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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-Turbyfill, M.A., LCAS, LPC-A; Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist

    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, 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 Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist

    Amy Johnson

    Amy Johnson, MS, LCAS Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist, Cary Facility

    Lydia Fisher

    Lydia Fisher, Administrator, Insurance Billing Specialist

    Henry Thanksgiving

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

    Pictures & Bios coming soon!

    • Kim Harrison, CSAC, Substance Abuse Counselor
    • Victoria Fisher, Administration
    • Cynthia Lyons, Substance Abuse Counselor
    • Heather Gallagher, Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist
    • Matthew Bader, M.D. Psychiatrist

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    A Brief History of First Step Services LLC

    A Brief History of First Step Services LLC

    First Step was originated by Henry Tarkington in 2001, in Garner, NC as a single-therapist practice. In
    The Greatest Gifts

    The Greatest Gifts

    Season's Greetings! We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season. On that note you
  • Client Experiences

    When I first started the group I had the mindset of “I’ll be glad to get these 40 hours behind me”. I was upset because I had to commute to Raleigh from Cary. The first day I was quiet and just sat back and observed everyone, taking everything in. Finally in the end I chose […]

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