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Tina Nowak, RN / Executive Director

Tina is a native North Carolinian. She feels blessed to work in a field which allows her to work closely with and treat women who so desperately need help dealing with their body image and trauma issues. Before Tapestry, Tina managed admissions at an acute inpatient facility, an experience which gave her much one-on-one interaction with individuals suffering from eating disorders and a myriad of other associated mental health concerns. She was able to use her knowledge, skills and abilities to help develop a residential eating disorder program that was not previously available.

Stephen Buie, M.D., D.F.A.P.A / Medical Director

Dr. Stephen Buie has a distinguished career in psychiatry, earning his medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1987, where he presently is appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He is the founder of Asheville’s Pisgah Institute, and is very active in NC and national psychiatric organizations. His expertise lends incredible strength to Tapestry’s view of comprehensive treatment of the whole person.

Shawna Scott,  MMFT, LPCS, CEDS / Director of Clinical Services

Shawna is honored to assist women and adolescents as they build the skills to create a fulfilling and healthy life experience. Prior to Tapestry, she specialized in working with women, children, and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She holds her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licenced Professional Counselor (LPC). Shawna works in both Individual (Narrative, Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioral, Internal Family Systems, Art Therapy) and Systemic (structural, inter-generational) treatment modalities and is trained in DBT, PCIT, TF-CBT, CPP, and Psychological First Aid.

Heidi Andersen, MS, LPC, CEDS / Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor

Heidi is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Body Image Expert. For the past decade, she’s worked as a therapist in residential treatment centers with both middle school girls and women suffering from eating disorders. She believes strongly in the Body-Mind-Spirit Connection and the importance of spirituality in the healing process. Her greatest passion is the role of Reclaiming Beauty Coach and Soul Advocate.

Samantha Taylor, LPN / Program Nurse and Program Director

Samantha started working at Tapestry in January of 2015. She graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 2005 with a diploma in practical nursing. She has worked in pediatrics, dermatology, mental health, and neurosurgery. Samantha came to Tapestry because she is passionate about being a part of recovery and treatment. She enjoys contributing to the individualized medical needs of the patients at Tapestry.

Adam Hutchins, PMH-NP / Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Adam completed his Bachelor’s of Science in nursing at Winston-Salem State University and his master’s degree in nursing at the University of South Alabama. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, he joined the Pisgah Institute in 2015 and offers a wide range of mental health services. He also provides coverage at Neil Dobbins Center.

Lindsay Ford, MS, RD / Registered Dietitian

Lindsay feels blessed and honored to be an integral part of the Tapestry team while providing genuine support for all Tapestry patients. She has a passion for eating disorders, as she had a personal struggle with ED as a teenager. Prior to Tapestry, Lindsay spent years working in various wellness programs in which she cultivated her love for nutrition and food to influence those searching and in need for sustainable change, with the majority of clients being women. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science, both from Ball State University. Lindsay consistently interacts with patients through group collaborations during meals, cooking demonstrations, meal planning and individual sessions.

Catherine Holland MA-CMHC, LPC / Psychotherapist

Catherine has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 15 years with the majority of her work and training in treating adult and child victims/survivors of sexual trauma. She utilizes an integrative theoretical approach and is certified in EMDR-T and trained in DBT, CBT, TFT, and EMDR. Additional specialties include: trauma-focused CBT, TFT and Internal Family Systems; Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma; and has facilitated more than 20 Expressive Art Therapy groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Mary Edson, LPCA, ATR / Therapist Intern

Mary completed a 120-hour certificate program in Trauma, Grief and Renewal and has experience working with chronic and terminal illness, trauma, intimacy issues, co-dependency, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD. She combines traditional talk therapy with art-based approaches, mindfulness, and somatic awareness to help her clients.

Julie Kerr, LCSW / Equine Therapist

A native North Carolinian, Julie lives on a farm surrounded by the things she loves: her husband, two sons, horses, her dog, and the mountains. Before moving to the farm, she spent 6 years practicing psychotherapy in Atlanta – in an acute care mental hospital, an outdoor treatment facility, nursing homes, offices, homes, and schools. But it was when she started working for a therapeutic riding center that she found her calling that merged her two passions: therapy and horses. Since then, her research and experience have shown her that horses are exceptional therapists.

Lillie Kolman MT-BC / Music Therapist

Lillie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and completed her internship at The Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center in Middletown, CT, where she focused on music therapy for adolescents with acute mental health needs. She became a board-certified music therapist in August 2015. She believes that body, mind, environment, and spirit are all pieces of a whole individual and to achieve wellness, all of those pieces must be in balance. She also believes that people are capable of self-understanding and self-direction. It is the quality of the therapeutic relationship and the positive, accepting attitude of the therapist that help to facilitate change. Music helps to create this relationship and is also an extremely effective tool in fostering growth.

Brittany Gordon, BA / Director of Marketing

Brittany brings to Tapestry a passion for both women’s rights and communication. She graduated with a B.A. in Health Communications and minored in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC Charlotte. She coordinates marketing and public relations full time for the program. She diligently works to promote Tapestry’s name by exhibiting for Tapestry at conferences, visiting healthcare offices, attending networking events, and handling media advertising.

Kathy Jones / Yoga Instructor

Kathy received her initial Integral Hatha Yoga certification at Holy Cow Yoga and Holistic Center, Charleston, SC in conjunction with Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA. She received her Intermediate Yoga Certification in Southern India. She is also certified in Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga & Prenatal Yoga. She has extensive training in Jivamukti, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar and Anusara yoga as well as Thai Yoga Massage. Kathy taught Vinyasa and Power Yoga in Florence, SC for McLeod Health Systems for five years.

 

Caitlin Brooks Craig / Therapy Intern

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Caitlin is thrilled to join Tapestry as a therapy intern. She was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the College of Charleston. Her undergraduate studies focused heavily on cultural anthropology and women’s issues. During her time as a student she discovered yoga and completed training to become a licensed yoga instructor. Caitlin spent the next several years teaching yoga, creating empowering classroom environments, collaborating with teams of instructors to develop comprehensive programs, and striving to create holistic learning experiences. Caitlin moved to Asheville to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently in her last year of study at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She focuses her graduate studies on issues related to the mind-body connection, trauma, and grief.

Sonya Mooney / Administrative Assistant

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Sonya joined the Tapestry team in October 2015. She is brand new to the Eating Disorder world, but loves every minute of learning more about this program. She has years experience as a Medication Aide assisting clients in the Mental Health field. Working in the healthcare field is her strongest passion and what she feels most comfortable doing. She is currently trying to pursue her CNA license so that she can hopefully work more with the girls in treatment! In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry, music and spending time with her children and family.