Meet Our Team

Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, unmatched care to each client.

Birmingham Recovery Center

Where Compassion Meets Excellence

Our executive and administrative staff at Birmingham Recovery Center work cohesively to develop individualized, targeted treatment plans for each client so that the process of healing can begin.

Dr. Cayce Paddock

Medical Director

Dr. Paddock is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. She trained in psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine. She is dedicated to improving the quality of the healthcare experience for patients through education and collaborative work. Her passion for education comes from the belief that knowledge drives culture and breaks down the barriers created by stigma.

Dr. Tim Carpenter

Psychiatrist

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.

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.

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.

Marie Danner, LMSW, CCTP

Lead Therapist

Marie was born and raised in the Birmingham area. She is honored to have the chance to give back to her community. Marie holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Social Work from Samford University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Marie has multiple years’ experience working in the field of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. She utilizes a collaborative treatment approach which includes therapeutic modalities such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and narrative therapy. In addition to her professional training, Marie is a person in long-term recovery. Marie believes quality, individualized treatment played a key role in her own journey. She is excited about providing that same quality of care to clients of the Birmingham Recovery Center.

Chris Sigvaldson, LMSW

Therapist

Chris is passionate about helping those that struggle to gain freedom from addiction. As an individual and group therapist at Birmingham Recovery Center, he works with clients facing a range of issues including addiction, anxiety, trauma, grief, and depression. Having a Master of Social Work from University of Alabama Birmingham, Chris has led group therapy, addiction education, coping skills, healthy boundaries, relationship skills, and relapse prevention. He has worked in a variety of settings including Fourth Dimension Sober Living and UAB’s Addiction Recovery Program. As a person in long-term recovery, Chris is able to apply his experience with the challenges of getting sober and the journey to become peaceful and happy. He is enthusiastic about providing support along this journey, and confident that recovery is possible for everyone who seeks it.

Verrick Taylor, ALC

Therapist

Verrick was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and raised in Birmingham from age 4 years old. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from The University of Alabama and a Master’s of Science in General Counseling from Alabama State University. Verrick is currently under supervision as an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) in the state of Alabama. 

He brings over 15 years of therapeutic mental health intervention experience to our team. Verrick has a work history with inpatient substance dependence, domestic violence, severe mental health disorders, and family system needs. Verrick enjoys individual and group therapy sessions and carries a passion for teaching healthy family dynamics. His extensive experience includes having honed skills with Hill Crest Hospital, JBS Mental Health Authority- Children’s Services, Fellowship House, Impact Family Counseling, Aletheia House, and 13 years of co-facilitating domestic violence diversion groups through Project SAFE- City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office. 

Verrick desires to help individuals who live with addiction issues safely heal through better understanding of their underlying problems and identification of healthier solutions.

Liz Harbin, LPC

Therapist

Liz is an Alabama native that has a passion for supporting people in their individual journeys toward more meaningful lives. Liz holds a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, is certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Liz has multiple years of experience working in the field of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders providing individual, group, and family therapy. She utilizes a collaborative and person centered treatment approach which includes acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and experiential modalities. Liz believes that counseling is a collaborative alliance and the client holds the capability to navigate challenging circumstances with support and compassion. She is honored to walk alongside clients in their journey to make changes that inspire growth and confidence in their recovery.

Whitney McDaniel, LPCS

Therapist

Bio coming soon!

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. 

Dane McDermott

Nurse

Dane brings a sense of calm to BRC. A Registered Nurse with experience in Neuroscience and Addiction Medicine, he offers mindful compassion to the nursing process. After personally walking the traditional 12 step path of recovery, he found alternative therapies a beneficial piece of the recovery process. As an instructor of Yoga and Meditation and a “wellness” enthusiast, Dane offers the opportunity to learn natural and evidence based coping mechanisms for life’s stressors. A former Couch Potato and isolationist, Dane enjoys any activity outdoors, world travel, spending time with his son Aden, and a good game of chess.

Jaycie Watts

Behavioral Health Technician

Jaycie grew up in Montgomery and moved to Birmingham as a teenager. As a person in recovery, Jaycie experienced firsthand the importance of people believing in her and providing the hope she could change her life. She wants to share that same hope with others through her work at BRC and as a sponsor in her 12-step fellowship. She is in the process becoming a Certified Recovery Support Specialist and she plans to continue her education and training by pursuing a social work degree. Most of all, she is focused on being a good mother to her son who was born two months before she got sober and who provides the motivation to do her best every day.

Elizabeth Wackenhut

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.

Caroline Wilson, BSW

Intern

Bio coming soon!

John Giannetto

Director of Business Development

John Giannetto

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.

Colin Harris

Managing Director

Colin Harris

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.

Blue

Chief Excitement Officer

Bio coming soon!

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