Who We Are

Founder

Tripp Johnson

Tripp Johnson is the founder and CEO of AIM: Advaita Integrated Medicine, and is the owner of Green Hill Recovery. As the CEO, Tripp is responsible for strategic decisions, organizational performance, and culture management. Tripp ensures that all team members are aligned with AIM’s core values: living centered, accountability, unity, transparency, and growth. Additionally, Tripp is responsible for developing AIM’s brand – the externalization of its culture – which involves representing the organization locally, regionally, and nationally.

Tripp graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Systems Engineering. At West Point, Tripp was a four-year member of the Varsity Tennis Team and winner of the Patriot League Championship. After graduation, he was commissioned into the Army as an infantry officer and completed the U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. Tripp deployed to Southern Afghanistan as an infantry platoon leader in 2012-13 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return, he was selected to be an executive officer before finishing his service as a battalion operations officer. Prior to joining Green Hill, Tripp was a second-year law student at UNC-CH and interned at the North Carolina Department of Justice. Tripp left law school to pursue his passion for helping young men navigate the complexities of early adulthood.

Throughout his experience in college and in the Army, Tripp saw the devastating effects that alcohol and drugs can have on emerging adults. He empathizes with those who turn to drugs and alcohol to make sense of this confusing world. When his own life was out of balance, Tripp became a dedicated practitioner of ashtanga yoga and silent meditation. For the past six years, Tripp has prioritized yoga and meditation daily, as those practices have provided him a path to peace which previously eluded him. Tripp is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences to help others take control of their lives and reach their fullest potential.

Tripp is a student of organizational psychology and a proponent of conscious leadership. When he’s not working, you’re likely to find Tripp in a coffee shop with his nose buried in a book on Eastern philosophy or leadership. In addition to his work at AIM and Green Hill, Tripp enjoys consulting with entrepreneurs and helping them turn their passions into viable, values-based, and purpose-driven enterprises. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Kelsey, daughter, Zoey, and their dog Gizmo.

Education

United States Military Academy at West Point (West Point, NY) — B.A.

Psychiatrist/Medical Director

Dr. Matt Bader, MD

Matt Bader is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with subspecialty training in addiction psychiatry.

Originally from New Jersey, he found a second home in North Carolina during his residency training at Duke University. He spent a year away from the  Tar heel State completing his fellowship training in addictions at the  Medical University of South Carolina in sunny Charleston, SC. He has happily traded coastal living for a return to the Triangle and all the  diversity that it offers!

Given his specialty training, he has a great deal of experience treating a wide range of addictions including alcohol, opiates, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription medications just to name a few. However, he has found that in most individuals struggling with addiction issues, there is often also an ongoing battle against mood issues such as depression or anxiety. Thus, he strives to treat the  client as a “whole” individual rather than focusing on one side of the  addiction versus mood coin. Along those lines, he also has a great deal of experience treating a wide range of mental health problems including depression, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder outside of the  context of addiction.

His goal is to provide compassionate, timely, and evidence-based care so that you can get to feeling better and living the  life that you want to live. His treatment approaches include Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, and motivational enhancement therapy.

Education:

Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) — Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) — Psychiatry Residency
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (New Brunswick, NJ) — M.D.
Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) — B.A.

Clinical Director

Corey Kennedy, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

Corey is the Clinical Director providing leadership, supervision and quality assurance of the clinical teams at both Advaita Integrative Medicine and Green Hill Recovery. Corey holds a Masters in Social Work from University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Community Health Education from UNC-Wilmington.

Prior to obtaining her Masters, Corey worked under the Governor’s Crime Commission Grant in Wilmington,  NC aimed at reducing recidivism in youth through after-school programming. This led to a nomination in  2015 as one of Wilmington’s Women to Watch. While receiving her Masters, Corey worked as a research assistant with South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health publishing research on best practices,  access, delivery models and current implications for policy related to Behavioral Health and Substance Use delivery systems in South Carolina. During Corey’s four years with Carolina Outreach she served as a Community Support Team Lead, Site Director for both Raleigh and Durham Sites and the Director of the Behavioral Health Urgent Care. While at Carolina Outreach Corey co-created and implemented a new delivery model for medication management services aimed at increasing access to care, reducing provider burnout and reducing no-show rates.

Corey brings a variety of experiences including almost 10 years of program development and implementation, research, inpatient and emergency department social work, Community Mental Health enhanced services and clinical leadership. She is trained in ACT, CBT,  CPT, mindfulness based strategies and intensively trained in DBT. Corey believes in utilizing a relational approach to both her clinical practice and her leadership. She aims to assist individuals and supervisees in operating closest to their authentic self by aligning their goals and purpose with their innermost values for increased work and life satisfaction.

Corey believes human empowerment is intrinsic to whole-person care and that we, as practitioners, are the lucky guides in the human process towards flourishing. Corey hopes her role at AIM/GHR will create increased access to high-quality, whole-person care in Behavioral Health and Substance Use treatment while also focusing on developing clinical sophistication within her clinical team.

Education

University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Wilmington, NC) – B.S. Community Health Education

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) – Masters in Social Work

Admissions Director

Wendy Kimball Riggins, LCMHC, CEAP

Wendy Kimball Riggins, LPC, CEAP, is the Admissions Director of AIM: Advaita Integrated Medicine. As Admissions Director, Wendy oversees the admissions and intake process. She ensures the integration and coordination of various departments to deliver seamless care. Wendy guides AIM so that there is continued increased access, affordability, and quality healthcare.

Wendy graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and received her Master’s in Addiction Counseling from the College of William & Mary. Wendy has spent her entire career working in the mental health and substance use field; with refugee communities in the District of Columbia, with recovering professionals across the country, in employee assistance programs, and with young adults in experiential and wilderness treatment. Most recently, Wendy served as the Clinical Outreach Director at Four Circles Recovery Center. Wendy most recently served as the Admissions Director at Green Hill Recovery. A North Carolina native, Wendy brings 20 years of both clinical and program development experience to the team. Wendy worked in an employee assistance setting for 12 years, providing individual and family counseling, substance abuse compliance workshops, and crisis response.

She is passionate about working with individuals and families in recovery. Wendy has developed and implemented monitoring and recovery coaching programs while also working to promote evidence-based treatment in residential and inpatient settings. She relies on a strengths-based, collaborative approach when working with clients and families, believing that we all strive to be the best versions of ourselves and have the internal resources to get there. She is trained in EMDR, Harvard Mind-Body Relaxation techniques, and is a qualified MBTI administrator. Outside of work, you will find her running on a long flat trail or having another cup of coffee.

Education:

College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA) — M.S.

Davidson College (Davidson, NC) — B.A.

Director of Operations

Teresa Terry

Teresa Terry is the Director of Operations at AIM, and has been with us since Fall of 2021. Teresa is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions of the office, and keeps everything running smoothly and efficiently. Working alongside our providers, Teresa ensures that our patients receive the highest quality of care in a timely manner. She coordinates care with patients and makes sure that they understand the financial and insurance aspects of their care.

Having been in the behavioral health field for 12 years, she has extensive experience managing a behavioral health practice and understands the ins and outs of the industry. Teresa holds Bachelor’s in Art and Art History from UNC Charlotte. Having a passion for photography and the arts, she values the humanistic approach to mental health and wellness. She enjoys advocating for and empowering patients to pursue their individual strengths and joys in life, all while helping to destigmatize mental health and addiction. 

Teresa was born and raised in Connecticut, but called the Charlotte area home for most of her adult life. She has been in Raleigh since 2008 and has enjoyed watching the city grow. Outside of the office, Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

Education

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) — B.A.

Psychiatrist

Dr. R. Dewayne Book, MD

Dr. R. Dewayne Book is a Psychiatrist at AIM, having joined our team in the late spring of 2022. Dr. Book specializes in addictive disorders, having studied neurobiology and biochemistry to understand chemical brain functions. This knowledge informs his well-rounded, individualized approach to treating patients struggling with addiction, an approach that also includes medication management, psychotherapy, patient education, and social network development. Dr. Book also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at AIM. TMS is often used when a patient has treatment-resistant depression and has previously tried other treatment methods and modalities.

Dr. Book received his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. He was the outstanding resident of the year during his residency at the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.

Working in a variety of settings and having a private practice since 1999 has led him to have over 30 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including PTSD, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Prior to coming to AIM, Dr. Book was the Medical Director of the Addiction Recovery Center at MindPath, and was the Medical Director at Fellowship Hall for 10 years.

Dr. Book received the ROCK Sleyster Scholarship from American Medical Association as well as the Fredrick B. Glaser Award from the Governors Institute. He was president of the NC Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) chapter, a guest editor of the NC Medical Journal, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Duke University Medical Center.

Education:
Mercer University School Of Medicine — M.D.
University Of Georgia School Of Social Work — M.S.W.
Louisiana State University — B.S.

Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine PA

Julie A Romeis, DMSc, PA-C

Julie A Romeis, DMSc, PA-C is a doctorate-level PA with a passion for mental health and education. She grew up across 3 states but made NC her home after college. She received her BA in Biology and Psychology from the University at Buffalo, her Masters of PA Medicine, and her Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg. She currently precepts PA students from multiple universities and offers a shadowing program for pre-PA students.

Her career in healthcare started with small animal veterinary medicine where she was exposed to all types of medical care and the way health care impacted the entire family. After she made the switch to human medicine, she spent 3 years in geriatrics which highlighted the link between psychiatry, family relationships, and health. This led to her attending PA school where she had the experience of three different international medical service trips. A chance rotation in behavioral health sparked her interest in psychiatry which led her to a career in mental health. How mental health influences substance abuse issues, family dynamics and the link between physical health and mental health became her passion.

After PA school, Julie pursued her Doctor of Medical Science degree with a fellowship in mental health and addiction medicine. Her own family history, genetics, and dysfunctional dynamics helped her to be empathetic to her patients’ plights as they navigated the complex path from traumatic childhood to functional adulthood. From ADD to gaslighting to alcohol use disorder, she brings personal experience and compassion to her care of patients.

Julie left a Masters of nutrition program when she got into PA school but knew that nutrition is the cornerstone of health. She pursued a program to certify her to teach yoga where she learned the ancient nutritional system of Ayurveda. Recent advances that show how blood sugar, insulin resistance, and mood are tied are fascinating and will guide the next round of psychiatric medications. It is her belief that taking a holistic approach to mental health is the future of psychiatry.

Education:

University of Lynchburg (Lynchburg, VA) — Doctorate of Medical Science, PA Medicine

University of Lynchburg (Lynchburg, VA) — Master of Physician Assistant Medicine, PA Medicine

University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY) — Bachelor’s of Science Degree, Biology & Psychology

Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine PA

Kerry Mackey, PA-C

Mr. Kerry Mackey is an enthusiastic Physician Assistant that hails from the islands of the Bahamas. He came to the USA when he was a young adult to embark on his journey of tertiary education. He completed his undergraduate studies receiving a double major in Biology and Chemistry from an HBCU, Philander Smith

College, in the heart of Little Rock, AR. It was there that he received his foundation and passion for social justice. His love for medicine catapulted him into multiple health fields trying to find his niche, first as a Certified Pharmacy Assistant, Research Assistant, Pathology Technician and then as a Behavioral Tech. After seeing individuals striving to improve their mental health first hand, he attained his Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies at The University of Arkansas for Medical Science. His experience makes him adept at working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds. Mr. Mackey has diverse medication management skills for treating ADHD, MDD, GAD, mood disorders and more.

Throughout his varying professional experiences, Mr. Mackey has worked in the field of anatomy and performed many autopsies over the years. Tapping into his deep understanding of the human body helps him incorporate holistic care. As a Behavioral Tech he learned first hand how our early encounters in life shape our future and hopes to utilize his experience in his new practice. He prides himself on leadership and shaping the approach we have to traditional medicine. As a student he served as a House of Delegates representative for the state of Arkansas at the national AAPA conference. He hopes to someday serve in a greater capacity for the board (AAPA) that governs medical decision making as it relates to PA providers.

Mr. Mackey’s cultural background from the Bahamas has given him a wide range of experiences with holistic approaches to help with healing of the body and mind. He also has a strong passion for healthy living through nutrition and a variety of lifestyle practices. Mr. Mackey encourages patients to invest in and maintain their well being, as opposed to short term “band-aids”. His goal is to help his patients create a sustainable long term approach to improving their mental health and well being.

His hope is that healthcare becomes more accessible and that the reach of psychiatric care continues to expand. With the understanding that our physical wellbeing and mental well being are reciprocal, he is looking forward to connecting with patients and helping illustrate that relationship. He is the epitome of live what you preach and hopes to reflect the values that he lives by as a realistic expectation of what his patients can achieve.

Education

Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AR) – Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR) – Masters of Physician Assistant Studies

Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine PA

Lindsay Hildreth, PA-C

Lindsay Hildreth, PA-C, serves as a psychiatric physician assistant who provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients in person and through telehealth. Lindsay was a biology teacher for 13 years and a yoga instructor for almost 17 years. She has been a PA since 2018, entirely focusing on psychiatric medicine since.

Lindsay is very passionate about patient empowerment through patient education, and believes medication is one part of a multi-faceted approach towards mental and physical wellness. “I am passionate about various therapeutic modalities- including talk-therapy, exercise, nutritional therapy, meditation and mindfulness -and how they work in conjunction with medication to manage symptoms and disease processes”, she stated. She sees how emotional wellness and physical wellness are deeply intertwined within each person, with each affecting the other in positive or negative ways. As an educator by nature and experience, a medical provider by training, and a practitioner in holistic wellness by passion- she hopes to empower patients at AIM to become masters of their own wellness, both emotionally and physically.

In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys hiking, exercising, practicing yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

Education

University of Dayton (Dayton, OH) – Bachelors of Science in Secondary Science Education 

SUNY Brockport (Brockport, NY) Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies

Wingate University (Wingate, NC) –  Masters of Science In Physician Assistant Studies

Hannah Snyder, PA-C, Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine PA
Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine PA

Hannah Snyder, PA-C

Hannah Snyder, PA-C, is passionate about helping patients transform their mental health and feel their best.  She is earning her Doctorate of Medical Science degree through the University of Lynchburg while  completing a fellowship at AIM as our first PA fellow. Having completed a clinical rotation at AIM with  preceptor Julie Romeis, DMSc, PA-C, as a PA student, she is excited to further her education and continue  working with the very patients and clinicians that inspired her to specialize in psychiatry. 

Before PA school, Hannah attended Lenoir-Rhyne University and earned a B.S in Biology. She worked as a nursing assistant in a long-term care facility and on a neuro/oncology unit in a hospital setting throughout her undergraduate education. These valuable encounters and experiences with patients inspired her to further her career in healthcare. 

As a High Point, NC native, Hannah is delighted to help patients in her home state navigate their mental health journey. She values and utilizes a holistic approach when working with patients, recognizing that you must treat the entire person and address all aspects of their life while working toward mental wellness. Her personal experiences with mental health and addiction provide her with unique insight and allow her to empathize with patients. Highly valuing her patients’ input and expert opinions on themselves, she prioritizes discussing multiple options for treatment while placing patients at the center of their care and decision-making. 

In her free time, Hannah enjoys cuddling with her dog, playing video games with her husband, going to Carolina Hurricanes games, and baking.

Education

University of Lynchburg (Lynchburg, VA) — Master of Physician Assistant Medicine 

Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC) — B.S in Biology

Clinical Therapist

Caroline Barndt, MSW, LCSW

Caroline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her Bachelor’s in Social Work from NC. State University and her Masters in Social Work from East Carolina University.  She has been practicing in the mental health and substance abuse field since 1991.  She currently provides individual therapy to adults with issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, life transitions, codependency, grief, and loss.

Caroline has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career including inpatient psychiatric care, partial hospitalization treatment, outpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient psychiatry, and grief counseling.  She was a case manager and therapist at Holly Hill Hospital from 1995-2015 (part and full time, with some time off to raise children!).  She moved into outpatient psychiatry in 2015 and began her career as an individual and group therapist in Wake Forest and Raleigh, NC.  She is known for her warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, and humorous approach to life, people, and therapy.

Caroline’s practice is the culmination of years of training, along with professional and personal experience. She has a deep respect for the strength of the human spirit and its ability to endure the most difficult circumstances. She sees therapy as an opportunity to join with her clients on the road to recovery, helping move past “stuck” places and encouraging growth and strength.  Her passion is to assist clients in reclaiming their worth by being vulnerable, open, and transparent and learning to appreciate themselves for the amazing humans they are!

​​Education:

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) — M.S.W.

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) — B.S.W.

Clinical Therapist

Julie Marshall, MSW, LCSW

Julie Marshall, MSW, LCSW graduated from NC State University with a Bachelors in Social Work and received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She has spent her career working in Addiction Treatment Centers, Community Mental Health, and in the last 8 years providing individual therapy to adults. She is passionate about working with individuals and families struggling with addictions and helping them to find recovery in a way that is meaningful for them. She is an active participant in the therapy process and always draws from client strengths. Julie uses a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. She strives to provide an atmosphere that is accepting, non-judgmental and empowering. She has extensive experience working with addictions/recovery, anxiety, navigating divorce and co-parenting, grief and loss and is trained in EMDR.

Julie is passionate about helping her clients find and connect with their authentic self while pushing them to meet their stated goals. She sees therapy as a courageous step to becoming the person you want to be and always feels honored to get to be a part of that journey.

Education

Boston University (Boston, MA) — M.S.W.

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) — B.S.W.

Clinical Therapist

Shane Phillips, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Shane joined AIM in the beginning of 2022. He is an alumni of UNC Chapel Hill, and now resides in western North Carolina. Shane has extensive experience providing clinical services to adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of treatment settings, including collegiate student services, academic medical centers, residential addiction treatment, and primary care.  Additionally, he has worked in program administration, taught at the university level, and provided supervision to provisionally licensed counselors.

Shane takes great care to get to know his patients and deeply understand who they are and what they want out of life.  His work is rooted in third wave cognitive behavioral therapies and helping people develop tools for acceptance and change. Shane utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) when working with his patients.

Shane starts from the position that people can and do recover from substance use and mental health problems, and that doing so most often involves “the protective wall of human community” (Jung 1961), changing one’s fundamental relationship with one’s symptoms, and reorganizing life around knowing and doing what matters most.

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) — M.S.W.

Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) — B.A.

Clinical Therapist

Brian Franco, MSW, LCAS

Brian Franco, MSW, LCAS, joined AIM as a Clinical Therapist in the summer of 2022. He brings high energy, passion, and over 10 years of dedicated experience working with diverse populations in the field of Addiction and Behavioral Health. He provides individual counseling, group therapy, and family services. 

Brian earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He went on to complete the Advanced Standing Joint Master of Social Work Program at UNCG and North Carolina A&T. He is currently working towards dual licensure as an LCAS and LSCW.

Brian’s areas of specialty include Addiction/Substance Abuse, PTSD, Anxiety/Depression, Childhood Trauma, Grief/Loss, and Relationships. He believes people have the inherent ability to heal and flourish but often need help finding the resources to do so. 

Brian works from a trauma-informed, person-centered approach while adapting to each person’s unique journey of recovery. His eclectic therapy style is rooted in Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Family Systems.

Brian’s social work background pushes him to find creative ways to make resources more accessible to the underserved. His goal is to utilize community networking, telehealth, and AIM’s integrated team to help bridge the gap between healthcare services and societal needs.

When not in the office, you can find Brian making music, writing, traveling, watching sports, playing basketball, and working on his own health and well-being. He is also a dedicated family man who loves spending time with his fiancé and four children. 

Education:

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC) — Advanced Standing M.S.W.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC) — B.S.W.

Guilford Technical Community College ( Greensboro, NC) — A.A.S.

Clinical Therapist

Samantha Puckett, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

Samantha Puckett is a Primary Therapist at Advaita Integrated Medicine. Samantha earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Samantha first joined Green Hill Recovery as an intern in 2018 while completing her Undergraduate Degree. While working as a Behavioral Health Technician at a substance use facility in Florida, she became interested in working with individuals with substance use disorder. Through this experience, she learned that she has a passion for working with these individuals and decided to pursue a career in this field.

Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Associate and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-Associate. She provides therapy to individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. She believes in utilizing a holistic approach to enhance the lifestyle of individuals.

Samantha grew up in Virginia and relocated to the Raleigh area from Florida in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, fishing, hiking, and playing with her dog, Cooper. Samantha has also been a certified Peer Support Specialist since 2017. 

​​Education:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) — M.S.W.

Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) — B.S.

Clinical Therapist

Lamont Barnett, (ABD) Ph.D., LCAS, MAC, CPLC

Lamont Barnett is a Licensed Clinical Additions Specialist (LCAS) with an extensive background in mental health and addictions. Originally from Chicago, Illinois he found a second home in North Carolina where began his career in mental health working in the Community Base Services (CBS) sector as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). Then in 2008 he became registered as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC now CADC). Along his journey he has acquired other national credentialing including: Certified Professional Life Coaching (CPLC), Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP) and Certified Master’s Addiction Counselor (MAC). Lamont’s role at AIM/GHR is working within the clinical department conducting both individual and group therapy.

He began his academic career by attending Shaw University; majoring in Recreational Therapy and minoring in Psychology. After graduating from Shaw University, he worked as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Rex Wellness and Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym. Shortly after establishing himself in the physical rehabilitation field, he began working part-time as a QP with the adolescent population. There he gained experience with working with disorders including: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Autism, Generalized Anxiety, Cyclothymia Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Within five years of working fulltime as an Exercise Physiologist / Personal Trainer and part-time as a Qualified Mental Health Professional he felt called to transition into mental health full-time. Subsequently, his newfound calling led him to pursue the assortment of certification (aforementioned). While pursuing his doctorate degree in Educational Psychology he obtained his Masters degree in Psychology.

During his doctorate degree program he had the opportunity to complete residencies in Barcelona, Spain; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and San Diego, California to sharpen his cultural diversity skills. As a result of his hard work and educational accomplishments, he also gained employment in academia as an adjunct professor at Wesleyan University in Rocky Mount, NC in 2015.

He is able to utilize his experiences to bridge the gap between the mental, physical, and spiritual health of individuals to focus on the whole person. Individuals will flourish when they come to the understanding that one is not separated by their mental, physical, and spiritual health but interdependently connected by them. He is most notable for his solution-focused approach that is wrapped with compassion and evidence-based care, with the intentions of helping individuals feel empowered and purposed. His treatment methodologies include dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Education

Shaw University (Raleigh, NC) – Bachelors in Recreational Therapy, minor Psychology

North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC) – Masters in Clinical Psychology (transferred to Walden’s M.S. & Ph.D. Psychology program)

Walden University (Minneapolis, MN) – Masters in Clinical Psychology

Walden University (Baltimore, MD) — Doctorate in Teaching Psychology (ABD)

Clinical Therapist

Briana Barrett, LCMHC-A, NCC

Briana Barrett is a Clinical Therapist at AIM: Advaita Integrated Medicine. She is responsible for providing mental health therapy for clients experiencing behavioral health concerns. Bri is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina and a National Certified Counselor. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education at North Carolina State University.

Briana earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina State University. During her time as an undergraduate, Briana discovered her passion for helping others through mentoring and peer counseling programs. She completed her counseling internship at Green Hill Recovery in Raleigh, North Carolina and previously served as a Career Advisor for the College of Design at NCSU. She is currently working as a Research Assistant for the Counselor Education faculty at NCSU.

Briana loves learning about and growing with others through life experiences. She believes working with people to understand and define their lives on their own terms is essential to holistic care. Therapy should be a safe space for community members to continue on their wellness journey and Briana strives to create an atmosphere of empathy, authenticity, and empowerment for clients.

Education

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) — M. Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) — Study Abroad: China

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) — B.A. English & Psychology

Community Outreach Representative

Donna Bauer

Donna Bauer joined Advaita Integrated Medicine as our Community Outreach Representative in the spring of 2022. 

Donna brings to AIM over 12 years of experience in the leadership and business development realm, having spent 10 of those years in the fitness industry, and 2 of those years in the behavioral health industry. Donna developed a passion for customer service and business development at a young age when she entered the fitness industry. She spent the next 4 years moving throughout the state of North Carolina to various locations with Planet Fitness to either jumpstart a program or help to stabilize an already existing program. Throughout this experience, she found her love for problem-solving, developing a business, and empowering team members. 

Although Donna thoroughly enjoyed her time in the fitness industry, she realized that being in the behavioral health field was her true calling. She still stays in touch with her love for fitness by coaching occasionally at Orangetheory, as she loves the connections she makes with members and the positive energy in the studio. Donna sees how physical health and mental health are intertwined, and loves to support others in engaging in healthy lifestyles that support their overall wellbeing.

Donna knew that she wanted to join the team at AIM for quite some time before she actually came on board, as she admired our values-based and mission-driven culture. She is passionate about AIM’s mission in seeking to improve quality, access, and affordability throughout the healthcare system, with a focus on providing population-specific, whole-person care. 

Playing an integral role on our team, Donna helps bridge the gap in care accessibility by connecting with local providers, community partners, and referral partners, and serving as an advocate, ally, and representative of the person or family seeking care. She increases awareness of our organization by presenting to community partners about our services and what sets AIM apart from other practices. Donna understands that as an integrated practice with a whole-person care model, we don’t approach health and wellness from a  “one size fits all” perspective. Instead, we take an individualized approach that spans the whole continuum of care, all while paying attention to dual diagnoses and comorbid symptoms.

Donna sits on the board for Oakwood 24, one of the largest fundraising efforts for the nonprofit Healing Transitions, which is an organization that offers peer-based recovery services to homeless and underserved individuals with alcoholism and other drug addictions. She resides just north of Raleigh with her fiancé and 2 dogs, Jack and Goose. When Donna isn’t working, you’re likely to find her outdoors, spending quality time with family, running, or finding other ways to stay active. She finds serenity in her home away from home on the coast of Belhaven, NC, and the intercoastal waterway.

HR Coordinator

Emily Kaluza

Emily Kaluza joined AIM in the spring of 2022 as our HR Coordinator. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, but has been in NC since 2016. She has an extensive background in behavioral health administration, including experience in various areas such as billing, patient care coordination, and insurance contracting and credentialing. Emily has started multiple behavioral health practices from the ground up, and she even grew a practice from 3 to nearly 40 providers.

Emily loves helping others, and she is passionate about playing a vital role in an organization’s expansion. She is delighted to be helping our organization grow, all while helping our patients and clients receive the highest level of care. 

In addition to serving others, Emily is also an advocate for mental health. She is committed to helping reduce the stigma that people face when accessing mental health care and support. She is actively involved in numerous mental health organizations and enjoys volunteering. When she isn’t working or volunteering, you’re likely to find Emily playing with her dogs Wally, Jackson, and Sully, spending time with her family or making crafts.

Education

Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants (Mentor, OH) – Medical Secretary Diploma

Integrated Wellness Coach

Chandler Huggins

Chandler serves as Advaita Integrated Medicine’s Wellness Advisor. He is responsible for providing individual coaching that addresses wellness through all facets of life including relationships, nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness. Chandler works in conjunction with the clinical team to help clients reach their fullest potential.

Chandler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. For several years, he was an investment research analyst for a financial advisor. While there, he mentored some newer employees and realized he found more joy in empowering others to maximize their potential. Most recently, he worked at Noom, coaching clients through a variety of behavior changes to build healthier lifestyles.

An Integrative Health Coach certified at Duke Center for Living, his passion is helping others identify and achieve their most fulfilling life. Chandler’s personal mission is two-fold: Improve Lives, Become Better. ‘Improve Lives’ signifies a focus on service to others first and foremost in life. ‘Become Better’ is a daily commitment to practice self-improvement. Having recovered from multiple addictions, he believes living the “One Day at A Time” mantra is critical to success in recovery and life. There is no end to the journey of recovery — continuing to grow mentally, physically and spiritually is the beauty of it.

Chandler lives in Raleigh and spends his free time reading non-fiction, running and volunteering. His favorite reads are Can’t Hurt Me and The Four Agreements. He is currently training for his 10th ultramarathon.

Education:

Duke Center for Living (Durham, NC) — Certified Integrative Health Coach

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) — B.A.

Clinical Case Manager

Katie Hancock

Katie Hancock plays a multi-faceted role in our organization, serving as a Clinical Case Manager, and as the Yoga Instructor for our Intensive Outpatient Program. Her journey with our organization began with our sister organization, Green Hill Recovery. She joined the Green Hill team as an intern with the Transitional Living Program in August 2021 through UNC MSW program. In May of 2022, Katie joined the team at AIM where she started as Clinical Case Manager.  Serving as a member of the IOP group team, she serves as a facilitator and leads the group in yoga practices. Outside of her work at AIM, she is about to begin her final year in pursuing Masters in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Prior to joining our organization, Katie worked as a Peer Support Specialist in a crisis stabilization unit psychiatric hospital and detox center for two years. In this role, Katie worked closely with folks of all ages struggling with severe mental illness, trauma, and detoxing.  She led peer support groups, yoga/meditation sessions, expressive art and music peer groups, met with patients individually to provide peer support, and connected patients with community resources. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in social work. Katie became a certified yoga instructor in 2018. She credits her yoga and meditation practices to be instrumental in her personal recovery journey. Her interpersonal strengths include her commitment to those she works with, her reliability and dependability, her enthusiastic approach to new endeavors, and her ability to communicate effectively. 

Katie is in a stage of her career where she is embracing continued academic pursuit as well as her own personal and professional growth. She plans to be a psychotherapist and hopes to incorporate her yoga and mindfulness teaching certifications into her work with clients. 

Katie has been trained in Trauma-Informed Care that she utilizes in her work with clients. Highly skilled at fostering connection and authentic rapport with clients, she believes in always leading with empathy. Her development of interpersonal skills began through her own recovery journey and has continued into how she shows up professionally. She is passionate about breaking stigmas and showing that it is possible to live a fulfilling life in recovery from substance use disorders and mental illness.

Education

University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)- pursuing Masters in Social Work, expected graduation May 2023

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)- B.A. in Gender Studies

Patient Services Manager

Nayeli Martinez

Nayeli Martinez serves as the Patient Services Manager at AIM. Nayeli holds a B.S. in Health Service Management from East Carolina University. In college, she completed an internship as an administrative assistant in the behavioral health department at Vidant Hospital in Greenville, which she found to be a valuable part of her health service management curriculum. Nayeli was also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives during her time in the HSM program at ECU. She is bilingual and is fluent in Spanish.

Having worked in the behavioral health field for 2 years, Nayeli is familiar with behavioral health services such as outpatient therapy, medication management, substance use services, behavioral health urgent care, and more. In her previous role, she worked as part of the business operations team, helping behavioral health professionals with career development and operations workflow management. Nayeli is looking forward to expanding her experiences by serving in this patient-centered role. In her role, Nayeli will dedicate her time to help promote the emotional and physical well being of individuals in our community while cultivating  a safe and respectful environment.

When asked about her role and her hopes for improving healthcare, Nayeli was vibrant and full of passion. “In healthcare, success should be defined by the health and wellness of the people we serve.” she explained. “In my role, I know that positive patient outcomes depend not only on the quality of care delivered by one provider or a single healthcare entity, but also on the collaboration of individuals and organizations working together to share best practices and influence the field. I plan to be proactive by strategically positioning any new projects to effectively navigate the rapidly changing healthcare environment, while also improving performance and care delivery.” Her experiences and drive to improve the landscape of healthcare is such a wonderful addition to our team.

Nayeli was born in New Jersey but has spent her whole life in North Carolina. Having called Raleigh her home for over 18 years, she is very invested in the local community. Outside of AIM, you might find Nayeli going to brunch with friends, trying new restaurants (she is a foodie at heart), spending time with her pup, Luna, and traveling to other countries. 

Education

East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) –  B.S. in Health Management

Patient Care Coordinator

Tony Wall

Antonia “Tony” Wall is our Patient Care Coordinator at AIM. A North Carolina native, Tony brings 20 years of experience in the hospitality and service fields. Tony graduated from Durham Technical College in 1991 where he received a degree in business administration. After witnessing family members and friends struggle with mental health and substance use issues, he felt compelled to help. Tony decided to bring his administrative skills, compassion, and service-oriented mindset to the healthcare field almost a decade ago. As AIM’s Patient Care Coordinator, Tony ensures that patients receive timely, compassionate, well-coordinated care with our multidisciplinary team and our community partners. 

Outside of work, Tony is very involved in his church community. He enjoys serving on the church’s trustee board, participating in the choir, and positively impacting his community through numerous church outreach programs. Tony is a die-hard NC State fan and loves basketball, and would love to chat with you about sports anytime.

Tony joined the AIM team in 2022. He’s always got a smile and can-do attitude when it comes to serving our community members and he’s likely the first person you’ll talk to if you call or come by!

Education

Durham Technical College – A.A.S.

Patient Care Coordinator

Jessica Cashwell

Jessica Cashwell, known by the rest of the team as Jessie, serves as AIM’s Patient Care Coordinator. In her role she provides support and assistance to clinical providers so they can provide optimal patient care. Working at various medical offices has allowed her the opportunity to provide assistance to both providers and patients. She has lived in North Carolina in the Benson area most of her life but has resided in Raleigh for the last four years while attending college.

Jessie attended Meredith College where she got a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with concentration in Social Sciences, along with a minor in Psychology. She plans on attending graduate school in the future to get her Masters in Social Work and become a therapist. In addition to working in the medical field, Jessie also has experience working in retail and in a variety of customer-facing roles.

She is passionate about social justice and believes in fighting for equal access to safe and quality healthcare. She plans on bringing her passion to AIM by being of service to those seeking help. She holds honesty and transparency as a core value because she sees the integral role they play in personal and professional growth. Jessie’s main desire is to see the people she comes in contact with flourish as individuals by learning more about themselves and the world around them.
In her free time, Jessie enjoys going on walks, finding new coffee shops, and listening to all different kinds of podcasts (recommendations welcomed!). She would one day love to have her own podcast.

Education

Meredith College, (Raleigh, NC) — B.S. in Public Health with concentration in Social Sciences and minor in Psychology.

Patient Coordinator

Britney Alexander

Britney Alexander is the New Patient Coordinator at AIM, assisting our admin team in scheduling patients, handling phone calls, fielding email inquiries, and being the front-line of communication between AIM and patients. Britney knows that her role at AIM is critical, as she sets the tone for the patients’ experience. She is compassionate, empathetic, and efficient when assisting patients. Britney says that her main goal is to ensure all patients feel welcome and supported. Excited to be a part of the team at AIM, she knows that she can play a role in ending the stigma against mental health and substance use treatment.

Originally a Florida native, she has been in North Carolina for nearly a decade. She has witnessed substance abuse and mental health concerns affect those around her throughout her life, and it drew her to this field. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and has intent to pursue a Masters in Social Work. She was a volunteer for the Apex Mayor’s Substance Misuse Task Force, and played a variety of critical roles on the team She would often connect with professionals about substance abuse in surrounding communities.

When she isn’t in school or working, you’ll find Britney spending quality time with her mom and friends. A passionate cook, she and her mother enjoy spending time in the kitchen together trying new recipes and perfecting favorite ones. Britney is also very creative, painting in her free time.

Clinical Intern

Maggie Dwyer

Maggie is an MSW Intern from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Maggie plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist after finishing her Master’s program. Previously, Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. Maggie has worked as a residential Program Support Tech at a substance abuse treatment center in Chapel Hill called Horizons. Maggie’s first year internship through the School of Social Work was at Benevolence Farm, working with formerly incarcerated women.

Maggie has a professional passion for peer support group work and the unique environment it creates for people with addictions to see their common humanity and feel less isolated. Maggie plans to make and impact at Green Hill Recovery and AIM by encouraging cross talk and openness in the group setting. Maggie also hopes to broaden the scope of external resources for clients to include alternatives to traditional 12 Step groups.

Maggie hopes to see a shift in the way addiction and substance use are addressed in the United States. Historically and currently, people with substance use problems are criminalized, institutionalized, and shrouded in shame and stigma. Maggie would like to change the way we think of people who abuse substances and implement more preventative and holistic care. Maggie has a research interest in Medications for Addiction Treatment and how the field of addiction medicine can save lives.

Education

UC Berkeley, (Berkeley, CA) – BA in Social Welfare

UNC Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) – pursuing Masters in Social Work

Accountability
Vulnerable, honest interactions build trust. We communicate with radical candor.

Growth
Change is the only constant. We improve daily.

Centered Living
Balance in life is achieved through self-awareness. We are mindful.

Unity
Human connection fosters well-being. We cultivate meaningful relationships.

Transparency
High standards elevate performance. We rise together.

Our Philosophy

Clinical Sophistication

We understand that persons seeking treatment rarely present with a narrow, siloed set of symptomatology. Mental health is inherently related to physical, social, and spiritual health. That’s why we have a team of providers skilled in addiction medicine, mental health, and primary care. Aim’s team of physicians, therapists, and coaches prioritize their own personal and professional growth so that we provide the most up-to-date best practices. We combine our individual areas of expertise with robust care coordination to help our patients achieve their wellness goals.

Whole-Person Care

We take a nuanced, patient-centered approach to treating all health conditions: physical, behavioral, emotional, and social. By leveraging an interdisciplinary team and coordinating care, Aim is able to provide evidence-based, integrated care that treats the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

Flourishing

We believe that everyone wants to live a purpose-driven life full of enjoyment. AIM’s providers work alongside each patient to support flourishing in all aspects of their lives. Our patients may initially seek services to alleviate their symptoms; however, we want to reframe healthcare. AIM’s providers will work with each patient to address all aspects of a patient’s life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is AIM?

AIM is an integrated care practice that provides psychiatry, medication management, preventative primary care, and therapy for individuals dealing with mental health issues including addiction, bipolar, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and a host of other items.

What Services Do You Provide?

  • Psychiatry
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Primary care
  • Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT)
  • Medication Management
  • Wellness Coaching

Who Do You Serve?

AIM serves adults in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area in person and individuals throughout the state of North Carolina virtually.

What Should I Bring To My First Appointment?

When you come in for your first appointment, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time and bring your insurance card & drivers license. If you have any medical records or psychiatric testing from the previous 12 months, you can bring that too!

What Forms Of Payment Do You Accept?

AIM accepts cash, check, or credit cards at the time of service. You will also be asked to leave a credit card on file for charges that occur after the visit, including patient responsibility or telehealth follow up appointments.

Do You Accept Insurance?

AIM is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), BCBS My Blue with Duke, UNC Health Alliance, the North Carolina State Health Plan, Cigna / Evernorth, Optum / United, Aetna, and Medicare. All other insurance providers are considered out-of-network. AIM files all insurance claims on patients’ behalf.

What Happens If I Miss Or Cancel My Appointment?

Appointments canceled within 24 business hours may be rescheduled with no additional cost, and we will offer the appointment time to someone else. If you cancel the appointment within 24 hours of your appointment or if you miss your appointment, we are unable to offer the appointment to someone else so you will be charged the full amount of the appointment.

Do You Provide Medication Assisted Therapy?

AIM offers buprenorphine and Vivitrol for patients who have decided, in collaboration with their medical provider, that MAT is the best course of treatment.

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