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Our Team

Southern Live Oak Wellness is passionate and knowledgeable about improving the mental health of our patients. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, we pride ourselves in offering those who feel excluded a safe place to heal. As such, we provide hands-on mental health treatment for anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar I and II disorders as well as personality disorders. Additionally, those needing relief from OCD, suicidal thoughts, and self-harming behaviors can visit us for the care they need. Meet our team below!


Katee Gmitro, LCSW

Executive Clinical Director

Halle Matula, M.S., LPC

Residential Clinical Director

Jonathan “JB” Brown, MS

Primary Therapist

Hannah Mills, MS, APC, NCC

Primary Therapist

Micheal Johnson

Recreational/Experiential Therapeutic Mentor

Cody Moniz

Clinical Liaison

Megan Ehrlich

Primary Therapist


Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD, ABPN, ABIHM, FAPA

Medical Director

Deanna Harder, RN

Director of Nursing

Reed Williams, RN

Registered Nurse

Intake & Aftercare

Josh Vekselman

Admissions Coordinator

Jaymen Ritsch

Director of Admissions

Rachel Sills

Alumni Coordinator


Andrew Merker


Heal Mental Health Disorders With Our Caring Team

We have employed medical professionals from a variety of backgrounds to best suit you. Moreover, we provide many services to help those facing challenging stemming from mental health. Our residential program gives patients 24-hour monitoring and access to psychotherapies. The complimentary therapies we offer are gentle yet effective for mental health conditions.

We understand the difficulty in getting started, but you don’t have to heal alone. Choose our facility of caring and passionate people who can best serve you. Contact us now to get started.

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Our Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

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    I have so much to say about this wonderful place, but I’m sure my words will never do my experience justice. Southern Live Oak Wellness and it’s people not only helped me find myself again, but they saved my life.

    Alex M.

    Johns Creek, GA
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    Southern Live Oak Wellness saved my life. The therapists genuinely care about the clients and helping them get better. Working on yourself is not easy, but the therapists help guide you and make you be able to work through whatever may be going on.

    Rachel S.

    Lawrenceville, GA
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    I can easily say that Southern Live Oak wellness saved my life. I had hit rock bottom when I first got admitted and they helped me build myself up from nothing. I have learned how to cope with things I never thought I would be able to handle.

    Taylor R.

    Dallas, GA
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      Going to SLOW has impacted my life in ways I never thought possible. I came for help with my mental state and came out with so much more; life skills, medical advice, mental health counseling and addiction treatment. SLOW is a whole life transformation program and I highly recommend it to anyone I know!

      Kaylan F.

      Kennesaw, GA
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      When I was a part of this program, I had the most personal growth I’ve had in my entire life. All of the tech staff were willing to talk to me whenever I felt like I needed someone to talk to and the group sessions gave me multiple perspectives I never would’ve thought of from people in similar situations to me.

      Dylan C.

      Belleville, IL
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      This place has changed my life. For the first time in my life I felt heard and cared about. The clinical staff is amazing. The groups are well structured. You learn a lot of different skills to help you in life this is the best mental health facility to come to.

      Ashley H.

      Brunswick, GA