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About Us

OUR EFFECTIVE & CARING PROVIDERS:

Brooke A. Jones, Psy.D.


Practice Owner & Licensed Psychologist 


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

 

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. 

 

Kirsten Person-Ramey, Ed.D., LPC

 

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Dr. Ramey is an Adlerian counselor, who specializes in healthy family preservation. Although she enjoys working with all members of the family, she focuses on counseling teens, who often have difficulty communicating with parents and adults in general. Dr. Ramey’s approach is down to earth, interactive and strength based. Since no two clients are alike, she uses an individualized and highly personalized approach to treatment. Dr. Ramey has worked for ten years to help clients with problems such as: Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Familial Discord, Abuse (victim and perpetrator), Communication, Anger Management, Grief, Anxiety, and Depression.

In addition to counseling, Dr. Ramey works as a social interest filmmaker and a counselor educator. She had led many seminars for stress management and parenting and she supervises LAPCs for licensure. Her book, “Got 5,” is a practical parenting guide that she uses to teach parents and caretakers how to effectively parent “strong willed” kids and teens. Dr. Ramey is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling, both from Argosy University. Dr. Ramey lives in Roswell with her husband and four daughters.

Breanne Dugger, Psy.D.

 

Site Director (Stockbridge) & Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Dr. Breanne Dugger is a Postdoctoral Fellow, under the direct supervision of Dr. Jones.  She 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. 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.

Dr. Dugger is the Site Director at the Stockbridge location. 

Natasha Thomas, M.D.

 

Psychiatrist

 
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.

 

Clinical Psychologist

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.

 

Clinical Psychologist

 
“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.

Ysannia Hendrix, M.A.

 

Psychometrist & Spanish-Speaking Interpreter

 

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

 
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.

Lei Rhyne, M.Ed.

 

Educational Consultant and Psychometrist

 
Lei Rhyne holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Assessment and Measurement. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham educator and has been trained in Lindamood-Bell techniques. Ms. Rhyne pursued her advocacy training with Peter Wright through Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training. Most recently, Ms. Rhyne received certification as an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Administrator with Western Psychological Services at Rush University in Chicago. 

Ms. Rhyne has been in the educational field for over 15 years. In 2002, she began assessing and tutoring students with learning differences. Shortly after that, she became an educational consultant and was instrumental in helping families find the best schools, tutors, and therapist for their children. In 2007, she opened a home-school enrichment facility for families in the Alpharetta/Cumming area. In 2010, she opened Hayden’s Way, a school for children with learning differences, where she created a multi-sensory curriculum that catered to students who were academically challenged. While at Hayden’s Way, Ms. Rhyne created and administered a peer mentoring program and other social groups specifically for students with autism and other learning differences. She also helped to create improvisation activities to aid such students in understanding body language and making eye contact, two skills that are difficult for autistic students, but crucial in life. Ms. Rhyne constructed complete behavioral programs that were implemented by staff and parents. Ms. Rhyne has also been instrumental in helping students transition from high school into college or vocational school. Ms. Rhyne enjoys working with students and enabling them to reach their fullest potential. When not helping families, she enjoys reading, music, traveling and being on the lake with her husband and two children.

Katie Potts, RD, LD

 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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.

Oprah Zeon, LMFT

 

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Oprah Zeon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Georgia. She is a graduate of Valdosta State University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She received her Master of Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine. Ms. Zeon believes that therapy is often sought when a person has been struggling with particular issues and is feeling stuck. The individual may simply be seeking an alternative view to their life circumstances or may need an outlet to explore their thoughts and feelings.

Each person sees the world differently and utilizes their view to create their own story. These stories help clients to understand and give meaning to their lives and to themselves. Ms. Zeon strives to provide guidance and encouragement to her clients and aid them in discovering and creating new stories about their life experiences. She believes that negative thinking has a strong effect on an individual’s behavior. She believes that if a client can change their mindset, they will be motivated and drawn to more pleasant outcomes. Oprah places a high priority on developing and fostering a positive therapeutic relationship with each client based upon honesty, respect, collaboration, and healing.

Oprah has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in an outpatient and inpatient setting. She specializes in areas of creating emotional wellness by managing the following: depression, anxiety, work/life balance, grief and loss, family issues, anger, and trauma. Ms. Zeon utilizes a range of treatment modalities to tailor her therapy to the needs of the client including: Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Ultimately, she is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals and increase their ability to cope with life’s stressors.

Oprah Zeon works solely in the Stockbridge location.

Keisha Johnson, LPC

 

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

Keisha Johnson works solely in the Stockbridge location.

Jennifer Bryant, LPC

 

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

Jennifer Bryant works solely in the Stockbridge location.

Tara Johnson, Ed.D.

 

Educational Psychologist / School Psychologist

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 Forward (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

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.

Dutch

 

Therapy Canine

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

 

Practice Manager

 

Krissy is the Practice Manager for Fresh Start for the Mind.  She has 11 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, teen-age son and rescue pup.  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

 

Administrative Assistant

 

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.

Belinda Campbell

 

Administrative Assistant

 
Belinda Campbell, a native of Miami, Florida has a combination of over a decade of medical administrative and mental health administration experience. She is passionate about impeccable customer service and helping others achieve their goals. As a mentor to teenage girls and young adult women in her local church and community, she selflessly uses her leadership skills to empower others. Belinda earned an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix. She also recently completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Administration, and is an active member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In her free time, Belinda enjoys spending time with her two teenage sons, traveling and cruising. Her motto is, “If you remain current you will never stop growing.”

Lorrie Yeagle

 

Administrative Assistant

 
A Native of Texas, Lorrie now calls Georgia home.  She spent 7 years as a Massage Therapist, helping to heal others through touch. Lorrie has worked in medical front offices for the past 6 years with knowledge in insurance verification.  She enjoys reading, listening to music, watching college football and spending time with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs. 

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 also enjoys serving in his church’s middle school ministry and production team, as well as spending time and traveling with his family. 

Melisa Cannon

 

Billing Manager