OUR TEAM2018-10-17T18:24:57+00:00

Encore is a team of dedicated, mission-driven professionals collaborating to help individuals and families learn to manage addiction and co-occurring disorders and restore mental and physical health and wellbeing.


Christopher Bennett
Christopher BennettChief Executive Officer, Founder
Chris was born and raised in Northern Virginia, spending his 20’s and early 30’s in Southern California, and finally returning home in early 2016. Encore is the culmination of a decade long professional experience of working in the behavioral healthcare field. Over the years, Chris has worked in a variety of treatment settings including two residential treatment programs, working with diverse clientele including those with primary mental health disorders, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, veterans, and primarily focused on the young adult population throughout all his experience.Read More
Tom Walker, CSAC
Tom Walker, CSACChief Operating Officer, Partner
Tom Walker holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the state of Virginia. He has worked in the behavioral health and substance use disorders field since 1999. Tom spent 10+ years providing direct care to clients and families as a counselor prior to beginning outreach and business development work with regional and national healthcare organizations. His dream has been to build a program in Northern Virginia, where he grew up and started his own recovery journey.
Michael Baly, PhD
Michael Baly, PhDChief Clinical Officer, Partner
Michael Baly, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, self-harm and suicide risk, acute and complex trauma, grief and loss, and adjustment-related issues. Dr. Baly’s treatment approach is based in principles and research drawn from attachment theory, neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and cognitive and behavioral science. His therapy integrates dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), acceptance and mindfulness practices, and relationship-based approaches.Read More
Lance Murnan
Lance MurnanChief Financial Officer, Partner
Native of Northern Virginia, Lance was raised in McLean. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from George Mason University. While working in the financial industry, Lance witnessed too many tragedies related to substance abuse. He grew frustrated with society’s lack of attention to the full spectrum of health and wellness. In 2014, Lance teamed up with Christopher Bennett to form Chris Buro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring health and wellness.Read More
Jennifer Leyton-Armakan, PhD
Jennifer Leyton-Armakan, PhDClinical Consultant, Partner
Dr. Jennifer Leyton-Armakan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in acute and developmental trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, grief & loss, and issues related to major life transitions. She is also certified in Somatic Experiencing, LifeForce Yoga, and yoga instruction for children and adults. Dr. Leyton-Armakan integrates mind-body approaches and is guided by psychodynamic principles, multiculturalism, and psychobiological science.Read More
Ernest Brown, MD, MS
Ernest Brown, MD, MSMedical Director
For this native Washingtonian, it’s hard to guess where Dr. Brown is at any given day or time. His “office” is untethered from brick and mortar, traveling wherever and whenever needed to provide care the old-fashioned way- through house calls. As a medical student at Howard University, Dr. Brown originally sought to become an emergency medicine physician. However, by fate or circumstance, during a third year clerkship, he was mentored by one of the foremost house call doctors in the country.Read More


Shayna Daghigh, CSAC
Shayna Daghigh, CSACProgram Director
Shayna has always had a passion for helping others. Shayna began her career in the school system working with at risk youth. As much as she enjoyed teaching, she realized she really wanted to be more involved in helping illicit change in people’s lives. For the last 8 years Shayna has worked in substance abuse and mental health in a variety of ways. She has managed residential programs, worked in outpatient counseling, done community outreach, and worked in admissions. Read More
Shannon Harris, MBA, RYT 200
Shannon Harris, MBA, RYT 200Director of Community Relations
Shannon holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She started her career in the behavioral health field in 2008 as an intern counselor. Her career trajectory took a different course when she accepted an administrative position at a residential psychiatric facility. During her time at this facility, Shannon was exposed to the business side of behavioral health treatment. Read More
Howard Crumpton, PhD
Howard Crumpton, PhDClinical Psychologist
Howard Crumpton, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Encore Recovery Solutions. Dr. Crumpton earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He has operated in several clinical and leadership capacities for hospitals that lead the national in providing the best medical and behavioral healthcare in the United States.Read More
Michelle Cortright, LPC
Michelle Cortright, LPCTherapist
Michelle Cortright holds a M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a licensed professional counselor, certified EMDR therapist, breathwork guide, and wellness coach. Michelle emphasizes a holistic approach and combines cognitive therapies with somatic experiencing, breathwork, psychodrama, and experiential techniques. She is passionate about empowering others to create a life in which they thrive and focuses on opportunities for interpersonal development, healing from trauma, and self-actualization.
Shannon Graves, MA
Shannon Graves, MAPrimary Therapist
Shannon Graves earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and graduated from The George Washington University with her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, concentrating in psychological disorders and substance use. Her passion for the mental health and substance use field has grown throughout her years of professional work experience. Shannon embraces a person-centered, individualized approach to encourage growth, empowerment, and self-sufficiency in her clients. Read More
Danielle Snyder, MA, NCC
Danielle Snyder, MA, NCCPrimary Therapist
Danielle Snyder earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Prevention from James Madison University, and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career, she sought out opportunities to be involved with the mental health profession, including internships with both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs, Read More
Sarah Levant, LGSW
Sarah Levant, LGSWPrimary Therapist
Sarah Levant is a Social Worker with a focus on trauma, substance abuse, attachment disorders and anxiety disorders. Her direct service has primarily been with youth experiencing homelessness, struggling with substance abuse, incarceration and those in foster care. During this time, Sarah has taken on roles that include supervising, case management, and counseling. She is passionate in combining mind-body practices with traditional talk therapy, Read More
Jack Sykstus
Jack SykstusPrimary Therapist
Jack earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Troy University in Psychology then proceeded to graduate from the University of Alabama with a M.S. in Interactive Technology and a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jack has been interested in working in the field of recovery since he engaged in his own recovery. He has worked in the field of addiction and recovery in various capacities including the Collegiate Recovery Community at the University of Alabama as well as served on several non-profits including the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. Read More
Valerie J. Robles-Rios
Valerie J. Robles-RiosFront Desk Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant
Valerie/ Vara was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York at age 18 to complete her bachelors in Health Service Administration with a Minor in Human Services to which she graduated Summa Cum Laude this past June. While in New York she had the opportunity to complete internships in the Veteran’s Hospital in the Bronx and at Bellevue Hospital in the Emergency Department, located in Manhattan. Read More
Karl Dillinger, MA, PHR
Karl Dillinger, MA, PHRCareer Coach
Karl Dillinger is the owner of “Your Own Way Coaching, LLC”, a coaching firm specializing in career coaching. He has helped multiple clients over the years in their career goals. In addition to his coaching practice he has 9 years of recruiting experience and have recently completed his Coaching Training through the Coaches Training Institute(CTI) with the next steps to become an Associate Certified Coach(ACC) after completion of 100 hours of paid coaching. Read More
Anya Good, MA
Anya Good, MAAcademic Coach
As an academic coach, Ms. Good helps Encore clients reach their individual educational goals at any stage of their academic career or development. In addition to offering support to Encore clients, Ms. Good is a senior educational adviser at a national scholarship foundation based in Northern Virginia, providing academic advising and access to educational opportunities to students in grades eight through twelve.Read More
Vanessa Terry, RD
Vanessa Terry, RDNutrition Coach
Vanessa is an experienced dietitian passionate about coaching individuals to reconnect with their body and get on a path to learning how to have a healthy relationship with food. She mentors clients to become more nutritionally balanced and to establish nutrition goals and personal measures for overall good health. Vanessa works with clients to understand their current lifestyle, assess nutritional knowledge and awareness, and estimates the allocation of time needed for personal nutritional needs.Read More
Lauren Anderson
Lauren AndersonYoga and Mindfulness Instructor
Lauren Anderson, RYT 200 was first drawn to yoga after discovering its healing ability for anxiety and depression, which she has experienced after undergoing a major life trauma. Lauren uses breath, movement and body sensing to connect with and live from her authentic self – a place of inner wisdom, compassion and love. Lauren received her 200-hr certification from Kripalu in August 2012Read More
Corinne Krill, MA, E-RYT, CTSY
Corinne Krill, MA, E-RYT, CTSYYoga and Mindfulness Instructor
Corinne Krill, M.A., E-RYT, CTSY teaches stress-reduction and healing techniques to adults and children of all ages and abilities and is especially motivated to empower those living with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. To this end, she completed over 500 hours’ training in various modalities, including Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Street Yoga (Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth), Yoga for Differently-Abled Children, Heart-Mind, and Mindful School curricula. She is also certified in MBSR-T(for teens). Read More
Katie Jacobson
Katie JacobsonMassage Therapist
Katie Jacobson lived overseas for most of her childhood and moved back to the Northern Virginia area for her remaining high school years. She attended George Mason University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs, and in later years received her Master’s Degree in International Relations and Conflict Resolution through American Public University.  She worked in Human Resources for nine yearsRead More
Carrie Sue Geiger
Carrie Sue GeigerProgram Coordinator
Carrie Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from George Mason University and is earning her clinical hours towards becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). After ten years working as a Probation Officer specializing in Domestic Violence, she unearthed a passion for working with addicts and alcoholics after struggling with her own alcoholism and embarking on a personal journey into recovery. Read More