The Hickory House Team
Hickory House experts can guide you along your path to recovery.
Dr. Barbara R. Davis - M.D.
Dr. Davis is a board-certified Physician, licensed in Indiana and California. She has been granted the DATA Waiver (DWP), and is authorized to conduct maintenance and detoxification treatment using approved medications.
Upon graduating Cum Laude from Indiana State University with her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Dr. Davis attended the Indiana University School of Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Medicine in 1990. Dr. Davis began her career at Community Hospital as a Board-Certified Family Physician. Dr. Davis has an extensive background including roles with Fairbanks, Community Hospital, and Clearvista Recovery Associates, and private practice providing holistic medicine. She previously served as the Medical Director with Dr. Aziz Clinic in Indianapolis, and also recently worked as a physician for Groups Recover Together.
Dr. Davis’ dedication to her profession has been profound and far-reaching, teaching a new generation of students, including Pharmacy and Nurse Practitioner students. She has served on multiple Boards and Committees committed to the improvement of mental health in Indiana.
Dr. Davis is an active member of the American and Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. She has been awarded the AMA Physician Recognition Award, as well as being recognized with the Jane Richter Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Davis is married and has two adult children. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time birdwatching, gardening, meditating, and listening to music.
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.