INTEGRATIVE LIFE CENTER IS A GROUP OF SKILLED AND DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS. WE ARE CALLED TO SERVE THE RECOVERY COMMUNITY, HELPING THOSE SUFFERING FROM TRAUMA, ADDICTION, EATING DISORDERS AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.
The values we adhere to as a team when it comes to our approach to treatment are choice, loving kindness, compassion, and respect. For each individual who walks through our doors, we assume competence, not brokenness. Our goal is to equip each person with the tools and principles to help them live the life they deserve.
“I AM INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEDICATE THIS NEXT CHAPTER OF MY LIFE TO AN INDUSTRY, AND AN EXPERIENCE, THAT HELPED SHAPE ME AND MY VIEW OF THE WORLD.”
– RYAN CHAPMAN
When Ryan Chapman became majority owner and CEO of Integrative Life Center in 2018, it felt more like a calling than a business opportunity. At 18, Ryan was hired as a cashier, earning $6.75 per hour at Premier Parking in Nashville. He became owner within four years. When he sold it at 34, Premier Parking had grown into one of the largest parking providers in the country, managing over 500 locations and employing some 2,000 team members. Along the way, Ryan earned a BA and an MBA by attending classes on nights and weekends.
While Ryan’s career has focused on business, the world of addiction and recovery has been a big part of his journey
Born in Decatur, Illinois, Ryan moved with his family to Nashville. As a child, he found comfort and success in baseball. When his baseball career ended in high school, Ryan’s drug use escalated. By age 18, a variety of circumstances created an emptiness in his soul that he attempted to fill with drugs and risky behavior. Ryan spent 28-life changing days at a residential impatient treatment center, followed by several months at sober living facilities.
Ryan is a believer in the healing power of the holistic and integrative treatment practices that are the heart of ILC. He believes that everyone can find—and love—their true selves. Holding the space for this to happen is the mission of ILC.
Ryan and his wife Betsy are the parents of two young children, Vivian and Bo, and are members of West End Community Church. Ryan is the Tennessee state chair of Young Presidents Organization and is involved with Barefoot Republic, a Christian summer camp for kids from diverse economic backgrounds. As well, he is active in UpRise, a career development program for Nashville adults, and is on the board of Edna Adan Maternity Hospital Foundation.
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER
Holly Cook LPC-MHSP
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER
Holly Cook, LPC-MHSP is a licensed professional counselor, mental health service provider with more than 30 years of experience as a therapist, program administrator and international trainer. Becoming a therapist was a natural path for Holly to follow. An avid people watcher, she has studied cultures, rituals and the use of ceremony throughout her life and believes that creating felt sense experiences is the way to healing and reconnecting with one’s heart. Holly has been described as a ‘life artist’ who works with people, helping them find and create the life they want to live.
She has had the opportunity to receive training over the years with several of the “masters” in the therapy field such as Jay Haley, Chloe Madanes, Luigi Boscolo and William Glasser. In addition to her clinical training and experience, Holly has managed several programs and received numerous awards for her leadership in the United States and Germany. As an international trainer and consultant, Holly has provided training on various topics such as trauma and addiction, Motivational Interviewing, adolescent development and treating adolescent substance abuse, developing trauma-informed services and creating effective treatment systems for women on welfare.
In addition to being co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer of Integrative Life Center, integrating spirit and science-based approaches to healing and creating community, Holly has a private practice in Nashville, Tennessee.
CO-FOUNDER AND ADVISORY BOARD
CO-FOUNDER AND ADVISORY BOARD
“AT INTEGRATIVE LIFE CENTER WE BELIEVE THAT THE JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY IS NOT BASED ON DEFINITIONS AND LABELS, BUT IS AN INVITATION TO RECONNECT TO ONE’S OWN HEART AND SOUL.”
– LEE MCCORMICK
When Lee McCormick co-founded Integrative Life Center in 2010, he had already earned a national reputation as a leader in spiritually based recovery. Lee and co-founder Holly Cook envisioned a unique setting where clients with diverse backgrounds and life experience would be treated by top behavioral health professionals with diverse backgrounds and life experience. Treatment would be highly individualized and rooted in the real world, with clients engaged in the larger community, not isolated. Today, that vision continues to inspire and evolve at ILC.
A Florida native who spent summers on his family’s Wyoming ranch, Lee attended Fort Lewis College in Colorado and completed his degree at Belmont College in Nashville. His interest in behavioral health was sparked by his own recovery experience. Lee went on to found several residential-based treatment experiences, including The Ranch in Nunnelly, Tennessee. At ILC, Lee and his colleagues established a recovery destination that moves beyond diagnosis to harness the power of self-discovery and the natural world.
The author of several books in the field of behavioral health and spirituality, Lee produced the documentary film Dreaming Heaven. He is an avid musician and longtime farmer and rancher. Today, Lee and his wife Mee McCormick own and operate Piney River Cattle Company, a holistic cattle ranch, and Pinewood Kitchen Restaurant and Mercantile in Pinewood, Tennessee. Lee and Mee are the parents of four young adult daughters.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Christi Cessna MS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
“MY GOAL IS TO APPROACH OUTREACH WITH COMPASSION, CONNECTING PEOPLE NATIONWIDE WITH THE CARE THEY NEED TO FIND HEALING AND FREEDOM IN RECOVERY.” – CHRISTI CESSNA
Christi Cessna, MS is a well-rounded business development and operational executive with over 20 years of behavioral healthcare experience. She is a proven leader who excels at building teams, operationalizing systems and processes, and producing desired results. She has experience working with companies in different growth stages, as well as launching and sustaining capacities of de novo and acquired programs, mergers and acquisitions, and well-established programs.
As an executive leader, Christi guided organizations on how incorporating best practices and progressive treatment approaches lead to program differentiation and being a treatment center of choice for professionals nationally and internationally. She has worked for several of the behavioral health industry’s most respected private programs and brands, delivering a pivotal outcomes to those organizations in various growth stages.
Christi holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and has experience as a practicing clinician for several years prior to expanding into the business and operational roles. She is a certified DISC trainer and is a national speaker presenting on leadership, collaboration, and ethical business practices. She is passionate about delivering excellent care to clients and families and will only work with organizations that put mission first.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EATING DISORDERS PROGRAMMING
Anita Johnson Ph.D.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EATING DISORDERS PROGRAMMING
“I USE THE STRUGGLE WITH EATING AS A PORTAL TO GREATER CONSCIOUSNESS FOR ILC CLIENTS. THAT’S MY PHILOSOPHY AND MY PASSION.” – ANITA JOHNSTON
As Executive Director of the Integrative Life Center Eating Disorders Program, Anita brings a wealth of experience to ILC clients. She leads a comprehensive and innovative approach to treating those suffering from disordered eating and co-occurring conditions.
As a nationally recognized expert with more than 35 years in the field, Anita speaks and teaches in settings around the world. A native of Guam, she studied psychology at the University of Guam and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado. Anita holds two master’s degrees in the field and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She created and directed eating disorder programs in Australia, Hawaii and the continental United States.
The author of the acclaimed book, Eating in the Light of the Moon, Anita uses storytelling and metaphor to help individuals discover the issues underlying their eating behaviors. She blends a variety of cognitive-behavioral and depth psychology approaches to achieve lasting behavioral change, moving individuals beyond weight and body image to address the sources of distress.
Anita is the mother of two grown daughters. In her off-work hours, she soothes her soul by gardening.
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
“WHAT MAKES ILC EXTRAORDINARY IS THE BLEND OF TRADITIONAL AND INTEGRATIVE TREATMENT METHODS IN A PROGRAM CUSTOMIZED TO EACH CLIENT. THE REASONS WE SEEK TREATMENT ARE ALL SO DIFFERENT, THE SOLUTIONS HAVE TO BE JUST AS DIVERSE.” – GREG KFOURY
Greg Kfoury is the friendly face (and voice) a potential client encounters upon their initial contact with Integrative Life Center. Greg has played an integral role on the ILC leadership team having worked in business development, operations and directing our Alumni Services program, and is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to this vital role at the organization. His business acumen combined with a passion for behavioral health and intimate knowledge of ILC’s programs keep the admissions department running on all cylinders, ready to serve incoming clients and industry referents.
A native of Northern Virginia, Greg is a graduate of the University of Richmond and is a former high school Latin teacher. He gained business experience working in commercial real estate and project management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychology from the Harvard University Extension School.
Greg is an alumnus of Integrative Life Center where he discovered, and embraced, the integrative approach to treatment. For Greg, that included active 12-step program participation and Refuge Recovery.
Away from work, Greg loves playing sports, especially hockey and volleyball. He tries never to miss sober game night with friends!
DIRECTOR OF NUTRITION SERVICES
Mackenzie Reeser MPH, RDN, LDN
DIRECTOR OF NUTRITION SERVICES
ILC CLIENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD AND THE COPING BEHAVIORS THEY’VE ADOPTED. WE HELP THEM DIVE DEEPLY INTO THE WORK OF FIGURING OUT HOW TO INTERACT WITH FOOD IN WAYS THAT ALIGN WITH THEIR VALUES AND FUEL THEIR LIVES. – MACKENZIE REESER
Registered dietician Mackenzie Reeser discovered her passion in the relationship between nutrition and behavioral health. A native of Indianapolis, Mackenzie is a graduate of Nashville’s Lipscomb University. She earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As Director of Nutrition Services at Integrative Life Center, Mackenzie is a key member of the treatment team for clients struggling with eating disorders. As well, she sees nutrition as an essential component in treating clients with a history of substance abuse and mental health challenges.
Mackenzie brings considerable experience to ILC, including work as a health coach, and as a dietician for North Carolina State University. Her background in the behavioral health field includes The Ranch in Nashville, and Carolina House in Durham, where she served clients with primary eating disorders in residential and outpatient settings.
At ILC, Mackenzie helps structure an integrative approach to treatment that uses traditional and non-traditional therapeutic techniques. Clients gain an understanding of their food patterns and relationships, and the issues that underlie their behaviors.
At home, Mackenzie and her husband Isaac enjoy spending time with friends, relaxing on the back porch and romping with their fun-loving dog Maggie.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
“IT’S MY JOB TO HELP TELL THE INTEGRATIVE LIFE CENTER STORY BY BUILDING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING. I WORK TO MAKE EVERY ENCOUNTER WITH ILC AN ELEVATED, INSPIRING EXPERIENCE.” – TARA YOUNG
Tara Young was an experienced marketing professional in the IT field when she shifted her focus to health and wellness. That’s when she knew she had found her professional niche. At ILC, Tara shares deep experience in advocating for organizations and encouraging their growth through strategic marketing and relationship-building.
A native of Texas, Tara earned a bachelor of arts degree at Baylor University. She is a lifelong dancer (ballet, tap and jazz), who danced competitively and in college. She currently performs in and around Nashville’s performance and events circuit.
Tara’s professional skills span both traditional and digital marketing, with expertise in rebranding, marketing campaigns and content creation, social media, email marketing and special events. Tara moved to Nashville and started her own marketing business in 2012, working with clients in the field of chiropractic and functional medicine. Through this experience she gained an appreciation for the mind-body connection that is the heart of ILC, and for the value of treating the root cause of a condition, rather than the symptoms. She joined the ILC family in 2019.
In her spare time, Tara also pursues her passion for photography.
INTEGRITY IS THE KEY ELEMENT IN ALL OF MY INTERACTIONS. IT’S MY JOB TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROVIDE PRECISELY WHAT AN INDIVIDUAL OR REFERRAL SOURCE NEEDS. IT’S ALL ABOUT BUILDING TRUST AND CONNECTION.”
– RYAN MARTIN
Ryan Martin fills a unique role at Integrative Life Center. As Admissions Specialist, he responds to individuals, family members and referral sources considering treatment. In many cases Ryan’s is the first voice or face they encounter. He helps ensure that ILC is the right fit, and that everyone who reaches out is treated with respect and compassion.
A native of Nashville, Ryan has worked in the mental/behavioral health field for nearly 20 years at Tennessee treatment centers including The Ranch and Onsite. His areas of responsibility have included admissions, administration, treatment services and referral relations.
For those seeking treatment options for trauma, addiction and other issues, Ryan provides more than information. As a former client of Integrative Life Center, he also offers a unique perspective on the holistic, client-driven ILC experience. He sees himself as a bridge, facilitating a smooth transition to treatment.
Away from work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his young son Henry, family and friends. Favorite pastimes include hiking, biking, climbing, attending concerts and participating in spiritual retreats.
Teresa Mock BSN
“WE UNDERSTAND HOW HARD IT IS TO LEAVE LOVED ONES, PETS OR A JOB TO BEGIN TREATMENT. AT ILC, WE WANT CLIENTS TO FEEL THEY’VE COME TO A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN LAND SAFELY.” – TERESA MOCK
Teresa Mock brings deep experience in healthcare and marketing to her role as Admissions Specialist at Integrative Life Center. A Georgia native, Teresa earned a B.S. in nursing at the Medical College of Georgia and was a member of the first community-based nursing program in the U.S.
In Georgia, and later in Tennessee, Teresa worked as a neonatal nurse. She gained experience in case management and business operations as part of a home infusion business startup, then pursued a successful career in sales and marketing. She studied leadership development at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Drawing on her education and experience, Teresa launched her own business, providing empowerment recovery coaching and case management. In the spirit of continuum of care she worked closely with providers and practitioners to deliver needed services for behavioral health clients.
As an ILC Admissions Specialist, Teresa brings compassionate insight into personal struggle. She understands the feelings of fear, anxiety and loneliness that can weigh on those seeking treatment. She seeks to align the formal aspects of admission, such as the completion of assessments and paperwork, with the heart-centered work of welcoming individuals to a place of hope and connection.
Teresa is a pet-lover and an accomplished therapeutic yoga professional, serving individuals with anxiety, depression and trauma. She treasures time with nature on mountain trails and bodies of water and can often be found dancing joyfully at live music venues.
“IT’S GREAT TO BE PART OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT’S HELPING PEOPLE EVERY DAY, AND TO KNOW THAT I’M CONTRIBUTING TO POSITIVE OUTCOMES.” – CHRISTINE GABRIELSEN
After graduating from Boston University, Christine Gabrielsen’s career included administrative and management positions at area businesses. She was always drawn to psychology, however, and hoped to move into the field. Christine, a native of Winchester, New York, had been living in New England for many years when she and her boyfriend Mike decided to move to Nashville in 2019 to escape the harsh winters.
Christine applied through an employment agency for a position as Office Manager at Integrative Life Center. She got the job, which was a great fit with her interests and experience. Though she was hired as a temporary, Christine’s skill and compassion were soon apparent. Within two weeks, she joined ILC full time.
As Office Manager, Christine is responsible for the overall operation of the ILC business office. She handles a variety of duties in the areas of finance and human resources, including payroll processing. Christine loves the interaction with team members and working to resolve daily challenges.
Away from work, Christine and Mike enjoy Nashville’s vibrant dining scene, and hanging out with their dogs Wednesday and Potato.
DIRECTOR OF PSYCHIATRY
Daniel Barton MD
DIRECTOR OF PSYCHIATRY
ILC exists to help people regain their lives back from the devastating affects of trauma, addiction and mental health struggles. The medical and psychiatric component of that treatment can’t be ignored and I’m glad I get to bring my services and experience to this robust team of practitioners so clients can receive the comprehensive care they need.
Daniel Barton, MD is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with experience in virtually all environments of mental health services including outpatient, inpatient, crises, and emergency psychiatry. His treatment approach is primarily psychodynamic using a biological, psychological, and social model to evaluate and understand client challenges.
A native to Nashville, Dr. Barton comes from a long line of practitioners who have cared for the mental health needs of the local community for over 3 decades. His father is a psychiatrist and educator, his mother is a clinical social worker and marital therapist, and his brother practices psychiatry in the Nashville area. He earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee – Memphis and trained at Harvard University for adult psychiatry.
Dr. Barton works with the clients of ILC who have experienced trauma, struggle with addiction and substance abuse, and suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health and mood disorders.
CLINICAL OUTREACH PROFESSIONAL
Sherry Young PhD, CSAT
CLINICAL OUTREACH PROFESSIONAL
“ILC IS NOTICEABLY OUT OF THE BOX, THINKS BROADLY AND IS TRULY CLIENT-CENTERED. WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS NOT ONE FIX-ALL PROGRAM OR ELEMENT TO SERVE THESE CLIENTS AND OUR CLINICIANS TRULY UNDERSTAND PERSONALIZING CLIENT CARE.” – SHERRY YOUNG
Sherry Young, PhD, CSAT has worked in the Behavioral Health field as clinical liaison providing triage, assessment, and admissions referral and advocacy for clients of licensed therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists who treat mental health and addictive disorders treatment resources. From 1997 to present, she has provided ongoing consultation for practice growth to therapists and counseling practices. She has worked for various companies in the Behavioral Health and Addictions field since 2006 and currently offers service as an independent consultant for a handful of companies who serve the mental health and addiction needs of her referents’ clients.
Dr. Young taught psychology and literature at the college level from 1986-1994 and directed university study programs in Rome, Italy from 1994-1997. She is a visionary who is a highly skilled educator, strategist in business development, advocate for recovery and personal growth and she inspires excellence and collaboration in all her relationships.
She has three adult children and six grandchildren ranging in age from 33 – 10 and loves family get-togethers. She lives in Taos, NM where she skies and hikes with her Bernedoodle, Sanders. Sherry loves travel abroad, culture, architecture, classical music. Her favorite quote comes from poet, Ranier Maria Rilke, “Live the questions. Perhaps in some distant day you will live your way into the answers.”
CLINICAL OUTREACH PROFESSIONAL
Robin Mastroni MSW
CLINICAL OUTREACH PROFESSIONAL
“MY ROLE IS TO CONNECT WITH COLLEAGUES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE FEELING HOPELESS OR OVERWHELMED. I PROVIDE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT, HELPING TO IDENTIFY THE BEST PLACE TO FIND THEIR OWN PEACE.” – ROBIN MASTRONI
Robin Mastroni’s depth and breadth of experience in the field of behavioral health span more than twenty years. She has worked in diverse clinical settings and has held leadership roles in direct clinical practice, strategic planning and development, marketing and event planning, and clinical outreach and business development.
Robin holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and earned her master’s in social work from Widener University.
As Integrative Life Center’s East Coast Clinical Outreach Professional, Robin provides outreach to professionals across this region. She offers educational workshops for clinicians, hosts information sessions, and meets with individuals to share the ILC story and offerings. Robin’s experience and accomplishments make her a trusted resource. She has developed and maintains long-standing relationships with clinicians and mental health professionals across the country, and has been privileged to work alongside many industry thought leaders.
ILC’s intimate, spiritual environment, and the focus on experiential treatment align closely with Robin’s experience and values. As well, she believes the healthy culture among the ILC treatment team and Nashville’s positive energy play an important role in positive client outcomes.
Away from work, Robin loves hiking and camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Amanda Elkin LPC-MHSP, CSAT-S, CMAT-S
Amanda Elkin is a senior therapist who brings her own wealth of experience and knowledge to ILC as she has managed several other programs including those for people experiencing eating disorders, addictions, sex addiction and partners of sex addicts, co-occurring mental illnesses, and family work.
Amanda has dedicated her career to walking alongside clients suffering with addiction, mental health disorders and trauma as they work to take steps toward healing. She loves helping people realize that humans are built for connection and that healing is possible – in community. “None of us experienced wounding in a vacuum,” she believes. “We experience core wounding through relationships and therefore need to heal through community and relationship.” She is excited to bring this relational outlook to her work with clients, their families, and the staff at ILC.
As a Senior Therapist at Integrative Life Center, she also appreciates being able to walk alongside a team of diverse professionals who bring varied resources, outlooks, experiences, and expertise to the work of supporting each client’s healing and growth.
Amanda holds a master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a master’s in Journalism.
Terrence Smith BBA, MS, LPC-MHSP Intern, ASAT, CSAT
Terence’s approach is warm, genuine, and reality provoking. Terence possesses a business degree in Management and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University and has over 10 years of personal and professional experience in recovery. He is a certified sex addiction therapist and also has experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and somatic experiential therapy, which is a trauma-informed modality. Terence’s approach is eclectic, using a combination of various therapeutic techniques to facilitate the healing of emotional pains while maximizing personal growth.
Brooke Morgan M.Ed, NCC
“AT INTEGRATIVE LIFE CENTER I HAVE MY OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM—A TEAM OF TALENTED THERAPISTS WHO WORK TOGETHER TO IDENTIFY THE BEST TREATMENT OR MODALITY FOR EACH CLIENT.” – BROOKE MORGAN
Brooke Morgan grew up on a farm in Kentucky, surrounded by a strong family and community before completing a master’s of education degree at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education. As a therapist, she recognizes the value of a trusting, supportive environment and seeks to provide this for others.
Brooke’s counseling background includes experience at The Ranch and the Renfrew Center, where she directed psychoeducational and process groups for residential and intensive outpatient clients focusing primarily on eating disorders. Brooke has experience in equine therapy and trauma-informed yoga. She served as coordinator for a school-based research project at Vanderbilt’s Fuchs Research Group before joining Integrative Life Center in 2019.
Brooke was drawn to ILC’s practical approach to treating eating disorders, trauma, substance abuse and other conditions, in which therapists help clients keep one foot in the “real world” rather than isolate in a therapy bubble. The result, she says, is better integration and a better therapeutic outcome. Brooke and her husband Matt enjoy travel and spending time outdoors.
She is an avid reader and loves a good documentary.
Ian Chapman LMSW
“I’VE SPENT A LONG TIME TRYING TO BETTER UNDERSTAND MYSELF, AND I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING FACILITATE THAT TYPE OF INTROSPECTIVE WORK WITH OTHERS. IT’S ABOUT SHARING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE WITH PEOPLE IN AN EMPATHIC AND COMPASSIONATE WAY.” – IAN CHAPMAN
Ian Chapman grew up in a small town near Nashville in a family of therapists where he learned from a young age the language and culture of recovery. Through his studies in philosophy and psychology, he became increasingly interested in therapy and pursued a master’s degree in social work from Salem State University in Massachusetts. Those early influences continue to inform Ian’s practice, which leverages the healing power of mind, body and spirit to treat individuals experiencing trauma and co-occurring conditions.
While a clinical intern at the Boston Public Health Commission and the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association, Ian conducted individual therapy and co-led eating disorder recovery groups. He has conducted clinical research for Onsite Workshops where he championed the power of evidence-based practice and experiential therapy. He has pursued advanced training in psychodrama (healing emotional wounds through storytelling) and trauma stage processing. The author of several academic articles, Ian joined the ILC clinical team in 2019.
Ian loves music and dabbles in songwriting. He and his wife Susanna enjoy cycling the many bike trails in and around Nashville.
Angela Mueller M.Ed., NCC
“EVERY DAY AT INTEGRATIVE LIFE CENTER OFFERS NEW CHALLENGES AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVE SOLUTIONS. THE BIGGEST HONOR FOR ME IS EARNING THE TRUST OF MY CLIENTS. THAT’S WHEN THE HEALING BEGINS.” – ANGELA MUELLER
The fact that Angela Mueller is working as a therapist in Nashville is no surprise to anyone who knows her. As a child, Angela always knew that she wanted to help people. She was also passionate about singing and songwriting. Born in northeast Wisconsin, Angela attended St. Norbert College in De Pere and, after graduating, worked in higher education admissions. In 2012, she followed her passion for music to Nashville where she was hired as a tour guide at the Grand Ole Opry. It was a music-lover’s dream, but Angela wanted more.
At Middle Tennessee State University, Angela pursued a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on clinical mental health counseling. As part of her program she interned at Integrative Life Center, where she was drawn to the focus on holistic treatment and experiential therapy. Upon completing her degree in 2019, Angela joined the ILC team as a therapist.
In her spiritually based and trauma-informed practice, Angela uses modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, family systems theory and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Angela still loves songwriting. She also enjoys travel, live music events and spending time with her cats Ketch and Patsy.
Nan Allison MS, RD, LDN
She serves as Consulting Dietitian for the Integrative Life Center, Nashville. Her ongoing interest is in why individuals and cultures choose to eat the way they do and how to facilitate change at the individual, corporate and community levels. She helps clients who want help with a variety of nutrition-related issues: chronic dieting, eating disorders, addictions, sports performance, diabetes, pediatrics, and corporate wellness –always from the perspective that eating well and healing (both individual and corporate) is a process rooted in guided self- exploration and discovery.
Nan served as the government relations director for the Tennessee Dietetic Association and remains involved in nutrition and public policy concerns, particularly around food and mental health issues. She is a founding member of the Nutrition Professionals Alliance which provides educational services to the community and to health professionals. She has a B.S. in nutrition from the University of Tennessee, a M.S. in nutrition from Tufts University and she completed her dietetic internship at Tufts New England Medical Center.
She is Level 1 and Level 2 certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also has 7 years of training in Kabbalistic Healing and in Energy Healing from the School of Integrative Medicine at the Estuary, Nashville. She was the Tennessee Dietetic Association’s 1990 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and in 2002, Dietitian of the Year.
THERAPIST - PRN
Jill Flowers LPC-MHSP, NCC
THERAPIST - PRN
Jill Flowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Service Provider and National Certified Counselor. She holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Vanderbilt University with a humanistic and developmental approach to counseling.
Jill is EAGALA Level II (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) trained in equine-assisted psychotherapy, holds EMDR Basic Training from a somatic and attachment-focused perspective, and is trained in Trauma Stage Processing. Her life’s calling is working with individuals, couples and families struggling with addiction and trauma through an integrated use of experiential, psychodrama, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Jill is a native Nashvillian with thirty-five years’ experience owning, breeding, training, and riding horses.
Prior to entering the counseling profession, Jill spent twelve years as an Administrative Officer in non-profit community health outreach. Her connection to this community includes fifteen years utilizing her BBA in Music Business from Belmont University as an Entertainment Financial Manager and Event Coordinator in the music industry.
Her passions are her sons, cycling, adventure travel, snorkeling, music, cooking, and horses.
ASSISTANT RESIDENTIAL MANAGER
ASSISTANT RESIDENTIAL MANAGER
“I KNOW FIRST-HAND THE COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING OF ILC. AS A NEW EMPLOYEE, I WAS FACED WITH A CHALLENGING PERSONAL SITUATION. THE UNDERSTANDING AND CONCERN WERE EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED. AND THAT’S JUST WHAT OUR CLIENTS EXPERIENCE DURING THEIR RECOVERY.” – GRACE GIBBS
Grace Gibbs lives and breathes recovery. As the Assistant Residential Manager, Grace experiences the day-to-day joys and challenges of this unique community. Working with the housing staff, Grace is involved in all aspects of residential life at ILC—from helping clients learn life skills like budgeting and grocery shopping, to preparing community meals and establishing productive routines. She works closely with the ILC clinical staff to facilitate treatment directives for clients.
Grace earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Lipscomb University and began her career at ILC as a residential assistant in the Morningstar program. Previously, she taught high school students with severe emotional and behavioral issues.
Away from work, the great outdoors is Grace’s favorite place to be, camping, hiking or spending time with her young niece and rescue dog Willow.
The rustic, peaceful setting of our properties are not only therapeutic for ILC clients but are also restorative for Grace and her colleagues.
Rylie Webber MT-BC
“AS A MUSIC THERAPIST, I AM HONORED TO BE ABLE TO WITNESS THE INSIGHT AND HOPE THAT MUSIC CAN BRING TO OUR CLIENTS AT INTEGRATIVE LIFE CENTER.” – RYLIE WEBBER
Rylie Webber is a board certified music therapist who decided to move back to her hometown of Nashville, TN after several years of being away from the city that she knows and loves as home. Rylie believes in music’s unique ability to help us reach our own goals through improved connection with others and deepened self-awareness.
Rylie has an eclectic background of music therapy experience, including work with individuals with various mental health and/or medical needs, individuals in end-of-life care, as well as individuals with a wide range of neurologic, intellectual and/or developmental needs. Rylie currently serves on the Tennessee Association of Music Therapy’s Task Force and supervises practicum students from Belmont University’s Music Therapy Program. Rylie balances her time as a clinical music therapist at Integrative Life Center with her work at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, as well as with a wide range of clients and groups in Nashville through her private practice, Marigold Music Therapy, LLC.
Rylie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University in New Orleans and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, through a long-distance learning program. Rylie enjoys creating, listening to, and sharing music of all kinds with others.
Nina Ayala MA, ATR-P
“BEING AN ART THERAPIST IS WITNESSING THE TRANSFORMATION, STRENGTH AND AWARENESS THAT NATURALLY FLOWS FROM BEING CREATIVE. VISUALIZING ONE’S HEALING AND TRANSLATING IT IN INTO ART REINFORCES HOPE.” – NINA AYALA
Nina Ayala, MA, ATR-P is an Art Therapist with a Master’s of Art in Art Therapy with a concentration in counseling from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College which is accredited by the American Art Therapy Association. Prior to joining Integrative Life Center Nina also works as an Art Therapist for an inpatient psychiatric hospital serving adults needing mental health and dual-diagnosis care. Nina also has over a decade of experience working for a fortune 500 technology company and helped promote mental health wellness in the workplace through team building workshops based on art and meditation.
Nina has loved art since childhood, and growing up in New York City, she had a unique opportunity to study art early while attending an arts focused High School. She became introduced to art as therapy during her first summer role assisting at a hospital in New York City that provided expressive therapy services for the visually impaired. She never forgot the joy of assisting people with limited vision appreciate art through the sense of touch, feeling paintbrush strokes on a canvas, and seeing what were they able to.
Nina believes in the power of creative expression to transform and heal. Nina incorporates mindfulness, positive psychology, strengths-based approach into her art therapy practice. When Nina is not working she can be found practicing yoga, walking through mountain nature trails, or exploring new places while on road trips.
Danielle Latham LMT
“THE LEARNING GOES BOTH WAYS. I’VE GAINED SO MUCH FROM MY WORK WITH ILC CLIENTS. IF IT WERE NOT FOR WHAT THEY TEACH ME, I WOULD NOT BE AS FAR ALONG IN MY OWN SELF-AWARENESS JOURNEY.” – DANIELLE LATHAM
The body provides an entryway to the spirit. Bodyworker Danielle Latham helps ILC clients heal by identifying those points of access through massage and other approaches.
An experienced practitioner, Danielle was trained at the MountainHeart School of Bodywork in Colorado. She holds a therapeutic massage certification and is also certified in somatic mind-body therapy and neuromuscular therapy. Danielle received additional training at Atlantic University as a certified spiritual guidance mentor/holistic coach. Since Integrative Life Center opened in 2010, Danielle has been sharing her healing skills with our clients.
For individuals seeking to rebalance as a result of trauma, depression, eating disorders and other conditions, the process of rediscovering their authentic selves can be facilitated by moving outside the mind and concentrating on the energy within the body. Harnessing that energy can help release the burden of emotional trauma. Many people suffering from addiction have lost the ability to feel, and Danielle works with them to restore the mind-body-spirit connection.
Judy Gibson MSOM, DIPL ACU, LAC
For Judy Gibson, acupuncture is more than a vocation, it’s a calling. Judy holds a master’s degree from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, and has focused her successful acupuncture practice on emotional and behavioral health, specifically addiction and trauma recovery. She successfully uses acupuncture to address co-existing conditions. Since the opening of Integrative Life Center in 2010, Judy has shared her skill and compassion with our clients, focusing on the mind-body-spirit relationship that is the heart of ILC.
Board-certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Judy is a Tennessee Licensed Acupuncturist and is a registered trainer for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). She has undergone extensive training, including a nationally recognized NADA detoxification protocol.
Judy and her husband John Kiefer are the parents of four adult children and three grandchildren. Her off-hours passions include travel, playing the fiddle, studying with a Taoist master and the Chinese exercise practice Qigong.