Meet Your Team
Heath R. Penland
Dr. Heath Penland grew up in Texas, and received his undergraduate degrees magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1997, including a B.S. in Bioengineering and a B.A. in Psychology, as well as his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2001. He completed residency training in General Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in 2005, serving as Executive Chief Resident. He then went on to complete fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in 2006.
Dr. Penland practiced in northeast Texas until choosing North Alabama to call home in 2008. Dr. Penland is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, board certified to practice both Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Penland enjoys treating patients with a variety of neuropsychiatric problems, with experience in settings including – outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment.
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Licensed Counselor, National Certified Counselor
Pam is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama and in the state of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Gannon University in Erie, PA with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Psychology. She also received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with additional learning credits at Gannon University. She has been providing continuous care to young children, adolescents, adults, and families for over 20 years. Pam moved down to Alabama over 7 years ago to pursue administrative opportunities in residential treatment care for difficult and troubled adolescents and their families. She also has done private practice and out-patient practice in her years of service.
Pam has gained her clinical experience in many arenas in the mental health system. She has experience in crisis services, home-based, residential, private practice and out-patient services. She has been on numerous volunteer and advisory boards in her career and supports community resources to help populations who struggle with mental health issues. Pam is also a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Pam believes that every person or child has the right to feel accepted by others and live a productive life, to their full capacity. Feeling good about one’s accomplishments is key and can lead to reaching set goals that we have in our everyday lives. She has extensive experience in treating a variety of behavioral, cognitive and emotional behaviors.
- Child/Adolescent Issues
- Adults – ADHD,
- Depression/Anxiety, Bipolar Disorders
- Trauma-related Issues
- Severe Mental Health Disorders
- Parenting/Family Therapy
- Personality Disorders
Linda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Alabama and accredited to work independently in private practice. She received her Master of Social Work from Alabama A& M University in 2006. She also received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Communication Disorders from the University of South Alabama in 1987 and 1988 respectively, and formerly practiced speech-language pathology in a variety of settings with adults and children experiencing communication difficulties.
Linda has extensive experience working in outpatient mental health settings collaborating with psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and licensed professional counselors. She also worked for many years in the non-profit setting as an adoption advocate and grief/loss group support coordinator.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Marital and Relationship Conflict
- Women’s Issues including pregnancy loss, infertility, adoption, self-esteem, etc.
- Grief and Loss
- Depression and Anxiety
Linda works with adults and couples providing individual and/or marital therapy. She uses evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy in addition to her trauma work using EMDR. Her heart is for her patients with a strong desire for them to have peace and purpose in their lives.
- The American Association of Christian Counselors
Billie Renee Russell
Renee has worked in various psychiatric settings as a nurse since 2010. Her experience includes child, adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry. In 2013, she received her Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and passed her certification shortly thereafter. She is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing – Sigma Theta Tau International.
- Trauma and PTSD
Amy Player is a Licensed Profession Counselor (LPC). She received her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and has been licensed in the State of Alabama since 2010.
Amy specializes in talk therapy with adolescents and adults which includes learning how to cope with life changes, betrayal trauma, substance abuse, pornography addiction, depression, anxiety, codependency, trauma and parenting issues. Amy has been in recovery for almost 20 years. She believes the therapeutic relationship between her and her clients is what fosters an environment for coping, healing and recovery. Amy prides herself on her transparency of who she is and living an authentic life.
Amy prescribes to an integrative approach to counseling: tailoring treatment to individuals to help them heal from their past. Amy is in the process of becoming a Brene’ Brown, “dare to lead facilitator” in order to help others live their most authentic life. Her goal for the therapeutic process is to help each client learn how to heal their hurts, habits and hang-ups whatever they may be. Amy believes in teaching her clients how to use healthy coping tools and arm her clients with skills, to make life feel like you are thriving and not simply surviving. Amy enjoys reading, spending time outdoors which includes; anything from yard work to backpacking in Grand Tetons National Park or Jackson Hole Wyoming. Amy enjoys woodworking, baking, cooking, traveling, live music and organizing. Amy grew up in the Rocky Mountains but has become accustomed to Southern living. Amy resides in the Huntsville area with her wife, her three children and stepson.
Licensed Professional Counselor
James Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a native of Huntsville. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University and completed his Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Alabama A&M University. He has been in practice in North Alabama for over 15 years. James works with children, adolescents, and young adults utilizing different treatment modalities that fit the individual. His areas of interest include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Mood Disorders and Substance Abuse. James enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and watching Alabama football.