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.
Kris Shock, CACII
Kris Shock received her BS with honors in Human Services from Kennesaw State University. 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. Kris founded and operates the only peer based transitional living home for women with eating disorders in the country (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.
Kris believes in a Humanistic approach to care with an emphasis on incorporating 12 step work into therapeutic interventions.
To contact Ian directly please email her at: email@example.com
Ian Henyon, MS
Men’s PHP and IOP Groups
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 becoming Program Director 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
Emily Minday, APC, CCTP
Women’s PHP and IOP Groups
Emily is a trained individual and group therapist and holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with a Specialization in Addictions Counseling from Richmont Graduate University.
She is no stranger to working with those who struggle with substance use disorders, trauma and other psychiatric disorders having spent several years as a therapist at various treatment centers such as Ridgeview Institute and Black Bear Lodge. Emily has a true passion for working with individuals who are survivors of trauma and because of this she has become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Emily believes in meeting the individual where they are at, it is never to late to make a change, in addition to working with the individual to gain insight, understanding and safety both in and outside the therapy room.
To contact Emily directly please email her at: Emily@alanarecovery.com
Amanda Marks, LPC, CPCS
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
Lydia Minear, LPC
Lydia earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 2010 and MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2012. Licensed as a counselor in Georgia, she works as a clinician at Alana as well as at her private practice in Marietta, Georgia where she helps adults and adolescents navigate personal, emotional, and relational challenges.
While in graduate school Lydia gained clinical experience at an agency, facilitating group treatment in the areas of substance abuse, sex addiction, and family violence. Additionally, she earned counseling experience at Families First, a non-profit in Atlanta, meeting with individuals, couples, and families with a variety of mental health concerns, including depressison, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting, divorce, and family/relationship issues. Lydia incorporates attachment, psychodynamic and person-centered approaches in her work with individuals, believing that healing occurs in the context of a respectful, compassionate therapeutic relationship. She treasures the wisdom she has gleaned via working alongside seasoned counselors who demonstrate a genuine care for their clients and recognition of the common human suffering we all share.
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
Rachel Myrick, LMSW
Ela Orlowski, APC
Daniel Frysh, APC
Brian Aicher, LMSW
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.
Kerri McCue received her Bachelor of Arts in English in 2004 from Georgia State University. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies focusing on Human Services, and Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University with an expected graduation date of December 2017. Kerri serves on the Leadership Committee for the Collegiate Recovery Community at Kennesaw State University and is the New Member Chair. In addition, she is actively pursuing her CACII.
Kerri is in recovery from an eating disorder and is an active member in the eating disorder recovery community. She serves as the Executive Director for the nonprofit SOAR (Supporting Others Achieve Recovery) which runs The Phoenix House, a transitional living community for women recovering from eating disorders. Kerri is passionate about the importance of community in eating disorder recovery and believes recovery is possible for anyone willing to do the work.
Greg Pryor is a native of Florida, but relocated to Georgia as an adult. Greg has his own recovery experience beginning with drug use as a teen and finding recovery through the benefits of the Drug Court system. After seeing how rewarding working with others in recovery as a sponsor was, Greg made the choice to work professionally in the addiction field. Greg began as a housemanager in a sober living community and then was promoted to sober coach. Greg states, “I am an advocate of recovery and helping and being hands on is the only way I know this program can work. Passion fuels me today and knowing others are suffering but are not beyond help drives me to want to help as much as I can”. Greg plans on pursuing his CACI while continuing to be an active part of the 12 step community.
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.
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.