Staff

ELIZABETH KEUCHER


Elizabeth Kuecher has a deep sincere passion for Recovery and helping guide others to find the same. Addiction ran her family and she ultimately also became addicted, but recovery also ran in her family. Her parents helped create the foundation that the 12-steps are built from and thus sprang a passion and appreciation for her own recovery and the recovery process as a whole. “If it weren't for the rooms, I wouldn't have had parents, and I wouldn't have found me. I wouldn't have been shown how to walk through the realities of life, and I wouldn't have found the ability inside myself to do the same.”

Dr. BENJAMIN HERRERA

Licensed, Board Certified, adolescent and adult psychiatrist


Dr. Benjamin Herrera is a Licensed, Board Certified, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Herrera brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Atlanta Recovery Place as the Medical Director. Dr. Herrera believes in the wholistic approach to treatment and imparts the knowledge to clients and their families. Dr. Herrera has held several official teaching positions in Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. After completing Medical School in Bogota, Columbia; he completed residencies at the University of Antioquia in Medellin Columbia and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Some of his publications include [Herrera, B.(1982), “Correlation Between Drug Abuse and Criminality”, Journal of the Mental Hospital of Antioquia.] [Carmona, J., Herrera, B. (1978). “Pharmaceutical Industry in Colombia. Health Correlation,”- Booklet sponsored by the Antioquia Medical Association.] Dr. Herrera has completed extensive research on “Treatment for PTSD patients with Alcohol problems.” “Reconstruction of neurocircuits in TBI patients.” “Clinical and Pharmacological issues in Brain protection” and “Neuroplasticity”

Dr MICHELLE CORT

Chief Operations Officer


Dr. Michelle Cort is a high performance, quality driven healthcare professional with more than 25 years of experience and expertise in visionary leadership and problem resolution for healthcare facilities. She is exceptionally organized and disciplined with well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and direct others in a supportive and cooperative team environment. Dr. Cort has been recognized for consistent successful development of systems, processes, and procedures to streamline operations, increase revenues, and enhance profit performance. She holds a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Administration from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling from York College. Dr. Cort presently leverages all her training and experience in her work as the Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta Recovery Place. Dr. Cort is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Telemedicine Association.

ERIC HRABOWSKI

Aspiring Counselor


Eric has the been working in the field of Substance Abuse Treatment for the past five years. He understands the importance of connecting with people and works hard to build those connections. He utilizes interpersonal skills and empathy to aid growing and maintaining those relationships. Eric is an experienced Anger Management facilitator and case manager. As a former director for a sober living facility his passion and enthusiasm for the field and the people involved mesh well with his sense of purpose which is to be of service to others. Eric's story is one of continual change. Having personal experience with what the disease of addiction can do to one’s life he has worked hard to turn things around. He brings those experiences to bear on how he may be able to impact others on a daily basis. Eric was a contributor to the book “Facilitated Growth: Experiential Activities for Recovery and Wellness”. He attended Hampton University and Kennesaw State University and is currently pursuing his CAC 1 certification.

LILLIAN CASIANO

Chief Financial Officer


With over 13 years of Human Resources and Accounting experience in the Manufacturing and Facility Maintenance industry, Mrs. Casiano is responsible for oversight of all administrative functions in the office as CFO. She studied Business Administration at Huertas Junior College in Puerto Rico. She directly handles all financial matters such as client billing, accounts payable, payroll and banking. She oversees the KIPU system and is responsible for the supervision of all administrative staff. If you have a “money” question, she’s your gal! Also, direct any administrative issues you have her way and she’d be happy to help you.

MARC JAMES

Admissions Coordinator


Marc has been helping individuals with substance abuse problems since 2010. His passion for substance abuse treatment grows from a deep and sincere compassion for those who struggle with and are touched by the effects of substances in our world. As a certified behavioral health technician he has been a supervisor, and a housing director of substance abuse programs where he has managed residents receiving treatment for substance abuse, creating schedules, and managing behavioral health technicians in day to day operations of the facility.

ALAN JOHNSON, CAC 1

Case Manager


Alan brings to our staff, the skills of more than 5 years working in the field of addiction recovery. He opened and ran his own residential intensive outpatient recovery center in 2012 and worked largely with court ordered, intervention services. Recognizing his passion was in counseling clients, rather than administration of the business, he closed the center in 2015 and began working for another center where he was able to fully utilize his skills and abilities. In addition, he has over 30 years of commitment to his own personal recovery journey. The result of this is an individual with abundant experiential knowledge of this insidious disease. He also has developed the compassion needed, to work with people on a deep level of empathy and the wisdom of clarity and discernment that can only come from personal experience.

MICHAEL ZIMMERMAN

Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Life Coach


As the Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, and Life Coach at Atlanta Recovery Place, Michael Zimmerman brings his zest and zeal to our team. Michael has a very energetic and encouraging personality. He is very passionate about his chosen field and desires to share with those who have the aspiration to become a stronger and better version of themselves He has been a licensed personal trainer and nutritionist for the past 24 years and is eager to help others grow and build more self-esteem. Because he has battled and overcome substance abuse, he is able to relate and connect with others on a personal level. He has had his shares of ups and downs throughout his life; however, through development of deep faith, he has become a lead Pastor at Central Community Church where he leads the men's ministry with others who have faced similar experiences with substance abuse. His life is proof that change is possible if you believe and agree to become a part of your very own path to success. His eagerness and animated energy is a welcomed asset to our team.

LISA MCDANIEL, LCSW

Clinical Director


Ms. McDaniel brings to ARP (or “the company”) 25 years of experience in Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment. Prior to joining the team, she held the position of Assistant Center Director for an Outpatient Addiction Clinic. Her career includes 12 years of Program Management expertise; overseeing PHP, IOP and OP programs for public, non-profit and private agencies. Ms. McDaniel demonstrates excellent clinical skills. She supervised numerous master’s level colleagues to obtain full licensure, LCSW and LPC, in Georgia. She directed a master’s Internship Program overseeing students’ field placements as a requirement for graduation. Throughout her career, and at present Ms. McDaniel provides individual, group and family therapy. She is intensively trained in DBT through Behavior Tech, A Linehan Institute Training Company. She and her colleagues developed a Dialectical.