Staff Unity is Key to Addiction Treatment

The diverse experience of Second Chance’s staff is one of the key components to our successful addiction treatment and recovery program. Individualizing guest care is top priority and our team utilizes three different components to help individualize their care: mental, physical, and spiritual needs of recovery for each guest. We feel passionately that with these top priority components combined with family therapy and after rehab care programs, sets Second Chances apart from other treatment facilities.

From the first contact with our administrative staff to working with individual counselors, each guest’s path is uniquely developed with the singular goal of providing the highest quality addiction treatment program while maintaining a caring and compassionate environment.

Meet the Second Chances Team

Kati Hennessy
Kati HennessyFacility Director
Kati began her career in 2005 as a counselor working with families and children. She is a graduate of The University of Louisiana at Monroe with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Mississippi College with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. In 2008 she began working as a substance abuse counselor, moving into director roles throughout that period. She’s always dreamed of opening her own treatment facility and in 2018, that dream became a reality through Second Chances!

Kati has experience in working with addicts with co-occurring psychological disorders. Her theoretical approach is the use of experiential therapy to process emotional issues surrounding traumatic events and identifying how these events are still affecting their present. Coupling this with behavioral therapy will help facilitate the lifestyle changes necessary for a successful recovery. Kati believes that group therapy is the best approach to treating each client and using the 12-step program to help develop a solid spiritual foundation. She believes that this not only helps the client to stay sober but gives them a guide to forming healthy relationships, healing old relationships, and becoming a responsible member of society again. These are all vital parts to beginning their new journey in life and finding total restoration of their life. Kati is passionate about her work and finds fulfillment and gratitude in helping clients not only heal but also having a total transformation for a happy life.

Riley McEacharn
Riley McEacharnBusiness Development
Riley began working in substance abuse as a residential tech in 2016. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In later 2016, Riley obtained a certification as a counselor-in-training and began the process of becoming a Registered Addiction Counselor through LA-ADRA. She worked as a counselor for the next three years and is now moving into management as the director of business development. Riley is also currently pursuing her masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling through Liberty University. Riley has experience in working with addicts with co-occurring psychological disorders through residential programs, intensive outpatient programs, and managing sober-living homes for women.

Riley’s preferred approach to counseling is using Gestalt Therapy to increase the individual’s awareness of personal responsibility and unhealthy belief systems that may be present. As this awareness increases, she is able to help the client set attainable goals for healing from past events and healthier coping skills for the future. She desires to see the individual achieve restoration through self, community and family growth as a whole. Riley began her own journey in spiritual and emotional recovery in January of 2014. This journey instilled a passion in her to help others find the same healing.

Dr. Mark Taylor
Dr. Mark TaylorMedical Director
Dr. Taylor is a board certified general psychiatrist with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a board certified addiction medicine specialist (addictionologist) with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is also boarded in both specialties by The National Board of Physicians & Surgeons. In addition, he is a certified medical review Officer (MRO), a physician with speciality training in drug testing. He was trained by the Medical Review Officer Certification Counsel and the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Dr Taylor completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut earning a bachelors degree in psychology. He then went on to earn his doctorate of medicine at the University of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree, he went on to complete an internship in family medicine with ProMedica Health at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. He then completed his residency in psychiatry, at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA.

After his residency training Dr. Taylor, stayed on as faculty at the school of medicine, as assistant professor of clinical psychiatry. Dr. Taylor then went on to work at the federal, state & municipal level. In addition to the private sector. Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry, the American Association for Community Psychiatry, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and the American Association of Medical Review Officers.

He has a passion for helping those with primary psychiatric disorders and dual diagnosis patients. Dr. Taylor is a life long student and educator. When he is not seeing patients, he is studying for his PhD in psychology with an addiction specialization and preparing for his Addiction Counselor Licensing exam. In His free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing with his two dogs.

Krystine Poindexter
Krystine PoindexterIntake Coordinator
Krystine began working in this field in 2015 at a faith-based treatment program where she did fundraising/marketing, and mentored women. She then moved to a residential treatment program in 2017, since then she has worked as an intake and utilization review coordinator and a substance abuse counselor. She is a CIT and is working towards being a Registered Addiction Counselor through LA-ADRA.
Krystine has experience working with addicts in long term treatment, residential treatment and managing sober living homes.

Krystine is passionate about helping others build a spiritual foundation and finding the same freedom she found in recovery. The thing she loves most about this field is watching the transformation take place in individuals and their family’s alike.

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