Our Team

Our facility is staffed with an incredible team of professionals working together to help shape a better future for our patients. Our entire staff, from the behavioral health technicians to clinical staff to upper management and ownership, is carefully and meticulously selected and rigorously trained to truly provide an environment of care, compassion and well-being for our patients.

David Farache

Chief Executive Officer

David has a background in Business Administration with emphasis in behavioral health care. His personal experience with addiction coupled with his leadership, operational know-how and compassion brings a unique style of management and delivers results to the facilities he operates. David founded Harmony Ridge's sister facility Recovery In Tune in 2015 and Harmony Recovery Group thereafter, capitalizing on his dream to provide high-quality care to those suffering from the disease of addiction to communities across the country that desperately need these services. In his constant pursuit of providing nothing less than excellence in patient care, his leadership delivers hard work, dedication and constant involvement from all of the staff members at the facilities he operates.

Cecilia Plavnick

LMHC, CAP – Co-Founder / Chief Clinical Officer

Two words describe Cecilia: dedicated and passionate, especially when it comes to her work in the field of addiction treatment. Cecilia has extensive experience and knowledge, which she brings to her role as CCO at Harmony Ridge Recovery Center. She has dedicated more than ten years to establishing successful substance abuse programs and managing top-notch clinical teams and is regarded as a natural leader and role model by her staff, peers and patients. What sets Cecilia apart from the rest is both her ability to create an environment that is optimal for successful clinical interventions as well as her ability to inspire trust, dedication and continual growth among her team. Cecilia’s approach is unique because she isn’t afraid to jump in directly at all levels of care–from the admission process the discharge procedure–because she is a firm believer that good clinical care is an ongoing process that requires daily tweaking and maintenance. Cecilia is dedicated to her profession and to the individuals with whom she works and serves. She is always open to feedback and suggestions from staff as well as patients in order to continue growing, expanding and improving services. Cecilia believes that a patient-centered approach in which an individual’s needs are constantly being met is essential to his or her success.

Dr. Ryan Wakim, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Ryan Wakim is a West Virginia board-certified licensed psychiatrist who joined the Harmony Ridge team at inception as Medical Director. Dr. Wakim brings his deep knowledge and experience in the fields of Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry to provide all Harmony Ridge clients with direct, high-quality medical consultations including psychiatric assessments and follow-up sessions, and medication management.

Dr. Scott Gilchrist, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Scott Gilchrist is a West Virginia board-certified licensed psychiatrist who joined the Harmony Ridge team in 2018, working along-side our medical director Dr. Wakim. In his role as Staff Psychiatrist, Dr. Gilchrist uses his expertise in the fields of Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry to conduct direct face-to-face consultations with Harmony Ridge patients, providing a wide array of medical services including medical assessments and evaluations, medication management, and detox and treatment planning for our patients.

Melissa Nelson, MA LPC ADC, MAC

Clinical Director

Melissa serves as Clinical Director of Harmony Ridge Recovery Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of West Virginia with vast experience in managing clinical teams in substance abuse and behavioral health treatment settings. In her role as Clinical Director at Harmony Ridge, Melissa uses the full extent of her education and experience and couples it with her superb organizational and leadership skills to ensure that all clients receive top-quality clinical services every single day. Her approach to therapy and counseling is a collaborative and relational endeavor where her expertise is used in determining the patients' strengths, weaknesses and goals to create clinically-driven treatment plans and produce positive outcomes in treatment.

Bryan Cottrell

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Bryan maintains the professional and effective day-to-day operations at Harmony Ridge Recovery Center from both a clinical and housing perspective, working with every department within the facility to ensure proper policies and procedures are being followed and that client care is carried out true to the vision of the company. Bryan also works directly with clients to identify, prioritize and address their individual needs. Through this process, clients are offered encouragement and personal support as they develop healthy habits, productive daily schedules and self-confidence.

Heath Patterson

Operations Manager

Heath battles addiction to opiates for many years and after numerous stints in treatment centers and recovery programs he found long-term sobriety through his higher power and the 12-Steps in 2009. Heath began working within the substance abuse field in the hopes of passing on his wisdom and knowledge to individuals beginning treatment by showing them that recovery is possible. He received his Associates Degree in social work in 2013 and subsequently his Regency Bachelor of Arts, with a focus in psychology, from West Virginia University at Parkersburg in 2015. For three years he worked in a crisis stabilization unit, immersing and introducing those going through detoxification to the foundation and principles of the recovery community. His passion is providing individuals with the skills and tools necessary to succeed in recovery and Harmony Ridge gives him the opportunity to reach many people striving for sobriety. In his role as Operations Manager, Heath manages the Behavioral Health Technician staff members and ensures proper and organized day-to-day operations of the facility.

Wiehnie Guerrier

Director of Human Resources

Wiehnie Guerrier is a human resources executive with over two years of experience. Her passion is providing HR solutions for her team by helping them build their HR infrastructure through compliance and people. Prior to working for Harmony Ridge Recovery Center, she worked at another treatment program for four years. Wiehnie also holds a master’s of business administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.

She enjoys talking to staff and tending to their needs in addition to ensuring that all HR processes are efficient and running smoothly. Wiehnie maintains open communication lines with staff and is responsible for the operational management of activities to enhance the performance of the HR department in the organization.

Kay Margocee, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner / Head Nurse

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Maggie Dawson, LPN

Staff Nurse

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Maria Bradley, LPN

Staff Nurse

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Sharon Kovic, LPN

Staff Nurse

Sharon is a passionate LPN who brings dedication, energy, and professionalism to the task of providing comprehensive client care and creating a comfortable client environment. Skilled at monitoring client's health and coordinating with the doctors and Nurse practitioners to help optimize the best client care possible.
Sharon brings to Harmony Ridge Recovery Center her compassion and her experience gathered as a nurse who has worked in mental health/substance abuse facilities, as well as in Family Practice and Urgent Care.

Paul Buck, LPN

Staff Nurse

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Lexie Santini, MS

Primary Therapist

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Tyler Fornash, MS

Primary Therapist

Tyler joined the Harmony Ridge staff in 2018. He brings his wide experience in mental health counseling to his role as primary therapist with passion and dedication. Prior to joining Harmony Ridge, Tyler worked in several substance abuse and youth programs in the Parkersburg area. Tyler provides direct services to Harmony Ridge patients utilizing clinically-proven methods and evidence-based practices through group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, adventure therapy and psychological assessments.

Tonya Harris

Bio-Feedback Technician / Group Facilitator

Tonya joined the Harmony Ridge team as Bio-Feedback Technician and Group Facilitator. She is passionate about recovery and believes in her work in confronting the addiction epidemic in the Mid-Ohio Valley head-on. Tonya uses a holistic approach that includes bio-sound technology, tai-chi, Qigong meditation and yoga to give our patients a new outlook on life, in addition to helping patients learn and use new positive coping skills that help with self-regulation. She attended West Virginia University of Parkersburg for her BAS in Criminal Justice and attends Capella University for her Masters in Addiction Studies which she will complete the Fall of 2018. In her spare time, Tonya is a KungFu instructor at Shaolin Martial Arts in Parkersburg.

Charlie Keenie

Case Manager / Admissions Coordinator

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Samantha Owens

Front Desk / Administrative Assistant

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