Ric McAllister
Ric McAllister
Chief Executive Officer

Ric McAllister joins Creekside Behavioral Health Center as CEO from Northeast Ohio.  Prior to joining Strategic Behavioral Health, Ric was the CEO of a 160-bed Psychiatric and SUD hospital in Willoughby, Ohio. 

Ric is a seasoned executive that comes to us with over 35 years of behavioral health management experience.  He began his career as a psychiatric technician while pursuing his MSW at Western Michigan University.  Upon completing his graduate studies and obtaining a specialist degree in substance use disorder treatment, he moved into a therapist role.  Five years postgraduate, Ric began managing behavioral and substance use disorder programs, and has served as program manager of inpatient units, director of residential treatment programs, including multisite facility management, and CEO of free-standing psychiatric/SUD hospitals. He brings a passion for servant leadership and service excellence while providing quality patient care. 

While in Ohio, Ric was active in his community, both on a state and local level.  He was a member of the Ohio Hospital Association Behavioral Health Work Group, advocating for effective policy and the expansion of treatment accessibility for those seeking behavioral health services.  He also served on the Lake County Family & Children’s First Council and is a board member of Current Family. 

Ric and his wife, Debii, have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. They enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities and are actively involved in their church and community

Rakesh Patel, MD
Rakesh Patel, MD
Medical Director

Rakesh Patel, MD earned his medical degree from the Medical University of Lublin in Poland, and continued his medical training at East Tennessee State University. There, he completed residencies both in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.  He also earned his MBA from Milligan College in Milligan, Tennessee.  He has his Board Certifications in Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Brain Injury Medicine. 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association, and a Member of the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Patsy Owens, PhD
Patsy Owens, PhD
Director of Clinical Services

Patsy is from southwest Virginia with family ties in upper East Tennessee. Her thirty-year work history includes treating substance use and mental health issues with the adult and adolescent population.

Breana Nease, LMFT
Breana Nease, LMFT
Director of Assessment & Referral

Breana is a native of East Tennessee & 2011 graduate of ETSU with a Master’s in Counseling. She has worked in behavioral health professionally since 2012 in a variety of roles including Crisis Response & Stabilization, intensive in-home, and outpatient adolescent services. 

Tami Hobbs
Tami Hobbs
Human Resources Director

Human Resources Director

Tami is a Human Resources Professional with over 30 years of experience.  She has held senior HR leadership roles in both the acute hospital setting and for a physician practice group within a large healthcare system, and she served as a senior HR Consultant for a local consulting firm prior to coming to Creekside Behavioral Health.  In addition to healthcare, she has held senior HR leadership roles in the telecom industry and education field.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Virginia Intermont College where she graduated summa cum laude.  She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute and is a Senior SHRM-Certified Professional   (SHRM-SCP).  She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources (ASHHRA), and the Tennessee Hospital Association.