When deciding to begin treatment for drug and alcohol addiction here in Atlanta, Georgia, it is important to know that you will be treated by dedicated and experienced professionals who have your best interest at heart. Buckhead Behavioral Health is proud to have the addiction and mental health experts we do. Get to know our team and the value they can help bring to your life today.
Carter D. Pope, Jr.
Carter is a successful real estate and private equity investor who recognized the need for sober living residences in Atlanta created specifically for professionals and family members of professionals.
Prior to founding Buckhead Behavioral Health, Carter worked in insurance brokerage in New York City and as a real estate private equity acquisitions specialist in Atlanta. He completed his undergraduate degree at Washington & Lee University and has an MBA from the UNC Keenan-Flagler Business School. Carter lives with his wife in Atlanta where he grew up. He enjoys golf and living a healthy lifestyle through his continued journey of recovery.
Alec Pagliarulo is a dedicated professional who has spent his entire career working in the addiction and mental health community. He has worked in various roles, including benefits analyst, admissions coordinator and business development specialist. Alec is passionate about providing the best possible care to individuals struggling to overcome addiction. He aims to create positive recovery experiences, including programs rooted in integrity that pave a path for long-term growth.
Dr. Rahul Gupta
Dr. Gupta brings a decade of care management experience to Buckhead Behavioral Health. He specializes in treating adults with substance use and psychiatric disorders. His extensive clinical experience includes medication assisted treatment, medical-surgical consultation and psychiatric stabilization in acute settings. Dr. Gupta completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut followed by a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Emory University. He is double board certified in both of these specialties. Dr. Gupta is passionate about his work in mental health and is an advocate for reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. He strives to provide the best possible care to his patients.
Erika Dalton, LMSW
Erika brings over a decade of clinical experience to Buckhead Behavioral Health. After starting as one of the first employees at Creekside Recovery Residences, Erika now works as Executive Director, leading program development across Creekside and sister company Buckhead Behavioral Health. She specializes in treating addiction, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, trauma and challenges related to life transitions. Her extensive clinical experience includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), expressive therapy, 12-Step concepts, motivational interviewing, solution-focused strategies and culturally competent interventions. Erika earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia State University and graduated with honors from Walden University with a master’s degree in social work. She has witnessed the devastation that addiction and mental illness can create in the lives of individuals and families and is an ardent believer in human beings’ innate resilience and capacity for positive change.
Stacy L. Cline, FNP
Stacy L. Cline, MSN, APRN, FNP-C is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who provides individualized care and medication management to patients suffering from various mental health conditions. Her experience includes the diagnosis and treatment of patients with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, schizoaffective disorder, substance use disorder, and she is a buprenorphine waivered prescriber. Stacy has managed patients struggling with substance use and mental health disorders in PHP/IOP settings since 2019. She also has a private practice in Atlanta, providing treatment for those in recovery or with mental health disorders.
Stacy has provided both primary care and mental health care management to patients across the lifespan in primary care settings since 2014, including Emory Healthcare. Prior to 2014, her clinical settings included Neurovascular ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital as well as traveling home healthcare in various states, providing education, infusion therapy, and wound care management in underserved populations. Stacy received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 2006. She became a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Kennesaw State University in 2013.
Stacy is dedicated to providing quality care to every patient while utilizing evidence-based interventions. Her goals include bringing warmth and compassion to each patient, instilling hope, and striving to reduce the social stigma associated with mental illness.
Raven Rodriguez, LCSW
Courtney is passionate about working with individuals who are recovering from substance use disorders and mental health challenges. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Courtney is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CACII) from the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association. She has worked in multiple levels of addiction treatment including residential treatment for homeless men and women, residential treatment for mothers with substance use and co-occurring disorders, intensive outpatient, detoxification, and medication-assisted treatment. Courtney has also worked in community-based mental health, and has completed internships at The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Services homeless shelter working with families and veterans, as well as with the Veterans Administration’s Trauma Recovery Program helping veterans heal from PTSD utilizing Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She takes a person-centered approach to healing and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems, Gestalt, Narrative, and Experiential therapies to provide individualized care to those she serves. Courtney believes in helping others to become the best versions of themselves by working through anything that may be getting in the way, while utilizing a trauma-informed approach. She is honored to partner with others to provide a safe space to reach their goals. When Courtney is not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, experiencing nature, traveling and photography.
Caroline is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University Penfield College and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University. Before joining Buckhead Behavioral Health, Caroline spent over a year working at an addiction IOP program as a primary therapist running process groups, psycho-educational groups, individual sessions and family sessions. She spent a year working at Ridgeview’s Access Center doing assessments, triaging incoming patients, and working with psychiatrists to determine the appropriate care for each patient. Additionally, Caroline completed her internship year at Ridgeview Institute on the adolescent inpatient unit, young adult outpatient, and recovering professionals program. During undergrad, Caroline completed an internship at the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Clinic in Greenville, SC, working with traumatic brain injury patients in an outpatient setting.
She utilizes a person centered therapeutic approach with incorporated CBT/DBT to best aid her clients’ growth and recovery. Caroline, who grew up in Connecticut, enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors. She is currently working towards having her dog, Odin, trained as a therapy dog to work with clients across all settings.
Katie earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Kennesaw State University in 2017. Since graduation, Katie has immersed herself in patient care. She has worked in intense inpatient as well as outpatient settings, and specializes in adult and adolescent treatment, including work with addiction, mood disorders, trauma, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Katie is experienced in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), expressive therapy, animal therapy, motivational interviewing and life coaching. She has experienced firsthand the difficulties of life with mental illness and addiction and has made it her personal mission to help others and their families navigate lives in recovery. She has a passion for the practical application of psychology, therapy and an overall focus on mental health in everyday life. When not working, Katie can be found gardening and snuggling rescue dogs.
Andrew works as the Client Care Coordinator Manager at Buckhead Behavioral Health. He was drawn to the field of behavioral health to achieve a better understanding of addiction, mental health, and how best to help those struggling. In his role, Andrew ensures that clients have the tools necessary to practice the skills that will enable them to have successful and fulfilling lives in recovery. Andrew not only supports our clients, but he is also a go-to resource for any staff or office needs. Buckhead Behavioral Health runs smoothly because of his hands-on approach and go-getter mentality.
Nyah is currently a graduate student at the University of St. Augustine. Before joining Buckhead Behavioral Health as Office Manager, she worked as a behavioral therapist with children on the autism spectrum. Nyah has experience in recovery and working with individuals struggling with addiction. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. Nyah has future plans to incorporate her Occupational Therapy degree into the field of recovery and help people redefine their sober lives through their daily occupations.
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