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    First Step Services Staff:

    Denise Thompson

    Denise Thompson – LPC, LCAS, CCS, Clinical Director, First Step Services, LLC Board Member.

    Sara Shook

    Sara Shook, M.A., LCAS, Program Director, Cary Facility; First Step Services, LLC Board Member

    Corrie Swanson

    Corrie Swanson, A.A., CSAC, Substance Abuse Counselor, First Step Services, LLC Board Member

    Rande Conn

    Randee Conn, B.A., CSAC, Durham Facility Program Manager, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, First Step Services, LLC Board Member

    Holly Haddock

    Holly Haddock, M.A., LCAS-A, LPC-A

    Phyllis Kirby

    Phyllis Kirby, CSAC-I, Substance Abuse Counselor, First Step Services, LLC Board Member

    Glenn Ortenzio

    Glenn Ortenzio, B.A., CSAC Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Manager Garner Program

    Raymond Cox

    Raymond Cox, B.A., CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

    Jessica Storrs

    Jessica Storrs, B.S., CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Raleigh Facility

    Susann Hoppmann

    Susann Hoppmann, MSW, LCSW, Therapist

    Dharma Pantha

    Dharma Pantha, LPC, LCAS Durham Facility Senior Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Therapist

    Jim Bacon

    Jim Bacon, Medical Records, Administrative Assistant

    Brenda Schuler

    Brenda Schuler, Administration, Executive Assistant

    Reggie Butler

    Reginald “Reggie” Butler, M.A., LCAS-A

    Amy Johnson

    Amy Johnson, MS, Substance Abuse Counselor, Cary Facility

    Lydia Fisher

    Lydia Fisher, Administrator, Insurance Billing Specialist

    Dr Joshua Dittmer

    Joshua Dittmer, M.D., Medical Director, Psychiatrist

    Henry Thanksgiving

    Henry Tarkington, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS Owner/CEO, Board Chairman

    Pictures & Bios coming soon!

    • Kim Harrison, CSAC, Substance Abuse Counselor
    • Frank Heitmann, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, FACE Group Facilitator
    • Dennis Fryer, Substance Abuse Counselor-I, Garner Facility
    • Robin Skinner, Administrator, Insurance Billing, First Step Services, LLC Board Member
    • Victoria Fisher, Administration
    • Cynthia Lyons, Substance Abuse Counselor

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    Go Forward and Shine, do a little work in their recovery to get there!

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  • What brought me to First Step was drinking and driving and being arrested twice. My first impression was that I wouldn’t learn anything and that I would hate it. What I thought was helpful was listening to others and their stories and how they handled their situations, they helped me reduce the want of alcohol […]

    Anonymous

    The counselors were great and very open minded because everyone has a different situation. Overall it was a great experience; I would want to comeback but only to visit!

    Anonymous

    I came into this group somewhat resentful… After just my first meeting I actually went home feeling good and eager to talk about my visit. I learned a lot about myself and I am very grateful to Jessie and First Step Services.

    Anonymous
    Raleigh

    I’ve learned a lot in this group and glad it was now and not later.

    JT

    I learned that I have more to offer than I previously thought. Also that I can share comfortably in a group setting; in the end I enjoyed going to these meetings.

    JB

    The counselors and the group recognized I deal with a dual diagnosis and provided the support I need to recover. The genuine concern I received from the counselors and the group has helped me identify the issues and then work on overcoming them. As I continue healing by participating in group and seeing Holly for […]

    Anonymous

    Though WTC (Wilmington Treatment Center) put me on the right track to deal with my alcoholism, the treatment didn’t go beyond that to help me deal with my depression. When I came to First Step I had to deal with my depression and alcoholism.

    Anonymous

    The treatment helped me a lot and made me feel good every night I left. The Counselors were great and I hope to stay on the same road I’m on now.

    SD

    I value my family, my friends, and the air I breathe. My treatment here at First Step has been that of support and caring. I am very grateful to all of my counselors here at First Step. KD

    KD

    I have been directly affected in more ways than I am able to explain. Thanks for the support, and I appreciate what each of you has done for me.

    MV

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