"Guiding Clients From the Darkness of Addiction Since 1990"




Joseph Paliwoda, MBA —   Joseph Paliwoda is Chief Executive Officer of PNLH with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of all 5 sites. Mr. Paliwoda brings a unique blend of counseling and business experience. A psychology graduate from the University of Michigan, Mr. Paliwoda has over 28 years of experience in the behavioral health field including 12 years in management of (including Principle Investigator and CO-PI) an HIV specific substance abuse program located in Detroit. He has obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. As a surveyor for CARF, he travels around the nation learning from the “Best Practices” the latest clinical and managerial practices. Mr. Paliwoda is a published author of several articles relating to professional ethics in behavioral health.  


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Dr. Raymond Edison, an addictionologist, serves as PNLH's Medical Director and Physician Consultant.  Dr. Edison assists in developing program policies and provides initial history and physicals for clients referred to him by program staff.  Dr. Edison is available for consultation regarding client cases, especially for pain management, Suboxone and prescription review. He is able and willing to provide history and physicals on site and within the time frames specified by licensing.  Furthermore, he is on call for consultations/medication issues.  Dr. Edison supervises the resident physicians from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital who visit PNLH as part of their rotation. 

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Teri Baker, LMSW, CAADC, CCS-M:  Teri Baker is PNLH's Clinical Director & Vice President.  She joined our staff in 1998, after her second year internship pointed her in the direction of Substance Use Disorder counseling. Prior to that she had been working in the field of grief and loss. She had interned at Arbor Hospice and had been the Resident Manager of the Ann Arbor Ronald McDonald house for 5 years. She received her Master’s in Social Work degree from Wayne State University and did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also worked at Oakdale Recovery Center as a contingent therapist from 1998-2003. She has been a Primary Counselor, Outpatient Counselor, Site Director, and now Clinical Director and Vice President of the company.

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Gloria Harrell, LMSW is a primary therapist at PNLH who has 20+ years of experience years primarily in the mental health field but most recently with clients who have co-occurring and substance abuse disorders. Gloria received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with private and not for profit treatment providers. Her professional focus lies in providing effective and integrated treatment for clients who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues.


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Beverly J. Chisholm, LMSW,  is an alumnus of undergraduate studies at Wayne County Community College (receiving with honors an associates of arts degree) and Wayne State University (receiving with honors a Bachelor of Social Work degree). Graduate studies at Wayne State University produced a Masters of Social work degree as a merit scholar with minors in English, Psychology and Sociology.  Other than academia, Beverly enjoys spectating professional sporting events, the Theatre, reading, performing arts and historical research. Beverly has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, is a part of the United States Congressional and Senate Records for discussion on the "War on Drugs".  Beverly is a seasoned administrator within the field of compassionate chemical dependency treatment where she records her greatest accomplishments as "the joy of mentoring someone through the process required to reclaim quality to daily living".

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Dee Hicks, CAC-M is the Intake Coordinator for PNLH and assists in running the day-to-day operations.  In addition to being responsible for the admission and discharge of all clients at PNLH’s Plymouth location, Dee has been employed at PNLH’s Plymouth location for 18 ½ years. Since becoming PNLH’s Intake Coordinator.

Dee has obtained her Associate’s Degree and is currently CAC-M certified. She is currently working toward her CAC Level II certification.  She has experience working at Personalized Nursing Corporation on a government-funded contract for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), gathering statistical data to demonstrate the spread of HIV among drug users.  Dee has brought over 20 years of Substance Abuse treatment experience to PNLH & continues to work toward enhancing the growth and treatment experience as every client that enters PNHL’S doors.  In 2007 Dee pass the ICRC exam.
Dee Hicks is the Intake Coordinator for PNLH and assists in running the day-to-day operations.  In addition to being responsible for the admission and discharge of all clients at PNLH’s Plymouth location, Dee has been employed at PNLH’s Plymouth location for 20+ years.

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Carlton Harris, MBA, CAC-M, received his Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Highland Park Community College.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State University.  Currently, Carlton is intake assistant at all 3 sites & group facilitator.Carlton has over 20 years experience in the HIV/AIDS and substance abuse field. Also, as an outreach worker he has experience collecting data regarding high-risk AIDS behavior from his work on two NIDA funded project in Detroit.  Finally, Carlton worked over two years at a juvenile detention facility with high-risk juvenile offenders.  In 2007 Carlton passed the ICRC exam.

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Rod Zielinski, LLPC, is a limited licensed professional counselor whose experience in the substance abuse field began with his internship for his MA in Community Counseling. In addition to conducting one-on-one counseling session, he has facilitated didactic and therapy groups, conducted intake sessions, written numerous assessments, and has conducted a number of drug and alcohol evaluations for the Michigan Secretary of State.

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All Stakeholders of PNLH (board, employees, founders) at PNLH's 20th Anniversary Party in 2010.

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Staff Members at Annual Holiday Party 2007: