Dr. Richard J. Carlson (M.D.)Medical Director

Richard J. Carlson, Medical Doctor (M.D.) and Fellow of Royal College of Physicians -Canada (FRCP-C)

Educational Background: Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA (1963-1967), Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. (1967-1971), Internship: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia , PA. (1971- 1972), Residency: University of Ottawa, Ontario Canada (1972-1976).

Dr. Carlson is Board Certified in Psychiatry in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

I have been a practicing Psychiatrist since graduating from University of Ottawa in 1976 and during my tenure as a Psychiatrist I work with Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Geriatric populations this includes providing Psychotherapy, Addiction medicine, and working as
Psychiatrist for Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Carlson has been the Medical Director and Clinical Psychiatrist, offering directorship, including diagnostic evaluations and medical management for his patients. Dr. Carlson is fluent in the following languages: German, Spanish, French, Dutch. Dr. Carlson is also able to communicate in the following languages: Russian, Italian, and Swedish.

Meghan Blankmann, PMHMP-BC
Meghan Blankmann, PMHMP-BCPsychiatric Nurse Practitioner
She received her BSN at George Mason University in 1994. She received a Master’s in Nursing Administration, in 2010 and then another Master’s, as a Nurse Practitioner, at Hunter College in New York in 2013. She has twenty seven years of nursing experience in diverse clinical settings. Throughout her nursing career she has functioned in a variety of roles. As a nurse she assessed and utilized critical thinking skills in a variety of clinical specialties. Her focus was being an educator to patients and their families, bedside nursing and promoting quality of care through the practice of standards of practice set up by professional nursing organizations. She has worked in both the private and public sectors. She has worked in medical-surgical, intermediate step down for ten years and psychiatry for the latter seventeen years; she worked at Bellevue, on a forensic unit for six years, and a dual diagnosis and detox unit for another two years. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she has worked with all life spans, from children to adults. She has diagnosed, treated, and monitored patients on psychiatric and addiction medications, for seven years. She has worked in both urban and rural settings, seeing anywhere from 20-35 patients. Meghan is board certified in Adults, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau.
Shirley Southard MS, LCAS, CCS, LPC
Shirley Southard MS, LCAS, CCS, LPCClinical Director

I have worked in the human service field for approximately 30 years. I have had the pleasure of working with mental health, developmentally disabled and substance abuse populations. I have worked with Assisted Medication Management and active military members and their families. My greatest reward as a therapist is helping my clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I believe that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. I provide my clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Supervisor. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho-education extensively. My experience includes working with clients dealing with divorce and single-parenting, addictions, grief, women’s issues, and mood disorders, among other challenges. I find that my great passion is working with individuals who live with substance abuse and addictions.

I enjoy working at Lifeline Treatment Center due to the unique treatment experience that are available to the clients. The clients receive an unprecedented level of individualized care. Lifeline provides physical, emotional, and psychological support that are needed for successful recovery. I believe the treatment offered at Lifeline Treatment is unparalleled to any other.

Ella Deaver- MSW, LCAS-A, LCSW-A
Ella Deaver- MSW, LCAS-A, LCSW-APrimary Counselor

I have worked in the human services/helping profession for over 20 years and have worked with children, families, and individual adults.  I consider it a privilege to be a part of a person’s journey towards making positive, healthy and sustained changes in their life. 

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Elon University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America.  I believe that Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Narrative therapy, and psychoeducation are great approaches to use in addressing many of life’s concerns and struggles.  Every person has their strengths, talents and gifts and to best serve a client, I believe that those positives should be tapped into so that a client is fully invested in their treatment and recovery.  My approach is direct and client-centered.  Therefore, I believe that the best outcome in therapy is a result of the therapist and client working together using strategies and interventions that are realistic and meaningful to the individual.

Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is a lifelong journey and I am honored to be able to be a part of that process for our clients.  I bring a personal understanding of the issues surrounding addiction due to addiction within my own family system.  Lifeline offers a supportive, nurturing environment and is committed to providing the best care for individuals seeking a life free of alcohol and drug addiction so that they can achieve their best life possible.

Jonathan Hines, MS, LCAS, LCMHCA
Jonathan Hines, MS, LCAS, LCMHCASubstance Abuse & Mental Health Therapist

I have worked in the mental health profession for almost 4 years professionally and almost 7 years including time spent in internships. I have worked primarily in outpatient programs as a SAIOP facilitator. I worked at PORT Health Services as the sole SAIOP practitioner at my site and was responsible for caring for those specific clients. This enabled me to specialize very quickly and to leap out of my comfort zone. I moved to Wilmington after 2 years and began working with Coastal Horizons Center as both an individual therapist and SAIOP facilitator for the night groups. Once again, this position allowed me to learn the specifics of various groups of people and their struggles, even something as simple as being in a night group rather than a day group. My education and trainings have enabled me to care for others at the individual level. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and a Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies from Campbell University. This education taught me much about the human capacity for profound disagreement yet overcoming these disagreements through listening and understanding. I received a Master’s in Clinical Counseling through East Carolina University and learned much about the professional nature of substance abuse treatment and engaging clients and families appropriately for this and other issues. I also learned to find myself in my clients but also to remove myself so that my clinical vision would not be clouded by my own experiences.  Lastly, I have found myself working with Lifeline. This has been a unique experience with a small, family-oriented staff and smaller groups allowing for more individual attention. I love my job as it provides the opportunity to help people move forward towards the lives they deserve. Mental illness and substance disorders take from people the ability to live the lives they would normally live without question. I think this is unacceptable and appropriate measures must be taken to help people avoid feeling “stuck” and to truly enjoy their lives.

Linda Massey
Linda MasseyOutreach Specialist | Office Manager

Linda Massey is an Office Manager at Lifeline Treatment Center.  Her career consists of working in the Insurance industry as Lead Business Analyst for a large IT company in South Carolina.   She has diversified experience working with people of all ages, from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Her goal is to give each client the tools they need to successfully manage their lives.

She had firsthand experience with alcoholism and drug addiction within her family unit.  Their sobriety encouraged her to want to give back to others that were experiencing addictions.  Her passion is to help bring healing to people who have gone through similar experiences.

After working for corporate America for most of her life she realized it was time to seek an opportunity where an individual could feel confident that their treatment was not only important to themselves but was important to the staff administering their treatment.

She is thrilled to be a member of Lifeline’s staff because she knows they are committed to helping their clients achieve a better life and she has a major role in their success.

Michelle Woodside, BLS
Michelle Woodside, BLSCo-Founder, Outreach Director

Michelle Woodside has a passion for helping client’s and their families struggling with addiction. She works around the clock to ensure those suffering always have someone to speak to at all hours of the day or night. Michelle has over two decades professional experience in the field of substance abuse & dual diagnosis and brings her skills to Lifeline Treatment Center to show all of our clients that there is a path for success in recovery and in life.

Michelle received her Bachelor degree from Barry University to pursue her career as a professional counselor. After several years, she soon realized that her skills and passion were in outreach, where she could be of life saving assistance to families all over the country suffering from this disease and inform them of possibilities to combat the disease of addiction. Michelle is a genuine, hands-on owner who truly cares about each and every client and their families.