Staff

Carole Baxter, M.S.

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Executive Director

Carole has been the Executive Director for Recovery Centers of Arkansas for 19 years and played a major role in acquiring the Oasis Renewal Center in 2010. Carole has worked both as a service provider and as an administrator in the behavioral health field for the past 40 years. She is a Licensed Psychological Examiner and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has an educational background in both business administration and psychology. Her responsibilities include the overall administration of Recovery Centers of Arkansas, including the Oasis Renewal Center. Her goal is to see that services at the Oasis are based on the best research-based practices available. Carole believes this is an exciting time to be in substance abuse treatment because of the many advances in the treatment field.

David Bradshaw, LCSW

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Clinical Director

David brings over 20 years of experience in providing direct treatment services for diverse emotional and addiction problems. His treatment philosophy is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has proven successful in family, individual and group therapy. David believes in a comprehensive approach to reach each client, including psychotherapy, positive peer culture, education and meditation for psychiatric conditions. He credits his success to experienced mentors, great hands-on training experiences such as co-therapy with well-known clinicians, powerful formal education and training in behavioral health and spirituality.

Linda B. Clement, LCSW


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Primary Therapist

Linda began her career as a Licensed Certified Social Worker in Arkansas for The Bridgeway. After 25 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, Linda joined the Oasis Renewal Staff in 2015. Currently, she teaches the psychoeducational and family education classes as well as provides individual, group and family therapy sessions.

Dr. Michael Mancino

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Medical Director

Dr. Mancino is the Medical Director of the Oasis Renewal Center. In addition to his work at the Oasis, Dr. Mancino practices at the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Center for Addition Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also serves as an Associate Professor for the Department of Psychiatry and as Program Director for the UAMS Center for Addiction Services and Treatment. Dr. Mancino has published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, The American Journal on Addictions, the Journal of Addictive Diseases, The American Journal on Addictions and the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. His recent research includes: “Opiate Antagonist Discrimination: Model of Withdrawal”, “Cocaine Pharmacotherapies for Comorbid Populations”, “Characterizing Methamphetamine withdrawal in recently Abstinent Methamphetamine users: A pilot field study”, “Measuring Substance Abuse Treatment and Outcomes: The Reliability and Validity of the Substance Abuse Outcomes Module” and “Improving Combined Buprenorphine-Behavioral Treatment.” Dr. Mancino is frequently a guest lecturer on recent trends in medication-assisted treatment.

Dr. Mancino’s board designations include:
Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology • American Society of Addiction Medicine Certification • Diplomate American Board of Addiction Medicine

Dr. Michelle Ransom

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Psychiatrist

Dr. Ransom completed her medical training through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, completing medical school in 2001 and her psychiatric residency in 2005. Her training additionally includes a one year fellowship in Co-Occurring Addictive Disorders through UAMS. Dr. Ransom currently is an Assistant Professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry and she is an Attending Psychiatrist on an acute adult psychiatric inpatient unit at the Arkansas State Hospital.

Dr. Ransom’s board designations include:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Oscar Kelley, ICADC, CADC

Treatment Coach

Oscar is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the Oasis. As at Treatment Coach, Oscar brings extensive training in Client Centered Therapy, Pharmacology of Drug Abuse, Case Management, Aftercare Planning, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Relapse Prevention. He frequently uses Behavior Modification to work through the 12-Step Recovery Model. His particular interest is in focusing on the long-term maintenance of recovery through addressing a balance in emotional, physical and spiritual health.

Lana Brown, B.S., CIT

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Treatment Coach

Lana is registered with the Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies from the University of Central Arkansas. Her special interest is in supporting the family of the addict. The dynamics of relationships change significantly in early recovery. It is her goal to facilitate an understanding of how a healthier relationship can be conducive to the addict managing their own recovery.

Shirley McMurray, LCSW

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Primary Therapist

Shirley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She joined the Oasis staff in 2016 bringing with her extensive experience in adult treatment and crisis/trauma-informed care. Her treatment style is a mixture of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused, Strength-Based Therapy. Shirley is passionate about working with people who struggle with co-occurring substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.

Mindy Moore, LMSW

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Primary Therapist

Mindy is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her graduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and also holds a Business Degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Mindy considers addiction a disorder with a predominant symptom of creating an imbalance in the body and mind. Her specialty is helping clients recognize their own particular cycle of addiction, identifying their underlying reasons for abusing and ultimately developing healthy life-skills to manage a successful recovery. Mindy joined the Oasis staff in 2016.

Andrea Polsgrove

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Admissions Coordinator

Andrea joined the Oasis staff in 2014. Andrea brought with her twenty-four years of experience working in the healthcare field, fourteen of those years focusing on behavioral health. Andrea assists families by discussing treatment options, checking insurance benefits, and guiding clients through the application and admission process. Andrea’s attention to detail facilitates a smooth and speedy access to services.

Shannon Mulkern

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Director of Business Development

Serving as Director of Business Development, Shannon has the responsibility to ensure strong and productive relationships between the Oasis Renewal Center and the medical/behavioral health community in Arkansas and surrounding states. Additionally, she manages the Alumni and Friends of the Oasis, created to maintain contact with and offer support to those who began their recovery journey at the Oasis. Prior to joining the Oasis Renewal Center’s team, she was a Structured Living Counselor in charge of seven sober living homes and worked in national marketing in the substance abuse treatment field.

Board of Directors

boardPete Hornibrook, Thomas McCain, James Dietz, Lee Stephens, Jim Julian, Virginia Redden, Nancy Kumpuris, Ralph Cloar, Chuck Banks, George Bryant, Isadore Caldwell, Dr. Geoff Curran, Dr. Larry Miller, J.D. Simpson, and Andrew Kumpuris.

It was the vision of the Board of Directors for Recovery Centers of Arkansas to have a facility with upscale accommodations and amenities to attract professionals in need of treatment for a substance use disorder. In 2010, that vision became a reality when RCA acquired Oasis Renewal Center. The Board of Director’s role is to establish the policy and provide the oversight to ensure that services offered at the Oasis are consistent with the best, evidence-based practices available. Recovery begins with faith, hope and courage. Recovery begins at Oasis Renewal Center.