Meet our professional staff!
Michael E. Bohan, MD developed an interest in addiction medicine while an Internist in the US Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1982, and since then has been practicing addiction medicine. In 1986, Dr. Bohan was one of the first doctors to be certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). From 1981 to 1987 he was a member of the World Board of Trustees of Narcotics Anonymous. Dr. Bohan has been a medical school faculty member at various medical schools since 1967, and currently is an associate professor of internal medicine on the community faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has given numerous talks and published articles on addiction medicine. He was a board member of SASH - Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health from 1998-2004. He has been with Meridian Psychotherapy since 1992. Dr. Bohan has devoted his practice to the treatment of chemical dependency, sexual addiction, and co-dependency.
K. LeGree Hallman, MD 7/17/1957 - 6/27/2018 A former internist, Dr. Hallman began practicing Addiction Medicine in 1999 in Lynchburg where he worked as the Substance Abuse Medical Director at Central Virginia Community Services Board. He was certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2002, and certified to prescribe Buprenorphine for opiate dependence in 2001. He has offered maintenance treatment with this medication since 2006. Dr. Hallman was the president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy, assisting thousands of addicts gain recovery.
Anthony J. Foy, LCSW, CSAC, has over 20 years experience providing therapy for adolescents and adults. He is an expert on adolescent issues, especially those surrounding substance abuse. His areas of expertise include adolescent behavioral problems, school performance issues, depression, relationship issues, chemical dependency and substance abuse assessments and evaluations, and intervention services.
Patricia A. Smith, LPC, LMFT, CSAT, CMAT ,CAC, CSAC, CP, has specialized in addiction, both substance and behavioral, since 1984. Her clinical work has been in public agencies, private practices, hospital settings, and with EAP’s (employee assistance programs). Areas of expertise are addictions, including sex addiction family of origin issues, relationship problems, couples therapy, recovery work, mood disorders, and group work. Ms. Smith utilizes EMDR, hypnosis, and psychodramatic techniques in her approach.
Regina Carroll, LCSW, CEAP is a licensed clinical social worker with experience counseling individuals and couples. Her work with a local employee assistance program has provided her with a broad knowledge base for working with both individual and family issues throughout the life span. Her areas of expertise include trauma recovery utilizing EMDR, women’s issues, relationships, addiction/recovery support, grief support, workplace problems, anger/stress management, divorce recovery, family of origin issues, crisis management and personal growth. She welcomes clients from diverse backgrounds.
Robert Charles Powers, LPC, M.Ed, is a graduate of the Taproot substance abuse counseling program at William and Mary. He has worked with adults and adolescents in inpatient, public agency and residential treatment programs. His special area of interest is in the identification of strengths which will support clients in making desired changes in their life situations.
Saulo Ortiz, LCSW, has a variety of experiences working with troubled youth and adults. As a bilingual therapist able to provide services in both Spanish and English, Mr. Ortiz utilizes a broad array of approaches to treat the whole person, and not just the problem. He has a strong understanding of substance abuse and mental health concerns, and has shown to be effective in working with older teens and adults. Specialty areas include, but are not limited to, adolescent issues, men's issues, marital problems, substance abuse, trauma, and mood related disorders.
Leah Sanders, LPC, CSAC, CCMHC has experience working in a variety of settings to include inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency units, intensive community-based counseling, and group work. She has experience in both the public and private sectors. Her areas of expertise include addictions, relational issues, recovery work, and group work. She focuses on therapy from a mindset of empowerment, identifying assets, cultivating self-awareness, and motivating clients to be the best version of themselves.
Heidi A. Kulberg, MD, MPH: Dr. Kulberg’s mission “to inspire, empower and support others so that they may explore the boundless possibilities that await them along their journey” fuel her medical practice. As a board-certified Family Physician, she has spent over two decades treating patients with chronic disease. Combining the knowledge of addiction as a chronic neurologic disease with her passion to partner with individuals along their recovery journey, she joins Meridian Psychotherapy with enthusiasm. Dr. Kulberg served in the United States Navy for 10 years providing medical care to military personnel and their families on three continents. She then earned a Master of Public Health degree and joined state service. With the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. Kulberg found her niche working to combat the opioid crisis. She served as the VDH Health Commissioner’s representative on the Governor’s Substance Abuse Services Council and was the Region 5 Medical Lead for the Governor’s Executive Leadership Team on Addiction. She contributed to the Policy Council on Opioid and Substance Abuse recommendations to Governor Northam. Dr. Kulberg is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She looks forward to partnering with individuals as they explore, sustain and thrive along their recovery journey.
Bridget Peery, MSN, APRN, FNP-C is a licensed nurse practitioner with Board certifications in both psychiatric/mental health and family practice.
She is a three time alumna of Old Dominion University, where she obtained a BA in foreign languages prior to pursuing a career in healthcare, earning a second Bachelors as well as a Masters degree in Nursing Science. She later completed post-graduate studies for psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner certification at Anderson University in South Carolina.
As an RN, Bridget gained extensive experience in psychiatric settings across the continuum of care, including acute inpatient and medical detoxification, partial hospitalization for individuals with co-
occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders, and community-based mental health.
As a nurse practitioner, Bridget’s focus has been psychiatric medication management in outpatient practice, and she continues to expand her scope to incorporate treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders. Bridget’s particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to
the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar and depressive disorders, as well as anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders.
Danielle Gange, NP-C attended West Virginia University, Morgantown, and South University, Virginia Beach. She served as the Director of Nursing for an outpatient surgery center and also was the Care Coordinator for Sentara Leigh Hospital. She provides addiction treatment and medication management services for adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. She provides Medication Assisted Treatment for Opiate Use Disorder using buprenorphine (Suboxone). Danielle's philosophy is that medication, combined with patient education and care coordination, will allow her support the patient to achieve their long term mental health goals.