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Dr. Gaurav Kulkarni, MD

Physician Director, OUD (Suboxone) Program, McCambridge Center
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Diplomat ABPM, Addiction Psychiatrist, Compass Health Network
Adjunct Faculty, University of Missouri

Dr. Kulkarni's work is dedicated primarily towards treating youth alcohol and drug abuse. He is The Director of Opioid Use Disorder (Suboxone) program at The McCambridge Substance Use Disorders Facility in, Columbia, Missouri. Dr Kulkarni is a Psychiatrist in Missouri, with board certifications in Adult psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

After completing his medical school in one of the prestigious Medical School in India, Mayo Hospital, he joined as a resident in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Columbia. AT MU, he also completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship.

Dr Kulkarni further completed his addiction specialization boards and works with patients struggling with mental health and substance use issues. His work and advocacy towards dangers of e cigs and youth, current issues was recently cited in media.

He is also on the advocacy group in the Council for Drug Free Youth in Jefferson City, Missouri. Dr Kulkarni specializes and has vast experience in treating and caring for pregnant patients who are addicted to opioids including heroin. His work in this area was published in News.

He is well published in high impact scientific journals in child psychiatry, pediatrics, forensic psychiatry and has also presented scientific posters at several National and International meetings across the country. He also holds an Affiliation as an Adjunct Faculty with the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO where he is a mentor and supervisor for second year psychiatry resident doctors. He also is affilicated with Stephens College and is a mentor and educator for the Physican Asssiatnt (PA) students.

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Dr. Brian Parsells

Adult Psychiatrist
Diplomat ABPM, Addiction Psychiatrist, Compass Health Network
Adjunct Faculty, University of Missouri


Brian C. Parsells, D.O. is board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Parsells graduated from Elmira College with a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry and graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He completed a rotating internship at the Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a psychiatry internship at The Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center followed by a psychiatry residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, District of Columbia Commission and Mental Health Services.

Dr. Parsells has nearly 30 years of clinical experience in community psychiatry. For the past 14 years Dr. Parsells has been a staff psychiatrist with Pathways Community Behavioral Health/Compass Health Network.

Since 2016 he has served as the Associate Physician Director of Substance Abuse Services and Medication Assisted Treatment Psychiatry Chief for the Western Region of Missouri. Dr. Parsells has been providing Medication Assisted Treatment services since 2010. He has devoted most of his clinical time to the Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder since 2013.

Currently he practices at the Compass Health FQHC in Clinton, Missouri funded by a HRSA Grant to provide psychiatry and addiction services within a primary care practice setting. He medically supervises two residential CSTAR treatment programs within the Compass Health Network. Dr. Parsells is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry for the University of Missouri, Columbia involved with the training of PGY-IV psychiatry residents in the treatment of addictions. Dr. Parsells has no financial relationships with any commercial interests.


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Dr. Pappa Ehimare, MD.

Director, Addiction Treatment Services, Compass Health Network
Board Certified Adult Psychaitrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist




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Dr. Joy W. Sweeney, Ph.D.


Dr. Joy Wanner Sweeney is currently the CEO/Executive Director of the Council for Drug Free Youth (CDFY) which serves several counties throughout central Missouri. CDFY was founded in 1983 by a group of concerned parents who wanted to protect their children from the consequences of drugs and alcohol.

Joy has served as Executive Director of CDFY since 2009. Dr. Sweeney’s passion for helping children reach their full potential has driven her service and inspired her to work with community partners in Missouri and across the country for decades.

Joy was elected and served for six years on the Jefferson City Public School Board; including one year as President. Joy also owned and operated a small business for over twenty years.

Joy received her Doctoral Degree of Philosophy in the field of Organization and Management. She also holds a BA, MBA, Post Master’s Certification in Education as well as Advanced Prevention Specialist certification.

Dr. Sweeney is a tremendous advocate for education and strives to empower youth and families with knowledge and resources through her work. She feels that education has the potential to inspire and motivate people to achieve fulfillment in life!

Joy and her husband Kevin have five children, three grand-children and one great-grand child. Dr. Sweeney is active in many organizations. Joy serves as a Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. Joy is also a member of the Downtown Business Association, Rotary, and Council of Clubs. She currently serves on several boards including the Osage County Anti-Drug Community Action Team and Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association. Joy is a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring program and has served on the Transportation Committee, Safety & Security Committee, Business Education Advisory Committee, and Middle School Counseling Advisory Committee to name a few.

Dr. Sweeney has presented on the topic of resilience, advocacy, bullying, substance use, prevention, challenges facing parents and our society regarding drugs; including tobacco, alcohol, opioids, and marijuana. She has presented to the Missouri School Boards Assoc., Missouri Assoc. of Treatment Court Professionals, Missouri Association of Counties, SLU Law Symposium, ACT Missouri Prevention Conference, Oklahoma State Prevention Conference and numerous others.


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Ms. Angela Alphine, MS.


Angi Allphin received her Masters of Science degree from Central Methodist University. Upon completing her degree, she worked as a therapist within a male residential facility inside the Department of Corrections. During that time substance use disorders became a great interest for her.

From the Department of Corrections she moved to Compass Health Network as the Program Director of McCambridge which is a 16 female residential substance use disorder clinic with day treatment and outpatient conveniences as well. Resiliency and changing the cycle of addiction has become a passion as she worked prior to her masters education as a Children’s Division investigator recognizing the impact of substance use disorder and the structures of families.

Angi enjoys time with her family and friends but is always up for a discussion on the topic of addiction as a disease!



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Dr. Bakul Dhagat, Ph.D.

Biochemist, Molecular Biologist


Dr. Bakul Dhagat-Mehta serves as a Senior Research Specialist at Cancer Research Center, Columbia, MO, USA. She earned her doctoral degree from Michigan Technological University (MTU), Houghton, MI, USA.

Her doctoral work involved studying the various catalytic and structural aspects of phytases from lily pollen. Phytases are the primary enzymes responsible for the degradation of phytic acid, myo-inositol hexakis phosphate, which is the major storage form of inositol phosphates. Her work at MTU has been published in well-known peer reviewed journals. Since then Dr. Mehta has worked in varied field of life sciences that include neuroscience, veterinary pathobiology and cancer biology.

Dr. Bakul Dhagat-Mehta’s current research interest involves developing a novel targeted cancer therapy. Bacterial strains, including Salmonella, specifically target and kill tumor cells. Her lab has developed a Salmonella strain that selectively kills mouse and human neuroendocrine prostate cancer cells.

Her research interests include mechanistic work on how Salmonella kills cancer cells. This study on mechanistic insight has led to the identification of several promising combination therapy candidates, including a combination therapy approach that specifically and potently destroys end-stage aggressive human (neuroendocrine) prostate cancer cells. Conventional cancer chemotherapies do not discriminate between normal and cancer cells, causing undesirable side effects for patients and limited long term benefits. Bacterial cancer therapy (BCT) strategies offer an opportunity to address this challenge.



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Dr. Paul Thomlinson, PhD.

Executive Director-Compass Health Research Institute

Psychologist


Dr. Paul Thomlinson is a licensed psychologist with specialties in organizational, clinical, and experimental psychology, and is the Executive Director of the Compass Health Research Institute.

Dr. Thomlinson earned the BS degree in psychology & sociology from Southwest Baptist University, the MA degree in general-experimental Psychology, and the PhD in industrial/organizational psychology, both of the latter from the University of Southern Mississippi. Subsequently, Dr. Thomlinson completed a post-doctoral re-specialization in clinical psychology, and has held the license to practice as a psychologist in the state of Missouri since 1996.

Dr. Thomlinson has over 22 years of experience in community behavioral health leadership, has been on the faculties of several universities and graduate schools, and has many years of clinical and research experience in the area of integrated health and behavioral health care.


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Dr. Angeline Stanislaus, MD.

Chief Medical Director - Adult Services
Missouri Department of Mental Helth


Dr. Stanislaus is currently the Chief Medical Director- Adult Services in the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In this role, she plays a key role in the implementation of a statewide program through the Missouri State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant aimed at prevention and treatment of Opioid Use Disorders.

She has worked closely with other experts in Missouri in developing the treatment guidelines for Opioid Use Disorders. She is part of the Opioid Crisis Management Team, which provides trainings to substance use treatment professionals across the State, consults with independent agencies in implementing empirically proven treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, identifies gaps in care, and implements effective strategies to bridge the gap.

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