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With Alive and Well Sports, you work with the best. We’ve assembled a team of experts who are entirely committed to helping today’s athletes achieve peak performance. It takes more than muscle. Mental strength starts here.

Our Leader

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Galen Cole

PhD, MPH, BC-LPC, ABCP

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Galen Cole is a Master of Public Health, licensed and board-certified professional counselor, nationally certified counselor, nationally certified hypnotherapist, an American Board-Certified Psychotherapist, and has an extensive background in sports and Sports Psychology. He has also received the designation as a World Certified Psychotherapist (WCPC) by the World Council of Psychotherapy in Vienna. Galen’s private practice consists largely of treating executives, celebrities, and professional athletes and their families. In addition to relying heavily on evidence-based couples and individual therapies, Galen has been recognized for his innovations around an emerging “3rd Wave CBT” psychotherapy known as Life Script Restructuring, which is described in his book by the same title (www.lifescriptrestructuring.com).

He has also been recognized for his innovations in the areas of Trauma-Informed Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TI-MCBT) which has resulted in a trademarked algorithm that is central to understanding and applying the “4th Wave of TI-MCBT.” Galen has taught counseling psychology, equine assisted mental health, behavioral and evaluation research, and a number of other counseling and health-related courses at the university level. He's been on the undergraduate and/or graduate faculty at Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Emory University. Galen has extensive experience practicing what he teaches, including working on staff and as a consultant at numerous clinics, hospitals, and community-based organizations; consulting on a number of popular television series (e.g., The Young and the Restless, Private Practice, The Big C, 90210, Chasing Life, Hostages) — He is the psychotherapist on the 7th and 8th seasons of the popular TLC reality show “The Seven Little Johnstons.” Dr Cole has served as the Executive Director of two different 501(c)3 Foundations, worked as an Associate Director of the county public health department in Phoenix, Arizona; and worked for 23 years as a research psychologist, behavioral scientist, and director of research, evaluation, and strategic communication activities in various centers, institutes, and offices at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2003, Galen was appointed by the Governor of Georgia to serve on the Georgia Human Resources (DHR) Board. In this capacity he served as chair of the DHR committee that provided policy guidance to the state Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases. After leaving CDC in 2014, Galen took a position as a Senior Mental Health Strategist and Thought Leader at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), headquartered in Washington, D.C. In this position he led the development of AIR’s vision and creative strategies to address the mental health needs of the nation. Galen has served on numerous local, regional, and national boards of directors, including the Board of Professional Counselors at the American Psychotherapy Association. He recently served as President of the Georgia Association of Licensed Professional Counselors. In addition to his private practice, Galen is currently the CEO of the Alive and Well Foundation (www.aliveandwellfoundation.org). He also currently travels throughout the U.S. conducting intensive continuing education workshops on “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques for Everyday Clinical Practice,” on behalf of PESI (pesi.com).  Galen has been a trainer and consultant in the Central Asian Republics, Nigeria, China, Thailand, Kenya, Switzerland, Australia, Peru, Germany, Uganda, and the Middle East, where he has consulted and conducted trainings with the Palestinian Health Authority, the Israeli Ministry of Health, and many other NGOs. He has also provided technical support to a number of prominent international organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); the World Bank; Hollywood, Health and Society (HH&S); and the World Health Organization (WHO). Galen has published numerous books and scientific papers and made presentations at conferences and training seminars across the world. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Galen has received distinguished alumni awards from two of the universities he attended. In 2020 he was designated as an Expert Faculty Lecturer in the “Best of the Best” series sponsored by the American College of Psychology (https://acpsy.org). He and his wife Priscilla have been married since 1975 and are the parents of 5 adult children, and 1 foster child who is still navigating her teenage years.

Our Partners

ASHLEY BAER

BA, MS

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Ashley Baer is a mental fitness, health, and wellness coach who uses strategies of mindfulness to help clients through struggles such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Sessions are individualized and include breath techniques, movement, meditation, and mindfulness practices to address difficult emotions, increase presence, and improve mental well-being. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master’s in Education, State of Georgia Teacher Certification, Mindfulness in Education Certification, Health and Wellness Coach Certification, 500 HR Registered Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Certification, and a Yoga Nidra Certification.

Tanya Lehine

DO

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Tanya Lehine, DO is a family medicine physician that received her doctorate from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. After a few years into her career, she became disheartened by the traditional medical model, including the lack of time and ability to create depth of understanding of patient’s unique presentation of their symptoms and/or “dis-ease”. She then began her training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. The functional medicine model, as defined by the IFM, is “an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.

It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, functional medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual”.

In 2018, Dr. Lehine was honored to be named as first runner-up in Best of North Atlanta for the category of Family Medicine. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed practicing at one of the best integrative medical centers in Atlanta and currently has her own functional medicine consultation practice, Dr. Tanya Lehine, LLC.

During her career, she has served a wide demographic of patients and has also functioned in the role of corporate health physician.

The patients that Dr. Lehine has felt honored to serve have described her as passionate, empathetic, approachable, compassionate, and comprehensive in her approach to healing. She continues to be a passionate advocate for functional medicine, self-awareness, personal growth, and transformation.

Naveen C. Thomas

MD

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Dr. Thomas completed his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his post graduate psychiatric residency training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

He has demonstrated a commitment to a holistic approach to mental health. He is interested in getting to the root causes of psychiatric symptoms, not just suppressing them.

In 2015, he completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine founded by Dr. Andrew Weill.

In 2016, he completed the Psychiatry Master Class, a training program in Integrative Psychiatry presented by Dr. Scott Shannon and colleagues in Denver, Colorado. He has also received several trainings in integrative approaches to mental health through Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) and the Great Plains Laboratory. He looks forward to being your partner on your journey to optimal health.

In 2018, he received certification in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) from the Ketamine Training Center, headed by Dr. Phil Wolfson. He has been developing a robust KAP practice since then.

Susan K. Blank

MD, DFAPA, DFASAM, MRO

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Susan Blank, MD, is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Atlanta Healing Center. A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, she completed a residency in Psychiatry and Neurology at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her training in Forensics at the University of Virginia, and her training in Addiction Medicine in Atlanta at the Talbott Recovery Campus. She also completed a Fellowship and Advance Fellowship training in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.   

Dr. Blank is Immediate Past President of the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine, the Program Planning Committee and Chair of the Tobacco/Nicotine Committee for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and ASAM Chapter’s Council. She is co-chair of the Medical Association of Georgia’s “Think About It Campaign-education of Health Care providers about proper prescribing of opioids and high-risk medication.”  She is also a past member of the Board of Directors for The Georgia Council on Alcohol and Drugs and Let’s Be Clear Georgia. Dr. Blank and Dr. Lori Karan co-authored the chapter on Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction for the ASAM Patient Criteria released in September 2013. Dr. Blank is a contributor to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, published in March 2017, and is a member of the Technical Expert Panel for PCPI Preventive Care guidelines for Tobacco Cessation, Influenza Immunizations and Alcohol Screening.

She a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, The American Board of Preventive Medicine-Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Distinguished Fellow of American Society of Addiction Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and a Certified Medical Review Officer.

Finally, she can be heard nationwide every Tuesday on her weekly radio show “Detailing Addiction” on America’s Web Radio.

Robert D. Shaffer

PhD

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Robert Shaffer, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with an expertise in screening and assessment of the functional brain. Using tests developed for sensitivity to brain injury and impairment, his neuropsychological test battery reveals strengths and weaknesses in the various behavioral and cognitive brain functions.

Shaffer also believes illness and injury are often a call from the deeper self to greater wholeness. All good therapists know there is a pitch point in the work that the outcome can either be really good or really bad because we are dealing with true human experience. In Shaffer’s experience, spiritual opportunity through crisis and recovery comes into play. 

The tools of this piece of work are techniques and writing of archetypal psychologists. Shaffer’s fundamental process is identification of the complex, which is a knot of emotion and automatic thoughts and behaviors. Once this is encountered with full awareness, the complex directs attention to spiritual transformation.  This comes about through exploring the player’s family religious tradition, structured meditations, and revered ancient writings, poetry and art.  Creative expression in writing, drawing, and confession in therapy round out the tools of this activity.

The next level of success begins here.

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