Meet the Staff
The team at Harmony Oaks Recovery Center is composed of incredible individuals, each with a unique skill set and a passion for humanity. Our team members were hand-selected based on a combination of their compassion, aptitude and master competency. We come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and education levels with the singular message that recovery is possible. Many of the members of our team have first-hand experience facing addiction and mental health disorders themselves or with a loved one, which helps us to relate to our patient’s individual needs.
David has a background in Business Administration with emphasis in behavioral health care. His personal experience with addiction coupled with his leadership, operational know-how and compassion brings a unique style of management and delivers results to the facilities he operates. David founded Harmony Recovery Center’s sister facility Recovery In Tune in 2015 and Harmony Recovery Group thereafter, capitalizing on his dream to provide high-quality care to those suffering from the disease of addiction to communities across the country that desperately need these services. In his constant pursuit of providing nothing less than excellence in patient care, his leadership delivers hard work, dedication and constant involvement from all of the staff members at the facilities he operates.
John Carter, MD
Dr. Carter earned his M.D. at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, GA in 1998 before completing his residency in Family Practice in 2001. With 22 years in the medical field, Carter brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Harmony Oaks Recovery Center as our onsite Medical Doctor. He is board certified in both family and addiction medicine and goes above and beyond to ensure our patients are cared for and supported in their detox and recovery journey, to achieve long-term health and sobriety.
Director of Community Outreach
AJ is a public speaker and recovery advocate on a mission to deliver real impact and change to those who have lost faith. After dancing with death, he came through adversity to create a life worth living. Through his public speaking and advocacy, he has inspired thousands nationwide, saved lives, repaired families, and empowered the hopeless. As Harmony Oaks’ Outreach Coordinator, he draws on personal experience to relate to those who are struggling with addiction with compassion and understanding to get them the help they need. AJ truly loves what he does and wants to help others just like him to live a better life, free from drugs and alcohol.
Dahlia is originally from the Dominican Republic and was raised in New York City. She attended Brooklyn College and earned a bachelor’s in psychology, and master’s in mental health counseling. Her previous roles include Clinical Director at The Baptiste Group, Senior Clinician at CADAS and Senior Clinician at Montefiore Hospital.
“I really enjoy seeing the growth in the clinical team and watch it translate to the clients. I consider it a privilege to be a part of the individual’s journeys.”
In her spare time, Dahlia enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Operations
John came to the Harmony family in June 2020, from a management position at the Waffle House. He is passionate about getting to help those around him with his own experience, strength, and hope that despite suffering with SA and MH you can live a better life. He is originally from Ringgold, GA but grew up in Soddy Daisy, TN where he graduated from Soddy Daisy High School. In his free time John enjoys cooking, spending time with loved ones, shopping, and playing with his dog.
Erica comes to us by way of Long Island, New York. A graduate of Fordham University, Bronx, NY, she began her career with the New York State Parole Office as a Social Worker. Her next stop on her career path was South Oaks Inpatient Detox where she also served as a social worker. Since being with Harmony Oaks, Erica has enjoyed the great team we have and the ability to help a variety of clients. When she isn’t out serving our community, she can most likely be found hiking with her dog, Nash.
Angelina is a passionate Behavioral Tech and has proven herself within our facility. “I Love seeing the change in our clients going from hopeless and lost to being able to smile and laugh and simply seeing the life come back into their eyes!” Coming from Ogden, Utah, Angelina graduated Mountain High School and began her career at another drug and alcohol treatment facility. When she isn’t inspiring hope at work, she enjoys going to church, going on hikes, and literally chasing waterfalls. She cherishes family time and even outside of work, she is still active in the recovery world, going to meetings and lending a hand wherever needed. “I’m Blessed and highly favored!!”
Brooklyn is originally from South Dakota and studied Social Work at Liberty University. Prior to joining us at HORC, she worked for The Baptiste Group, where she started as a youth care worker and moved up to a manager on duty. She supervised a residential program of 50 boys ages 12 -17. Her next career move was to Redemption Preschool as direct care staff. She subbed for the teachers and worked with children ages 0 – 5. After that, Brooklyn began interning at The Zion Project and quickly advanced up to assistant director of a non-profit organization in Guatemala. She worked in residential homes all over the country of Guatemala, supervising a team of 20-30 volunteers running a day program and rescuing girls from sex trafficking. Brooklyn considers her job a passion and enjoys spending time with clients, getting to know them and their stories and loves being able to assist people in bettering their lives and making a better future for themselves. Outside of work, Brooklyn enjoys spending time with friends and family playing games, sports, or any activity that is competitive.
MaClain is a Chattanooga native. Prior to her role here with us, MaClain worked at Parkridge Valley Hospital for inpatient psychiatric care as a Charge and Medication nurse for several years. “I love interacting with my clients and being able to provide patient-centered care at a time when they likely need it the most.” In her free time, MaClain enjoys anything artistic such as painting and sketching, reading, and baking. She also spends time learning several strange sports including surfing, archery, and SUP boarding.
Paula was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Central Florida. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Paula went directly into human services, working as a University Counselor at SAGU. From there, she began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Regent University. She spent some time after that, working as a case manager for Residential Foster Care and then for Biogen Idec as a Patient Services Coordinator II. Just before joining the team at HORC, Paula was leading the way in mental health education as Resident Director at Lee University. For Paula, the most fulfilling job is partnering with clients as they work towards their personal, professional, or health related goals. By creating a safe and non-judgmental space, clients can explore their needs, gain insights, and begin to heal long standing hurts. When she isn’t helping clients heal, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family, kayaking, white water rafting, and canoeing.
Collier, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, comes to HORC with a strong background in Human Services. After graduating College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree, she moved on to Boston University to obtain a Master in Clinical Social Work degree. Upon entering the field, Collier served as Clinical Intern at The Next Door Chattanooga, Graduate Research Assistant with Boston University’s School of Social Work and Senior Analyst at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. When asked about her favorite part of her job, Collier’s response was, “I enjoy being able to provide a consistent space for clients to discuss and explore their experiences, feelings, and intentions for their own lives. I believe that each of us benefit from a supportive and nonjudgmental outlet to become more aware of our values and to practice being intentional in how we move through life. I respect the trust and vulnerability that this work requires of our clients and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be there alongside them through their growth. In her free time, Collier enjoys spending time being active outside, walking or camping with her dog and her partner, and some time relaxing on the couch with a book or a good Netflix series. She also likes to spend time with friends over a good meal. She loves to listen and sing along (loudly) to almost all music, from folk music to musical theater – and uses it as her go-to emotional outlet.
Amber is originally from Fort Oglethorpe, GA and attended college at Dalton State College. There, she earned an masters in social work. After graduating, Amber joined the professional field of Mental Health Treatment with The Mental Health Cooperative, where she served as CTT and CCFT Case Manager. From there, she went to the Division of Family and Children Services where she was a Foster Care Case Manager. Before joining the team at HORC, Amber became a Substance Abuse Counselor at Crossroads Treatment Center. Her dedication and commitment to watching as her clients break through barriers that, at one point, they didn’t believe they could overcome is most rewarding for Amber. She loves spending time with her husband and children, going on vacation to the beach.
Anamaria is originally from Madrid, Spain and upon arriving in the United States, lived in Orlando, FL. Her previous roles include Senior Clinician at The Baptiste Group, Mental Health Counselor at Cempa Community Cares, Social Service Representative at Parkridge Valley Hospital, and Family Intervention Specialist at Youth Villages. Anamaria loves being able to connect with and learn about clients. She has a passion for watching clients heal and then launch into their new life. She graduated with Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Adventist University in 2009 and then a Master of Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2010. In her free time, Anamaria hosts friends and family at her home many nights per week. She enjoys spending time with friends, talking about enneagrams, playing volleyball, painting, watching movies, playing board games, and cooking. She is also kept very busy with her toddler son, who she spends most of her time with chasing around.
Cassandra is from Toronto, Ontario Canada. Prior to her current role with us, she worked at a substance abuse residential treatment facility for adolescents, as a therapist. She also worked as a behavioral therapist doing play therapy at an outpatient center for children. Cassandra is very passionate about connecting with clients and enjoys watching them achieve their therapeutic goals. In her spare time Cassandra enjoys being with family and friends.
Group Facilitator / Primary Therapist
Connie is a native to the area, growing up in Ooltewah, TN just outside of Chattanooga. She attended Argosy University where she studied Clinical Mental Health. After completing her formal education, she worked for the State of Tennessee for 25 years as a Family Counselor and Case Manager / Middle Management. She also worked for Hermitage Hall and Cumberland Heights as a Therapist. In her free time, she loves to read, walk/play with the dog, and stretches the artistic muscles creating stained glass pieces.
April is a Chattanooga local, born and raised! She attended University of Tennessee, Chattanooga where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology and then went on to earn a Master in Social Work with an emphasis in trauma and emergency management at Southern Adventist University. Within the past few years, April has worked at the McNabb center serving individuals with severe and persistent mental health disorders as Director of Supportive Housing and Intensive Long-term care. She then went to work for Unified as the Director of Programs where she advocated for the inclusion of trauma-informed support for elementary students in local public schools. Finally, before coming to HORC, April worked with Southern Adventist University teaching a university accredited course for students who needed support with life skills, mood regulation, and time management. What she enjoys most about her current role is that “I get to teach and inspire my clients to address their current needs. My ultimate goal is for every client to feel confident to implement the skills we explore in their daily lives.” During the weekends, April spends her time getting messy with paints and with her dog, Prince Rodger!
Originally from Virginia, Thad attended college and studied political psychology, research methodology and international cultural studies. After graduating, he went to work as a counselor for the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Deputy Administrator for Education, Arts & Culture, lecturer and visiting professor at various universities: St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Corcoran College of Art and Design, University of Hawaii. “I love to walk with people on their recovery path and hear their stories.” Thad, also a father, spends most of his free time playing with his kids.
Taylor is originally from Ohio and comes to us with a solid background in patient care and mental health treatment. After obtaining a Master in Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Lee university, Taylor went to work for a mental health hospital for four years. While also continuing his education as a Doctorate student in Medical Family Therapy (set to graduate August 2021), Taylor spends much of his downtime time reading, playing soccer, running, hiking, and writing poetry. Meditation is a daily hobby for Taylor. When asked what his favorite part of his job is, Taylor’s response was, “I like that I can be engrossed in the stories of our clients. We are able to be a part of something big in our clients lives and I am here for that.”