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Meridian Psychotherapy

Recovery Starts Here

Meet our professional staff!

Michael E. Bohan, MD developed an interest in addiction medicine while an Internist in the US Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1982, and since then has been practicing addiction medicine. In 1986, Dr. Bohan was one of the first doctors to be certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). From 1981 to 1987 he was a member of the World Board of Trustees of Narcotics Anonymous. Dr. Bohan has been a medical school faculty member at various medical schools since 1967, and currently is an associate professor of internal medicine on the community faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has given numerous talks and published articles on addiction medicine. He was a board member of SASH - Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health from 1998-2004. He has been with Meridian Psychotherapy since 1992. Dr. Bohan has devoted his practice to the treatment of chemical dependency, sexual addiction, and co-dependency.

K. LeGree Hallman, MD    7/17/1957 - 6/27/2018    A former internist, Dr. Hallman began practicing Addiction Medicine in 1999 in Lynchburg where he worked as the Substance Abuse Medical Director at Central Virginia Community Services Board.  He was certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2002, and certified to prescribe Buprenorphine for opiate dependence in 2001. He has offered maintenance treatment with this medication since 2006. Dr. Hallman was the president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.   He leaves behind a wonderful legacy, assisting thousands of addicts gain recovery.


Alicia N. Rose, CNS, NP, CSAC has worked in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry since 2005.  She has worked in a variety of capacities and behavioral healthcare settings including inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency units, 1200 bed corrections facility, as well as an emergency department mental health crisis clinician, and in administrative roles in Virginia and Maryland.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Tidewater Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University.  She holds a Master of Science degree in acute care from Liberty University and a Post-master’s Certificate in lifespan psychiatry from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She completed training and became a certified substance abuse counselor in 2009.  She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist and American Holistic Nurses’ Association.   

Anthony J. Foy, LCSW, CSAC, has over 20 years experience providing therapy for adolescents and adults.  He is an expert on adolescent issues, especially those surrounding substance abuse.  His areas of expertise include adolescent behavioral problems, school performance issues, depression, relationship issues, chemical dependency and substance abuse assessments and evaluations, and intervention services.

Patricia A. Smith, LPC, LMFT, CAC, CSAC, CP, has specialized in addiction, both substance and behavioral, since 1984.  Her clinical work has been in public agencies, private practices, hospital settings, and with EAP’s (employee assistance programs). Areas of expertise are addictions, including sex addiction family of origin issues, relationship problems, couples therapy, recovery work, mood disorders, and group work.  Ms. Smith utilizes EMDR, hypnosis, and psychodramatic techniques in her approach.

Regina Carroll, LCSW, CEAP is a licensed clinical social worker with experience counseling individuals and couples.  Her work with a local employee assistance program has provided her with a broad knowledge base for working with both individual and family issues throughout the life span.  Her areas of expertise include trauma recovery utilizing EMDR, women’s issues, relationships,  addiction/recovery support, grief support, workplace problems, anger/stress management, divorce recovery, family of origin issues, crisis management and personal growth.  She welcomes clients from diverse backgrounds.

Mary Ellen Patton, LCSW has extensive experience counseling adolescents and adults. Her professional history includes work in community mental health agencies, private practice groups, employee assistance programs, inpatient and residential settings and managed care organizations as well as in program development in the treatment of adolescents and substance abuse. A former nurse, Ms. Patton takes a holistic approach to evaluation and treatment.  Her areas of expertise include addiction and recovery (for the addict as well as family members), trauma, anxiety and mood disorders.

Robert Charles Powers, LPC, M.Ed, is a graduate of the Taproot substance abuse counseling program at William and Mary. He has worked with adults and adolescents in inpatient, public agency and residential treatment programs. His special area of interest is in the identification of strengths which will support clients in making desired changes in their life situations.

Saulo Ortiz, LCSW, has a variety of experiences working with troubled youth and adults.  As a bilingual therapist able to provide services in both Spanish and English, Mr. Ortiz utilizes a broad array of approaches to treat the whole person, and not just the problem.  He has a strong understanding of substance abuse and mental health concerns, and has shown to be effective in working with older teens and adults.  Specialty areas include, but are not limited to, adolescent issues, men's issues, marital problems, substance abuse, trauma, and mood related disorders.

Laura Guise, LCSW