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.
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. Joe Fraiz
Network Medical Director
As the Medical Director for Selah House and consulting physician for Toledo Center for Eating Disorders, Dr. Fraiz provides medical care to our clients and consultants to our medical teams. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and board-certified in infectious diseases. Dr. Fraiz completed his undergraduate training at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, followed by medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in infectious diseases at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Fraiz has made numerous presentations, is a member of several committees, and has been principal investigator in a wide range of studies. Dr. Fraiz is a proud grandfather who enjoys gardening and fly fishing.
Dr. Tom Scales
Network Attending Physician & Psychiatrist
As the attending psychiatrist/physician for Selah House and Toledo Center for Eating Disorders, Dr. Scales provides psychiatric and medical care to our clients. He is a diplomat in the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Scales completed his undergraduate training at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, followed by medical school at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He completed his residency training in a combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is passionate about helping those with eating disorders and has made numerous community presentations and local media appearances regarding the topic. Dr. Scales was the radio show host of a live web-based program entitled “Understanding Eating Disorders” which occurred weekly on www.health.voiceamerica.com and featured professionals and laypeople as guests in the eating disorder field. Most importantly, he is a husband and proud father of two children.
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.
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.
Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships
Ashley comes to Selah House with extensive expertise in intake and admissions operations, utilization review and continuing care coordination, business relations, and evidence-based therapeutic modalities. She has extensive expertise specifically with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and personality disorders. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical-Adult Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Ashley began her career as a Direct Care Counselor at a residential eating disorder treatment center in which she fell in love with the challenging and rewarding aspects of treating those suffering from eating disorders and other co-occurring disorders. She values the opportunity of being the first point of contact for all clients, their loved ones, and outpatient treatment providers, as well as ensuring that all parties involved receive quality care during and after the referral process. Most recently, Ashley was the Director of Admissions for a start-up residential eating disorder treatment center, in which she provided oversight and management for admissions, UR, and continuing care/discharge coordination.
Sr. Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships
Kayla Carson comes to the Odyssey Eating Disorder Network with extensive expertise in the eating disorder and substance use disorder field. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), she has worked directly with clients in treatment centers struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders for nearly a decade. She is also a certified body movement specialist, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), and a public speaker. Kayla received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics with a minor in Movement Instruction from Indiana University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Loyola University Chicago. She has a passion for helping individuals find food freedom and mindful movement by breaking the chains of physique training and diet culture. Kayla enjoys connecting with other clinicians in the field and strives to be the first call to connect clients to quality higher levels of care when in need.
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.
Group Director of Nursing
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 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 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.
Assistant Director of Eating Disorder Admissions
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.
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.
Lead Recovery Care Specialist
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.
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