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Georgia Addiction Treatment Center Staff

At Georgia Addiction Treatment Center, each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications, and hands-on experience. We approach treatment from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities, allowing us to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

Many of our staff members are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long term recovery.

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Dr. Aurielle Williams

Regional Executive Director

Regional Executive Director of Georgia at TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Centers. Dr. Williams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and Domestic Mediator. In her professional capacity, Dr. Williams has been in clinical practice for several years specializing in trauma, suicide awareness and prevention, as well as family preservation. Dr. Williams attended Auburn University where she earned her undergraduate degree and continued her academic journey at Mercer University School of Medicine, where she received her master’s degree. Dr. Williams continued her academic pursuit at Walden University where she earned her doctorate degree in Human and Social Services. Most recently, Dr. Williams also completed her MBA in Healthcare Administration.

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Bapuamoyo Kambeya, LPC, NCC

Regional Clinical Director

I joined the teams at Atlanta Detox Center and Georgia Addiction Treatment Center in December 2021. During the last eight years, I have worked with clients ranging from four to 95 years old—with couples, families, and individuals—whose diagnoses include substance use disorders, PTSD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD (including Harm OCD), and personality disorders, to list a few. Regardless of diagnosis, nearly all the clients I have been honored to work with experienced some degree of trauma that kept them from living the life they wanted.

I started my career providing trauma-informed therapy in a community setting
to refugees in the Atlanta area. Those experiences guided me to intentionally consider cultural context and background when assessing client needs. Understanding the need for trauma-informed care, I sought to expand my knowledge about how traumatic events impact our biological systems and contribute to mental health.

My goal is to facilitate a healing journey, through which clients can learn behaviors, routines, and strategies to reconnect with or discover their true selves. That is what drives my passion in this field. It is priceless to bear witness to human resilience and growth. And it is unimaginably rewarding to have a role in a person’s discovery of their inner strengths and motivation for growth.

At ADC and GATC, we have supportive and hard-working staff who are eager to improve other people’s lives. Our staff have a big heart and a creative approach to delivering service—whether incorporating our therapy dog Maybelle at GATC or our Sound Therapy room at ADC. Both offer a non-traditional avenue to symptom reduction. We are here and ready to serve.

Bapuamoyo Kambeya, LPC, NCC is the Regional Clinical Director at ADC and GATC in Georgia. She received a BA in Psychology at Columbia College in Columbia, SC, and an MA in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Atlanta. Throughout her career, she has completed certification training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has also completed training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Kambeya is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner, and is currently enrolled in a Level 1 Internal Family Systems (IFS) course required for certification.

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Keneshia Brown, MS

Primary Therapist

What drew you to working in the substance treatment field?

I’ve known from an early age that God has a special anointing over my life. I’ve always had the desire to help those who are unable to help themselves. My passion for substance abuse and mental health goes beyond just calling this a career. I took at this profession as a ministry.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

Our dedication to our clients’ well-being.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I believe nothing beats the feeling you receive from making a difference in someone’s life. I enjoy getting to know the parts of people that may make others cringe. I enjoy challenging individuals to discover the why in their what. My purpose in life is to help those who are afraid to admit they need help due to the uncomfortable reality that it may bring. I would say giving my clients hope is the most gratifying part of my career.

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Marc Wiltshire

National Director of Alumni and Family Programming

What drew you to working in the substance treatment field?

I was able to create a life of recovery at 22 years old and it is what gave me my life back. Working to bring anybody who walks through our doors the opportunity to do the same brings me joy.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

The extensive knowledge about the disease of addiction and alcoholism and the understanding each staff member has makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out. Coming into work is a different atmosphere we feel we give the best opportunity for a person struggling to learn and live while assimilating back into the family dynamic as well as being significant members of the community and workplace.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

There are countless rewards that come often daily. Being able to see someone come in one day and completely change the landscape of their life is a blessing to witness, but I think the connections made along the way and getting to know families and being a support in treatment and beyond is the most rewarding experience to be a part of.

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Robyn Goodart, BA, CADC-T

Primary Therapist

What drew you to working in the field of substance use treatment?

I was personally drawn to the field of substance use treatment because of the effect that addiction has had on my life and on my family. There is a need for more understanding about the disease of addiction and a direct need for more support for those who suffer and their families. I feel that this field is one that has been slow to grow in so many ways and the more people who band together to support it the better off it will be in the future.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

GATC stands out because of the individuals who come together each day to make this amazing place run smoothly and those who put their hearts into their work with the clients each day.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

By far the most rewarding part of my job is working directly with the clients and their families. Connections with people is one of the greatest parts of life.

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Dr. James Craig

Medical Director

What is your full name, title, and the location you work out of?

James Christopher Craig. I do the medical directorship for Atlanta Detox, Atlanta Center for Mental Health, and Georgia Addiction Treatment Center.

Where did you grow up?

South Fulton County, Atlanta.

Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?

I went to undergrad at Emory University in Atlanta, where I was a Biology major. Then I went to Medical College of Georgia and got my medical degree.

What is your passion for working in the treatment field? (You can share your own recovery story, or you don’t have to disclose).

The first part of my career was during active addiction. I became a family medicine physician and was moderately successful, despite my best efforts at times. When I went into treatment, I was taken care of by addiction medicine physicians. When I left treatment, I started working on becoming an addiction medicine professional.

What do you do for your job? List a few responsibilities.

Basically, head-to-toe care. I assess addictive disorders and decide on detox regimens if necessary, as well as any co-occurring disorders. I also help guide recovery modalities, whether it’s 12 steps, CBT, trauma therapies; I don’t initiate any of those therapies, I just decide whether they’re appropriate and then guide them in the right direction.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Having a patient identify that they’re not alone. Addiction is a disease that grows in isolation, so the therapeutic value of one alcoholic helping another is without parallel. Having a patient see that they don’t have to continue to keep doing things over and over and expecting different results—and that the loneliness doesn’t have to part of the disorder.

The medical is pretty cut and dry; there are certain things you do medically that are just accepted. But the greater part is leading them in a direction to get deeply adherent to a recovery program.

What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?

What I’ve seen is that they understand the great nature of this thing. One of the problems right now in the mental health and addiction field is that there’s not a lot of evidence-based standard of care. You can have two people with the same disorder; one goes to one treatment center and one goes to another, and they could potentially receive vastly different care. That’s a problem.

Let’s say two people have coronary artery disease—they’re going to receive the same care, down to the milligram of medication. Why isn’t that the case with something we know is a brain-based disorder? It’s because there are still strongly held false beliefs about the way to treat it.

When I stuck my toe in the water at Amatus, I saw that they really do care about the standard of care. As a scientist—not just a person in recovery—if we’re not talking about numbers, we’re not talking about reality. I need to know that the facility I’m with cares about that, and from what I can tell Amatus does.

Anything else you want to include in your bio?

I have two books. Being a Drug Addict: Other Secrets of Life is published under my name. The second, Push Down and Turn: Under and Above the Influence, is published under my pen name, Kiffer Cole, M.D.

Besides that, not so much—everything springs forth from sobriety. Everything else is just a wonderful extraneous detail.

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Lequawn James

MSN, APRN, AGNP-C

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Justine Irizarry, CADC-T

Office Manager

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Maybelle

Therapy Dog

Maybelle was a rescue after being a breeder dog for her first year and a half of life. She is now a certified therapy animal and spends her days comforting and playing with the clients and staff at GATC. Maybelle has yet to meet anyone she didn’t immediately love. The presence of an animal during therapy enhances the therapeutic alliance and reduces anxiety during treatment.

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