Syreeta Miller, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Syreeta Miller is originally from Spartanburg, SC but has lived in the Columbia area since 2003. She has been a registered nurse for 15 years and an advance practice nurse for one year. She joined the Premier team in April of 2017 and expresses, “It has truly been a wonderful experience”.
She received her bachelor’s of nursing degree from the University of South Carolina-Upstate and masters of nursing degree from the University of Phoenix. She later decided she wanted to become a nurse practitioner to continue professional growth as well as personal aspirations on the pursuit to serve and treat those with medical concerns to provide a better quality of life; therefore, she received the post masters certificate from Kaplan University. She is passionate about serving the senior community with identified mental health diagnoses.
Syreeta looks to uphold the highest standard of prescribing medication to seniors. Her in depth knowledge of mental illness and medication allows her to provide the most accurate regimen being mindful of the importance of not overprescribing.
Syreeta offers Facility-Based Medication Therapy
Georgia Gibson, MSW, LISW-CP
Georgia Gibson is originally from Belize City in Central America and raised in Brooklyn, New York then relocated to Columbia, South Carolina in 1988. She has been practicing Social Work for 10 years and comes with experience in schools, prisons, hospitals and community-based services.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She has been in the profession since 2008 and practicing psychotherapy since 2011. She is also a State of South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners approved Clinical Supervisor assisting those on the pursuit of clinical licensure.
Georgia has experience working with children, youth, adults, individuals and families using and eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of the new client using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, along with psychoeducation and mindfulness practice. Her specialties include anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, life stresses, grief and loss, phase of life changes.
Georgia believes change happens when people are given the tools and guidance needed to draw on their own strengths, which allows for them to live a fulfilling life. She is excited and honored to work with the senior population, as they are the reason she is able to work in this wonderful profession!
Georgia offers Facility-Based Therapy
Angela Groce, MSW, LISW-CP
Angela is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1982 and a Masters of Social Work in 1984. She was a Department of Defense Social Worker in the United States, Japan and Korea specializing in trauma, sexual assault and domestic violence for approximately twenty years.
In 2005, Angela returned to Columbia and was a Veterans Administration Mental Health Clinic Social Worker specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) of combat veterans. From 2008 until her retirement from the federal government in 2017, she was a Department of Justice, Executive Office of United States Attorneys, Employee Assistance Program Counselor.
Angela is a Licensed Independent Social Worker – Clinical Practice (LISW-CP), a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a Certified Advance Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM). She has served on the South Carolina NASW board and is a State of South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners approved LISW-CP Supervisor.
Angela offers Facility-Based Therapy
Rhonda Sims, MSW, LISW-CP
Rhonda H. Sims is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree in 1986 and Master of Social Work degree in 1988. Rhonda was drawn to the field of Social Work with a passion and desire to serve vulnerable and hurting people. She has over 30 years of professional social work experience and has worked in the areas of child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, alcohol and drug addictions, maternal and child health, medical social work, loss and grief, and mental health.
She has extensive experience working with adults and seniors through the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s inpatient and community mental health programs for over 24 years. She also worked as a Social Worker for Palmetto Health’s Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly and has extensive experience in quality management and compliance. Rhonda is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Clinical Practice, and has a Certificate in Integrated Care Management.
Rhonda has a genuine passion for working with the adult and senior population. She uses an eclectic approach in therapy with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Psychoeducation. Her goal is to empower individuals to achieve their goals and improve their overall quality of life as they experience healing on their journey to recovery.
Rhonda offers Home and Facility-Based Therapy
Ann Kurth, MSW, LISW-CP
Ann Kurth is originally from Florida and relocated to Columbia, South Carolina in 2018. She has been on both active duty and the reserves in the United States Air Force and retired in March 2014.
She has been practicing Social Work for 10 years and comes with experience in community mental health, primary care behavioral health, nephology and home health care. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo CO and master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University, Colorado Springs CO.
Ann has experience working primarily with the adult population. She tailors to the unique needs of the new client using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her specialties include anxiety and depression, adjustment disorders, stress management, grief and loss and cycle of life changes. With a combination background of medical social work and community mental health, Ann takes a holistic approach emphasizing mind-body connection(s). She believes in meeting the client where they are, drawing from their strengths and self-empowerment to develop a healthy and exuberant lifestyle. Ann has a deep passion for working with the senior population!
Ann offers Facility-Based Therapy
Laketa Riley, MSN, FNP
Laketa Riley has been practicing in the field of nursing since 1998 when she became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Laketa was dedicated to the field and aspired to further her education and skills therefore she decided to attend the Mississippi University for Women to obtain the Associate of Science degree in Nursing. As an LPN with Baptist Memorial Hospital, Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, and Palmetto Health she handled admissions and discharges, provided patients with the highest level of comfort during their hospital stay, collected blood and other specimens for various lab tests, started and discontinued IV therapy, and a host of other nursing responsibilities, such as, documentation, taking and recording vital signs, assisting the physicians with any minor procedures, and educated patients, as well as family members. She also performed audits on patient records; and updated medication records as needed.
Laketa could not stop there as she was dedicated to learning more and serving patients at a higher level. She pursued and earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2009 from Chamberlin College of Nursing. She continued her education at Chamberlin and earned the Master of Science in Nursing Education in 2012; followed by the Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014 from Walden University. She has served as an adjunct clinical nursing instructor at South Carolina State University, the University of South Carolina, and Fortis College Columbia.
She has a passion for serving those living with mental health concerns and for many years she worked with South Carolina Department of Mental Health where she served as the charge nurse for a 25 bed facility of men with chronic mental illness, ranging in age from 22-58. She worked closely with the Nurse Manager and Treatment Team (doctor, social worker, mental health specialist, and activity therapist) incorporating a treatment plan to prepare patients to function in the community. On a day to day basis she ensured the patients attended appropriate groups that fit not only their diagnoses but helped them manage various behaviors on the unit. She was also responsible for supervising licensed and unlicensed staff.
Laketa joined the Premier Team in October 2017. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is a woman of service and honored to serve the geriatric population living with mental illness. She always practices in an ethical manner and is a true gatekeeper for the field of nursing.
Laketa offers Facility-Based Therapy Medication Management
Mark Shaw, LISW-CP, MSW, MBA, CAMS
Mark Shaw is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Mark provides therapy in individual, family, and group formats. He is a motivational speaker who often speaks to youth and specializes in given guidance to formerly/incarcerated individuals. Mark is committed to the mental health and well-being of his clients and all those he encounters. Mark works as a clinical therapist with individuals, families, and groups to assist them with enhancing their lives and giving them the confidence needed to empower themselves.
Mark also has worked with Fresenius Kidney Care for the past 13 plus years where he is a Renal Social Worker. At FKC he continues to provide clients with the tools and resources necessary to become productive members of society despite their condition.
In 2010 Mark founded LAY UP (Leading America’s Youth Upward Program) a 501c3 organization for the purpose of providing a safe haven where inner-city youth participate in a comprehensive program of team activities and academic tutoring that promotes the physical, educational and life skills necessary to prepare and empower them for leadership in their communities and success in their personal lives.
Mark holds a master’s degree from the University of New England in Social Work and an MBA from South University. He attended West Virginia Tech for undergraduate studies where he was a standout basketball player. Mark is an adept sports fan and enjoys researching African American history.
Mark offers Facility-Based Therapy
Ebony Hudson, MSW, LISW-CP
Ebony Hudson is new to South Carolina, having moved here in July 2018 upon her husband’s retirement from the military. She is originally from the Philadelphia,PA/Southern New Jersey area. She received her BSW from Seton Hall University in 1999 and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She is an LISW-CP in South Carolina. Ebony is a member of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She has worked in various aspects of healthcare throughout her career with extensive experience in the area of mental health. She has also provided individual therapy at a Christian Counseling Agency while residing in New Jersey. Ebony has always had a passion for the elderly population and considers it a privilege to work with individuals who have a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and experience. She has a strong desire to help seniors cope with the various life changes that are part of this stage of their life and to do so in a respectful, yet effective manner. She has an eclectic approach to therapy with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Solution Focused Therapy. Ebony has two mottos that greatly influence her as a professional: 1). “If I can positively change the life of one person, I can potentially change the lives of their future generations.” and 2). “If I can positively impact one person, they can positively impact their family, who can positively impact their community, which brings a positive impact on the larger society, and potentially have a positive impact on the whole world. Therefore, I can be a world changer, one person at a time.
Ebony offers Facility-Based Therapy
Kevin Faulkenberry, MSW, LISW-CP
Kevin Faulkenberry is originally from Kershaw, SC and, after attending school in North Carolina and Kentucky, settled down in Rock Hill, SC, in 2001.
Kevin has been practicing Social Work for 25 years and comes with experience in community mental health, intensive in-home treatment, long-term care and assisted living facilities, and a few other settings serving various population groups. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wingate University in Wingate, NC and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Kevin has experience working with the older adult population as well as families and children of all ages. Kevin also was an adjunct instructor in the Social Work program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill for several years and counts this among his most rewarding experiences in the field. Kevin takes a systemic/holistic approach to his work with older clients, incorporating the whole environment as much as possible when working with seniors. He believes in meeting the clients and families where they are, drawing from their own strengths and resources to help organize a complete and thorough support network designed to meet their unique needs.
Kevin offers Facility-Based Therapy
Dyan F. Rauton, MSW, LISW-CP
Dyan Fore Rauton is originally from Florida but was raised in the Charleston, South Carolina area where she currently resides. She has been practicing Social Work for the past 20 years. She brings clinical and life experiences from working in such environments as Grief and Loss, Hospice, Domestic Violence, Employee Assistance, and Family Counseling.
Dyan received her Bachelor’s Degree from Limestone College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She is a State of South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners approved, Licensed Independent Social Worker – Clinical Practice (LISW-CP). She is also a South Carolina Department of Social Services Certified Adoption Investigator, as well as a South Carolina Certified Dementia Specialist.
Dyan has always had a heart for the senior population and tailors her eclectic approach to the needs of each individual, while respecting their dignity and self-worth. She is dedicated to assisting seniors with their life concerns and transitions. Her mantra has always been The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31.
Dyan offers Facility-Based Therapy
Hope Buncum, MSW, LISW-CP
Hope is originally from Johns Island, SC and currently resides in Charleston, SC.
She received a bachelor degree in Psychology from University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2010 and a master in Social Work degree as well as a graduate certificate in Drug and Alcohol Abuse treatment from the University of South Carolina- Columbia in 2016.
She has 10+ years of mental health experience having worked in inpatient psychiatry as well as outpatient therapy. Working in mental health has always been a passion for Hope and her plan is to continue to do so for as long as possible.
Hope offers Facility-Based Therapy
Taylr Graham, MSW, LISW-CP
Taylr (Yes, without the “O”!) is a happily married wife and dog mom. She is a Minnesota transplant living in the Midlands of South Carolina, where she never has to worry about snow. Outside of work Taylr enjoys spending time with family and friends. Scattered around the country she has nieces and nephews whom she loves dearly and visits as often as she can.
She joined the Premier team in June of 2019 as our Corporate Liaison. Taylr has been in office management for several years due to a love of people and organization. Often being the initial point of contact has been a joy for Taylr and her outgoing personality. She has always had a deep respect for the senior community and is proud to work for a company whose vision is to improve their quality of life.