Dr. Damon Kimes, MD, Medical Director

In addition to serving as the Medical Director of Pathway Outpatient Services, I am the founder and Chief Medical Officer of Roswell Pain Specialist. I completed my undergraduate training with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology while attending Cleveland’s, Case Western Reserve University where I achieved both peer elected and academic honors.  After receiving my medical degree at the historic Meharry Medical College, I trained in Family Medicine at University of Tennessee-Memphis, where I was elected Chief Resident and Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta.  

I received specialized training in Advanced Lumbar Spinal Injections by the North American Spine Society and Competency Certification in Controlled Substance Management by the Board of Interventional Pain Physicians.  I am also a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and have amassed several hours of American Medical Association accredited medical education specifically designed toward enhancement of pain medicine patient care.

When not caring for my patients, I enjoy spending time with my lovely wife and three children.  I am also an avid musician.


Sheryl Vaughn Ph.D., LPC, CCS, NBCC 

When I am not working with Pathway Outpatient Services, I am working with Straight Talk Life Skills Education & Counseling Services.  A company I founded in 2014.  I focus with my clients to help them develop and facilitate “Life Skills”, address & remediate cognitive processes and to provide psychosocial & substance abuse assessments.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association, licensed by The National Board of Certified Counselors, I am a Licensed Professional with the Georgia Composite Board, a member of The Cobb Faith Partnership Association, and I am licensed as a Certified Clinical Supervisor

I have a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Faith Bible College, Independence, MO, 2012, an

M.A. Psychology/Professional Counseling Specialty from Argosy University, Atlanta, GA, 2002, a  

B.S. Public & Social Services form Kennesaw State University, and I served in the United States Marine Corps, Quantico, VA (E-4), from 1982-1985 and was Honorable.

Jessica Knoll, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have experience in all levels of care from residential, to inpatient, some in home experience, as well as working in an outpatient setting. I view problems and work to change them from a systemic, relational perspective. What I mean by that is that we are always connected in some fashion to everything, and we are always in relationship with everything. For example, we have a relationship with food, whether healthy or unhealthy. We have relationships with friends and families, again whether healthy or unhealthy. Most importantly we are always in a relationship with ourself. When we take into account all areas of your life and look at it through this lens, it allows for a larger perspective to be seen and for change to occur. My main goal in working together is to help you love yourself and to live your fullest life.

I genuinely love learning about people and helping them to create change in their lives. I hope that one day we can meet, and I can begin to learn more about you.

When I am not working with clients, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a small dog named Tucker who brings a lot of light and laughter into my life. I am a big fan of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, doing creative, hands-on art projects, and watching baking competition television shows.

Byard Arkward RN, NCACI, CACI 

I am currently the Director of Pathway Outpatient Services Program. I earned my accreditation from the state of Georgia through GACA (GA Addiction Counselors Assoc.) in 2010. I was awarded the “New Counselor of the year Award” by the state of GA in 2011. I served as the Lead Clinician for the Cobb County DUI Court Accountability Program from 2011-2013, and I was the Program Coordinator for Cobb & Douglas Counties CSB (Community Services Boards) Co-occurring Residential Program and New Start Men’s Residential Program from 2013-2015. In addition to being a certified addiction counselor, I received my Professional Registered Nurse license in 1987 with a background in critical care nursing. I take pride in providing opportunities to people for a healthier, improved and sustainable lifestyle by addressing the whole person through the use of proven clinical therapies.

Michael Whatley, Certified Addiction Counselor Level 1 (CAC1)

I specialize in working with young adults struggling with addiction. I have the experience and knowledge to guide you along the pathway of recovery. My goal is to educate you on the disease of addiction, learn your preferences, and create a recovery lifestyle that will enable you to reach your maximum potential in sobriety.

Together we will construct an individualized treatment plan that will enable you to accomplish your goals. Through individual and group counseling you will learn about addiction, the recovery process, relapse prevention, and develop individualized coping skills to manage your life in sobriety. I understand the challenges of early recovery.

Emilie McNulty

Hello! I graduated with a BBA from Kennesaw State University with honors. I am currently in the process of becoming a Certified Addiction Counselor (level 1). In my free time, I enjoy spending time in nature. I try to go on weekly hikes with my dogs, and I also enjoy fishing with friends. I currently have two black labs, a chocolate lab, and a tabby cat who fill my home with love and lots of fur. If you cannot find me out on a trail, you can find me in the kitchen baking sweets, or cooking a feast for friends and family. I enjoy spending time with others, and I am in the process of learning to play the guitar. I would eventually love to be able to just pick up any guitar and be able to play it beautifully. Fall is my favorite season, and Christmas is my favorite holiday. I am excited for the future, and I hope I can have a positive impact on others lives in a positive way, similar to the way my overall life has improved.  Thanks to the love and support from others and from within.  

Leslie Ogletree Operations Manager

With over a decade of experience in insurance billing, I assist our clients to get the most out of their insurance benefits and answers any insurance related questions they may have. I also have fifteen years of administrative experience and provide support to all of our counselors and staff. I enjoy spending my spare time with my son and my cats. I enjoy reading, crafting, and traveling.