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.

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Dahlia Reyes, LPC
Executive Director

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.

AJ Morrow
AJ Morrow
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.

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Amber Lowe
Clinical Supervisor

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.

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Brittany Thurston
BHT Supervisor

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Amy Risinger
Primary Therapist

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Andre James
Primary Therapist

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Paula Taylor
Paula Taylor
EMDR Therapist

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 Brown
Collier Brown
EMDR Therapist

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.

Cassandra Mondragon
Cassandra Mondragon
Primary Therapist

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.

April Howell
April Howell
Primary Therapist

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!

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Brent Crass
Group Facilitator

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Kim Stephens
Group Facilitator

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Carolyne Kelley
Group Facilitator

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Anamaria Mafnas
Anamaria Mafnas
Group Facilitator

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.

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Tiffany Howard
Case Manager

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Abigail Bobe
Intake Coordinator

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MeeMee Johnson
Medical Assistant

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Alysia Harden
Registered Nurse

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Jeanie Van Akkeren
Nurse Practitioner

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Most Insurance Accepted

As a member of the Harmony Recovery Group family of treatment programs, we are able to work with many private insurance plans.

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A Life in Recovery Can be Yours.

You deserve to become your best self. With decades of combined experience in the field of addiction medicine, our staff knows what it takes to build a foundation for recovery.