Our People

The Sagebrush staff is thoroughly invested in your success in living a healthy, sober life.  Learn more about our highly experienced staff below.

Vanessa Vergnetti, ND, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO and founder of Sagebrush, Vanessa’s vision for healing, growth and recovery are the core of her life’s work.  She is steadfast and dedicated to creating sacred spaces where true transformations can occur.  Her knowledge and expertise in alternative treatments to addictions and other chronic and degenerative diseases have made her a healer, teacher and leader. She is a perpetual student in the abundance of life, holistic healing, spirituality and divine truth. Vanessa takes a personal interest in the personal story and progress of each client.  She is sincere and focused on the profound restoration of the sense of purpose in one’s life and she is determined to educate others in the benefits of recovery and a restored sense of self.  With a Doctor of Naturopathy Degree and a Ph.D. in Natural Health, Vanessa values creating a compelling and enlightened direction for the Sagebrush Team.  Her unwavering devotion to manifesting the gifts of the soul, along with her courageous spirit continually inspire, encourage and guide the path, vision and cohesion of our team.

Ingrid Tomney

Director of Operations

Ingrid brings passion, dedication and consistent guidance to Sagebrush, making her an asset to every facet of the organization.  Her trailblazing style is built upon integrity, compassion and a genuine desire to support each and every person. One of her many gifts is her ability to form connections with others and to anticipate their needs.  She is a mother, photographer, painter, fitness lover and nature enthusiast who adores the ocean and strives to learn to play the guitar.  She is an avid sports fan, watching golf, tennis and especially football rooting for her home team, the New England Patriots, during the winter months. Ingrid has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Maine, teaching courses periodically for Fairfax County Public Schools Adult Education program in medical office management and has an extensive work history in business, management and in medical and insurance operations. Ingrid is instrumental in providing wholehearted support and a pragmatic perspective while executing the Sagebrush vison. She uses her skills in team building, respect and play to maintain clarity and direction to the Sagebrush Team.



Amber Mitton

Human Resources Manager

Amber is an integral part of the Sagebrush team and her kind-hearted and genuine spirit shine bright. She is committed to guiding staff and is enthusiastic and invested in their success. She is highly organized and a pro at problem solving. She brings over ten years of experience in the field of office management. Although her background is primarily in criminal defense law, her desire for growth, continuity and challenge led her position in human resources at Sagebrush. Her comprehensive skills and talents are key to facilitating the diverse needs of the team. As a native of Fairfax, Virginia, she resides with her husband and delightfully charming five year old daughter. Amber annually participates in the INOVA Fairfax Hospital’s StarKid 5K and Family Fun Run. She also has an avid interest in research, technology and genetics.

Christine Chow

Office Manager

Christine guides others with genuine compassion and consideration.  She is committed to our holistic approach to treatment and to the exploration of nature’s wisdom.  She is attending Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University in pursuit of her degree in Psychology.  She is a devoted volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is an integral part of their Survivor Outreach Program.  Her avid appreciation for the great outdoors has lead her to numerous outdoor adventures with her son, as well as frequent camping and hiking excursions.  Christine’s eclectic nature and focus on making a positive impact in the lives of others is a critical contribution in creating a transformative culture.

Shari Shifflett

Administrative Coordinator

Shari exudes an approachable kindness and nurturing spirit that aides in providing a safe and welcoming space for new clients at Sagebrush. She incorporates her caring skillset as an Administrative Coordinator at Sagebrush, and delights in answering any questions that come her way.  She also brings her gifts in various areas of legal administration and has earned an Associate Medical Degree.  Shari embraces her physically active lifestyle and takes long walks every opportunity possible, along with scenic excursions on her bike.  Her passionate literary interests are reflected in her extensive personal library collection of great classic reads.  Shari brings wisdom, compassion and sincerity to our team.

Arianna Agnellini, BA

Administrative Coordinator

Arianna was born in New Jersey but has lived in the Northern Virginia area for more than 19 years.  She is vibrant and attentive offering a listening ear to those who want to share something with her. She recently graduated from VCU with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in social welfare.  Arianna’s past experience in banking has helped her to learn the value of building long lasting relationships with colleagues and customers.  Arianna hopes that her interactions with others leave them feeling positive, listened to and valued.  She is fond of reading and writing in her spare time.  Her happy and warm-hearted nature is a welcomed addition to Sagebrush.

Keisha Grant

Billing Specialist

Lakeisha is a soulful, independent and bright person on the Sagebrush team.  She is extremely focused and determined to provide the best possible experience for everyone that she works with.  The resourcefulness that she shares reflects her extensive experience in medical coding, billing and accounting. Her day to day activities are spent dealing with the not so glamorous aspects of medical billing, but helping people figure out how to pay for treatment is what she does best. In her spare time, Lakeisha studies criminal justice at Northern Virginia Community College.  Lakeisha delights in taking in a mellow drama or a light-hearted romantic comedy and enjoys cooking and watching sports (Go Celtics!).  Her steady and patient attitude has made her an integral part of the Sagebrush team.


Monique Falwell

Accounts Receivable Specialist

Monique joins Sagebrush with many years of experience in medical billing.  She has worked in various specialties including pulmonary, critical care and ophthalmology.   Her past interests were in nursing but she changed career paths after working in billing at the early age of 19.  She has completed college courses in healthcare administration and is also Microsoft certified.  Her life revolves around her 4 beautiful children.   She enjoys cooking, watching sports, and teaching her oldest son how to play the violin. With her extensive medical background, knowledge and great customer service she is a great asset to Sagebrush.

Christine Capshew, LCSW

Director of Clinical Services

Christine is a native of New Jersey, she now resides in beautiful Fredericksburg, Virginia.  She finds her home working with individuals who share a common vision around treatment and recovery.  She strongly values an integrated approach to healing, incorporating holistic concepts and spirituality into her practice.  She completed her education at Virginia Commonwealth University and is ordained as an Interfaith Minister.  Christine shares a wealth of knowledge and expertise in clinical social work, using an integrated, catered personal approach to fit the needs of each client.   She experiences great joy in empowering others to discover their inner potential and strength.  She spends her weekends cultivating her garden and soaking up adventure in outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and kayaking.  Christine’s commitment and dedication to the journey of recovery are ingrained in her gentle kindness, sincere compassion and optimistic attitude.

Martha Perry, LMFT

Residential Program Manager, Primary Therapist

Martha brings an extensive background to Sagebrush from her previous work with individuals, couples and families.  She is enthusiastic about working in a team-based, collaborative clinical setting that allows her to provide the most informed and helpful services to clients.  She has two Bachelor degrees from Virginia Tech, a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Kentucky.  She is also a doctoral candidate for Family Science at the University of Kentucky.  Martha empowers clients to challenge their belief system and develop an expressive, confident and grounded emotional system, allowing them to flourish in stronger and healthier relationships.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and husband and is extremely active in CrossFit.  She’s an avid sports fan of both Virginia Tech football and Kentucky Basketball.  Martha’s analytical strengths and core values are a welcomed addition to the Sagebrush Team.

Ashley Void, MA

Residential Program Manager

Ashley is a native of Washington, DC and still lives in the city today.  Growing up, Ashley was a social butterfly and it shaped her to be the extrovert she is today. She went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Human Service Counseling as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Ashley is passionate about helping others.  She’s directed multiple programs aimed at helping reintegrate individuals with chronic mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Ashley is a reliable and empathetic support system for our staff and clients.  She is approachable, resourceful and helpful.  Outside of work, she can be found socializing with her friends or curled up watching hours and hours of YouTube!

Candice Arnold, LPC, CCTP

Family and Addictions Therapist

Candice believes that everybody can change and recover in life. She believes in the sincere importance of self growth, that it is a life long journey. Candice shares an optimistic view with each client and family that she works with. She approaches counseling as a collaborative process that is individualized. She is passionate about being a stable, positive support and providing a safe environment, one in which she can teach skills and reinforce one’s own abilities to overcome obstacles in life. Candice brings light and a freshness of knowledge to recovery. She received her Master’s degree in professional counseling from The University of Georgia. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Virginia and Georgia. Her southern charm is rooted in being born and raised in Northern Virginia and from residing in Georgia. She has an avid appreciation for the culinary world, appreciating its many zest and flavors. If she is not cooking or watching a romantic comedy in her spare time, she is spending quality time with loved ones. Candice is personable and courteous in her esteemed and gentle guidance.

Steffanie Kelshaw, MA, NCC, CCTP, CSAC Candidate

Addictions Counselor

A native of New Jersey, Steffanie has lived in the Washington, DC metro area for the past six years.  Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Vermont and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University.  As a Nationally Certified Counselor, CSAC Candidate and member of the American Counseling Association, Steffanie is a true believer in the capacity of people to recover and is dedicated to delivering effective care to clients.  She uses a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches, incorporating motivational interviewing techniques to encourage clients to elicit change within themselves.  Beyond her expertise and affiliations in the realm of therapy and counseling, she is an avid sports fan (Go NY Giants!) and enjoys participating in running events.  Her endless energy is infectious, and though hard to believe, she’s never even had a cup of coffee!  Her dedication to the holistic treatment model and enthusiasm are a welcome addition to Sagebrush.

Lana Dreyfuss, LCADC, LPC, BCPC, SEP, HTR

Groups Facilitator

Lana is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where she attended Ohio State University.  She received her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Maryland and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Board Certified Professional Counselor.  Lana is passionate about being part of a culture where she can help others bring awareness to their core concerns and help people connect to their true self.    She brings a vastness of expertise to Sagebrush, to include 12 years in the field of addictions, is a trauma informed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and a Registered Horticultural Therapist. Lana’s focus on mindfulness flows into her daily routines and interests, whether she is growing vegetables and flowers in her garden, taking her dog for long walks by the river or spending quality time with her family.  She is a gentle and kind spirit who brings a welcomed calmness to the Sagebrush Team.


Kristin Lynskey, LPC

Primary Therapist, Expressive Art Therapist

Kristin is a native of northern Virginia, born and raised in Woodbridge.  She received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy and has over ten years of experience providing professional counseling.  Kristin holds deep passion and a wealth of clinical experience in providing guidance and support for others recovering from addiction.  Her therapeutic approach involves the use of mindfulness practice to change habitual patterns of addiction, expressive arts to reconnect with inner wisdom, and body energy psychology practices to integrate mind, body, and spirit. Kristin is kind and inviting. She relishes in bonding time with her family and friends.  Kristin maintains her own wellness through creative writing, her love of nature and mindfulness practices.

Whitney Brown, MSW

Addictions Counselor

Whitney is a native of northern Virginia where she currently resides with her fiancé and Italian Mastiff.  She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters of Social Work from Binghamton University in upstate New York. Whitney is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor, which she utilizes as a recovery tool, guiding clients through trauma informed yoga therapy. She has used her skills to teach yoga to local organizations and communities to aide in building positive self-image and internal awareness. Whitney is experienced in working within the LGBTQ community, with adolescents, and with individuals living with addiction. She values each and every individual’s story, while taking into account everyone can evolve into their better self with love and compassion internally and through support. She fully believes in “meeting people where they are at,” and building positive relationships in order to successfully work with individuals from all walks of life. She takes a holistic approach to healing and recovery. She utilizes various therapeutic methodologies such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, and Dialectical Behavioral Theory when working with clients. Whitney enjoys being physically active and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be working with the Sagebrush team and looks forward to helping transform the lives of people living with and impacted by substance abuse.

Amanda Migliaccio, PsyD

Addictions Counselor

Amanda is originally from New York.  She recently relocated from southern Virginia to northern Virginia to pursue her passion for Psychology.  She began her studies at Penn State University where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She then obtained her Masters of Arts and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology and is currently pursuing doctoral licensure in Virginia.  She has over five years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings facilitating mental health and drug and alcohol treatment. She is committed to assisting others in personal exploration and growth. She provides this assistance through the use of integrating multiple different treatment modalities aimed to serve a client’s individual needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and taking her dog on long walks.

Gabrielle Morrin, MS, CSAC Candidate

Addictions Counselor

Gabby is a native of Perrysburg, OH, located near Toledo.  She now resides in Maryland with her boyfriend and her daughter.  She attended Duquesne University earning a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in women’s and gender studies before earning her master’s degree in professional counseling from Carlow University.  Gabby worked as a drug and addictions counselor in a correctional facility for 3 years and she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and homeless shelters while living in Pittsburgh, PA.  Gabby’s compassion and genuine nature flow into the philosophy that we are all humans – some people’s struggles just look different but everyone can achieve wellness!  When she isn’t helping people achieve wellness in the workplace, she can be found at the gym, teaching a spin class or yoga.  She relishes in time spent with family.

Jillian Orr, MSW, LSW, Resident in Counseling

Addictions Counselor

Before arriving at Sagebrush, Jillian demonstrated her compassion and good nature by providing therapy and social services to active duty military members and their families. She finds great satisfaction in witnessing the individual growth process of her client’s through their personal journey’s.  She admires the way newly found self-love can impact every aspect of a person’s life and finds it a privilege to be a part of. Jillian brings calm to those around her. She is relaxed and poised, creating a safe place for people to take the time to process what has happened in their lives and help them in forging a new path forward.  Jillian draws inspiration from the world around her, helping her remain grounded and in a place where she can see the world with as little judgment as possible.

Chenel Mann, MA, BCC

Addictions Counselor

Chenel was born and raised in Maryland. She earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and she brings that education and the skills she gained working as a Board-Certified Life Coach, as well. Chenel is also holistic minded and thus is passionate about wellness, appreciates the benefits of mindfulness, symbolic meaning, and the art of designing a fulfilling lifestyle.  Her enjoyment in helping people, as well as to be a positive influence for others, fuels her passion to work in the mental health field.  Drawing inspiration from the great David Bowie and Stevie Nicks, as well as from her mother, Chenel recognizes the blessing in being a part of each client’s path to wellness.

Kristen Burkin, MSW, Resident in Counseling

Addictions Counselor

Kristen was living on the coast of England where she worked with adults and adolescents experiencing issues with addiction before relocating back to Northern Virginia. It was family experiences that led Kristen to this type of work and has led to an increase in empathy for people addicted to drugs and alcohol. Kristen feels a sense of satisfaction when there is openness and honesty throughout the therapist/client relationship, allowing the individual to thrive. Drawing inspiration from nature, as well as authentic people living their truth, Kristen brings all aspects of herself into each session. This allows her sense of humor to meld with her compassion to create interactive interventions that assist in creating a sense of openness in her clients. When not at Sagebrush, Kristen loves to work closely with animals, previously working with an elephant rescue in Thailand, and presently volunteering at a Mastiff dog rescue facility. She is also a part of a book club for insightful women, loves to travel and try new recipes, and fills her life with flavor and fun!

Gioia Chilton, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCPAT

Creative Groups Facilitator

A native of sunny Miami, Florida, Gioia is a refreshing and transformative force for those seeking recovery. Her ability to guide others in using their innate creativity to explore and express themselves, allowing clients profound exposure and encouraging self-reflection.  She has a warm-hearted, cheerful aura and a true gift of creative expression and spontaneity.  In her art studio filled with moments of laughter, alongside quiet reflection, Gioia invites clients to swim in a rainbow of chalk pastels, watercolors, natural clay and raw materials.  Gioia’s studio allows for personal discovery, creating new avenues for self-expression for even the novice artist.  The basis of her work is rooted in positive psychology, the science of happiness.  She has a unique approach to art therapy incorporating creative writing and poetry, psychodramatic action methods and ecotherapy through the use of an outdoor labyrinth and garden walks.   Gioia’s art room creates a space of comfort, where clients can have fun and be engaged through creation.  Along with authoring numerous research articles on art therapy, she is also a recipient of the 2014 American Creativity Association’s Torrance Research Award for her doctoral research on the artistic expression of emotion.  Gioia’s soothing voice, inviting nature and sheer happiness make her a beautiful addition to the Sagebrush therapeutic team.

Laura First, LCSW-C

Expressive Groups Facilitator 

The healing aspects of Laura’s work are rooted in Ancient wisdom and teachings. Those who venture to enhance their recovery journey through movement, song, storytelling and many other forms of creative expression find Laura a willing and helpful guide. She delights in using sound as healing, organic movement that’s both informing and integrating and she views theatre as the art form of unity and clarity.  Her studies, advanced trainings and certifications are in Music Therapy, Adult Story Telling, Play Therapy, Mandala, Journey Dance, Sand Tray Playback Theatre and Performing Arts Productions.  Along with her many talents and gifts, she also actively performs with the National Symphony Orchestra in the United States and Europe, leads Kirtan and instructs Visionary Belly Dance.  Upon meeting Laura, you will immediately sense her radiant vibe, intense imagery and ebullient personality.  She will encourage you to try something new, awaken your inner light and open the door to a story that’s waiting to be told.  Laura’s lifelong career and accomplishments have provided her the opportunity to perform in some of the world’s most amazing venues.  Although she has received numerous grants for her work in Story Telling, Theatre Arts for Growth and Empowerment, her most sacred accomplishments occur in moments of change and healing experienced throughout the creation of art.  Laura exudes the power of prayer and play, the serenity of stone and water, the divinity of dance and meditation and the comfort of home and adventure. She manifests sheer integration of the mind, body and spirit that are on the cutting edge of healing and insight work.  After growing up in the colorful tropics of Hawaii, Laura currently resides on a working farm in rural Maryland with her therapy dog, Collie.

Erica Ohnstad, MA, CSAC

Creative Groups Facilitator

Erica is a genuine and compassionate part of our team at Sagebrush.  She has an extensive background in working with clients suffering from addictions. She is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in South Dakota and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia.  Erica believes whole-heartedly in the healing power of creativity, incorporating both integrative and cognitive approaches to foster growth and self-worth.  She feels that the therapeutic value of art has the opportunity to heal, empower and engage those isolated due to addictions.   Her nurturing spirit helps clients discover their artistic potential.  She attended Augustana University and received her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and Fine Arts.  She received her Masters degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University, with a focus on Trauma Informed Care.  She nurtures her sense of wonder and adventure by running and cycling on nearby trails.


Caitrin Allingham, MS, NCC, Resident in Counseling

Groups Facilitator

Caity calls Virginia home. She earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2015 and works compassionately with individuals who are experiencing life challenges and chronic mental health and physical disorders. She has worked in the healthcare field for many years as a mental health counselor working with a diverse population.  She is enthusiastic and friendly and her knowledge and skills are a welcome addition at Sagebrush.

Sammer Nagra, MA

Groups Facilitator

Sammer grew up in the Middle East and has immersed herself in a variety of cultural backgrounds.  She speaks and writes in three languages and would love to learn more! While living in Texas, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then completed her master’s degree in professional counseling at Amberton University.  Before relocating to Virginia with her family, Sammer led a clinical team at an After-Hours Crisis Clinic. Inspired by her father, Sammer draws strength in the face of the challenges life brings. She finds happiness in seeing her clients make progress, sharing in their victories and successes, even in the smallest of ways. Sammer has a passion for baking and loves to indulge her creative side during the decorating process.  She also enjoys spending time with her kids, traveling, and reading fiction books. Sammer enhances Sagebrush’s ability to provide the best possible care to our clients with her eagerness to learn and to serve our clients.

Allison Kitchen, L.Ac, M.Ac, NCCAOM, CSAC Candidate

Utilization Review Coordinator

Allison brings a range of skills to Sagebrush that encompasses a wide variety of modalities and treatment strategies that covers both physical and emotional support to our clients. She is intuitive and passionate in her delivery of care and is able to work with clients that have both acute and chronic conditions. She is compassionate and extremely perceptive in her nature, eclectic in a charismatic way. Along with her many talents, she is a master level acupuncturist licensed in Virginia and Washington DC. Her undergraduate studies were completed at James Madison University and she received her Master of Acupuncture at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute of Maryland. Allison’s core belief is rooted in recovery and wellness. She is deeply informed and magnificent at her crafts. She is Nationally Board Certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. She performs admission intakes and assessments, as well as coordinates several psycho-educational groups. Allison is well versed in utilization review, knows the details of insurance authorization and strongly advocates for our clients. A native of Maryland, Allison enjoys relaxing and spending quality time with her daughter. The diligence and dedication that she consistently exemplifies are an asset to our team.

Ashley Rose, BA

Assistant Residential Program Manager

Ashley exudes compassion, respect and dedication in all that she does. She exemplifies the facets of loyalty, kindness and professionalism. Ashley’s wealth of administrative experience, coupled with her knowledge of the recovery process, inspires and directs our residential team. Providing love and giving back is part of her innate character. She volunteers at Fairfax Academy, Heartland Hospices and enjoys working with autistic children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marymount University. Participating in mission trips and spending time with those near to her heart is what she enjoys most in life. Ashley’s soulful nature exudes joy, patience and generosity.

Suzanne Mondesir, BS

Program Assistant

Suzanne is passionate about providing support and service to clients and being an important part of their journey to recovery.  She is a native of Rehoboth, Delaware and now resides in Virginia, where she avidly explores life, cuisine and nature with her family.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Springfield College and she is a certified massage therapist.  Suzanne brings over twenty years of experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  She is devoted to helping others cultivate change within themselves and to practice a healthier way of life.  Suzanne’s consistent enthusiasm, patience and wisdom contribute to the exceptional care provided at Sagebrush.

Joshua Bailey

Program Assistant

Joshua strives to share inspirational messages and experiences to those in recovery.  He wants to show and teach others that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  His warm desire to help others flows into his daily routines of life.  Currently, he is attending Northern Virginia Community College and plans to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University.  His adventurous drive and daring spirit leads him on motorcycle journeys along local, curvy mountain roads, often exploring up and down the East Coast.  Joshua’s motivation and drive is deeply rooted in the power of holistic healing and recovery.


Hebe Boyett

Program Assistant

Hebe brings her warm-hearted and caring energy to all who interact with her.  She is positive, upbeat and dedicated to bringing out the absolute best in everyone.  The optimism that she brings to life shows through in not only her encouragement and enthusiasm, but also in the heartfelt meanings in her paintings, poetry, short stories and experiences.  She has an incredibly strong ability to connect with clients.  Hebe has been studying Substance Abuse Counseling and Psychology at Northern Virginia Community College and plans to open her own practice one day.  The affinity and enthusiasm that she has for life is contagious and deeply appreciated.

Kathleen Hunter

Program Assistant

Kat brings a passion and energy to the Sagebrush Team as a Program Assistant.  She is intrigued by the change that takes place along the journey to figuring out life, regaining peace and establishing positive direction.  She enjoys being surrounded by the highly specialized and individualized treatment methods at Sagebrush, especially the concept of meeting clients where they are in their recover journey.  Kat is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland, where she studied at Montgomery College.  Beyond her intricate passion for recovery community and understanding human behavior, she is an avid freelance photographer and lover of the great outdoors.  When she’s not hiking in Great Falls, she can be found meditating at a Buddhist temple in Maryland.  Kat’s caring, humble and outgoing spirit are a welcomed addition to our team.

Michelle Carswell

Program Assistant

Michelle is a friendly, encouraging and supportive addition to the Sagebrush Team.  Beyond having had an extensive professional background as a successful entrepreneur, she is a mentor and a job coach for individuals throughout her community in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  She finds her interactions at Sagebrush to be very rewarding, especially in the areas of step work, enforcing positive recovery and maintaining positive networks.  During her spare time, she has an avid passion for learning, loves to cook, enjoys arts and crafts, and spending time with her family.  Michelle is dedicated to teaching positive life skills and enhancing the quality of the life for all of our clients.

Jessica Bardenheier, BS

Program Assistant/Case Manager

Jessica is a scholar, optimist and explorer of human behavior. She was born in Paris, France and is half Turkish and half Italian. Currently she resides in Centreville, Virginia where she spends quality time with her husband, puppy and friends and family. When Jessica is not expanding her clinical realm of knowledge, she can be found cooking, vacationing or taking in a good read. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Longwood University and completed the Registered Behavioral Technician Course through the National Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She shares a wealth of knowledge and experience, previously working as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs. Jessica is a welcomed addition to the Sagebrush community. She is committed to her role, providing support to our clients during their journey to recovery. We welcome her contagious team spirit and positive attitude.

Rob Shaw

Program Assistant

Rob’s excitement about being a part of the Sagebrush team is a direct reflection of the pleasure he gets from working with a community that is actively seeking personal growth.  Rob embraces the chance to help those in need, as they begin their journey of recovery.  He believes the opportunities for growth are endless in life.  He is a native of Philadelphia and currently resides in Centreville, Virginia where he is a connoisseur of the great outdoors.  He is an avid hiker, disc golfer and occasional extreme sports enthusiast.  Rob received his Associate degree from Northern Virginia Community College in Business Management and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Operations Management at George Mason University.  Rob’s caring, mindful and compassionate nature are a wonderful addition to the Sagebrush Team.

Anthony Hill

Program Assistant

Anthony is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana but now resides in Herndon, VA.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology and a Minor in Sociology from Indiana State University.  His passion is in motivational speaking as it pertains to the recovery process. As a former athlete, his hobbies include running and basketball.  He loves the family atmosphere that the Sagebrush staff provides and looks forward to having impromptu discussions about the 12 step process while interacting with clients. Being a part of the Sagebrush family has given him a new awareness of the importance of other aspects of the recovery process, such as the benefits of yoga, meditation, diet and exercise.   If he were to offer five words to describe his personality, they would be passionate, empathetic, warm, engaging and positive.  He’s been blessed to have worked all 12 steps of the recovery process and looks forward to assisting anyone interested to do the same.


Jenna Barsotti

Program Assistant

Jenna graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Geographical Sciences and a minor in US/Latin American Relations in 2013. While in college, she was an active member of the American Indian Student Union and Kappa Lambda Xi, a multicultural Sorority. Through her humanitarian interests in a diverse group of organizations, Jenna has been presented with many opportunities to volunteer in her community and around the nation.  Jenna exudes kindness and understanding, promoting individuals to tell their story. She has volunteered with children at The One World Center for Autism and at various Indian reservations across the country.  She also completed two years of service through Americorps. Her dedication to helping others is an asset to the Sagebrush team.

Michael Murphy

Program Assistant

Michael is a native of Northern Virginia and grew up in Alexandria, VA. He enjoys watching others change their lives and grow into new individuals. His compassion for others helps him to appreciate all the small things in life.  Michael realized that helping others was his calling so he decided to go back to school he hasn’t looked back!  He is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Michael loves baseball (Go NATS!) as well as football (Hail to the Redskins!).  He enjoys spending time out with friends and family and believes his relationships with others are essential stepping stones to his own path to happiness.

Laura Schwartz

Program Assistant

Laura was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia where she still lives today.  She has a talent for music, learning to play piano, the clarinet and the saxophone too!  She has a bachelor’s degree in Health System Management and is currently studying to become a certified substance abuse counselor.  Laura is actively involved in outreach with Oxford Houses in the Northern Virginia region.  Laura is passionate in her belief that there is hope for everyone and positive thinking is the first step to feeling hopeful.  She is empathetic to the profound effects of substance abuse on the entire family system and she looks forward to continued growth and experience in the field.  Laura loves traveling and being outdoors.  Her dedication to helping others is refreshing and can be seen in her interactions with both colleagues and clients.

Jackie Lyle

Program Assistant

Jackie was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She grew up in a house full of kiddos – she’s a triplet! Jackie recently graduated from George Mason University, majoring in Psychology. She plans to work toward her master’s degree next and is interested in social work.  Jackie is cheerful and spirited. She’s happy to be a listening ear for those who need to be heard.  Jackie has two dogs and she has a great time hiking with them.  Her love for animals spans out to the Human Society too, where she volunteers her time.  Jackie brings a warm smile with her to Sagebrush.

Casey Nicoll

Program Assistant

Casey was born and raised in Stafford, VA where she currently resides. She attends NVCC where she is pursuing a degree in psychology and is also studying to become a substance abuse counselor (CSAC-A). Casey also works as a library page and clerk at the regional library when she’s not working at Sagebrush! She is best known for being compassionate, friendly and loyal. When she has down time, Casey is likely to be found reading, listening to music, spending quality time with her friends and family but when she’s able to do it, she really enjoys traveling.  She is a hard worker who is truly dedicated to the care of the clients at Sagebrush.

Brian Welch

Program Assistant

Brian grew up in Binghampton, NY but has also called Texas, Florida, and finally Virginia home. He’s been in Virginia since he was a little boy. Brian was raised on a small farm and loved being around animals. Through the years, Brian found himself drawn to helping people who are struggling with addiction find hope. Brian is now finishing up an internship to become a substance abuse counselor (CSAC-A).  When the day is done, he unwinds by taking long walks with his two Boston terriers. Brian is light-hearted and a cheerful addition to Sagebrush.

Howard Major, MA

Program Assistant

Howard moved from South Carolina to New York as a young child and then settled in Cambridge Massachusetts with his mother and siblings when he was in his teens. Howard holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of the District of Columbia. He recently returned to the states from Central America where he spent the past three years developing curriculum for international education programs in which youths can study abroad. Howard is dedicated to mentoring and counseling those affected by addiction. Howard is kind and empathetic, influencing and inspiring others with a smile and a few words of encouragement for anyone who crosses his path. He is a calm presence at Sagebrush.

Wendell Williams, CPRS

Program Assistant

Wendell has lived in Washington DC for many years now. He is passionate about the population we serve. He became certified as a Peer Recovery Specialist early last year and facilitates counseling and peer support to those affected by substance abuse and alcoholism.  Wendell also works with the homeless male population when he’s not at Sagebrush. Wendell’s smile is contagious, he’s friendly and he is driven to listen to and help others. He is a warm and friendly presence for our clients and staff.

Pamela Foster, BS

Overnight Staff

Pamela has a brave heart and spontaneous spirit that manifests in her desire to work with those in crisis.   A quest for meaning, practicing spirituality and exploring the divine details of each day are motivators for her in her life’s expeditions.  Whether she is wrapped up in her studies, as she pursues her Masters in Social Work, or she’s hiking along the peaks of Machu Picchu, Pam carries ambition, hope and inspiration wherever she goes.  She is dedicated to those in recovery and conveys the optimistic attributes that are available in each human life.  Pam’s ability to connect with others is a truly a gift at Sagebrush.


Jamecia Campbell

Overnight Staff

Jamecia is a native of northern Virginia and is currently studying nursing.  As a member of the Sagebrush Team, Jamecia views it as a blessing to work with so many diverse clients and staff.   She comes from a medical office administrative background and has a passion to serve those in recovery.   She thoroughly enjoys aiding people and takes initiative to support clients in living a healthier life.  In her spare time, she often takes her son on adventures to the park, expeditions to the zoo or participates in soccer activities.  Jamecia brings an outgoing, loving and kindhearted nature to her interactions and provides an uplifting spirit to Sagebrush.


Jennifer Ocran

Overnight Staff

Jennifer is originally from Ghana, West Africa and currently lives in Manassas, Virginia.  She studied business administration and completed an MBA with honors, her degree emphasis in marketing.  She has a passion for caring for others which is why she also obtained her license in Virginia as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She loves to dance, sing, cook, write short stories and attends Zumba classes in her spare time.  She gets such satisfaction in making a difference in the lives of others, something as simple as making sure the Sagebrush homes are clean and relaxed goes a long way.  The process of recovery intrigues Jennifer, as seeing others choose to make a change and staying positive about the process is amazing to her.  She is calm, friendly, talkative, a quick learner, flexible, dedicated, hard-working and goal oriented.  She is proud to be part of the team at Sagebrush.


Kellie Kibler

Overnight Staff

Kellie was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in sunny Miami, FL.  She received her degree in medical assistance and has being working in the field of healthcare for more than 8 years.  Kellie has worked with multiple community programs in the region, assisting and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.  She is generous, loyal and always willing to help in any way possible.  Kellie loves listening to live music at concerts and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.  Her selflessness is an asset to the Sagebrush team.

Teresa Pickel

Overnight Staff

Teresa is a native to Northern Virginia.  She is a certified nursing assistant and medication aide, having worked in the field of medicine for 9 years.  Previously, she worked in a hospital setting which allowed her to utilize the skills she learned during her medical training. Teresa is a hard worker who is compassionate about helping people to transform and heal.  Her kind-hearted smile is contagious! Teresa appreciates time spent cooking, hanging out with her family and spoiling her granddaughter!  In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, listening to music, bowling and watching football – Go SKINS!  Her empathetic, soulful nature is a true gift to Sagebrush.

Ryann Callahan

Executive Assistant to the CEO & Admissions Coordinator

Ryann is a native of Northern Virginia.  From zoo medicine to law office management, she has worked in a variety of areas in life.  The experience that she brings to the Sagebrush team is immeasurable.  Her heart was drawn to the holistic practices at Sagebrush, along with being a part of a team with a philosophy that she wholly supports.  Ryann shares a diversity, energy and kindness with everyone she meets.  As an initial point of contact for prospective clients, she finds true fulfillment in providing hope and support on the journey to recovery.   On any given weekend, she might be taking in a museum in DC or hiking the foothills and peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  She has an appreciation for life, cultures, traditions, religions and values.  Her compassionate and centered approach at Sagebrush opens the door to hope and sheds light on the path to recovery.


Nathaniel President, NRCMA

Admissions Coordinator

Nathaniel is a native of Northern Virginia. He is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant, a Bone Density Technician, and he holds a degree in Homeland Security. Presently, he is pursuing a degree in Health and Information Management at Northern Virginia Community College. Nathaniel values the opportunity to lend a helping hand and an open ear to those in crisis, with the strong belief that the needs of those he supports come first.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending one on one time with his son. Nathaniel brings a hardworking, positive attitude and a friendly smile to Sagebrush.

Mary Beth Bowden

Executive Chef

Mary Beth has been drawn to the alluring details of cooking since an early age, having been inspired by exposure to a variety of cuisines while abroad as a child.  Her passion for the culinary world led her to study at the prestigious New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, along with working at the Canyon Ranch Spa and Club Med Sandpiper Bay.  Her thorough perspectives on clean eating and cooking methods are incorporated into the delectable meals she prepares at Sagebrush.  She delights at educating clients about the benefits of eating healthier meals.  If Mary Beth isn’t soaking up a good book or spending time with her loved ones, she is fueling her fascination in the local food movement and global cuisines.  At Sagebrush, she brings a wealth of culinary knowledge, along with a collection of delectable flavors, not only to the palate but to the human spirit.

Timothy Bassett


Tim is a true pantologist, having dabbled in a variety of enterprises from assistant chef to business consultant to banker to healthcare consultant. Tim is on a perpetual quest for knowledge and education, having been schooled in 5 cities on two continents.  His most recent adventure earned him a Master’s of Science degree in Spiritual Counseling and Inter-Faith ministry in New York City. Tim is intimately involved in spirituality and the daily maintenance of recovery.  His passions include a love of painting, practicing and teaching martial arts, yoga and fitness training, and nutrition.  Tim is approachable, relaxed, flexible and helpful and he does it all with a friendly smile. The culmination of his life experiences brought him to Sagebrush and he is a welcomed addition to the team.

Vanessa Baker


Vanessa lives in Northern Virginia and is currently working on a culinary arts degree. Vanessa has extensive kitchen experience as well as food management experience. Before coming to work at Sagebrush, Vanessa led a large team as a food service supervisor at a women’s correctional facility. Vanessa has a passion for food and believes food brings people together. She is calm and friendly, showing empathy for those suffering from addiction and alcoholism. Her smile is as inviting as her delicious food!

Jolene Alexander


Jolene was born in Iowa and grew up in a little town called Underwood.  As a child, she was blessed to have had the opportunity to spent a lot of time with her Danish grandmother who taught her how to cook and bake.  This one-on-one time together instilled in Jolene the joy brought about by making and sharing food with others. Her warmth is genuine, she cares deeply and she’s always smiling!  Jolene enjoys gardening and building rock gardens and walkways in her free time.  Her compassionate nature is a blessing to Sagebrush.

Dawn Curtis, E-RYT 500 & Yoga Therapist & Reiki Practitioner Level II

Yoga Instructor

Dawn is blessed with a devout passion for health and spirituality, which has led her down the holistic path in life.  She is a full-time time therapeutic yoga teacher with over 25 years of yoga experience, with a focus on private therapeutic yoga sessions and group classes in the Washington and Metro DC area.  Along with her therapeutic background, her deeply informed expertise includes Yoga of Recovery, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Depression & Anxiety, Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors through Duke Integrative Medicine and Yoga of the Heart (Cardiac and Cancer) Therapeutic Yoga.  Dawn is pleasant, precise and calm in her intent to become a catalyst for transformation and growth.  She is also the proprietress of East Meets West Yoga Center located in Vienna.  She finds peace in relaxation, moments in her garden and when she travels.  Her ongoing guidance helps individuals discover their individual paths towards a healthier mind, body and spirit.


Stacy A. McMahon, CCH, HTA, CCP, CST

Certified Hypnotherapist

Stacy’s warmth, gentle approach, humor and emotional strength create a welcoming, safe and nurturing atmosphere at Sagebrush.  By connecting through alternative and integrative healing modalities, she helps clients find purpose in life.  Her pleasant calmness, relaxing aura and soft-hearted energy set the tone the moment you step into her transformative space.  As a Certified Hypnotist, Stacy is devoted to a profession that focuses upon vision, one that guides clients in visualizing a positive change and calm surroundings.   A connoisseur of life, Stacy spends quality time in her garden and exploring nature during her long walks.  No matter what the day holds, she makes time for laughter and music. Stacy fosters self-discovery and joyful living, helping others improve the quality of life and flourish in their own states of peace and tranquility.  Her inherent goodness and intuitive gifts are manifested in her transformative work and in her spiritual nature.


Peter Shin, NCBTMB, LMT

Massage Therapist

Peter came to America in 1992 as a student from South Korea.  He began his journey in South Korea in 1987, learning of acupressure, moxibustion, and cupping as the parts of traditional oriental medicine.   His motivation was out of necessity to relieve his wife of debilitating lower back pain.  Today, as a result of his efforts and learning, she is good in health.  They now live in Fredericksburg, Virginia with their two wonderful children.

Several years ago, while working as an Activity Director at a Senior Health & Day Care Center in Gaithersburg, MD he realized his desire to pursue massage school training toward a license. In 2009, he became Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) as well as Licensed as a Massage Therapist (LMT) in Virginia.  In 2015, he was also certified as a Lymphedema Therapist.   Though he performs massage in several modalities, his special focuses are in deep tissue massage, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, reflexology, Swedish gymnastics (Sport Massage), Thai massage and Lymphedema Therapy.

From his experience, he believes that to receive massage regularly is one of the best health investments one can make.  Over the many years, he continues to study human anatomy and physiology and finds the human body a mystifying work of art and healing.  He believes that watching over and serving others is his calling.  He is dedicated to continuing his studies in Naturopathy and Traditional oriental medicine in order to help and care for others.  He is both sociable and humorous with all those he encounters.  He enjoys singing and gardening as hobbies.  He finds joy in working with Sagebrush staff and clients, as he witnesses first-hand the emotional and physical changes of feeling better.

Lynette Bailey

Personal Trainer

Pizzazz, energy, spunk, harmony and charisma follow Lynette wherever she goes!  As a personal trainer she focuses on the many benefits of conditioning, strength and flexibility.  As an ambassador of Sagebrush, she creates value in motivating clients to be better than they think they can be. When she is not sharing her enthusiasm for fitness, you may find her allowing the ebb and flow of poetry to grace her journal pages. Lynette enjoys spending time with her family and is quite adventurous when it comes to international cuisine. Lynette’s dynamic personality and drive to educate clients on their journey to an active lifestyle is essential to Sagebrush and our ongoing efforts in assisting clients in creating a healthier and happier life.


Homa Hashime, ND, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Acupuncturist & Naturopathic Doctor

Homa was drawn to Sagebrush because of her passion for natural medicine and holistic approaches to healing.  She strives to aid people in their quest for emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.  She is a Naturopathic Doctor, having earned her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and she is a licensed acupuncturist.  She is committed to helping people become healthier through the use of acupuncture and herbs and supplements. Homa is friendly and compassionate and holds space for those suffering from addiction. In her free time, Homa enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.  She is a welcomed addition to Sagebrush and it’s clients.

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