We believe that the culture and staff at Foundations Recovery Center can make the difference for every individual in our care.
Each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. Approaching recovery from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities allows our teams to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for each person who walks through the doors.
At Foundations, many members of our team are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help you find real, long term recovery.
Each member of our team will facilitate your success, and be on your side at every turn, serving as a resource and a role model to help you live clean and sober.
Director of Operations
After years of self-destruction as a result of the disease of addiction – years that included jails, homelessness, and near-death experiences — Margo has found her life purpose by helping to support other people on the journey to recovery.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Margo found herself orphaned at 14 when her mother unexpectedly died. Without a supportive role model or family support, she turned to drugs to cope with her grief. Eventually, she found her way to Baltimore when her sister stepped in to get Margo off drugs. Sadly, Margo fell deeper into addiction and was either homeless or incarcerated for several more years.
After years living on the streets, and periods of incarceration, Margo reached her jumping off point where the pain of continuing in that lifestyle was greater than the risk of asking for help.
While incarcerated for the last time, Margo began attending 12-step meetings. As soon as she was released, she dove headfirst into recovery through a 12-step program. Through that program, Margo found a relationship with her higher power and began to repair relationships with family and friends.
She also began reaching out to other women who were also struggling as she had and extended her hand to help them up. This work became her passion and purpose.
Today, Margo is thriving in her recovery, working with other addicts, has repaired relationships, and is proud of her role as “Aunt Margo” to her two nieces. Margo is a grateful, recovering addict and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve those in need.
Margo came to FRC with over 9 years of experience working in substance abuse treatment through operations and program development. She believes Foundations stands out by the level of commitment and care given to the clients it serves.
Carley Foster, LGPC, MSE
What drew you into working in substance abuse treatment?
I never considered working in substance abuse treatment until I had the good fortune to complete an internship with a residential treatment center in my last year of graduate school. While there, I learned about the incredible need for substance abuse counselors across the country and felt like I had something to offer. The urgency of substance use treatment works well with my straightforward, solution-focused counseling style, and I enjoy working closely with a team of clinicians. Between my love of facilitating groups and interest in the multifaceted issues surrounding substance use disorders, it felt right to continue working in the field.
What makes Foundations stand out?
Our entire office staff, from the Behavioral Health Technicians to the clinical team and all the way up to administration, is outstanding. There is a lot of passion and commitment in how this center has been built, whether it is becoming CARF-accredited or finding new, creative ways to support clients in their recovery. My coworkers are diverse, thoughtful, and always wondering “What else can we do?” I am grateful to be part of such a dedicated team!
What parts of treatment are most significant?
I think the most important parts of any journey are the ones that challenge us to do what it is we dread the most. Overcoming an obstacle, whether outside us or within us, shows our true potential in the face of adversity. Imagine a story where the main character, the protagonist, is never given a chance to struggle—it would be a pretty boring tale. Frodo would never return the Ring to Mount Doom, Dorothy would never find her way back to Kansas, and there would be no work for our favorite superheroes. The most significant parts of treatment are the ones where we recognize that we are the protagonist in our own story and rise to the occasion, doing whatever action is necessary to bring about lasting change.
Director of Clinical Services
Christina Wilson serves as the Executive Director at Foundations Recovery Center. Christina’s work is vital; she communicates effectively in order to ensure everything runs smoothly and our patients are receiving the best quality care possible. Christina enjoys spending time in nature, exploring the great outdoors.
What is your passion?
I am passionate about treating the whole self; mind, body, and spirit, finding balance, and increasing positive energy. I thrive in the great outdoors and enjoy nurturing a love for life in myself and others.
What is the most rewarding part of working at Foundations?
The best part about my job is watching the “light” come back on in a client’s eyes. They come to us with just a small glimmer of hope, which ignites into a drive and dedication to learn to live free from active addiction.