Executive Director: Mark Stovall, M. Ed.
Mark Stovall received his degree in Community Counseling from Delta State University. He is a Certified Addictions Therapist (CAT) and Certified Mental Health Therapist (CMHT). Over Mark’s many years of service in the industry, he has worked as the State of Mississippi Adolescent Services Coordinator, Clinical Services Coordinator, Director of the Division of Treatment Services and The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, where he was the SSA for Mississippi. Mark has also served as the Director of Adolescent Residential Services for Region One Mental Health and as the Director of the Cleveland Crisis Intervention Center. Mark has represented Mississippi in the field of addictions in roles such as the National Treatment Network representative for Mississippi with the National Association of State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). Mark also served as the Director of the sixth annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals and worked extensively in the development of recovery support services for Mississippi Department of Mental Health.
“Treatment is not about forcing people to quit using drugs but convincing people there is a better way to live. When they realize this, they choose the former for themselves.”
Medical Director: Gary D. Carr, M.D., FAAFP, FASAM, Diplomate ABAM
Dr. Gary Carr is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, School of Medicine and trained in Family Medicine at the Anniston Family Practice Residency Program in Anniston, Alabama. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is both a Registered Interventionist and a Medical Review Officer. Dr. Carr has been involved with physician health for over 20 years developing the Mississippi Professionals Health Program (MPHP), serving as Medical Director there from 1998 – 2009 and then as Medical Director of the Professionals Health Network and Washington State Physician Health Program. He has also served as Medical Director of The Oaks at La Paloma in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, he is an addiction consultant for several addiction treatment organizations.
Dr. Carr speaks nationally and internationally on issues of addictive illness and professionals’ health. He has addressed groups such as the Southern Medical Association, the Citizens Advocacy Committee in Washington, D.C., the American Society of Addictive Medicine, the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the International Society of Addiction Medicine in Reykjavik, Iceland and the AMA/BMA/CMA International Conference on Physician Health in London, England. Dr. Carr is a member of the state and national chapters of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Carr also worked with the Federation of State Physician Health Programs to develop guidelines for the 46 member states. He is chair of the ASAM Physician Health Committee and was one of the principle authors of the ASAM Physician Health Public Policies adopted in April 2011. Dr. Carr is a past President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs.
“Your destiny is determined by the choices you make. Choose now. Choose well.” – Unknown
Executive Chef: Brandi Lowe
Brandi studied Art at the University of Mississippi but later discovered that cooking was her true passion. After apprenticing under skilled chefs in Oxford, Mississippi; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Austin,Texas, Brandi and a business partner conceptualized and opened their own restaurant in Oxford. Brandi’s career in substance abuse treatment began when she received treatment for her own addiction and later became Executive Chef and Food service Director at Oxford Treatment Center. During her tenure there, Brandi was also able to effectively utilize her art background through art therapy classes for patients. Brandi’s culinary approach incorporates the importance of healthy eating during treatment by serving farm-to-table meals and using locally sourced ingredients. Knowing that food affects mood and nutrition encourages recovery, Brandi is personally motivated to help restore our patients to the best possible physical and nutritional health.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
CEO / Founder: Bryan Fikes
Before founding Stonewater, Bryan Fikes specialized in fiduciary consulting and investment advisory services for Hardy Reed Fiduciary Consulting Firm. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Bryan earned his BA degree in accounting from the Patterson School of Accountancy. At the age of 16, Bryan acknowledged his substance addiction, recognized the need for treatment and, during 14 months of a diverse recovery program, experienced firsthand the challenges an adolescent faces when learning to overcome addiction. With this experience came the passion for helping other young men identify their addiction and to provide a place where they, with their families, can receive a comprehensive and individualized treatment program to achieve lifelong recovery.
“Whatever God permits, He has a purpose to promote.”