The Hickory House Team
Hickory House experts can guide you along your path to recovery.
Dr. Geoffrey Fortner - M.D.
Dr. Fortner is a board-certified Psychiatrist and a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatrists. He was awarded Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University in 2000 and completed his Psychiatric Residency at Indiana University in 2004. Dr. Fortner maintains several professional memberships including the American Psychiatric Association, and the Indiana Psychiatric Society.
Upon completing his Psychiatric Residency, Dr. Fortner managed inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for Gallahue, Meridian Health Group, Aspire Indiana Behavioral Mental Health Center, Clearvista Recovery Associates, and Community Health Network. Dr. Fortner has treated patients using a variety of therapeutic modalities, including pharmacologic treatments such as buprenorphine and naltrexone.
Dr. Fortner has served as Behavioral Health and Medical Director for Indiana ProHealth Network, where he continues to serve on the Clinical Advisory Committee and provides guidance for the clinical operations of the ProHealth Medical Management and Managed Care Pharmacy.
Dr. Fortner enjoys spending time with his wife and their son and stays physically active by participating in triathlons, running, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor pursuits.
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.
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.
Katelynn Patterson - M.S.W
Katelynn earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work at IUPUI, continuing for her M.S.W. in Social Work with a focus on Mental Health and Addictions, her personal passion.
Katelynn comes to Hickory House with a wealth of recent experience. She served as a Counselor at Life Recovery Center, completing assessments, and providing adolescents and young adults with group and individual therapy. Katelynn has collaborated with Probation Courts, DCS, and other agencies to facilitate treatment compliance and ensure positive outcomes.
Katelynn’s professional passions are evident in her volunteer work as well, she has served her local community through hours dedicated to the Overdose Lifeline, Progress House, the Damien Center, and Paws and Think. Katelynn has personally met with former Governor Mike Pence to discuss stigma reduction in the treatment community.
Katelynn loves art, music, and enjoying time outdoors, and especially with her young daughter. She is an avid proponent of animal rights and rescue and is interested in integrating animals into behavioral therapy.
Paul Runyan - MSEd, LMHCA (eligible)
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.