Ian has been involved with the treatment of addiction and co-occurring mental illness since 2008, when he began his career at Prescott House, an extended-care center for men. As a Primary Therapist, he was involved in the treatment of addictions involving substances, sex and love, compulsive gambling, and gaming/internet. Ian has also worked at a Ridgeview Institute’s Young Adult program where he treated males and females struggling with psychiatric illness and addiction as well as Fresh Start Recovery, a program dedicated to treating opioid addiction. Prior to coming to DecisionPoint, Ian was a founding staff-member of ALANA Recovery where he was initially responsible for group and individual therapy but eventually transitioned to a leadership role at the organization. Under his leadership, ALANA grew from 8 men in IOP to over 80 males and females in multiple levels of care across three locations.
Ian combines his understanding of addiction with experience treating psychiatric illness such as mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, conditions resulting from trauma and abuse, as well as eating disorders and codependency. He approaches working with clients from a foundation of psychodynamic theory, attachment, and neurobiology with the belief that all people are capable of healing and thriving in their lives. Ian obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health and Addiction Counseling from Prescott College.
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Dr. Green completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Howard University in Washington DC and obtained her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Green went on to Internship and Residency at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base in California.
After leaving the Air Force in 2006, Dr. Green moved to Georgia where she has continued serving patients in primary care and pain management. Dr. Green provides management of common medical conditions to include cholesterol and hypertension as well as treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Green also runs a medically supervised weight loss program and offers testing to identify food sensitivities that may be worsening many medical conditions.
Physicians and surgeons who graduate from osteopathic medical schools are known as physicians or osteopathic medical physicians and hold a professional doctorate, the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), in contrast to the more familiar degree, the Doctor of Medicine, or (MD). She chose to pursue Osteopathic medicine for its historically greater emphasis on primary care and holistic health. In the 21st century, the training of osteopathic physicians in the United States is very similar to that of their MD counterparts. DO’s use all the same conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment as MDs. Though still trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), a minority of osteopathic physicians use it in actual practice.
Ashley Drake is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009 from Albany State University and her Master of Arts with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University in 2013. She worked at Riverwoods Behavioral Health where she treated adolescents, adults and supportive care individuals who were diagnosed with thought and mood disorders, substance abuse, grief, anxiety, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, ADD/ADHD, ODD, PTSD and Anger. She also worked for a mental health day program for two years servicing adults and senior adults through individual and group counseling. For four years she worked with individuals and families in the community through a CORE agency treating those with substance disorders and chronic and persistent mental health disorders. She also worked as a family therapist at the Ridgeview Institute for the young adult and adult psychological and addiction program, where she worked there for three years. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through a Person-Centered approach to assist multi-cultural populations in attaining goals.
Liz Franchot holds credentials as a Licensed Master Social Work and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in the state of GA. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Masters in Clinical Social Work and Public Health focusing on Health Promotion and Behavior. Prior to working at Alana Recovery Centers, Liz worked as a Case Manager at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, GA. She believes that a holistic approach to treatment is important for persons recovering from addiction. Liz researched nutritional and lifestyle modifications for patients in addiction recovery and found holistic approaches to treatment to have better outcomes for long-term sobriety. Liz developed a 6 week Wellness in Recovery program implemented at Ridgeview Institute. Liz is thrilled to be a part of a treatment team at Manifest Recovery Centers that offers a multifaceted and holistic approach to addiction treatment.
Ali is a local of the area and grew up in Forsyth county. After graduating from Lambert High School in 2012, Ali went on to LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA to pursue a degree in psychology and collegiate volleyball. Ali graduated from LaGrange College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Immediately after LaGrange College, Ali enrolled in Mercer University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. The last year of her master’s program was a year-long internship where she worked as a group leader and an individual therapist at Foundations Recovery Network in Midtown. Ali passed the state licensing exam in April 2019 and graduated with a 3.96 GPA in May 2019. Ali is awaiting the approval from the National Board of Certified Counselors to receive her state license as a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC).
Tim brings a wealth of experience, infectious enthusiasm, and humor to all his interactions with clients and staff. In addition to supporting clinical staff with any intervention needed during IOP sessions, he facilitates the weekly Alumni Association meeting at DecisionPoint. Tim began his career at Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR) as a counselor in-training in 2010. The Men’s program director relied on him to co-facilitate meetings and encouraged communication with the clients who were having difficulties adjusting to community life. His participation in the community meetings as well as the twice weekly primary counseling provided experience that is not available in a classroom setting. He learned about empathy and the importance of recognizing the humanity in the population he deals with every day. This experience allowed him to transition to “Traditions,” MARR’s sister facility in Jonesboro, GA, where he worked as the Residential Manager. He finished his Psychology degree in 2017 and came to DecisionPoint in the fall 2018. Tim is a Certified Addiction Counselor and he is currently working towards his CAC II designation.
Halle has pursued a career in the treatment field ever since beginning her own recovery three years ago. She made her start working in both residential and outpatient treatment centers and this experience allowed her to transition into directing sober living programs. Halle’s passion for recovery comes from a personal understanding of both addiction and psychiatric illness. She believes treatment along with education and ongoing therapy can lead to better lives for those struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders.