Gratitude Program Staff
At Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, our treatment staff are known for their leadership and expertise in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of addictive diseases and psychological disorders. Learn more about the background and experience of each Gratitude staff member by clicking on their image below:
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Deborah Schiller, LPC, CSAT-S, CMAT-S
Deborah Schiller is the Program Director of Gratitude (formally known as "Gentle Path"), a Pine Grove Program. She is a native of Huntsville, AL, where she completed three years of study at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before finishing her degree at Montevallo University in Montevallo, AL. Ms. Schiller taught School in Selma, AL for three years before getting her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Stanford, University in Stanford, CA. She began her family in New York City and taught in schools in Boston, MA, Huntsville, AL, and Redlands, CA. While raising three children, she returned to school, receiving her second Masters degree from The University of South Alabama, Baldwin County, AL, this time in Counseling. Ms. Schiller completed an Internship at The Meadows Treatment Center in Wickenburg, AZ and became a Therapist there. In 2004, Ms. Schiller joined Pine Grove and the Professional Enhancement Program as a Clinical Therapist. She has since worked at Pine Grove's Gratitude Program as Primary Therapist, Clinical Director, and is the current Program Director.x
Diane Walker, MD
Dr. Walker has been with Pine Grove since 1991 and serves as the medical director for psychiatric services at Forrest General Hospital. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1991. Dr. Walker is board certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as the American Psychiatric Association. She is also certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.x
James Montgomery, MD
James C. "Jes" Montgomery, MD is the Primary Psychiatric Consultant for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services' sexual addiction treatment program, named Gratitude. Dr. Montgomery began working in the chemical dependency field in 1985 as a Family Physician, earning his Addiction Medicine certification in 1987 and becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009. After returning to Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in 1992, Dr. Montgomery completed a Psychiatry residency in 1995 and attained board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1999.
Since 1997, he has worked in residential treatment, and helped professionals with licensure issues related to addiction and boundary violations. After eight years as the Medical Director for Santé Center for Healing, he became the Psychiatric Director for Pine Grove's world-renowned Gratitude program. Dr. Montgomery was certified as a Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor by IITAP in 2011, having first trained in sexual addiction treatment in 1988.
His addiction work focuses on the family and the long-term aspects of recovery. Dr. Montgomery has worked with multiple addictions throughout his career including sex, gambling, and eating disorders. Dr. Montgomery has presented in the areas of pharmacology in addictions, boundaries and ethics, sexuality, sexual trauma and sexual addiction, sexuality and spirituality, grief and LGBT issues.x
Greg Futral, Ph.D., CSAT-S, NCC
Dr. Greg Futral is a licensed psychologist and the Clinical Director of the Gratitude Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began working for Pine Grove in 2000 on the Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit as a clinical therapist, and he served as a therapist on the Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Unit as well. Dr. Futral completed his pre-doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, providing assessment and clinical services to veterans with various difficulties, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. His dissertation research was in the area of motivational enhancement interventions and anger. His background includes work with individuals in acute crisis, with a range of severity of psychological problems, with chemical addictions in a residential setting, as well as training and experience with cognitive-behavioral treatment for problematic anger. Dr. Futral has been working with the Gratitude Program since 2009. He is Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor (CSAT-S) and a National Certified Counselor.x
Stewart Eaton, LPC
Stewart Eaton is a clinical therapist with the Gratitude Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. Stewart earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi with over 14 years of experience as a therapist. Stewart is skilled in treating a variety of concerns including mood regulation difficulties, sexual addiction, chemical addiction, and healthy boundaries and communication skills for families.x
Britney Mangum, MS, LMFTA
Britney Mangum is a clinical therapist at Gratitude of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She earned a master’s degree in Child and Family Studies as well as a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. Britney previously completed an internship at Gratitude from 2012-2013 before joining the Pine Grove Gratitude staff. She has clinical experience working in both outpatient and residential settings. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced sexual and physical abuse, emotional and behavioral problems, sexual issues, addiction, and those in crisis, with a range in severity of psychological problems.x
Benjamin Wood is a clinical therapist at Gratitude of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. He received his bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies as well as, a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has clinical experience working with families, couples, children, and adolescent who have experienced trauma, emotional and behavioral difficulties, marital issues and those in crisis ranging in service and consequence.x
Stephen Alfonso MT-BC
Stephen Alfonso MT-BC, is a board certified Music Therapist. Alfonso earned his degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and he has worked with clients who have experienced sexual trauma, sexual compulsivity, eating disorders, and other addictions since 1995. Alfonso is experienced with using non-verbal, expressive modalities. He has conducted psychodrama groups with sexual trauma clients, those with sexual compulsion, and clients with eating disorders since 1997. During the last five years, Alfonso has also worked with male eating disorder clients. Alfonso is classically trained in voice and he is a professional drummer and band leader with a popular band in the New Orleans area. He has also presented several lectures on the use of Expressive Therapy with survivors of trauma, eating disorders and sexual compulsion. Additionally, Alfonso uses his musical talents during drumming workshops to promote community and healing.x
Mimi Leeds, MS, ADTR
Mimi Leeds holds a Bachelor of Arts in both psychology and dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master's Degree from Hunter College. Currently, living in Houston, Texas, she works as a certified Life and Wellness coach in private practice. She also has an established Skype therapy practice focusing on addiction, trauma resolution, lifestyle coaching and as a facilitator of her individualized healthy weight, and balanced life program. Her past experience includes working as a department head and therapist for River Oaks Psychiatric hospital in New Orleans for seventeen years. She has also been a group leader for onsite workshops in Nashville TN, and as a group therapist for Arizona Family Therapy Intensives. She has been a national speaker and created workshops focusing on the use of creative arts therapy in the treatment for adult survivors of trauma as well as self-care, compassion and nurturance as a means to healing and growth.x
Roland Johnson has worked for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services since 1993. He currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Pine Grove’s REACH Program, which stands for Realistic Experiences and Challenging Horizons. REACH is an experiential therapy ropes course for Pine Grove’s residential patients. Each participant accomplishes key goals by pushing themselves past their personal comfort levels. This experience enhances the patients’ self confidence, communication skills, and self esteem while increasing their teamwork and trust building skills. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration, Johnson completed his certification as a ropes course facilitator and trainer. In 2012, Johnson received the "We C.A.R.E. Award" presented by Forrest General Hospital. This award recognizes staff members who make a positive impact on the patient’s experience.x
Ralph Carson, R.D. B.S., B.H.S., Ph.D.
Ralph Carson, R.D. B.S., B.H.S., Ph.D., is a nationally recognized clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist. Dr. Carson is a frequently requested speaker on a variety of nutritional topics for medical groups, pharmaceutical companies, universities, athletic training camps and corporations. He has a successful clinical practice as well as being a faculty member of the University of Alabama at Huntsville for over 20 years. Dr. Carson is also a nutritional advisor to numerous university athletic departments including the University of Tennessee National Basketball Champion Lady Volunteers. Dr. Carson received his B.S. from Duke University, his B.H.S. in pathology from Duke University Medical School, and his Ph.D. in nutrition from Auburn University.x
Brooke Helton, Dietitian
Brooke Helton works as a Registered Dietitian and has been a part of Pine Grove's team since 2007. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Mississippi State University where she also completed her dietetic internship. Brooke works primarily with the dual diagnosis patients in meeting their nutrition goals and challenging their eating disorders.x
Tammy Kolbo BA, BSN, E-RYT 500
Tammy Kolbo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, both from the University of Mississippi. As a Registered Nurse, Tammy has worked with patients suffering from neurological disorders and practiced as an Intensive Care Nurse at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS and at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS. Kolbo also has an extensive background in the Fitness Industry and first became certified to teach in 1984 through the Kenneth Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX. For over 30 years she has taught group fitness, personal training and private instruction. Kolbo is currently certified at the highest rank with the Yoga Alliance and is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists. She joined the Pine Grove treatment team in 2005 and began her work at Gratitude in 2006.x
David Sellers, M.Div.
David Sellers served as associate pastor at Parkway Heights from 2005 to 2011. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, a member of the Order of St. Luke and part of SDI (Spiritual Directors International). He has over 20 years of experience in ministry as a youth director, retreat leader, hospital chaplain and church pastor. He received his M.Div. from Emory University with emphasis in Spiritual Formation. David facilitates group and one-on-one spiritual direction across all programs at Pine Grove.x