapolis, IN. Erika has extensive experience to her credit. She formerly worked for Fairbanks Hospital – Supportive Living Program, focused on addiction. As a part of Erika’s education, she interned at The Bridge to Recovery, working with addiction and trauma clientele. Erika also helped develop the Kentucky Victim Assistance Academy. She enjoys expanding her professional knowledge and experience through her work with clients and trainings.
Courtney Askew earned her Master’s degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She moved to Nashville to complete a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she developed skills in clinical dietetics and nutrition counseling. She was honored to be hired as the first staff dietitian at The Ranch in 2009, and has since helped the nutrition program and team grow. She has worked with the eating disorders program from day one, and considers herself a nutrition “myth-buster” as she helps clients learn the facts about food and get freedom from food rules. She loves promoting nutrition as an important part of recovery at The Ranch. She specializes in treating anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and everything in between.
Anna Cragon, RD, LDN, Nutritionist
Anna first gained her BS in Nutrition/Dietetics from Auburn University before moving to Nashville to complete her Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. During her internship, she was able to gain her first experience with clients at The Ranch from all of the different programs. She was thrilled to have been hired on after the completion of her internship to work with the eating disorder program and other women’s houses. Anna likes helping women develop healthy relationships with food and find freedom in their recovery. She enjoys life in Nashville when not at The Ranch by traveling, cooking, running, and reading.
Melissa Giovanni, MS, RDN, Nutritionist
Melissa completed a coordinated program and earned her Masters of Science degree in Dietetics through Eastern Michigan University. She completed supervised practice experience in clinical nutrition, private practice, foodservice, and community nutrition. One of Melissa’s practice experience rotations was at The Ranch where she was able to gain experience working with clients from all different programs. Melissa was drawn to The Ranch because of their nutrition philosophy and was happy to join The Ranch team after graduation as a Nutritionist working with some of the women’s houses. Melissa loves sharing her passion for nutrition and helping others develop a healthy relationship with food. When not at The Ranch Melissa shares her other passion for physical activity by teaching group exercise classes and helping women to find a balanced, healthy, and enjoyable relationship with exercise.
Jeff Jackson MA, Coordinator – Christian Services
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.
Judy Gibson, L.AC, Acupuncturist
Judy Gibson is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Certified Tai Chi Instructor. She is licensed to practice Acupuncture in the state of Tennessee and is nationally board certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Judy graduated cum laude from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Racine, Wisconsin, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. She specializes in the Mind/Body/Spirit principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine through her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Tai Chi. Judy is a general practitioner with a professional focus in behavioral health issues, emotional disharmonies, trauma and addiction recovery. She is a member of National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and is in mentorship to become an AcuDetox Registered Trainer. Judy is the founder and owner of Seven Directions Acupuncture LLC, a community acupuncture clinic in Nashville, TN. Seven Directions provides individualized acupuncture treatments in a peaceful community setting on a sliding scale.
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.
Andrew K. Averett, MD, Diplomat–ABAM, Physician
Dr. Andrew Averett, MD attends to the medical well-being of each client’s residential care, as a part of the Medical Services team at The Ranch. He brings over 25 years of emergency and general practice service experience to The Ranch team. Dr. Averett also currently holds the positions of Chief of Staff and Chief of Emergency Services for Perry Community Hospital. Dr. Averett has practiced in the surrounding community in a variety of hospital and treatment settings, including a longstanding and prolific private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Memphis, with his MD in Health Sciences. Dr. Averett completed his internship in Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee – Memphis, followed by his Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Tennessee – Jackson. He is board eligible for certification by ASAM and will test in October 2015. Dr. Averett has been in practice since 1989.
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.
Kym Kuhns, RN, MSN, PMHNP, Nurse Practitioner
Kym Kuhns is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a nursing history in critical care and cardiac nursing, as well as acute care psychiatric nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cumberland University in and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Kym offers medication management with supportive counseling with a keen ability to address all common psychiatric disorders including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and Panic, OCD, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia and more. Her therapeutic style is non-judgmental and patient focused, while working with the patient to choose the appropriate level of care and medications, with an emphasis on making sure each individual understands the rationale behind the treatment interventions.
Selena Marie Phillips, MSN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
Selena Marie Phillips is a graduate of Jones County Junior College with AD in Nursing; Mississippi University of Women with BS in Nursing; Middle Tennessee State University with MS in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse/Family Nurse Practitioner. She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Selena began nursing career working on a Telemetry Unit, and became a Patient Care Coordinator. She later became the Patient Care Coordinator/Nursing Supervisor for The Women’s Center and the Child and Adolescent Pavilion at Pine Grove in Hattiesburg, MS. Selena’s career continued to develop and expand as she became the Director of Nursing at Las Vegas Recovery Center, Las Vegas, NV. She also has experience in home health and urgent care. After moving to Tennessee, Selena found her way back to the behavioral health field. “I believe everyone should be afforded the opportunity to heal. Watching the healing transformation in a wounded spirit is truly magical. It makes me want to come to work every day…o be a part of that is fulfilling my calling.”
Michael Haselhuhn, RN, Program Director of Stabilization and Nursing Services
Michael Haselhuhn, RN joined The Ranch in 2014 as a part of The Ranch Nursing Team. He was quickly noticed for his leadership skills and strategic planning ability. He was subsequently promoted to his current position. He is a graduate of Columbia State Community College. He began his nursing career a short time later, working for Maury Regional Hospital with the Cardiac Care Unit. “Nursing called to me as I’ve always wanted to serve others. At The Ranch we are able to catch the clients illness and intervene earlier. We are able to make a difference.”
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.
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.