Executive and Clinical Director
Savannah is a Licensed Professional Counselor who strives to bridge treatment gaps and treat the whole person, not just the substance abuse piece. Savannah received her Master’s of Science in Community Mental Health with a focus on Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Adults.
Savannah strives to “allow clients the time and space to rebuild their lives and cope with the many ways addiction has affected their lives”. Savannah utilizes both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person Centered treatment interventions in her practice. “In my experience clients are more invested in treatment when you are able to use strategies which are easy for the individual to digest. More importantly, increased investment can be derived if the client feels they are leading treatment and have a say in their treatment course.”
Savannah completed her master’s graduate internship at Middleton County Jail, in Middleton, MA working with offenders who were incarcerated for non-violent offenses as a direct result of their substance misuse. Since graduating Savannah has experience at all levels of care from medical detoxification, medication assisted treatment, clinical community outreach, to dual diagnosis IOP and Outpatient counseling.
Dr. George Cowan
Originally from the Washington, DC area, George is a graduate of The Catholic University of America where he studied Biology.
He entered the US Navy in 1986 and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator. He flew carrier-based reconnaissance jets (S-3A/B, ES-3A) throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans and made several deployments aboard the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64), USS NIMITZ (CVN 69) and USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62). In between deployments, he studied Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, CA and was an Associate Fellow with the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group XVI at the Naval War College, in Newport, RI.
As the Navy modified their operating aircraft, he transitioned into the Medical Corps and graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2005. Upon completing residency training in Psychiatry, he was assigned to duty stations in the Carolinas and served with the United States Marine Corps.
Dr. Cowan deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Marine Division (Forward) in 2010 to operate a Combat Stress Clinic aboard Camp Leatherneck and formulate nascent postconcussion
protocols. Achieving the rank of Commander, he most recently served as the Division Psychiatrist for the 2d Marine Division aboard Camp Lejeune, NC until he retired in 2017, completing over 31 years of uniformed service.
He is an active pilot with a Mooney M201 and continues to practice Psychiatry in rural South Carolina, while finally living full time with his wife Kim.
Director of Admissions
Kristan has been a part of The Owl’s Nest family since September 2015 and is a person in long term recovery. While finding herself in recovery, she also discovered her passion for helping families and persons with alcohol and substance use disorder. She is the proud mother of two boys. Recovery has allowed her to mend relationships and create meaningful memories with her family. “The best part of recovery is the ability to be present, to be trusted and to love myself. I lost a lot over the years, but what I’ve gained in recovery is something I can continue to build on everyday”.
Kristan began working as an intake coordinator in 2015. She also helped as women’s program staff in 2016-2019. In 2016 she became the Admissions Director. Kristan is always learning all she can about recovery options available to those seeking help, helping to spread hope to families, and building relationships within the community and beyond so she can best serve those who are looking for a way out. “I want people and families to know they have options”. In 2018 Kristan completed her peer support specialist training through FAVOR SC. She is an active board member of FAVOR Pee Dee, where she also serves as peer support, holding All Recovery meetings for women with children and serving as telephone recovery support. She has completed additional trainings with SC Share and is certified as a CPSS through SCAADAC.
Bion is a person in long term recovery who strives to help other addicts and alcoholics achieve freedom from addiction. Bion has been a member of the Owl’s Nest staff for two years. Prior to working at the Owl’s Nest, Bion was a high school teacher in the South Carolina Public School system for 22 years. Bion holds a Master’s in Education received from Francis Marion University. Bion is a devoted father to his two children. “One of the best parts of recovery is being able to be truly present for the relationship with my children.”
Caitlin Garrett joined The Owl’s Nest family in July 2016 when she entered into recovery from substance abuse. Her journey through active addiction and recovery led her to become more compassionate, understanding and motivated to help others.
In 2011, Caitlin graduated from Columbus State Community College with an associate degree in applied science, with an emphasis in chemical dependency. During this time in her life she had the opportunity to gain experience working with local rehabilitation centers and correctional facilities. However, due to her own addiction she was not able to follow her passion at this time and did not rediscover her passion until she had her experience at The Owl’s Nest.
Throughout her active addiction Caitlin admits she, “harmed myself in traumatic ways; however, it wasn’t until I commenced to a life of recovery that I had a profound understanding of the harm I created to others. I believe understanding addiction as a family disease is an integral part of one’s journey through recovery. This allows for everyone affected by addiction to heal. Since being in recovery I have strived to live a life of integrity to regain and trust in these same people I have hurt”.
Since arriving at The Owl’s Nest she has had the “blessing” of being a resident (2016), program staff (2017), women’s director (2018-2020). Caitlin’s current role is case manager (2020-current). During this time she also earned certification as a Certified Peer Support Specialist. In her current position she has the opportunity to facilitate multiple groups on a weekly basis, work individually with clients, as well as be a part of family support. “The program of Alcoholics Anonymous is the foundation of my recovery and by working with The Owl’s Nest I have the opportunity to work with others and carry the message.”
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