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
Clinical Therapist: Brian Simmons, LMSW, USMC Retired
A retired U.S. Marine with 20 years of service, Brian Simmons has extensive experience working in alcohol and drug treatment, dual diagnosis, geriatric care and hospice care, in addition to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brian holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Mississippi and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. In his spare time, Brian serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Doors of Hope Transitional Ministry to the homeless, is active in the Kairos Prison Ministry and is a deacon in his church. Brian’s personal experience with addiction and recovery has given him a passion for helping others also experience freedom from substance use.
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” – Romans 5:3-4 ESV
Family Therapist: Desiree Wasinger Carnathan, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Desiree Carnathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from The University of Mississippi. She is trained in EMDR and is a Certified Spiritual Director. Additionally, Desiree is a candidate with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts working towards a specialty diploma in Jungian Analytic Psychology. Desiree believes in the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection in therapy, recognizing that all three components are central to achieving a sense of healing, wellbeing and wholeness. Desiree has lengthy experience working with individuals suffering from trauma, addiction, mental health issues and spiritual longings. She understands that addiction is a disease which creates profound suffering within the individual and the family, and works to approach both in treatment to offer purpose and fulfillment for lifelong recovery.
“Adolescents sense a secret, unique greatness in themselves that seeks expression. They gesture toward the heart when trying to express any of this, a significant clue to the whole affair.” — Joseph Chilton Pearce, Evolutions End
Head Nurse: Lesley Thweatt, MSN, RN
Lesley Thweatt has a Masters of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing, Bachelors of Science in Nursing and an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. Lesley previously served as an Instructor of Nursing and the Skills and Simulation Coordinator at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing. She has over ten years of experience with direct patient care, including a tenure at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi as a staff nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit. Lesley came to Stonewater after being impacted by the loss of her brother in October 2016 to his 22 year battle with drugs and alcohol. Lesley hopes to inspire the young men and women that come through Stonewater by sharing his story and the impact substance use can have on a family.
“All men are like grass and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” – 1 Peter 1:24-25
Academic Adviser: Daniel Farmer
Daniel Farmer received his degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi, with concentrations in Mathematics and Social Studies. Throughout his time as an educator, Daniel has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages suffering from a wide array of mental health disorders. With over nine years of classroom experience, Daniel is excited to be part of the Stonewater team where he can combine his diverse skills as an educator with his personal experience in recovery.
“TRY not. Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Executive Chef: Brandi Lowe
Brandi studied Art at the University of Mississippi but later discovered that cooking was her true passion. She then apprenticed under skilled chefs in Oxford, Mississippi; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Austin,Texas. 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. 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. In addition to cooking, Brandi effectively utilizes her art background through fun, art expression classes for our patients.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare
Nurse: Holly Roberson, LPN
Holly Roberson received her Associate of Science Degree in Radiology before attending Methodist University Hospital for a radiology program. She spent 10 years working for a Pain Specialist assisting with spinal blocks and other spinal procedures, but, looking for something more personal, Holly followed her heart into nursing. After receiving her Nursing Degree, Holly joined the Stonewater team for what she considers her dream job – combining her love of nursing and young people! After losing a lifelong friend to addiction, Holly believes in the importance of helping other families facing the challenges of substance use.
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Clinical Assistant: Qwadre Clayton
Qwadre Clayton was an all-state football player on offense and defense in high school before attending Tennessee State University where he majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Information Systems. The void he once filled by playing sports in high school led him to pursue substance use and poor decision-making in college. However, through treatment and what 12 Steppers refer to as a “spiritual awakening,” Qwadre is now able to bring his drive and enthusiasm to helping others pursue successful recovery. Qwadre plans to one day become a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) to further his opportunity to help other struggling adolescents.
“A full fruit of a labor of love lives in the harvest and that always comes in its right season.” – Jimmy Kinnon
Clinical Assistant: Lucy Faulkner
Lucy Faulkner has an Associate of Liberal Arts Degree and is actively pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in History and English. She has over two years of experience as a Clinical Assistant and hopes to one day become a licensed addiction counselor. After seeing firsthand the effects of addiction on a family, Lucy is committed to helping other individuals, families and adolescents facing those same challenges.
“For the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.” – Psalms 9:18
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 with a minor in Economics. 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.”