Let our experience guide you.

With a team of dedicated and experienced professionals, those individuals who come through our doors can expect to receive the highest quality of care that includes evidence-based treatments, clinical approaches, and tried and true treatment methods. Specifically designed for working professionals, CPE provides intimate and intensive programming that gives each one of our clients the individualized and unique care that they both need and deserve at this time in their lives.

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Our Team

Ashley L. French, LPC / MHSP

Clinical Program Director

Ashley earned her Master of Arts (M.A.) & Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in 2006 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. In 2008, having earned her state licensure as a counselor, Ashley traveled to India & Sri Lanka with an academic cohort to study the intersection of Eastern Healing & Western Psychotherapy. Since 2000, Ashley has served the mental health needs of individuals in a variety of settings, including psychiatric hospitals, long-term treatment facilities, outpatient clinics, and private practice with her focus on helping professionals. In counseling, she respects the value of reflection and the power of action. She is committed to educating patients on the foundations of health and shining a beacon of hope for our patients and their families.

Kerri Guadagni

Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Guadagni joined the team in August 2020 as JourneyPure’s Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow. She obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She oversees the Integrative Assessment Program and provides psychological assessments for professionals within the CPE program. Additionally, she co-facilitates groups, provides individual therapy, and offers lectures on her areas of therapeutic interest. With specialized training in eating disorders, trauma-related disorders, sexual health, and addiction, Dr. Guadagni is enthusiastic about the recovery journey and passionate about helping individuals heal to reach their optimal level of well-being.

Karen Carnes

Executive Administrator

Karen has dedicated her giftedness, passion, and time to coordinating help for the professionals in need and their families that come to CPE. She’s the voice you hear when you call our number and she’s the face that greets you at our office. With years of experience working closely with people to help reach their goals, Karen brings her heart to helping others recover from addiction. She has worked in marketing and various administrative roles.

Cynthia Henderson, JD

Professionals Program Liaison

Cynthia is the Professionals Program Liaison at JourneyPure. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Tennessee receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law and her BS from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee. She joined JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence in October, 2016 and her personal recovery gives her a great perspective for professionals struggling with addiction as well as how this disease impacts the family as a whole.

Dr. Mike Helton MD

Medical Director

Dr. Helton started practicing medicine in 2000. Over the past 21 years, he has treated and served over 15,000 patients. He is the current president of the Middle Tennessee chapter of Family Physicians, an Executive board member of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and Chairman of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Family Medicine Department. Dr. Helton has completed 13 medical mission trips in 6 countries, donating medicine and healthcare to those in need. If you feel as though you aren’t getting the medical attention you deserve, have a visit to Dr. Helton.

Julie Whitaker, LMSW / OTA

Director of Women’s Professional Program

Julie has been a therapist with JourneyPure since May 2019 and recently joined the Center of Professional Excellence team in June 2020. Obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Tennessee, she also completed the Trauma Treatment Graduate Certificate Program in 2015. She has worked in the field of addiction for 5 years as a trauma-informed therapist. Julie provides individual, group, and family therapy and oversees the daily operations of the Women’s Program. She shares that her passion for helping others with addiction began as a result of her own personal journey in recovery. She also has 17 years of experience working in Occupational Therapy which has given her a unique perspective in holistic approaches to care.

Dr. Stephen Loyd MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Loyd has practiced internal medicine for two decades. He served as an expert witness for the U.S. Attorney, F.B.I. and D.E.A. against doctors improperly prescribing addictive medications. Dr. Loyd is a member of the Tennessee governor’s subcabinet and associate professor at East Tennessee State University.

We're committed to your long-term sobriety.

When it comes to addiction and mental health treatment, the most effective approach is a personalized approach. At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, our staff works closely with each client to outline-and fulfill-his or her wellness goals.

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Leaders in our field

With highly trained clinicians providing a range of support for lasting recovery, JourneyPure sets the standard in addiction treatment.

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Dual diagnosis treatment

We provide effective drug and alcohol detox and rehab, as well as mental health services for those looking to address any underlying trauma or mental health challenges.

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Treating the Whole You

In addition to superior psychiatric and medical care, our addiction recovery programs offer an array of holistic services focused on the three pillars of health: sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

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