Waylon D. Hinson, CPC, ELI-MP - Founder and Owner
Waylon’s vision for Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers is to provide treatment that heals underlying causes and conditions, while also helping clients find their dogma or reason for being. He brings a unique perspective to helping his clients. Waylon believes we all have core issues we need to work on. He says treatment helps people break through all of this to heal and bring the brain back to a normal state. Waylon’s goal is to help every client who walks through the door not only achieve recovery, but also find their purpose in life. He focuses on helping people find whatever it is in this life that makes them tick. Through helping clients find their passion in life, Waylon believes they are less likely to find a need to abuse drugs or alcohol.
Alli Becker, M.Ed, LPC - Chief Executive Officer
Alli received her Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Florida Atlantic University where she graduated at the top of her class with the honor of Chi Sigma Iota. She is also a professional life coach and is certified in therapeutic weight and wellness management. Alli treats addiction issues as well as eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and persistent mental illness, along with many other psychological conditions. She uses a multifaceted holistic approach that is customized to each client’s needs and goals. Alli’s counseling and coaching training has allowed her to work with clients on several different levels in order to achieve successful treatment outcomes. Her skills have been attained from working with many different populations afflicted with addiction and working closely with families and loved ones alike. Alli also owns a full-service private coaching practice that serves children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a broad range of mental health issues. She enjoys working with individuals and groups and has recently found her love for family counseling as well. Alli strives to help others rediscover their purpose and passion and considers doing so an honor and gift from her clients.
Alli has served as a life-coach, program director, and is the Chief Executive Officer at Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers. Prior to joining Legacy Freedom, Alli worked as an outside consultant in treatment centers along the East Coast where she oversaw marketing strategy and business development. Alli uses her success in both her business and clinical experience to manage Legacy Freedom’s staff and operations. With a Master’s degree and active license in mental health counseling, she is also able to engage on the clinical end of operations as well to ensure the most effective treatment outcomes for our clients.
Brad Wilkerson - Director of Business Development
With a degree and background in psychology, Brad Wilkerson's passion to help others afflicted with the disease of addiction and his own personal experience in recovery drove him to serve in the addiction treatment industry. Brad's responsibilities at Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers include directing and providing support for all alumni and their families, as well as, day-to-day operations for company-wide activities. Brad's strengths are building relationships with clients, along with regular meetings with former clients. Brad cares immensely for the well-being of others and is a champion of recovering addicts. He believes every individual's situation should be treated as a unique opportunity to better our world. It's a strong desire for a better life that motivates Brad to serve others - intently and passionately. And it's this kind of patient care that has made Legacy Freedom the best treatment facility in each of the metro areas we serve.
Laura Scott - Administrative Director
Laura Scott, a Motte Business School graduate, brings 10 years experience to Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers in billing and administrative responsibilities. Laura's previous experience includes working in health care physical therapy managing various office tasks and duties. Laura Scott is committed to providing top-notch customer service. She says one of the best things about working at Legacy is the laid back atmosphere and the support she receives from the rest of the staff and CEO.
Diera Taylor - Administrator
Diera is a hard working self-motivated, and team oriented young woman. She is mother to a beautiful daughter and is determined to pave a positive path for her. Diera’s experience is consistent with providing excellent customer service to all individuals ranging from co-workers, consumers and clients. Her most recent experience is working with Legacy Freedom Treatment Center as an UR specialist and Admin. She hopes to continue her education at UNC Charlotte and obtain a bachelor’s degree in the area of psychology as she has always had a love for science. She loves new challenges and believes that anything is achievable through hard work and determination.
Hannah Jones - Administrator
Hannah Jones loves her clients and staff members. She is a hardworking woman who is dedicated to give the best customer service that she can to everyone who walks through the doors of Legacy Freedom. She loves getting to know each client on a personal level and growing relationships with them. Hannah says, "It is amazing to see the clients come into Legacy at the beginning, and hearing their stories and getting to see them grow and overcome the obstacles of life and deal with those obstacles in a different light at the end of the program. Being just a small part of their path to recovery is what makes me love my job that much more." Hannah genuinely loves helping people and is excited to be a part of the Legacy Freedom team.
Charlotte, NC Treatment Center Staff
Dr. Loretta Dickson, MD
Dr. Dickson is board certified, specializing in Family Medicine. Oftentimes, patients call out her bedside manners as the best they've seen while receiving health care. She has won a number of awards, including Diabetes Care Recognition 2013 and Patients' Choice Award 2010. Dr. Dickson is affiliated with a highly rated hospital as well. She graduated from Medical University of South Carolina. Not only is Dr. Dickson a well-known medical professional; she also values the benefits and results that come as a result of holistic substance abuse treatment. She's seen the impact it has on those who are addicted and their loved ones.
W. Derrick Johnson, LPC-A, LCAS-A, NCC - Counselor
Derrick received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in December of 2012. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate, and National Certified Counselor. He has been actively involved in working with and helping people get sober since 2003. Derrick conducted his practicum of clinical study working within the Mecklenburg County Correctional System as well as fulfilled a year residency internship in a residential treatment facility. His experience since becoming a licensed therapist includes Lead Clinician for a Spanish speaking adolescent intensive in-home treatment team, Substance Abuse Counselor for adults in intensive out patient, and facilitating Aftercare groups for individuals successfully completing intensive outpatient. Derrick also has a private practice where he works with individuals seeking assistance with trauma, grief and loss, LGBTQQ issues as well as co-parenting. Additionally, he has experience working with Spanish speaking clients in crisis throughout the Charlotte metro region, an ethnicity he holds very close to his heart.
In addition to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Derrick also holds a Masters degree in Corporate and Strategic Communications from Queens University of Charlotte and has worked in 122 countries. He is fluent in Spanish and has vast experience working in multi-cultural settings. He is an avid amateur photographer, father of two grown children, and adores animals of all types.
Derrick is a member of the American Counseling Association, the North Carolina Counseling Association, and member of the Mu Tae Beta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota National Scholastic Honor Society. He is recipient of the 2012 Johnnie H. McLeod Scholarship, an award given annually by the teaching faculty of the counseling department of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Derrick is originally from Winston-Salem, NC and has lived in Charlotte since 1997.
Tammie Cooke, MA, CSAC, NCACI - Counselor/Intake Specialist
Tammie received her Master of Arts degree in Human Services with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. She has previous experience working with women and children in crisis, as well as rape crisis counseling where she provided support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Tammie also has three years experience working with the substance abuse population in an inpatient setting.
She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a National Certified Addiction Counselor. She is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wingate University and Liberty University. She is also a recipient of the H.K. Helms award for academic achievement. Tammie is honored to work with those that have found the courage to fight their addictions.
Karen Neal, MA - Counselor
Karen Neal assists Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers' clients and their families in improving their lives through individual, group and family counseling. As a master's level agency counseling graduate from college Gardner-Web University, Karen brings over 16 years experience to Legacy Rehab. She is committed to helping addicts break through any and all of their core issues which may have led them to abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Karen's experience as a case program manager, as well as working in foster homes and domestic violence shelters gives her a unique perspective in not only helping her clients, but also providing professional support for families.
Kay Burchell - Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
B. Kay Burchell is a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist with 14 years of experience who graduated from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy (recently renamed the Southeastern Institute). She has additional training in Reflexology, Reiki, Sinus Massage, Neuromuscular Treatments, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Carpal Tunnel Massage, Fibromyalgia Treatment and Hot Stone Massage. Kay is dedicated to helping those who are in pain. She feels that massage is an excellent tool to help people who are in recovery to find healing and relaxation.
Eric Marks - Martial Arts
Eric Marks first began studying Martial Arts in 1994 to rehabilitate an abdominal injury. Traveling to the North Carolina mountains to major in Art Education at Appalachian State University. First studying Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, he then began studying Sil-Lum and Emperor’s Long Fist Kung Fu. To date, Eric has trained in the arts of Gong Fu, Tai Chi. Hsing-I, Ba Kua. Arnis, Kali, Tai Yang Tzu Jan Men, Wing Chun, Yun Chun, Tibetan Lama, Suai Ciao, Pentjak Silat, Hapkido, Aikijitsu, Tae Kwan Do, Judo. Jujitsu, Cho Li Fut, Sa Fu Men, Iron Palm, Muay Thai ,Chi (long, Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling. He has also trained in Outdoor Survival, Primitive Technology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tuei Na Massage, Herbology and Weapons. Eric received his First Degree Black Sash in Tai Tzu Chang Chuan, Emperor’s Long Fist Gong Fu in May 2000. In November of 2000 he received his First Degree Black Belt in Si! Ulm Kung Fu. Eric recently completed a 7 year apprenticeship under Grandmaster Rick Ward and then moved with his family teach camps and seminars in North Carolina. Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and Mississippi.
Marston St. John, L.Ac - Acupuncturist
Marston treated patients in the high volume clinics at Five Branches University. She has experience treating a wide variety of patients including those suffering from chronic and acute pain, sports injury, male and female infertility, lupus, cancer, MS, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, gynecological disorders, headache and migraine, infectious disease and pediatrics. During this time, St. John often worked in conjunction with other doctors, chiropractors and naturopathic practitioners to ensure swift recovery and management and improvement of her patients. She emphasizes nutrition and lifestyle changes in her treatment plans. St. John employs the use of Chinese herbal formulas when deemed necessary to the improvement of the patient. Not only did she work extensively with herbs at one of the top acupuncture universities in the United States, she also did further study at the prestigious Zhejiang University in China.
Sloan Huggins - Counselor / Life Coach
Sloan received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winthrop University. She is a National Certified Counselor and North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, and is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy practitioner. Sloan is also a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota counseling honor society.
“I have been very intentional with my training and professional experience, as I believe there is great value in clinical exposure to diverse populations and conditions. I have worked in a variety of settings; including corrections, substance abuse, acute inpatient hospitalization, and private practice. I believe my skills and perspective have been greatly enriched from these experiences,” she says. “It is always a privilege to be granted the opportunity to work with someone on their path towards self-actualization. I love what I do and learn something every single day.”
In 2014, Sloan founded her own private counseling, coaching, and consulting practice where she works with individuals, couples, and families addressing mental health issues. Her practice also serves individual clients with personal coaching services and other mental health professionals through business development consulting. Sloan is thrilled to be a part of the Legacy Freedom team.
Robin Pietzsch MA, LPCA - Counselor
Robin received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winthrop University. Robin is a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She works with adolescents and adults and has a background in individual therapy as well as family therapy. Robin also has experience working with at-risk youth who were facing homelessness and therapeutic foster care while dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, single parenthood, and difficulties obtaining education and employment.
Robin is a member of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota counseling honors society. She also is part of a private practice providing individual, couples, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She is passionate about being involved in the recovery process and helping others grow.
Lauren F Hall, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC - Counselor
Lauren's passion is with working with individuals struggling with addiction issues. She knows addition can be a mind boggling challenge and supports many avenues of treatment including more non-traditional holistic therapies. Lauren is dedicated to providing you with a therapeutic relationship that is non-judgmental, compassionate and respectful.
Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She graduated from UNCC with her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in substance abuse. Lauren provides psychoeducation, group and individual therapy to help clients learn healthier coping strategies, gain increased self awareness and build on strengths. She works in both our Substance Abuse and Mental Health intensive outpatient programs. Lauren is particularly interested in the new neuroscience research and theories regarding addiction and trauma. She is also trained in EMDR and offers counseling services in a private practice setting as well.
Elijah Dixon Jr - Lab Director
Elijah Dixon Jr, a graduate from Canterbury University with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Counselling. Elijah has been working with Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers for going on two years now as our Lab director, and has been in the substance abuse as well as Mental Health industry for over five years now. He is a motivational speaker, who loves to spread encouragement and joy to everyone he meets. Elijah is the Author of the book Wrestling in the Spirit which was published in 2016. His passion is spending time serving the community in hopes to enhance the lives of all people in all communities. He loves spending time with his beautiful wife, Lynnette, whom he has been married too for eighteen years and their two boys, Jalen and Tralen. Elijah's favorite part about working for Legacy Freedom is interacting with the clients and seeing the people who come through the doors everyday; "Everyone who come through the doors of Legacy has had a different story and has walked a different path to come to where they are, if I get to be a small piece of their lives just for a moment while on their path to recovery, then that's all that matters to me."
Columbus, OH Treatment Center Staff
Travis Constance, LPC-CR, LICDC - Clinical Director
Travis Received his master degree in clinical counseling from the University of Dayton and holds a Professional Counselor license and an Independent Chemical dependency license for the state of Ohio. Travis has had a comprehensive work experience in the treatment of addiction which includes inpatient, outpatient and detoxification. His counseling practice uses an integrated and holistic approach drawing from Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory. Travis has a passion for Addiction treatment with special interest in working with families in their journey through the healing process. He has spent the last two years treating a broad range of mental health disorders that has allowed for a deepened understanding of multi-faceted needs and concerns our clients often have when coming into our program. He approach’s counseling with the goal of helping people re-discover their innate ability to heal, building on strength’s they have had their entire lives coupled with new tools based in mindfulness and attention to one’s wholeness of being.
Dr. Joanne Poje - Medical Director
Dr. Joanne Poje practiced as an OB/GYN for a number of years before her interest in integrative medicine. She then studied acupuncture and became certified, as well as, pursued further studies in addiction medicine, anti-aging and regenerative medicine, integrative cancer therapies, and aesthetics.
She has been board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine since 2010 and is working on the integration of holistic and integrative methods within the treatment of addiction.
She has also become board certified in functional medicine by A4M and is working on the development and incorporation of the latest within genetic assessments. She focuses on the utilization of the IV therapies and eventually stem cell therapies for modulating the damaged neuroplastic changes caused by addictive disorders.
Ryan McGuire, MA - Counselor
Ryan is a recent graduate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology where he received his Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Transpersonal Psychology. Ryan also holds a Chemical Dependency Counseling License in the state of Ohio, where he currently resides. Ryan’s educational training at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology is rooted in compassion and mindfulness, and he takes a holistic stance at psychotherapy by focusing on treating the whole individual; mind, body, and spirit. Through his training, he has become proficient in utilizing several treatment modalities in order to apply them to the individual, depending on what their specific needs are. Ryan is highly trained in the areas of psychotherapy and somatic therapy, including Psychosynthesis, mindfulness-based therapy, yoga therapy, expressive arts therapy, family therapy, structural therapy, narrative therapy, and other transpersonally based modalities.
Ryan believes in a person’s innate ability to grow, transform, and heal, given the proper environment where they can feel safe to explore the deepest parts of their being. He works collaboratively with his clients and meets them on their path so that they can begin to re-discover their strengths and abilities and take ownership of their own personal journey towards wholeness. For Ryan, it is an honor to be an authentic and empathetic witness to his client’s transformations, and he is grateful to be a part of the Legacy Freedom team.
Natasha Shevchenko, CDCA - Administrator
Her personal journey recovering from addiction and sincere desire to help others, coupled with years of practice in clinical settings have made Natasha a key asset in our treatment center operations. Natasha is a hard working, honest and open person, who also holds a Chemical Dependency Counseling License in the state of Ohio. Having spent many years working in detox, inpatient and outpatient settings as a Counselor Assistant and Program Coordinator, Natasha brings this invaluable experience to Legacy. Her passion for her work shows in everything that she does. With excellent skills of customer service and managing office tasks and duties, Natasha has excelled at establishing and maintaining an organizational climate that encourages open communication between staff and clients. Natasha genuinely loves helping people and is excited to be a part of the Legacy Freedom team.
Jenny Neal MA, LPC - Counselor
Jenny is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor. She graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio where she received a masters of arts degree in counseling with special focus on pastoral counseling and addiction. Jenny is a secular therapist who has a deep reverence for all of the world's religions. Jenny has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with both mental health and Substance abuse. Jenny is also an adjunct professor where she teaches Chemical Dependency. Jenny has a passion for helping others and utilizes a person centered approach to counseling. Jenny is a trained cognitive behavioral therapist. In addition, she draws on narrative, existential and mindfulness psychotherapies. Jenny believes that therapy is a creative process where you are the artist and the author of your own life.
Raleigh, NC Treatment Center Staff
Andrea Squires, BS – Front Office Administrator
Andrea received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration Healthcare Management from the University of Mount Olive. She also has her Associates Degree in Medical Office Administration. Andrea’s previous experience including working as a Medical Records Manager and a Rehab Office Manager in the healthcare setting. She is committed to providing and delivering excellent customer service. Andrea hope to continue her education at Liberty University and obtain her Master’s Degree of Arts in Human Services. Andrea is excited to provide her strong professional skill to Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers.
Adam Shields, MA LCAS-A - Counselor
Adam is currently a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-Associate registered with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Adam received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from West Virginia University and a Master's Degree, also from West Virginia University, in Sociology with an emphasis in Applied Social Research. Adam has done research that focused on juvenile drug usage. Adam has been working with mental health and substance abuse consumers for about seven and a half years. Over the last seven years, my focus was on community based treatment with mainly the adult population. Adam had been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques for treatment.
Kelly Conner, L.Ac, LMBT - Acupuncturist
Kelly is uniquely qualified to start you on the path to wellness. She has spent more than twenty years working in medical clinics with physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and medical massage therapists. She is trained in classical acupuncture and utilizes today's most advanced technology, including the Acugraph,** to immediately locate the deficiencies and excesses that cause health problems.
Kelly is a licensed acupuncturist with a four year graduate Diploma of Acupuncture from the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Boone, North Carolina. She is a Diplomat of Acupuncture certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kelly is also a licensed massage and body work therapist. She received her training at the Atlanta School of Massage in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tiara Tate, MS, LCAS, LPC-A - Counselor
Tiara received her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development and Family Relations. She received her master’s degree from East Carolina as well, receiving her degree in substance abuse and clinical counseling with a specialization in military trauma counseling.
Tiara’s journey of working in mental health and substance abuse started in 2011. She has worked in a variety of different settings with diverse populations serving children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her experience includes working in a residential setting for severely persistent mentally ill adults; sexual assault victim advocacy; crisis counseling; suicide prevention; opiate replacement therapy; detox and crisis stabilization; individual and group therapy; family therapy; enhanced services (community support and intensive in-home team lead); and coordinated specialty care (first episode psychosis program).
Tiara has personal experience with understanding the family dynamics of addiction and how the family unit is affected. She believes in an individual’s ability to change and overcome adversities. She values a holistic approach bringing to awareness one’s mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual self. She strives to assist others with accomplishing goals and believing they have the ability to overcome challenges and make improvements one day at a time.
Tim Smith - Tai Chi Instructor
Tim Smith is a Tai Chi, QiGong and KungFu instructor, that began his training in 1990. He trained daily, until he was certified in 1997. Since that time, Tim has developed Tai Chi programs for cardiac, pulmonary, diabetic and cancer groups. Many of the people he has worked with also suffer with anxiety, depression, co-dependency, anger management and dependencies. In 2016, he continues to teach in assisted and dependent living facilities, clinics, and works individually with children, adolescents and adults.
William Dees, MSW, LCSW - Counselor
Will received his Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, focusing on clinical social work and substance abuse treatment. He is duelly licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. While in graduate school, he received his Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling upon graduation with his MSW. Will gained experience in a wide variety of areas. During his undergraduate studies, he focused on Child Development and Religious Studies. Spirituality is a large part of many peoples recovery. Will has also interned with an adolescent substance abuse program and an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. Will is a trained practitioner and incorporates modalities such as cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness therapy, and family therapy while working with clients.
Sandy Scherer, RYT 500 - Yoga Instructor
Sandy’s yoga teaching guides her students to notice breath, experience their bodies through movement as well as stillness, and explore the connection to self in all ways.
She earned her RYT 200 and RYT 500 certifications at blue lotus in Raleigh, N.C., and has been teaching in the Vinyasa style since 2009. After completing Yin Yoga teacher training in 2013, Sandy began to teach this softer practice, encouraging students to find balance and benefit from the silence and stillness, space and clarity. During that same time, Sandy’s teaching also was significantly influenced by training in the therapeutic benefits of restorative yoga.
In 2016, Sandy completed Yoga for 12 Step Recovery Leadership Training coursework with Nikki Myers, as well as 20 hours of training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson of the Trauma Center Yoga Program. Sandy incorporates a trauma-informed perspective into all of her teaching and provides no physical assists in her classes.
Yoga became a great source of balance to Sandy’s professional work life in corporate communications when she began practicing in 2002, and helped to provide insight as she transitioned to operating her own business in 2006. The balance and insight continues to guide her daily, as does the wisdom of each of her teachers, and their teachers. For that she is eternally grateful.
Asheville, NC Treatment Center Staff
Rebecca Shroder, M.S. - Counselor
Rebecca received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at NOVA Southeastern University and her undergraduate in Psychology from Florida State University. Rebecca is a certified yoga teacher and began formal mindfulness training in 2011. Rebecca's counseling is based on a holistic, integrated approach that emphasizes a powerful connection of the body and mind and a focus on cultivating self-awareness through elements of yoga and mindfulness. Her clinical experience includes working with substance use and addiction, trauma, grief, domestic violence, depression, anxiety and life transitions. Rebecca is also an experienced EMDR therapy counselor and provides this service to Legacy Asheville clients.
Vernetta Eleazer, MS, LCAS, CSI – Counselor
Vernetta is passionate about the effectiveness of Experiential Therapy. She has witnessed clients accessing their under lying issues with the aid of creative mediums. As the director of an area Substance Use Disorder program she knows what it takes to create a safe space for people to do their healing work. Vernetta received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Carolina University, and she also has an MA in History and a BA in Theatre Arts. Vernetta is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and uses art to teach its six core functions. She is also a HeathRhythms drumming facilitator and enjoys empowering clients to express themselves through rhythm.
Michael Diettrich-Chastain, MA, LPC, DCC - Counselor
Michael Diettrich-Chastain is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach, Facilitator and Martial Artist. Michael owns Synergy Consulting and Counseling in Asheville, NC where he provides counseling, coaching, training and consulting services for individuals and groups. He has a BA in Psychology and Spanish and a MA in Counseling with a concentration in Body/Mind Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. Martial arts has always been a passion for Michael. Since January 2007 Michael has been studying in Boone, NC in the arts of Sil Lum Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Ba Kua. Arnis, Kali and weapons. Michael received his first degree black belt in July 2011 and is currently involved in an apprentiship under Grandmaster Rick Ward.
JoJo Silverman - Sound Therapist
Creator of the healing modality Prayerful Resonance, and visionary of the Devotional Music Foundation, JoJo Silverman, has been a student of yoga, meditation, holistic health, chanting, hand percussion, and fire-keeping for 20 years. Using sound in the exploration of consciousness to connect hearts and minds is his gift and mission.
JoJo created the Devotional Music Foundation in 1999 to promote the sacredness of music as a force for healing our planet. Since then, he has been leading kirtans and chanting workshops internationally. In 2008 he released the album Bhagavan Kripa: A Kirtan of Grace, a kirtan tribute to Swami Kripalvananda. Later that year he developed Prayerful Resonance Chant Activation, a specialized healing modality that uses prayer and sound. In 2009 -2010 he built the Sonic Sacred Star Garden Temple, a hexagram shaped vegetable chanting garden, as a model for creating new relationships to music, the plant world, and our food.
JoJo believes strongly in the use of prayer and sound for recognizing and remembering our wholeness, and dedicates his life to the practice of these arts. He is currently resides in Asheville NC, focusing on his healing work and music-as-prayer.
LAURIE JACKSON, MS, LPC-A, LCAS-A, NCC - COUNSELOR
Laurie has dedicated herself to healing work, mindfulness, and recovery for the last 10 years, and she is inspired by the awakening experience of the recovery journey. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University. She has a background working with clients recovering from substance use disorder, addictions, trauma, sexual assault, and grief, and she considers safety and empowerment of clients a top priority. Laurie has received training in Somatic Experiencing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, and she uses these collaboratively with clients to increase resilience, self-worth and a felt sense of security. Laurie’s approach is mindful and body-centered as she assists clients in increasing awareness of feelings, needs and individual values in order to move towards well-being and full living.
Wilmington, NC Treatment Center Staff
Hannah Hawksworth, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A - Counselor
Hannah received her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, focusing on clinical social work and substance abuse treatment. While in graduate school, Hannah began to realize the close relationship between mental health and substance abuse, and began to pursue substance abuse counseling. She received her Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling upon graduation with her MSW. Hannah has a variety of experience working with adolescents, geriatrics, and adults in counseling settings, completing internships in a high school, a nursing home, and a partial hospitalization program. Hannah is a trained Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) practitioner and incorporates other modalities such as cognitive behavior therapy, transactional analysis, family therapy, narrative therapy, and a relational perspective while working with clients.
Hannah is so grateful to be part of the Legacy Freedom team. Hannah believes that every human has the strength and capability to overcome personal hardships, whether that is mental illness or addictions, and is honored to stand alongside those clients who decide to make a change in their lives.
Miranda Slater, MA, LPC-A, LCAS-A - Counselor
Miranda believes the foundation of healing and recovery begins with a strong therapeutic relationship where a safe environment can be a gateway to transformation and reaching one’s full potential. She has a passion for instilling hope and assisting clients to recognize their strengths as she walks along side of them in their journey towards recovery. Miranda is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, as well as, a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. She received her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, where she graduated with High Distinction Honors.
Miranda believes there are many facets to healing and takes a holistic approach where she looks at mind, body and spirit alignment, which can foster lasting recovery. While completing her Bachelor of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology at Burlington College, in Burlington Vermont, she discovered a love of Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies. She has substance abuse experience that includes outpatient and inpatient treatment settings. Miranda has diversity experience when working with those struggling with addiction issues that include, assisting teens, the elderly, Active Duty Military, as well as retired Veterans, pregnant women and single parents. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has a special interest in anxiety disorders, Women’s issues and coping with chronic health conditions. Miranda is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Legacy Freedom Team.
Anna Respess, MSW, LCSW, LCAS - Counselor
Anna Respess is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2008 and her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island in 2004. Her early work while still in Rhode Island focused on community organizing, lobbying for affordable housing, and working in a shelter supporting families experiencing homelessness. Anna has assisted in prevention programming to build leadership skills and pro-social community involvement for youth at risk of developing addiction.
A native North Carolinian, she returned home in 2008, and has since gained diverse experience in human services including child welfare social work, community based and outpatient clinical counseling, and advocacy for those in the legal system resulting from addiction. Anna was drawn to clinical counseling due to her belief in the inherent ability each person possesses to heal and make the changes that will help establish a full and meaningful life experience. As part of the therapeutic relationship, her hope is to develop a safe environment to explore conflicts inhibiting the natural process of self acceptance and positive growth. Anna strives to help each individual establish a sense of strength, healthy vulnerability, community, human connection, hope and empowerment. Her experience in and passion for supporting people experiencing addiction and PTSD are her greatest strengths. Anna's approach is broad based, drawing from many theoretical approaches to best support those she serves.
In 2014 Anna established a counseling practice, feeling a more holistic approach was a vehicle better suited to quality engagement, service and improved outcomes.
Missy Hinson - Administrator
Missy grew up in Raleigh, NC and later moved to Greenville where she studied Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University. Her prior work experience's include managerial positions in several fields including: legal, customer service, real estate and most recently substance abuse treatment. Her genuine drive to help others and dedication to outstanding customer service has lead her to Legacy where she enjoys seeing first hand how families benefit from treatment on a daily basis.
Lesa Stempin RN, Certified Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master - Alternative Therapist
Lesa's mission is to create soul enriching experiences that lead to greater alignment with one's Highest Self and the Divine light within. Lesa believes everyone has a unique path that is continually "re-discovered" by engaging in methods which develop greater intuition about one's truth and life purpose. Her sessions are designed to journey inward and explore one's Highest Self through techniques which promote emotional, spiritual and physical healing.
She understands that one can heal if the process is allowed to unfold. The healing brings a sense of freedom and can allow the true life purpose to unfold. When we practice together, the positive, peaceful energy is magnified and mutual support is revealed through connection.
Lesa has found her unique path in the Healing Arts. Her background in Public and Mental Health Nursing have granted an understanding of the importance of peace within us and around us in community. She has found valuable tools with the use of Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Nature and Sound to promote healing. She loves to teach and adapt these tools for individual needs so they can be easily utilized in one's every day life. Her goal is to see suffering reduced and empowerment enhanced, so everyone may shine their light !
Greensboro, NC Treatment Center Staff
Kristin Cheshire, MS, LPCA, LCAS-A, NCC - Counselor
Kristin Cheshire is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor associate who serves individuals and families in Greensboro, NC. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and studio art and a masters in counseling she has a passion for helping others find their own way to recovery. No road is paved the same and no individual is created the same therefore treatment should be tailored to that person and their unique needs. Kristin utilizes evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, expressive arts therapy as well as trauma-informed care to practice. She believes that there is a strong connection between substance abuse and trauma and explores this connection with clients in a safe and supportive environment. Kristin has experience working with individuals in crisis at a psychiatric hospital in the piedmont area as well as outpatient as a therapist and intake specialist.
Kristin studied art and psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has always been drawn to creativity as a way of coping with whatever life brings. Her background in art is founded in photography focusing on natural abstract objects and landscapes and she uses her creative vision in therapy as well. She has training in expressive arts therapy and utilizes this in sessions for a variety of concerns including trauma work, stress, anxiety and depression.
Ashley Blanton, LPC-A, LCAS-A, NCC - Counselor
Ashley graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor degree in Psychology. She also obtained a certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling. Her clinical background includes conducting clinical intakes, leading substance abuse and self-help groups, and implementing trauma informed care practices to individuals and families. Her desire is to motivate, challenge, and empower individuals to a higher level of self-awareness and healing in all areas of their lives.
Gingy Caguioa-Blakely - Certified Yoga Instructor
Gingy discovered yoga at the age of 13 and has embraced this discipline since then. Her yoga journey started in the 1970’s, in the Philippines studying Hatha Yoga Poses, which helped her bring peace and discipline to her mind and body, as well as enhancing her spiritual practices through meditation. She continued her training in 2008 with Kundalini Yoga, "the yoga of awareness" that helped her cultivated her creative spiritual potential, to seek the truth, and focus on the compassion and unconditional love needed to serve and heal others.
In 2009, she continued her studies in Ashtanga Yoga, a 5,000 year old practice of synchronizing the breath with a progressive postures that detoxifies and strengthens the body while calming the mind. She is also a comprehensively trained and certified to teach Pilates and Gyrotonic® in all levels and apparatus. She teaches all these methods and disciplines to help her students and clients for injury recovery and prevention, while training their minds to be aware and their spirits to be conscious as to to draw strength from the synergy of exercises.
Her passion for health and wellness for the mind, body and spirit, leads her to a practice of conscious eating and healing. As a Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, she teaches the healing properties of living plant-based foods, including safe and proper protocols for cleansing and detoxing with simple and easy step-by-step program. She believes and lives with the words of Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be the thy food."
Stephanie Kuehne, MS, LPCA, LCAS-A - Counselor
Stephanie graduated from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD with my B.S. in Psychology and my M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a certificate in addiction counseling. While enrolled in the Master's program, she participated in departmental research and co-authored three published articles. Stephanie is currently working on her 4th publication.
Her clinical experience includes working with people of all ages from childhood to older adulthood using evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care. She also enjoys using creative approaches such as art and music therapies. Stephanie's belief is that in order to make lasting progress in therapy, it is important to establish a good, strong therapeutic relationship with the client through genuine understanding, empathy and unconditional positive regard. It is also equally important for the client to feel empowered in the therapy process.
Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
in Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Columbus
Addiction Recovery not Rehab!
Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers accept most major health insurance plans, cash, check, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). We do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time. Call today to find out more about our programs and how you can start living life again and become the person you want to be TODAY!
If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, please contact our addiction treatment center.