Awakenings Staff

 

We believe that the culture and staff at each of our facilities can be the difference maker for every individual in our care.

Each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. Approaching recovery work from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities allows our teams to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

Many members of our team are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long term recovery.

Each member of our team will facilitate your success, and be on your side at every turn, serving as a resource and a role model to help you live clean and sober.

Rachel Reines

Administrative Assistant

What is your mission at Awakenings?

My goal at Awakenings Recovery Center is to provide the best support possible for the clients to help them through one of the most difficult things they will ever face in their lives. I strive to set an example of what recovery can do for you if you work hard and stay clean.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

Awakenings Recovery Center stands out for it’s individualized, but consistent and fair, care given to the clients. The compassion, empathy, and understanding is top notch at Awakenings and makes me proud to be a part of the team.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

The most rewarding part of working at Awakenings is watching life come back in the clients’ after the first couple of days of treatment. I know the difficulties we face as recovering addicts, both physically and emotionally, and seeing that glimmer of hope in their eyes is priceless. I am proud to say that I am helping a fellow addict stay clean just for today!

Dawn Jennings , CSC-AD

Executive Director

What is your mission at Awakenings?

My goal at Awakenings Recovery Center is to provide quality care and maintain a supportive environment where patients are treated with respect and dignity.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

Awakenings Recovery Center stands out as our staff is committed to taking a patient-centered approach. We take pride in accommodating the individual needs of each patient by not only treating the addiction but assisting them in addressing various other psychosocial factors that impact their lives.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

The most rewarding aspect of my role at Awakenings Recovery Center is having the ability to help people who are struggling with addiction begin the journey of recovery; seeing the difference between the time they enter treatment and the time they are ready to move to the next step is the reason why I work in this field.

Faye Lundy, BSN, RN

Nurse

What is your mission at Awakenings?

My mission is to create an atmosphere of health and wellness for each client, that will help them start their journey of recovery.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

We each care so much for each client who enters our center. We want each of our clients to stay sober after they leave, we know that being and staying sober is sometimes painful and hard but nothing is better or more worth it.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

I believe that anyone who enters treatment is a miracle. I am honored to be a part of their miracle and that is why I come to work each day. I have such strong gratitude to be a part of their lives for a short time.

Rosie Sullivan, MPH

Regional Outreach Specialist

What is your mission at Awakenings?

As an outreach specialist at Awakenings, my mission is to create awareness about our services not only within the Hagerstown community, but throughout Maryland. There are so many resources available that people may not know of, and I want to be able to help anyone in any way that I can!

What makes Awakenings stand out?

The atmosphere at Awakenings is welcoming, we want anyone who walks through our doors to feel comfortable. We have a wonderful team that shares the same passion for helping others begin the process of recovery.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

There are many rewarding aspects of working at Awakenings, but one of the most rewarding is being able to help people, whether it is someone looking for help for themselves or a loved one, and making a positive change in their lives. It is also rewarding being able to meet so many other organizations and creating new relationships with people in this field that have the same passion and mission for helping others.

Petros Colla

Regional Outreach Specialist

What is your mission at Awakenings?

To accommodate any individual seeking inpatient treatment without judgment or expectation.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

Awakenings Recovery Center stands out because all of our staff strives to provide a therapeutic environment where anyone will feel comfortable learning how to feel, deal and heal, without the use of drugs or alcohol.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

Personally, the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings Treatment Center is being a recovering addict helping other addicts. I never imagined that my higher power had this in plan for me. It keeps me grateful and humble.

John Kotz

Director of Operations

What is your mission at Awakenings?

I want to help provide those seeking recovery with services and resources that will allow them to flourish.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

The staff is committed to helping the clients accomplish whatever goals they have. A life of recovery is a blessing, and we want to share that with clients who are looking for that.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

In my experience, early recovery can be a time of dramatic change in all aspects of a person's life. Watching the miracle start to happen in a client is the reason why I do what I do.

Jason Swanger

Director of Admissions

What is your mission at Awakenings?

As a person in recovery myself I know that feeling of hopelessness and fear of the unknown is sometimes unbearable. I want to connect on a personal level to each person who comes to let them know that I do care about them and how they can get better one day at a time to achieve sobriety.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

In the grips of addiction, we are all climbing a similar mountain. When left alone, that mountain can feel unachievable. At Awakenings, we will not only work to climb that mountain with you; many of us have reached its darkest valleys before. We know where you have been, and we will invest every ounce of our effort and limitless compassion to ensure a continuous transformation toward the person you will become.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

I think it’s hard to say what is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings simply for the fact that we are seeing miracles happen in people on a daily basis when they come into treatment. From the first day a patient walks into my admission office broken down and just being able to see the light in their eyes with a glimmer of hope that this can work for them too makes my job all worth it.

Charlene McPherson , CAC-AD

Clinical Supervisor

What is your mission at Awakenings?

My mission is to help guide each client on their own path to recovery.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

The most rewarding part of working at Awakenings is being part of a team that works together to help guide people on their path to recovery.

Sheri Denham,, CRNP

Medical Director

What is your mission at Awakenings?

My mission is to treat those suffering from addiction with dignity, respect, and to provide a superior level of individualized medical treatment.

What makes Awakenings stand out?

Awakenings stands out as a treatment facility in Washington County as it brings a much needed higher level of treatment to the area and has the ability to create seamless follow up care and transition back into the community.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Awakenings?

The most rewarding aspect of working in addiction management is watching people transform their lives and reach their true potential.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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