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The team at Defining Wellness Centers is made up of the brightest and most dedicated individuals in the behavioral health space. Our employees are our best resource, showing passion and purpose for the work that they do. Trained in a trauma-informed, experiential approach, everyone on the team is focused on helping our clients to heal and define wellness.

Founders

Justin Daniels

Justin’s life purpose is in helping people to be well in all areas of their lives. His own journey has taken him through addiction and into recovery, and he has found fulfillment in helping others to find their own path to wellness. Justin has owned and operated behavioral health programs for over 10 years and brings knowledge and experience along with a progressive philosophy to the treatment space. Defining Wellness Centers is a labor of love for him, his wife Robin, and their two sons, Christopher and Cameron.

Robin Daniels, BS

Robin has a background in psychology and education, and owned and operated pre-schools for 20+ years. She and Justin entered the behavioral health space over a decade ago and have owned and operated behavioral health treatment programs in different areas of the country. Robin’s background in education helped to prepare her to work in the behavioral health field, as often mental health diagnoses and learning disabilities go hand-in-hand. She has been able to contribute her knowledge to craft programs that clients can understand and engage in through a variety of mediums, including verbal, visual, and kinesthetic. Her passion for this work can be seen in every detail throughout the facility, and she consistently demands excellence across all aspects of client care.


Executive Team

Katrina Mooney, RNExecutive Nurse/Compliance/Utilization Review

Katrina has over 10 years of detox nursing experience and oversees all nursing, compliance, and utilization review operations for the programs. Prior to her role with Defining Wellness, Katrina was the Director of Nursing for eight years at an inpatient substance use disorder treatment program. She is passionate about providing high-quality care to individuals in the behavioral health space.

Michele McCleary, MBA Vice President of Admissions

Michele has worked in the behavioral health field for 13 years, previously functioning as an Executive Director, VP of Operations, and Regional VP of Admissions. Her goal is to make sure that each client finds the help that they need and that their family members and loved ones are supported throughout the treatment process. Quality care starts before a client admits to the facility, and Michele provides guidance and assistance from the first phone call to after a client discharges from treatment.


Medical

Mark Ladner, MD Psychiatrist

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 Psychiatrist

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 Director of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner

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.


Clinical

Porter McKee, LCSW Therapist

Porter has worked in the behavioral health treatment field for 25+ years. His focus has been on substance use disorder treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He specializes in working with active military service members and veterans through a variety of clinical approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medical Model, Experiential Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Zach Thompson, MA, LPC Therapist

Zach is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose professional interests include Jungian analysis, depth psychology, and other psychoanalytic interventions that effectively treat anxiety, depression, unresolved grief, family discord, trauma, and spiritual disillusionment. Zach strives to help clients obtain a deeper knowledge of self in order to cope with, and modify, behaviors that interfere with personal relationships.

Jacquie Taylor Therapist

Jacquie takes a trauma-informed approach to treatment, utilizing therapeutic approaches such as EMDR and mindfulness. She works with clients to explore how their idea of spirituality can be utilized as an aid to recovery and wellness. She also focuses on codependency and how to help clients and their loved ones develop healthier relationships with one another.

Keoni Enlow Adventure Coordinator

Keoni provides adventure activities for clients and is certified in building low ropes courses and facilitating both low ropes and high ropes activities. He is passionate about recovery and utilizing his adventure skills and training to help those in treatment to heal and find wellness.


Administration & Business Development

Carver Brown Business Development & Alumni Services

Carver is proud to be a part of Defining Wellness Centers. He assists clients and their families navigate the world of early recovery and develop aftercare plans to enhance their recovery outcomes. Carver also travels the country conducting Back to Basics seminars taking thousands through the Steps for 12 Step fellowships, including addiction treatment centers and recovery groups. He serves on the Board of Directors of Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS). He is a certified Recovery Coach Trainer with the Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) and is a Structured Family Recovery Counselor as well as a Love First Interventionist.

Todd Thompson, BA Business Development

Todd graduated from MSU with a degree in psychology. He is an active member in the local recovery community and is extremely knowledgeable about MS substance abuse treatment resources. In 2005, Todd began working with Life Interventions as an interventionist, placing clients in an appropriate level of care on a case by case basis. He opened Arch Recovery Network in 2018 to further his efforts and assist first responders with crisis calls pertaining to behavioral & mental health needs. Through his work, he also facilitates educational programs and services for municipal court offenders and Mississippi drug courts. He enjoys discussions about where science and spirituality meet.

Susan Harper, LPC Business Development

Susan began her career in addiction treatment in 2009 as a counselor in a detox facility. Since that time she has obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling, specializing in Addictive Disorders, and holds credentials as a licensed therapist in three states. She has made life-long relationships with others working tirelessly in the field of addiction treatment and is committed to ending the stigma of addiction and walking others into recovery.

Cameron Daniels Business Development

Cameron has many years of experience in the behavioral health field and is passionate about utilizing his knowledge to drive his purpose for helping others. He functions in a dual role and spends time interfacing with both treatment professionals and Defining Wellness clients. Cameron’s goal is that each client has a transformative experience while in treatment so that they can truly begin to heal and move forward in a life of wellness.

Amanda Bernardino, BS Executive Assistant

Amanda has a background in human resources, compliance, marketing, real estate, and finance and uses her organizational skills to keep things running smoothly at Defining Wellness. She is a self-professed Excel queen and manages human resource functions, coordinates schedules, and aids in marketing and compliance.


Culinary

Ron Brown Executive Chef

When you ask him, Ron will tell you that food is his life. He’s incredibly passionate about the artistry of his craft and loves to bring people together over a shared meal. Originally from New York, he blends culinary styles together to create dishes that are influenced by his past and his present. Ron has been in the food industry for over 30 years and takes into consideration each client’s dietary restrictions, likes, and dislikes, and offers a menu that is desirable for all. He loves experimenting with different cooking styles and frequently delivers options that are keto, gluten-free, etc., creating new recipes that have quickly become facility favorites.

Chris Daniels

Chris has been spending time in kitchens since he was a child, always creating new dishes and experimenting with different flavors. Having spent some time in Asia, his dishes are often inspired by the culinary experiences he had there. He also enjoys cooking Mexican and Spanish food and loves to provide nourishing, delicious meals. Chris believes that no matter what type of day you’re having, a good meal always makes it a little bit better.

Wellness

Beth Fisher, BS Wellness Coach

With a background in education, Beth taught interactive math and sciences for a number of years. She has always utilized experiential techniques to teach her students and brings that same energy and excitement to her role at Defining Wellness. Her motto is inspired by the Benjamin Franklin quote, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Beth became more interested over the years in physical health and how it impacts one’s mental wellness and struggled with her own health journey for several years. As a result of professional interest and personal experience, she struck out on a new career path and puts her passion to purpose at Defining Wellness. Beth spends her days helping people get to the root cause of whatever health issues they’re dealing with and utilizing natural approaches to aid in healing.


Client Support Staff

Carter Daniels

Carter enjoys interacting and working with clients to facilitate different groups and activities. He’s passionate about helping clients and creating a positive treatment experience.

Leslie Golden

Leslie supports clients through a variety of activities, including facilitating groups and activities on-site. She is passionate about helping clients as they begin to navigate early recovery

Savannah Moore

Savannah has experience working in inpatient behavioral health settings, which has aided her in her work at Defining Wellness. She supports client groups and activities and ensures a safe environment in which clients can begin their healing journey.

Maddie Inzinna

Maddie has worked in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment settings and is passionate about helping those in treatment have a safe place to begin getting well. She utilizes an experiential approach in her interactions with clients and facilitates groups and activities.

Lorinda Tomlinson, AA, CPSS

Lorinda has been working in the behavioral health field for several years and is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and a MANDT (de-escalation techniques) trainer. She supports clients throughout treatment and facilitates groups and activities.


Housekeeping

Cynthia Lyles

Vickie Lyles

Gabbi Townley

Our wonderful housekeeping team keeps the facility clean and orderly on a daily basis. They work tirelessly to make sure that the facility is always in perfect shape. Their endeavors provide a beautiful space for staff to work and in which clients can engage in treatment.

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