Lori Ryland

CEO

Lori Ryland is a doctoral psychologist, board-certified behavior analyst, and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor. She received a BA from Michigan State University in psychology and a PhD from Western Michigan University in clinical psychology. Dr. Ryland has achieved certification from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy/Beck Institute in Philadelphia and is trained in evidence-based…

Lori Ryland is a doctoral psychologist, board-certified behavior analyst, and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor. She received a BA from Michigan State University in psychology and a PhD from Western Michigan University in clinical psychology. Dr. Ryland has achieved certification from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy/Beck Institute in Philadelphia and is trained in evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Contingency Management and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Ryland has a broad scope of clinical experience including veterans with PTSD, inpatient psychiatric, addictions treatment, criminal justice, autism treatment, serious and persistent mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, traditional outpatient services (individual, group, family) and psychological testing. Dr. Ryland has expertise in healthcare administration including supervision of utilization management, provider network management, clinical quality, grant management and population health. She has been involved in numerous community and state-level initiatives including Governor-appointed advisory positions such as Diversion Council and Behavioral Health Advisory Council, development of the Michigan Medicaid Autism benefit and implementation of numerous evidence-based practices throughout the state.

Committed to ensuring top quality treatment and assisting individuals with their recovery, Dr. Ryland has expertise in presenting, teaching, training and supervision in the area of co-occurring disorders.

Dr. Belal Hegazy

Medical Director

Dr. Belal Hegazy completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed his psychiatry residency training as well as a psychodynamic psychotherapy-training course at New York Medical College/Metropolitan Hospital. A graduate from of Ain-Shams University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Hegazy also completed his master of…

Dr. Belal Hegazy completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed his psychiatry residency training as well as a psychodynamic psychotherapy-training course at New York Medical College/Metropolitan Hospital. A graduate from of Ain-Shams University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Hegazy also completed his master of psychopharmacology program at the Neuroscience Education Institute. He is an addiction psychiatrist treating patients with a co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

He has a very strong background and clinical skills working in inpatient dual diagnosis psychiatric unit, and he served in outpatient addiction psychiatric care for about five years. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and in Addiction Medicine as well. He is passionate about providing the comprehensive and integrated care for patients with dual diagnosis disorders including social, psychological, spiritual, psychiatric, and medical care. Because of the complexity of mental and addiction illnesses, he believes in team approach to achieve stability of illnesses. Also, because of the chronic nature of the disease, he believes in continuum of care by adjusting the level of service according to the severity of illness, and readiness of the patient. He is very enthusiastic about motivational enhancement to approach, engage and maintain patients in treatment.

Dr. Hegazy is very interested in teaching the neurobiological model of addictive disorder to understand the nature of the disease and to reestablish homeostasis during the process of the treatment. Also, he is engrossed in treating depression, anxiety and trauma related disorders.

Carman Stark

Carman E. Stark, PhD, LP

Clinical Director

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Carman Stark joined the staff at Skywood Recovery in July 2017, bringing roughly three decades of mental health experience to his role as clinical director. After a few years of retirement, during which he relocated to Southeast Asia, Dr. Stark returned to the US, ready for a new…

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Carman Stark joined the staff at Skywood Recovery in July 2017, bringing roughly three decades of mental health experience to his role as clinical director. After a few years of retirement, during which he relocated to Southeast Asia, Dr. Stark returned to the US, ready for a new challenge.

On the job, he enjoys crisis intervention and problem-solving, especially when a patient is contemplating leaving treatment. He is also passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles as well as psychological and emotional well-being for both the individual and within the family system.

Dr. Stark is a licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, a certified Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) provider, and he is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I & II. Previous work experience includes a role as staff psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, providing diagnostic evaluations and psychological treatment for Veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was also in private practice for 15 years and worked as a court psychologist and mental health consultant.

Holding both a master’s degree and PhD from Western Michigan University in clinical psychology, Dr. Stark served as an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater in abnormal psychology and behavior therapy. His professional affiliations include the Western Michigan Psychological Association, where he served one year as president, in addition to holding a host of other positions.

A lifelong learner, Dr. Stark continues to participate in workshops and training sessions to expand his knowledge. And he’s earned recognition for his hard work, being named 1989 Western Michigan University Outstanding Student in Psychology and 2002 Psychologist of the Year, both by the Western Michigan Psychological Association.

Stark met his wife, a native of Vietnam, on one of his annual trips to that country, travel that began with doing volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity.

Brandt Christopherson

Program Manager

Brandt Christopherson joined the Skywood Recovery staff in 2016 as activities coordinator, becoming program manager in April 2017. Originally from Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, he holds an AA degree in recreational management and a BS in leadership studies (enterprise leadership). He is also a member of the Association for Experiential Education. Christopherson brings nearly two decades…

Brandt Christopherson joined the Skywood Recovery staff in 2016 as activities coordinator, becoming program manager in April 2017. Originally from Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, he holds an AA degree in recreational management and a BS in leadership studies (enterprise leadership). He is also a member of the Association for Experiential Education. Christopherson brings nearly two decades of experience to Skywood, having previously worked as a manager, facilitator and consultant in the experiential and adventure education fields.

In his current role, he enjoys seeing patients learn and practice new tools and techniques they can use to be successful in their recovery. Christopherson says the most meaningful part of his work at Skywood is hearing what patients share during the graduation ceremony, officially named Transformation. “Their reflection on their progress in treatment is insightful and inspirational.”

Married with a young daughter, Christopherson usually spends his free time outdoors biking, canoeing, camping or tinkering on something in the garage.

Toby Hilton

Facilities Manager

Toby Hilton serves as facilities manager, overseeing the day to day operations with maintenance, housekeeping, transportation, culinary, safety and IT. Previous property and facility knowledge gives him a great edge. Hilton graduated from Northwestern Michigan College with a degree in hospitality and resort management in 1999. Before joining the Skywood team he worked in the hospitality…

Toby Hilton serves as facilities manager, overseeing the day to day operations with maintenance, housekeeping, transportation, culinary, safety and IT. Previous property and facility knowledge gives him a great edge.

Hilton graduated from Northwestern Michigan College with a degree in hospitality and resort management in 1999. Before joining the Skywood team he worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years, most recently at the Yarrow Resort as the general manager for the past seven years. His passion for customer service and his hospitality mentality help make all staff and patients comfortable at Skywood Recovery.