Medical Director: Gary D. Carr, MD, 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: A. Charisse Gough, LPC
A. Charisse Gough is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree specialty in Mental Health Counseling. For over 10 years, she has worked as a counselor in settings including residential treatment, outpatient private practice and intensive outpatient therapy. Charisse works directly with adolescents and families, using evidence-based approaches to promote mental, spiritual and behavioral health and recovery. She is experienced in therapy interventions addressing a variety of issues including trauma, anger, anxiety, depression, defiance, family conflict and substance use. Charisse values personalized treatment approaches that empower hope and healing.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3
Clinical Therapist: Molly Barbieri, LMSW, ICADC II
Molly Barbieri has both her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has worked with adults, adolescents and emerging adults in the field of substance abuse and mental health for over 10 years. After successfully pursuing recovery in her own life, Molly has experienced the challenges of overcoming addiction and is able to effectively communicate and relate to the adolescents she works with. In her spare time, Molly is a supermom to three boys and a tennis and CrossFit enthusiast!
“Never, never, never give up.” -Winston Churchill
Head Nurse: Della Biggers, BSN, RN
Della Biggers began her nursing career as an LPN, then later pursued an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Delta State University, where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Although Della has worked in various fields of nursing, her 10 years of experience in mental health have given her a passion and commitment to the transformations that can happen in mental health treatment. In addition to devoting her time and passions to the adolescents at Stonewater, Della enjoys spending time bird watching, hiking, being outdoors and serving as a member of the Tennessee Naturalist Program. She is also an artist and loves to create art with her twin nephews and grandchildren!
“Courage is not the absence of fear but the strength to do what is right in the face of it.” – Unknown
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
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
Director of Outreach and Communications: Elizabeth Fikes
Elizabeth Fikes joined Stonewater after nearly 10 years of international sales, marketing and brand building for one of the largest US housewares companies. When her brother Bryan began struggling with substance use at an early age, Elizabeth learned firsthand what it was like to see a sibling change in the throes of addiction and face the necessity of long-term treatment. Understanding that substance use affects not only the adolescent but the entire family, Elizabeth became passionate about sharing her family’s experience with other families at the crossroads of seeking treatment for their child. In addition to her roles in community outreach, admissions and communications, Elizabeth is actively involved in the Stonewater family and alumni programs to ensure meaningful engagement from the entire family in the treatment and recovery process.
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
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.”