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 appreciations 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.

LISA EHLERS LCSW

Clinical Director


Lisa Ehlers serves as the Clinical Director of Atlanta Recovery Place. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, educator, and advocate. Lisa is a Georgia native and attended Kennesaw State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and then her Master of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education. She spent 19 years as an educator in the Cherokee County school system. Lisa returned to school in 2011 and received her Master in Social Work from Kennesaw State University with a concentration in substance abuse and mental health. Since then, she has worked in various settings including psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities, counseling agencies, and in a foster care agency. Lisa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. She has attended conferences and trainings on addiction, mental health, and trauma. Lisa has a quest for learning and a passion for serving people.

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.