To develop a God centered outpatient rehabilitation program to help adults, adolescents, and their parents, who struggle with addiction reclaim their life and overcome their addictive disorders in a private, confidential and discreet setting.
Meet Our Team
José Olivero, MS, ADA, AADC, ICAADC
Certified Addiction Therapist
Jose’s heart passion is in connecting families and clients with the resources they need to overcome a broad spectrum of personal issues including anger management, substance abuse, communication styles, grief, cultural diversity and relationships.
Jose Olivero holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University. He has over 21 years’ experience working in substance abuse counseling and mental health. He served as the Program Manager and Substance Abuse/ Mental Health Counselor for the New Horizons Recovery Center in Huntsville, AL for 10 years until his recent retirement in January 2018.
He is a recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Liberty Bell award from the Huntsville Bar Association. Other honors include being an Army veteran, serving as an officer for 15 years.
Jose is a black belt karate instructor and fluent in Spanish. His deficiencies are anything high tech or remotely related to cooking.
Dr. Ann Still, MD
Board Certified Pain
Dr. Still has worked in pain management for 20 years and is a member of ASAM. During the last 6 years has seen an increasing number of patients suffering from underlying associated opioid dependence and substance abuse disorders. It is important to her that she understands this underlying behavior that will help stabilize patients with these issues. As the opioid crisis bloomed, the number of physicians willing to provide opioid based therapy has diminished contributing to a rise in illegal heroin use, addiction and psychiatric illnesses that often accompany this. Dr. Still is blessed with the gift of compassion, vision, and understanding regained to help such individuals reclaim their lives, families, and freedom.
She began her career in healthcare as a certified registered nurse anesthetist prior to receiving her medical degree from the Universidad Tecnologia De Santiago in the Dominican Republic. She completed her Residency in Anesthesiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and Fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
She has provided care in both private practice and academic medicine where she served in such distinguished roles as:
- Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and Division Chief of Pain Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
- President of the Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists
- Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology (with specialty certification in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine)
She is thankful for the many blessings God has given her and loves to travel. She hopes to visit Italy and Spain again someday, but is equally happy to enjoy time with family here in North Alabama, especially now that she has a new grandson.
Dr. Charles Allen Hagen, MD, FAAEM
Dr. Hagen is Board Certified by American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a member of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He was a physician in emergency departments at hospitals across Alabama, Oklahoma and Arkansas from 1982 until 2015 when he joined Covenant Recovery Center as a staff physician providing medicine assisted therapy (MAT) for pain patients suffering with substance abuse disorders.
As both an emergency and pain management physician, Dr. Hagen has seen both the benefits, and potential harm that opioids can have on an individuals life. He is passionate in his gift to render benefit while protecting patients from harm.
He has served as Associate Medical Examiner of the State of Oklahoma and as a member of North Alabama Emergency Medical Services Physicians Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Hagen is married and has two sons, both in the IT field. He especially enjoys deep sea fishing with his brothers and is known as “Dr. Gadget”.
Brenda L. Vactor, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Therapist
Brenda has witnessed first-hand how substance abuse and other addictions have exerted a huge negative impact on lives of countless individuals, both personally and professionally. Many suffer from the devastating consequences of addictive behavior. Her passion is to encourage, empower, and assist in stabilizing lives by providing a variety of prevention, intervention, and support services.
An impressive list of credentials and community contributions include:
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
- Master of Science degree in Social Work at Alabama A&M University.
- Certified by the Alabama State Board of Social Work.
- Board of Directors for Partnership for A Drug-Free Community
- New Futures Family Shelter, Huntsville, AL.
With over 20 years of counseling in the public and private practice sector, her specialties include Addictive Behaviors and Substance Use Issues, Teen Issues, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Abuse and Neglect, Stress Management, Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss, Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness.
Brenda is the mother of (2) sons, Brandon, age 36, and Julian, age 18. She is also the proud grandmother of three very active, and beautiful granddaughters. In her spare time she likes to fish (even if she doesn’t catch anything), acrylic painting on canvas (even if you can’t tell what it is), spend time with her two horses (pasture pets), and her dog, “Smokie”. She also has on her bucket list, to learn to play the guitar.
Dr. Michael George
Director of Behavioral Sciences
Dr. George’s heart has always been that of a servant shepherd as he has helped in the healing process of those suffering from physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. His desire is to help in the healing and strengthening process in each area of suffering that people endure.
His passion and special gifting is to enhance couple and family communication skills restoring health relationships.
Enhancing couples’ and families’ communication skills has been one of Dr. George’s passions throughout his career.
Dr. George served in Christian ministry for 33 years in a multitude of different capacities such as youth ministry, counseling, preaching, and more.
His credentials include:
- B.B.A degree and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University
- Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Psychology in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
- Dr. George has been a resource speaker in many states, both on Christian topics and in the area of chronic pain.
- Director of Behavioral Sciences for Covenant Pain Center since 1993
- He is a published researcher in the field of pain management with several research articles to his credit.
For the past 25 years he has also served as the Director of Behavioral Sciences providing both individual and group counseling services. Dr. Michael George is a native of Fayetteville, Tennessee. He has been married to the love of his life since March 23rd, 1973. They have three grown children who have blessed them with four beautiful grandchildren. “Nana and Papa” are most happy when they are with their family. Mike is also an avid turkey hunter.
Jeanne Nelson, PhD, CRNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Typically, her clients are referred by CRC professional staff members when they determine that depression, anxiety, anger, behavior problems, and other symptoms may need to be addressed with medication in addition to counseling. Jeanne loves stories and has a passion for helping people re-write their stories — with the help of medicine if necessary.
Jeanne Nelson, PhD, CRNP is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who currently collaborates with Darren Gannuch, MD. Jeanne has been working in the mental health field since 1994. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to Covenant Recovery Center (CRC) clients.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi, 1994
- Master of Science in Nursing, University of South Alabama, 2010
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mississippi University for Women, 1984
Jeanne is an enthusiastic if somewhat past-her-prime singer who sang in church choir and taught public school choral music before finding her way into psychiatry. Much to the delight of her parents, she occasionally sings in a quartet with her siblings.
Dr. Eric Seeman
I once heard a powerful and influential man speak at a retirement ceremony about what was important to him. He said that everyone serves someone or something, whether they know it or not, and that he chooses to serve “God, Family, and Country, in that order”. I am a Christian, I am a husband and a father, and I am a Veteran, and most recently, I am an Officer in the Army National Guard. God raised me up to be a psychologist.
My approach is one of understanding and active problem-solving. I want to not only support my clients but to also help them gain the skills and coping resources they need to become independent of me and anyone else.
My specialities are in
- Forensic psychology
- Military psychology
- Victims of abuse and trauma
- Psychological testing and assessment
- Psychology of chronic pain
- Substance abuse
I was licensed in 2004 by the State of Alabama and I have been continually licensed since then. I have considerable experience in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, and many other areas of problems.
My wife, Melissa, supported and encouraged me through the process of getting a Ph.D., and the Army and the Navy made me a professional through 9 years of service as an enlisted Soldier and Sailor. Yes, I was in the Navy as well as the Army, so at one point I was “Seaman Seemann,”. I am a servant at heart and I am proud to serve my clients, my students, and my Soldiers.
Dr. K. Dean Willis
Founder and CEO
In addition to the responsibility of assuring that the daily operations of the CRC remain aligned with the mission statement, it is his passion to assist real people in their struggle to gain control over their lives and decisions. By giving them a fresh perspective of the life they are designed to live, he helps his patients find the freedom granted to them by their Creator; a “Fresh Wind for their sails”.
Dr. Willis is the immediate past president of the Alabama chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and has been successfully treating addictive disorders for 33 years. He is quick to give credit for those successes to a team of experts who genuinely care for clients of CRC. This team is devoted to a “relational and Covenant” approach to the people and families who come to us for help.
Dr. Willis is married to Lori Willis and they have 5 children, Adam (24), Ashley (22), Conner (19), Dalton (18) and Saylor (15). They also have 5 dogs and he enjoys playing golf, but readily admits to not being very good at the game.