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    First Step Services Staff

    Henry Tarkington

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

    Sara Shook

    Sara Shook, M.A., LCAS, LPC-A, CS-I, Clinical Director, Board Member

    Holly Haddock

    Holly Turbyfill, M.A., LCAS, LPC-A, Associate Clinical Director, Substance Abuse Counselor/ Therapist, Raleigh Facility

    Kim Harrison

    Kimberly Harrison BA, CSAC, Garner Facility Program Coordinator

    Doreen Runyon

    Doreen Runyon, CSAC, Community Outreach/Marketing Coordinator, Professionals Program Group Counselor, Raleigh Facility

    Randee Conn, B.A., CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Board Member

    Brenda Schuler, Administration, Executive Assistant, Raleigh Facility.

    Glenn Ortenzio, B.S., CSAC Substance Abuse Counselor, Raleigh Facility

    Monique Sorensen, M.A., LPC-A, LCAS-A Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Raleigh Facility
    Tonya Upchurch

    Tonya Upchurch, M.S., CSAC, LCAS-A, Counselor, Garner Facility
    Family And Community Education Facilitator

    Anthony (Tony) Porrett, M.A., LPC, LCAS, CCS Family And Community Education Facilitator”
    Tiffany Corbett

    Tiffany Corbett, M.A., LCAS-A Substance Abuse Counselor
    Maya Shmueli

    Maya Shmueli, Raleigh Administrative Assistant, Front Desk
    Claretta Jones, Administrative Assistant, Durham Facility

    More pictures, bios and page completion coming soon!

    • Michael Lazar, MSW, LCSW-A
    • Rene Newman, Administrative Assistant
    • Joanne Pavegilo, CSAC IOP counselor
    • Patrick May, Finance
    • Matthew Bader, M.D. Psychiatrist

    Blog

    Choosing outpatient substance abuse treatment

    Choosing outpatient substance abuse treatment

    Congratulations! You have decided to seek counseling or education for alcohol or drug use. It is
    Substance use disorder – screening, referral and placement

    Substance use disorder – screening, referral and placement

    Does someone you know need treatment for alcohol or drug use?  Who do you rely on for accurate information
  • Client Experiences

    I was ordered to go. When I first came here I thought it was just the state getting money from poor working Joe because it was just unfair judgment, but I found out though that the probability of me making another bad decision was very possible, and that people make the same mistakes with their

    Anonymous Garner Client

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