ABOUT US

The Orchard Mountain Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program serves client needs to treat addiction through a collaborative or integrated model of treatment. Our team model of care, which integrates regular collaboration of our specialized and well-qualified personnel, drives our services.

MEET OUR TEAM

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RANDALL LUSTER, NCAC II, CSAC, SAP

Randall Luster is a Virginia Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, National Certified Addiction Counselor, and a substance abuse professional. From 1987-2009 Randall was the owner and operator of Royal Street Builders, an "A" class general contracting company in Alexandria, VA.

Randall has been in the field of addiction for 15 years. He served on the board of directors of The Men's Home, in Alexandria, VA for 13 years then served as Director from 2009-2015. The Men's Home is a sober house, founded in 1952 and is currently celebrating its 64th year of giving adult males of all ages a place to begin again.

Randall relocated from Northern Virginia to Charlottesville, VA in 2015 to become the founder and Chief Operations Officer of Orchard Mountain Recovery.

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JOHN J. HALPIN, MA, CRC

John Halpin has over twenty-five years' experience in the provision of compassionate, comprehensive, and effective counseling and education services for the treatment of addiction to alcohol and drugs in Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia. John has developed and implemented programs to assist recovering clients with establishing a foundation for recovery with a focus on the removal of personal barriers to success. He has worked with varied populations in the public and private sectors, including athletes, ex-offenders, adolescents, impaired drivers, and disabled clients.

John is an effective and dynamic communicator and has provided training and presentations regarding substance abuse issues before venues including the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Virginia Summer Institute of Addiction Studies, York College, the Virginia Reentry Conference, and the Department of Justice.

John has been a Certified Rehab Counselor since 1992. He studied counseling at Chestnut Hill College, Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales and the University of Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Seton Hall University and a Master's Degree in Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations from Saint Francis College. He is an avid rower and Philadelphia sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family.

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DAVID ALLEN, LPC, NCC

David Allen received his Master’s degree in Community and Addictions Counseling from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA (May 2000). He received his undergraduate degree in Mass Communications/Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He has been a National Certified Counselor (NCC) since 2000 and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2002.

Upon graduation from William and Mary in May 2000, David began working as a full-time therapist at Williamsburg Place & The William J. Farley Center. Initially, he was a therapist for the Primary Program (30 day) and then moved to the Farley Program (90+ day) in 2004. In 2012 David moved to Charlottesville to become the Program Manager for Region Ten’s Dual Recovery Center (DRC). He was promoted to Director of the DRC in 2016 and Director of Region Ten’s Mohr Center in 2017.

David’s specialties are Relapse Prevention and Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (P.A.W.S.) and working with clients with Dual Diagnosis.

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JULIE ARMATAS, RN, MSN, ACNP

Julie is a licensed and certified nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas in 1988 and her master’s degree in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Virginia in 2010. Most of her 30 years of experience in medicine has been in the area of cardiac, vascular and intensive surgical care. The past 8 years have been dedicated to surgical patients in the outpatient arena. She also has 19 years of direct and indirect care of patients with substance abuse.

Julie has given community-based lectures on different health topics and is committed to educating the public on smoking cessation.

On a personal note, Julie is passionate about animals and the mountains. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and connecting with people on a deeper level.

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ELISE GIBSON, LCSW

Elise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Charlottesville, VA. She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Virginia in Anthropology. Shortly after completing her undergraduate studies, she pursued her Masters in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Elise has over six years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including, community mental health and substance abuse treatment, early childhood home visiting and working with medically underserved groups.

She has a specific interest in neurobiology of trauma and recently received specialized training in Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She strongly believes in providing care through an intersectional lens, factoring in each client's unique position in larger social, political and economic systems.

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VIRGINIA “BIC” KOLCUM, LCSW

Virginia “Bic” Kolcum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with Masters degrees in both Recreational Therapy and Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Bic has served in the Addictions field for 24 years, having started as the Director of Therapeutic Activities at Mountainwood Inpatient Substance Abuse Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Bic also works as a Family Therapist with the Ainsworth Attachment Clinic.

During her career, Bic has maintained a private therapy practice in Charlottesville, VA, served as an Intake Clinician at Region Ten, as Intake and Assessment Counselor with the Hospice of the Piedmont, and as a Clinician with Thrive, a full-service clinic for those with infectious diseases.

Bic’s specialty areas are Clinical Assessments, working with clients with Dual Diagnoses and Family Intervention.

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Shannon Critzer, MA

Shannon is a Resident in Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Tech. After working for the University of Virginia’s Trauma Program for eight years, she decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Shannon has clinical experience working with individuals who struggle with substance abuse disorders and serious mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, major depressive disorder). Additionally, she has worked in a variety of settings including online, intensive outpatient, and assertive community treatment.

 

She uses a person-centered approach with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness. She believes therapy should be a collaborative process that allows the individual to be seen and heard. Shannon has special interests in developmental trauma and PTSD