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 is our CEO and Co-founder of Harmony Recovery Group, starting with our first facility, Recovery in Tune, in 2015. His history with addiction in his youth and his wife’s career as a mental health counselor inspired him to start his work in addiction treatment. He feels immense pride knowing that the work Harmony does saves lives each and every day. In his constant pursuit to provide nothing less than excellence in this space, his leadership delivers hard work, dedication, real care and compassion for the clients we service and a sense of purpose from all the staff members at the facilities he operates. In his 20’s, David played drums in a rock band and toured nationwide, it was a cymbal-er time.
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. – no fun fact as didn’t reply –
Karen Casey, LPC-MHSP
Karen brings a wealth of experience to Harmony Oaks Recovery Center with a diverse background in the counseling field, including 17 years of post-graduate experience with eight of those spent in a treatment center setting. She specializes in supporting patients with substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Karen is also a board approved supervisor for Master’s level clinicians seeking to obtain the LPC-MHSP license and has been providing professional clinical supervision for the past five years. In her spare time, this Tennessee native loves to spend time with her husband and four year-old son and is an outspoken advocate for raising awareness around the understanding of mental health, substance abuse, disordered eating, and body image issues. – no fun fact as didn’t reply to survey question –
Scott chose to work in substance abuse treatment because it saved his life. When he was struggling with addiction and in treatment, he felt that the techs had helped him a great deal. One he had nine months sober, he decided he wanted to be one. Since then he has continued his education, excelled in his field and now serves as our Operations Manager at Harmony Oaks Recovery Center. He holds certifications as a Recovery Residence Administrator and a Behavioral Health Technician. In his free time, Scott is a keen fisherman and has been since he was old enough to hold a pole– he’s reel-y good at it!
Kathy Glasser, RN
Kathy holds a Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing and her entire 23 years of nursing experience has been dedicated to mental health and substance abuse. This field is one she loves, her mother worked in it for 30 years, but it also touches her heart on a personal level. Kathy’s brother was an addict in his teenage years and was later diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder, of which the drug use likely played a large part in the diagnosis. Kathy is passionate about her profession and feels that nurses have the opportunity to empower patients and their families with knowledge, understanding, and bring peace in challenging times. She loves nursing because at the end of every shift, she knows she has made a difference. In her spare time Kathy loves caring for her three Saint Bernards (the oldest of which weighs 185lbs) and is a volunteer firefighter for Catoosa County– don’t mess with her!
Caroline Russe, LMSW
Caroline holds a MA in Social Work, BA in Psychology, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She feels her life has true purpose when she can be of service to others and thus is deeply passionate about walking side-by-side with her patients as they work to overcome their mental health and substance abuse problems. Her favorite part of working in treatment is “seeing the light go on” – watching the changes a patient goes through as they work the program. As a child she was a competitive diver, swimmer and gymnast– a woman of hidden talents!
John Chapadelanie, LADAC II
John is a Licensed and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with an MEd in Counseling Psychology to boot. He also specializes in Accelerated Resolution Therapy for PTSD. A Tennessee native, John has spent the last 26 years in the addiction and behavioral health field. His favorite part of working in this space is seeing the small changes being made during treatment and knowing that he has contributed to assisting a person onto a new path. Outside of his life’s passion for helping others, he loves motorcycles and German Shepherds (do his dogs ever go in a sidecar?).
Amy is a Tallahassee, Florida native whose passion in life is to help others. She chose to work in treatment after being married to a person in active addiction and experiencing first-hand what it does to both addicts and their loved ones. Her favorite thing about working in treatment is supporting and relating to patients and their families and seeing them turn their lives around. Amy brings her kind, positive attitude to all her cases (and as one of seven siblings she definitely knows a thing or two about caring for others!)
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 in order 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. – no fun fact –