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About Us

At The Cove, we understand that the completion of a primary treatment program is a huge step towards a meaningful life free from addiction. We also recognize that most individuals need additional support to continue to progress in their recovery.

That is why we exist: to assist young women in their healing process to establish a stable foundation and live a purposeful life that resonates with their core values.

Our Philosophy

The Cove at Momentum Recovery is built on the assumption that connection is the antidote to addiction. The more that we are able to connect our residents to the world around them, the higher their chances of success.

In order to facilitate that connection, we provide our residents with a continuum of care that incorporates a myriad of services including ongoing outpatient therapy with therapists that specialize in working with young adults, personalized case management, involvement in the local recovery community, family programming, adventure based therapy, educational support, financial skills development, vocational support, nutritional support and endless opportunities for fun and recreation.

The founders of The Cove have worked with young adults in a variety of settings for many years. A considerable amount of their experience was gained in adventure based residential addiction treatment where they both worked tirelessly to assist young people in developing a sense of meaning, purpose, and serenity.

Our Staff

We understand the recovery process. And we know that you can find success. The staff at The Cove is committed to helping you get where you want to go. To do this we move our residents through a phase system that allows them to experience increased autonomy at the right time as they progress in their recovery.

Gabrielle Neal-Barney, Executive Director at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Gabrielle Neal-Barney, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-Psych

Executive Director

Gabrielle is NCCPA board-certified Physician Assistant with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry.  She attended undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Gabi, as she is known to friends and family, then obtained her Masters of Medical Science from Methodist University in 2007.  She has specialized in psychiatry and addiction medicine for the last decade. Gabi is a dedicated and passionate psychiatric PA with experience with both inpatient and outpatient settings providing care to a wide variety of mental and behavioral health diagnoses.  She has special areas of interest that include substance use disorders, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and thought disorders. In her free-time, Gabi enjoys spending time with her boys, traveling, and being in nature.

Caitlin Rainwater, Primary Therapist at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Caitlin Rainwater, LCMHC, LPC, LCAS-A

Clinical Director

Caitlin is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a passion for helping people embrace their authentic self and live life passionately and intentionally. After attending graduate school in Georgia, Caitlin chose Atlanta as her new home where she spent the next 8 years working in a variety of settings treating adolescents and adults with both mental health and substance use disorders. Caitlin found her way back home to NC where she lives with her husband and two children, Navy and Indy. She enjoys creativity, the beach, and almost anything outdoors. She believes that success is helping another human being move closer towards reaching their full potential in life, and hopes each day to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

Nicole Burley, Primary Therapist at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Nicole Burley, MA, LPC

Primary Therapist

Nicole is originally from New Jersey and attended Immaculata University for her degrees in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. For the last 5 years, Nicole has worked in a variety of clinical settings with adolescents and adults struggling with addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders. With a positive person-centered approach, Nicole uses DBT skills to promote autonomy, while encouraging clients to strengthen relational connections. Recently, she found her way to North Carolina and is hoping to inspire others to move towards a more grateful, kind mindset.

Karmen Rabon, Case Manager at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Karmen Rabon, CADC

Case Manager

Karmen is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC and moved to Wilmington in 1996. She states, “Having had my own struggles with addiction, I understand how hard it can be. I have 10 years clean and have tons of empathy and compassion for those suffering from addiction, especially women. I love every opportunity I have in this field to help another with self-love and learning to live a healthy clean and sober life.” Karmen attended Cape Fear Community College where she received her Certified Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate. Prior to joining The Cove, she worked in a residential treatment settings for nine years.  Karmen spends her free time with her daughter Isabella and hanging out at the the beach.

Melissa Flynn, Registered Dietician at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Melissa Flynn, MS, RD/LDN

Registered Dietitian

After spending many years in social work and human services, Melissa decided to pursue her passion for health and wellness.  She earned her Master of Science degree in dietetics through Eastern Michigan University.  She completed her 1,200 hours of supervised practice right here in Wilmington, including rotations at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Wilmington Health Endocrinology.  Melissa earned her registered dietitian credentials through the Committee of Dietetic Registration and is a licensed nutritionist in NC.  In addition to working with women at The Cove, Melissa operates a private practice and is involved in corporate wellness. She has experience working with clients overcoming various medical conditions, including diabetes, GI disorders, eating disorders, and bariatric surgery. It is her mission to help others find improved health and wellness through nutrition.

Jared Murray, Business Development Specialist at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Jared Murray, MBA

Business Development Specialist

Jared Murray is a native of Huntsville, AL. Jared assisted in helping start the Collegiate Recovery Community as one of the first students in that program at The University of Alabama in 2012. After receiving his bachelor’s The University of Alabama in 2014 in Public Relations, he also went on to earn his master’s degree from the Executive MBA program at The University of Alabama. He has devoted his life and career to helping others find the same hope that he has found through his own personal journey in recovery. Jared has served in admissions and business development roles in the treatment field for the past 6 years. His passion is being able to work with young adults and their families and enjoys sharing his own experience. His other hobbies include time with family and their dogs, fly fishing, enjoying the outdoors, and seeing live music.

Heidi Zeppelin, Clinical Director at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Heidi Zeppelin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Clinical Supervisor

Heidi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for trauma treatment. She is originally from New York where she attended Adelphi University and obtained her degrees in Social Work. After graduating, Heidi remained in New York working with adolescents and children in group homes and foster care who were also struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and involved in the juvenile justice system. In 2015, she moved to North Carolina to continue working with young adults and families affected by addiction and has truly enjoyed this rewarding experience. In her free time, (and because self-care is so important), Heidi enjoys exercising, going to the beach, and spending time with her fiancé and their dogs, Buddy & Aussie.

Tessa Bolz, Yoga and Meditation Therapist at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Tessa Bolz, MS, LCMHCA, YTT

Yoga and Meditation Therapist

Tessa is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate who works with adults and adolescents in individual and group therapy. Her areas of focus include life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, identity and self-esteem. Tessa earned her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont, where she lived prior to moving to Wilmington. She is a certified mindful vinyasa yoga instructor and a meditation teacher. Tessa has received additional training for her interests in self-compassion, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and LGBTQ+ allyship. Tessa loves spending time in nature, walking with her fiance and dog, reading good books, practicing yoga, and being with family.

Jordan Fagan, Case Manager at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Jordan Fagan

Case Manager

Jordan grew up outside of Philadelphia but has been in the Carolinas long enough that she now claims North Carolina as home. She believes that connection opens the path to healing, and came to this field through personal experience with loved ones who have dealt with addiction. Jordan is currently finishing up her Master’s of Social Work at UNC Wilmington, and working towards getting her LCAS. When she is not at work, she likes to explore the Wilmington area, get outdoors, and spend time with friends and family.

Carson Pitts, Outreach and Admissions Specialist at The Cove - Wilmington, NC

Carson Pitts

Outreach and Admissions Specialist

Carson grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College. He has spent many of his summers living and working on the NC Coast. Carson is an alumnus of Momentum Recovery; the brother program to The Cove at Momentum Recovery. Carson’s favorite part of working at The Cove is talking with families, hearing their stories and sharing his experience. He is passionate about helping young men and women start a healthy, fulfilling life. Outside of work Carson loves to play golf and go fishing.