Our Staff

Jeremy Pitzer

Jeremy Pitzer, LCSW

Originally from Colorado, but with strong ties to Illinois, Jeremy Pitzer earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, studying social work with a specialization in community mental health. He did his undergraduate work in psychology, graduating magna cum laude from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Pitzer stepped into the role of CEO at The Oaks in March 2017, bringing with him a wide range of experience in substance abuse treatment and co-occurring disorders. Already part of the UHS family, he spent nearly six years as the CEO of Compass Intervention Center, working with children and adolescents dealing with co-occurring disorders and childhood trauma.

His vast experience also includes serving as a director of clinical services for a treatment program that provided residential and outpatient addiction treatment and as a clinical supervisor for a 24-hour crisis line and mobile crisis team. Committed to community involvement, Pitzer served as the chair of the Region VII Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy and Planning Council for two years and has presented and participated in several conferences and collaborations.

Originally, Pitzer planned to study business, but a sociology elective put him on a new career path when he fell in love social studies and the study of people. One of the most rewarding aspects of this type of work, he says, is when you’re able to step back and take a look at measures and outcomes and know you made a difference. What other jobs allow you to have that kind of impact every day? Tapping into his early interest in business. Pitzer also enjoys studying the systems in place and is constantly looking for ways to improve them.

When not working, Pitzer is kept busy with family responsibilities. He and his wife have two young children, a daughter and a son. Their year-round activities, from basketball to soccer, take up the bulk of his time, but he also manages to do some woodworking, and says he enjoys building furniture.

Darby Walton, MS, ICADC-I
Residential Therapist

Darby Walton has a BA in psychology from the University of Mississippi and a master’s in clinical counseling from Bellevue University. She is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor and is trained in EMDR. Over the course of her career, she has worked with women with co-occurring disorders, specifically those with trauma/PTSD who were at risk or living with HIV, and she has also worked with at-risk youth suffering addictions and other mental health disorders. Darby has been fortunate enough to gain lots of training in Motivational interviewing, CBT, trauma recovery and empowerment models, Double Trouble treatment for those with dual diagnoses, and Recovery Dynamics. She is passionate about helping others find happiness and purpose in life and managing life in positive and healthy ways so that this transformation can take place. Darby hopes that through her expertise and experience, she will be able to teach and lead by example to share strength and hope to those with whom she works.

G. Matthew Stamps, Jr.
Clinical Associate

Matt Stamps earned his Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, both from the University of Memphis. Stamps employs this education as a clinical associate at The Oaks, joining the team in 2014. His current responsibilities include facilitating individual and family therapy sessions with patients, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups.

Stamps developed his passion for helping those struggling with co-occurring disorders by completing his internship at The Oaks as part of working toward his master’s degree. The belief that both he and The Oaks share—using holistic healing techniques to help foster a healthy life for others— is the foundation that drew him to continue his journey here.

Outside of his work, Stamps enjoys playing guitar and singing, at times performing at (small) local venues. He also likes to read books in the fantasy genre, particularly in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Shelley Scoggins
Care Manager

Shelley Scoggins began her journey with Foundations as a resident in the women’s home in Nashville in 1999.  After getting the help she needed, she had a passion to help others with co-occurring disorders. When Foundations (now The Oaks at La Paloma) first opened in Memphis as a non-profit in 2003, she began her journey as an employee as a residential counselor in the women’s supportive living home. She has had the opportunity to be a part of the positive changes and growth of The Oaks and Foundations Recovery Network. During her years with The Oaks, she has worked in various positions, including residential counselor and intake coordinator. Shelley currently works as a patient care coordinator, assisting patients in developing their aftercare plans. She is passionate about helping patients develop an individualized plan that will support their sobriety after discharge. She is knowledgeable about the various aftercare providers, both local and regional, and continues to develop professional relationships with these providers. Shelley has a technical certificate in substance abuse counseling from Southwest Tennessee Community College and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in alcohol and drug abuse services. She was working toward her master’s degree in counseling, then life threw her a curve and blessed her with two baby boys. She is now on her way to begin a master’s degree in business administration in June.

Terry Matthews, LMFT
Residential Therapist

Terry Matthews is an experienced licensed marriage and family therapist. Currently he facilitates group sessions on anger management and relapse prevention, and he also leads individual and family therapy sessions. Terry completed his undergraduate work at Mississippi Valley State University, earning a BA in sociology. He also earned a master’s degree in guidance education from Alcorn State University. With over 20 years of counseling experience, Terry has worked with children and adults on a plethora of issues. He has provided individual, group, family and career counseling services. He has successfully developed treatment plans and coordinated discharge plans through assessment of community resources. Prior to joining the staff at The Oaks, Terry worked as a therapist at Compass Intervention Center for almost 10 years. In addition to providing therapy sessions, he facilitated the Multi-Family Parenting Program and worked closely with the multi-disciplinary team. Originally from Itta Bena, MS, Terry has called Memphis home for the last 11 years. Terry enjoys sports and is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He is a husband and a father of two daughters.

Zachary Becker, MS, CRC
Men's Unit Clinical Lead

Zack has recently moved into the men’s clinical lead position after having served as a residential therapist with The Oaks since 2012. Zack also supervises the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program at The Oaks. A graduate of Mississippi State University with an MS in counselor education and a BS in psychology, Zack is also a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Zack brings experience working with individuals in a long-term residential treatment setting, primarily focusing on co-occurring disorders treatment. He also has a history in providing spiritual guidance and counseling to adolescents as a youth director. Originally from Greenwood, MS, Zack relocated to Memphis after marrying his college sweetheart. In his spare time, he enjoys all Mississippi State sporting events, running, cooking, and playing with his Labrador retriever.

Carol Ricossa
Life Challenge Community and Events 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.

Glenda Murray

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.

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.

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.

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.