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About Willingway

For 45 years, Willingway’s focus has been saving the lives of people with alcohol and drug problems. Delivering patients and families the highest quality addiction treatment care with dignity, compassion and respect is the mission. A nationally-recognized alcohol and drug addiction treatment program, Willingway promotes a lifelong continuing recovery program so that patients may enjoy a life of sobriety and success.

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Willingway focuses on treating substance abuse through a full continuum of programs, including:

Willingway's Approach to Alcohol and Addiction Treatment

Willingway’s commitment to helping each family member discover and accept a new life free of all mood-changing substances is evidenced in its program of recovery, in which alcoholism or drug addiction is treated as a primary illness that affects the entire family system. This philosophy is based on four concepts:
* The full causes of alcoholism and drug addiction are unknown
* Alcoholism and drug addiction are, at least in part, chemical illnesses
* There is a relationship between alcoholism and addiction to other drugs
* Alcoholism and drug addiction are a disease of the total person
(body, emotions, mind and soul) 

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How is Treatment Impacted by Dual Diagnosis Disorders?

Willingway's experienced medical staff addresses the occurrence of dual diagnosis by assessing the alcohol and drug history, mental health diagnosis, and family of origin heredity/history. During the intensive inpatient program, the focus is to help patients establish a true mental health and chemical free baseline. This approach allows patients and clinical staff the opportunity to more accurately partner with one another in understanding their mental health and substance abuse issues.

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Board of Trustees

Jimmy Mooney, Chairman of the Board

Jimmy MooneyJimmy Mooney serves as Chairman of the Board of Willingway and is an active figurehead in the hospital’s day-to-day and global operations. Jimmy is the middle son of Willingway's founders Dr. John and Dot Mooney. He has held many positions over the 30 years that he has worked at Willingway, including Chief Executive Officer, Director, Administrator, Co-Administrator of Finance, Data Processing Manager and Accounts Payable Manager.



Al J. Mooney, M.D., Director of Addiction Medicine and Recovery

Al Mooney

Al J. Mooney, M.D., co-author of The Recovery Book, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction and recovery. He has been involved in this field since he was a teenager, when his parents entered into recovery and then founded an addiction treatment center, Willingway Hospital. Dr. Mooney was CEO of the hospital from 1984-1993 and is currently the Director of Addiction Medicine and Recovery at Willingway, a board position that allows him to speak as a recovery activist at venues around the world. Most recently, he has been instrumental in establishing recovery programs and awareness in Egypt, Bosnia, and Ghana, and also worked with Georgia Southern University to establish one of the first recovery campuses.

Dr. Mooney is an Inaugural Diplomat in the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and helped to establish the certification standards for the specialty. He was one of the first U.S. physicians to be certified in Addiction Medicine, and has served as a board member for the American Society of Addiction Medicine as well as a board member or adviser at numerous other organizations. His medical career has included service at state and private hospitals, community organizations, mental health agencies, volunteer associations, and homeless shelters.

Robert W. Mooney, M.D.,  Member of the Board of Trustees

Robert W. MooneyRobert W. Mooney, M.D., the third son of Dr. John and Dot Mooney, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Willingway for 30+ years. During that time, he also served as Medical Director of Willingway for 20 years, providing Addiction Medicine and Psychiatric services to patients with alcohol and drug problems. He completed Residence Training at East Tennessee State University in the Department of Psychiatry.

Prior to completion of his formal medical education, Dr. Mooney served as Associate Director of Willingway. In addition to Addiction Medicine, Dr. Mooney helped develop and is the primary psychiatrist for the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT Team), which provides intensive psychiatric services to chronically mentally ill patients in the community.

As a life-long resident of his community, he is active in local efforts to expand the prevention, recognition and treatment of addiction disorders. Dr. Mooney is dedicated to the principle that anyone suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction should be given an opportunity to recover with respect and dignity.


Carol Lind Mooney, J.D., C.A.C.-II, Member of the Board of Trustees

Cl Mooney

Carol Lind Mooney is an Attorney and Certified Addiction Counselor with over 30 years of experience helping alcoholics and addicts find a drug-free solution to their addiction problems. She is co-owner of Willingway, a member of the Board of Trustees, and has served in various clinical positions throughout the years.

Through her experience and education, Carol Lind has created programs designed to give hope and solutions to men and women suffering from addiction problems. She has implemented the philosophy of abstinence based recovery handed down from her parents, Dr. John and Dot Mooney, co-founders of Willingway in 1971.

Carol Lind received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 1992. She then attended Mercer University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 1995. She has been certified in Equine-Assisted psychotherapy through E.A.G.A.L.A., and has also assisted in creating Drug Courts in South Georgia.

Barbara S. Reid, Chief Executive Officer

Barbara S. ReidBarbara S. Reid was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Willingway in 2011 after serving as Chief Operating Officer and within the treatment center’s Finance Department for 15 years. She came to Willingway with over 20 years of financial experience, including owning a tax and accounting firm as well as other business ventures.

Barbara and her husband, Bobby, enjoy camping, riding motorcycles and spending time with their family. Barbara is of the Baptist faith and is active in a local church.


  • Associate of Arts in Business and Accounting, Georgia College at Milledgeville, 1972
  • Leadership training, Georgia Hospital Association, 2004-2005

Meet the Staff

Shawn Williams, D.O., Medical Director and Director of Medical Education

Shawn WilliamsShawn Williams, D.O. joined the Willingway family as Staff Physician in 2011. He came to Willingway with experience in family practice and emergency room medicine and is dedicated to educating and empowering patients who are affected by alcohol and drug addiction.

Dr. Shawn is married to Lisa and they have two children, Taylor, 8, and Makalah, 7. The family enjoys going to church, bowling, hiking and exercising together.


  • Bachelor of Science, Mount Vernon Nazarene College, 1997
  • M.D., Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY, 2003
  • Internship - St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio
  • Residency - St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio

David P. Samuels, D.O., Staff Psychiatrist


Dr. Samuels joined Willingway’s medical team as a Staff Psychiatrist in August, 2014. Dr. Samuels has maintained a private practice in Statesboro since 2000 with extensive psychiatric experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. Dr. Samuels also serves as the Medical Director for several outpatient psychiatric facilities.

As a private pilot with an instrument rating, Dr. Samuels flies for Angel Flight and Mercy Flight, which are non-profit organizations. He is happily married with 3 children.


  • Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA,
  • BA in Biology 1992
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, The University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri, 1992-1996
  • Internship – Atlantic City Medical Center, Atlantic City, NJ, 1996-1997
  • Psychiatry Residency-St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Staten Island, NY, 1998-2001
  • Board Certified American Osteopathic Association, Neurology and Psychiatry since 2001.

Jeanna Smith, R.N., Director of Nursing


Jeanna Smith joined the Wilingway staff as Director of Nursing in 2013. Jeanna brings extensive experience in the Mental Health Nursing field. In addition, she has over 13 years of training in Labor & Delivery, Psychiatric, and Community health nursing.

In Jeanna's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing on the beach and taking her family to water & amusement parks.


  • Degree in Nursing – University of South Carolina
  • Currently pursuing Master of Nursing Degree – St. Joseph’s College of Maine
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – University of South Carolina
  • Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Georgia & State of South Carolina
  • Georgia Organization for Nurse Leaders, Treasurer, Southeast District
Tracie Smith, CAC II, NCAC II, CTRS, CCJS, CCS, Clinical Director

Tracie SmithTracie Smith has served as Clinical Director of Willingway for 11 years after having held the position of Recreation Therapy Coordinator for 15 years. She has also served as Safety Officer for 23 years. Tracie was awarded Willingway’s ‘Employee of the Year’ award in 1993.

Tracie and her husband, Alex, have a son, Xander. In her time away from work, she likes to read, play golf, travel (especially to Disney World!), watch movies, play with her two dogs and cats, and spend time with family and friends.


  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation with emphasis in Therapeutics, 1986, Georgia Southern University
  • Master’s in Recreation Administration with emphasis in Therapeutics, Georgia Southern University, 1990
  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II, State of Georgia (CAC II)
  • National Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (NCAC II)
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Certified Criminal Justice Specialist with Master Addiction Counselor Endorsement (CCJS)
  • Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor with a specialty in Addictions Counselor
  • Certified Clinical Counselor (CCS)
Raymond Scott, CCS, CAC II,  Inpatient Program Manager
Raymond Scott

Raymond Scott began his career at Willingway as a Substance Abuse Counselor and was recipient of the Employee of the Year award in 1998. Raymond coordinates and advises the counseling staff at Willingway.

He began working in the addiction field as an Intern Counselor and has since become a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Addiction Counselor II (CAC II). Raymond serves the community by coordinating alcohol and drug education programs for companies and their employees, families and churches. His primary goal is to reeducate people about the stereotypes and myths about alcoholics and drug addicts.

Raymond and his wife, Geraldine, enjoy making time for regular family activities with their children. They are active members of Believer's Church.


  • Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development, Georgia Southern University
  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II, State of Georgia (CAC II)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)


  • Georgia Addiction Counseling Association
  • National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counseling
Autumn Altamirano, CAC II, CCS,  Extended Care Program Manager

Autumn AltamiranoAutumn Altamirano is the Extended Care Program Manager, in charge of the Willingway Women's Residence extended care treatment program. She began working at Willingway in 2002, and has been counseling since 2004. She is married with three children, two cats and one dog.


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Georgia Southern University
  • Psi Chi, National Psychological Honor Society
  • Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II, State of Georgia (CAC II)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
  • Member Georgia Addiction Counselors Association
  • Member National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


At Willingway, we take your confidentiality very seriously. We are very open and understanding about alcohol and drug addiction and very optimistic about the outcomes of addiction treatment and the benefits of recovery. However, we are also aware of the stigma attached to addiction and strive to preserve your privacy. For more information, please read about our confidentiality terms and HIPAA regulations.

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