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Our Staff

Tiffany Mulins
Tiffany Mulins
LPC-A

I am a North Carolina native, “born and raised!” I grew up in a small town known as Hallsboro, NC, and then I moved to Bladenboro, NC. I attended Fayetteville State University, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I then worked for the local Department of Social Services in the Child Protection Services Unit for 5 years and 1 year in Adult Services. I obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University in 2023. I have licensure in both NC and SC.

As a therapist, I have a strong commitment to inclusion and welcome people from a variety of backgrounds. I take a holistic stance that acknowledges the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit. I firmly believe that treating the person as a whole is necessary for meaningful recovery. My goal is to establish a therapeutic setting that is inclusive, affirming, and sensitive to cultural differences. I use a tailored approach to address the individual needs of each client by taking into account their unique experiences and viewpoints.

I’m dedicated to helping people on their amazing journeys of recovery and self-discovery. My goal is to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome barriers in life and bring about long-lasting good transformations. The goal is to work together to foster healing from within and navigate a path towards a more fulfilling and balanced life.

Stanley Davis Jr.
Stanley Davis Jr.
LPC-A

Stanley Davis and I enjoy working with but not limited to young adults, teens, and children!

My approach to counseling is to understand the client first, then work with them to increase their awareness, freedom, and self-direction. I want to help build on clients strengths to empower their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Most importantly, I want to be there for them and build a healthy counselor to client relationship. Lets talk!

I am a South Carolina native, “born and raised!” I grew up in Downtown Charleston, SC and then moved to the islands of Beaufort, SC for my teenage years. After high school I became a student-athlete for Coastal Carolina University, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Go Chants!

While attending CCU I volunteered at Pee Dee Elementary and Habitat for Humanity for 2 years. After graduating I began working for Seacoast Youth Academy, a level III group home for 3 years then 5 years in Special Education for Horry County Schools. In 2023, I earned my Masters or Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Go Flames!

Ruzanna Carter
Ruzanna Carter
MA, LPC, ATR

I was born in Yerevan, Armenia and came to the United States at the age of 12 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At that time there was a blockade in my country and we would only have water and electricity for one hour a day, and food was scarce, so my aunt, who lived in Massachusetts petitioned for us to come here. It was a culture shock coming to Massachusetts, but it was another culture shock moving to South Carolina. The main constant in my life through all this was art, which provided an outlet to express everything I was going through and stay connected to my culture through use of symbols in my art. I got my BA in art studio and art history from USC then proceeded to get my MAT in art education and taught middle school art for 6 years in South Carolina and North Carolina. Teaching in a Title 1 school I had a lot of students who were not getting their basic needs met, children with behavior issues and sexual traumas, so teaching art didn’t feel important most days when they just needed to be held and validated with whatever they were going through. After going through my own divorce trauma and becoming a single mother I decided go to back to school and get my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. I did my one year internship at Barnabas Horse Foundation where they provide equine therapy services and continued on to work as an art therapist upon graduation.

As a therapist I have a humanistic and person-centered approach and try to meet my clients where they are. I firmly believe in the therapeutic alliance between a client and their therapist and the work that can come from that. I work with children (10 and older), teens and adults. I have experience in working with anger management, anxiety, career counseling, coping skills, depression, eating disorders, family conflict, grief, life transition, peer relationships, relationship issues, school issues, self-esteem, self-harming, trauma and PTSD. I combine traditional talk therapy with art therapy to give my clients a new way to express, communicate and process whatever it is they are dealing with. I also love giving back to my community through volunteer work and community outreach.

Mary Godbolt
Mary Godbolt
MHC

Mary is a Native South Carolinian that holds a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with an emphasis on Mental Health disorders. Ms. Godbolt has worked with all populations, ages 5+ on up, homeless, adolescents, young adults, and elderly. Ms. Godbolt is a well experienced counselor with 10 years of counseling and wellness care services. She partners with individuals and families challenged with chronic illness to set realistic and attainable goals that promote motivation and change. In her spare time Ms. Godbolt loves to create new smelling candles and essential oils.

Lisa Helms
Lisa Helms
LPC-A

Sometimes life can get a little bit challenging and can feel like we have no control and this is when we may need some help. I’ve been helping people navigate their journey for 10 years. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults dealing with many issues. I specialize in helping people navigate the effects of anxiety, depression, grief, and traumatic experiences to a place of empowerment and peace. Trauma comes from many places, such as, childhood, sexual assault, rejection, loss, death and even the isolation from the pandemic. I also provided strategies for parenting, adjusting to change, and career counseling.

I believe the number one healing component for my clients is to feel noticed, heard, understood, and seen. I look forward to being a part of your journey through providing a safe and confidential place to work through those challenges towards your goals. I love what I do and want to help you see how wonderful life can be!  Are you ready for the journey?

Laura Crawford
Laura Crawford
BS, LMSW, Owner

Laura Crawford is a Licensed Master Social Worker and the owner of Advanced Practice Mental Health and Wellness.

Laura and her husband Eric have 9 children together, 5 of which were adopted through foster care. Laura and Eric were foster parents for 8 years and Laura also volunteered as Guardian ad litem and a parent surrogate. As a parent surrogate, Laura would represent children in foster care in the educational setting during their yearly IEP meetings and any special accommodations that were needed.

Laura has extensive knowledge of ADHD and mood disorders. She works with individuals of all ages, families, post adoption support services and parenting. Laura is a huge supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community and runs a support group for parents whose children are part of that community.

Laura has developed three different parenting workshops and is passionate about helping adults heal past trauma and working with individuals to help stabilize moods and advocate for children with mental health struggles.

Advanced Practice Mental Health and Wellness strives to be different in our approach to mental well-being and support. She values the benefits of therapy and proper psychiatric medication management and feels everyone could benefit from having someone reliable to talk to when times get difficult.

Laura works closely with many area agencies to support as many programs in the community as possible. One of those partnerships is with the solicitor’s office, juvenile division. Where APMH serves as the setting for anger management and domestic violence classes. APMH is also a huge supporter of Sea Haven youth home where her and her staff volunteer counseling services.

Kelly Batchelor, PhD
Kelly Batchelor, PhD
Ph.D.

Dr. Kelly Batchelor is new to the practice; however, she has a passion in mental health counseling to help individuals overcome life’s challenges. She currently holds a Ph.D in Psychology and a Masters in Professional Counseling, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice.

As a published author, Dr. Batchelor has contributed valuable insights to the field of mental health, drawing from her extensive experience spanning over 19 years. Her dedication has primarily been focused on working with children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorder, ADD, ADHD, and anger management issues. She is adept at navigating the complexities of anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and cognitive developmental disabilities, tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Dr. Batchelor’s expertise extends beyond children, as she also offers support to individuals struggling with substance abuse issues, and sex offender issues, and she is a domestic violence advocate. Her commitment to holistic healing is evident in her provision of parenting classes, recognizing the profound impact of family dynamics on mental well-being.

With a compassionate and client-centered approach, Dr. Batchelor fosters a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore their challenges and embark on a journey toward growth and healing. She believes in empowering individuals to harness their strengths and resilience as they navigate life’s obstacles, guiding them toward a brighter and more fulfilling future.

Katelyn Kates
Katelyn Kates
LPC-A

Katelyn is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate in the state of South Carolina. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with her B.A. in Psychology in 2015 and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Katelyn considers herself to be an eclectic therapist, using several theories and modalities to create a unique counseling experience for her client’s based upon their needs. She believes that the most crucial part of the counseling experience is creating a safe space where individuals feel free to explore their thoughts, emotions, and identity.

Katelyn enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults. She is committed to helping people find greatness within themselves so they can live their lives to the fullest. She has a passion for working with the LGBTQIA+ community and takes pride in creating a safe and affirming space. Katelyn also has experience working with children in DSS and has adopted all 3 of her beautiful children out of foster care.

James Garvey
James Garvey
LPC-S

Jim Garvey is a Licensed Professional Counselor who serves as a Clinical Supervisor at APMH.  After attending Brockport State, Webster University, and Long Island University and receiving his M.A. in counseling, he has worked in the clinical field for 33 years.

Jim is a National Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, the autism spectrum, and special needs for ages 5 and up.

He has six children, as well as three dogs and three cats.  In his spare time, he likes to go to the movies, or go hiking or swimming.  He also loves coaching basketball and track and field.

Jim’s favorite part about his job is “making a difference in someone’s life,” his favorite quote is, “Know thyself,” and he believes the most important thing in his work is “[being] very respectful to your client.”

Elena Huttenlocher
Elena Huttenlocher
LISW-CP

Do you believe in the power of the mind-body connection and your own innate ability to overcome your health and emotional challenges? I am a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Hypnotherapist. My approach to counseling is holistic; I believe in healing the whole person by tapping into the mind and body connection. I use an integrative approach to therapy, combining cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness strategies, and hypnotherapy. It is my intention to act as a guide on your journey of personal healing, to empower you on your mission of self-love, self-resilience, and self-discovery.

Benzel Vereen
Benzel Vereen
MSW

Benzel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work, leveraging his educational background to serve as a dedicated case worker at APMH. With a focus on Interpersonal Development and Critical Thinking, he brings a wealth of expertise to his role. A retired veteran and a high school wrestling coach, Benzel found his calling in the mental health field, driven by a passion to help others see the value and power within themselves.

During his military service, Benzel extended his compassion beyond borders, aiding children, teens, and young adults in third-world countries. Now, he is committed to extending that same level of care and support to his local community. As a single father raising five children, two of whom are now adults, Benzel’s life revolves around shared interests, particularly wrestling, boating, and video games. The family, which includes two beloved dogs named Summer and Blue, enjoys spending quality time together.

Angela Noreen
Angela Noreen
LPC

Life can be hard, full of changes, challenges, and transitions. Navigating the twists and turns can sometimes be too much on your own. Experiences shape our beliefs about who we are and our place in the world. I work with my clients to help them find their strengths and figure out what motivates them to become more personally effective in daily life. We will work together to find new perspectives and new possibilities for happiness. I have a passion for helping kids and teens create personal change and flourish.

I offer a safe and supportive space that encourages self-discovery and empowers clients to express their authentic selves and thrive, not just survive. I also work with parents, adults, and couples dealing with various personal struggles such as grief, life transitions, parenting, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, school problems, career counseling.

My therapeutic style is warm, supportive and non-judgemental, specifically tailored to meet each client’s unique needs. I would be happy to offer a phone consultation to discuss your needs. It feels better to feel better!


Nurse Practitioners

Vicki Chacon
Vicki Chacon
MSN, BSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Vicki Chacon, FNP-BC specializes in mental health. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Gardner-Webb University and a Master’s in Nursing from Chamberlin University. With extensive experience in the field of mental health, Vicki has spent 5 years dedicated to supporting individuals of all ages, starting from 4 years old and beyond. Her expertise lies in addiction treatment, mood disorders, ADHD, and other complex mental health disorders. Connect with Vicki to uncover how she can assist you or your family in attaining optimal mental wellness.

Nina Russell
Nina Russell
Family Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Nina Russell is a doctorly prepared family nurse practitioner with more than two decades of experience in the medical field. In 2011, she obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in nursing education from the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2014, Dr. Russell graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a second Master of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2016. Dr. Russell is a compassionate and committed primary care nurse practitioner who delivers comprehensive healthcare to primary care patients. Dr. Russell has vast expertise in assessing, diagnosing, and managing patients with a variety of acute and chronic health conditions.

Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton
PMHNP

My name is Lisa Norton. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).  I received my graduate degree from Maryville University of Saint Louis, MO.  I have spent more than half of my life working in the field of nursing. I am a native Myrtle Beach girl!  There have been so many changes here, but it is home, and it is where my heart is! I have always found that the beach can put even the biggest struggles a person has into perspective. My family is deep rooted here and I grew up meeting people from all over the place as my great grandparents had a few motels here way before there were any high-rise buildings on Ocean Blvd!  I have been married for 28 years and I have 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren. In 2000 my family moved to Rock Hill, SC, and my husband and I have decided to come back home.

If you ask anyone that knows me, they will likely tell you a few things- I love music and especially Stevie Nicks!  But I also have very eclectic taste, and nothing would surprise my friends and family when it comes to music!  Another thing people will tell you is that I love crafting. I enjoy trying new crafts. I love to decorate, and I will always step up to a challenge.  I love Converse tennis shoes and Doc Martins. I have a young heart (and old knees!)

Before I was out of middle school, I knew what I wanted to do “when I grew up” because of a book that I read.  I am meant to help those who are struggling. I am a passionate advocate for people with mental illness.  I care for people of all ages and in my career, I have learned from those that have entrusted me with their care.  People of all ages and with different struggles. We can all learn from the people we encounter.  I have a special love for the younger population, because that population was where my career in psychiatry started.   I have experience in crisis assessments, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, telepsychiatry, home health psychiatric visits, and administrative positions in psychiatry. I also have experience with those who struggle with substance use disorders.  Certainly not last on the list; I would like to mention that I wouldn’t trade anything for the valuable lessons I have learned from the stories that my veterans and older clients have told me.

I cannot imagine that any other career could be as meaningful to me than my work in the field of mental health. I am humbled by the trust that it takes when a person is in the office with me, taking a leap of faith as they share some of their hardest times. It is not easy to openly speak to someone that you have just met and for this reason I hold myself accountable to provide the best care to them.  I appreciate and respect diversity and my practice is to consider the needs of each person with respect to their uniqueness. My practice is always judgement free, and my goal is not just to just listen but to really hear the concerns of my clients.  I want to see each and every one I work with reach their goals and get all that they want out of life.  The saying I have adopted is “Everything is figureoutable!”

Karen Gatwood
Karen Gatwood
MSN, BSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Karen is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of experience in nursing. She obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2006, after being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. She later returned to school and graduated from Grantham University with her Bachelors of Applied Science in Nursing in 2017. Her passion for nursing and drive to continue her education led her to obtaining Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in June 2021. She has worked with patients of various age groups and cares of each patient as if they were her family member. Her goal is to be able to make a positive impact on her community.

She is originally from North Carolina but lived in Alaska for 20 years. She moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 2018, where she enjoyed summers as a child. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 dogs in her free time.

Dorie Weaver
Dorie Weaver
PMHNP

Dr. Dorie Weaver holds a BS in Nursing from Allentown College, a MS in Nursing from DeSales University (Family Practice Nurse Practitioner), a post-master’s certificate in Nursing Education from Villanova University, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice from Chatham University. Her nursing career spans over 30 years, encompassing medical-surgical, emergency, neuro/trauma ICU, and pediatrics. Dr. Weaver is an ANCC board-certified Family Practice NP and Psychiatric Mental Health NP. She is also NLN certified in nursing education. Dr. Weaver has been teaching for 24 years at the university level. She currently teaches at Francis Marion University. Main courses taught include pharmacology, nutrition, pathophysiology and health assessment courses for undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Weaver also teaches courses in the PMHNP program. She joined the faculty of Francis Marion University in 2015, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the MSN/Nurse Educator Track.

Her professional memberships include The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), National League for Nursing, Neuroscience Education Institute, and American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Dr. Weaver specializes in providing primary and mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults. She has adequate experience with the utilization of telemedicine platforms. She is completing a certification in obesity management and hormone replacement. In addition, Dr. Weaver is a proponent in homeopathic measures, eating for a healthy mind and body, along with IV therapies.

Ashley Harrell
Ashley Harrell
PMHNP

Ashley Harrell is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who started working with the practice October 2021. She began her education at Francis Marion University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology (2007), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2009), and a Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (2015). She then completed her psychiatry certification at Johns Hopkins University.
During her time as a nurse, Ashley worked in the Emergency Department. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she worked in the Emergency Department and Gastroenterology. After working in those areas, she realized she had a special interest in psychiatry and recognized the significant need for more psychiatric providers.

Ashley has a passion for helping patients improve their mental health. She enjoys providing patients with education and helping them understand treatment options. She recognizes the need for individualized care and spending time getting to know her patients.

Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and traveling as often as possible in her spare time.


Medical Staff

Megan Wayne
Megan Wayne
MSN, PhD. Candidate

Megan Wayne received her BSN in Nursing from Clemson University in 2013 and a Master’s of Science with a focus in education from Benedictine University in 2018. She has been working as an RN for more than 10 years in various areas including critical care, primary care, and education. She is currently completing her dissertation on mental fatigue and self-care engagement in family caregivers through the Medical University of South Carolina. Megan was born and raised in South Carolina and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and learning new things.


Office Staff

Lauren Eustace
Lauren Eustace
Director of Services

Lauren holds an associate degree in both Health Science and General Technology from Horry Georgetown Technical College.

Her role here at APMH keeping everyone in line and putting out fires all day long. There is no limit to her abilities. She entered the mental health field because while working with an interventional radiologist she realized that mental health services were lacking in the area.

She has been at working at APMH for the last three years and her favorite part about the job is seeing patients whom seem so helpless their first visit return with a spark in their eye and look like they are truly alive again.

She loves spending time with her 8-year-old daughter, traveling, and cooking. Her favorite genre of tv is true crime. In another life she would see herself as a forensic psychologist or crime scene investigator. If she could change one thing about the mental health field it would be to see more empathy for those suffering.

Her favorite quote is “I am not afraid, I was born to do this” -Joan of Arc

Words of wisdom for someone getting into this field is that you need to have a thick skin and a giant heart.

Elizabeth Braswell
Elizabeth Braswell
Compliance Manager

Elizabeth Braswell is a highly qualified healthcare professional with a diverse educational background and a passion for improving patient care in the mental health field. With a certificate in medical administration with billing and coding, a certificate as a pharmacy technician, a BS in healthcare management, and a master’s degree in healthcare administration, Elizabeth has honed her expertise in health management.

Graduating from Martinsburg University in 2018 and the University of Phoenix in 2024, Elizabeth’s career journey led her to the mental health field where she has dedicated herself for a year. Motivated by the need for proper patient care, Elizabeth thrives on witnessing the positive impact she makes in the lives of her patients. She finds joy in seeing the growth and progress within the agency she works with.

On a personal note, Elizabeth is a dedicated mother of five children and two dogs. Originally from the West Coast, her family’s military background has taken them on a journey around the world, eventually settling on the picturesque coast of South Carolina. An interesting fact about Elizabeth is her fascination with the healing properties of plants, herbalism, and crystals.

If not in the mental health field, Elizabeth envisions herself as a homesteader with her own business. However, she strongly believes that mental health services are crucial for overall well-being. Her favorite quote, “Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own,” reflects her positive outlook on life. Her words of wisdom for those entering the mental health field are that empathy is key to making a meaningful difference in patients’ lives.

Amanda Theel
Amanda Theel
Clinical Coordinator

Amanda Theel works as APMH’s Clinical Administrative Coordinator.  She studied at UNC-Greensboro and Liberty University and has been working in the mental health field for three years.

At APMH, Amanda excels at project management, customer service, and technology systems, as well as providing problem solving skills and attention to detail.

Amanda has a son, Harrison, and they love going to the beach and playing video games.  “We are nerds, and Marvel, Star Wars and Disney fanatics.”

Her mantra is, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.  We should always find the good in everything we do, even going through challenges.  I have struggled with my own mental health and have always had a passion for helping others, once as a teacher and then in a mental health setting.  I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”