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Meet the Hickory, NC clinical team!

Tylynn Carlton

October 23, 2021


Stephen Burgess, Eleanor Health Clinic Manager in North Carolina

My name is Stephen Burgess and I come to Eleanor Health to serve as the Clinic Manager in Hickory. I am a clinical social worker and have been working in some capacity in the mental health / social work field for 25 years in various capacities. I also hold over a decade of experience teaching college with a bachelors level social work program. Additionally, I teach coursework covering the DSM-5 for social workers seeking clinical licensure in South Carolina. In my rare moment of spare time, I can be found following my passion for music, attending as many concerts as possible. I also enjoy coaching soccer and am an avid runner.

I’m excited to introduce you to the rest of our Eleanor Health Hickory clinical care team!


Emily, a Physician for Eleanor Health in Matthews, Hickory, & Durham, North Carolina

Emily Rayes-Prince, M.D.

Hello, My name is Emily Rayes-Prince, M.D. and I am a triple Board Certified medical doctor at Eleanor Health.  My specialties are Addiction Medicine, Pain Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  My goal is to provide personalized medical management of substance use disorders for individuals seeking treatment at Eleanor Health.   My approach is reflective listening in the spirit of motivational interviewing and working collaboratively with the Eleanor Health team to provide the supportive environment in which healing occurs.   When I am not working, I am dancing or spending quality time with friends.



Neal Guffey, MD – MAT


April Earp, Eleanor Health RN in North Carolina

April Price, RN

I join my team at Eleanor Health as a registered nurse with 6 years of experience working with individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. Most recently, I have led my team at an outpatient MAT program. I have also enjoyed working in the hospital setting and inpatient detox programs. I am passionate about my field and enjoy making a difference in people’s lives on their road to recovery. I am a firm believer that recovery is about progression, not perfection. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and watching football.



Summer, a Member Experience Administrative Specialist for Eleanor Health in Hickory, North Carolina


Summer DeHart, Member Experience Administrative Specialist

I’m excited to be the Member Experience Administrative Specialist for the Hickory team. I have an extensive background in retail management and customer service, and I worked as an administrative assistant for a printing company before I changed paths and entered the field of substance abuse treatment. As a front office coordinator at a methadone clinic, I discovered my passion for working with individuals with substance use disorders. I’m proud to be part of an organization that truly cares about their members and treats them with the compassion, dignity, and respect they deserve. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, music, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs.


Christine, a Member Experience Administrative Specialist for Eleanor Health in Hickory, North Carolina

Christine Holden, Member Experience Administrative Specialist

Hello, my name is Christine Holden, and I am one of the Member Experience Administrative Specialists in the Hickory location. I have a passion for helping others and love to see people achieve their goals and/or dreams. I want to help people with kindness and compassion instead of judgment of their past transgressions. When not helping others here at Eleanor Health, I enjoy true crime podcasts, spending time with my family, exploring small towns, and volunteering with the local “No more Addiction” program. I am honored and excited to join the Eleanor team and help people in my community grow and make the most of their lives.



Liz Smith, Eleanor Health Community Recovery Partner in North Carolina

Liz Smith, Community Recovery Partner Team Lead

I am Liz Smith and I am a Morganton native, mother of six, and a person living in long term, sustained recovery. I come to Eleanor Health from a background of inpatient crisis care at a detox and psychiatric unit. I also have education in holistic and complementary health and work as a holistic health coach and Reiki practitioner. I firmly believe that sustained recovery is holistic and individual in nature, so I am thrilled to be a part of Eleanor’s mission and commitment to the community.


Chad Perkins, Community Recovery Partner at Eleanor Health in Hickory

Chad Perkins, Community Recovery Partner, Clinic Administrator


If you need help with your substance use disorder, we are here to help you build your confidence and momentum towards the future you want. We provide treatment services for adults with alcohol, opioid, and other substance use disorders. We are conveniently located in Asheville, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hickory, High Point, Matthews, Mooresville, Raleigh, and Wilmington North Carolina. We also provide services via Telehealth.

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