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 Suwanee in Georgia.
Angela Dainas, M.Ed
Executive Clinical Director
Angela Dainas, M.Ed, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor-in-Training. Angela received her undergraduate degree in English from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL and her Master of Education in Counseling from The University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL. Angela has been working in the clinical treatment field since 2009, first working with clients recovering from eating disorders and then clients recovering from substance-use disorders. Angela has had the honor to work with clients and families at multiple levels of care including detox, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. Angela is passionate about creating an environment where honesty, vulnerability, laughter, and true transformation can occur.
Marilyn Maddox, CAC I, GCADC I
Program Director - Cumming
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.
Tashauna Castle, MS, NCC, CADC-T, APC
Substance Abuse Counselor - Cumming
Tashauna is originally from East Tennessee but relocated to Georgia in 2009. Tashauna originally became interested in the 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.
Michael Shannon, CADC II, CRPT
Substance Abuse Counselor - Cumming
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.
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
Office Manager - Cumming
Jamie recently joined The Carter Treatment Center in January 2019. Her previous experience included working in various administrative positions. After living several years in Forsyth County, she, her daughters and their dogs Charlie and Oscar recently moved to Ball Ground. She enjoys spending time with her family.
Jennifer Yaeger MA, LPC
Family Therapist - Suwanee
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University, and an 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.
James Rowe, DC
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 have 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 aid clients in reaching their potential and assist them in identifying barriers that prevent them from doing so.
Director of Admissions
Patton was born and raised in Hoover, Alabama located right outside of Birmingham. He has been working in the field of substance abuse in some sort of capacity since 2014. He was introduced to recovery through some various personal circumstances in 2013 and fell in love with the field. His first job was in Statesboro GA where he was the Operations Manager of Louie's House, a long term recovery residence for men. After working there for 6 months an opportunity presented itself for him to relocate to Atlanta GA to work for Rivermend Health, it was there that he discovered his passion for the corporate side of the business. He currently lives in Smyrna GA and cannot see himself living anywhere else other than the metro Atlanta area. He is an avid Alabama football fan and enjoys spending time with friends, playing golf, working out.
"To have a job where I get to be of help to someone every day is a truly rewarding experience, and I am truly blessed to be in a position where that is possible."
--- Patton Slay
Lauren graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She enjoys the mental health aspect of nursing and strongly believes in a holistic approach to the healing and recovery process. Although spending most of her career in a pediatric setting, she is excited to care for a new clientele and is thrilled to join the team at the Carter Treatment Center. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Raleigh.
Administrative Office Manager
Rachel is the first point of contact when you enter the doors to our Cumming office. She thrives on assisting both clients and staff and combines her education and experience to bring forth a welcoming, kind and positive experience to all that come here. She has over 35 years’ experience in Executive Administrative Management and over four years of specialty experience and education/certification in the field of Substance Abuse Recovery services including IOP counseling, Peer Support Facilitator and DUI Evaluation UNUM documentation processing. Rachel holds a BS in Nutrition and specialty expertise/education in holistic natural health. She is Texas born, and Alabama raised and has lived in The Fulton/Forsyth Georgia area for over 23 years. Rachel is the VERY proud Mom of a daughter attending UGA, a son attending UNG and a very large dog named Polar Bear.
Amy Nun, CACI, CES
Substance Abuse Counselor
Amy resides in Cumming, Georgia. She is the proud mother of four adult children. Through her personal experience of recovery from addiction, Amy became passionate about helping others to achieve the life-changing miracle of recovery from the bondage of addiction. She has now been working as a substance abuse counselor for the past four years as she earned her CACI; working primarily in residential treatment before transitioning to partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment. Amy became inspired by the profound healing value of experiential therapy to aid in the treatment of addiction and became a Certified Experiential Specialist in 2018. Amy plans to resume her college studies in 2020, to complete her BS in Substance Abuse Counseling. Amy is a solution-focused counselor who believes recovery is available to all who wish to invest in the life-changing work of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation.
“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.”
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58
Drug and Alcohol Screening Technician
Felicia Rainwater works through a third party Diagnostics Company and performs drug and alcohol screenings for The Carter Treatment Center’s Cumming Location. Felisha is a multi-tasking team member that is always reaching out to assist others. She provides strength and encouragement to our clientele and always presents a friendly, good-natured attitude towards everyone she meets.
Felicia is the proud Mom of a 17-year-old Daughter and a 23-year- old Son. She enjoys the Georgia Mountains and spending quality time with her two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Chiweenie!!
Nicholas Valdes, MA, CES
Substance Abuse Counselor
Nick was born and raised in Terrebonne Parrish Louisiana, and relocated to North Georgia over a decade ago to start a family. Nick currently resides in Cumming, GA with his wife, their son, 3 dogs, a cat, and other small creatures. He received his undergraduate degree studying behavior at Troy University, and then earning a Master’s in rehabilitation counseling through The University of Alabama. Through systematic reconditioning and healthy community involvement, true behavioral change is happening every day. People can find growth and empowerment through resilience in overcoming various obstacles and adversities. Nick spent 2 years working in residential treatment before transitioning to partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programming. His career goals include further development of experiential activities, trauma-focused treatment, and leadership training skills. While spending time with family, he enjoys everything outdoors from sports to camping to anything on Lake Lanier.
Substance Abuse Counselor-Intern
Carla attended Georgia State University, earning her B.S. in Psychology while minoring in Music. She is currently working towards her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Georgia. Carla will be graduating in May 2020. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. Carla is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with substance-use disorders. Carla enjoys working from a Family Systems framework along with Narrative Therapy, Reality Therapy, DBT, and Person-Centered Therapy. She is on her way to becoming a Nationally Certified Counselor as well as an LPC. Originally from South Africa, Carla immigrated to the United States when she was 5 years old. She has travelled to over 14 countries since then and enjoys discovering new cities and cultures across the globe. Carla spends her time off with her family, friends, and her dogs, Lucy and Zoey.
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson
Regional Outreach Coordinator
Jessica was born and raised in Marietta, GA and has been involved in the recovery community since 2013. She relocated to Kerrville, TX in 2013 where she began her journey in the substance abuse industry. She was the operations manager of Red Lotus Sober Living for Women in 2014. Jessica was a chemical dependency technician at Serenity House of Fredericksburg from 2014 to 2015. After moving back to Georgia with her son Levi in 2018, she knew that she wanted to follow her passion for recovery which lead her to our treatment center. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, Georgia football, and helping others recover from addiction.