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
Director of Clinical Strategy: Brian M. Wind, PhD
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Wind earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, California. Additionally, Dr. Wind completed post-doctoral training in the fields of Sleep Disorders and Behavioral Medicine and served as the Director of Clinical Sleep Medicine at a large interdisciplinary sleep disorders practice. Dr. Wind holds a board certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine and is a contracted speaker in the neuroscience/insomnia division of Merck and Company Pharmaceuticals. Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Wind has also specialized in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of addiction.
In 2014, Dr. Wind launched NOVOS Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC, a clinical consulting company with an emphasis on the treatment of addiction and the three “pillars of health” – sleep, nutrition and exercise. In this position, Dr. Wind served as a clinical consultant with multiple healthcare facilities and developed innovative healthcare-related software applications. In line with this approach, Dr. Wind has served as co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance with an emphasis on furthering the national movement of professional wellness. He currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Tennessee Colleague Assistance Foundation, Tennessee’s state-contracted peer support program for mental healthcare providers, in addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Psychology. Dr. Wind is also Chief of Clinical Operations for JourneyPure.
Dr. Wind is passionate about helping others pursue recovery and committed to incorporating innovations in wellness and technology to effectively reach adolescents in treatment. In his spare time, Dr. Wind enjoys spending time with his son, playing golf, reading, music and traveling.
“We make a living out of what we get, but we make a life out of what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Clinical Therapist: Molly Barbieri, LMSW, ICADC II
Molly Barbieri has her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Delta State University and Master’s degree in Social Work from Mississippi Valley State University. 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 12 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
Clinical Therapist: Davis Abraham
Davis Abraham received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with Minors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Mississippi. Subsequently, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family Therapy and Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary. Davis has extensive experience in the mental health field, including involvement in a children’s inpatient pediatric psychiatric program and an adolescent treatment facility offering intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Davis also spent two years working at an outpatient mental health clinic where he assisted individuals, families and couples. Davis believes it’s important to go above and beyond to gather thorough insight and formulate a unique treatment plan for every patient he sees. Whenever he has downtime, Davis enjoys listening to music, reading and being outdoors with friends.
“It’s never either/or. It’s always and.” – Evan Stephens Hall
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
Lead Clinical Assistant: Holly Pigeon
Holly Pigeon is working towards a Social Work degree and has two years of experience as a Clinical Assistant. When she began assisting those in recovery in 2017, she immediately fell in love with helping individuals reach their full potential. In Holly’s spare time, she attends and sponsors recovering women in NA. She also enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, even fostering those who are in desperate need of some love!
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has a cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lightened the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
Clinical Assistant: Josh Bamberg
Josh Bamberg is a certified peer support specialist and has five years of experience working in residential recovery. Through his own journey of recovery, he identified his love of guiding and providing support to those who are hurting. Josh is a devout and caring husband to his wife and two sons. In his free time, he loves woodworking, gardening, and watching his boys play baseball.
“At any given moment, you have the power to say: this is NOT how the story is going to end.” – Christine Mason Miller
Clinical Assistant: Charles Twilley
Charles Twilley has a B.S. in Health Science from the University of Central Arkansas. Previous to his time at Stonewater, he worked three years in Arkansas as a Case Manager and Evening Supervisor, supporting and encouraging recovering individuals who live with symptoms of mental illness. Charles volunteers as a youth baseball coach in the spring and summer months. He is also a devoted father and husband to his wife and two children.
“Carpe diem.” – Horace
Clinical Assistant: Lucy Murrah
Lucy Murrah 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
Communications Assistant: Kennedy Shortal
Kennedy Shortal acquired a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications, with minors in Business Administration and German Language from the University of Mississippi. After witnessing her loved ones’ trials and tribulations with addiction, she was drawn to Stonewater’s dedication and passion for recovery. In Kennedy’s leisure time, she wholly enjoys being with her family and staying as active as possible.
Human Resources Manager and Patient Services Adviser: PJ Mexner
PJ attended the University of Florida to pursue a legal career but soon realized she had an affinity for all things technology. She quickly escalated through the Information Systems ranks to become a Junior Technician, Information Supervisor and then MIS Site Manager over three properties. Deciding to return to her legal interests, PJ then perfected her administration skills by spending 13 years as an office administrator at a national law firm. It was at this time that PJ let God “take the wheel” and remained still and steadfast in her belief that He would lead her to a place where her unique set of skills and “weirdness” would be wholeheartedly welcomed. That place is Stonewater. PJ is a master multi-tasker, mother of three, and grandmother of three known as “Gammi,” living each day with an open mind and an eagerness to help others.
“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.” – J. Lynn
Founder/Director of Outreach and Communications: Elizabeth Fikes
Elizabeth Fikes helped found Stonewater after nearly 10 years of international business development 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
Founder/CEO: 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.”