• Angela  Dainas, M.ED, LMFT Photo
    Angela Dainas, M.ED, LMFT

    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 ...
  • Marilyn  Maddox, CAC I, GCADC I Photo
    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 ...
  • Tashauna  Castle, MS, NCC, CADC-T, APC Photo
    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 ...
  • Michael  Shannon, CADC II, CRPT Photo
    Michael Shannon, CADC II, CRPT

    Program Director- Suwanee

    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 ...
  • Laurie  Newcomb MA, LAPC, NCC, CTTP Photo
    Laurie Newcomb MA, LAPC, NCC, CTTP

    Trauma & Family Therapist

    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 ...
  • Jamie  Mangan Photo
    Jamie Mangan

    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.
  • James  Rowe, DC Photo
    James Rowe, DC

    Outreach Coordinator

    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, ...
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    Rachel Goodwin

    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 ...
  • Amy  Nun, CACI, CES Photo
    Amy Nun, CACI, CES

    Substance Abuse Counselor- Suwanee

    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 ...
  • Felicia  Rainwater Photo
    Felicia Rainwater

    Drug & 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 ...
  • Nicholas  Valdes, MA, CES Photo
    Nicholas Valdes, MA, CES

    Substance Abuse Counselor- Cumming

    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 ...
  • Carla  Evans Photo
    Carla Evans

    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 ...
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    Jessica Harris

    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 ...
  • Diane  Chrestman, LCSW, DCEP, CcHT Photo
    Diane Chrestman, LCSW, DCEP, CcHT


    Diane Chrestman, LCSW, DCEP, CcHT, is a licensed mental health counselor. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University and is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Energy Psychology. Diane has practiced Meditation and Mindfulness Training with Zen Buddhist Monks for the past seven years. She has also received training & certification from the Association of Energy Psychology in 2013. In 2019, she published her first book, Zenergy Mindfulness The Intersection of ...

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