Additional panelists to be announced.
Sally A. Siakel, LPC, LMFT
Program Director, Progressive PHP of Seaside Healthcare
With a career in the psychiatric and addiction eld that has spanned nearly three decades, Sally Siakel currently serves as Program Director of Progressive PHP of Seaside Healthcare in Zachary, Louisiana. Progressive, located on a six acre rural campus setting, oers partial hospitalization services with specialization in Adult Dually Diagnosed patients.
Sally’s experience includes a comprehensive background in Behavioral Health and Addictions evidenced by her work in numerous aspects of the elds with both adults and adolescents. She has worked as an inpatient and outpatient therapist, a family program therapist, as clinical supervisor in addition to program directror roles. Her background also includes work in private practice with a focus on adolescents, couples, and families.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Sally holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently residing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Jason Powers
Chief Medical Officer for Promises-Austin & Right Step
Dr. Powers is the Chief Medical Officer for Promises-Austin & Right Step. He is an expert in addiction medicine treatment & prevention and is a published author of “When the Servant Becomes the Master”, an A-to-Z guide of all things related to addiction, 2012, Central Recovery Press. Dr. Powers has recently developed and is applying a groundbreaking, evidence-based approach to treating addictive disorders: “Positive Recovery,” which combines the new science of well-being, (aka “positive psychology”) with traditional and other effective existing approaches to enable addicts, their families, and the staff that serve them to flourish in recovery. This approach came out of his interest in and study of the new field, having received a Masters in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Powers has a private addiction medicine practice and works as an interventionist. Powers has been recognized as one of Houston's "Top Doctors" 5 times by H Texas Magazine and in 2008 was awarded the Compassion Award by Sierra Tucson.
In addition, Dr. Powers is married with 3 children and lives in Houston Texas.
Dustin Whitesell, CEO
Great Oaks Recovery Center
Dustin Whitesell has spent the entirety of his professional career dedicated to helping those afflicted with the struggles of behavioral disorders and chemical dependency. Growing up seeing the effects that addiction has on not only the individual, but the family system as a whole, he has first-hand experience and understanding of the disease of addiction. From this knowledge came his commitment to help.
His dedication to providing treatment to those suffering with behavioral disorders and addiction began as a mental health technician in an acute psychiatric and chemical dependency facility. After earning his BSN in Registered Nursing, he continued his efforts to provide direct client care in a supportive and empathetic manner. As his career continued in the field, he dedicated himself to the quality assurance aspect of behavioral healthcare, hoping to make a larger impact on the system as a whole, while battling the stigma and misunderstandings of addiction and mental illness. After eight years in the acute inpatient setting, serving from Technician to Executive Director, he felt the need to make a leap of faith. Luckily the leadership team at Summit BHC allowed that opportunity.
Serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Great Oaks Recovery Center provides Dustin with the rewarding experiences that he sought after during his time in acute care. Having the privilege to witness the true transformation people make during their treatment at Great Oaks, and being able to hear their success stories after treatment reinforce his dedication and commitment to providing the best quality care and treatment available.
Scott Kelley, LCDC
President at Summer Sky Treatment Center
Mr. Scott Kelley is a long-time respected leader in the addiction and recovery community. He is currently the President of Summer Sky Treatment Center--a Texas- based drug and alcohol addiction recovery center established in 1985.
With over two decades of experience in the addiction treatment and recovery field--and 18 years at Summer Sky--Kelley brings a wealth of knowledge, clinical expertise, business acumen and compassion for the valued clients Summer Sky serves. Coupled with the respect he had engendered externally and internally, along with the relationships he has cultivated during the course of his steller career, Kelley's team approach makes him uniquely suited to help lead Summer Sky into a new area of delivering cutting-edge, results-driven, quality care for patients and their families.
Kelley began his career at Summer Sky in 1998 as a Recovery Advocate.
A rising star, he quickly worked his way up the ladder, most recently serving as the organization's Chief Business Development Officer, Chief Clinical Officer and now President.
Kelley is a member of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals; served as President of the TAAP WACO Chapter; served on the Texas State TAAP Board and is currently Vice President of the Texas Addiction Peer Assistance Network--a non-profit organization dedicated to helping professionals with substance abuse issues. He is also a member of the Employee Assistance Professional Association; serves on the Texas Association of Addition Professionals State Conference Committee; and is actively involved in addiction and recovery advocacy at the national and state levels.
Mr. Kelley was awarded the 2013 Texas Association Addiction Professional of the Year Award. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and graduated from Hazelden Addiction Studies Program in 1998. He is currently writing a book on adolescents and interventions and has been featured on Radio and TV news stations across Texas.
Scott Kelley is married to his wife, Allison, and has two daughters, Grace and Caroline.
Editor of Addiction Professional
Gary Enos has been editor of Addiction Professional magazine since the publication’s founding in 2003. He has served as a writer and editor on topics in the addiction and mental health fields since 1994.