Meet the Staff


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Tammy Gibson, Administrative Assistant

Tammy attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where she earned an associate degree. She started working at Lakeview Center in 2016. Tammy has helped people receiving treatment for mental health diagnoses and trauma. She also has served people with disabilities and chronic pain conditions. Today, Tammy is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human services from Troy University. She serves on the Child Abuse Prevention Committee and the Suicide Prevention Coalition. She answers questions and makes the scheduling process easy as possible for everyone we serve.

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Amy Gokey, LMHC Executive Director

Amy has served as executive director at The Friary since 2016. She is a licensed mental health counselor whose experience is broad. She started working at Lakeview Center since 2009 and has helped countless people heal from trauma. She enjoys seeing people create balance in their lives. Amy has served as a therapist and victim advocate. She’s taught Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to local law enforcement. She also has worked as a liaison to the court system. Today, Amy oversees programs and services at The Friary. She guides a compassionate team in providing evidenced-based treatments for addiction.

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Sabrina Jackson, Admission Coordinator

Sabrina received a bachelor’s degree in social work from The University of West Florida. She is new to Lakeview Center, but brings with her years of experience in child welfare, long-term care and customer service. Sabrina believes everyone deserves a second chance. She goes above and beyond to help others. Her ability to be unbiased, positive and compassionate creates an uplifting atmosphere for everyone.  She believes the quote: “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”-Booker T. Washington

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Roslynn James, Admission Coordinator Supervisor

Roslynn received her master’s degree in Social Work in 2016 and began her career in the mental health and substance abuse field working as an intensive outpatient therapist at Lakeview Center Pathway Drug Court, eventually transitioning to work in the admissions department at The Friary. When asked what she loves about working for The Friary, she explains that she enjoys seeing the transformation as our clients move through the different levels of care. Roslynn is passionate about helping our clients and families begin the healing process through recovery.

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Carissa Miller, Administrative Assistant

Carissa joined The Friary in 2019. She welcomes people who are new to treatment and helps them through the admissions process.  Carissa served more than five years as a United States Air Force Security Forces Member. She is experienced in emergency first response, law enforcement and security. She also worked in administration at the Missouri Veterans Home.  Carissa’s passion for helping others makes her an asset to our team.

Kimberly Spencer, Admissions Coordinator

Kimberly has extensive experience working in the Administrative Management field. She began her career at Southeastern Vocational Services and has work throughout Lakeview Center, The State of Florida and Escambia County. Kimberly believes in focusing on providing great service to internal and external customers. Kimberly is enthusiastic and personable with an overall passion to contribute, support and make a difference. 

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Tami Wellman-Degroote, B.A., A.S., R.N., NCPRSS Nurse Manager

Tami has worked at The Friary as a recovery tech, staff nurse and now as a nurse manager. She’s worked as a nurse for more than 20 years in multiple disciplines. She has an extensive history in emergency paramedicine and has participated in critical incident stress debriefings. She also has a special interest in suicidality. “I am passionate about working in addictions. I wholly believe in the practice of treating the mind, body and spirit.” Tami is quick to share The Starfish Story as her philosophy for nursing in addictions. “There’s a sense of calmness and serenity as I walk onto The Friary campus. I am reminded that the journey is the destination.”

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Nicole Wilcox, Admission Coordinator

Nicole started working at The Friary in 2019. She works with the admissions and clinical teams. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health education from McKendree University. She also earned a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. In the health field, Nicole has served people of all ages and medical conditions.  She has specialized experience working with active duty military members and veterans to understand their health needs.  Nicole is passionate about helping people who are new to treatment or continuing the journey. She has a gift for helping people understand their recovery goals and their health goals.

Lydia Yount, Administrative Assistant

Lydia first began working for Lakeview Center in 2016 when she worked with foster teenagers, and we welcomed her to The Friary in 2018, where she assists in the admission process. Lydia received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education.

Medical and Nursing

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Terry Ptacek, M.D. Medical Director, Certified Addictionologist

Dr. P's blend of expertise and compassion ensures  the best medical care available to everyone we serve. He works closely with the treatment team to make sure we provide total patient care at The Friary. "When people stop abusing drugs and alcohol it's amazing to see how the body can heal."

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Warren Scott, M.D. , Psychiatrist

Dr. Scott treats people experiencing addiction. He earned his medical education at Meharry Medical College. He completed a residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Scott is licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Suboxone® treatment. He is a member of the Alabama Medical Association and Lauderdale County Medical Association. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Scott also sees people at The Summit Group in Pensacola. There, he provides adult psychiatry care and outpatient opioid addiction treatment.


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Sandi Cobia, MA Therapist

Sandi has worked for Lakeview Center since 2006 and has been at The Friary since 2014. She has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of West Florida and is working to complete course work and hours required to obtain licensure as a mental health counselor. Sandi’s experience at Lakeview Center also includes assessments and screenings for acute inpatient units and adult outpatient areas, as well as in-depth assessments for parents involved in the child welfare system. “My passion is truly to help others through tough battles in their lives and provide hope when they feel hopeless, and help them see a glimmer light in the dark tunnels of life that we all experience sometimes. I have faith that we as humans are here to help heal each other through love and compassion.”

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Wadell Davis, Continuing Care Coordinator

Wadell is in charge of our Continuing Care program and works to strengthen our alumni network. He lives what we teach. "We'll love you till you can love yourself."

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Meg Doherty, MS Therapist

Meg is an addictions and mental health counselor. She earned her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University, and has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient and residential, with clients diverse in age, race, diagnosis and severity of symptoms. Meg is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and blends a trauma-informed approach with the empowering cognitive and behavioral changes offered through choice theory /reality therapy.

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Emmalee Fournier, MA Therapist

Emmalee received her master’s degree in Social Work in 2012 and began her career as a domestic violence counselor. After serving as a victim advocate for nearly two years, Emmalee traveled to and lived in Thailand and Cambodia teaching English and learning eastern philosophy at a yoga and meditation retreat center. Her combined knowledge about trauma and the body-mind connection piqued her interest in the treatment of chemical dependency. Emmalee compliments to The Friary treatment team in that addiction can be treated with biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual perspectives. Emmalee promotes a holistic approach, an inclusive and inviting treatment, tailored specifically to each individual’s background to help achieve personal needs and goals.

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Johnathan Hoffman, MA Addictions Therapist

Jonathan started working at The Friary in 2017. He helps us ensure a smooth admission process. He also helps facilitate group sessions for inpatient and intensive outpatient groups. Jonathan earned a master’s degree in social work in 2015. He is now working to become a credentialed licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Jonathan has worked with homeless veterans and countless others in substance abuse programs. He uses a strengths-based approach to care. He abides by a quote from author Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, who said, “Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

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Pinkerton Wonderful Dog, Best Friend

Pinkerton has made the Friary her "home away from home." Her friendly nature brings smiles to incoming clients who may need comfort or companionship during the admission process, and she loves meeting new people. Among her achievements are sitting, laying down and giving you her paw.

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