Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center

200 Tarpon Trail

Jacksonville, NC 28546


Our Therapy Team


Emily Sinning-Sewell MSW, LCSW

Emily Sinning-Sewell received her Master’s of Social Work from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in May of 2010. Emily graduated with Honors from her graduate program with a 4.0 GPA and received a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Studies. Emily was awarded the Outstanding MSW Graduate Award upon graduation due to excellence in academics, dedication and service to the community, and active role within the university system. She is a fully licensed clinical social worker and a member of the national association of social workers.  She is also active with the North Carolina Association of Play Therapy.

Emily completed her internship with RHA services in New Bern, NC in which she worked with their Mobile Crisis Management Team and Intensive In-Home Services. Emily spent several years working with the REAL Crisis Center in Greenville, NC as a Certified Volunteer Crisis Counselor, Rape Victim Advocate/Companion, and active member of their Board of Directors. 
Emily was also awarded with their prestigious Volunteer of the Year award in 2009. Through the REAL Crisis Center, Emily became certified through the Stewards of Children in child sexual abuse prevention in 2009 and certified in ASIST-applied suicide intervention skills training in 2008. Prior to graduate school and volunteering with REAL crisis, Emily received her Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology from East Carolina University in December of 2007, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Emily has been with CCNC as a psychotherapist conducting evaluations and therapy-individual, couples and family-since June 2010.

Emily’s practice focuses primarily around family dynamics, substance abuse, trauma, grief, depression, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Emily enjoys working with children, teens, and adults and often utilizes creative approaches to therapy, including play techniques, psychoeducation, relaxation training and role playing.

Anne Johnson, LPC

Dawn Wrenn earned her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2010, and her Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from East Carolina University in 2011. Prior to her graduate school, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a provisionally Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Dawn is also recognized as a Certified Trauma Specialist by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and a Qualified Professional Parenting Educator by The North Carolina Parent Educator’s Network. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

Dawn’s background includes both in-patient and outpatient counseling with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as parent education and early childhood development. She has been recognized for volunteer work with military families. Additionally, she was a volunteer victim advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her training includes specialized training through the EMDR Institute in EMDR.   

Jeri Petersen received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2005 from the University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor as well as being affiliated with the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Her experience includes providing individual, family and group therapy services to both outpatient and acute inpatient populations. During her internship training she worked as an outpatient therapist as well as providing services to domestic violence victims and offenders.

Ms. Jeri has been working with adults and teens as a therapist with CCNC since 2007. She works closely with military families, offering both professional and personal knowledge of the unique stressors associated with that type of lifestyle.

Anne Johnson received her Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling from Webster University in 2008. She is a licensed professional counselor and is a member of the American counseling association. She has previous work experience providing individual, family and group therapy services to acute inpatient populations while working at Brynn Marr hospital and outpatient populations in community mental health and the crisis/detox facility. She treats individuals and families with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Ms. Susan Rutherford received her Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina in 1988. She has been credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1991. She completed her undergraduate internship at Bry- Lin Psychiatric Center in Buffalo, New York and her graduate internship at Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center in Aiken, South Carolina.  

Ms. Susan has over 20 years of experience working within the psychiatric field, including inpatient care, partial hospitalization, residential care, and outpatient care. Ms. Susan has extensive experience in providing individual, family and marital therapy to civilians and the military population. Ms. Susan also brings to the practice expertise in the treatment and prevention of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. In addition to providing direct care, Ms. Susan has experience in providing supervision to clinicians preparing to become licensed.

When Ms. Susan is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, and is an active member in her local community and church. She enjoys being outside and, although not from the South, considers the Crystal Coast her home now.

Susan I. Rutherford, LCSW

Jeri Petersen, LPC

H. Dawn Wrenn, LPC

Vonda Gardner has been a practicing clinician for 10 years. After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology she began working at Duplin General Hospital on the Psychiatric Unit. After completing the Master's Program at East Carolina University, Vonda began work at Pender Memorial Hospital as the Director of Social Services. In 1999 Vonda returned to Duplin County with Duplin Sampson Mental Health Center (now Eastpointe) as a child and adolescent therapist. In 2002 Vonda was in private practice in Wilmington for 5 years before coming to CCNC in March 2008. While Ms. Vonda treats patients of all ages, she specializes in the treatment of PTSD in children and adults and in working with complicated families.


Timothy W. Campbell received his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been awarded the status of Diplomat in Clinical Social Work by the National Association of Social Work Competence Certification Commission. Mr. Tim has more than 25 years of experience in the mental health field. He has held positions such as Director of Training for the National Ft. Bragg Child Mental Health Project; Director of Field Education for the School of Social Work at East Carolina University; Clinical Specialist with North Carolina’s first Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Program and has served as Director of Psychotherapy Services at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Mr. Tim has specialized training in the areas of post traumatic stress, military family issues, marital problems, depression, bipolar disorders, asperger’s disorder, anxiety issues, and the treatment of adult and adolescent sexual abuse victims.

Vonda Gardner, LCSW

Timothy W. Campbell, LCSW

Lee Walker, PhD

Dr. Lee Walker received his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He has held a number of positions including Director of Child and Adolescent Services at the Cumberland County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, Director of Psychology at the Wake County Mental Health Center, field supervisor for the Department of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill, Clinical Director at Wake Family Services, Mental Health Consultant for Kittrell Job Corp Center, and an adjunct faculty member for both North Carolina State University and Webster University. He has served as a psychological consultant to numerous local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, Dr. Walker maintained a private practice in Cary, NC from 1984 until in 2008. Dr. Walker is also certified by the Council for the National Register of Health Services Providers, holds a Diplomat from the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialty in Couples and Family Counseling.  Dr. Walker’s areas of expertise include child, adolescent, marital and family relationships, post traumatic stress disorder, habit disorders, and depression and anxiety.

Connie Kretchmar received her BS in Human Development and Learning and her MA in Counseling at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN in 2004. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor as well as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Her concentration in the master's program was School Counseling and Community Agency Counseling. She has been trained in EMDR and has used it in the college counseling environment with students and others. Prior to working at CCNC for five years she was the sole counselor at a small private college in Upper East Tennessee, Tusculum College. At the college she provided individual counseling for students, primarily, of all ethnicities, but also for faculty and staff. She specializes in working with individuals and families (both in and out of the military) with mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, sexual abuse survivors, LGBT population, grief issues, and women's issues. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, North Carolina Counseling Association and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina.

Connie Kretchmar, LPC-MHSP, NCC


Donna Brown, LCSW


Donna Brown received her Master’s degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in 1990.  She is a fully licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor through the National Association of Social Workers.  She grew up in Eastern North Carolina as a Military dependent and has first- hand knowledge of the challenges facing military families. She practices outpatient therapy with groups, families, and individuals seeking improved functioning and coping.  She began her career working in the domestic violence field, and has experience providing inpatient care on a geriatric psychiatric unit.  She spent 13 years in the field providing services to hospice patients and their families from the time of admission through death.  She has a unique understanding of loss, and can guide others through the journey of grief and bereavement.   She is also adept at helping and supporting those coping with mood and anxiety disorders, and PTSD.