About the Silvermist Staff
The backbone of our facility are our expert and highly-committed Silvermist staff members. Our clinical staff are all appropriately licensed and credentialed, as well as 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, and look forward to seeing Silvermist clients make positive changes in their lives. Our clinical team consists of doctors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and therapists.
Each member of our treatment team holds confidentiality in the highest regard. To get in touch with our staff, call (724) 481-1284.
Keri Mason, LCSW Clinical Director
Keri graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. She obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh where she specialized in the area of Direct Practice. Now, Keri brings almost 15 years of experience in the mental health and social services field to Silvermist. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been employed in psychiatric, corporate, community-based, medical, and private practice settings. She believes family involvement is an important and necessary element for long term sobriety and renewal. Keri embraces several therapeutic modalities in her treatment approach, based on her belief that all people learn and respond in different ways. She most commonly utilizes theories based in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Theory (DBT), systems theories and Cognitive Behavior Theory (CBT). She has experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, crisis intervention, substance abuse and addiction, relationship issues, severe and persistent mental illness, personality concerns, adjustment disorders, and life transitions. Keri’s experience and dedication make her a well-rounded and significant asset to Silvermist.
Gemma Carlino, LPC, CADC 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.
Allison Holst, LPC Therapist
Carrie Kuhs, LPC Therapist
Carrie graduated from Mercyhurst University with bachelor’s degrees in art therapy and psychology. She went on to receive her master’s degree at Vermont College of Norwich University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Art Therapist who has facilitated therapy with special emphasis on utilizing the creative arts for growth and healing. Carrie has worked over the last 25 years with multiple populations including dual diagnosed adults and adolescents, families and children. Carrie encourages the client to establish their own goals and addresses the treatment needs of those struggling with depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, trauma, anger, relational, personality, and family difficulties. Her approach is strength-based and supportive, reinforcing positive strategies to cope and solve problems while working towards sustaining recovery. Carrie utilizes evidenced-based practices including the Expressive arts, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment-based, Trauma Focused, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), and Relational. Carrie believes that healthy connections foster healing and places importance on positive communication, boundaries and support within the client’s family system.
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.
Adam Lemieux Executive Chef
Adam began cooking for his family in the sixth grade and has had a culinary passion ever since. He attended Kendall College’s Culinary Program in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after graduating from Kendall College, Adam became an executive chef for the Compass Group and honed his expertise in religious and medical dietary restrictions, including gluten-free, kosher, halal, diabetic, and dairy-free. From there, Adam worked for the University of Michigan and Wayne State University as part of their catering programs, often focusing on high-end catering and private meals for university officials and their guests. Adam promises to treat Silvermist clients to meals made amazing by his passion for food and unique cooking style, focusing on bringing healthy, in-season, and local ingredients to the table.
Amy Slutzky National Representative
Chad Husted, LPC Executive Director
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 executive director.