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 since 2005. Over her 20+ year nursing career she has worked in a variety of clinical and administrative roles in acute care and mental health settings in greater Norfolk and Baltimore City. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tidewater Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a Master of Science degree in acute care/adult health (Clinical Nurse Specialist track) from Liberty University and a Post-master’s Certificate in lifespan psychiatry (Nurse Practitioner tract) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed an addiction studies program and became a certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC) in 2009. She is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
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, CSAT, CMAT ,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.
Laura Guise, LCSW I am a passionate, energetic, and dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a love for the art of engagement in the work of therapy with individuals, families, and groups. I have experience working with adults and families as well as in providing individual and group based clinical interventions in a variety of clinical settings. My areas of clinical focus are: individuals with substance abuse issues; serious mental illness diagnoses; family and role related issues; trauma survivors, with a special focus on working with victims of human trafficking; and issues specific to women. My practice is guided by the biopsychosocial model and an awareness of the interconnected relationship of brain-based responses to psychological functioning or dysfunction with a special concentration on the effects of trauma both in childhood and adulthood related to mental health and substance abuse issues. My strengths as a clinician and effectiveness as a therapist are founded on an ability to see every clinical interaction as an opportunity to establish and strengthen the therapeutic relationship; the philosophy that accurate and through assessment/diagnosis is essential for understanding; high ethical standards; an attitude that seeks out and values collaboration; my belief in the ability for each person to find their recovery no matter the circumstance; and a love for the art of providing therapeutic clinical services and engagement.
Leah Sanders, LPC, CSAC, CCMHC has experience working in a variety of settings to
include inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency units, intensive
community-based counseling, and group work. She has experience in both the public and private sectors. Her areas of expertise include addictions,
relational issues, recovery work, and group work. She focuses on therapy from a mindset of
empowerment, identifying assets, cultivating self-awareness, and motivating
clients to be the best version of themselves.
Heidi A. Kulberg, MD, MPH: Dr. Kulberg’s mission “to inspire, empower and support others so that they may explore the boundless possibilities that await them along their journey” fuel her medical practice. As a board-certified Family Physician, she has spent over two decades treating patients with chronic disease. Combining the knowledge of addiction as a chronic neurologic disease with her passion to partner with individuals along their recovery journey, she joins Meridian Psychotherapy with enthusiasm. Dr. Kulberg served in the United States Navy for 10 years providing medical care to military personnel and their families on three continents. She then earned a Master of Public Health degree and joined state service. With the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. Kulberg found her niche working to combat the opioid crisis. She served as the VDH Health Commissioner’s representative on the Governor’s Substance Abuse Services Council and was the Region 5 Medical Lead for the Governor’s Executive Leadership Team on Addiction. She contributed to the Policy Council on Opioid and Substance Abuse recommendations to Governor Northam. Dr. Kulberg is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She looks forward to partnering with individuals as they explore, sustain and thrive along their recovery journey.