Pine Grove Legacy Program

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Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services

Legacy 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 Legacy staff member by clicking on their image below:

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Vanessa Cox, MSW, LCSW, CMAT

Vanesa Cox is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor. She received her Bachelor of Social Work and her Master of Social Work Degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and as a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapists (CMAT). Cox is presently the Clinical Director at Pine Grove's Legacy program and has been a part of the Pine Grove Team since October of 2005. She has also worked as the Clinical Director for Pine Grove's Women Center and Next Step programs. Cox worked in the fields of addiction and mental health for sixteen years as House Manager, Counselor Associate, Counselor, and Clinical Director prior to joining Pine Grove.


Russell C. Rainey, MS, LPC

Russell Rainey is the Administrative Director of Addiction Services at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, where he works with Pine Grove’s chemical addiction treatment programs including Next Step for men, the Women’s Center, which also treats co-occurring eating disorders, and the Legacy program for men and women ages forty plus. Rainey completed his Bachelor's degree in Religion, 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 nearly 15 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. Prior to his current role, Russell served in various capacities at Pine Grove including Director of the Legacy program as well as Clinical Director of Pine Grove’s Next Step treatment program for men. Rainey is nationally recognized for his lectures on spirituality and addiction treatment.


Leah Claire Bennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Leah Claire Bennett is a licensed psychologist with Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, where she serves as the organization’s Clinical Operations Director. In this role, she provides clinical direction and supervision for Pine Grove’s addiction treatment programs including the Women’s Center, Legacy, Gratitude, and Next Step. Dr. Bennett also oversees Pine Grove’s professional treatment programs, including the Professional Enhancement Program, known as PEP, and Pine Grove’s Professionals Recovery Track, which is designed for the organization’s addiction treatment patients who hold a professional license. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Bennett has worked with the Professional Enhancement Program since 2005 where the focus is working with professionals with vocational and relational issues, maladaptive personality problems, addiction, disruptive workplace behavior and sexual issues. Dr. Bennett’s primary focus is to help patients who have struggled in a variety of ways live their lives in a manner where they are able to engage at their highest potential.


Thomas Miller, MD, FASAM

After completing a two year enlistment in the United States Army, Dr. Miller attended The University of Southern Mississippi and graduated highest honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. Dr. Miller obtained his medical degree from The University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Miller is board certified in psychiatry, 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 emotions interplay with the disease of addiction. At Legacy he leads a monthly educational group titled Welcome to Your Emotions. During the Family Program workshop week, Dr. Miller presents the Addiction as a Brain Disease lecture for patients and their families.


Missy Brame, LMFT

Missy Brame is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with the Legacy Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Social Sciences from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Alabama, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining the Legacy Program as a clinical therapist, Missy completed a year-long internship at Pine Grove’s Gratitude Program treating those struggling with relationship and sexual addiction.


Susan Davidson, MS, LMFT

Susan Davidson is a Clinical Therapist for Pine Grove's Legacy program. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where she majored in Psychology and graduated with the Highest Honors. Davidson also earned her Master's degree from Southern Miss in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is certified in Cognitive Therapy (CBT) and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Kaci McCurdy, MS, P-LPC

Kaci McCurdy is a Clinical Therapist with the Legacy Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Gerontology from William Carey University. McCurdy has been a part of the Pine Grove team since July of 2014 and has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric populations.


Roland Johnson

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.


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.


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.


Joe Pack Arnold, M.Div.

Joe Pack Arnold is the Spiritual Coordinator for Pine Grove's Legacy program, which treats adults ages 55 plus with chemical addiction. Arnold earned his bachelor's degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and completed his Master of Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Arnold was ordained by the Birmingham Presbytery Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), and completed his chaplain residency at South Carolina State Hospital in Columbia, SC. He’s held various pastor and counseling positions throughout the United States during his career. Arnold is also Pine Grove’s former Director of Spiritual Services.

  Vanessa Cox Russ Rainey Leah Claire Bennett Thomas Mille
  Vanessa Cox
Clinical Director
Russell Rainey
Administrative Director of Addiction Services
Leah Claire Bennett
Clinical Operations Director
Thomas Miller
  Missy Brame Susan Davidson Kaci McCurdy Roland Johnson  
  Missy Brame
Clinical Therapist
Susan Davidson
Clinical Therapist
Kaci McCurdy
Clinical Therapist
Roland Johnson
Experiential Therapy
  Ralph Carson David Sellers Joe Pack Arnold  
  Ralph Carson
David Sellers
Spirituality Coordinator
Joe Pack Arnold
Spirituality Coordinator

Psychology Internship Program

Pine Grove has an excellent internship program that offers a wide range of training activities on two rotations. We are able to offer interns opportunities for training in residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings working with adults presenting with a ride range of diagnoses. We are APA accredited as a single entity doctoral psychology internship program under the name of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology (PG-DIPP). Please visit our Psychology Internship Program home page for more information.

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