Our Staff

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Paige Bottom, MBA
Group CEO

Paige Bottom has been committed to the field of addiction and mental illness since 1990, beginning with her work with adolescents diagnosed with both psychiatric and chemical dependency problems. Paige’s path began in direct clinical work in Virginia after completing her undergraduate work in psychology, but it soon branched into prevention and education. Throughout that time, Paige remained dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people who had been affected by addiction and mental illness. As a result, she returned to graduate school with a dual focus on counseling psychology and business administration. It was during this time that Paige moved out of direct care and into program development, operations and administration. Driven by a desire to have a greater impact on how care is delivered and to reach a larger portion of an underserved population, Paige’s ultimate goal was to provide services that result in a powerful, life-changing experience and greater rates of success in recovery. After receiving her master’s in business administration, Paige worked extensively in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Santa Cruz, California, creating and developing programs to increase their responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness. As Group CEO of The Oaks at La Paloma and Black Bear Lodge, Paige brings a gentle, compassionate strength to the job. She was drawn to FRN because of our commitment to an integrated model of treatment and patient-centered care. Watching patients find themselves and their enthusiasm for life is what makes this work most rewarding for Paige. As patients heal, they reawaken their confidence, enthusiasm and commitment to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Treatment provides the transformative experience that allows people to become fully engaged in all the possibilities present in a life of recovery. Being part of the unique process of helping people walk the road of happiness and recovery is what Paige values most.

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David Perez, LPC
COO

David Perez was drawn to the field of co-occurring disorders treatment due to his broad psychiatric experience and motivation for helping others succeed. David has always had a genuine aptitude for putting others at ease and providing help, and his natural ability to work with people adds to his ability to provide excellent treatment. At La Paloma, he uses his skills to inspire people to seek out their passions in life and pursue them wholeheartedly. After many years working in the mental health and treatment fields, David knows that addiction can often numb a person’s spirit, and mental illness can cripple his or her ability to experience the fullness of life. David’s goal is to inspire each patient to live a life of intention and find his or her own sense of fulfillment. A native of Long Island, New York, David Perez moved south in his teen years and never looked back. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern, he put his myriad skills to use in a variety of ways, all of which involved helping others. In the early ‘80s, David worked with a psychiatrist who used alternative diets and vitamin therapy to reduce the use of psychotropic medications. There, David ran a psychiatric transition facility that worked to get patients out of long-term care. At the University of Florida, he counseled students at risk of leaving school due to financial, emotional or family issues, helping them navigate those roadblocks and achieve academic success. He also served as clinical director for one of Florida’s largest residential treatment programs, as well as one of the state’s smallest programs, before entering private practice in Gainesville. Joining the La Paloma staff in January 2013 as clinical director, David says he was drawn to the co-occurring disorders aspect of their treatment philosophy. His role as COO enables him to steward that philosophy in strategic, practical ways.

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Angie Thomason, MS, NCC, EMDR certified
Trauma Resolution Program Coordinator

Angie Thomason earned her masters in counseling locally from University of Memphis. As the Trauma Resolution Program Coordinator, Thomason provides education, assessments and uses EMDR to address unresolved emotions and negative beliefs about one’s self regarding past events.

Having previously worked in inpatient and outpatient dual disorder facilities, Thomason brings knowledge and experience to The Oaks at La Paloma. These jobs, along with working as a hospice provider, also have filled her with empathy and compassion for the struggles people encounter in healing.

Thomason believes in the healing power of a holistic approach and appreciates how The Oaks at La Paloma encourages their staff to explore alternative methods of healing. By doing so, each client truly has an individualized treatment approach that can offer the best opportunity to identify strengths and develop new skills.

Outside of work, Thomason is active in her children’s schools and enjoys music, movies and reading psychological thrillers. She is also learning more about herbal medicine and other healing modalities.

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Carol Ricossa
Community and Alumni Coordinator

A graduate of the University of Memphis, Carol Ricossa received her master’s in counseling education. She put that degree to work as a therapist in the Memphis city school system until 2005. At that point, Carol decided to pursue her artistic passions, taking a giant leap of faith and opening a framing studio. While self-employed, she also facilitated several art shows, exhibiting her own work and the work of local artisans.

Carol joined the The Oaks at La Paloma staff in the fall of 2010. Her current responsibilities include planning events for The Oaks at La Paloma’s local alumni, collaborating with professionals in the community and leading the patients in creative arts. This wide range of duties taps into Carol’s versatile talents of teaching art, event planning and relationship-building.

A native Memphian, Carol spends her spare time cooking with friends, bicycling, working in her garden or painting. She is also a certified fitness instructor, teaching at the Nuber YMCA.

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Robert Murray, MD
Psychiatrist, Intensive Outpatient Day Program

A graduate of Yale University with a PhD in biology and of Meharry Medical College, Dr. Murray is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University and in psychiatry at the University of Washington and Vanderbilt University.

Prior to joining the staff at The Oaks at La Paloma, Dr. Murray held positions including Medical Director at Cumberland Heights in Nashville, Tennessee; The Meadows in Wickenberg, Arizona; and Charter Charleston Behavioral Health Center in Charleston, South Carolina. He has also served on the faculty of Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. He currently holds an appointment to the clinical faculty of the University of Tennessee, Department of Psychiatry in Memphis.

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Glenda Murray
Therapist

Glenda Murray became affiliated with The Oaks at La Paloma and its integrated model of treatment for co-occurring disorders as an intern in 2009 and was hired as a PRN therapist the following year. Glenda earned a master’s in counseling from Harding University Graduate School of Religion and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Victory University, both located in Memphis.

Glenda is dedicated to helping those whose lives are in bondage to addiction and mental health disorders because she knows firsthand the impact of these diseases on individuals and their families. Her primary responsibility as a therapist at The Oaks at La Paloma is to facilitate individual, family and group therapy sessions. To do so, she utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities with patients, including her level II training in EMDR and in-depth training on deployment spectrum issues facing military service members and their families, including Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.

Prior to joining the The Oaks at La Paloma staff, Glenda worked as a paralegal and then placed her career on hold for motherhood. Originally from Arkansas, she has called Tennessee home for more than two decades. In her downtime, Glenda enjoys time with her family, movies, traveling, reading and serving in her church. Glenda’s spiritual life plays a significant role in her desire to help others.

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Pat Friedman, LPC
Women's Unit Clinical Lead

A licensed professional counselor, Pat Friedman earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Memphis. With seven years experience in the dual diagnosis field, Pat came to La Paloma expertly prepared for her role as director of the detox and assessment unit. Pat first became familiar with La Paloma and its integrated treatment through training and seminars affiliated with the facility and began referring individuals to the center. Eventually, she was brought on as the lead residential therapist and later transferred to Foundations Memphis to implement the Partial Hospitalization Program for patients with Medicare. It is the educational component of co-occurring disorders and the comparison of addiction treatment to the concept of treating co-occurring disorders that most interests Friedman. She believes that it is the knowledge of these facets that renders positive outcomes for both individuals and families. Outside of work, Pat never experiences a dull moment while keeping up with her sons, painting and enjoying her exercise regiment, which consists of ballet, yoga, gymnastics and cardio.

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Dr. Paul Hill
Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Hill rejoined the staff at La Paloma in March 2014 as a staff psychiatrist. A Tennessee native, he attended the University of Memphis (then called Memphis State) for his undergraduate degree. Afterward, he went to medical school at the University of Tennessee at Memphis (UTHSC), completing his internship there as well. Dr. Hill relocated to Baltimore for his psych residency at Johns Hopkins, after which he returned home to Memphis and joined the teaching faculty at UTHSC before entering private practice. Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialties of geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Hill has also served on and chaired numerous committees and boards. In addition to working in private practice, he has held staff positions at the Chamberlin Clinic and the North Mississippi Medical Center. His earlier professional background includes working with the medically ill and the elderly. While chemical dependency was always a component of his job, Dr. Hill’s previous work had him dealing with neurological diseases and end organ failure from chronic drug dependence; but now in his role at La Paloma, he gets to work with the same population before their organs have failed. Dr. Hill has long been aware of the benefits of the dual diagnosis model and became frustrated by other models that he knew weren’t effective. After referring patients to La Paloma over the years, he became acquainted with the staff and, when an opening presented itself, he was a natural fit to the join the team. Dr. Hill is a husband and a father with two grown children, and family time is the most important thing to him; but he also spends his off hours engaged in racquet sports and golf or involved in church life and activities related to his local congregation.

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Krystan Anderson
Clinical Manager of Assessment Unit

Kyrstan Anderson joined the The Oaks at La Paloma staff in 2007, where she created and implemented a powerful curriculum that focuses on understanding one’s diagnoses through education and insight into how co-occurring disorders impact individuals cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally and spiritually. Her approach includes the belief that through increased knowledge and awareness, patients will develop wellness and healing that will dramatically increase their quality of life and create the opportunity for them to succeed in all areas.

Anderson received her Master of Science in counseling and Bachelor of Art in psychology from the University of Memphis. She is a licensed professional counselor and mental health services provider (LPC-MHSP), national certified counselor (NCC) and certified rehabilitations counselor (CRC). Kyrstan is a level II trained EMDR therapist who specializes in the treatment of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, family systems and crisis intervention and management.

Prior to becoming clinical manager of the assessment unit, Kyrstan served as the outpatient director for nearby Foundations Memphis, and prior to that she worked as a residential therapist for The Oaks, helping to create and implement the family program. Additionally, Kyrstan has worked as a group and individual therapist to children and adolescents with emotional and intellectual disabilities, including autism and Asperger’s, as well as learning disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia.

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Hallie Bloom, LPC, CT, CCLS
Clinical Director

As clinical director at La Paloma, Hallie Bloom is a licensed professional counselor as well as a certified thanatologist and a certified child life specialist. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a BS in child development and family relations before graduating with a master’s from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in human development and family studies. She also holds a second master’s degree, this time in counseling psychology, from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta. A certified grief counselor and educator, Hallie works with individuals on their healing journey, whether it’s healing from childhood events, mental health issues, trauma or addiction. During the past two decades, Hallie has worked in the field of child life, working with children, adolescents and their families who are dealing with acute chronic and terminal illness. She served as director of child life, creating psychosocial programming, developing child-friendly environments and adding family-centered care approaches to the healthcare experience in Sacramento’s Sutter Memorial Health System, Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She has also been a therapist at Compass Intervention Center, working with children and adolescents with dual diagnoses and behavioral issues. Originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi, Hallie has lived in various cities throughout the US, returning to the Memphis area 13 years ago. She loves animals and enjoys scuba diving, traveling and just being surrounded by friends and family.

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Scherri Henderson, CBT, EMDR-Certified
Residential Therapist

A graduate of the Harding University School of Religion with an MA in counseling (with a specialty in marriage and family therapy), Scherri Henderson is a residential therapist whose expertise includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR (trauma resolution) and experiential therapy. She also serves as a Utilization Review Coordinator. In this capacity, she works directly with care management companies regarding precertification, peer reviews and concurrent reviews for inpatient care.

A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Henderson enjoys skiing and horseback riding. Upon high school graduation, she relocated to sunny San Diego before making Memphis home 16 years ago.