The Hickory House Team
Hickory House experts can guide you along your path to recovery.
Dr. Michael Miler - D.O.
Dr. Miller is a board-certified physician, licensed in Indiana. He has been granted the DATA Waiver (DWP) for treatment of 275 patients and is authorized to conduct maintenance and detoxification treatment using approved medications. He has been working in the field of Substance Abuse Treatment since 2015.
Upon graduating Cum Laude from Temple University with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dr. Miller attended Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. He graduated with the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985. He is the CEO and Medical Director of Miller Care Group with offices and associated practices in Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Bedford, Indiana founded in 2012. His Miller Care Group provides multi-specialty medical services including advanced wound care, lymphedema treatment, pain management, mental and behavioral health, psychiatry, podiatry, aggressive treatment of substance abuse and in-home palliative care.
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor at Marion University College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as affiliate faculty at multiple nurse practitioner training programs. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters and provides education on both domestic and international podiums.
He is a member of Managed Health Services (MHS) Quality Assurance (CASQIC) and Credentialing committees and in 2010 was named the American Osteopathic Foundation Physician of the Year.
Dr. Miller is married and has two adult children. He spends his leisure time as a soccer and futsal referee and working on his 1979 Fiat 2000 Pininfarina Spider.
Ross Dorsey - MSW, LSW
Ross completed his undergraduate degree at Hanover College with a Major in Sociology and Minor in Psychology. After graduating from Hanover, Ross began working with a non-profit organization in child-welfare where he was first exposed to the impact substance abuse can have on individuals and families.
Wanting to do more to help his community, Ross enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program and graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University with a focus on mental health and addictions.
Ross has been working with adults and children involved in the child welfare system for the past six years in multiple roles including Regional Coordinator of Treatment Services as well as an individual and family therapist.
Paul Runyan - MS.ed, LMHCA
Behavioral Health Manager/Therapist
Paul is a lifetime resident of central Indiana. He earned his undergrad at Indiana Wesleyan University in Business and worked for Eli Lilly as a systems analyst for 17 years. He then graduated from Indiana State University as a licensed school counselor and worked in the charter school system for years and then the IPS school system.
He has worked as a home-based therapist providing services to children, individuals, and families. He also spent some time working as a case-manager for DCS. Paul has worked extensively with clients in trauma and is certified in TB-CBT (Trauma Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy). He enjoys working with groups and uses DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Art Therapy, Sand-Tray therapy, Gestalt and several other modalities to individualize successful treatment outcomes. He currently delivers the IOP (Intensive Out-Patient Programming for Hickory House).
Paul also enjoys couples/family therapy and working with clients who have a substance use disorder with a co-occurring diagnosis. He recently graduated from Butler Universities LMHC bridge program and is license eligible. Paul is a pastor of a local church and can provide spiritual counseling. He is a proud father of four and has two grandchildren and enjoys thrifting with his wife and loves exploring Indianapolis’ food scene.
Dr. Adam Connell - M.D.
Paul Dr. Adam Connell earned his B.S. in Neuroscience and Medical degree from Saint Louis University. Dr. Connell is a psychiatrist with a special interest in treating substance abuse and its impact on mental health. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, traveling and boating.
Scott Wilson - LCSW, LCAC
Scott graduated of Ball State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology/Sociology and Interpersonal Relations. He is a graduate of the IU School of Social Work, with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
During Scott’s careeer he has had the opportunity to involve himself in a wide variety of therapeutic settings, positions, modalities and populations. Scott has developed positive relations and friendships with colleagues, co-workers, providers and caregivers that endure the test of time and are a wellspring for gratitude, inspiration, knowledge and growth.
Scott’s professional journey began in Hancock County and has seemingly come full circle – a return to his roots in a setting conducive to recovery, nourished by honesty, openness and willingness.
Janna Thurston - RN
Janna earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Indiana University School of Nursing in Columbus, IN. She is board certified in Psychiatric – Mental Health Nursing. She also holds Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Safe Crisis Management (SCM) and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certifications.
Janna began her nursing career at Valle Vista Hospital, an addiction and mental facility in Greenwood, IN where she worked with children, adolescents and adults. She then spent several years as a Nursing Supervisor for the Psychiatric ER and Adult Mental Health inpatient unit at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. She was part of the team that opened Northstar Recovery which was grant funded by the Ryan White Foundation.
Janna and her husband have two teenagers and four dogs.
Jane Stangel - LMHC, LCAC
Jane grew up in Northwest Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Jane has over 16 years of experience in a variety of settings including rural and urban outpatient community mental health, residential substance abuse treatment, inpatient mental health, and as a crisis counselor. She employs a variety of evidenced based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Jane also served as a Motivational Interviewing trainer for a local mental health center in her role as clinical supervisor. Her passion is working as an addiction therapist helping clients move forward with their lives.
Jane moved to central Indiana to be near her 2 grandchildren and family. She is married and enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and caring for her dogs, cats, goats and chickens.