Genie Burnett, Psy.D, CEDS-S; CEO and Clinical Director
Dr. Burnett has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1999. She is the founder of Manna Treatment & Counseling, PC and Manna Scholarship Fund, Inc, both of which began in January 2006. She obtained her Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Argosy University in Atlanta. Since graduation, Dr. Burnett has specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults suffering from eating disorders. Dr. Burnett has provided individual, family, and group therapy at two previous private practice settings, the Christian Psychological Center in Memphis, Tennessee and at AlphaCare Therapy Resources in Atlanta. She has provided services at every level of care (inpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, mental health center).
Utilizing a multifaceted approach in her treatment style, Dr. Burnett focuses on uncovering and healing emotional pain and/or trauma that typically underlies eating disorders or other psychological problems. She believes that treatment from eating disorders involves a multi-faceted approach, including processing the dynamics of family interactions, individual therapy, and group interaction. Individual therapy with Dr. Burnett involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approaches. EMDR is a specialized treatment approach specifically designed to help individuals process traumatic episodes from their past. Dr. Burnett also specializes in the treatment of other acting-out behaviors that often begin in adolescence, including self-mutilation, sexual acting out, and other addictive behaviors.
In 2014, Dr. Burnett obtained her CEDS, the national Certified Eating Disorders Specialist designation. In 2016, she obtained the credentialing to be a supervisor for those undergoing training for their CEDS designation.
Jania Bailey, MS, Executive Director & Intensively Trained DBT Therapist
Jania is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has decades of experience in taking care of people. She has worked with adolescents in recreational therapy, adults in a therapeutic nursing environment, and the geriatric population and their families in adult care. Gifted with her validating and encouraging manner, Jania is able to teach and help some of the most distressed of patients. Most weekends, you will find Jania out on the ball field cheering on her son’s soccer team.
Aleema Zakers, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Zakers joined Manna in October 2019. She is our PHP medical director and is working with our APRNs, Barb Luttrell and Farah Rahim. Dr. Zakers has experience in working with Children, Adolescents, and Adults.
Barbara Luttrell, MSN, APRN, CNSPMH, BC, IOP Medical Director
Mrs. Luttrell is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry and Mental Health. She is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Association. After many years of employment as a registered nurse, she earned a Masters Degree in Nursing from Georgia State University in 2004. She held the position of President of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association in 2006 and currently is a member of the Metro Atlanta Advanced Practice Nursing Group. Mrs. Luttrell brings eight years of practice experience in the treatment of mood disorders and research. At the Atlanta VA she was involved in treatment with patients experiencing a diagnosis of PTSD. She is trained in therapeutic approaches such as: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), and Spiritual counseling. Her treatment philosophy is holistic. The conceptual framework being that a person is body, soul, and Spirit. (Physical, Mental/Emotional, and Spirit). She provides psychiatric evaluations with medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, public speaking, and case management consultation services.
Farah Rahim, APRN
Farah is our newest member of the team! She has experience in working with people of all ages. She will be accepting new clients for outpatient care in April 2020.
Emily Sessions, LCSW, Clinical Co-Director, Internship Program Director
Emily brings a deep passion and diverse knowledge to help clients access resources for health, healing, and rejuvenation. She provides individual, marriage and family counseling, as well as play therapy for children and adolescents. Emily specializes in guiding clients through healing from trauma and managing mood & eating disorders. She utilizes a number of strength-based methods and skills-based approaches in her work including CBT, ACT, DBT, and mindfulness.
Credentials: Master’s Degree, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Erin Schulberg, MS, RD, LD;
Adult Program Director; Clinic Dietitian
Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Nutrition and Dietetics. She interned with OSU in the Portland, Oregon area working with clients struggling with eating disorders as well as various other disease states. Erin practices from a Health At Every Size, non-diet perspective and aims to help clients heal their relationship with food and with themselves. She empowers and challenges clients to change behaviors in a sustainable way.
Erin has been in Georgia since July of 2018 and thinks that it already feels like home!
Kelly Conlon, LAPC;
Adolescent Program Director
Kelly received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood and Family Development from the University of Georgia. Kelly was one of two students in her graduate program selected by her professors to intern at the Pepperdine Counseling Center to work with college students and/or provide spiritual counseling. After graduating and moving back to Georgia, Kelly gained experience working in mental health hospitals, outpatient substance abuse treatment centers, and residential eating disorder treatment centers prior to joining the Manna team.
Kelly is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults struggling with eating disorders, in addition to working with co-occurring problems such as: anxiety, mood, OCD, self-esteem, body image, and family dynamics. Kelly uses various therapy styles tailored to each client’s needs. She focuses on meeting the client where they are, yet gives them the push needed to learn they are worthy of feeling empowered and confident to take on life’s challenges.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring, hiking, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends, family, and fur-children.
Kelsey Sander, LMSW
Kelsey received her Masters of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Furman University. During college, Kelsey completed a thesis project about the impact of media on body image and took her senior seminar on eating disorders. Throughout her studies, Kelsey completed internships in a psychiatric hospital, mental health resource center, and youth residential treatment center. Kelsey also worked throughout graduate school as an in-home counselor, preventing out of home placement for many youth. After graduation, Kelsey worked at Peachford Hospital, honing her clinical skills and assisting adults, adolescents, and children manage crises and learn coping skills to live safer, healthier lives.
Kelsey is excited for new opportunities to help clients grow at Manna Treatment. Kelsey uses a person-centered, strength-based perspective and utilizes tools from both CBT and DBT therapies. Kelsey is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and interpersonal and family issues. Kelsey believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship to create lasting change. In her free time, you will find Kelsey spending time outside playing with her dog, hiking, or sipping a glass of wine with her friends or family.
Michelle Grunkemeyer, LAPC
Michelle received her Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton in 1995. Michelle has worked in a variety of positions including social service/community health agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, an adolescent residential hospital and outpatient center with clients from adolescents to adults. Additionally, Michelle has completed specialized training in working with clients who have trauma history including complex, developmental trauma and attachment disorders. She is trained in EMDR and attachment-focused EMDR as well as somatic techniques and attachment style repair. She uses an eclectic blend of client-centered, strength-based tools including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, narrative therapy, sand-tray therapy, and mindfulness. She also has a special interest in family work with parents who want to be more effective in dealing with the stressors that adolescent life can bring. She has been married for 30 years and has children from 24 down to 9. Michelle works with adult clients.
Richard “Rick” Duhe, MA
Rick received his Master of Arts degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministries at Ozark Christian College. He comes to Manna from a strong business and entrepreneurial background. He has worked within large Fortune 500 companies as well as outside of the corporate structure. He is both an intrepreneur and entrepreneur. Rick has a keen understanding of how leaders within companies think and how-to best work with managers at all levels. In 2017 he was appointed to the Georgia Governor’s State Board of Workers’ Compensation Chairman’s Advisory Council, Public Education Committee. He’s been in several magazines regarding business breakthroughs as well as on Good Morning America and named by Inc. magazine staff writers as one of their favorite entrepreneurs over the last thirty years.
Rick is pursuing his passion for counseling others who are in any part of the business structure and need guidance. He also works with addictions and men’s issues. Rick has experience working within both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers. As a former Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS) he is developing a “Return to Work” Advocacy program within Manna to help others who have been hurt on the job to return to work in an expeditious and healthier manner.
Brittnee Weiland, Practice Manager
Brittnee wears many hats at Manna. She is in charge of the front office management, marketing, and helping to make Dr. Burnett’s many ideas come to fruition.
Natalie Gilbert, Insurance Liaison
Natalie started her career with Manna in 2018. Natalie has a history of providing clinical and office support. She is married, has two children, and a dog.
Walker Bachman, Billing Director
Meet our CEP: Chief Executive Paw-ficer
(when life gets Ruff!)
Sassy – Dr. Burnett’s assistant