Dr. Vance A. Raham, MD
Vance A. Raham, MD has been declared a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and is board certified in addiction medicine. He has almost 10 years experience in the medical field relating to the medical and behavioral health treatments of addiction and recovery. ABAM Board Certification represents the highest standard in Addiction Medicine. It means that an ABAM–certified physician has demonstrated sound clinical judgment and skills essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. Dr. Raham is also certified as a Medical Review Officer. This certification was gained after intensive study of the proper collection and interpretation of urine drug screens as specified by the federal government. He is also highly trained in the recognition of the falsification and adulteration of urine drug screens.
Dr. Raham has been involved in the treatment of addiction for the last 10 years. He witnessed the devastating effects of addiction and drug-related crimes during his time as a physician and state medical director in the Indiana correctional system and he has personally seen the death and destruction caused by the over prescribing of opiates and the increased use of heroin. These experiences have given him the experience and strong desire to battle against this national epidemic. Dr. Raham continues to be involved in medical research in the field of addiction, is part of an ongoing effort to establish drug courts and diversion programs for non-violent drug-related crimes, and the expansion of access to addiction treatment for Georgia residents with the desire to get into recovery.
Lisa Marie Walsh, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ian Henyon, MS
Ian was one of the original founding staff members of ALANA and was our first group therapist. From the beginning, he established ALANA’s commitment to the highest level of client care and set the clinical foundation for a treatment philosophy that combines attachment theory with 12-step recovery. Since that time, Ian has been an integral part of the team that achieved JCAHO accreditation in ALANA’s first year, implemented a new EMR system, and developed the psychiatric services portion of our program, as well as recruiting and training new staff members. Most recently, he has been responsible leading efforts to establish the intensive outpatient program at ALANA’s second location in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Ian has been involved with the treatment of addiction since 2008, when he began his career at Prescott House, an extended-care treatment center for men. As a Primary Therapist, he was involved in the treatment of addictions involving substances, sex and love, compulsive gambling, and gaming/internet. Ian’s experience also includes treatment of psychiatric illness such as mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, conditions resulting from trauma and abuse, as well as eating disorders and codependency. Prior to starting at ALANA, he was a Case Manager at Ridgeview Institute’s Young Adult program where he was responsible for treating males and females struggling with psychiatric illness and addiction. Ian approaches working with clients from a foundation of psychodynamic theory, attachment, and neurobiology with the conviction that all people are capable of healing and thriving in their lives. Ian obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health and Addiction Counseling from Prescott College.
To contact Ian directly please email him at: Ian@alanarecovery.com
Amanda Marks, LPC, CPCS
Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Psychology (with a Counseling speciality) from Argosy University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia and is also a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator, which is developed specifically for premarital counseling and for couples looking to enrich their relationship. Amanda is also a Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor and offers supervision and consultation services. She is also a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and completed her teacher training under the direction of Isabelle Casey at the Sama Yoga School. Her yoga specialities include energetics, somatic work, and yin yoga. Amanda has worked with the Department of Family and Children Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice providing parent training, family therapy, substance abuse/anger assessments, and individual therapy. She has also worked as a psychometrist. Amanda’s work experience also includes working at psychiatric hospitals and emergency rooms in the Atlanta area providing assessments and working on inpatient units and providing day programming to adolescents and women with eating disorders and trauma.
Amanda primarily utilizes an eclectic, individualized approach to therapy, which draws from Dialetical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and holistic approaches. She is also highly influenced by Dr. Brené Brown and Dr. Kristen Neff and their work and research on shame and self-compassion. Yoga techniques and experiential activities (such as art) are also used in session.
Amanda is passionate about guiding her clients to be the best versions of themselves through self-exploration, via traditional talk-therapy or yoga psychotherapy.
Anna Mistretta, LPC
Anna Mistretta holds credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of GA. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to working at Alana Recovery Centers, Anna worked as a Case Manager at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, GA. She believes that dual-diagnosis approach to treatment is the most effective methodology for promoting a purposeful life for clients in recovery. Anna worked with patients who struggled in stabilizing/managing co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. During this time, she facilitated an additional group that was a primary addiction women’s group as part of Ridgeview’s Partial Hospitalization Programming. In July of 2015 she was promoted to be the case manager for the Recovering Professionals Program (Primary Psychiatric). As the Lead Therapist at Alana Recovery Center, Anna hopes to bring additional perspective and support to clients who suffer from mental health disorders in addition to their substance abuse diagnoses.
April M.Oliver, LCSW, CCTP
Clinical Social Worker
April M.Oliver is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from Georgia State University in 2011. Since that time she has worked as a life coach to preadolescences and teenagers in foster care, a parenting coach to young mothers, an individual and group therapist with registered sex offenders, and has performed diagnostic assessments for clients receiving community-based mental health services. In her work with clients, April utilizes an integrative approach, believing that an individualized plan for each client is the best way to help create positive change in his or her life. April is a member of the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers and the Metro Atlanta Therapists’ Network.
Matt Swafford, LPC
Men’s IOP Groups
Matt grew up on the southside of Atlanta before attending the University of Utah where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degrees in Psychology and Sociology with certification in Criminology before graduating in 2003. Matt then began to work in the Food and Beverage/ Sales/ Catering industry before returning to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Valdosta State University. Matt gained insight and a great deal of hands-on experience interning for one year in a Dual Diagnosis Program at Southwestern State Hospital’s Gateway Community mental health/ addiction program. After graduating in December of 2009, Matt moved to the Smyrna area where he began working at The Ridgeview Institute in early 2010. Here he performed a variety of duties that included residence counseling for young adults, facilitating psycho-educational groups, performing 1:1 counseling, eventually becoming the Lead Therapist in the Evening IOP addiction program in 2012. From 2012-2017 Matt was the primary therapist in the IOP addiction program but also played a vital role within the young adult psychiatric program, as well as the Evening IOP Adult psychiatric program at Ridgeview Institute. Once becoming fully licensed in 2015 as LPC, Matt opened his private practice in Smyrna where he currently sees patients in the private sector. Matt is a primary therapist for Alana’s IOP Men’s addiction program where he conducts group therapy as well as carries an individual therapy caseload of Alana clientele.
Teresa Brewer, EdS
Teresa Brewer received her BS, MS, and SpEd from Georgia Southwestern University. She has an enthusiasm for assisting persons in recovery and is currently pursuing a CACII certification. She has 27 years of teaching experience and served as grade level chairperson for 8 years with the Jeff Davis County School System. She also served as a mentor for both beginning teachers and student teachers at various times. In 1997, she was awarded Teacher of the Year for her county. She believes that individuals in addiction recovery must be treated with compassion, dignity, and empathy. The curriculum at ALANA focuses on Substance Abuse Awareness, Relapse Prevention, Coping Skills and Life Skills with an incorporation of 12 Step work in each area
Mr. Brian Bellenger, BSW, CACII
Mr. Brian Bellenger, BSW, CACII has been in the substance abuse profession since 2009. He earned his BSW from Auburn University in 2002. He has a wide variety of clinical experiences in various settings across the continuum of care of persons with a single or co-occurring disorder. Brian is passionate about recovery, and has developed a unique niche to help persons explore unresolved anger and dig deeper to help them experience greater freedom in their recovery
Ela Orlowska, APC
Ela Orlowska earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated a member of the Honors Society with a 4.0 GPA. She has since gained experience working in community-based services where she provided therapy to children and their families. Prior to working at Alana Recovery, Ela worked at Hillside in Atlanta where she provided education and mental health services to children of all ages. Following her time at Hillside, she began work as a Case Manager at Ridgeview Institute where she conducted individual, group, and family therapy sessions. A Polish native, Ela moved to the United States in 2003. Through her travels in Europe and time spent living in different countries, Ela has developed a vast knowledge of intercultural family interactions. She appreciates learning about clients’ upbringings and the various cultures that affect our future generations. Ela is passionate about empowering young adults and adults who struggle with addiction and mental health issues.
Daniel Frysh, MA
Daniel Frysh, MA earned his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (2012). He has a BSC in Psychology from Georgia State University (2005). Prior to working with addiction and joining Alana Recovery, Daniel worked with cancer patients; as a school counselor; alongside law enforcement; and with clients in a private practice setting. His primary training is in depth counseling. This view regards symptoms as clues to deeper underlying issues. It is a powerful approach that enables a person to live in a healthier authentic way.
Daniel works with psychodynamic practices, family dynamics, grief and loss, trauma, narrative therapy, mindfulness, gestalt practices, Rogerian talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioral as well as Humanistic and Existential techniques. For Daniel the therapy should fit the individual rather than the individual trying to fit their self into the modality of the therapist.
LGBQ Program Coordinator
Allison Venoy earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2015 from Kennesaw State University which she completed with honors. In addition, Allison received a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Specific areas of education include human sexuality, queer theory, and psychosocial frameworks. While attending Kennesaw, she was a research and teachers assistant. Allison’s research focused on mental health, stress, and addiction paradigms. She has a passion for leading others toward recovery and is currently pursuing a CACII certification. Her plans are to continue her higher education by obtaining her LCSW at Kennesaw State University.
Brian Aicher, LMSW
Brian Aicher received his Bachelors of Arts in History with a minor in Psychology from Georgia State in 2013. He followed his undergraduate degree with a Master’s of Social Work with a clinical focus from University of Georgia in 2015. He is currently pursuing his LCSW accreditation which is anticipated to occur in second quarter 2018. He is currently licensed and monitored as a LMSW through the ASWB. He began his therapeutic career over 7 years ago as a counselor at Safety Net Recovery then a Case Manager at Ridgeview Institute in the Young Adult Addiction and Psychiatric program. Here he gained knowledge and honed his focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques. He is a strong client advocate with a deep passion for exceptional client care.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. My belief is that the art of counseling is what creates the journey to open the doors of life’s hidden passages and gives keys to the most stubborn of locks. Counseling ignites life, where its colors had slowly faded, to plant with hopes and beliefs for the future. I integrate complimentary therapy approaches and techniques that suit your needs and helps you experience a more fulfilling life. Throughout my personal career as a therapist, I have accommodated clients from all facets of mental health ranging from individual to intensive care, crisis, and hospitalized experiences. I hold a Doctorate in counseling with a specialty in addictions. My passion lies with helping people from all walks of life, all beliefs, and all ages
Jennifer Renick, MSW
“I believe in taking a non-shaming approach that promotes empowerment and allows clients to be their best selves.”
Jennifer came to us from Wayside House located in Delray Beach, FL where she was a primary therapist in both residential, IOP, and Outpatient Programs. Prior to working in substance treatment Jennifer worked in the field of domestic violence at Women in Distress of Broward County. Jennifer is also a trained facilitator for the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN). Jennifers background in trauma fueled her passion in the development and implementation of the equine therapy program at Wayside House. Jennifer received a master’s and bachelors in social work from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Central Florida.
Behavioral Health Technician
Walker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Kennesaw State University in 2016. He previously worked at Hope Homes Recovery as a counselor and for the CYAAR at Kennesaw State as a student assistant. Walker believes that a supportive and structured environment is a crucial foundation for sustained recovery.
Kris Shock, CAC II, CPS
Director of Clinical Outreach
Kris Shock received her BS with honors in Human Services from Kennesaw State University and is a Certified Addiction Counselor II. In addition, Kris is a Certified Peer Specialist with Georgia Mental Health Network and has been a Certified Recovery Coach since 2009.
After completed an internship at a residential treatment facility, Kris found a passion for working with individuals who struggle with addiction. Kris has extensive experience with working with women who struggle with eating disorders. In 2011, Kris developed the only peer based transitional living home for women with eating disorders in the country called The Phoenix House. The Phoenix House is a nonclinical program that supports recovery based living for women who are seeking recovery from eating disorders outside of treatment, utilizing peer based support and collaboration with outside treatment team. The Phoenix House is project of the nonprofit Kris founded in 2009 called Supporting Others Achieve Recovery, or SOAR. SOAR has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships and sliding scales to help individuals participate in The Phoenix House since 2011.
Since being employed with Alana Recovery Centers, Kris has served as the Program Director and Clinical Director. Now as the Director of Clinical Outreach, Kris strives to share the mission of Alana and the support the addiction community in communicating the message of recovery and evidence based treatment supports.
Kris believes in a Humanistic approach to care with an emphasis on incorporating 12 step work into therapeutic interventions.
Lewis is a Kennesaw native. After graduating from Kennesaw Mountain High School, he struggled with addiction for many years. After finding recovery in the 12 steps, he developed a strong sense of community and is using his background in management to help others do the same. Along with the typical administrative tasks, Lewis also devotes a lot of time to making sure our environment is conducive to the care of our clients and that our counselors have the tools they need. Lewis is a tireless advocate for others and an integral member of the ALANA Team.
Amber was born in Marlboro, NY. Upon completing treatment for her eating disorder, Amber participated in a transitional living eating disorder program in Atlanta, GA. Amber soon found stability both in recovery and her life. Finding stable recovery in the eating disorder community, Amber made the decision to relocate to Atlanta, GA in 2013. Amber serves on the Board of Directors for a local nonprofit focused on eating disorder recovery and stays active as a role model in the eating disorder community.
Behavioral Health Technician
Josh is a native of Marietta, Ga. and comes to Alana with his own recovery experience. Sober since 2015, Josh believes passionately in the life changing benefits of working a 12 step program and the impact quality treatment had on his own sobriety. Josh currently is responsible for the managing of drug testing for all clients of Alana and is working towards his professional education in order to be a larger part of the clinical practices at Alana Recovery. Josh currently sponsors many young men in recovery and is a fine example of what “working a program” looks like to our clients.
Coordinator of Client Care