Mark Ladner, MD
Dr. Ladner is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive experience working in addiction and behavioral health treatment. Licensed in Mississippi, Dr. Ladner provides psychiatry services at Defining Wellness Centers. His publications can be found in a variety of medical journals he presents lectures across the country. Dr. Ladner also holds the following positions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center: Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Division of Adult Psychiatry, Director of Outpatient Psychiatry, and Deputy Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs. He has worked at a variety of behavioral health hospitals and outpatient clinics, including holding positions as the Chief of Psychiatry and President of the Medical Staff at the Jackson VA Medical Center. Dr. Ladner is a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and is a former President of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association.
Nelson Pichardo, MD
Dr. Pichardo was born in Puerto Rico and raised in between New Jersey and Puerto Rico. He attended the Universidad Technologica de Santiago in the Dominican Republic on a basketball and volleyball scholarship and with the help of his amazing grandmother who raised him. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Medicine he went to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, New York affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine to complete his residency in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After completing his residency Dr. Pichardo joined the United States Air Force and was the Medical Director of Eglin Air Force Base’s Mental Health Clinic. At Eglin he was responsible for not only treating the Active Duty servicemen and women but also the dependents on base as well. He has been practicing medicine for 24 years, has been board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, with added qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Board Eligible. Dr. Pichardo is an Associate Clinical Professor at Florida State University Department of Psychiatry. Dr.Pichardo truly believes that “everybody is battling their own issues and that our mission is to help guide them, and that there is always hope no matter how dire a situation may seem.”
Allyn Resch, MD
Dr. Allyn (Harris) Resch is a Mississippi native and completed her medical school training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2008. She remained at UMC for residency training in Internal Medicine and was selected as a chief resident before moving on to fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine where she was also selected as chief fellow. Dr. Resch spent several years at the VA Medical Center as an ICU physician and cared for Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with lung disease related to environmental exposures while in theater. Her experience with this illness led her to pursue additional training in functional medicine in order to learn new modalities to allow patients to heal from chronic disease. Through this experience, she developed a special interest in how the mind-body-spirit connection affects total health and has spent the last few years training in this area. She now brings her approach of integrating conventional medicine with alternative methods to the treatment of patients with substance abuse. Drawing from her background as a former collegiate athlete and a member of the first class of CrossFit Health MD trainees, she focuses on nutrition, gut health, exercise, sleep optimization, and stress management to help restore whole health to the patients of Defining Wellness Centers.
Carrie Gholston, NP-Psych, RN
Carrie has a BA and an MS in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Mississippi. She has worked in both hospitals and wellness settings and brings both personal and professional knowledge to behavioral health. She is active in the recovery community and animal rescue organizations, having helped establish Rescue Revolution of Mississippi.
Lisa Berry, RN
Lisa has worked in behavioral health settings in both hospital and residential locations for over 20 years. Well versed in psychiatric and addiction nursing, she collaborates with clients to make sure they’re receiving the care they need while in treatment.
Patty Burrow, RN
Patty has worked in a variety of medical settings and has 20+ years of nursing experience. She works with clients to ensure they are medically safe and stable throughout the entirety of their stay.
Gretta Ingram, RN
Gretta has over 25 years of nursing experience in hospitals, nursing homes, and medical offices. Her experience in different areas of nursing allows her to connect with clients, identify their needs and provide excellent medical care.
Dana Armstrong, RN
Dana has 20+ years of nursing experience across both hospital and residential locations. In addition to her nursing experience, she also teaches nursing students. Dana continues to maintain the most current knowledge in nursing practices to better assist her clients.
Rochelle Smith, LPN
Rochelle’s experience in detox nursing provides her excellent insight into anticipating the client’s medical needs. She works closely with each client to assess their situation and provide medical services as needed.
Jamie Thompson, DHA, MSN, RN
With over 25 years of experience, Jamie has worked in many areas of healthcare. She utilizes evidence-based practices for positive clinical outcomes for all of our clients, providing them a safe medical detox.