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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, Associate Director; 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
    • 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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