About Us

Individualized Drug and Alcohol Rehab Plans 

The team at Silvermist is committed to providing our clients with the best possible chance of long-lasting recovery through a highly individualized and progressive approach to substance abuse treatment. We recognize the importance of assessing all aspects of a client’s journey and using the most cutting-edge, integrative treatment models to help our clients recover. 

We’ve developed a distinctive, person-centered recovery approach that addresses not only the dependency but the life occurrences that often contribute to addiction or prevent you from changing. Treatment plans include proven drug and alcohol counseling techniques along with medical interventions, holistic and experiential therapy and even life skills training. Our three spacious residences, located in a private, rural area, offer a stunning countryside backdrop for recovery. 

Because the journey to recovery differs from person to person, our private drug and alcohol rehab program includes a multitude of critical components that, in combination, offer an effective and individualized drug and alcohol rehab plan. 

Our intake specialists are available to handle inquiries 24/7 at (724) 481-1284. We also invite you to fill out our online contact form if you’re interested in learning more. 

About the Silvermist Staff 

The backbone of our drug and alcohol rehab are our expert and highly committed Silvermist staff members. Our clinical team consists of doctors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, a registered nurse and residential technicians.  

Our clinical staff are all licensed and credentialed and experienced in addiction treatment and multiple treatment modalities, allowing them to work with each client in developing an individualized treatment plan. They are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain recovery both during and after your stay. Our drug and alcohol rehab staff look forward to seeing you make positive changes in your life.  

Our support staff also have a wealth of experience and enjoy interacting with clients and helping them get the most from their Silvermist experience. 

Each member of our treatment team holds confidentiality in the highest regard.

Chad Husted, LPC Vice President of Operations

Chad is a native of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree from Millersville University. He obtained a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Chad has spent the last 15 years in a variety of behavioral health positions. He began his career in Florida where he served as a psych tech, case manager, and supervisor in community mental health. Over the last 10 years, Chad has lived in Atlanta, where he managed an Acute Behavioral Health emergency room for three years. He has also spent several years providing school-based mental health therapy before moving into the business arena, where he oversaw managed care contracting, professional education, and business development. Since November 2015, Chad has served as Pyramid Healthcare’s Director of North Carolina Operations. Now, he brings his expertise in program development, relationship building, and mental health and addiction treatment to Silvermist as its Vice President of Operations.

Crystal Parish, MS, LPC Program Director

Prior to her employment at Silvermist, Crystal dedicated fifteen years working in the field of behavioral health with both adolescents and adults. She is driven by her belief that the opportunity to embark on the journey of recovery with people who are starting that same journey is critical to success. Crystal is passionate about the need to involve family supports in the recovery process through education and collaboration. She also believes that there are many paths to recovery, and that people who find themselves in need of help can benefit from guidance to help them find the methods that work best for them. Her view is that chemical dependency is a symptom of addiction that effects mind, body and spirit, and that all of these need to be addressed for healing to begin.

Crystal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master’s Degree in Community and Agency Counseling from the California University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Family Structural Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dr. Frank Kunkel, MD Medical Director

Dr. Kunkel is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as a Diplomat to the American Academy of Pain Management and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society, among others. Dr. Kunkel is also an active Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, where he completed his graduate work in 1985 after graduating cum laude with a BS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. In addition to holding leadership positions, serving on a variety of well-respected medical advisory boards and committees, and securing publication for his research, Dr. Kunkel has worked as an acute detoxification physician and served as an advisor to UPMC Health Plan in their creation of guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse. Dr. Kunkel’s varied experiences and work as both a leader and advisor make him a well-rounded, highly qualified, and overall exceptional member of the Silvermist staff.

Gemma Carlino, LPC, CADC Lead Therapist

Gemma graduated from Duquesne University with a Masters of Education in Counseling degree. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified alcohol and drug counselor with over eight years of experience working in the fields of drug and alcohol addiction and mental health. Gemma has worked with adults, adolescents, children and families in outpatient, residential and school settings, in addition to the medically-monitored treatment setting. She has experience working with dually-diagnosed clients dealing with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and other mental health diagnoses. She also has experience in crisis intervention. Her objective is to help clients identify and achieve their goals for recovery and daily living. She feels that every client has the ability to reach their maximum potential and thrive outside of a treatment setting. Gemma believes in a person-centered approach to treatment and utilizes multiple modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy and Family Systems Theory.

Max Croteau, MA, NCC, LPC Therapist

Max graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Specialization in Addiction, degree. He is a Licenced Professional Counselor who has been working in the field for over four years. Max has experience working with adults and young adults dealing with co-occurring disorders at the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. In addition to to working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues, Max also works part-time time in his private practice with individuals who have learning and intellectual disabilities. Max also has performed trainings and educational lectures to adolescents in schools and in the community on the harmful effects of nicotine, drug and alcohol use. Max believes that not every individual is alike, therefore not all individuals respond to the same treatment approach. When working with individuals, he utilizes multiple treatment approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Max’s main goal when working with every individual is to provide a safe and comfortable experience that empowers the individual to facilitate their own growth and change and to equip them with the necessary tools to continuously maintain the desired change they want to see in themselves.

Ryan Ganter, MS Therapist

Ryan graduated from Robert Morris University with a Masters of Science in Counseling degree. He has 7 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health fields. Ryan has worked with adults, children, and adolescents in a variety of treatment settings including residential, inpatient, school, in the home, and wilderness. He has experience working with dually-diagnosed clients dealing with a myriad of mental health diagnoses. Ryan has received training in crisis-intervention, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy. He also has a background in trauma and PTSD, which he brings to his work at Silvermist. Ryan follows a person-centered approach to his therapy with a holistic focus. His objective is to help clients identify and begin progress towards recovery and life goals that facilitate mental, physical, and spiritual fulfillment. Ryan believes in building a strong therapeutic alliance to help his clients develop greater self-efficacy, self-worth, and realization of their full potential.

Allison Holst, LPC Therapist

Allison graduated from Carlow University with a Master of Science in Professional Counseling degree. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 9 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health fields. Allison has worked with adults, children and families in a variety of settings including outpatient, in the home, and residential, as well as in the medically-monitored treatment setting. Allison has experience in grief counseling and brings this knowledge to her work at Silvermist. She also has experience working with dually-diagnosed clients dealing with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and other mental health diagnoses. Allison has received training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and also has experience in crisis intervention. Allison strives to develop a healthy therapeutic alliance with all of her clients and help them reach their maximum potential for success.

Bernadette Link, BS Behavior Health Specialist Manager

Bernadette graduated from Edinboro University Suma Cum Laude in 2001 with a dual degree in Education and Special Education. She has over 20 years of experience in human services working with diverse groups of individuals including those with physical disabilities, autism, learning disabilities, trauma survivors, cognitive delays as well as LGBTQAI community members, veterans and individuals in recovery. Bernadette helped to establish Silvermist as a strength-based, safe sanctuary based on self-reflection, spiritual principles, compassion and development of the spiritual path all while focused on the goal of serenity.

Adam Lemieux Executive Chef

Adam demonstrated passion for cooking at a young age and honed his skills by preparing meals for his parents as early as the sixth grade. Working in the restaurant industry throughout high school and college, Adam returned to college and earned a culinary degree with a specialty in high-end catering. He worked as an executive chef for the Compass Group and Aramark at several location throughout the Midwest prior to becoming the executive chef at Silvermist. Adam heads a culinary program and prepares a diverse, healthful menu that our clients love; and that also represents one of the many reasons why Silvermist has been so successful over the past years. Adam works directly with clients to meet special dietary needs or requests.

Brenda Rensel Administrative Assistant

Amy Slutzky National Clinical Liaison

Phone: (484) 523-9906
Email: aslutzky@pyramidhc.com

Testimonials

“My experience at Silvermist has been far more beneficial than I expected. From the lodging and food to the really in-depth therapy I received, I have been very satisfied. I was able to be part of a safe and positive community. I made genuine friends and lasting memories. I was able to get out of my comfort zone and push to conquer fears. The yoga and meditation practices are indispensable.”
Corbin S. October 2018

“My stay at Silvermist was truly life changing. I gained new personal/social skills along with new mindfulness techniques. I now feel as though I am prepared, and ultimately encouraged, to go out into the world and maintain my sober journey. I am extremely grateful to my therapist Ryan & staff member Garret for guiding me through my journey here.”
Grant S. August 2018

“Silvermist provided a comfortable environment where I felt I could focus on the areas of my life that needed changing. The staff were very educated on the recovery process and gave me great insight.”
CB. 2018

“I felt really comfortable because I saw how much they loved their jobs and cared to see clients doing well. It’s an added bonus to know some of the staff were in our shoes during this recovery process and it makes them that much more relatable and easier to talk to.”
Anonymous. 2018

“Never for one second did I feel I couldn’t approach staff. They are friendly and super personable and I love all of them.”
Anonymous. 2018

“I’ll recommend this place to anyone who wants help. I’m grateful and tremendously satisfied with my overall experience.”
Anonymous. 2017

“The service I received during my stay at Silvermist was great. Silvermist helped me a lot with my recovery. I’m so thankful for Silvermist and would highly recommend this place. All the staff members were very nice and respectful to me. My therapist helped me out in many ways.”
Joe W. June 2017 

“The initial assessment was smooth and helped me get comfortable quickly. I’m very satisfied…I appreciate the concern and care when staff was dealing with me. It made my stay here much easier and helped the time fly by…Rehab doesn’t get much better than this.”
Darren H. April 2016 

“Treatment was oriented towards my issues, and I greatly appreciate how everything was catered towards my life. Silvermist provided me with coping skills and the tools I need to continue keeping recovery my first priority.”
Michele T. April 2016 

“I felt very comfortable with staff. They were always nice…Thank you for everything you guys did for me.”
Neal S. April 2016 

“The staff here are outstanding. They’ve provided me with a safe and open environment in which I could share my thoughts and experiences.”
Clayton F. March 2016 

“The therapists here are phenomenal. They genuinely care and have a passion for what they do. This place has been an absolute blessing! I’ve been shown that recovery is 100% possible if I apply all the tools I learned here. Silvermist has given me a great foundation for an incredible life in sobriety and my appreciation for that is indescribable.”
Dorothy R. March 2016 

“The food quality is excellent. There was a great selection of menu items, plus substitute meals always available in case we didn’t want anything on the main menu. The staff were very accommodating.”
David M. May 2015 

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