Synapse, LLC was established in 2015 by three psychologists in response to both the national drug crisis facing our youth and the need to bridge research-based technology into the clinical practice of substance use treatment. Having worked in the field of recovery with over 75 years of combined experience, the evolving science of addiction could no longer be ignored. There is a great need to reduce the gap that exists between brain research in the 21st century and the impact these findings can have on treatment delivery. Very few treatment centers in our country are adopting technological, research-based interventions and facilitating their use into front-line clinical settings. In response to this vacuum, we developed The Synapse System to empower adolescents and adults to make informed choices in their lives; reduce drug use, misuse and addiction; and improve their overall well-being.
To provide a new, brain-based System for treating Substance Use Disorders.
To provide individuals and families personalized care for Substance Use Disorders based on the latest findings of neuroscience. Our approach will be holistic – addressing brain, mind and body. Services will be tailored to each client as a unique individual/family with unique needs and concerns. We will strive to exceed the highest expectations and treat all clients with the utmost respect in an environment that maintains the highest levels of confidentiality and privacy.
Janet Cox, Ph.D.
Dr. Cox is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Georgia with over 27 years of experience in the area of substance use disorders and other co-existing mental health disorders. During her extensive professional career, Dr. Cox has worked as a solo practitioner, as well as, being the Director of Psychological Services for over a decade with a large professional group of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers overseeing an inpatient, Dual Diagnosis Unit in a local, psychiatric hospital. She has also been the Chief Psychologist for a national hospital providing psychotherapies and psychological evaluations to both adolescents and adults in an inpatient chemical recovery program. More recently, she was the Clinical Director for a long-term, residential treatment facility in Atlanta for over three years providing holistic services to adolescent, young adult and adult clients.
Dr. Cox has worked with diverse populations using a variety of clinical specialties and treatment modalities. She is certified in clinical hypnosis and Reiki. In addition to substance use disorders, Dr. Cox’s other specializations include abuse/survivor issues, personality disorders, eating disorders, behavioral medicine, sport psychology and psychological testing and evaluations.
Dr. Cox received her Ph.D. in Leadership, Management and Counseling Psychology followed by a two-year Post Doctorate track in Clinical Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology all from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Social Psychology from East Tennessee State University. She performed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at the Pain Control and Rehabilitation Institute of Georgia. She is the member of a number of professional organizations such as the American Psychological Associations and the Georgia Psychological Association. She volunteers with the ServeGA in Fulton County, the Disaster Response Network with the Red Cross, and the Public Education Committee of GPA. Dr. Cox is co-author of a book in the mental health field, an accomplished professional athlete, and an international lecturer and consultant.
Sanjay Masilamani, M.D.
Sanjay Masilamani, MD is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 2007 and completed his psychiatry residency at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Charleston WV. He serves as medical director for the Synapse intensive outpatient treatment facility and treats patients from the perspective that addiction is a brain disease.
Dr. Masilamani has been practicing for over ten years and his primary focus is providing honest communication with his patients and helping patients understand that addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. He excels at treating patients with dual diagnoses which include addiction disorders that are combined with mental health disease such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and PTSD.
Dr. Masilamani believes in using every tool that may be necessary to treat addiction disorders. This may include the use of Pharmacotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Individual Psychotherapy. The most rewarding part of his practice involves the successes of patients who are able to re-enter society in a productive manner and achieve education, family reconnections, job stability and self-confidence to maintain their sobriety.
Dr. Masilamani continues to practice medication assisted treatment (MAT) at FamilyCare. He previously served as Medical Director for a MAT program at Valley Health in Hurricane, West Virginia. During his residency at West Virginia University Charleston Division he was chief resident and his achievements include being recognized as “outstanding resident student educator for excellence in clinical teaching” three years in a row. He is a professional member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatry Association and American Society of Addictive Medicine.
William Hufschmidt, B.S.
William Hufschmidt’s (E-RYT 500) journey with healing began at age 14 as he recovered from a car accident. Watching his breath and his thoughts helped to manage the pain and frustrations from healing a fractured femur. Progressing through months of traction, a wheelchair, a few casts, and eventually crutches, it took William two years to fully regain control of his body. This early experience fortified his belief that we can heal from anything if we consciously navigate our healing process.
In 1989, William took his first yoga class with Lorna Brown, and in 1990 taught his first classes with her guidance and encouragement. In 2001, William completed the 200-hour-level Yoga Teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and in 2007, completed Kripalu’s 500-hour training. In 2002, William first studied Thai Yoga Therapy with Patricia Kilpatrick and Saul David Raye, and in 2006 studied at Thailand’s esteemed Wat Po in Bangkok, then continuing on with “Mama Lek” Chaiya in Chiang Mai. In 2012, William completed training with the Guild for Structural Integration in the Rolf Method for Structural Integration.
William’s teachers are Yoganand Michael Carroll, Vidya Carolyn Dell'uomo, Saul David Raye, Pierce Salguero, Amber Burnham, and life itself. As a teacher, William empowers students to explore their edges and potentials. “We all do not walk the same path towards self-discovery. However, we are all storehouses of infinite wisdom and creativity. Through the practices of yoga, breathwork, sacred touch and play, we can tap into inner reservoirs of energy and possibility." Visit William at his website www.yogawithwilliam.com.