At Changes we know and understand addiction and are here to help you take the first step on the road to recovery. Addiction is a battle you can’t fight on your own and at Changes, you’ll never have to. Here, you can count on having a support team at your service at all times.
Shirley Jankowski started researching substance abuse and brain chemistry in 2012 because of her daughters’ addiction. With the disease of addiction hitting home, Shirley immersed herself, researching and analyzing the current practices and support systems for individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction and the stigma associated with it in an effort to create an alternative, successful program for those in need.
By 2019 her research was complete, and Shirley unveiled a new alternative approach to treating addiction, that is the hallmark of Changes program today. By replacing addition with passion, Shirley and her dedicated staff are focused on loving every single person that passes through the doors at Changes back to life.
Under Shirley’s direction, Changes offers every person a customized, one on one treatment plan, grounded in the philosophy that by offering peace love and healing in a respectful environment, true recovery can begin.
Gina joined Changes in June of 2021 as therapist and clinical director after spending three years as a Substance Abuse Program Counselor at the Fulton County Detention Center in Hickman KY. Gina completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a focus on Addiction and Recovery in 2018 and completed her Master’s in Human Services Counseling Crises Responses and Trauma in March of 2021. She’s currently working on completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Liberty University.
Multi-faceted, Gina is also trained in Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT) and teaches two classes a week at the Fulton County Detention Center. Gina was the co-founder and director of a faith-based substance abuse housing program in Florida.
Gina has a passion to help free those bound in addiction, something that she knows personally, as addiction resulted in her having to step back into the role of being a parent. With her Yorkie named Braylon frequently at her side, Gina brings peace and healing to everyone at the center.
Married with four grandchildren, Gina loves animals, the ocean, sitting on the back of her husband’s motorcycle and spending time with own family and her church family.
Jennifer was born and raised in Western KY and received her RN, BSN from Murray State University in 1998, after which she started working at the former Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton, Kentucky, which is now the location of Changes.
She and her husband, David, have raised their 2 daughters in Fulton County while building their farming operation. They love to travel and make memories together. Jennifer has been a part of the Changes family since the facility opened enjoys her work in this new facet of nursing.
Judi has more than 13 years of experience in drug and alcohol counseling and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Addiction Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. Before joining Changes Rehabilitation, she worked in the field as a counselor for the Department of Corrections as a Substance Abuse Program Counselor. She joined the Changes team in 2021.
Judi uses principles of dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and music therapy to help those who seek help at Changes. She’s trained in MRT and trauma-informed care to support and guide her patients in delving into the issues and family dynamics that underlie their substance use disorder and other compulsive behaviors.
Judi is currently working on her certification for mental health, and she is excited to continue to work on furthering her education to continue to enhance her ability to care and help her clients.
Lora Ann Taylor is grateful to walk the life of recovery and has, one day at a time since, since September 7, 2005. She started work at Changes as a Journey Guide in November of 2019 and since May of 2021 she’s been working at the facility as therapist.
Lora Ann knows how to help the clients at Changes fight through adversity, because it’s something she’s been doing her whole life. Remarkably at the age of 48 Lora Ann obtained an Associate’s Degree in Art from Jefferson Community and Technical College in 2008. She followed that up by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and Professional Counseling in 2015 from Lindsey Wilson College, at the young age of 55.
Lora Ann’s positive spirt and fight flows through her every day and she knows that as long as she can keep her dedication and determination, her passion for helping others will let her continue to evolve in life.
Dr. Warren is an original member of the Changes team and met the very first patients who were admitted to the facility.
An accomplished academic, Dr. Warren earned her PhD in Family Nursing from Georgia State University; a Master of Science in Nursing from Murray State University; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Murray State University; and an Associate of Arts from U. T. Martin.
Her field of research consists of grief and bereavement of critical care families. She developed an instrument to measure grief and bereavement which has been used nationally and internationally. Dr. Warren retired from U.T. Martin after teaching nursing for 28 years.
Bringing an unparalleled level of understanding to Changes clients and their families, Dr. Warren is a key member of the team that brings peace and healing to all those who are starting their recovery journeys at Changes.
Amber started her career as a volunteer at Changes Rehabilitation after graduating from the Changes Program. Guided by passion and a strong desire for growth, her vision to become a staff member was fulfilled. Amber has worked in many positions on our staff, is deeply dedicated and always hands on. Amber received her Peer-Specialist Certification and recently was promoted to Director of Admissions. Amber is currently working towards her CACD1. Amber has transformed her addiction into passion and is responsible for the Phrase “CHANGES LOVED ME BACK TO LIFE
Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Phoenix and Western Kentucky University. Jonathan works as case manager assisting clients with their long-term goals for sobriety. Jonathan achieved his Peer-support specialist certification and was one of Changes first graduates. Jonathan lives his best life serving others and assisting clients to reach their dreams.