Kevin is Recovered. He founded Accelerated Recovery Centers to produce results and success rates never before seen in the industry for those seeking to overcome alcohol addiction. After years of evidence-based research and starting with the fact that many people stay out of or postpone treatment due to a lack of appealing options, Kevin and his team defined and then eliminated the top barriers to entry for treatment. His goal for Accelerated was not to add just another option to the addiction recovery market, but to create a new standard of treatment; a sea of change within the industry. Industry firsts like the COMBINED Recovery Protocol ™, Recovery Guaranteed ™, and his challenge of perpetual recovery programs are proof of his focus and commitment to task. He is a tireless advocate for the addicted and a passionate speaker on the topic of alcohol dependence.
Kevin graduated with honors from Boston College and has over two decades of executive general management experience. In past roles, Kevin has been responsible for strategy and execution in a broad range of businesses, from start-ups to the Fortune 500.
Jan Holt Watkins, Senior Vice President
Jan oversees Service Delivery and Administration at Accelerated Recovery. Her career has encompassed sales, marketing, business planning, executive management and an Internet start up within the High Tech and Human Resources industries. Jan graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a major in Electrical Engineering. She began her career working for IBM in a sales capacity. She supported major insurance companies, selling a range of equipment from mainframes to PCs as well as software solutions. She joined IBM’s insurance industry marketing group, working with insurance companies around the world and external software providers to deliver end-to-end application solutions.
Subsequently, Jan worked for two other software companies as a Vice President responsible for sales, marketing, customer support, consulting, business planning, third party relationships, and small business acquisitions. From there, she joined a Human Resources company in a product line management capacity. When the company was acquired, she ran the start-up Internet venture within the domain of this new company.
Jan loves spending time with her husband, her two children and their dog. As the wife of a recovered alcoholic, she is thrilled to pair her business management skills with her passion for helping others reclaim their lives and triumph over addiction.
Sean Norwood, Office Manager
Sean studied Business and Finance at Morehouse College and is responsible for the daily office operations at Accelerated. He is a highly organized professional with substantial administrative and office management experience in the healthcare field. He is experienced with building and maintaining client relationships while delivering results in a timely fashion. Sean is excited to be an integral member of the Accelerated Recovery team, helping individuals and their families achieve enjoyable and addiction-free lives.
Therapeutic Management Team:
Dr. Marnie Ellis Fulton, Ph.D., LCSW, MAC, CPRP
Marnie oversees the clinical programming and staff at Accelerated Recovery Centers. Her career has encompassed twenty-six years of clinical, academic and senior leadership roles in both public and private sectors including work in hospice, home health and behavioral health.
She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and is licensed as an LCSW in Georgia. Additionally, she holds certifications in addiction (MAC), CBT and psychiatric rehabilitation (CPRP). Marnie is a graduate of Oglethorpe University and the University of Georgia. She writes and delivers CEU trainings for local, regional and national conferences on a wide range of topics, most recently writing and delivering Ethics training that incorporated the music of the Beatles.
For fun, Marnie enjoys hiking, cooking, travel, writing, reading biographies and biking. She’s involved in prison and community service ministries at a local Methodist Church and lives in northeast Atlanta with her husband, her two sons and several rescue English Springer Spaniels.
Victor Tedoff, LCSW
Victor Tedoff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a diverse background having worked in both public, non-profit sector and the private sector in which he held numerous leadership positions. He received his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences from New York Institute of Technology and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia.
Victor has concentrated his specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in which he worked as a Therapist for DeKalb Community Service’s Board serving Veterans with PTSD and other disorders.
Throughout his career, he worked as a therapist in numerous methadone clinics for the State of Georgia. He was the Director of Training and Placement Services for the Epilepsy Foundation in which he was nominated as the Top Service Provider, helping people with epilepsy to live and work with dignity. Victor has also worked for Goodwill Industries and numerous private proprietary colleges as the Director of Admissions.
In addition to this, Victor’s background includes 20 years of private clinical practice specializing in individual, couples and family counseling.
Susan Tutty, LCSW
Sue Tutty has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1992. Her background is diverse, working in business prior to social work and in a variety of areas since including medical, hospice, and mental health. Sue earned her Bachelor's from Nazareth College of Rochester and her Master's from the University of Georgia. She completed her clinical studies under Dr. Marnie Fulton, Accelerated’s Clinical Director.
With individuals, Sue's focus is to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and incorporates its core principle of Mindfulness in her work focusing on emotional regulation. CBT and DBT principles are also used in family work along with other highly researched and respected therapeutic approaches such as the work by Dr. John Gottman.
Her career has afforded her many opportunities in settings that include hospitals, home care, hospice, dialysis and community mental health practice. Sue is especially passionate about the therapy she provides to clients and their family members on the weekends. Her goal is to help guide you toward a life that thrives by teaching effective communication methods and guidance toward stronger, healthy and happier relationships.
Deanna Hamby, LPC, MAC, CCEP
Deanna began working in the field of Behavioral Health in 1998 following graduation from the University of Georgia with a BA in Psychology. While living and working in Vermont, she went on to complete her MA degree in Psychology and Counseling in 2003. In 2006, after returning to her home state of Georgia, Deanna obtained licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). In 2011 she obtained certification as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) as well.
Over the last 15 years Deanna has worked in community mental health centers, private agencies, and private practice arenas. She has assisted individuals dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, schizophrenia, bi-polar, dissociation, personality disorders, alcohol and substance use, spiritual issues, grief/loss, aging, parenting, and relationships. Deanna has also managed and supervised colleagues and interns.
Deanna has studied and learned many approaches to counseling. She finds that an integration of techniques specific to each individual is most beneficial. While her theoretical orientation is predominantly psychodynamic, she follows current research and continues learning from a variety of approaches. Recognizing an increase in research supporting the integration of the physical body into psychotherapy, she completed a 4-year program in Core Energetics body psychotherapy, becoming certified as a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner (CCEP) in 2008. Past trainings have also encompassed mindfulness-based interventions, attachment-oriented theory, CBT, DBT, and exposure therapy. With the birth of her twin boys in 2013, Deanna also began researching topics in twin parenting and twin psychological development such as attachment and individual identity issues.
Jennifer Frisco Bartl, LMFT, CACII, CCS
Jennifer Bartl received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Wisconsin and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She has worked in the field of behavioral health & addiction for over 20 years throughout major cities in the United States in community, outpatient and residential settings. Jennifer is a member of the Metro Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership and has been recognized for her work raising awareness of intimate partner/family and teen dating violence. She is well versed in the areas of addiction, trauma, play therapy, and marriage and family therapy.
Jennifer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Certified Addiction Counselor-Level II (CACII) and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She enjoys teaching and providing clinical supervision and education to clinicians and graduate level counseling student interns. She trains other therapists on topics including Substance Abuse Prevention and the Effects of Trauma on the Developing Child and Adolescent Brain, to name a few.
Georgia Geiger, LPC
Georgia Geiger is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor with over twenty years of experience in the counseling field. She earned a B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a M.A. from Oakland University in Michigan. She has worked in mental health and educational settings.
Georgia believes that people seeking counseling have satisfying directions for their lives inside them and that they can access an apply those directions when put in a safe and caring counseling environment.
Additionally, Georgia is an Associate Professor at Reinhardt College and a mediator registered with the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Richie (Yerachmiel) Donowitz, LPC, MAC, BCB
Richie Donowitz has thirty years of experience as a therapist working in a variety of settings such as hospital inpatient care, halfway house, school and outpatient care. His involvement in substance abuse began in the 1980’s with a voluntary internship at the VA hospital in Province, Rhode Island. He was originally trained in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute for REBT. Over time his interests led him to an integrated mind-body approach which includes health and wellness coaching as well as biofeedback. Most recently he has worked as a therapist at various practices in Atlanta along with his own private practice.
Richie graduated with a MS degree and university certification in family counseling from Long Island University. He is board certified in clinical mental health counseling, addictions, coaching and biofeedback. He also holds a certification in health coaching from the American Council on Exercise.
Pat Stogner, MEd, LMFT
Pat has been a therapist in Atlanta for over 30 years. He received his Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner.
Throughout his career, he has worked in psychiatric hospital settings, community mental health, corporate settings, private practice, and has taught psychology at the undergraduate level. As well as being skilled in traditional individual, couples, family and group therapy modalities, Pat has completed advanced training in the experiential therapies in hypnotherapy, breath-work therapy and psychodrama groups.
Dr. Amy Hamilton, PsyD, LPC
Dr. Amy Hamilton has over 15 years experience doing individual and group therapy with individuals with psychiatric illness, substance abuse and dual diagnoses. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, both inpatient and outpatient. Dr. Hamilton utilizes an integrated approach of cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal techniques in helping people overcome addictive behaviors and beliefs. Her related areas of interest include recovery from trauma and abuse, relationship style, and issues related to treatment of dual diagnosis and group behavior.
Dr. Hamilton graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She went on to graduate magna cum laude with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and then pursued further education at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She was awarded her doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2001. She is an expert in interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution.
Dr. Hamilton enjoys doing outdoor activities with her family.
Dr. Tommie Richardson, Medical Director
Tommie M. Richardson, M.D., C.A.S. has over 20 years of experience in identifying, diagnosing and treating chemical dependence and psychiatric illness. Serving as Medical Director for both in and out patient facilities Dr. Richardson has organized and implemented Healthcare Delivery Systems that have enhanced the lives of thousands of citizens. He takes a holistic approach to delivering healthcare, through individual and family counseling; he treats addictive, psychiatric and medical disorders. Dr. Richardson has also implemented culturally diverse treatment programs.
Dr. Richardson received his Doctor of Medicine from University of Tennessee Medical Units, winner of the Verstandig Award. His Medicine Internship was with City of Memphis Hospital and his Family Practice Residency with Howard University Hospital.
He is certified with the American Board of Family Practice, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Healthcare Providers in Addiction Disorders and Georgia Addiction Counselors Association, Certified Addiction Counselor, Level 1.
Dr. Richardson is a professional member of American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Providers in Addictive Diseases, American Medical Association, Atlanta Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Addiction Counselors Association, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Georgia ASAM and Medical Association of Atlanta.
Kym Leonard Mwansa, APRN, FNP-BC
Kym is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the state of Georgia to provide client-centered healthcare to people of all ages. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, management of common and complex health care problems to include chemical dependence and mental disorders. Kym has two undergraduate degrees, one in general psychology and the other in Professional Nursing. Her graduate degrees are in Leadership, Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Kym is certified in Case Management, Bariatrics, and Family Practice. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.
Kym has a unique combination of allopathic skills integrated with naturopathic methods to facilitate healing to the "whole" person. She believes in empowering people to be at their best health possible. Her true desire is to enhance a positive healing experience and bring confidence to those in need.
Theresia Greer LMT, CNMT
Theresia is a Georgia licensed massage therapist and a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rising Spirit Institute of natural health in Atlanta, GA and relieved her certification in Neuromuscular Therapy from the International Academy of Neuromuscular Therapies in St. Petersburg, Flordia.
As a massage therapist, she has worked in a variety of settings including a top-rated chiropractic clinic, a fitness center, a comprehensive mental health counseling center and an European style day spa.
She specializes in an integrative form of therapy that includes neuromuscular, deep tissue, relaxation, and her natural intuitive touch. Every session is tailored to each client’s needs. Her work is often described as deep yet relaxing by her clients.