Leadership and Administration
Chief Executive Officer
David Winters has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of clinical and administrative capacities over the past 20 years. As a leader, he is strongly committed to the individualization of every aspect of the care we provide and strives to make North Spring a place that encourages each child to use their own strengths to meet their goals. Mr. Winters has an M.B.A. and a master’s in psychology.
Chief Financial Officer
Greg Gutmeir is a seasoned healthcare services finance officer having previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for Valley Community Services Board, the Director of Finance for Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers, the Chief Financial Officer of Bath Community Hospital and the Finance Director with INOVA Health System. Greg attended Texas State University where he received his degree in Accounting.
Dr Jahangeer is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. He completed residency training at Delaware Psychiatric Center and Mayo Clinic. He has psychiatric experience over many years in multiple settings including residential facilities, acute care, crisis management and outpatient services. He likes to focus on a child’s emotional needs and behavior modification. Dr. Jahangeer also likes to provide support for building a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence and to improve family relationships and communication.
His areas of interest include ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, abuse and trauma management and various anxiety spectrum disorders. He also helps patients with substance use and disruptive behaviors. He is very committed to children’s wellbeing and long-term positive outcomes.
Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement
Peter Shumaker received his Bachelors of Science degree from Chowan University. Peter has worked at North Spring in a variety of patient care, clerical, and administrative positions. Peter started at North Spring as a Mental Health Technician on the Delta Unit working with older adolescent boys, eventually becoming a Lead Mental Health Technician on Bravo Unit working with adolescent boys, and then as a Lead Mental Health Technician in the Inpatient Acute, supervising a shift team of three Mental Health Technicians. Peter transitioned from Mental Health Technician work to become a Medicaid Specialist, and has now started the position of Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement. He looks forward to continuing to work on behalf of the patients and families of North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.
Director of Admissions
Chase Butala received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from Shippensburg University and his Masters of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University. Much of his work has been in milieu interventions and development in inpatient settings. He has worked in the community providing an array of mental health services to children and their families. His professional interests include helping children with attachment, emotional and developmental issues and their families develop healthier relationships and systems.
Director of Human Resources
Michael Gul is a Human Capital Institute-certified, Strategic Human Resources Business Partner, with over 15 years of Human Resources Management leadership experience.
Michael has extensive international experience in human capital management. He has worked in more than 20 countries around the world by providing HRM consulting and services, designing more than 500 curricula, training, mentoring programs, and coaching more than 1,000 professionals on various topics.
Michael is an expert in HR strategic planning, as well as in development of a total rewards philosophy and administration of compensation and benefits. He is a proud author of unique customized performance management processes, which were successfully executed in more than 10 organizations. Michael has more than a decade of experience in employment branding, employee value proposition development, talent acquisition, employee engagement and talent management processes globally and in the U.S.
He wrote his dissertation, Gender Violence and Discrimination in Developing Countries in 2003, and received his Ph.D.-equivalent degree from Cairo Demographic Center in Egypt. Dr. Gul is multilingual, and speaks 7 languages.
Business Office Director
Sara Brunetti joined North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in January 2006 and brings 20+ years of experience in the healthcare setting. Her experience consists of Level 1 Trauma centers, Medical/Surgical hospitals, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Centers, Acute Psychiatric Hospitals, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programming. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration/Healthcare in 2004 and has 72 credits in Psychology and Special Education, and earned her M.B.A. in Healthcare Management in 2007. She has expertise in the revenue cycle from admissions to reimbursement. She has a strong knowledge of contract review, regulations, policies and procedures in healthcare, local and government laws. She offers strong leadership abilities, problem resolution management and stellar customer service. Sara’s educational background has assisted her with the psychiatric residential treatment program, and she is able to work with residents and help them obtain a successful discharge from the program.
Utilization Review Director
Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a Certificate in Mental Health, from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked for several years with children and adolescents with a variety of mental health diagnosis and behavioral issues in a Partial Hospitalization and Diversion Acute Stabilization setting. Her experience in multiple roles, such as a Social Worker, Milieu Therapist and Utilization Compliance Manager, has allowed for a diverse background to best serve those she works with.
Before joining the North Spring team, Laurence spent over twenty years in the food service industry with a primary focus in residential healthcare. Laurence gained his food service management experience working for one of the largest hospitality companies in the United States. He spent years crafting the art of providing outstanding cuisine to various types of customers. His passion is to provide an excellent dining experience for each one of his customers. Laurence has been a certified food manager since 1998.
Director of Nursing
Jayne James has thirty plus years of experience providing leadership to nursing in behavioral health settings and has worked with children and adolescents in various settings, inpatient as well as outpatient. Ms. James is committed to ensuring children and adolescents receive optimal care that is individualized, strength based, recovery and trauma informed care focused, and using best practices that are evidenced based. Ms. James is a graduate of George Mason University, receiving her Masters’ in Nursing Administration and Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing and board certified by ANCC. Also, she is a post masters’ graduate from Shenandoah University’s psychiatric and mental Health nurse practitioner program.
Clinical Program Director
Waffa has worked in the field of mental health counseling for the past 10 years, in different settings varying from the home, school, residential and short-term crisis stabilization settings. She received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2009 from Shenandoah University and her Master Degree in Forensic Psychology in 2011 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Waffa enjoys working with children, teenagers, and their families. She often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength based, and a Client-centered intervention in her work with children and adolescents as well as utilizes a Family System approach with families. Waffa professional interests include utilizing Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Mode Deactivation modality in her work with at risk youths and their families. Staff – Inpatient Acute Services
Director of Business Development
Christy Evans has extensive experience in organizational communications, strategic marketing and community program coordination and advocacy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with an emphasis on organization communication minoring in writing, rhetoric and public speaking from James Madison University. Prior to joining North Spring in 2015 Christy held a variety of roles including, Advertising Coordinator, Marketing Specialist, and Youth Community Coordinator. Her professional experience has and continues to be focused primarily on establishing and sustaining a diverse array of network relationships in order to foster and augment community engagement and program utilization.
Director of Education
Beth Dunman received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Social Sciences with a certification to teach from Radford University. She went on to obtain a Masters of Science Degree in Special Education and a second Masters of Science Degree in School Administration, both from Radford University. She has also completed the necessary coursework towards her doctoral degree from Virginia Tech. She is currently working towards additional certification in educational law. Beth has been a Director of Special Education/Exceptional Education in both rural and urban areas across the state of Virginia and worked as a Director of Exceptional Education in a school district on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Her professional interests include educational law, trauma informed classrooms, and alternative teaching strategies to meet the needs of all learners.
Mark has been working in healthcare since 1997 with experience in Nursing Homes, Residential Treatment with children and adolescents, and in the public school system. Mark began his employment at North Spring in 2001 with a short hiatus and returned to work at North Spring in 2008. During his time in this field he has served in a variety of roles including direct care Mental Health Specialist, Plant Operations, Risk Management, Unit Coordinator, Special Education Technology Teacher and his current role as Accounts Manager in the Accounting Department. Mark also provides support to the IT team in managing and maintaining North Spring’s computer systems and networks.
Mark earned his Associates Degree in Business Administration in 2011 and then a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in June of 2013 with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Human Resources Management.
Residential Services Director
Owen has been with North Spring for almost ten years, beginning as a case manager and later becoming a therapist. In that time, he obtained his Masters in Counseling from Argosy University, D.C. and has a diverse background in working with children and adolescents. Owen has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings and brings experience from multiple roles such as, substance use counselor, therapist, and program director. He is skilled at complex strengths-based treatment planning and developing intervention techniques to reach unique groups with a wide range of disorders and diagnoses. He consistently develops and researches new intervention techniques and counseling skills and approaches in order to best serve the patients of North Spring.
Jesse Clark received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from George Mason University. He has worked as an Intensive In-home Counselor in the Warrenton and Culpeper Areas prior to joining North Spring, as well as a front line staff in a Residential Program for Juvenile Males with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Dual Diagnosis. Jesse spent the majority of his time working with juvenile males as well as individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jesse is passionate about providing youth no matter what age or diagnosis with the skills and abilities they need in order to be successful. Jesse is working to continue his professional and personal growth by working towards his Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Liberty University.
Micah King received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Sociology from Mississippi State University. His thesis research explored how vulnerable populations access quality mental and physical healthcare in rural areas. Before moving into the role of Case Manager, Micah worked in a variety of roles at North Spring, beginning as a Mental Health Specialist and working PRN as an Admissions Coordinator in our acute facility. Micah is passionate about connecting at-risk children to individualized resources that help to set them up for success after in-patient treatment in their homes, schools, and communities.
Antoinette Wadsworth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Washington University. She is a resident in counseling approved by the Virginia Board of Counseling, and she is also working towards becoming a licensed professional counselor in Virginia.
Antoinette has worked in the field of mental health for 13 years across a variety of settings, including therapeutic foster care, therapeutic day treatment, intensive in-home, mental health skill building, outpatient therapy, family therapy and group Therapy. She has worked with children, young adults and adults with various mental health diagnoses.
Incorporating an integrative therapeutic approach to tailor treatment to clients’ needs, Antoinette often utilizes cognitive-behavior therapy, strength-based therapy, person-centered therapy, family systems and positive psychology to aid in stabilization and promote skill building and positive growth.
Brenda has a master’s degree from Capella University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in Behavioral Science in Education. Brenda has completed her residency and is currently awaiting approval from the Virginia Licensure Board of Counseling to take her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam for licensure. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families across a number of clinical settings, outpatient, therapeutic day treatment (TDT) school setting, intensive in-home community based and the psych unit. Her area of focus is working with domestic violence, homeless population, trauma, attachment, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, mood and personality disorder. Brenda utilizes, trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) based techniques, personal centered and behavioral family therapy approaches to work with families who are at risk.
Damaris Cullerton earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University of Davie, Florida. She is currently a resident in counseling through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a licensed professional counselor in Virginia.
She completed her internship at New Horizon of the Treasure Coast, where she worked with traumatized women and adults with co-occurring disorders and substance abuse. Her clinical experience includes working with children and young adults in intensive in-home and outpatient settings and treated adults across a number of clinical settings, including family and couples therapy.
Damaris has professional experience providing clinical services to children and adolescents with ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, low self-esteem and family relationship problems.
Clinical Coordinator for Mode Deactivation Therapy Services
Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling from West Virginia University. Throughout his education and 15 years of clinical experience, he has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, in-home, and residential treatment. He has experience as a substance abuse therapist, couples therapist and has spent most of his career working with children and their families. Jonathan has experience in individual, group and family therapy. Jonathan has experience working with adolescents struggling with mood disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety and he specializes in the treatment of sexually reactive youth.
Jonathan also provides training to staff members, families and others in the use of the Mode Deactivation Therapy modality. Jonathan has presented Mode Deactivation Therapy at various conferences and workshops, including ATSA, VSOTA and MATSA.
Julia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Radford University and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She is currently a Resident in Counseling (RIC) through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She has clinical experience working with children, young adults, and adults across a number of clinical settings including a university, an elementary school as a TDT Specialist, and in a substance abuse rehabilitation treatment facility. Julia utilizes various therapeutic techniques based off of the individuals needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), person centered therapy, and family therapy while focusing on the overall well-being of the individual. She also expresses specialized interests in working with individuals including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Director of Ancillary Services
Maria earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Shepherd University with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who has worked with children and adolescents with a wide array of behavioral issues and mental health diagnoses. Maria is committed to reducing obstacles to leisure while improving the physical, psychological, social, and emotional well-being of those under her supervision.
Michele received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and Master’s degrees from Marymount University in both Forensic and Legal Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Resident in Counseling (RIC) through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical capacities. She has worked as an intensive in-home counselor, a therapeutic day treatment specialist with an elementary school, and a counselor with a residential for adults. Michele utilizes various therapeutic techniques based off the individual’s needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), person centered therapy, and family therapy while focusing on the overall well-being of the individual.
Racheal Machaka earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Nebraska Omaha. She is currently a Resident in Counseling (RIC) through the Virginia Board of Counseling and is working towards become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She completed her internship at University of Nebraska Omaha, Salvation Army and Eastern Nebraska Action Partnership where she worked with families, adults and college student with co-occurring disorders. She has clinical experience working with children, young adults, and adults across a number of clinical settings including Intensive Inhome, in schools Therapeutic Day Treatment, University, community settings and Crisis Response. She has professional experience providing clinical services to children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, low-self-esteem, and family relationship problems.
Sarah has lived all over the United States but has called Virginia home for the last thirteen years. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Canisius College and her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Saint Leo’s University. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She has been working for more than seven years in inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals who have struggled with both mental health challenges and substance abuse issues. She has experience in individual therapy, substance abuse treatment, group therapy, foster care and working with families in crisis. Sarah is passionate about meeting patients where they are and supporting them to become the best that they can be.
Takisha received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed and Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia. Takisha has worked at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare for more than six years in both residential and educational settings. Her professional clinical experience has been working with children, adolescents and families with specialized interests in working with victims of domestic violence, behavioral and emotional disturbances, substance abuse, attachment disorders, sexually reactive youth, conduct and mood disorders, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and self-esteem.
Taylor Reeves received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University in Georgia and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington DC. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia. She has experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings, including in-home, residential, outpatient and school based.
Throughout her years of experience, Taylor has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families who present with various diagnoses including depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, eating disorders, ADHD and PTSD. She utilizes therapeutic techniques tailored to the client’s individual needs, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mode deactivation therapy, mindfulness and person-centered approaches.
Taylor’s professional interests include seeking certification in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy and becoming a certified sexual offender treatment provider.
Latrell received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Radford University. He has clinical experience working with children, young adults, and adults. He has professional experience providing clinical services with children, young adults and adults with anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) low self-esteem, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and family relationship problems.
Academic accomplishments include completing the Behavioral Workforce Education and Grant Training Substance Use Disorders (BHWET). This training provided him with an inter-professional education experience in rural and under-served communities. He also received a didactic education and supervised clinical training that specialized in the assessment, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders within the assigned Community Services Board.
Elaine received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Kennesaw State University. She is currently working towards supervision to become a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) through the Virginia Board of Social Work. She has clinical experience working with children and adolescents across a variety of settings, such as an eating disorder psychiatric facility for children and adolescents, community-based mental health for children, families, and adults, and school-based counseling services for teens. Elaine has also worked with refugees and marginalized communities to get better access to physical and mental healthcare in the Greater Atlanta area. Elaine utilizes various therapeutic techniques such as trauma-informed care, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and family therapy while also centering the treatment on the individual and their environment. Elaine has expressed particular interest in working with individuals and families regarding attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, mood and behavior disorders, depression, self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief and loss.
Mr. Clancy Coonradt is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy (NSA), currently teaching the sciences. He has an Associate’s in Science from Onondaga Community College, a Bachelor’s in history from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY (with religious honors) and a Master’s from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. His passions include book collecting, community involvement, and improving the level of inclusion for youth with exceptionalities. Since a young age he has babysat, tutored, and mentored a diverse population of children and now works to improve the lives of behaviorally challenged youth.
Prior to being employed at NSA Clancy traveled the world as a youth, living in England, and traveling to Scotland, Austria, and many other foreign lands, which enhanced his understanding of diversity and lifestyles around the world. During his time in Ireland, while completing his MA in history, he was able to experience the rich history of the people and the wonderful melting pot of immigrants from various countries. This diversity evolved as a result of “ the lack of borders” spawned by the European Union System.
Mr. Coonradt is interested in supporting the re-opening of the North Spring green house as a component of his science student learning activities.
Dodie Carper graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA in Psychology and a MA in Elementary Education. She currently teaches Middle School and is licensed as a Special Education Teacher. Dodie has worked with students both in and outside the classroom for the last 9 years and enjoys helping students achieve the impossible.
George Frimpong graduated from Baruch College in New York City with a BBA in Computer Information Systems in 2001. He has been with North Spring BHC since September of 2001. George teaches Mathematics and is licensed as a Special Education Teacher. He is also the Vocational Education Service coordinator. George is very dedicated to his students and strongly believes that every student can achieve excellence regardless of their circumstances. He takes out time to provide one on one instruction with students who need extra attention.
Mrs. Gwendolen Martin is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy. She teaches Economics and Leadership from Mountain State University and her MA in Special Education from Liberty University. Prior to joining the North Spring team, Mrs. Martin was a part of a team of educators whose priority was Personal Finance, as well as other CTE electives. She earned her B.S. in Organizational was to transform the lives of young males with emotional and behavioral concerns. As a result, she will be able to capitalize on her experiences to support the students at North Spring. She began her teaching assignment at North Spring in August 2016 and is looking forward to using her extensive knowledge, skills and abilities to make a positive impact on the students as a part of a new team of educators.
Ms. Maranda Tennyson graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She has worked with children with Autism, children, teens and parents in domestic violence shelters, in-home services for families and community based counseling for all ages. She has been at North Spring for one year and recently became the Economics and Personal Finance teacher. Her goal is to connect with each child where they are in the moment and help them move forward with their treatment goals, both educational and behavioral. She believes every person has potential and can achieve their goals given the resources they need to help them overcome their obstacles.
Mikayla Meyers is the Special Education English Teacher at North Spring. She has a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in English Literature, Publishing and Editing, and Creative Writing. Her creative works varying from poetry, short story, essay, and comic have been published in literary magazines.
Nyaka Johnson is a Special Education teacher at North Spring. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Criminology and Sociology and is currently completing her Master’s program at Capella University.
Prior to teaching at North Spring, Nyaka spent 2 years teaching English in rural Ethiopia while serving in the Peace Corps. She is passionate about education and mental health. While at North Spring, she hopes to encourage her students to try their best and excel despite adversity.
Chase Acton came to North Spring from Loudoun County Public Schools. She graduated in 2018 from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Chase has worked as a treatment foster care case manager and as a long-term substitute teacher in various counties across Virginia. Discovering her passion for education, she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education as well as a Master’s in School Counseling. Chase has dedicated her work to empowering children and adolescents battling a variety of circumstances in order to achieve growth and success in their young lives and beyond!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela”
Inpatient Acute Staff
Brooke received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in biology. She went on to earn her Master of Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Applied Clinical Psychology. Brooke has been providing mental health services to children, teens, and their families for four years. This includes acute hospitalization, intensive in-home therapy services, and school-based behavioral management. Brooke’s professional interests include providing psychological assessments and the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, depression and other mood disorders using cognitive behavioral interventions.
Darren Meyers has been working in the mental health field since 1987. He has worked in all levels of care with residents starting at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, Washington to Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Towson, MD. Darren has currently been an employee with the company since 2002 and plans on remaining here to help provide a high level of care to the families and residents we serve at North Spring’s Inpatient Acute Hospital.
Paige Hennis is originally from Colorado, but she has lived in the Virginia area for several years. Paige has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She has been in the mental health field for 11 years and has worked primarily with children ranging in ages from 4-20. Paige started her career by working as a Youth Treatment Counselor in a residential treatment facility for abused and neglected children. From there, she worked in a day treatment setting and then moved to a community based setting working as an Intensive In Home clinician. Most recently, Paige was a Crisis Intervention Specialist in the community based setting. Through all these years she has worked with children diagnosed with a wide array of mental health disorders that impact their everyday life functioning.
Quinchela Dent-Hess has an extensive background in communications, community health education and program development. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Quinchela has a proven track record of building, maintaining and leveraging a diverse network of colleagues and clients to increase community awareness and involvement. Her experience in previous roles as a Community Outreach Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Community Education Specialist have honed her skills in public speaking and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Quinchela is committed to nurturing community relationships in support of programs and services at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.
Dr. Rizwan Malik is board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He attended King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan, completed his residency in adult psychiatry at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington DC, and received his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Dr. Malik is licensed to practice medicine in Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina.
Dr. Malik has worked in a variety of clinical settings to include behavioral health hospitals, medical/surgical hospitals, private practice, residential treatment facilities, public mental health and juvenile justice. His areas of expertise consist of ADHD, learning disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and autism spectrum disorder.
Rebekah Carper attended West Virginia University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies. She then pursued a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has experience in a variety of settings including in home counseling, residential facilities, and crisis services provided in emergency rooms. She has nearly 10 years’ experience working with individuals who face mental health challenges that impact their and their families’ lives.
As a combat veteran Gibson served as a National Guard soldier for 17 years. He served in Bosnia as part of Operation Joint Guard and earned a Combat Infantryman Badge in Afghanistan in 2005. Committed to helping out others, Gibson went back to school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University Global in Applied Social Sciences, and he recently earned his Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Gibson sees his role as a therapist as a way to help others and enjoy providing clinical care for individuals struggling with both substance related and mental health issues. Working as an intern with NOVANT/UVA’s Prince William Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse, Gibson gained experience working with clients in individual and group therapy settings. He has also worked with both families and couples in a therapeutic environment. In addition to working in a residential treatment facility for adolescents with mental health and behavior issues, Gibson is also involved in Veterans counseling. Gibson has experience serving individuals struggling with depression, self-esteem, interpersonal relationship deficits, aggression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He finds that his theoretical approach adopts some of the proven concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while staying grounded in humanistic roots.
Sahar is Virginia Board approved resident in counseling working toward her LPC. She has a of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from George Mason University. Sahar is Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor, and Certified Substance Abuser Counselor. Sahar is passionate about helping individuals achieve greater self-awareness and healing. She collaborates closely with patients to form a nonjudgmental, open and trusting relationship, in turn, serves as the foundation of success and holistic healing in therapy.
Dr. Tayyab Paracha is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He attended Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan. Dr. Paracha completed residency in Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine at Jinnah Post Medical Graduate Center in Karachi, Pakistan and in Psychiatry at Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Paracha is licensed to practice medicine in West Virginia and Virginia. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Decent of North America.
New Horizons Unit Coordinator – MDT Gamma Unit
Carlos has been working in mental health for more than 25 years in adolescents and adults settings. He received his degree from Javeriana University in Colombia, South America. During his years working in mental health he has worked as a Mental Health Specialist, as a supervisor for day, evening, and night shifts, as a Staffing Coordinator, as a Payroll Assistant, as a Spanish/English Translator, and he now works as a Unit Coordinator. Carlos enjoys working with kids and feels highly motivated to help make positive changes in teens.
Adventurers Unit Coordinator – KPMT℠ Alpha Unit
Derrick Hayes is the Unit Coordinator for the Adventurers Program KPMT℠ Alpha Unit and has been an asset and providing services at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare for 10 years. Throughout Derrick’s time at North Spring, he has been a Unit Coordinator on five of the six units at North Spring with the added privilege of establishing two units, simultaneously, with the Parent Management Training methodology. Derrick currently provides support as a Shift Supervisor and is a certified trainer for Handle With Care (HWC). Prior to North Spring, Derrick studied psychology and business at East Carolina University. Derrick works under the philosophy of implementing a behavioral modification program that promotes a positive and safe environment by way of K-PMT. He supports and encourages his employees to perform at maximum potential to provide the best opportunity for our clients’ successes.
New Horizons Unit Coordinator – MDT Echo Unit
Harry Fosque has been working with at risk youth for over twelve years, with the last seven of those years being at North Springs Behavioral Healthcare. He gained experience working with children with behavioral and psychiatric issues while working at group homes, as well as for the County of Chesterfield in Richmond, VA. He began his career at North Spring working as a Mental Health Specialist, where he gained experience working on every unit in the facility. He was recognized for his hard work and dedication, and worked his way up to a supervisory position. For the last five years he has been a Residential Supervisor/Unit Coordinator. He currently holds this position on the New Horizons MDT Echo unit, the unit housing and rehabilitating sexually reactive youth. He is dedicated and enthusiastic in making a difference in the lives of the children that he works with.
Sunrise Unit Coordinator – KPMT/MDT Charlie Unit
Jessica received her bachelors of science in Psychology and Certificate in Child and Family Development Psychology from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. Jessica has been a part of the North Spring team since October of 2013 starting as a Mental Health Specialist on the Delta unit and moving to Lead Mental Health Specialist on our Charlie unit in 2014. In July of 2017, Jessica transitioned to a Clinical Case Manager for our Residential program to continue to further her career. She now looks forward to the challenge of being a Unit Coordinator for North Spring.
Trailblazers Unit Coordinator – KPMT℠ / MDT Bravo Unit
John has been employed at North Spring since 2009 and has had the pleasure of working as a Mental Health Specialist, and Lead Mental health Specialist, working with both the younger adolescent male and female populations. John is the Unit Coordinator for the Trailblazers Program – KPMT℠/MDT Bravo Unit for boys ages 12-15. He brings over eight years experience in the field of Residential and Psychiatric Care. John brings creativity, consistency and motivation to the younger population at North Spring, while always ensuring safety. He is a great asset to North Spring.
Sunrise Unit Coordinator – KPMT℠ Fox Unit
Nicky Martin has worked in the mental health field for over ten years and been employed at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare for over five years. Nicky has held a variety of roles at North Spring, including PRN MHS, full time Mental Health Specialist and her current position as the Unit Coordinator for the Sunrise – KPMT℠ Fox unit. She graduated from Frederick Community College with an AA in Psychology then continued her education at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.
Olivia Corbin has worked in the Mental Health field for the past four years. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University, she went on to receive her Masters of Health Science in Public Health and Healthcare Administration from Saint Francis University. Olivia has worked in a variety of capacities for North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in both Acute and Residential treatment services for children and adolescents as a Mental Health Specialist. Olivia’s experience working within all the different programs offered here at North Spring make her an excellent addition to our admissions team.
Trailblazers Unit Coordinator – MDT Delta Unit
Ron Moody has been employed at North Spring since 2008 and is currently the Unit Coordinator of the Trailblazers Program – MDT Delta Unit. He has worked in a variety of roles, including Mental Health Specialist, Lead Mental Health Specialist and is a certified Handle With Care trainer. Ron graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.
At North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, we make it our mission to help children and adolescents find a sense of hope and potential. Call 703-554-6300 for a no-cost, confidential assessment day or night, 24/7. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.