Birmingham, Alabama | Alsana®

Birmingham, Alabama

When an individual receives early, adaptive, and developmentally appropriate care, their recovery from disordered eating is not only possible, it’s probable!

Welcome to our Birmingham location

Clients benefit from a community of compassionate, expert providers with vast experience and specialized training in eating disorder treatment.

Lolly Wool, Regional Executive Director–and the clinical team guided by Nicole Siegfried and led by Amber Parris–are dedicated to helping clients of all genders and sexual orientations heal and recover from their eating disorders. ...



Located in the rolling hills of Birmingham, Alabama, this Alsana location offers residential treatment, an intensive day treatment program with off-campus recovery-oriented apartments, and an integrated intensive outpatient program.

Clients receive the highest quality of care and support with the most current evidence-based therapies for eating disorders and co-occurring conditions.

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Treatment programs

A continuum of care for your healing journey. We want you to succeed and we know the ...

first step is often the hardest. At Alsana in Birmingham, we currently offer three levels of care for adults: residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient. We also offer Virtual Treatment Options for IOP.

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Our Birmingham staff

Our most valuable asset as a company is our people. Compassionate and collaborative ...

professionals, our Alsana staff work together to serve and help you on your path to recovery.

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Johnny Williamson, MD

Psychiatrist | he/him/his

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Johnny Williamson, MD

Prior to joining Alsana, Johnny served as the Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in the Chicagoland area, caring for individuals diagnosed with various eating disorders.  He has over 6 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Williamson completed his undergraduate degree at the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.  Subsequently, he completed both general psychiatry and child and adolescent residencies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Williamson spent much of his early career in community psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and hospital-based work.  More recently Dr. Williamson provides care in a mix of inpatient work, residential treatment and private practice.

Dr. Williamson is board-certified in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has over 20 years of experience in mental health.

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Kendra Buckley, M.Ed, NCC

Group Therapist

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Kendra Buckley, M.Ed, NCC

As a primary therapist for Alsana, Kendra is inspired by Alsana’s approach to eating disorder treatment and the community of amazing individuals she gets to work with every day. She loves getting to walk alongside our clients as they work toward recovery. Her biggest reward is getting to sit with them as they work to fit the pieces of their life together and write their own story.

Kendra attended the University of Montevallo, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Previously, Kendra has worked as a Direct Care Staff member for Alsana, and completed an internship in the counseling center for Samford University.

In her spare time Kendra enjoys playing Softball, she was a student-athlete at the University of Montevallo. She enjoys hiking and spending time outside with her best companion, her dog Tucker. She also loves to craft, she makes shirts and stickers. When she is not crafting or spending time with her dog, she enjoys traveling. Kendra has traveled to six different countries and hopes to expand on that soon.

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Kenton Bartlett, LPC

Primary Therapist | he/him/his

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Kenton Bartlett, LPC

Kenton is open about his own recovery from an eating disorder and harnesses that experience to productively work with clients in this field. As a therapist and discharge coordinator with Alsana, Kenton enjoys talking about emotions, thoughts, and ideas with clients and spending time with fellow staff.

Previously, Kenton used to be a filmmaker and after college he made a feature film called “Missing Pieces” and wrote several screenplays. He also wrote a few books while working for a pet sitting company and volunteering at Birmingham’s Crisis Center Hotline.

Kenton double majored in business and film at American University in Washington, D.C., and earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is currently an associate licensed counselor working toward becoming a licensed professional counselor.

In his free time, Kenton enjoys music, movies and concerts, and is currently writing a new book. Before getting too deep into conversation, Kenton jokes that he must know a person’s favorite movie and the music they listen to. Only then will he tell them that he was once crowned top pickle salesman at a movie theater for selling almost 400 pickles.

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Mary Elizabeth Akinaka, LPC, NCC

Director of Clinical Services

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Mary Elizabeth Akinaka, LPC, NCC

Mary joined Alsana as a primary therapist because she was inspired by the team’s drive for serving clients with intentional, effective and individualized care. She enjoys walking through the treatment process with her clients and sees it as an honor to be part of their recovery journey and story.

Mary believes that therapy is an art created by two people: the therapist and the client. As a therapist, her role is to walk alongside her clients, allowing them to explore themselves in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Prior to serving as a primary therapist, Mary was on staff as direct care and the family program coordinator. Previously, she was a special education teacher for 6 – 12 grade students and the director of children’s ministry for a non-denominational church.

Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in collaborative special education from Auburn University, her Master’s degree in clinical mental health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Certificate of Marriage and Family Counseling, also from UAB.

Mary loves interacting with individuals from all walks of life and is a believer that a significant aspect of our growth as human beings is through interaction, specifically those whose stories look different from our own. She grew up living overseas and her favorite food is escargot.

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Garrett Bass, BA

Outcomes and Research Coordinator | he/him/his

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Garrett Bass, BA

Being a part of a tight-knit, compassionate staff that is driven by servant leadership was important as Garrett made his career choice. As a “data guy,” he is an outcomes and research coordinator with Alsana and focuses on informed treatment and data-driven decision-making.

Through the assessments administered to the clients, Garrett provides clients with the tools to make their treatment personalized and effective. In this role, he loves that the data works in a tangible way to see lives changed for the better.

Garrett graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Samford University, He is currently working on his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Having grown up on his family’s farm, Garrett understands the value of hard work and long days. He also understands the value of coffee to support those days and is proud that he owns eight different coffee making devices. In his spare time, Garrett loves making and drinking coffee, finding new and interesting restaurants around town, and traveling and exploring with his wife.

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In their own words

Let Alsana help you write your own story of hope and healing. We would like to be your eating recovery community.

  • The staff at Alsana proved to be extremely talented in the art and the skill of not colluding with my eating disorder while...

    also not treating me as if  I was an eating disorder. They treated me like the real, whole person that I had lost sight of. They have an ability to hold nuance gently and they aren’t afraid to wade into the hardest waters, which is so much more helpful than receiving treatment that is guided by a rigid manual. There is an unbelievable amount of safety at Alsana because of this and my gratitude is crazy high!
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    Sydney
    Sydney
  • As I began to apply the knowledge I gained from Alsana into my daily life, I found that my anxiety, guilt, shame ...

    and self-criticism steadily faded like a candle flickering on its last legs. I found authentic joy in things I used to reprimand myself for doing. I took, and continue to take pride in the progress I made and continue to make. Most importantly, I am now capable of self-acceptance and self-love whether I succeed, fail or anything in between.
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    Paul
    Paul
  • Before coming to Alsana, I had never had a treatment experience in which the "how" and "why" of the eating ...

    disorder were addressed. This has proven to be essential in my treatment at Alsana and also in my daily life as a member of society. Alsana providers led me through so much illuminating self-reflection about topics that I had never before considered relevant to my treatment, recovery, or self in general. Alsana staff appreciate and treat the individual, and I felt this in and outside of therapy sessions. They always humored my random geography facts and propensity to trail glitter wherever I went. 🙂 Ultimately, my treatment experience at Alsana taught me how to be a shamelessly authentic individual, and it gave me a sense of safety to explore what it means to be myself. With so much love,
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    Kate
    Kate

Our locations

Alsana is proud to serve clients across the the United States at Residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care. We also offer Virtual Treatment options.

We will support you in finding your balance, purpose and possibilities. Welcome to Alsana. We are so glad you found us.