Meet Our Team

Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, unmatched care to each client at our rehab in Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham Recovery Center

Rehab in Birmingham, AL: Where Compassion Meets Excellence

Our executive and administrative staff at our rehab in Birmingham, Alabama work cohesively to develop individualized, targeted treatment plans for each client so that the process of healing can begin. With years of experience in the behavioral health field, our team understands the complex needs of addiction and dual diagnosis disorders and addresses each individuals symptoms and root cause issues to develop the best treatment program aimed at creating sustainable addiction recovery.

Medical

Dr. Tim Carpenter

Medical Director

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Dr. Tim Carpenter

Medical Director

Timothy Carpenter is a Mississippi native and received his undergraduate degree at Ole Miss.  He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.  He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

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Charles Long

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Bio coming soon!

Clinical

Amy Rast, LPC

Clinical Director

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Amy Rast, LPC

Clinical Director

Amy brings a wealth of essential experience to her role as Clinical Director. She began her career at Bradford Health as a primary therapist beginning in 2010.  She held a variety of positions at Bradford until being promoted to Clinical Coordinator of their primary residential program in Warrior, Alabama in 2015. Prior to joining Birmingham Recovery Center, Amy worked as a utilization manager for New Directions in the BCBS family of outsourced providers. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alabama and she completed her Masters in Community Agency Counseling at University of Montevallo.

Paul Bryant, LMSW

Therapist

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Paul Bryant, LMSW

Therapist

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and has a strong desire to give back to the community. Paul completed his undergraduate studies in social work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and also received his master’s degree in clinical and medical social work from UAB. While attending UAB, Paul was a member of the Phi Alpha social work honor society and was the recipient of the Norman Eggleston Award. Paul is currently a licensed master social worker and certified recovery support specialist. Before he began practicing clinical addiction treatment, Paul coordinated the entirety of recovery support services for all of Jefferson County, Alabama’s specialty and treatment courts. He has had the honor to facilitate trainings on recovery at the local, state, and national level. Paul brings years of professional recovery-oriented experience to Birmingham Recovery Center. Paul is a person in long term recovery which is why he is so passionate about helping people find recovery and becoming the best versions of themselves. Paul understands that stopping substance use is only the beginning, and to truly improve quality of life people must find purpose, grow, be happy, be useful, and experience true peace.

Mills Gorrie, ALC, NCC

Therapist

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Mills Gorrie, ALC, NCC

Therapist

Mills was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and has spent time over the last decade living and working in Colorado, California, and Georgia.  Mills completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Kennesaw State University where he was actively engaged, and employed by, the Kennesaw State Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery.  He received his Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UAB in 2022.  Prior to entering the mental health field, Mills worked as the Development Director at The Exceptional Foundation, a nonprofit in Homewood, Al, that is committed to enhancing the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.  This position fostered Mills’ deep interest in serving the community.  Through his experience as a person in long term recovery, Mills is able recognize that recovery is not a one size fits all process.  He is passionate about meeting individuals, and their families, exactly where they are through a collaborative and inclusive process.  Empathy, accountability, and integrity guide his approach as he aims to help individuals, and their families, achieve a lifetime of freedom from alcohol and substance use disorder.  He strongly believes that true recovery is demonstrated out in the world, and that stopping use is only the beginning.  Mills is inspired by the courage and resiliency his clients demonstrate daily, and passionate about providing support and guidance to anyone embarking on a journey of recovery.  He firmly believes that recovery is available for all who seek it!

Caroline Wilson, MSW

Therapist

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Caroline Wilson, MSW

Therapist

Caroline was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, before later moving to Birmingham. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies and Master of Social Work from Samford University. Prior to joining Birmingham Recovery Center, Caroline completed multiple practicum trainings in local healthcare, advocacy, and family counseling settings. She is passionate about education, experiential learning, and breaking cycles of dysfunctional patterns or unwanted behaviors. Caroline utilizes a collaborative therapeutic approach of person-centered, narrative, motivational-interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral modalities. She is passionate about providing quality care through the therapeutic perspective of warmth, empathy, and recognizing individual strengths. Caroline is thrilled to be a part of the treatment team and desires to collaborate with individuals in rebuilding a healthier and happier life through careful attentiveness and positive relationship.

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Miranda King, LPC

Therapist

Bio coming soon!

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Carly Spoerl, MSW

Therapist

Bio coming soon!

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Leah Brast, MS, LPC

Therapist

Leah was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Before joining Birmingham Recovery Center, Leah was a counselor for the Jimmie Hale Mission organization. During her time there, she provided individual and group counseling to women and men recovering from substance use dependence and co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and grief. Leah is passionate about providing a safe, empathetic, and judgment-free environment for individuals to identify and explore their problems while encouraging them toward personal growth and change. She utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach of person-centered, cognitive behavioral, and motivational-interviewing modalities. Leah feels that her responsibility as a therapist is to empower individuals to establish healthy behaviors to maintain a healthier and happier life free from substances. She is a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider and is currently under supervision as an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) in Alabama. Leah is excited to be a part of the treatment team at Birmingham Recovery Center.

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Allison Schmale, MA, ALC, NCC

Therapist

Allison was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auburn University and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is additionally certified in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling, and she is currently under supervision as an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) in the state of Alabama. Prior to joining Birmingham Recovery Center, Allison worked at a nonprofit catering to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence. Allison has experience in treating trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, and family systems concerns. She is passionate about creating a warm, safe, and empathetic environment in which clients can empower themselves and recognize their innate individual strengths, so that they may begin to overcome personal adversity and lead healthier, and more joyful, lives. Allison strives to practice a collaborative, person-centered approach with all clients, integrating cognitive behavioral, narrative, and motivational interviewing therapeutic treatment modalities. She is delighted to be a part of the treatment team and join clients on their journeys towards personal growth and recovery.

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Cammann Harris, BS

Admissions Coordinator

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Cammann Harris, BS

Admissions Coordinator

Cammann is from Atlanta, GA and moved to Birmingham in August of 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Kennesaw State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at the University of Alabama. Cammann has a passion for helping others and is excited to be part of that process at Birmingham Recovery Center. She believes in the importance of meeting everyone who walks through the doors of BRC with kindness and compassion, as well as the importance of quality care. As a person in long-term recovery, Cammann knows how important a good foundation is and knows BRC will be that for the community. 

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Nuly Farruk, CRSS

Client Care Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

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Elizabeth Wackenhut, CRSS

Behavioral Health Technician

Elizabeth was born and raised in the Washington DC area and moved to Birmingham during high school in 2001. She loves watching and playing sports, a good Netflix binge, road trips and Penn State football games. After being in active addiction for 13 years, Elizabeth finally found freedom through the 12 steps. Heavily involved in her 12-step fellowship, Elizabeth holds a service position at her home group. She joined BRC to help make recovery accessible to others. She is excited to see the amazing things that BRC will do for this community.

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Will Ryan

Behavioral Health Technician

Bio coming soon!

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Blue

Chief Excitement Officer

Bio coming soon!

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Gracie

Assistant Excitement Officer

Executive

Colin Harris

Founder & Managing Director

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Colin Harris

Founder & Managing Director

As a person in recovery, Colin intimately understands the challenges faced by people struggling with addiction and their families. During most of his twenties, Colin was a client of numerous addiction programs through the southeast and despite many of these programs providing high quality treatment, he never gave recovery a chance. It wasn’t until he was admitted to the Addiction Recovery Program at UAB Hospital that he began to believe his life could truly change for the better. At this program he experienced a sense that every staff member genuinely cared about him and soon he was able to be committed to recovery. It is from this personal experience that Colin brings a passion for quality treatment to his role managing the daily operations of Birmingham Recovery Center.  As a native of Alabama, he is committed to developing programs that best serve those in the state who struggle with addiction as he once did. When not working, Colin enjoys golfing and training his beloved pet and BRC’s mascot, Blue.

John Giannetto

Founder & Director of Business Development

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John Giannetto

Founder & Director of Business Development

Since beginning his career in 2010, John quickly realized that he had a passion to help people struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. Being a person in long term recovery, he understands the importance of ensuring that each client is placed into the appropriate clinical care to address their unique situation. John brings extensive experience from a variety of treatment programs including roles as program director, intake/admissions, and insurance/finance. This experience allows him to engage patiently with our new clients to understand their treatment needs and resolve any issues that arise prior to admission.

As Director of Business Development, he is responsible for building relationships both nationally and locally with other treatment facilities and professionals. These relationships allow our clients to receive the widest breadth of treatment services, whether they might require a program outside of Birmingham or they are returning to the area to continue their recovery. Most importantly, John recognizes how difficult that first call can be, so he takes the time and care necessary to make sure every caller is met with compassion, love, and hope.

Ian Henyon, LPC

Executive Director

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Ian Henyon, LPC

Executive Director

Having worked in a variety of clinical settings since 2008, Ian brings well over a decade of treatment center experience to the leadership role at Birmingham Recovery Center. As Executive Director, he is responsible for all aspects of BRC’s operations and provision of services. Being firmly grounded in the notion of servant leadership, Ian is focused on establishing a supportive work environment as a foundation for providing superior clinical services to BRC’s clients. Ian combines his extensive knowledge of treating addiction and psychiatric illness with the recognition that addiction is a disorder of the brain, to ensure that all clients are treated with the highest levels of respect and compassion. Ian is a licensed professional counselor. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and he received a Master of Science degree from Prescott College.

Birmingham Recovery Center

Rehab in Birmingham, AL

Addiction isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach and neither is recovery. Our staff understands and recognizes the complex needs of addiction and dual diagnosis disorders and works with individuals and their families to create a successful path of recovery. Call us today at (205) 813-7400 and learn more about our addiction services.

“Creating Lifelong Change for Addiction Recovery”

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