Our Team


Medical Director

Jack W. Paschal, M.D.

A member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Jack W. Paschal is the Medical Director of Serenity Grove.

A native of Morgan County, Georgia, Dr. Paschal received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and also completed his residency in Anesthesiology there following medical school. A board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Paschal's training in critical care, pain management, and airway management, combine to allow Serenity Grove to safely provide more comprehensive and higher-acuity withdrawal management services when indicated, including intravenous fuild, electrolyte and vitamin management and continous monitoring. This level of medically managed detox is unavailable from the vast majority of non-hospital treatment programs. Dr. Paschal's high-acuity skills are not his only attribute. Staff and clients alike are drawn to Dr. Paschal's affable and upbeat bedside manner that leaves no doubt about his optimism and enduring commitment to helping as many clients and families as he can. Dr. Paschal enjoys spending his free time with his wife and young son. He is also an avid outdoorsman, and can often be found enjoying nature, while engaging in conservation work on his farm. 



Timothy B. Gibson, M.D.

Dr. Gibson has practiced dual-diagnostic addiction medicine for more than 35 years. Board certified in Addictionology by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), Dr. Gibson is also a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He was the founding Medical Director of Advantage Behavioral Health's Miles Street substance use disorder treatment facility, and the Founder, Principal, and Medical Director of Compass Recovery in Athens.

Dr. Gibson shares his vast experience, expertise, and treatment recommendations in collaboration with the other physician members of our team to create comprehensive and individualized withdrawal management and treatment plans for substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions. 



Bryan D. Price, M.D.

For nearly two decades, Dr. Price has been engaged continuously in the practice of psychiatry. A Furman University graduate, Dr. Price earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1993. He received his M.D. from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia in 1999. After completing his general medical studies, Dr. Price became a resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science of Emory University School of Medicine through 2003, and served as the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta during his final year of residency. Dr. Price is board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, having achieved this distinction in 2004.

With substantial teaching experience, Dr. Price is well rounded in his service to others. He served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science of Emory University School of Medicine from 2003 until 2008. Concomitantly with his teaching role, Dr. Price conducted a successful solo practice in psychiatry in Newnan, GA. Tireless in his pursuit of helping others; Dr. Price has also served with the DeKalb Community Service Board, the DeKalb Crisis Center (Emergency Receiving Facility/Crisis Stabilization Unit), and at the North DeKalb Mental Health Center. Dr. Price has been affiliated with our organization since 2018, helping our clinical team and clients optimally manage substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions.


Founder & Administrator  


Jay Veal founded Serenity Grove in 2016. Mr. Veal is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Georgia, a nursing degree from Athens Area Technical College, and a Masters of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania, with a specialty certification in nurse anesthesia from The Washington Hospital in Washington, PA. Jay is as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) since 1999. Mr. Veal first entered the field of addiction care by founding and operating a sober living community in 2009. In 2014, Jay collaborated with Karen Skinner, MED, GCADC III to co-found Athens Addiction Recovery Center (AARC), a licensed partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient treatment center, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Mr. Veal is honored to hold the designation of Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) from IntNSA, a specialty organization founded in 1975 for registered nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of substance use disorders. In addition to his specialty experience as an advanced practice registered nurse, with specialties both in anesthesia and the care of clients with substance use disorders, Mr. Veal has been a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor since January of 2018. Jay’s vision for Serenity Grove is better access to care for clients through easily accessible, state-of-the-art outpatient facilities, anchored by the flagship residential addiction treatment center headquartered in Athens, GA. In his leisure time, Jay enjoys international and domestic travel, motor sports, and most of all, spending time with his sons Max & Clark. Jay has passionately supported causes such as The Victory Junction Gang Camp, Heart Ministries, Penfield Christian Homes, & The Atlanta Union Mission. Jay and his sons reside in the heart of The Classic City.


Clinical Supervisor

Tommie L. (Larry) Walton, III, LCSW, MAC, MINT

Tommie L. (Larry) Walton, III has worked in behavioral healthcare, consultation, and training since 1973. He serves as the Clinical Supervisor for the Serenity Grove counseling staff and maintains his primary office at the Athens, GA treatment center.

During his tenure in the Behavioral Health Care field, Mr. Walton has created successful and innovative programs in both the public and private sectors. In addition to his involvement at Serenity Grove, he has a thriving private practice in psychotherapy and addiction treatment (www.recoverycafe.com) where he uses daily the methods he teaches. Serenity Grove and Recovery Café enjoy a collaborative affiliation, often working together to provide clients’ services and options unavailable at more traditional treatment programs. Larry is also a co-founder of The In House Group (www.in-house-group.com), a concierge practice taking recovery to people where they live and travel, a unique option in the field of dual-diagnosis addiction treatment and the ultimate in personalized care.

Larry alternates time between Georgia, Idaho, and Wyoming and is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in those states. He has attained certification as a Master Addiction Counselor and Clinical Supervisor. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, he is trained as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing and as a Motivational Interviewing supervisor.

Larry breeds, trains and competes Catahoula Leopard Dogs (six national championships). As a National Outdoor Leadership School Graduate and Leave No Trace Trainer, he delights in being outdoors.


National Certified Counselor

Joe Hopper, MEd, NCC

Joe Hopper received his Master's of Education in Professional Community Counseling from  The University of Georgia in 2018. As an intern, he has worked with the substance abuse population as both an individual counselor and as a group facilitator. Joe combines an existential approach along with narrative therapy in order to help people identify their core values so as to live a more congruent lifestyle. Joe has also received training in the evidence-based Prime Solutions recovery curriculum and continues to learn and build upon his skillset. Joe is a lifelong Georgia Bulldog fan and also enjoys rooting for the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons professional sports teams.


Licensed Professional Counselor

Nikki St. Pierre, LPC

Working with the substance abuse population since her internship in 2013, Nikki St. Pierre graduated from Argosy University in 2014 with a Master's Degree in Community Counseling. Her passion for individuals and families dealing with substance use disorders became a passion and she has worked with this population her entire career. For the last three years, in particular, Nikki has worked as a counselor in a women's mandated treatment program and has found it very rewarding to help women not only to recover but to also learn the life skills so necessary to maintain positive behavioral changes. Nikki enjoys working with groups, individuals, and families to establish recovery, achieve goals, and become emotionally healthy. Her skill-building approach involves a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to empower individuals to become emotionally stable and take control of their lives. In her free time, Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. A native of Louisiana, she is a Saint's and LSU fan and enjoys watching football.


Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor

Amanda Perkins Coan, CAADC 

Amanda Coan received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Mississippi University for Women in 1992. In 1996, she completed her nurse anesthesia training at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN.  Amanda also holds a Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Administration from Loyola University, graduating in 2011. Amanda spent most of her career until 2016 in the practice of nurse anesthesia, prior to pursuing a second career in counseling clients with substance use disorders.

Today, Amanda conducts a full-time practice as a member of our counseling team. In 2017, she earned the designation, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. The CAADC certification process was developed in 1999 from the standards set forth by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

A life-long learner, Amanda currently is a dual master’s degree candidate at the University of the Cumberlands. In August 2018, Ms. Coan will be awarded two degrees, a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Master in Addiction Counseling.

Amanda specializes in complex disorders and she has specialized training in Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR).  Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) is an innovative therapeutic technique that painlessly and completely eliminates the negative influences of traumatic events. Using this integrative approach, developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, Amanda helps clients resolve the psychological and physiological effects of trauma. Problem areas that may benefit from RTR include: Fears and Phobias, Lack of Sexual Desire, Sexual Trauma, Childhood Abuse, Traumatic Grief, Anger Problems, Insomnia, PTSD, and Anxiety.

Amanda is a native of the Mississippi gulf coast and has expressed her love and affection for the area and its people by volunteering in relief efforts after numerous hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters since 1992. Amanda enjoys a diverse list of leisure pursuits, including beach activities, deep sea fishing, SEC football, travel, and cooking. But most of all, Amanda adores quality time spent with family, friends, and her miniature dachshund, Lulu.


Licensed Practical Nurse & CADC - T

Gina Reed, LPN, CADC - T

Gina Reed graduated with honors in 1989 from the Nursing Program at Lanier Tech. Prior to her time there, she attended the University of North Georgia for two years. For the last 30 years, Ms. Reed has practiced in a broad range of nursing specialties. She has experience in ICU, CCU, medical-surgical, labor and delivery, geriatrics, and pediatrics. Active in Celebrate Recovery these days, Ms. Reed was first led to the fields of addiction nursing & counseling when she was introduced to 'Regeneration', a faith-based program. Ms. Reed's commitment to our clients and her heart for helping both clients and families affected by alcohol or other substance use disorders is always present & almost palpable. She serves as the keyboardist for her church choir, gardens, and does her best to keep up with her 4 grandsons, who have seemingly endless energy.


Peer Support Specialist

David Kidd, CARES

David A. Kidd is a person in long-term recovery and a Certified Addiction Resource Empowerment Specialist. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he and his wife Jane live on their farm in Oglethorpe County where they grow Long Leaf Pines.