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Category Archives: Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Alex Dumais

Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist The thing you love most about working here: Working with a positive, pro-active group of people and being able to help our clients establish a healthy relationship with recreation for a better quality of life in recovery What brings you joy and happiness in your life: The outdoors and other people! I love meeting new people and learning what makes each of us unique. Your favorite quote: “Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” – Dr.…

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Staff Spotlight: Sarah Smith

Your role at Castlewood at The Highlands: Direct Care Staff The thing you love most about working here: My coworkers, and being able to help others on their journey to recovery! What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Going to the humane society to play with the animals! Your favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. – Wayne Gretzky/Michael Scott 6 thins you could never do without: My family, my dog, my bed, pizza, my phone, baby pigs Arena song: “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyonce    

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Staff Spotlight: Allison Burnett

Your role at The Highlands: Anything from therapy to social media (go like our pages, thanks) The thing you love most about working for Castlewood at The Highlands: It is a place where your differences and authenticity are celebrated.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: All the animals, Saturdays in the fall, my lobster and our 3 furbabies Your favorite quote: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu 6 Things you could never do without: Chapstick, caffeine, microwaves, laughter, college football, saying Roll Tide Your ultimate…

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Staff Spotlight: Kenton Bartlett

Your role at The Highlands: I get to hang out with our awesome clients all day, ask weird questions to get conversations going, and do random stuff like pet horses, make art, and get dunked in a dunk tank. AKA Direct Care Staff and Therapy Intern   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: It’s refreshing to be around authentic and emotionally intelligent folks (staff & clients) who have a high threshold for truth and are able to generously understand people. It’s a great group, and it’s really nice that they’re all under one roof.   What…

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Staff Spotlight: Dr. Nicole Siegfried

Your role at The Highlands: Clinical Director   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: The team of people I work with. They are dedicated, authentic, and creative. I can’t imagine working with a better team.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: The little sigh my dog makes in the bed in the morning. One of my sons coming home from college for no reason- just to spend time with us. Waking up on a Saturday with nothing on our schedule for the whole day. My husband’s laugh. The tired feeling after spending…

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Staff Spotlight: Sydney

 Your role at The Highlands: Unofficial, therapeutic presence dog The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: Belly rubs, bringing smiles to all my friends, napping What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Belly rubs, sunning in the grass, treats, chasing anything that poses a threat    Your favorite quote: From the movie Homeward Bound, Shadow: Has been ever since the dawn of time… when a few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man, to bark when he’s in danger, to run and play with him when he’s happy, to nuzzle him when he’s…

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Staff Spotlight: Samantha Smith

Your role at The Highlands: Primary Therapist The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: I love working on a team with so many people so well equipped in each of their areas of expertise. I also love bringing the hope of recovery to those who are struggling to hold it for themselves. What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Jumping on the trampoline with my kids, reading a good book, and sitting in the sun Your favorite quote: “You are imperfect and wired for struggle, but worthy of love and belonging.”- Brené Brown 6 things…

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Staff Spotlight: Alex Nall

Your role: Direct Care Staff, Adjunct Therapist, Alumni Aftercare & Discharge Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator The thing you love most about working here: Being a part of such a caring and collaborative team! What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Helping others Your favorite quote: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”- Victor Frankl 6 things you could never do without: Fiancé, kitties, cell phone, sushi, music, art Last song you listened to: “I Am” by Hands Like Houses Three words to describe Alex: Mary Elizabeth Goodrich: Fun, quirky, and…

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Highlands Therapist Completes LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy Training

Eating Disorders have been historically labeled as a white, heterosexual, female disease. In truth, Eating Disorders affect people of all genders, races, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Some preliminary research suggests that Eating Disorders disproportionately affect those from the LGBT community. Factors such as unique life stressors, strained family relationships, cultural and community pressures, and childhood bullying may be factors in this disproportionate relationship. Castlewood at The Highlands is dedicated to providing continuing education for our staff in order to better serve this community. Recently, Allison Burnett, LCSW, Program Coordinator and staff therapist completed training with the American Association of Marriage and…

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Sarah Heath, Art Instructor, Takes “Flight” in International Competition

“FLIGHT” a large scale art piece by established Birmingham AL artist Sarah Heath will be showing at Michigan’s renowned ArtPrize competition this Fall. Artprize is an annual independently organized international art competition and a non-profit organization held in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event becomes an open playing field for the largest cash prize art competition in the world, with top prize awards of $200,000. This year Birmingham AL based artist Sarah Heath will be competing. Her project is the largest sculptural installation she’s ever built. It is based on “Flight Dreams” a series she started in 2012. “Flight” is…

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