MHR’s Clinical Staff
Michaela Jamieson, M.S., earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. As the IOP Coordinator, she oversees both the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse IOP’s. Additionally, she provides both interpersonal psychotherapy process groups as well as numerous coping skill training groups. She has experience with work place stress, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and addiction / substance abuse. She utilizes a strengths based orientation, relying on the stages of change, motivational interviewing, interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral techniques to help clients achieve their goals. She has worked in the mental health related services for approximately ten years. She has worked as a Case Manager, Family Case Manager, EAP intern, Utilization Review Assistant and Therapist at EAP’s, intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs.
Reisha Jack, M.S., received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree. As a Counselor, Ms. Jack comes to MHR with prior experience working with substance abuse and dual diagnosis patients in an IOP suboxone setting. She is well versed in helping clients identify triggers, relapse prevention and developing coping skills to maintain emotional calm. In addition to conducting an interpersonal psychotherapy based process group, she also provides numerous cognitive behavioral skills training groups, intake assessments, individual therapy and family support group. She has been involved in the delivery of an anger management program, where she facilitated individual and group therapy. She has experience working with domestic violence victims and perpetrators and has a special interest in co-occurring disorders and women’s issues.
Leah Bearman-Pinkston, M.A., earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver with an Addiction specialization. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with an Addictions specialization. She has provided individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her experience includes working with homeless men and women struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, providing individual and family therapy as needed. She has provided numerous types of group based treatment, including parent skills training, nicotine cessation and about the process of addiction. She has volunteered to serve in numerous roles at the Exchange Club Family Center, including their Domestic Violence, Divorce and Anger Management programs. She relies on motivational interviewing, stages of change, cognitive behavior therapy and a strengths based approach in her clinical work. She has been an Honored Member of the Psi Chi National Honor’s Society and the Dean’s List for academic achievement.
Anne Knight, LCSW, received her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee. Among her many accomplishments, she has served as the Director of Individual and Group Therapy for a local community agency and was the Treatment Program Director at a local medication assistance treatment program. She has provided direct clinical services throughout her career and has considerable addiction and dual diagnosis experience. Her special interests include women’s issues, co-dependency and co-occurring disorders.
PSYCHIATRY / PSYCHIATRISTS
Carl Da Cunha, M.D., completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee in 1991 and is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He has extensive experience working with veterans and their families at the Memphis V.A., where he was an attending psychiatrist, Clinical Manager of their Partial Hospitalization Program, Chairman of Quality Council and Medical Director for the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Intervention Team and Day Treatment Center Programs. He has extensive experience in the IOP treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Da Cunha specializes in the treatment of adult mood disorders and is currently in full time private practice.
Edward A. Wise, Ph.D. is a licensed Health Service Provider in Psychology and the President as well as founder of Mental Health Resources, PLLC. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. He has been in practice for over 30 years, treating individuals in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings. He has extensive experience with mood disorders, substance abuse disorders and personality disorders. He conducts psychological and forensic evaluations, including pre-surgical, fitness for duty and risk for violence assessments. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has served as a Reviewer for many esteemed publications. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners and Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. He was named a Health Care Hero by the Memphis Business Journal, received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice, is the recipient of the Society of Clinical Psychology Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology. and the University of Wyoming Outstanding Alumnus. He has served on the American Psychological Association Task Force for the Future of Psychology.
MHR’s Office Staff
Lisa Burnside is our Office Manager and oversees our daily office operations, including Billing, Collections and Patient Accounts. Lisa has over 15 years of experience in various medical settings, including rehabilitation, oncology and mental health. She has served as an Accounts Receivable Manager, Regional Business Office Manager, Business Office Manager and Director of Billing and Reimbursement in corporate, private practice and community mental health settings. She has performed all Business Office and Human Resource functions, participated in Quality Assurance Audits, Facility Site Reviews, provider credentialing and managed care contracting. She is the interface of our IOP treatment services and external agencies.
Dee White is our Assistant Office Manager. She has worked for 15 years as the Office Manager at a very busy primary care clinic where she supervised two receptionists, two medical billers and two medical records clerks. Prior to that, she worked as the Office Manager at a nursing home (7 years) as well as a durable medical equipment company (6 years). In addition to nearly 30 years of managerial experience, she also extensive medical billing experience. In fact, she has either supervised or functioned as the primary biller in her previous positions. She is a “hands on” manager who is team player and believes in cross training, whether that requires manning the front desk, getting the billing tasks completed, or “doing whatever is needed”.
Angel Laughlin works as a General Office Clerk and is cross trained as our Receptionist, Data Entry and Insurance Clerk. She has extensive customer service experience and has worked in another mental health setting as a front desk receptionist. Prior to that, she held a managerial position at a local small business. As a data entry clerk, she has gained considerable experience with our IOP treatment services. Angel possesses numerous strengths, including her customer service skills, willingness to learn and her willingness to pitch in where ever she is needed. No task is to small nor to formidable for Angel, who believes in customer service with a smile.
Dorothy Macon, a Patient Account Representative, first started working in an Orthopedic office nearly 20 years ago as a Receptionist and eventually became the Biller and then Office Manager. She then ventured away from healthcare and has worked in various customer service settings related to account follow up in finance. She recently went back to school to complete her AA degree in Medical Billing and Coding, her true passion.
Our Intensive outpatient treatment center in Memphis, TN has been proven to be effective in the treatment of alcohol abuse and drug treatment in peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient program. If you or a loved one is showing signs of alcohol abuse or needs drug treatment rehab, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for IOP treatment that can result in recovery. Our IOP treatment for substance abuse can be highly successful. Call us at 901-682-1434 to schedule an appointment.