Keynote Speakers:

Andrew Burki

Andrew Burki is the founder and CEO of The Life of Purpose Group, an academically focused comprehensive continuum of care offering treatment for substance use disorders. Facilities are located on or in close proximity to college campuses, with locations in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and opening soon in New Jersey. Andrew was inspired to open treatment facilities to help clients whose education was disrupted due to substance abuse after his own education was derailed by his substance use disorder. Andrew is a person in long-term abstinence based recovery since 2001. Andrew holds a Master in Social Work degree from Florida Atlantic University and is a macro level social worker. He is a member of the Young People in Recovery national board as well as a board member of The Bridge Way School in Philadelphia, which is a recovery high school. Andrew is also a member of the Florida Sober Homes Taskforce and a recipient of the Association of Recovery Schools Recovery Philanthropist of the Year award for 2015. Andrew served on the Office of National Drug Control Policy Advisory Board under the last administration.


Judy earned her B.A. at Rutgers, M.A. from NY Institute of Technology. She founded The Refuge in 2003, Spirit2Spirit Healing in 2008, & The Guest House Ocala in 2016. Judy has spent nearly 30 years helping individuals heal their soul wounds and find resolution for their self defeating behaviors.

David Greenfield, PhD

Dr. David Greenfield is the founder of The Center and Institute for Internet and Technology Addiction ( and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is recognized as one of the world's leading voices on Internet, computer, and digital media behavior, and a pioneer concerning compulsive and addictive use; he is the author of the Virtual Addiction, which rang an early warning bell with tech overuse when it came out in 1999.

Leta Herrington, D Min, LPC, MAC

Leta Herrington, D Min, LPC, is the Director of Spiritual Care at The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation’s (CeDAR) Director of Spiritual Care. She has worked to develop an approach and curriculum that addresses patient distorted and/or destructive belief systems as well as ways of recognizing and accessing Higher Power/Help. Leta is member of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals.

Rokelle Lerner, BS

Rokelle Lerner is the Senior Clinical Advisor for Crossroads Centre Antigua. For the past twenty-one years Rokelle has facilitated Spring Recovery Workshops in London, UK. She is co-founder of Children Are People, a national organization dealing with high-risk children from chemically dependent families. Rokelle has authored many articles and books including: The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection: Coping with Narcissists, Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Living in the Comfort Zone: The Gift of Boundaries in Relationships.

Dale Phillips, CEALS

Dale Phillips, CEALS, got into working horses about 30 years ago. As a trauma survivor he has always been drawn to horses. He could get along with horses and not people. It wasn't until he used what he always knew about horses before he got better." It's not just therapy it's a way of life that just works", Dale says. Eight years ago a lifelong friend, Clint Crawford and he developed the REINS model. It's simple, they show and not tell. It's a way of seeing our behavior through the arena of horses. It is a model that has been used at treatment facilities and still is. It has been proven to be a powerful tool for getting patients to engage and realize they need help. When people ask if it is a successful model Dale refers to himself and says "I'm still here". Today, Dale works at Bluff Plantation in Augusta, Georgia where he started and currently leads the equine program.

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC's Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) He is the author of A Day without Pain, revised edition (Central Recovery Press, 2011) and The Pain Antidote - Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life (DaCapo, 2015). He recently filmed a show for PBS on chronic pain which will air around the country in August, 2016.

Duke Vinson, PhD, LPC, MAC,CCAADC

Dr. Duke Vinson, PhD, LPC, MAC,CCAADC, As Executive Director of Bluff Plantation, leads all counseling, recovery and business administrative operations. A doctor of behavioral health and a former marketing executive, Dr. Vinson brings a unique message of hope, help, commitment, enthusiasm and compassion to patients and their families. Following his own successful treatment, Dr. Vinson completed his educational and other requirements to become an addiction professional, allowing him to give back to the community. He remains steadfast to his personal recovery to this day.

Rev. James Yoxall, MA, CSC

Rev. James (Wolf) Yoxall, MA,CSC, is the Spiritual/Wellness Director at Pavillon Treatment, Mill Spring, NC. Wolf integrates spiritual care and wellness into all aspects of treatment at Pavillon. He is a member of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals, a non-profit association.

Faculty Members:

Stefan Bate, MA, LAC

Stefan Bate MA, LAC holds a master's degree in applied psychology and is a licensed addiction counselor in Colorado. In his professional career Stefan has served as a counselor, program manager, and executive director. Currently Stefan is the Chief of Clinical Operations at Jaywalker Lodge.

Melissa Chickering, MLADC, LCMHC

Melissa Chickering is a dually licensed clinician (LCMHC, MLADC) in the state of New Hampshire. She received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling from Antioch University New England in 2006., where she now serves as the Director of Practica and Internships and Clinical Faculty. Melissa has 15 years of experience in the fields of counseling, supervision, education, and program development. She specializes in working with adolescents with addictions, trauma, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Melinda Drake, LCSW (CA, MY & HI), LISW CP & AP (SC)

Melinda Drake, LCSW (CA, MY & HI), LISW CP & AP (SC), is the Director of Insight Health & Wellness, was the joint director of The Canyon at Santa Monica and Encino. She earned her MSW in 1997, doctorate in business administration in 2000 and MA in computer resources and information management in 2003.

Jeff Georgi

Jeff has provided substance abuse treatment to patients and families for more than 35 years. He remains at Duke University Medical Center as a Consulting Clinical Associate in the Division of Addiction Research and Translation where he developed a SUDs program for women and their children. Jeff and his wife, Becky are providing South Carolina with an integrated, science-based definition of addictive disease yearlong training in Modified Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy. Jeff has served as Co-chair and panel member on three Treatment Improvement Protocols supported by SAMHSA.

Jordan Harmon, MSW

Jordan received his MSW from the University of South Carolina. He has been intensively trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Under Jordan's care, clients heal, gain relevant skills, and move forward toward their life worth living.

Heather Hayes, MEd, LPC, CIP, CAI

Heather Hayes, M.Ed., LPC, CIP, CAI, is founder and CEO of Heather R. Hayes & Associates. She is a Master’s Level, Licensed Counselor, and Board Registered Interventionist (CIP). Hayes received her M.Ed. from Antioch University in Counseling Psychology. With over 30 years of experience, she is a veteran of the behavioral health field, specializing in the treatment of adolescents/young adults, trauma, brain disorders, complex mental health issues, and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. Hayes is known as one of the most prominent authorities on these topics, and has been a featured expert for The New York Times, CNN, and The Dr. Oz Show.

Philip Hemphill, PhD

Dr. Hemphill is the Chief Clinical Officer of Lakeview Health a premier addiction treatment facility where he is responsible for the planning, organizing, implementing and directing all of the company's behavioral health and clinical services.He has presented on trauma, personality disorders, and addictions during the past 27 years. He has been an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work for the past 20 years and LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry for the past 17 years. He received his master and doctoral degrees from Tulane University.

Adrian Hickmon, PhD

Adrian Hickmon, PhD, served as a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in the Marriage and Family Master’s Program at Harding University from its beginning in 1993 until 2013, where he now teaches classes on addictions and trauma as an adjunct professor. In 2001 he founded Capstone Treatment Center in Searcy, Arkansas, where he now serves as the CEO. In that time Capstone has grown from an 8 member team to 60 full-timers today and has worked with over 1000 families from all across America. Hickmon holds a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech and a MA in Substance Abuse Counseling from NE Louisiana University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Dr. Hickmon has over 25,000 hours of therapy and supervision-of-therapy experience. His specialized credentials include; CSAT - S, EMDR I, CMAT-S, CTT (Certified Trauma Therapist), and AAMFT-S. Dr. Hickmon developed the Core Model of therapy which focuses on chemical and process addictions and compulsions, trauma, attachment, relationship intimacy within the family and their core underlying issues. He has presented internationally on these topics.

Rick Hubbard

Rick began working in the addiction treatment industry in 2002 and has significant experience in multiple aspects of treatment administration including admissions, utilization review, marketing, referral relations and business development. Rick received his license as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in 2013, and has received training as an interventionist in several models of structured family intervention. Rick also brings to Origins a strong background in finance and real estate, which includes many years ‎as an executive in commercial banking and real estate lending for one of the largest independent bank holding companies in Texas. Rick is a member of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of C4 Recovery Solutions and the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium.

Laura Martinez, LCDCI

Laura Martinez, LCDC-I, is the Director of Neuroplasticity where she assists patients with brain transformation. She attained her degree in Psychology & Neuroscience. She worked as a research associate for the Neuroscience labs of Texas A&M. Laura co-authored the book Neuroplasticity Protocols in Addiction.

Peter Musser, MD

Dr. Peter Musser is a licensed psychologist at a private practice in Columbia, MD and specializes in substance use disorders, dual-diagnosis, intimate partner abuse, and trauma healing. He has presented workshops on MI for the past 15 years and is published in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of MI, addiction, and abusive behavior change. Dr. Musser received a Masters Degree in Psychology from The Catholic University of America and a doctorate from The University of Maryland Baltimore County. He completed his Doctoral Internship at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland.

Margaret Nagib, PsyD

Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy. Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls' Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, Dr. Nagib offers more than 30 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Barbara Peavey, PhD

Internationally recognized psychologist Dr. Peavey holds PhD from University of North Texas in Behavioral Medicine / Clinical Psychology and Post-Doctoral degree in Psychopharmacology. Co-Founder and CEO of Lawlis-Peavey PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP) Center, an assessment center recognized by Dr. Phil Show for its outstanding capability to work with complex brain-based disorders and consulting psychologist with Origins Recovery Centers developing and integrating principles and practices of psychoneuroplasticity with 12-Step for more comprehensive addiction recovery.

Ronald Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC Currently serves as Director of Adolescent and Young Men's Programming at Cumberland Heights, owner of DO Life! Counseling, PLLC focusing on the treatment of adolescent and young adults. 2002-2008; Executive Director of Three Springs, Duck River, an outdoor therapeutic program for adolescents. Served on Board of Directors of NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs)2011-2015. Member of ACA, TLPCA.

Ruth Ann Rigby

Rigby was born and raised in Jackson, MS, graduated from the Education Center. After graduating from HS, she went on to pursue a degree in Education from Belhaven, Holmes Community College and William Carey. She worked in the field of sales management and marketing for many years before returning to school to become an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She has worked in the field of addiction and Behavioral Health for over 19 years. She has worked for St. Dominic Behavioral Health, Pine Grove Behavioral Health and currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Capstone Treatment Center in Searcy, AR.

Rigby is very active in her community and has held many positions on area boards. She was recently honored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in November of 2016 with their Bronze Award. She served on their board for over 20 years and held every office including President of the Board of Directors. Ruth Ann Also serves on a Task Force for Law Enforcement & First Responders and assist them and their families in time of need. She serves The Advisory Board for the Center for Hope and Healing at Broadmoor Baptist church.

Rigby is married to Lt. Colonel Joseph Rigby (RET), they reside in Jackson, MS and are members of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. They have 3 Cocker Spaniels, Graciee, Darbee and Cailee.

Eric Schmidt, MSW, MBA

Eric Schmidt has served in key executive level positions in the behavioral health and substance abuse field for the past 27 years. He has received both a MSW and an MBA. Eric provides a variety of clinical services utilizing a range of techniques and theoretical designs. Eric is adjunct faculty for the University of Utah School of Social Work. He currently serves as the CEO of New Roads Behavioral Health and the President of Utah Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

Chapman Sledge, MD

Chapman Sledge, MD accepted his role as Chief Medical Officer at Cumberland Heights in 2009. He previously served as Medical Director at Pine Grove in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Sledge has over 25 years experience in residential addiction treatment and has served on the ASAM Board of Directors.

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC (GA), is an Assistant Professor at Antioch University New England as well as the Coordinator of the Substance Abuse/Addiction Concentration in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree Program. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, with sixteen years of clinical experience working with clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Her post-graduate research has focused on wellness in students, counseling professionals, and applying wellness models in clinical practice.

Joseph Troncale, MD, DFASAM

Joseph Troncale, MD is Retreat's Medical Director. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Troncale has established himself as one of the premier physicians working in the field of addiction. He is both a fellow and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and was named Outstanding Clinician by Addiction Magazine in 2010. A published author, Dr. Troncale has contributed content to both Saunders Manual of Medical Practice & When to Call the Surgeon as well as numerous articles in addiction journals.

Josephine Tynes, MSW, ICGC-II

Josephine Tynes currently works as a primary therapist at Caron Renaissance. Josephine is trained in compulsive shoplifting, stealing, spending, hoarding and employee theft. Josephine also holds her ICGC-II certification to treat patients suffering from gambling disorder.

Caleb Vogtner, MA

Currently serves as Adolescent Primary Therapist at Cumberland Heights, focusing on treatment of adolescent males. 2013-Current. Case Manager at Mental Health Co-op focusing on providing services to those with severe and persistent mental illness. 2010-2013.

Eric Webber, MA, CADC, ASAT, CCPG

Eric Webber is the Clinical Supervisor of the Relapse Program at Caron Treatment Centers. Eric is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and holds a Certificate of Competency in Problem Gambling, both through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He is also certified as an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Kutztown University and a Master's Degree from Alvernia University.

Cynthia Westcott

Cindy Westcott has 29 years of experience including 22 years in as founder of The Psychological Trauma and Wellness Center. She has developed and facilitated inpatient specialty programs for suicide prevention and for the treatment of complicated grief and traumatic stress, and PTSD. She is a level 2 EMDR trained clinician and utilizes other innovative therapies such as IFS, Gestalt and Ego State Experiential therapies, EFT, and others to address the acute and long term effects of childhood and other forms of trauma and abuse.
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