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    Compassionate, Experienced, Multidisciplinary Care

    Our experienced, multidisciplinary team of specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment program for lasting recovery.

    David Newton, LPC, CPCS

    David Newton, LPC, CPCS

    Executive Clinical Director

    David Newton serves as Executive Clinical Director and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) as well as a Certified Addiction Empowerment Specialist (CARES). David earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and his Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. With a passion for clinical excellence, David has been involved with the treatment and recovery world for over 30 years and brings a collaborative leadership style to the team and facility. Driven by the transformative effect that changes in perception can have on people’s lives, David seeks to create a culture in which staff, patients and families are empowered to live their best lives.

    Catherine Baer, MS, MS, LPC

    Catherine Baer, MS, MS, LPC

    Clinical Director

    Catherine Baer, MS, MS, LPC, serves as Clinical Director. In this role, Ms. Baer leads a talented and highly skilled staff of therapists, nurses and recovery coaches. A Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in the addiction treatment and mental health fields, Catherine has earned a reputation for ensuring compassionate, quality care.

    One of her greatest passions is working with family members, equipping loved ones to be a support system vital to a patient’s sustained recovery. Catherine earned a Master of Science in Counseling from Georgia State University and a Master of Science in Psychology from University of Georgia.

    Mary Muranja, NP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Mary Muranja is a nurse practitioner, board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She holds a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner from South University in Savannah, Georgia. Currently she’s pursuing post-masters certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Doctorate in Nurse Practitioner at Regis University.

    Her experience includes work in medical surgical units, nursing homes, home health, clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and case management for insurance companies. Mary is qualified to assess, diagnose and treat a wide array of conditions across the entire patient lifespan.

    Ashley Buffington, LPC, MS

    Lead Therapist

    Ashley Buffington is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and Lead Therapist for Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center (AARC). Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University with an emphasis on Christian counseling, and her Master of Science in Community Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She went on to complete a two-year program called Contemplative Leaders in Action through Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in 2016. Ashley’s passion for integrating therapy and spirituality drives her practice. She has counseling experience in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, adjustment disorders, anger management, grief and spiritual concerns.

    Stefan Glamp

    Outreach & Alumni Coordinator

    Stefan Glamp is a Recovery Coach at RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta. He conducts groups for the Addiction Recovery Program. Stefan gratefully has 10 years of recovery himself and is able to share his principles of successful living without the use of drugs and alcohol.

    Stefan started working in this field in 2014 at a local Inpatient facility treating individuals who have psychiatric as well as drug/alcohol problems. He then progressed to working at a Sober Living house. During this period, he also achieved his EMT certification. He is eager to learn new things and wants continue both his formal and informal education in this field. His passion is recovery and his personal experience in the past 10 years has assisted many in their own efforts to achieve a life of sobriety. Stefan’s unique perspective has endeared him to many, both in this field and outside of it.

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