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Amanda Hartsell

RN

Amanda Hartsell has worked in the Mental Health field since 2001 and the Substance Abuse field since 2009. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1999 at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. She worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital with children and adolescents until she earned her Nursing Degree in 2009 at St. Charles Community College. After graduating as an RN, she began working with adults in Substance Abuse and Mental Health where she found her passion. In 2013 she started working at ARCA inpatient and transferred to the ARCA Olive location in 2015. Amanda enjoys the rewarding work of helping people in need who are struggling to get and stay sober.

Education:

  • Roger Williams University BA Psych

  • St. Charles Community College RN

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA

 Current Location:

  • St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

  • 18+

Certifications & Licensure:

  • RN

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Ashely Harrison

RN, BSN

Ashley Harrison earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO in 2007. She worked in the OR as a circulator and then in Public Health before starting in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health field. She worked at a Recovery Center in Northeast Missouri for 5 years that worked with ARCA to provide patients with telehealth services for addiction and mental health in that area. She then started working for ARCA in September 2018.

EDUCATION

  • BSN Truman State University 2003-2007

CURRENT LOCATION

  • West County Office

AGES SERVED

  • 18+

CERTIFICATIONS  & LICENSURE

  • BSN, RN

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Charissa Bickel 

RN, BSN

I received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal studies with minors in Chemistry and Biology from UMSL, then went on to get my BSN from Goldfarb, worked as an inpatient acute-psych RN at CenterPointe hospital and then St. Alexius Hospital (also acute psych) before finally finding ARCA. I have a significant history of substance abuse and dependence in my own family which makes this position very personal to me. I started with ARCA in early 2016 and have been a team member at every location at different times throughout those years. I have watched as ARCA has grown from a small, local company to the expansive and thriving organization it is today. I’m proud to be a part of something that is truly making a difference in the lives of those who are too frequently ignored by society.

Education:  

  • BSN from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish Hospital

 Current Practice:  

  • ARCA

 Current Location: 

  • St. Louis 

Ages Served: 

  • LIfespan

 Certifications & Licensure:  

  • AANP

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Christina Braun

RN, BSN

I have over 13 years of nursing experience with over 6 years working in Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment. I have several years of Post Operative Care nursing, but this is my home.  I am currently taking courses to sit for my CARN exam in hopes to be completed by the end of 2021.

Education:

  • BS in Psychology from Southwest Missouri State University 2001-2005

  • ADN Chamberlain College of Nursing 2005-2007

  • BSN Chamberlain College of Nursing 2012-2014

 Current Practice:

  • ARCA

 Current Location:

  • West County Office

Certifications & Licensure:

  • SB

  • ADN

  • BSN

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Jessica Miller

RN, BSN

I have been a Nurse for 3 years and ARCA has been my home for 2. As a grateful recovering addict, I enjoy having the opportunity to pay it forward by working with this population. I began my studies as a Nurse at the University of Monroe in Louisiana in 2004. In 2014, I decided it was time to follow my dreams to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and to finish my degree. I enrolled for summer classes at STLCC – Meramec in 2015. I obtained my Associate Applied Science and Associate Degree in Nursing in 2018. I continued my education by enrolling for the RN – BSN program at UMSL in 2018 graduating in 2019. I was awarded the Innovations in Clinical Practice for my community project that year. I was accepted into the BSN to DNP track and started my final journey the Fall of 2020. My expected date of graduation is Fall 2023. I am also currently in the process of obtaining my MADAAC II and CARN certifications. I am an active member of the Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners (through grad school program) involved in student Advocacy to support Nursing Bills that advance the APRN practice and also a member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions.

Education:

  • A.D.N., RN-STLCC-Meramec- 2018

  • BSN. UMSL- 2019

  • BSN-DNP program. UMSL-(2019-2023)

 Current Practice:

 Current Location:

  • ARCA- St. Louis, MO

 Ages Served:

Certifications & Licensure:

  • BSN, RN

  • Stop the Bleed Certification and Instructor

  • Epidemiology Certification through Johns Hopkins

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Laura Williams

RN, BSN

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Education:  

  • University of Missouri- St. Louis – FNP 2010

  • Maryville University- Current Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student

  • Southeast Missouri State University – BSN 2007

  • Mineral Area College of Nursing – RN 2003

 Current Practice:  

  • ARCA

 Current Location: 

  • St. Louis 

Ages Served: 

  • LIfespan

 Certifications & Licensure:  

  • AANP

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Melanie Hill

RN, BSN

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Education

  • PMHNP, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO

  • BSN, Central Methodist University, St. Louis, MO

Current Practice

  • Telepsychiatry, QSR in St. Louis, MO

  • Telepsychiatry, ARCA, St. Louis, MO

Current Location

  • St. Louis, MO

Ages Served

  • 18+

Certifications & Licensure

  • ANCC board-certified

  • DEA: MO

  • APRN license: MO

  • MAT Waiver: MO

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Sarah Morrell

RN

Sarah Morrell, RN began her healthcare career unexpectedly at the age of 16 when she applied to work at the local gift shop but was hired on as a pharmacy technician instead. She soon found that she loved providing care and education to patients in her community and, in turn, worked as a technician for over 20 years. During this time, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Theatre at Western Illinois University in 2003. After transferring to a hospital pharmacy, Sarah realized she wanted a more "hands-on" role in the healthcare system. Sarah went back to school and graduated from St. Louis Community College with an RN degree in 2017. She worked as a nurse at Hyland Behavioral Health inpatient at Mercy South with both adolescents and adults before transferring to ARCA in 2019. One of the things she values most in life is being able to help others who are struggling and to offer hope during a difficult time.

EDUCATION

  • Western Illinois University BA Sociology/Theatre

  • St. Louis Community College RN

CURRENT PRACTICE

  • Assisted Recovery Centers of America

CURRENT LOCATION

  • West County

AGES SERVED

  • 18+

CERTIFICATIONS  & LICENSURE

  • RN

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Suzanne Wecker

RN

I am an RN and have worked at ACRA for two years. I have been through personal struggles with loved ones that have drug and alcohol addictions. Through these experiences, I have found a passion to help those in their journey to recovery. I hope to support our patients through their personal healing and their struggles while providing them with the best medical care possible.  As a nurse and advocate, I educate patients on their medications and assist in providing resources. Treating addiction is often more than one person can do alone. I am proud to part of a team that equips the people we serve to live a drug free, healthy lifestyle.

Nothing can be done without Hope. – Hellen Keller

Education:  

  • University of Missouri- St. Louis – FNP 2010

  • Maryville University- Current Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student

  • Southeast Missouri State University – BSN 2007

  • Mineral Area College of Nursing – RN 2003

 Current Practice:  

  • ARCA

 Current Location: 

  • St. Louis 

Ages Served: 

  • LIfespan

 Certifications & Licensure:  

  • AANP

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Abbie McAdams

RN, BSN

I have been a nurse for 8 years. I worked at Blessing Hospital on a cardiac unit right after graduation and then transferred to Quincy Medical Group. I spent the last 6 years working at Hannibal Regional in the Emergency Room and now work remotely for ARCA. I still work PRN at both Quincy Medical Group and Hannibal Regional ER.

Education:  

  • BS Psychology Truman State University 2008 BSN

  • Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing 2013

 Current Practice:  

  • ARCA

 Current Location: 

  • West County

 Certifications & Licensure:  

  • RN, BSN

  • Certified in BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, NRP

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Markita Hamilton

RN

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