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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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  • 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

    My first thought of treatment consisted of being nervous and not sure of what to expect. Shortly after beginning group I realized that everyone has similar issues but come from a variety of paths in life. I quickly felt in place as I realized that everyone pulled together to give positive feedback. My favorite group […]

    Anonymous

    Like everyone else that I have heard say I thought this class was going to be boring and a waste of time; but as I got into group and learned people and got comfortable. I was able to talk and share and really started to enjoy thanks to Tonya and Jessie. You guys were really […]

    Anonymous

    First Step is a great place to come to; to receive an assessment and treatment. The group sessions were very helpful in understanding the problems that arise from the substance abuse. The entire staff was very understanding and helpful. I would highly recommend First Step to anyone.

    Anonymous

    I came to First Step for a DWI. Even though I was very nervous and frustrated about having to attend group, I believe that it is a great tool put in place whether you are an alcoholic or drink socially sometimes. Personally, I have learned ways to deal with stress, how to communicate with others […]

    Anonymous

    What brought me to First Step I was smoking weed. The first time in group I didn’t know what to think, but I really enjoyed everything that I’ve gotten from First Step. I would just like to say that this group has helped me out a lot. It has opened my eyes to so many […]

    Anonymous

    Group has honestly helped me deal with my issues. I came here for a DUI, but failed a drug test and realized I needed help with other issues. I know I have upset Cynthia and Phyllis about things. I’m truly sorry you both have helped me in many ways. I have learned to say no […]

    Anonymous

    First Step was Awesome! This is the third treatment cent I’ve been to and was by far the best First Step doesn’t try to shove anything down your throat; they leave information on the table and allow you to take it yourself. I think that helps people open up. Neither Cynthia nor Phyllis views us […]

    Anonymous

    I received information with a list of possible providers to contact for assistance with getting an assessment. Initially, I felt embarrassed for even having to call and say that I had a DWI – my first and LAST one. Looking down the list, I chose to examine those closest to my home in driving distance. […]

    Anonymous

    What brought me here to First Step was the use of weed. I failed a pre-drug screen with my CDL’s which cause me to take the classes to get my CDL’s back. I had no idea of what to expect my first day of group but it was great. During my time attending groups, I […]

    Anonymous

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