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, individualised 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.

Cody Davis

Director of Operations

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

Working in the field of substance abuse became a passion of mine once I went on my first 12-step call. Being able to reach someone when they are at the most desperate point in their life is what keeps my heart beating daily. When I get calls from the clients who I have helped along my own journey, telling me how much they appreciate the things I have done for them, it makes every second of what I do worth it. As someone who themselves has gone through multiple treatment centers as a patient, I understand what my clients are going through and can direct them in a compassionate way.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

From day one of even my initial interview, I have been treated like family. The staff and the leadership here have been extremely helpful and encouraging. The staff are all compassionate and most have lived experience of what it is like to battle addiction. The facility itself is a very warm, and welcoming environment to work in and for our clients, it is very accommodating.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is when I am able to check in with the clients and ask them if there is anything I can do to make their day better, and they say “No”. It allows me to believe in this company and my fellow staff members.

Ashley Burgess, LMSW

Primary Therapist

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

While addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations it is not viewed the same as cancer or diabetes. Addiction is frowned upon and those suffering with the disease are often stigmatized. Helping families to understand the nature of addiction and its related emotional component can help to shift the families understanding of their chemically addicted family member. By taking a collaborative and empowering approach, those suffering with the disease can live a better quality of life. At a very early age I became exposed to addiction, this was not a choice of my own but was a result of my circumstances. I have witnessed first-hand the effects of addiction and the way in which it not only disrupts the life of the individual using, but also negatively impacts the lives of their loved ones.

What makes Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out?

Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stands out because of the quality of care that it provides. Staff at every level provide excellence, going above and beyond to make sure that everyone receives care tailored to their unique needs. The total well-being of the individual is addressed by applying a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, improving health outcomes and enhancing satisfaction for clients.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Playing and integral role in the recovery of clients, teaching them coping mechanisms, and providing them with the tools to live a healthier life is what motivates me. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing clients celebrate their recovery and regain their confidence.

Joy Larose

Administrative Assistant

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

I made the decision to work in treatment after going through treatment myself. I wanted to work in an atmosphere of recovery where I could be an example that the process does work and be there for others as they go through a difficult time in their life.

What makes your facility stand out?

The close knit family atmosphere here draws client in from day one. It makes them feel comfortable and ready to begin the process of recovery.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing positive change and progression in as they begin to respond to treatment.

Dr. David Tascarella

Medical Director

Sal Chillemi

Director of Admissions

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

For years I struggled myself with substance abuse and once I achieved long term sobriety I had a newfound passion to help others.

What makes your facility stand out?

There are many things that make Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stand out. Our staff genuinely cares about each and every client. The individualized treatment clients receive on a daily basis truly makes a difference in the recovery process.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help people make a change for the better on a daily basis.

Kelsey Trombetta

Program Director

Kelsey Trombetta is our Program Director at Georgia Addiction Treatment Center. As Program Director, Kelsey has direct oversight over the many therapies that we implement for our patients. Kelsey's own struggle with PTSD and addiction help her have compassion and understanding for our clients, as well as a for helping people find long term recovery.

What drew you into your work with substance abuse?

After a long struggle with PTSD and drug addiction, I attempted many times to recover on my own. I finally was able to overcome my addiction after entering a dual-diagnosis treatment center that loved me until I was able to love myself.

What is most meaningful about your work?

To watch clients arrive physically, emotionally, and spiritually incapacitated and assist them in returning as fully functioning adults to society.

What about your facility stands out?

The one on one work that I do with clients is very meaningful. To be able to encourage transparency, vulnerability and change within someone is a very beautiful and meaningful experience.

Kimberly Whitner, NCC, LAPC

Clinical Director

What drew you into your work with substance abuse?

People begin using drugs and alcohol for many reasons, but no one uses them with the intent of developing a problem. Addiction causes a whirlwind, sucking in family, close friends and communities. Extending a hand to someone in addiction can be so far-reaching that you could change the life of that person, their family, friends or community.

What is most meaningful about your work?

What is most meaningful when working with my clients is partnering with them in the commitment to work towards long-term sobriety. It is most rewarding to see the despair melt from their faces, to be replaced with the glow of hope, pride and excitement for their future!

What about your facility stands out?

At East Point, I have witnessed lives transformed and hope restored. Clients receive treatment in a structured, therapeutic environment that exudes a culture of family-orientation, which is a breeding ground for change.

Andrew Widota

Director of Housing

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

The main reason that I wanted to work in the treatment field is a prior struggle with addiction. I try to help those how I was helped when I needed it.

What makes your facility stand out?

Georgia Addiction Treatment Center stands out because 100% of our staff cares about our patients. Not one patient doesn't receive the care they need.

What is most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our patients succeed in life.

Ben Carter

Director of Business Development

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

As a person in recovery, the people who helped me in the beginning stages were instrumental. I saw an opportunity to be a light to individuals coming out of the darkness of active addiction. It’s in my spirit to contribute anyway I can to help guide people through the mental, physical and spiritual changes that occurs in creating a new life without the use of drugs.

What makes your facility stand out?

I believe a multitude of things makes our facility stand out. We meet people where they’re at. Our ability to help any individual seeking treatment gain access to receive services is truly something we pride ourselves in. All our staff members from behavioral techs, clinicians, outreach and directors carry an energy of love and unity. We truly are people with a desire to help individuals transform their lives.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I feel the most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity I have when working with family members. Being a support mechanism in helping families heal. Through my own recovery, both of my parents were able to gain peace of mind. My goal is to help as many parents achieve the same freedom my family now has.

Allison Padovani

Case Manager

What drew you to working in the substance abuse treatment field?

I am in recovery and passionate about sharing knowledge and hope to others trying to turn their live around.

What makes your facility stand out?

There is a lot of recovery and everyone is passionate about helping clients reach their desired outcome.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing people succeed and rebuild their relationships with their families is the most rewarding part of my job.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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