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Meet The Retreat of Atlanta, Qualified Detox Center Staff

The team at The Retreat of Atlanta Detox Center is a group of addiction and mental health board-certified physicians, nurses, psychiatrists and addiction therapists who set the standards for world-class cutting-edge recovery programs. They have thousands of successes in their industry and lead the standards with evidence based treatment coupled with experience in treating thousands who suffer with substance abuse. Their teams craft well integrated addiction recovery plans for individuals seeking recovery.

Sean Harren

Director of Operations

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Ed Walsh

HR | UR Director

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Jared Kirschner, CIT

Business Development

Beau Allen, CIT

Director of Business Development

Derek Snelson

Derek Snelson

Program Director

Christina Ozelis Director of Nursing

Cristina Ozelis, RN

Director of Nursing

Tiara Moore, LPN

Night Shift Nursing Supervisor

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Sean Harren

Director of Operations

Sean Harren serves as the Director of Operations for The Retreat of Atlanta. For many years, Sean has worked in residential drug and alcohol treatment centers and medical detoxification, always with the singular focus of facilitating quality care for each patient and offering support and communication with loved ones. Sean understands that navigating and finding quality treatment providers without a map or guide can be daunting. The urgency and complexity of many admission situations also require efficient and compassionate communication. Sean's years of relationship building ands experience have created a vast understanding of clinical and medical programming, logistics, insurance, and financing options in an ever-changing marketplace. He brings all of this expertise to The Retreat of Atlanta to make journey a little less arduous for those ready to seek help and their support system. Beyond his direct responsibilities to The Retreat of Atlanta, Sean has dedicated himself to the advocacy of addiction recovery and to make a difference in the local community, such as facilitating fellowship meetings in the Broward County jails. Sean graduated from the Academy for Addiction Professionals. His clinical certification has added to his value to the dynamic leadership team at The Retreat of Atlanta. Sean graduated from the Miami-Dade Medical Campus and practices as a Licensed Optician for many years before entering the addiction recovery field.

Ed Walsh

HR | UR Director

Ed Walsh completed his addiction treatment certification at The Academy for Addiction Professionals in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is currently a Certified Addiction Counselor, filling UR liaison, case coordinator, and discharge specialist at The Retreat of Atlanta. Mr. Walsh has many years of experience in addiction, including marketing, treating and coordinating services for those affected by substance abuse and mental illness. Mr. Walsh brings compassion, patience, knowledge, and firsthand experience to his work. He has helped many to achieve and maintain successful sobriety. Ed Walsh is also active in the Rockers in Recovery program and brings his musicianship to our treatment center, skillfully demonstrating how creativity, passion, and fun go hand in hand with successful recovery from addiction. We are fortunate to have him on our staff.

Jared Kirschner, CIT

Director of Outreach Operations

Jared is the Director of Outreach Operations at The Retreat of Atlanta and is a native of Medford, New Jersey. He holds his bachelor's degree in marketing/business development from Rutgers University. Jared has been working in substance abuse industry for over a decade. He has a passion for helping those that are seeking recovery and has been instrumental in assisting many afflicted by addicted as well as working closely with their families. Jared leads with ethics and integrity as his primary focus and has been successful in developing working relationships with other providers locally and out of state. Jared is a valued member of The Retreat of Atlanta.

Beau Allen, CIT

Director of Business Development

Beau's personal journey in addiction began during his college years ending with him finding his way to treatment and in return sobriety, in 2013. Over the past eight years, Beau has worked in many different facets of the treatment industry including working as a behavioral health technician, in admissions, and community outreach. Today Beau continues to build relationships throughout the community and medical field to better help people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. As the Director of Business Development, Beau's favorite part of his job is working with and meeting people; educating professionals and clients about substance abuse services that are offered so they can improve the quality of their life by making positive lifetime changes. His goal is to assist those suffering from this disease and their families in any way he can.

Derek Snelson

Derek Snelson

Program Director

Derek is an experienced member of the team drawing on his clinical background in Psychology and having personal experiences in recovery, benefitting the patient population and the facility. Having completed his degree in Psychology at Temple University, Derek draws on a myriad of therapeutic modalities to serve our community. Additionally, Derek draws on administrative experiences at various start-up endeavors which are now thriving to ensure the efficiency and efficacy of the Retreat.

Christina Ozelis Director of Nursing

Christina Ozelis, RN

Director of Nursing

Christina Ozelis is our Director of Nursing at The Retreat of Atlanta. She is an RN who loves working in the fields of addiction and psychiatry and has been working in this field for almost 10yrs. Christina was previously a mental health counselor on Long Island, NY before moving to Atlanta to pursue a career in nursing at Emory University. Drawing on her previous experiences working with people in recovery and mental health, she began her career in substance abuse nursing at another Atlanta-based detox facility. She worked as Director of Nursing and LGBTQ+ program facilitator there for a while before coming over to The Retreat of Atlanta. Christina's favorite thing about working in detox and recovery is getting to be a part of a client's journey to sobriety and helping them find hope where it was once lost. In addition to counseling and nursing, Christina has also worked in the fields of IT, university teaching, and training horses. Christina comes to The Retreat of Atlanta with a wide variety of leadership experiences in nursing, university program directing, education development, and technology. She considers herself a transformational-style leader who takes pride in involving her team in shared governance and drawing on the strengths of each individual to create the best in patient outcomes and experiences. Christina is currently attending Duke University for her DNP in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice with a concentration in nursing education and leadership.

Tiara Moore, LPN

Night Shift Nursing Supervisor

Tiara Moore is Night Shift Supervisor at The Retreat of Atlanta. A Licensed Practical Nurse of 10 years, her background includes Psych Nursing, Long-Term Care, Correctional nursing, as well as substance abuse. Before coming to The Retreat of Atlanta, she served as LPN Housing Manager/Medication Nurse for a mental health and substance abuse center in Milledgeville, GA. Her background equips her with the knowledge necessary to assist clients during their transition to recovery. Tiara takes pride in not only providing medical care, but also serving as a support system to those on their journey to sobriety. In addition to providing medical care for our clients, she utilizes her experience and leadership skills to ensure all members of the team are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide the best care. "Seeing the transformation in clients once they've successfully completed our program is a beautiful thing." Prior to obtaining her diploma in Nursing, Tiara received certifications for Medical Assisting as well as Medical Billing and Coding. She is currently pursuing obtaining her RN. She is a native of Eatonton, GA and when she is not working, her focus is given to her three daughters Tiana, Tymia, and Tahlia.

The Retreat of Atlanta Staff and patients follow the CDC guidelines for wearing a mask, hand washing regularly, and social distancing in all aspects of treatment. Patients and staff are confidentially tested if CDC signs/symptoms/temperature are present. We practice strict preventative measures.