David was born and raised in a small town in South Georgia. Although he grew up in a stable and loving home, addiction still managed to take over his life at a young age. After nearly 10 years of running from his fears and problems with drugs and alcohol, David realized he needed to make a change. He took his first steps toward recovery in 2012 by accepting treatment in Kentucky. Although resistant at first, by the time David entered an extended care sober living facility, he was ready to adopt a new lifestyle.
Raised in Charleston, Lucas is a South Carolina native who turned to drugs and alcohol at age 14. Despite multiple school and geographical changes, many medications, psychiatry visits, and countless inpatient and outpatient treatments, he could not free himself from the hold of addiction. After 11 years of fighting an uphill battle with sobriety, Lucas accepted treatment in Asheville, North Carolina that led him to a fulfilling, sober life. His new lifestyle was not effortless.
DR. MARY LADD
Dr. Mary Ladd specializes in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in Greenville, SC. She strives to use a personalized approach when it comes to her patients. Dr. Ladd graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Biology. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE where she earned her medical degree. She then moved to Charleston, South Carolina where she underwent residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She continued her training in Child and Adolescent fellowship at MUSC where she also served as Chief Resident.
When it comes to diagnosis, assessment, evaluation and treatment, Dr. Ladd believes that these should vary depending on a person’s needs. Her comprehensive approach has always been guided by her respect of individuality and uniqueness.
Ashley Casey, NP
Assistant Medical Director
Ashley is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC and received a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages (Spanish and French) from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2010. She later attended East Tennessee State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013 and a Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2016.
Ashley has treated patients with substance use disorders in a variety of settings since 2013, including an inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, and emergency departments. She strongly believes that the best care is compassionate, respectful, and non-judgmental. Ashley's treatment approach is always holistic, taking into account each patient's unique circumstances and needs.
When Ashley is not working, she enjoys hiking, traveling, running, and spending time with her two dogs, Kirby and Windsor.
Previously, Cole managed his counseling private practice as well as coordinated an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). He was educated at the University of Georgia and Clemson University.
He believes the absolute best thing about working with substance abuse is the incredible changes people can experience in recovery. Helping people with substance abuse struggles is a privilege because he has a front row seat to tremendous physical, psychological, and relational transformation. It is the belief that everyone can experience change that keeps him doing this work.
Outside the office, Cole can be found planning the next adventure with his wife, wrangling his two young girls, contemplating Star Wars mythology, riding his bike, wondering when Georgia will win a national championship, or attempting to destroy his friends in pickleball.
Clark was raised in Pickens, South Carolina by a loving family. As a child, he enjoyed going to church, creating art, playing music, and fishing or hiking with his father. Clark discovered drugs and alcohol at the age of 18 and, through two enlistments in the US army and a college education, spent the next 16 years walking the devastating tightrope of addiction. At 34, Clark accepted treatment, discovering hope and happiness through sobriety. Finally, he could return the peace of mind he had stolen from his loved ones, and soon discovered a passion for helping others do the same.
Spencer was born in Jacksonville, NC one minute after his identical twin brother (no they did not have a weird twin connection like in the movies) and grew up in Ulysses, Pennsylvania. He feels like growing up in a small town put him behind in the usual adolescent experiences and going away to college submerged him in the experiences he felt he missed out on. Four semesters later he withdrew from college and moved to the Raleigh/Durham area of NC where he found interest and success in the service industry where he continued his experimenting with alcohol and drugs.
Prior to COVID, he became an administrator in long term care for assisted living/memory care units in NC. Here he found passion for caring for residents that could not for themselves. He had purpose with facilitating the care for not only residents but also a large 24/7 staff. He lost touch with himself, and neglected his own medication management.
It wasn’t until April of 2022, four months after waking up from his first and only overdose, that he made the decision to seek help in Asheville, NC. He spent 90 days at an inpatient rehab and later graduated to sober living. Today, Spencer has a sponsor, continues working steps, has a home group and service commitments, and also works as a recovery coach.
Mr. Wilson is the Supupintendant of Greenville Transitions Recovery Center. He holds a Dogtorate in Emotional Support and extreme cuteness. Every day he brings smiles to people’s faces and in his free time he enjoys chasing after tennis balls, trying to befriend squirrels and meeting other hooomans and puppers. Wilson is so excited to be with the team at GT and says that he has found his furrrever home!