Jessica Loper, LPC

Jessica Loper, LPC

Director of Admissions/Business Development

Jessica Loper is an LPC with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology and an additional degree in Communications. She has served as an adjunct professor of Addictionology and Psychology at Clayton State University and worked with substance abuse as a counselor in many different treatment environments. Jessica is passionate about extending the opportunity of freedom and growth to all who struggle with addiction. She loves working with groups and incorporating recreational therapy. She holds specialized training in teens, young adults, and couples and takes a strength based approach with all clients.

John Hunsinger, Jr., MS, LPC, NCC

John Hunsinger, Jr., MS, LPC, NCC

Primary Counselor

"There comes a point in treatment when the light goes on. This is an inner light of hope, relief, and excitement about the future. I live for these moments! At this point clients become light houses for their peers who are still struggling in the darkness. BxAcorn has assembled a team of committed professionals with diverse clinical backgrounds that enable us to provide truly individualized treatment integrating the very best of traditional, as well as cutting-edge interventions. I feel privileged to be a part of this team and encouraged that we are consistently supported in our efforts to use our unique talents as counselors in providing the very best therapeutic treatment for our clients.” John has a business degree from Duke University and completed his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling after 20 years working with advertising and design schools in admissions and marketing. An artist and musician himself, John occasionally uses art and music in therapeutic exercises with clients. John began seeing clients with mental health and/or substance use disorders full-time in January of 2013.

Melinda R. Paige, Ph.D, LPC, CPCS, NCC

Melinda R. Paige, Ph.D, LPC, CPCS, NCC

Primary Counselor

Dr. Melinda Paige is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor, and national certified counselor, serving as a trauma counselor for the last 18 years. Dr. Paige’s research interests include trauma-specific clinical supervision and trauma mental health competency. Dr. Paige was the recipient of the 2014 Chi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Outstanding Practitioner Award. Dr. Paige has published and presented on self-injury, trauma, and vicarious traumatization.

Amy Culbertson, MS, LPC

Amy Culbertson, MS, LPC

Primary Counselor

Amy Culbertson received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston and her M.S. degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Georgia State University. She believes in working with clients from a humanistic and strength-based approach with an emphasis on incorporating 12 step work into therapeutic interventions. She brings respect and compassion to the therapeutic relationship. She is an experienced, trained clinician in co-occurring disorders including depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. She believes in meeting the client where they are and that it is never too late to make a change in one’s life given the willingness and motivation. Amy works with each client on their individualized treatment plan which promotes sustained healing and sobriety. She values the relationships with her clients and feels honored to assist and witness their healing and spiritual journeys.

Anita Mullins, MFT, LMFT

Anita Mullins, MFT, LMFT

Clinical Director

Anita graduated from Tennessee Technology University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, where she proceeded to have an extensive career in human services working with the elderly, individuals experiencing: chronic illness, domestic violence, sexual assault, and mental illness. In 2011 she obtained a Master of Family Therapy degree from Mercer University’s School of Medicine. Since 2010 she has been working with individuals, couples and families dealing with addiction.

Barbara Davanzo, MD

Barbara Davanzo, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Barbara Davanzo completed medical school at East Carolina University. Her residency was at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the mother of 5 and enjoys animals and outdoor activities. She has been practicing for 20 years.

Kim Austin, LPC

Kim Austin, LPC

Primary Counselor/Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist

Kimberly Austin has a BA in Business Administration and a MS in Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about helping individuals to transform areas of their life where they have been feeling stuck. She got her start in working with addiction issues to support those in recovery and was trained in Motivational Interviewing and Prime Solutions. She is certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy that is a short term gentle modality that shifts emotional difficulties at a deeper level. Her areas of specialty include trauma, relationship issues, addiction, self esteem, anxiety, depression and spiritual counseling. She uses an integrative approach and has a relaxed, collaborative and open style of working with clients that sees their perception of any limiting beliefs or patterns while recognizing client strengths. She connects with each individual to make adjustments by bringing into alignment the “feeling and logical brain” to create an updated and improved state of being.

Lauren Walther, LCSW, LCDC

Lauren Walther, LCSW, LCDC

Clinician

Lauren graduated with a Masters in social work from Smith College in Northampton, MA in 2011. After graduation, she pursued further clinical training as a Postgraduate Social Work Fellow at the Menninger Clinic on the Professionals in Crisis Unit (PIC) in Houston, TX. Upon completion of the fellowship, she worked as a staff social worker on the Professionals in Crisis Unit (2011-2013) and as an addictions counselor and staff social worker at the Pathfinder Program, the Menninger Clinic’s community integration program (2013-2017). Lauren has focused her training and style of treatment to support each individual’s journey through recovery, whatever path that might be. She also maintains a private practice near Virginia Highlands, Atlanta.