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About Us

OUR EFFECTIVE & CARING PROVIDERS:

Brooke A. Jones, Psy.D.


Practice Director & Owner (Canton & Stockbridge)


Dr. Jones is a Licensed Psychologist, who specializes in psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. As an evaluator, Dr. Jones takes pride in offering comprehensive and thorough assessments, and considering all areas of functioning, including physical health and environmental/cultural issues that may mimic or underlie psychological disorders. She writes comprehensive and clear reports that offer solid insight and helpful recommendations for individuals with Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Disorders, ADHD/ADD, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Trauma Impacts. Dr. Jones earned her Doctorate & Master of Arts degrees in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University Atlanta). She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hampton University in Virginia. In 2009, she completed an APA-approved internship in Chicago, IL, while completing her dissertation, “Attributational Styles in Sexually Abused Children: Age, Gender, & Ethnicity Differences.” She has also held clinical positions in group practices and taught undergraduate studies in psychology. Personally, Dr. Jones comes from a big, loving family. She is an active Christian and youth group leader. She enjoys watching football, is a HapKiDo martial artist, and loves making memories with her husband and two young children.

Dale R. Goodman, Ph.D., D. Min.

 

Christian Counselor (Suwanee)

 

Dr. Goodman provides solution-focused and cognitive behavioral counseling for individuals, couples and families. His approach is to explore underlying issues hindering life and relationships, and to provide sound solutions that work. Clients improve greatly in their thoughts, perceptions, emotions, behavior and relationships. Dr. Goodman has an extensive background in counseling education, training and experience. His vision is to help clients overcome and pursue their God-given potential. Dr. Goodman’s broken childhood and years of recovery have provided enormous empathy for the broken, deep insights for their wounds and the work necessary to heal. He has expertise in counseling for couples, adults and teens. He is a trained marriage facilitator for PREPARE/ENRICH, a marital assessment tool for couples.

Dr. Goodman is licensed through the National Christian Counselors Association as a Clinical Pastoral Counselor with Advanced Certification. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance, Adjunct Professor with Olivet Nazarene University, and founder of Eden Ministries International, authored several Kindle books; speaks, teaches and develops resources for couples and parents of teens. Dr. Goodman is married to his wife, Linda. They have one daughter, Shannon, and four grandchildren living in the Chicago area. 

Breanne Dugger, Psy.D.

 

Site Director & Psychologist’s Assistant (Stockbridge)

 

Dr. Breanne Dugger conducts thorough psychological evaluations and provides effective therapy.  She has a passion for clinical work and a commitment to providing thoughtful and comprehensive psychological assessments. Her experiences range from completing psychological assessments for adults, adolescents, and children to providing individual and group therapy and outreach and consultation services to late adolescents and adults. She also has an interest in couples work. As an assessor, Dr. Dugger strives to write reports that answer referral questions in a clear and concise manner, while taking a strength-based approach and providing helpful and in-depth recommendations. As a therapist, Dr. Dugger’s ultimate goal is to build a collaborative and trusting relationship by assisting her clients in feeling safe and supported. Together she works with each of her clients toward growth through new experiences and self-understanding by exploring past and present interpersonal experiences. Dr. Dugger often incorporates mindfulness and other relaxation and coping techniques into treatment in order to assist clients in working through stressors outside of the therapy room. Dr. Dugger completed her Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at GSPP at Argosy University-Atlanta and her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Alabama State University. She completed her Doctoral Internship at the University of California, Merced’s Counseling and Psychological Services and Post-doctorate fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Brooke Jones. Dr. Dugger’s clinical interests include: Interpersonal-Dynamic psychotherapy, Feminist theory, cultural diversity, social justice, women’s issues, identity development, LGBTQ and questioning, relationship/attachment issues, and self-esteem/self-image. Dr. Dugger is passionate about the services she provides and is inspired by the stories and journeys of her clients.

Natasha Thomas, M.D.

 

Psychiatrist (Suwanee)

 
Dr. Natasha Thomas is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Diplomat of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. She specializes in reproductive psychiatry – focusing on the  psychiatric care of women during pregnancy and the post-partum period, mood and functioning changes associated with menstruation and menopause, and recovery from sexual trauma. She is a certified sex therapist and provides counsel to individuals and couples hoping to reestablish, or create, healthy sexual functioning and positive attitudes about intimacy. Dr. Thomas also treats adults facing concerns such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD and more.  Though Dr. Thomas believes it is a sign of strength and wisdom to seek care when one realizes the need for it, she recognizes that many people feel apprehensive when initially pursuing mental health treatment. As such, she aims to provide a warm, hopeful, supportive, collaborative, and even fun environment with all of her patients. Through discussion and thoughtful guidance, she strives to create a treatment plan that helps her patients feel empowered in their pursuit of wellness.

Dr. Thomas has had a life-long love for the understanding of biology and medicine. She is a Daytona Beach, Florida native and began her educational career at Spelman College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and also minored in Writing. In 2006, she graduated from Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami with her Doctor of Medicine degree and a passion to pursue training in Psychiatry. She was accepted into the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Maryland/Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, which is rated as one of the top 10 psychiatric hospitals in the United States (#6). While there, she was selected to serve as a Chief Resident. Dr. Thomas has enjoyed practicing in the Metro Atlanta area for the past 6 years and in 2014 earned a certificate in sex therapy from the Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Thomas believes it is an honor to serve as a psychiatrist and truly enjoys her work with her patients. She also enjoys family time, reading, travel, dining, and the arts.

Tanja Ketisch, Psy.D.

 

Licensed Psychologist (Suwanee)

Dr. Ketisch is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who has been trained in conducting psychological evaluations with adolescents and adults. Dr. Ketisch believes in the whole-person approach to assessments that takes all facets of life into consideration. In order to establish a thorough understanding of the individual all areas of functioning, such as physical wellbeing, interpersonal experiences, as well as cultural concerns, are important to explore. She is skilled in the assessment of PTSD, Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Disorders, ADHD/ADD, Emotional Disorders, and Personality Disorders. Her reports are comprehensive and informative, highlighting individual strengths as well as areas for improvement. Dr. Ketisch earned her Doctorate & Master of Arts degrees in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University Atlanta). She earned a baccalaureate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of Iowa and a baccalaureate degree in Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She completed an APA-approved internship at a VA clinic in Texas while completing her dissertation, “Boundary Dissolution and Eating Disorder Symptomatology,” which was published in the American Journal of Family Therapy. She has also held clinical positions at the Atlanta VAMC and in private practice. Personally, Dr. Ketisch was born and raised in Germany, but she has now lived in the U.S. for over 20 years. She is also proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force.

Denise McKinney, Psy.D.

 

Licensed Psychologist (Suwanee)

 
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi  The quote by Ghandi explains how Dr. McKinney believes that any person has the capacity to change and be the person they truly want to be in the world. She feels everyone has a journey they have taken and as your therapist, she will work to understand your personal journey, because it encompasses the building blocks of your story. Through thorough assessments, Dr. McKinney is able to use your story, combined with the current situation, to help guide her patients onto a new path. She knows the end of your story hasn’t been written yet and with the therapy, the direction and outcome of anyone’s life story can change! Where you are now doesn’t have to be where you end up.

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” This is another quote that Dr. McKinney believes in wholeheartedly, which is why, in addition to her own schooling and past experience, she enlists the help of her therapy dog, Dutch, an Irish Cream Golden Retriever. Dutch doesn’t see issues or struggles. He sees a person. He sees a child. And without saying a word, he can offer a gentle paw or a soothing sigh or gentle comfort to someone who desperately needs a friend. All simple gestures, which can work miracles in the mind and heart of a hurting person.

Dr. Denise McKinney, Psy.D., earned her Doctorate from Argosy University in Atlanta. She completed her Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology at East Tennessee State University and received her Bachelors of Art from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Clinical Psychology within in a vast range of settings. She has assessed and worked with ages ranging from 2 to 85 with an array of difficulties. During her graduate work, she specialized in child and adolescents with focus on trauma-related issues as well as many different types of family, school and emotional struggles. Dr. McKinney also has extensive experience working with adults with issues including substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, and marital problems. Dr. McKinney has conducted assessments on children, adolescents and adults to help determine functioning and to drive treatment planning. Dr. McKinney is experienced in assessing disorders of attention-deficit/hyperactivity, behavioral and emotional functioning, cognitive or academic abilities (including learning disabilities), autism-spectrum, trauma impacts, and personality. Her experience in these areas offers her clients a comprehensive evaluation with extensive recommendations for how to manage any diagnoses discovered throughout the evaluation process.

As a psychologist, Dr. McKinney strives to develop a trusting and lasting relationship with her clients and she feels this is the cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship. Once a therapeutic relationship has been established, she will use a variety of techniques to help you make the desired change you are striving to meet in your life. Dr. McKinney uses a mindfulness approach along with cognitive behavioral techniques to help you meet your goals that brought you to seek therapy. She also utilizes play and art therapy with children and adolescents to help them engage and also develop a strong therapeutic relationship. When working with this age group she sees the family as an integral part of the therapeutic process and actively includes them in the process.

Asha Dickerson, Ph.D., LPC

 

Licensed Professional Counselor (Suwanee)


Dr. Asha Dickerson is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Professional Counselor. Dr. Dickerson is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and alumni of the University of Alabama at Birmingham having graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and History and a Master’s Degree in Community/Agency Counseling.  She received a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Auburn University.

Dr. Dickerson began her professional career working for the Alabama Department of Human Resources Child Protective Services (CPS) Division.  Through reuniting families, assisting with redefining families for Alabama’s foster children, and seeing the benefits of family counseling, she decided to pursue a degree in Counseling. She recognized that the majority of CPS cases were due, in some form, to substance use, and wanted to work specifically with these families.  After completing internships in a methadone clinic and family counseling agency, she was invited to join the clinical staff at a private, non-profit, substance abuse recovery program designed to serve the special needs of individuals who suffer from alcoholism and/or drug addiction and co-occurring disorders.  As a clinician, Dr. Dickerson built the Family Program and served as the Family and Community Service Coordinator. While in this position she created and expanded multiple programs, secured private funding, and enriched the lives of numerous individuals who have family members suffering with substance addiction.

Although she’s made her home in Georgia, Dr. Dickerson provides workshops, training, and other services throughout the U.S. and in other countries. She is very active in several community, state, and national organizations; currently serving as the Southern Region Representative of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD).  Dr. Dickerson has received numerous awards including the 2018 University of Alabama-Birmingham Rising Star Award and 2017 Argosy Atlanta Counseling Faculty of the Year.  She has also been named an AACTE Holmes Scholar, ACES Emerging Leaders Fellow, and inaugural NBCC Foundation Minority Fellow.

Dr. Dickerson’s clinical and academic specialties include social and cultural diversity, addictions, and blended family issues.  Her goal is to educate, encourage, and enrich the lives of her clients, students, and the community through her commitment to advocacy, mental health, family wellness, and leadership.

Ysannia Hendrix, M.A.

 

Psychometrist & Spanish-Speaking Interpreter (Suwanee)

 

Ysannia Hendrix, M.A. obtained a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies from Western Michigan University. Some of her previous experience includes working with children at various learning centers and extensive involvement with diverse populations. She received a M.A. in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. While attaining her graduate degree, Ysannia worked as an instructor at a school for children with Autism. In this role she provided evidence-based educational programming and behavior support services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in an enriched, multifaceted learning environment to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University to earn a second Masters degree to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with an Emphasis in Children and Adolescence Disorders. Ysannia will begin her practicum, counseling children and young adolescents in September 2018. She will mainly focus on children dealing with anxiety, depression, divorce, ADHD, and low self-esteem issues. Her expected graduation date is Summer 2019. Ysannia is also fluent in Spanish and loves working with Spanish speaking families. 

Cindala Craft, M.S.

 

Psychometrist

 

Cindala Craft, M.S. earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  After completion of her undergraduate studies, she became coordinator of the Big Sisters program of the Roanoke Valley. As coordinator, she evaluated women interested in mentoring young girls who were deemed in need of positive female role models.  In addition, she conducted both in-home and in-office assessments of potential “Little Sisters” and their families.  Finally, based upon her assessments, she was responsible for the pairing of Big and Little Sister “matches” and the coordination of periodic group activities for program participants.  Cindala and her family moved to Georgia from northern Virginia in 1995. In addition to raising her two young sons, she became a teacher for a private church-based preschool.  As a preschool teacher, she designed and implemented age-appropriate curriculum for her students and evaluated their academic and social skills.  When her sons advanced beyond preschool, Cindala became an after-school teacher to spend time with her sons and to teach and interact with preteens and teens. In 2011, Cindala earned her Master’s of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Within the master’s program, a core course in the curriculum was ‘Testing and Measurement.’ This course stimulated Cindala’s interest in the field of Psychometrics.  She was delighted to learn that there are a great number of people of all ages, ethnicities, and income levels in need of quality, professionally administered evaluations.  Fortunately, Cindala was hired and trained to become a Psychometrist a few months prior to the completion of her master’s degree.  Cindala is genuinely pleased to serve in a profession that incorporates her passion for psychology with her desire to empower people who are facing academic and/or mental health challenges. Cindala enjoys growing vegetables, flower gardening, hiking the Appalachian Trail, reading, writing, and spending time with her grown sons.

Chelsea Moodie, M.S., APC, NCC

 

Associate Professional Counselor (Suwanee)

 
Chelsea Moodie, M.S, is under the direct supervision of Dr. Jones. Chelsea obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University. She is licensed as an Associate Professional Counselor. She provides compassionate and nonjudgmental support to help clients reach their goals. She offers many creative therapy methods such as play therapy, art, and sand tray therapy. Chelsea has training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques. She has a passion for helping children and adolescents manage anxiety, stress, and adjustment to divorce. Utilizing mindfulness techniques to strengthen the mind/body connection, Chelsea seeks to empower her clients so they can restore balance in their lives. She helps clients identify their strengths to overcome challenges and experience personal growth.

Chelsea completed her internship year at Mercer University where she offered individual and group therapy for clients experiencing various issues including: depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, perfectionism, boundary setting, marital conflict, and parenting concerns. She believes in developing a therapeutic relationship that allows her clients to feel safe, accepted, and motivated to make the changes they are seeking in therapy. Chelsea is passionate about providing holistic psychotherapy by utilizing a strengths-based approach where she focuses on helping children, adolescents, and adults make desired changes and thrive in their lives. Counseling from a Christian perspective is available at client’s request.

Katie Potts-Carr, RD, LD

 

Registered Dietitian (Suwanee)

Katie Potts is a Registered Dietitian. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition and completed her Dietetic Internship through Iowa State University. She has been blessed to work in many areas as an RD such as private practice, clinical, health/fitness, and community. She has worked with a variety of clients from children to the elderly, from those struggling with many medical issues to very healthy professional athletes, and to those just wanting to have a healthier lifestyle. When she was a senior in high school, she was diagnosed with hypoglycemia and learned how important healthy eating is for the body, mind, and soul. This is what drives her passion in helping her clients achieve their nutritional goals so they can feel their best! She works with each client to build a customized plan that meets them where they are in their journey and help to guide them to their goals.

Keisha Johnson, LPC

 

Licensed Professional Counselor (Stockbridge)

Mrs. Keisha Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC and her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She also has more recently earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Keller University. She has experience in special education with Severely Emotionally Behavior-Disordered children in her own agency for over 10 years. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children providing individual, group, and family counseling for psychiatric and dual diagnosis individuals.

As a counselor, Mrs. Johnson believes individuals need hope and to be empowered in order to begin the change process. Her goal in counseling is to help clients discover their individual strengths, identify and cancel out their dysfunctional thought processes, and replace them with positive and realistic thinking. Ms. Johnson believes many problems arise from poor communication patterns that have been learned in the home through the years. In order to bring healing and hope to individuals these pattern have to be modified or replaced. Mrs. Johnson utilizes concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy to help clients in the change process. She works well with individuals with PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, panic attacks, ADHD, adolescent issues, and parenting issues.

Jennifer Bryant, LPC

 

Licensed Professional Counselor (Stockbridge)

Jennifer Bryant is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Jennifer received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University.

Jennifer understands that asking for help can be difficult; therefore, her first goal as a therapist is to provide an environment that feels open and safe. You likely already have an idea of the kind of changes you’d like to see in your life; therefore her second goal is to help you get there.

Jennifer has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in an outpatient and inpatient setting. Jennifer specializes in areas of depression, anxiety, codependence, relationship issues, and life transition. Jennifer utilizes a range of treatment modalities to tailor her therapy to the needs of the client including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy to help clients reach their goals. Jennifer strives to empower clients and ultimate goal is for each client to gain the skills tools and confidence to be their own therapist.

Danielle Dance, Ph.D.

 

Clinical Psychologist

 

Danielle Dance, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychometrist. She completed her education with Nova Southeastern University where she was afforded access to a wide range of clinical expertise. Clinical skills were developed in an outpatient clinic focused on addiction related problem behaviors (substance addiction, weight change and healthy lifestyle changes). She then went on to provide general therapeutic services to adult populations and later worked under the skills of a neuropsychologist where she provided neuropsychological and psychological assessments. As an intern, she provided DBT skills in both group and individualized treatment, Illness Management Recover (IMR) and forensic assessments. She further provided group treatment for individuals experiencing concerns related to anger and violence in Minnesota. Her post-doctoral experience consisted of conducting psychological, parental fitness, trauma and substance abuse assessment for the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) for Clayton, Henry, Rockdale and Fulton county in Georgia. Dr. Dance has always been involved heavily in research and previously engaged in Clinical Drug Trials with individuals presenting with addiction related concerns, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Alzheimer’s related problems in both outpatient and hospital settings. Early career work lead her to provide cognitive and memory assessment and treatment for individuals residing in Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) and medical rehabilitation centers in South Florida areas.

Dr. Dance is experienced in providing individualized, group and couples treatment utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques to assist in facilitating change and empowering individuals to continue to work towards therapy goals and relapse prevention for symptoms. As a psychometrist, she is proficient in the assessment of common problems faced by late adolescent, adult and geriatric populations including but not limited to ADHD, depression, anxiety, grief, schizophrenia, trauma, learning problems, memory and adjustment difficulties. Whether through assessment or therapy, Dr. Dance approaches her work with an open mind, person centered and holistic approach to all presenting problems and strives to determine underlying concerns that contribute to psychological distress in order to better direct future treatment. She is most passionate about work with severe mental illness, addiction and personality related issues as well as conducting research. Dr. Dance also volunteers at women’s shelters and assisted living facilities as she recognizes the need for kindness and support within these settings.

Tara Johnson, Ed.D.

 

Psychometrist & School Psychologist (Stockbridge)

Dr. Tara Johnson is a Certified School Psychologist with over 10 years of experience. Dr. Johnson began her career in the Treasure Coast area of Florida in 2006 and then moved to Atlanta, where she has worked as a School Psychologist in two metro Atlanta school systems. Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Georgia Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Johnson earned her undergraduate degree from Bethune-Cookman University and her Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from Florida State University. Dr. Johnson completed her Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at Capella University. Dr. Johnson has a wealth of experience conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations in the public school setting as well as the private sector. Dr. Johnson has evaluated children and adults with presenting concerns in intellectual, academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning. Dr. Johnson tailors evaluations and recommendations to support the needs of children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities, as well as adults experiencing psychosocial challenges and mental health disorders. Dr. Johnson enjoys working with clients to integrate evaluation results into strategies or intervention plans that can be implemented in home, school, or community settings. Dr. Johnson has experience providing individual counseling, group counseling, social skills training, and psychoeducational workshops through the use of Cognitive Behavioral techniques. Dr. Johnson is originally from Cleveland, OH. She enjoys spending time with loved ones; practicing physical fitness, yoga and meditation; traveling; and volunteering with her sorority. Dr. Johnson is grounded in her Christian faith and has enjoyed ministry opportunities through praise dance and the children’s church.

Gwen O’Leary, M.A.T.

 

Psychometrist & Teacher

Gwen holds Master’s degree in Special Education from Liberty University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois. She has lived abroad in Southeast Asia and had the honor of working in Kenya with the Prime Minister on public health issues. Gwen has worked in public health in the Chicago area where she was involved in smoking-cessation for adults and teens.  She worked closely with the police department in a program that rewarded stores if they checked IDs when minors tried to buy tobacco. She had the honor of working at two small private schools that celebrate learning differences. Gwen was a special education Elementary Lead teacher and supervised teachers as well as college interns. She has training in multi-sensory approaches to learning, including  Orton-Gillingham (commonly used with dyslexics), EdMark, TouchMath, and Fast Forword (cognitive training program). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, going to the movies, and working on home improvement projects.

Hibbah Agha, APC

 

Associate Professional Counselor (Suwanee)

Hibbah Agha earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and minor in Child and Family Development from University of Georgia, Athens. She continued on to get her Masters of Science Degree from Mercer University, Atlanta. She is dual certified in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. Upon graduating, she began working as a school counselor at a public charter school working with a large population of students typically defined as ‘at-risk.’ Many of these students were unable to continue within a traditional school setting, so Hibbah supported their individual and unique needs. She is currently working as a school counselor at Fulton Science Academy in Alpharetta. Her experience is primarily with adolescents and young adults. She believes that self-awareness is a lifelong learning process and we must constantly reassess and strive towards holistic wellness. Hibbah provides solution-focused and cognitive behavioral services. She has offered small groups for empowerment and managing anxiety for her students. She is passionate about integrating cultural competence coming from an Eastern background. In her free time, she practices yoga, creates art, and travels.

Sharon Dries, M.Ed.

 

Professional Coach (Suwanee)

 

Sharon Dries is a professional coach who brings over 25 years of experience in the field of coaching and education. Individuals struggling with organization, time management, life balance, relationship building or simply feeling in a “rut” with their current life situation could benefit from the structure, support, skill training, and strategy development provided in a customized coaching plan.  Clients set specific tangible goals, break those goals down into small, manageable steps to take each week, actively engage in personal reflection and evaluation to identify the core issues and triggers that often derail progress and tap into the strengths and resources at their disposal to keep moving towards their life vision.

Sharon earned her B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed in Special Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. During graduate school, Sharon concentrated her research on the transition needs of adolescents as they prepare to enter the adult world. For 15 years Sharon played an integral role in the development of a nationally recognized and accredited post-secondary program in Connecticut for young adults with neurological differences, Vista Life Innovations. Sharon also worked as a professional coach and educational consultant with Atlanta Educational Consultants where she provided coaching, college advisement, and community integration services. As a consultant, Sharon worked on a committee for the Independent Educational Consultants Association where she helped to develop resources to train consultants on post-secondary issues facing young adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. As part of this endeavor, Sharon developed a tool for evaluating support services on college campuses to promote retention and post-secondary success of students with complex needs.

Sharon provides coaching and consulting services to individuals, families, and organizations to enhance life and work productivity and satisfaction.

Sharon’s passion for learning, change and growth – whether in self, others, in an organization, or in a community forms the fabric of her approach. Her life and value system are deeply rooted in realizing one’s purpose and making meaningful connections that leave a positive imprint. She enjoys creating memories with her husband and two sons, often on the lake, beach, or anywhere with a view of nature.

Dean Wagenbrenner, LPC

 

Licensed Professional Counselor (Suwanee)

 
Dean is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which means he helps individuals and families learn tools to better manage overwhelming emotions. Dean works with you to change patterns of behavior that are further harming you and your family’s well-being to help you all live healthier and happier lifestyles.  His specialty areas include helping families with anxieties, depression and other difficult behaviors as well as individuals with special needs or behavioral difficulties. Dean supports your relationships as parents, individuals with behavioral difficulties, and the whole family unit including siblings.

Dean obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida and his Master’s Degree from Georgia State University in Clinical Psychology where he also taught undergraduate Psychology classes for five years.  For more than 25 years, Dean has helped adults, parents and their children through challenges caused by daily stressors. Their triumphs have been his greatest successes. Dean’s previous patients have found his validation, acceptance, calm manner and light-hearted humor valuable to their growth and development. He’d be honored to be the same source of support for you.

Dutch

 

Therapy Canine (Suwanee)

 

Dutch, our therapy canine, works closely with Dr. McKinney and is a key member of our staff at Fresh Start for the Mind. He’s our “good boy” and incredibly sweet and lovable. As a therapy dog he helps in so many ways to provide comfort to both children and adults. It’s hard not to smile when he comes to say hello. Dutch is an Irish Cream Golden Retriever bred by Hollie Mann of Syrah Goldens and was specifically selected for temperament characteristics most likely to lead to success as a therapy canine. Puppy temperament testing of potential therapy canines includes formal tests at forty-nine days of age such as the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test.

OUR AMAZING ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM:

Krissy Lashbrook

 

Administrative / Office Manager

 

Krissy is the Administrative Manager for Fresh Start for the Mind.  She has over 10 years of clinical management experience for medical and behavioral health services.  She has extensive knowledge in medical office management, insurance research and verification, and scheduling management for our Fresh Start providers.  She resides in Cumming with her husband and rescue pup.  She is the proud mom of a son in the United States National Guard.  She enjoys snorkeling, reading and watching NFL football and also volunteers for the Humane Society of Forsyth and the Atlanta Humane Society.  Her passion and commitment to helping others is apparent in her day-to-day interaction with our clients and her co-workers. 

Ashley Merritt

 

Office Manager (Stockbridge)

Ashley Merritt is the Office Manager for our Stockbridge location. Ashley studied Psychology at Langston University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development with honors from Amridge University. Ashley has a strong passion for helping and connecting with others, which has resulted in over ten years of diverse experience in the mental health and social services field. This experience includes working in case management, education, and child welfare. Ashley also has great experience in business marketing, management, and client relations. During her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her two beautiful daughters, being involved in church activities, working out, traveling, and working in the music and film industry. Ashley is enthusiastic about further serving her community through our clients here at Fresh Start!

Jenny Grimmer

 

Administrator / Intake Coordinator(Suwanee)

 
Jenny has over 30 years of experience in Customer Service and Office Operations.  She believes in nurturing the mind, body and spirit to help people succeed. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Georgia is where she calls home.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, large family and friends. She is also an avid animal advocate and is a volunteer and Board Member of BullsEye Rescue in Atlanta, GA.

Lee McMahan

 

Administrator (Suwanee)

 
Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Georgia State University and has ten years of customer service experience under his belt. Lee has decided to go back to school to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.  He is excited to work in this administrative position to gain insight and help patients first.  In his free time, Lee likes watching sports, playing video games, and hanging out with his dog. 

Rebecca Ward-Bayse

 

Administrator (Suwanee)

 
Rebecca graduated from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology during the summer of 2018 and has over seven years of customer service experience. Rebecca has decided to continue her education and pursue her master’s degree in School Counseling with the hopes of becoming a counselor to the upcoming generation. Over the past several years, Rebecca has worked in administrative positions from the healthcare profession to financial services and has a deep passion to be able to help others achieve their goals. Rebecca has also held employment in schools and daycares, and has worked with many children with mental or physical disabilities. Rebecca has a desire to make an impact on youth because they are “the future of tomorrow” and it’s important that they are well-equipped with the basic morals and skills to be well-rounded, competent individuals that succeed and fulfill their goals.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys volunteering as a high school mentor for girls at her church, lending a helping hand at her local animal shelter, and tubing down the river with her husband, Troy, and their two dogs, Max and Aurora.

Terry “T.J.” Jones

 

Payroll Manager & Co-Owner

 

T.J. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networking. He has held positions as an I.T. Marketing Supervisor and Technology Consultant. When the time called, he stepped in full-time to his role as Fresh Start’s co-owner.  T.J. manages contractor and employee payroll, financial operations, and business relations. He enjoys playing and watching sports, especially coaching his son’s little league teams.  He has a passion for mentoring young males and is a long-time volunteer in his church’s middle school ministry and production team.  He also loves spending time and traveling with his family. 

Melisa Cannon

 

Billing Manager