Pasadena Villa Staff
Our highly qualified staff is here to help you or your loved ones find the path to recovery.
Sloan Huggins, MEd, NCC, LPCOutpatient Executive Director
Dr. Paul BrarBoard Certified Psychiatrist Attending
Alynne Davis, MA, LPC, CMPPsychotherapist
Jessica Burstein, LCSWPsychotherapist
Kaitlin Wightman-Ausman, MT-BCMusic Therapist
Edina SalcinovicOffice Coordinator
Sloan Huggins, MEd, NCC, LPC
Sloan’s clinical experience spans across a variety of treatment settings and levels of care. She has facilitated individual, group, couples and family counseling in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings and in 2014, founded her own private practice. In private practice, she specialized in the treatment of adolescents with self-injurious behavior as well as adults with personality, mood, and substance use disorders. Prior to her role with Pasadena Villa, Sloan was the Executive Program Director of Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers where she oversaw programming for a network of substance abuse treatment facilities in North Carolina and Ohio. Her responsibilities included program and staff development, ensuring programmatic and regulatory compliance, and providing clinical direction and leadership. During her tenure at Legacy, Sloan also developed and implemented a mental health Intensive Outpatient Program and was instrumental in establishing the very first standalone, private detox facility in the state of North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winthrop University, is a National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. Sloan is also a member of the American Counseling Association.
Dr. Paul Brar
P. Paul S. Brar, MD, was born and raised in India, migrated to the United States in 1982, and has been in practice in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1993. He spent his adult residency training at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C. and his Child and Adolescent fellowship at William S. Hall Psychiatric Institue in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Brar is board certified in psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to being the medical director at various facilities around North Carolina and South Carolina, he has also maintained his outpatient psychiatric practice and is an attending psychiatrist at Piedmont Medical Center. Dr. Brar is an avid patient advocate who strives to not only understand the patient’s needs, but also their family, caregivers, and other providers. He has a passion for treating patients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD.
Alynne Davis, MA, LPC, CMP
Alynne graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. She attended Appalachian State University for her undergraduate work in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Minor in Psychology. Alynne is an artist, singer, poet, actor and lover of all things creative.
She has six years of professional counseling experience and is a certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Systems of Care (SOC) and a MARI practitioner (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument). Alynne has been perusing her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS, as well with over a year of IADEP supervision, is in the process of obtaining her Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) certification. She has worked with multiple populations including clients with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, pre-marital, marital, divorce, parenting, grief, adjustment/transition, trauma, sexual, physical, emotional, mental abuse, and adults with disabilities. Alynne works individually as well as in group settings, and for the past several years has been working with adults and adolescents with eating disorders and is extremely passionate about this population. She loves educating and supporting others in the community as well about the struggle of body image, social media myths, self-compassion, empowerment, and resiliency.
Jessica Burstein, LCSW
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Post graduate school, Jessica received a certificate as a Trauma Specialist from Rutgers University. She has worked in different residential and outpatient settings for mental health and/or addiction. Jessica has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist those struggling with a variety of issues. She focuses on implementing a balance between releasing emotions in a healthy way, while also helping individuals discover healthy coping skills. Jessica is very passionate about helping others and believes with guidance and support, all individuals can achieve an improved quality of life.
Kaitlin Wightman-Ausman, MT-BC
Kaitlin is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who graduated from Appalachian State University. While music therapy can positively affect a wide variety of populations, Kaitlin has specifically focused her work and continuing education training in mental health. She has experience working in group settings providing music therapy to adolescents and adults with eating disorders, children with behavioral issues, and adults working through depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, and other diagnoses.
Music has a unique impact on humans. Where often it can be challenging to find the words to express how one is feeling, that feeling can sometimes be expressed more clearly through music. Music therapy is an evidence-based practice that uses the relationship between the therapist, the client, and the music to facilitate change. Kaitlin works to create a safe, open space where a client can express themselves without fear of judgement or criticism. She works to address coping skills, goal setting, behavior change, self-confidence, and other goals unique to the client’s needs through musical experiences such as song writing, music assisted relaxation, song discussion, musical games, and improvisation. Kaitlin is passionate about working in mental health, and she believes that all humans have the capacity for growth and wellness.
Edina is a highly accomplished healthcare leader with over eight years of experience in management, strategy development, and client leadership. Prior to joining Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center – Charlotte as the Office Coordinator, Edina served as the Practice Manager at Gallant Psychological and Forensic Services. In this role, she was responsible for insurance billing, HR, and the business aspects of that operation. She is encompassed with a strong passion for mental healthcare, helping others and is always looking for ways to further expand her knowledge and skills.
Susan Clifton, MSW, LCSWOutpatient Executive Director
Dr. Muhammad SaeedBoard Certified Psychiatrist Attending
Qionna Tinney, MDBoard Certified Psychiatrist
Stacy Blankenship, MSW, LCSWLead Psychotherapist
Kalyn Daniels, LCSWAPsychotherapist
Mackenzie Almond, MA, LPCPsychotherapist
Freddy Perkins, MT-BCMusic Therapist
Leigh Ann Browne, MSW, LCSWTherapeutic Yoga Instructor
Ginny KilcranOutpatient Business Office Coordinator
Susan Clifton, MSW, LCSW
Susan comes to Pasadena Villa with over 25 years of private and public MH/SA experience since earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Chicago. Upon graduation Susan started her career at the University of Chicago Hospital on the adult inpatient unit serving on both the neuropsych and personality disorders teams working closely with top professionals in the field.
In addition to individual psychotherapy, Susan enjoyed facilitating psychotherapy groups and family/couples sessions often including residents and interns for training. After moving to NC, Susan held several management positions including Clinical Director for a 2-county mental health program, Social Work Director for Dorothea Dix Hospital and most recently Clinical Operations Director for a statewide non-profit provider.
Susan especially enjoys leadership positions where she has been able to foster growth and development in her staff resulting in success for the company. In addition to direct MH/SA work, Susan worked for many years at a Behavioral Health analytics company which served as a consultant to state and commercial customers working to improve the quality of care while reducing costs.
Dr. Muhammad Saeed
Over the years, Dr. Saeed has served in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, and consultation/liaison services. He has been serving at a local psychiatric hospital as a Clinical Director of Geriatric Services since 2012. His primary focus is helping individuals who are struggling with a persistent and serious mental illness to the functional recovery. Additionally, Dr. Saeed has been providing transcranial magnetic stimulation, which addressed treatment-resistant depression, at several treatment locations in the triangle area. His areas of interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Saeed is board certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed adult psychiatry training at the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center in 2007 where he also served as a Chief Resident. He further completed his geriatric psychiatry fellowship at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial program. In 2008, Dr. Saeed relocated to North Carolina and served in the psychiatry department of ECU at Brody School of Medicine as the assistant professor until 2012. Dr. Saeed also shares his mental health knowledge with others by conducting seminars through Eastern and Wake County AHEC.
Qionna Tinney, MD
Dr. Tinney is a Board Certified child, adolescent, and adult Psychiatrist. She graduated from medical school in 2006 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently serves as adjunct faculty in their Department of Psychiatry in addition to maintaining a private practice in Durham, NC.
With over 14 years of experience, Dr. Tinney has expertise and conducts research in Autism, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. She also has advanced training in the management of anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
Dr. Tinney is a “medication minimalist” which means that she only provides medications when absolutely necessary while supporting evidence-based alternative interventions. She believes in providing total person care and supports and encourages close collaboration with her patient’s other providers in the community. Her mission is to provide evidence-based culturally competent care while improving awareness of mental health in the community.
Stacy Blankenship, MSW, LCSW
Stacy Blankenship is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to supporting people on the road to becoming their best selves. Her passion to empower others is enhanced by ten years of experience working with individuals and groups in a variety of therapeutic settings. Stacy is an intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapist completing her training by The Linehan Institute in 2015. Stacy is adept at matching various forms of clinical interventions to best meet the needs of each individual.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Peace College with a double major in Psychology and Art and Design, Stacy earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at North Carolina State University. She has used these diverse fields of study to supplement her clinical approach in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Illness Management Recovery, Seeking Safety, Wellness Recovery Action Planning and Anger Management techniques. Stacy has thorough knowledge of crisis management skills and is currently working towards certification in Critical Incident Stress Management. Her unique and authentic style, as well as caring demeanor, inspires those she works with to reach a sense of peace and wholeness in their lives, within themselves and in their relationships with others.
In addition to her professional work, Stacy shares her skills and knowledge within her local community. Stacy often speaks at her Alma Maters on topics such as clinical interventions and cultural appropriation for people in therapeutic settings. Stacy is an advocate with the local chapter of the National Alliance Mentally Ill (NAMI) and serves as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Professional.
Kalyn Daniels, LCSWA
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA), Kalyn is passionate about helping individuals achieve their mental health goals. She has experience working with adults who are living with anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder. She also has facilitated psychotherapy groups that promote healthy coping mechanisms. Kalyn is currently being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a highly effective treatment for symptoms of trauma, anxiety, and depression. As a social worker, she also has experience in advocating and fighting for the rights of marginalized populations in North Carolina. Kalyn received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina- Charlotte, and her master’s degree in social work from North Carolina State University. She strives to remain culturally competent in efforts to help every individual feel safe, heard, and empowered.
Mackenzie Almond, MA, LPC
Mackenzie is a Licensed Professional Counselor driven to help individuals find their life worth living. Her inspiration to guide others through their journey is enhanced by over four years of experience in working with individuals and groups in various settings. Mackenzie is a trained Dialectical Behavioral therapist that completed her training by Psychwire in 2019. Mackenzie received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill in 2012. Following this, Mackenzie earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University Graduate School. After completing her internship in community mental health, Mackenzie facilitated teen and adult DBT groups, conducting outpatient therapy, and working as a community support therapist with high-needs individuals and those in crisis. Her education and training have helped to inform her practice to best suit the needs of every individual she works alongside. Mackenzie’ believes that therapy was never meant to be a “one size fits all” practice, but rather tailored to one’s needs at this moment. She adapts her approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Her genuine passion for helping is reflected in her belief that support can be walking alongside you on your journey or sitting with you through the toughest of times.
Freddy Perkins, MT-BC
Freddy is a music therapist specializing in working with children and adolescents. In 2013, he received his Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University and is currently working on his thesis for his master’s degree in Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University, which looks at how music improvisation can assess queer people of color’s experiences of their racial and sexuality identities in various social contexts. Since beginning his clinical experience in 2013, Freddy has worked with a variety of individuals including adolescents with trauma histories, children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, LGBTQIA adolescents, adults with mental health disorders and addictions, and older adults with dementia. Freddy belongs to several professional organization including the American Music Therapy Association, the Black Music Therapist Network, and the Music Therapy Association of North Carolina. Freddy has a deep commitment to serving the community, utilizing music to empower marginalized individuals and communities, as well as addressing inter-sectional issues specifically geared toward identity integration.
Leigh Ann Browne, MSW, LCSW
Leigh Ann is a licensed clinical social worker with over five years of experience providing treatment and support to diverse populations with complex needs and an array of mental disorders. She possesses strong diagnostic and clinical skills with ongoing experience providing evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Intervention and Solution Focused Therapy. Leigh Ann was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by the Linehan Institute in 2013 and implemented a comprehensive DBT program for a local community behavioral health agency. Through the application of DBT, Leigh Ann has become highly skilled in the assessment and risk management of persistently suicidal individuals.
In addition to providing psychiatric assessments and treatment in the emergency room, Leigh Ann is a dedicated yogi with a passion for teaching and promoting wellness, currently teaching Bikram yoga and therapeutic yoga. She combines yoga with the use of evidence-based interventions, incorporating cognitive therapy with mindfulness, meditation, and body movement for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and emotion regulation.
Leigh Ann’s approach is to teach and help individuals with discovering ways to reclaim their bodies and promote change within themselves through self-discovery, improved insight and the development of practical coping skills. Leigh Ann believes that transformation and growth can occur within anyone despite how complicated their circumstances are. Her therapeutic yoga sessions are rooted in compassion with the goal to empower people to enhance self-awareness, increase mental and physical strength, and to find and embrace their best selves.
With over 18 years of operations and business management experience, Ginny makes a positive contribution to the team at Pasadena Villa. As the Business Office Coordinator, she wears many hats, including working with clients and staff at front desk to make financial arrangement and complete paperwork and working with the admissions team to field local inquiry calls. Ginny graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University. In past roles, she has been responsible for insurance billing information, human resource functions, including training new employees, and all aspects of office management. Ginny is goal oriented and vital part of the team at Pasadena Villa.