Our entire staff operates like a healthy, happy family, nobody is left out – the atmosphere is positive, relaxed and employees are encouraged to succeed. These are the people who will be there for you and/or your loved ones if you receive treatment at our addiction rehabilitation centers in Cumming and Peachtree City in Georgia.
Matt Newcome CADC II, CPRC
Executive Vice President
Matt Newcome is the Executive Vice President of The Carter Treatment Center, with six years of combined clinical and business development experience in the behavioral health field. He is also a certified alcohol and drug counselor, as well as a certified recovery coach and an interventionist.
Matt’s personal experiences led him into the helping field where he discovered a passion for watching individuals enter into a life of recovery.
Kelly Michael Moselle, MA, MS, CADC II, ICADC
Kelly, is a substance abuse recovery specialist with significant experience in facilitating innovative programs. Working in higher education for over 16 years, he focused upon learning outside the traditional classroom; giving back to the community, building civic and social responsibility, and developing the whole person. Kelly brings this same passion to working with people in early recovery. For the past several years, Kelly has worked in the residential recovery field, helping young adults discover their path in sobriety. Whether supervising professional staff, building recovery coalitions, or working directly with individuals, his dedication is to creating the optimal recovery experience for each person.
Marilyn Maddox, CAC I, GCADC I
Marilyn is a seasoned Addiction Counselor with 20 years of experience, having earned her certification through the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA). Marilyn has served as the Chair of the Training and Education Committee on the GACA Board of Directors, the Standards Chair for the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (GARR) and she is a Past President of GARR as well. For 15 years, she owned and operated a long-term substance abuse treatment center with two locations, licensed by the Georgia Department of Community Health. Marilyn has experience in working with Medically Assisted Treatment modalities, Parole and Probation, Judges and Attorneys, Accountability Courts and has served as a consultant for programs in the Treatment Field. She is currently pursuing a specialty degree in Addiction Studies at the University of South Dakota.
James Rowe, DC
Life Coach/Director of Marketing/Business Development
Dr. James Rowe has served the chiropractic needs of various communities
throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area since June 2000. Through years
of chiropractic experience gained from working with multiple demographics,
Dr. Rowe recognized a direct correlation between a patient’s physical
and emotional health in regards to their overall healing process. He observed
that a patient’s physical health was often impeded and in some cases
prevented due to the patient’s mental condition. As a result, Dr.
Rowe has resolved that optimal health is achievable only by addressing
a patient’s physical and emotional health simultaneously.
Dr. Rowe also served as a juvenile substance abuse counselor and volunteered with a community service organization in which he saw the devastating effects of substance abuse in men and women of all ages and ethnicities. This experience has given him a significant understanding of various issues affecting those who struggle with addictive behaviors and has allowed him unique insight into the effective treatment needed to assist sufferers in their overall recovery process.
Dr. Rowe’s skill and experience has culminated into him becoming a life coach. He plans to operate in this role as well as Director of Marketing/Business Development as part of the team at The Carter Treatment Center where he will aide clients in reaching their potential and assist them in identifying barriers that prevent them from doing so.
Jo Cheezem Abney, LPC, CAADC
Substance Abuse Clinician
Jo Cheezem Abney, LPC, CAADC is the Family Therapist at The Carter Treatment Center and has an established private practice where she conducts individual, group, couples and family therapy. Her experience includes facilitating Intensive Outpatient treatment programs, aftercare recovery groups, Family and Friends in Recovery meetings, establishing a peer-support SMART recovery program, working with Drug and DUI Accountability Court programs, and facilitating anger management and domestic violence groups. She has been on the Georgia Registry as a recognized DUI evaluator and treatment provider and a Georgia-certified Family Violence Intervention Program facilitator. Her interests include addiction, anxiety, depression, existential exploration, couples and family therapy, and grief work. She is a Past President of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia and serves on the boards of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of GA, Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth and the Georgia School of Addiction Studies.
Michael Shannon, CADC II, CRPT
Michael has been in the addiction field for eight years and brings an abundance of compassion and dedication to those who are seeking to recover from the disease of addiction. He began his career as the house manager of a recovery residence. He then worked at the Ridgeview Institute with clients suffering from addiction, psychosis, and addiction disorders. Mike also worked for a number of years as a counselor at Hope Homes, Atlanta. Mike recently attained his Georgia CARES certification, and he has completed certification in Relapse Prevention Therapy. His goals include enrollment in an MSW program, to run with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain; and to swim with the Great White Sharks in South Africa.
Tashauna Castle, MS, NCC, CADC-T, APC
Tashauna is originally from East Tennessee but relocated to Georgia in 2009. Tashauna originally became interested in mental health industry to help children and adolescents who have survived traumatic experiences. In following her desire to help others, Tashauna completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Phoenix and is completing the last semester of her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus in children and adolescents at Lock Haven University. She has completed the national counselor examination, and she is a certified alcohol and drug counselor trainee.
Although she is new to the industry, Tashauna brings her energy, compassion, inquisitive nature, and desire to help others to The Carter Treatment Center. Tashauna has had the privilege of working with clients from adolescence to late adulthood struggling with addictions.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough” by Og Mandino.
Brian Archipley, MAS, CADC-T, APC
Brian, a native Michigander, has been in the Atlanta area for the past three years. His wife and children love being in Georgia and feel inspired and blessed by the beauty of the area and the people who live here. Before coming on board with The Carter Treatment Center he was involved as a Global Sales and Marketing Director for a large Medical Products Company. He has a Master of Arts in Spirituality and is an ordained minister, with a background in pastoral counseling, color and music therapy, and energetic healing practices. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s program through Hazelden Betty Ford’s Graduate School of Addiction studies and plans on becoming a fully certified LPC specializing in drug and alcohol abuse recovery therapy.
Colleen is fairly new to the Atlanta area. Originally born in upstate NY,
she has lived in Florida and Missouri as well. Colleen has worked in the
medical office field nearly 15 years focusing not only on office duties
but building relationships with clients and fellow employees as well.
Colleen has an Associates in Science from Polk State College in Winter
Haven, Florida and is currently working on her Bachelor’s in History
and Minor in Anthropology from Columbia College. Her enthusiasm for people,
history and travel led her to this degree type so she could learn more
about different cultures and society and their history. She currently
serves as Office Manager for The Carter Treatment Center but is quick
and happy to jump in and help wherever she can assist.
“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill
Laurie Newcomb MA, LAPC, NCC, CTTP
Laurie Newcomb is a Georgia native. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in psychology. She attained her M.A. from Argosy University in Clinical Mental Health. Laurie is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is also a member of The International Association of Trauma Professionals and The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.
Laurie is passionate about helping individuals who have undergone traumatic experiences in their life. She began working on this area of therapy during her graduate program and she realized early on that substance abuse and trauma are often co-occurring and addressing both can help the client live a fuller life.
Laurie is a mother to two teenagers, two dogs, and two cats. She is currently
the Trauma therapist at Carter Treatment Center and is in private practice
with KWR, Inc. & Associates.
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”-Buddha
Misti's experience includes Certified Medical Assisting as well as Certified Phlebotomy with more than 20 years of experience in the medical field.
Misti is currently working on her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-1) through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA).
Her passion for substance abuse counseling stems from personal experience and family addition and a natural ability to connect with others. Misti looks forward to using her education and firsthand experiences to help people suffering with substance abuse disorders.
Misti lives in Georgia with her 17-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old dog Lillie.
"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second-best time is now." - Chinese Proverb
Heather Polson, CADC-I, ICADC
Program Director - Peachtree City
Heather joined The Carter Treatment Center team in 2017 and serves as the Program Director for the Peachtree City location. Heather is certified as a substance abuse counselor with state and international credentials. Heather is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. She has worked in the field since 2011, and has a passion to assist those struggling with addiction, and is a certified Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS). Currently, Heather is enrolled at Georgia State University pursuing a Bachelors in Social Work. She is also the proud mother of three daughters.
Chris Goodson, MS, LAPC
Family Therapist - Peachtree City
Chris is the Family Therapist at the Carter Treatment Center at the Peachtree City location. He has a passion for working with individuals and families based on his belief in the integral role this work has in the recovery and healing of not just the individual, but of the family system as a whole. Chris received his Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and has since worked extensively with individuals and their families in an outpatient therapeutic setting as well as in the inpatient psychiatric setting with clients navigating all manner of substance abuse and mental health issues. Chris believes in an authentic relationship as the foundation of therapy and in working together from that space to find hope and healing. When not at The Carter Treatment Center or building his own private practice in the Atlanta area, Chris can be found spending time with his family exploring Atlanta or hiking along the Chattahoochee River.
Jennifer Yaeger MA, LPC
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University, and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. She has worked in all levels of care providing inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and teletherapy in a variety of settings including: hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practices.
She has developed programs to treat depression, anxiety, trauma resolution, relational conflicts and difficulties, and substance abuse. She has presented workshops on a variety of topics for other professionals.
She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Informed Yoga, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, and is a Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist.
Brian Rainwater CAC
Substance Abuse Counselor - Peachtree City
Born and raised in Georgia, Brian has been in the substance abuse treatment field since 2004, maintaining his certification as an addiction counselor since 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for GACA.
Brian joined the Carter Treatment Team in 2018 excited to be involved with such a committed group of people with the unifying idea that each client has specific, personal needs that must be addressed while addressing the primary issue presented, substance abuse.
As a Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Grandfather, Brian appreciates daily, the benefits living by recovery principals can provide trying daily to pass these principals on to others seeking help with substance abuse issues.
“We are never as recovered as we think we are”. – Sam J.
Jennifer R. Walters MA,CADCII, EMDR
Substance Abuse Counselor - Peachtree City
Jennifer Walters is a native of Thomaston, Georgia, she has resided South of Metro Atlanta for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of Liberty University with a M.A in Human Service Counseling (trauma & crisis and emergency response) a B. A in psychology (addictions and rehab). Jennifer is a Certified Addiction Counselor ll. She is also trained in EMDR therapy by EMDRIA International Association. She has worked passionately in addictions for the last 8 years, making a transition from law enforcement as a uniform patrol officer. Jennifer comes from a six-month residential rehab program and a community-based outpatient center. She accredits her career change to her desire to help people live recovering lives while reestablishing healthy relationships with their family, friends, and communities.
“Do not consider the time you lost as missing links to the chain rather, consider the pieces you have left in your hand, link them together, make a new chain, and move forward”
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