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  • Chad Husted

    Chad Husted, LPC

    Vice President of Operations

    Chad is a native of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree from Millersville University. He obtained a master's degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Chad has spent the last 15 years in a variety of behavioral health positions. He began his career in Florida where he served as a psych tech, case manager, and supervisor in community mental health. Over the last 10 years, Chad has lived in Atlanta, where he managed an Acute Behavioral Health emergency room for three years. He has also spent several years providing school-based mental health therapy before moving into the business arena, where he oversaw managed care contracting, professional education, and business development. Since November 2015, Chad has served as Pyramid Healthcare's Director of North Carolina Operations. Now, he brings his expertise in program development, relationship building, and mental health and addiction treatment to Silver Ridge as its Vice President of Operations.

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    Jessie Alexander, LPC

    Vice President of Clinical Services and Quality Management

    Prior to her time with Pyramid Healthcare, Jessie managed a clinically integrated treatment program with a focus on trauma, eating disorders, and addiction. She has worked in trauma-specific, gender-specific, and developmentally-specific therapeutic settings in her career providing treatment and program management for the adolescent, young adult, and midlife adult populations. She has also served on the founding executive committee of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Atlanta Chapter.

    Jessie’s primary focus is in clinically integrated treatment and complex trauma. She has contributed to research and presented on a range of topics including the midlife stage of development and substance use trends, treatment integration for trauma and eating disorders, family dynamics, the phase-oriented approach to trauma treatment, psychophysiology and coping skills, multicultural bias in clinicians, and high-risk behaviors and substance use. Jessie completed her undergraduate education with dual degrees in Psychology and Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences, and received her graduate education from Georgia State University in Professional Counseling.

  • Shawn Henderson

    Shawn Henderson, MBA

    Program Director

    A native of western NC, Shawn earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in Psychology with a minor in Health. Appalachian State is where she met her husband Steve and they moved to Raleigh NC to start their family. While in Raleigh, Shawn worked in Healthcare and became a manager in a home care agency, doctor's office, and hospital. During this time, she obtained her Master's Degree in Business through Averett University, of Danville VA.

    Shawn returned with her family to Western NC nine years ago to be a manager with a local hospital where Shawn was the manager at Mission Children's Hospital in Asheville. Shawn managed several inpatient and several outpatient programs, including areas such as Dental, Peds, PICU, NICU, NICU Follow up Clinic, Asthma, Peds Cancer Center, Safe Kids, Family Support Network. In 2012, she presented the work of an outreach program to the NC Institute of Medicine.

    Community and volunteer work is an important part of Shawn's life. She has held several community volunteer and board member positions during the past 6 years (including President of Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County). She joined Silver Ridge in May 2019 and is working towards becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.

    In her free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and spending time exploring the beauty of western NC, and all it offers.

  • Jess Edmunds, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

    Jess Edmunds, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

    Clinical Director

    Focusing on the intersection of mental health and addiction since 2008, Jess is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She has worked with groups, individuals and families to further their awareness of healthy relational dynamics, present moment awareness, and living lives of meaning and value. Acceptance and commitment therapy is a core modality of her treatment focus and she has a background in various trauma-focused treatments. In addition to supervising the clinical programing and clinical staff at Silver Ridge, Jess currently works to ensure clinical authorization of coverage with insurance companies while individuals are at Silver Ridge.

    In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time outside exploring the mountains and building connections within her community

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    Samuel Hensley, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

    Primary Therapist

    Samuel attended Louisiana State University, where he obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Samuel began his clinical career working with veterans and older adults. Specializing in treating addictive disorders since 2012, Samuel approaches recovery as a process of healing, growth, and reconciliation. He views his role as a Primary Therapist at Silver Ridge as an opportunity to provide support to his clients during a very meaningful journey.

    In his spare time, Samuel enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, camping, and hiking in the natural beauty of Western North Carolina.

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    Michael Racine, LCAS, CCS, MAC

    Primary Therapist

    Michael graduated with his master’s in counseling psychology from Troy State in 1993. He is currently pursuing a course of study in Spiritual Direction, Jungian Analysis, and Dream Work at the Haden Institute.

    Michael utilizes holistic, experiential and mindfulness-based models to assist with the client’s inner transformation. Michael sees each person as a unique individual with inner wisdom, distinct life experiences, and untapped resources. His goal is to support each client in accessing their inner wisdom and resources and to aid in the healing toward a greater sense of wholeness and meaning.

    In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, kayaking, martial arts, providing retreats and rite-of-passage work, writing poetry, and working on his blog.

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    Kristin Rappold, LCSW-A, LCAS

    Primary Therapist

    Kristin received her Master of Social Work degree from Western Carolina University after learning the ropes in community mental health services, traveling, and studying philosophy. She is passionate about recovery and believes that anyone can recover and deserves to do so. Kristin’s approach is based on authentic listening and compassion. She aims to provide space for those she works with to share their struggles openly and without fear of judgment. She has worked extensively with people experiencing a variety of challenges including addiction, trauma, autism, anxiety, and depression. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSW-A).

    A proud crunchy mama, Kristin loves spending time with her family, exploring the mountains they call home and digging in the dirt.

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    Terri Owens, CSAC, CPSS, QP

    Aftercare Counselor

    Terri began working in the addiction field offering support as a Certified Peer Support Specialist. Today she continues to use her lived experience as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor to help others understand substance abuse in order to live their best life as a person in recovery.

    Outside of work, Terri enjoys spending time with her grandson & passing along the traditions of her native Appalachian roots.

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    Travis Herman

    National Account Manager and Trainer

    Travis’ vocation has always been in the helping professions. Starting his behavioral health career in 2008, Travis provided direct care counseling services in a variety of levels of care in western North Carolina. In 2012 he transitioned to a Community Relations Representative role at October Road, an outpatient mental health and substance use treatment program in Asheville, NC. Combining his clinical skills with excellent customer service, Travis was then promoted to National Clinical Liaison for Pyramid Healthcare marketing Silver Ridge, our mid-life adult professionals program. Most recently Travis became the National Account Manager and Trainer for the Southeast Region of Pyramid Healthcare and now oversees marketing training for Silver Ridge, Real Recovery, Tapestry, and October Road.

  • Barry McNinch

    Barry McNinch, M.S.

    National Clinical Liaison

    As a child, Barry always had the drive to help others, which led to his desire to go into healthcare, focusing on mental health. While growing up in rural Eastern North Carolina, he had the opportunity to shadow under different mental healthcare professionals at all care levels. During this experience, he witnessed a disconnection between the clients and access to the appropriate clinical services. Identifying these underserved populations, he also observed how they navigated obstacles created from the societal stigmas towards identifying the need for mental health services. From this moment, he gained a passion for developing and connecting people with quality services while educating people on the necessity of mental health advocacy.

    Throughout Barry’s education and professional career, he has had experience with program development, program operations, and clinical-outreach. He has also had the opportunity to collaborate on a startup team that developed Intensive Outpatient Programs and Partial Hospitalization Programs. Clinically, he has had the opportunity to serve individuals of the LGBTQIA, substance use disorder, and eating disorder communities in the Washington DC metro area.

  • Chef Don Paleno

    Don Paleno


    Chef Don Paleno graduated from Culinary Arts program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College and is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. He is also currently President of The Western North Carolina Culinary Association. Don began his culinary career at the age of 15, washing dishes at Mars Hill College cafeteria in North Carolina. After many years in the catering and food service industry, he is excited to get to share his passion and expertise with the clients at Silver Ridge

Hear From
Our Clients

  • "I just want to thank my therapist for helping me to accept my anger, and learning how to deal with it. Silver Ridge is 5 stars in my book! With the help of every staff member, I am a better (sober) person."

    - Martin T.

  • "Silver Ridge changed my life. It gave me hope when I had none. The facility, staff, & counselors made me feel like the most important person in the world. I learned effective practices that will make my recovery journey a lifetime goal."

    - Rocky M.

  • "This facility is amazing. I have worked in the substance abuse treatment field and I sent my own Mother to Silver Ridge to recover. It is a top notch facility all around and I highly recommend it."

    - LB

  • "It was such a beautiful site, the home, and the mountains. I spent 42 days at Silver Ridge. My time there was emotionally healing. The therapy team worked together on my treatment plan. They really cared. I learned to love myself for the first time...I'm going to start a new chapter in my life because of Silver Ridge."

    - Mary G.

  • "At Silver Ridge clients are first and foremost treated with respect, kindness, and compassion. The midlife-specific groups allowed clients to form a bond with one another through shared life experiences."

    - Kelly S.

  • "Best treatment facility out there! You are treated as an individual and that is crucial during treatment! Please consider this beautiful facility. You won’t be sorry!"

    - Mary B.

Why Choose
Silver Ridge?

  • Individualized Treatment for Midlife Adults

    We understand the challenges of this stage of life, and our program is specifically built to serve the mid-life adult in a meaningful and individualized way.

  • Comprehensive Approach

    Our holistic approach supports your physical, mental, and spiritual health through a range of evidence-based treatment modalities.

  • Experienced Staff

    Our staff are highly trained with dual mental health and substance use licensing. Our medical staff includes an ASAM certified addiction psychiatrist & an addiction-trained primary care physician.

  • Five-Star Amenities

    From gourmet cuisine to our spacious, 10,000 square foot estate, Silver Ridge provides a tranquil and peaceful setting for recovery.

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Life at Silver Ridge

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Life at Silver Ridge is purposely designed to provide the safest and most restorative healing environment on the East Coast. If you would like to learn more about Silver Ridge or begin addiction treatment today, please call (855) 945-7788 or fill out the form and one of our admissions staff will be in touch with you soon.

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