Magnolia Creek’s multi-disciplinary eating disorder treatment staff consists of dedicated and experienced professionals in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, counseling, nutrition and culinary arts. To learn more about an individual staff member, click on the photo.
Amos TaylorEating Disorder Group CEO
Lindsay CurleeExecutive Director
Dr. Patrick TapiaMedical Director
Dr. Danielle HagoodClinical Director
Susanne ArnettRegional Director of Clinical Partnerships
As the Eating Disorder Group CEO, Amos is responsible for overall success including administrative, operational and clinical services. In addition, he is responsible for spearheading the development, communication, and implementation of effective and efficient treatment outcomes and strategies. He guides and encourages the team at Magnolia Creek to follow the core principles as an organization that delivers quality, compassionate care in an intentionally sustainable way. Magnolia Creek continues to fulfill its mission of serving the needs of those who are struggling with eating disorders, their families, and those committed to their care. Accordingly, Amos is always available to those seeking admission to Magnolia Creek as we focus on ensuring treatment that restores hope, health, and happiness. Amos is happily married to Michelle, and they are the proud parents of Isaac and Isabel.
As Executive Director at Magnolia Creek, Lindsay is responsible for overall success including administrative, operational and clinical services. Also, she is responsible for spearheading the development, communication, and implementation of effective and efficient treatment outcomes and strategies. She guides and encourages the team at Magnolia Creek to follow the core principles as an organization that delivers quality, compassionate care in an intentionally sustainable way. Lindsay holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Valdosta State University in addition to two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminology from Valdosta State University and Florida State University respectively. She was involved in direct client clinical care for over 12 years at varying behavioral health facilities and served as Program Coordinator for six years at the Pride Institute located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has held positions as Admission’s Director at the Apalachee Center in Tallahassee, Florida and Utilization Review Coordinator here at Magnolia Creek. Magnolia Creek continues to fulfill its mission of serving the needs of those who are struggling with eating disorders, their families, and those committed to their care. Accordingly, Lindsay is always available to those seeking admission to Magnolia Creek as we focus on ensuring a treatment that restores hope, health, and happiness. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys sports, hiking, and spending quality time with her three children and family.
Dr. Patrick Tapia
Native Alabamian, Patrick Tapia, MD, graduated with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his medical degree from and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Tapia treats both children and adults with eating disorders, co-occurring mental conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, among other illnesses. In his free time, Dr. Tapia enjoys spending time with his family who is also in the Birmingham area.
Dr. Danielle Hagood
Dr. Danielle Hagood has been a practicing psychologist in Upstate New York, specializing in eating disorders since 2005. She holds a bachelors and masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Psychology. Before joining Magnolia Creek, Dr. Hagood served as the Clinical Director of a partial hospitalization program working with individuals with a primary eating disorder diagnosis. Dr. Hagood was instrumental in developing this hospital, providing clinical supervision, facilitating the group and individual psychotherapy as well as maintaining quality assurance for accreditation and licensing. Along with her specialization in eating disorders, she is proficient in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and family systems. Dr. Hagood believes that everyone has the potential for growth and change. She has a passion for the treatment and education of eating disorders and particularly enjoys leading and facilitating community outreach projects.
As the Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships, Susanne is responsible for developing relationships in the Southeast to connect people to treatment. She comes to Magnolia Creek from Timberline Knolls, where she was the Professional Outreach Representative in the Southeast. She has also worked with facilities in Tennessee and Mississippi. A Louisiana native, Susanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast News from the University of Louisiana Monroe. She is an active member of the Junior League of Jackson (MS), where she volunteers her time for the Helping Hands. She has also volunteered with the Junior Auxiliary of Madison-Ridgeland (MS) and served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit group, DREAM. She lives in Madison, MS, with her husband, Greg, and three children, Sam, Anna Cate and Chandler. Susanne is passionate about recovery and mental health and is ready to work with clinicians and assist families with treatment placement for loved ones.
Medical & Nursing
Dr. Bruce PavaAttending Physician
Brooke ColleyGroup Director of Nursing
Aretha BryantDirector of Nursing
Dr. Bruce Pava
Bruce M. Pava, MD is a practicing Hematologist & Oncologist in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Pava graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1973 and has been in practice for 44 years. He completed a residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Dr. Pava also specializes in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He currently practices at Bruce M Pava MD and is affiliated with Baptist Medical Center South and St Vincent’s East. Dr. Pava is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Brooke is a native of Anderson, IN and has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience. As Group Director of Nursing to our eating disorder platform that includes Selah House, Magnolia Creek, and Toledo Center for Eating Disorders, Brooke provides expertise in nursing matters to her team of Nursing Directors. She was a staff nurse with a local inpatient mental health facility prior to joining Selah House as both a staff nurse and the Director of Nursing. Brooke is a graduate of Anderson University and knew from the beginning that mental health was her calling.
As the Director of Nursing at Magnolia Creek, Aretha assesses and evaluates that each client receives compassionate quality care that will promote a healthy medical outcome. She has over 15 years of experience in the nursing field providing clients quality medical care. Aretha earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Chamberlain School of Nursing and her Master of Science from Grand Canyon University. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in Leadership from Chamberlain University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends, traveling and attending church.
Leigh-Ann BambergDirector of Nutrition Services
Maria LampleyPrimary Therapist
Jessica ShaferFamily Therapist
Cynthia WilsonSubstance Abuse Therapist
Charlece BishopClinical Program Coordinator
As the Director of Nutrition Services and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at Magnolia Creek, Leigh-Ann is responsible for the overall food and nutrition program at Magnolia Creek. Upon admission, Leigh-Ann evaluates clients for nutritional deficiencies as well as unhealthy food, exercise, and weight-related behaviors. Leigh-Ann provides nutrition therapy and education to promote recovery and restoration of health by implementing the principles of both Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. Leigh-Ann utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities including exposure therapy, CBT, and DBT to challenge food fears and negative thought patterns in order to take steps towards full recovery.
Leigh-Ann graduated from The University of Mobile with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. She then continued her education at The University of Alabama and earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Food and Nutrition. Leigh-Ann has extensive experience in the areas of behavioral and mental health and more specifically, eating disorder treatment. As someone who has gone through the treatment and recovery process, Leigh-Ann desires to help others discover true food freedom and body acceptance in the same way that she was able. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) as well as the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD).
Callie first decided she wanted to go into the field of dietetics after her own experiences with treatment and recovery. She completed her practicum at Magnolia Creek, and further developed her passion for helping individuals with eating disorders reach a healthier place both physically and mentally. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Dietetics and Nutrition. She then completed a dual Dietetic Internship and Masters of Nutrition Science at Samford University. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The Academy for Eating Disorders.
In the role of Primary Therapist at Magnolia Creek, Maria assists individual clients with creating treatment plans specific to their therapeutic needs. She has served women in crisis in the state of Alabama in Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Shelby and St. Clair Counties. She strives to serve as an agent of change in the lives of the women who seek recovery and transformation in their lives. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Auburn University and earned a Master’s degree in Agency/Community Counseling from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
As a Family Therapist, Jessica works under a family-systems based approach and has experience working with individuals, families, and couples in a variety of settings. She has an eclectic therapeutic style and modalities used in treatment may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Family Therapy, Bowenian Family Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy. Jessica has experience working with clients who struggle with addiction, low self-esteem, anxiety, conflict in relationships, and co-occurring disorders. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Alabama.
As the Substance Abuse Therapist at Magnolia Creek, Cynthia brings over twelve years of experience with working with those who struggle with mental illness and addiction issues. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology and Professional Counseling. As a provider, Cynthia brings compassion and dignity while focusing on treating the whole client and providing for their recovery. She is a Member of Chi Sigma Lota National Honor Society for Counseling, Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and is affiliated with the Mid-Alabama Homeless Coalition as well as Mercy House Ministries for the Homeless.
As a Family Therapist, Charlece assists clients with creating and maintaining healthy relationships, identifying family roles and dynamics, and facilitates various therapy groups. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Structural Family Therapy, and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies concentrating in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Alabama. Charlece is a member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, and has a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate License.
Alycia AldieriNational Director of Eating Disorder Admission
Kayla HarveyAssistant Director of Eating Disorder Admissions
As National Director of Eating Disorder Admission, Alycia works with the eating disorder clinical partnership team to provide a responsive and streamlined process for admission into treatment. Her professional experiences include working with both adults and adolescents with co-occurring disorders. Alycia’s work with eating disorders began in 2013, at Timberline Knolls where she worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist on both the adult and adolescent lodges. She continued her experience by transitioning to the Admissions Department where she started as an Admissions Coordinator and worked her up to step-in as temporary Director of Admissions by Spring 2017. Other professional endeavors for Alycia include working as an Admissions Specialist, providing support for adults, in need of substance abuse treatment in an outpatient setting. She is a graduate of Benedictine University’s Master of Science of Clinical Psychology program. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from East Carolina University, where she received classical vocal and guitar training. Alycia’s therapeutic and professional approach derives from her therapeutic work, spiritual beliefs, and 12-step principles. She strongly values providing the highest level of integrity, compassion, and ethics when helping families and individuals affected by eating disorders and addiction. She believes living a life of recovery is worth the fight and holds hope that recovery is achievable to anyone willing. Alycia finds peace in being of service to others, and her goal is to ensure a smooth admission process for each client and their loved ones.
Kayla brings 10 years of social work experience to her role as the Assistant Director of Eating Disorder Admissions.She began her career in the mental health field and has worked with adolescents and adults diagnosed with various co-occurring disorders throughout her career. She also directed a foster care agency in Anderson, IN. Kayla graduated from Ball State University with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and then obtained her Master of Arts in Human Services from Southeastern University and a Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. In her down time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and two dogs. Her passion for helping others has been evident since she was very young and continues to show through in her work and communication in helping others.
Mark MonroeExecutive Chef
Valorie WootenStaff Counselor Supervisor
Heath HagoodFacilities Manager
At Magnolia Creek, Chef Mark provides bi-weekly cooking and baking groups for clients where they learn basic food and kitchen safety skills. During these groups, clients also obtain healthy coping skills surrounding food preparation and portioning. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Nutrition & Health Promotion at Mississippi State. Afterward, he moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he pursued an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts while working full time in the restaurant industry. After graduation, he moved back to Starkville, Mississippi to serve as the Executive Sous Chef for Aramark Higher Education. He managed the Department of Catering for over five years, entertaining politicians, athletes, educators, and musicians alike. He then opted to move into the healthcare industry as Sous Chef at Oktibbeha County Hospital and Winston Medical Centers, where he managed the nutrition and dietary programs. His food philosophy is “approachable gourmet” and opts for the freshest ingredients, combined with care and compassion, to exceed expectations for the clients.
Valorie has over a decade of experience in the mental health field. As the Staff Counselor, she uses her compassionate heart to care for others and knows what a gift it is to work with our clients at Magnolia Creek. Valorie received an associate’s degree in Data Procession from Booker T. Washington Jr. College, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from Ashford University.
Valorie lives by the motto, “the life we live is to serve others, as it fulfills the servant’s, heart.”
Heath has over 20 years of experience in the home improvement industry as well as over 13 years experience in lawn maintenance. Magnolia Creek sits on thirty-six beautiful acres and Heath has the tools and experience to make our location the perfect environment for healing. He enjoys using his experience to help others and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.