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 Legacy staff member by clicking on their image below:
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Russell Rainey, MS, LPC
Russell Rainey is the Director of the Legacy program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. Rainey completed his Bachelor's degree in Religion and Biblical Studies and Language before earning his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Rainey holds a license in Professional Counseling and has over 10 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. Prior to joining Legacy, Russell Rainey served as the Clinical Director of Pine Grove’s Next Step treatment program for men.x
Thomas Miller, MD
Dr. Miller has served at Pine Grove Behavioral Health since 2001. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He went on to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Miller is board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine. Additionally, Dr. Miller is certified in hypnotherapy by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Miller’s professional memberships include the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Miller has a special interest in understanding how our emotions can be affected by the disease of addiction. At the Legacy program he leads a weekly ongoing seminar titled Working with Emotions.x
John Herrington, MS, LPC
John Herrington is a licensed professional counselor with the Legacy program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. John worked for five years with Pine Belt Mental Healthcare at Oak Arbor working with clients struggling with addiction. He has experience working with drug court, VA, and other local and state resources. John has been working with Pine Grove since March of 2011 and has previously worked with the Next Step and Sober Living programs providing individual and group therapy for those struggling with addiction.x
Jessica Edwards, MS, LPC
Jessica Edwards graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and completed her internship on Pine Grove’s Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Afterward Jessica transferred into a full time role as Clinical Therapist, focusing primarily on crisis stabilization. In 2007, Jessica became a Licensed Professional Counselor and transitioned into the role of Licensed Clinical Therapist at Pine Grove’s Women’s Center; primarily working with women struggling with addiction issues, chemical dependency, and eating disorders. In 2009, Jessica joined the Pine Grove Family Program and Intensive Workshop treatment teams, serving as a co-facilitator for the Breaking Free (Co-Dependency) Workshop, and acting as a liaison between the Pine Grove Specialty Programs and the Family Workshop. Edwards is also the primary facilitator for Legacy’s specially designed Family Week Program, which serves Legacy patients and their loved ones.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
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