Our Staff


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.


David Perez, LPC

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.

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.

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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

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.


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.


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.


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.