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Avenues Recovery Drug Rehab Center Executive Director

Julie Tobin Branham, MA

Executive Director

Avenues Recovery Oklahoma City

Julie Tobin Branham has worked in the field of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for over 15 years working with both adults and adolescents in residential settings. Julie began her studies at Oklahoma State University where she graduated with a double major is Psychology and Sociology. Julie continued her studies at the University of Central Oklahoma graduating with a degree is Experimental Psychology. Mrs. Branham previously was the Executive Director of Milagro Ranch and Second Story Ranch. She has represented the state of Oklahoma nationally as a Niatx Change Leader as well as a Change Agent for the Co-Sig grant with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In 2008 she became one of the first members to graduate from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Leadership Academy. In addition to her work with in the field, Julie is the Chairman of PATCH, a member of Addiction and Mental Health Professionals (AMP) resource group, as well as provides clinical and creative assistance to Little River Ranch, LLC which offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning Services located in Pink, OK. Julie and her husband Jared, a Norman Firefighter, live in Tecumseh with their four daughters. She enjoys the outdoors, raising her children whom are active in rodeo and sports, is a member of the OKFQHR and is an avid long distance runner.

Kim Farris, Med, LADC, LPC

Clinical Director

Avenues Recovery Oklahoma City

Kim is a duly licensed clinician in the state of Oklahoma. She graduated with honors from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2004 with a Bachelor degree in Biology and double minors in Spanish and Psychology. Kimberly’s early studies in Biology were guided by her aspirations of becoming a Marine Biologist. She was a member of the Honorary Biological Society at UCO and carried out her ambition by publishing an article in the Scientific Journal of Marine Biology. While working towards her bachelor’s degree, Kim remained active in the community and gained experience working with young adults. Kim’s decision to pursue a career in counseling was heavily influenced by these experiences. She went on to graduate school at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she obtained a Master’s of Education degree in Community Counseling. Throughout graduate school she facilitated independent living skills groups for juvenile delinquent boys who were part of a court ordered adventure program. Kim became a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and later decided to obtain her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Kim continued to grow into her role as a counselor as she took advantage of opportunities to work in various levels of care within the helping field. Early in her career, employers took notice of her natural leadership abilities and promoted her to Clinical Director of an adolescent residential treatment center. Kim gained priceless experience in her role at Four Winds Ranch which prepared her for her next endeavor as Director of Operations for a medically supervised detox facility in Oklahoma City. Kim wrote curriculum and developed the clinical program for both detox and Intensive Outpatient Programs at The Addiction Recovery Center and was a vital part of the leadership team. That program was unable to sustain the low reimbursement rates from commercial insurance companies and closed their doors in January of 2018. At that point, Kim went into private practice where she continued to help people reclaim their lives from the devastating impact of addiction and dysfunctions. Kim was recruited by Avenues Recovery and could not turn down the opportunity to jump back into residential treatment. She was hired as Clinical Director and quickly began implementing an integrated program to equip both individuals and their families to find freedom from the bondage of addiction. Kim’s enthusiasm for recovery is contagious and her passion to help those still struggling shines through in every aspect of her life.

Dr. Samuel Martin, MD

Medical Director

Avenues Recovery Oklahoma City

Samuel Martin, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, is a practicing Addiction Psychiatrist and Neurologist in Oklahoma. Dr. Martin graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oklahoma State University and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Martin has been in practice for over 10 years in a variety of professional and academic roles. He communicates with clients in a down-to-earth, jargon-free language making learning and application both challenging and enjoyable for the clientele he serves. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in therapy that promotes empathy, understanding of cognitive-behavioral processes, psychodynamics, and motivation for change.

Keith Crownover, PhD

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Counselor

Avenues Recovery Oklahoma City

Dr. Keith Crownover, PhD, Licensed Integrated Dual Diagnosis Counselor, has worked with those suffering from addiction and loss for the past thirty years. Keith earned an under graduate degree in Criminal Justice and spent several years working with inmates at one of Oklahoma’s Medium/Maximum security penitentiaries. During his tenure, he was the facility Mental Health Authority and was later promoted to Administrator of Healthcare. Keith also has a graduate degree (MS) in Professional Counseling and is licensed as an LPC.  He holds a doctorate in Christian Counseling from Seminary and is certified nationally as a Chemical Dependency Counselor through the Faith Based Training Institute. He is a member of ACPE, Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education. Additionally, he holds ordination and membership with the National Association of Christian Ministers.

Dr. Crownover has worked with addicts in private practice and in residential treatment programs and partnered with Teen Challenge to assist students enrolled in their adolescent residential program.  Dr. Crownover is also a volunteer with the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, as he believes in supporting his fellow citizens.

Keith believes that we are all unique and very special individualized beings and thus have very special needs requiring personalized assistance. He looks forward to walking beside those in need to help them identify their strengths and options for change.

Keith and his wife Lynn have raised seven daughters and currently have three grandchildren.

Wanda Branton, LADC-MH

Integrated Dual Diagnostics Counselor

Avenues Recovery Oklahoma City

Brett Payne

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Avenues Recovery Oklahoma City

Brett Payne, PRSS, Therapeutic Assistant Supervisor and Peer Recovery Support Specialist, was born in Perry, Oklahoma and is a highly trained opera singer with a passion for recovery. He studied music at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria, and has completed fellowships at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Juilliard School in Manhattan, NYC.

After years of struggling with his own addiction, Brett is in recovery and has developed a true passion for helping others who still suffer. He has several years of experience as a high-end retail manager in New York and as the Executive Director for the Main Street organization here in Oklahoma. In 2017, Brett was recruited by the Honorable Ken Stoner and Sheila Ridley to develop a sober living model based in mindfulness, meditation and exercise. Since joining their team Brett has made Seneca House one of the most sought-after sober living homes for men in Oklahoma.

Brett joined the Avenues team in July of 2018 and has worked alongside the Executive and Clinical Directors; and his passion, strong leadership, and drive has helped bring their team to the next level. Brett is devoted to helping the clients redefine their lives as they journey through the process of recovery and is excited for his own journey within the AVENUES family of recovery centers.

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