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CooperRiis at Asheville-Clinical Staff Highlight-Kathleen Sanders

Getting to know one of our therapists, Kathleen Sanders, LCSW. Can you tell us about your education and how you entered this field? I have a master’s in social work with a clinical emphasis and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My undergraduate degree is in English and Psychology. All from Florida State University. Go …Continue

CooperRiis at Asheville-Clinical Staff Highlight-Christina Jacob

Getting to know one of our therapists, Christina Jacob, MSW, LCSW. What is your educational background and how did you come to enter this field? I come from a family of helping professionals; my father was an Internist in private practice and my mother was a nurse. They both brought home stories of their patients – their struggles …Continue

CooperRiis at Asheville-Clinical Staff Highlight-Dr. Amy Zimmerman

Getting to know CooperRiis at Asheville’s Doctor of Psychiatry, Dr. Amy Zimmerman Can you please give us some background on your education and more specifically why you entered this field? “I am board certified in Psychiatry. Having a passion for mental health came as a bit of a surprise to me- I originally went to medical …Continue

Community Work & Service Program Update

Our Community Work & Service Program is rooted in the healing power of social engagement and being a part of a community. Working on crews alongside their peers and a leader from the staff, residents dedicate 20 hours a week to purposeful work, contributing to daily life at CooperRiis. This experience offers an opportunity for our residents to be a …Continue

Welcome New Admissions Director Michelle Nirde

By Kim Nelson, National Outreach Coordinator In mid-April, we got to welcome our new Admissions Director, Michelle Nirde, MSW to our team. I had the pleasure of visiting with her over a video call one afternoon and we got to know each other.  Michelle hails from the suburbs of Chicago and she moved to the …Continue

Staff Spotlight-Education Coordinator, Pat Dockendorf

Pat Dockendorf works at the Farm and has been a part of CooperRiis for many years.  CEO & President, Eric Levine and Pat spent some time together recently talking about the importance of the family program among other things. Eric came to learn that Pat is a trailblazer in his chosen field of special education. …Continue

CooperRiis welcomes new President & CEO

Dr. Eric A. Levine joined mental health healing community April 15, 2019   CooperRiis, a residential mental health treatment community in western North Carolina, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric A. Levine as its new President & CEO. Levine is the former Executive Director of ClearView Communities, a 36-bed residential treatment program …Continue

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