Nick Porta is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the owner/founder of Papillon Behavioral Health. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. He achieved his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy en route to earning his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. It was in Springfield where Nick met his wife Gena. Nick and Gena decided to move to beautiful East Tennessee in 2018 in order to live close to the mountains and to open Papillon Behavioral Health.
Nick likes sports, loves the outdoors, and enjoys traveling. After college, Nick had the opportunity to backpack through Europe and to spend two months in South America: one surfing in Ecuador and one working on a ranch with gauchos in Argentina. He loves adventure and sharing in great experiences with his loved ones. Nick and his wife Gena continue to live life led by their free hearts.
Kristen Mir Saylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She brings over 10 years of clinical experience to Papillon Behavioral Health and has worked in a wide variety of settings, including her own adolescent program.
Kristen grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but her curious nature led her to tour different areas of the country. After camping in the mountains with friends, she fell in love with the area and then moved to East Tennessee in 2005. Kristen is happily married to her husband Jacob and the proud mom of three kids, ages 5, 7, and 10. She is a sci-fi nerd and loves the challenge of completing DIY home improvement projects. Kristen also enjoys sports, cook-outs, sewing, and knitting.
Kristen has found that problems rarely have only one cause or only one solution. For this reason, she always works to fully understand the problem and explore multiple options for a solution. She also believes in the potential of all people. She applies this belief to her work with individuals, couples and families.
Brad Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received his Master’s degree in Counseling from East Tennessee State University. He brings over six years of clinical experience to Papillon Behavioral Health. Brad provides therapy to people from all walks of life and tailors counseling to each individual. He meets people right where they are to help them take steps towards the life they want.
Brad was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and, although he has lived in several different places, he always felt the Tri-Cities was home. He is married and has two small children who keep him busy. Brad is passionate about coffee, music, and cooking. He plays multiple stringed instruments and roasts his own coffee.
Brad believes that people who struggle with their thoughts and feelings are often just looking for a way to be the person they want to be and sometimes get lost along the way. They want to hold true to their personal values when making choices in life, but have trouble finding a way forward. Brad believes that, through therapy, people can learn new and creative ways to respond to those thoughts and feelings so they can get back to living a life guided by their values.
Jennifer Miller is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a clinical fellow with the AAMFT. A native of Michigan, Jennifer moved to Tennessee in 2012 due to her love of the mountains after visiting family every summer since she was a child. Jennifer obtained her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois.
Jennifer brings 7 years of experience working with individuals, youth, families, and couples. Jennifer uses a multi-modal approach to therapy, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), structural family therapy, Bowen therapy, and emotionally focused therapy (EFT). She is a certified pre-marital facilitator with PREPARE/ENRICH. She has a Level One Gottman Marital Therapy certification. She is passionate on helping families and couples reconnect, helping them learn different approaches and styles of communication.
Jennifer has training in adolescent community reinforcement approach (ACRA). She has provided in-home therapy in the past, crisis stabilization, and counseling in the school system. She has a broad range of working with youth of different diagnoses including, depression, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD). She has experience and enjoys working with couples, families, and youth. She has worked with inner city and at-risk youth. When she is not providing services, Jennifer cherishes time with her family, traveling, reading, and running recreationally. She enjoys music, college football, and NASCAR.
Jennifer Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in various settings including outpatient therapy, crisis intervention, inpatient psychiatric care, community prevention and education. She has over 12 years of training and experience in working with children and families and with the agencies that serve them, both in outpatient therapy settings and in crisis intervention. She graduated from Milligan College with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Development and received a master’s degree with honors in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
Jennifer has lived in the Tri-Cities for most of her life. She is on the advisory board of the ETSU Nurse Family Partnership and is the Southeastern Harm Reduction Advocate for Families for Sensible Drug Policy based in New York City. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, working with her dogs, reading, traveling, and relaxing at home.
Jennifer practices from a trauma-informed approach and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is used to address trauma as well as substance use disorders, anxiety, depression and a myriad of other issues. Jennifer believes that health and recovery are possible when people are empowered to set their own goals and to build on their strengths in partnership with professional and compassionate clinical care.
Natalie Wigle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her BSW and MSW degree at ETSU. Her journey into the helping profession began in China, where she grew up. Her passion for connection, and understanding culture and how it impacts our self-conceptualization and worldview, led her to social work. Her journey continued while working in international disaster relief in Haiti and with victims of human trafficking in Amsterdam. Most recently, she has worked with youth and families in the foster care system, providing individual and family counseling and fueling her desire to aid people of all ages toward healing.
Natalie utilizes a Humanistic Existential theoretical orientation with clients, believing in a strengths-based, client-centered approach where the therapeutic alliance is highlighted and utilized as a foundation for self-exploration. This framework of practice allows Natalie to engage clients in their search for meaning and emphasizes the interconnectedness between mind, body, and spirit as well as how the environment, past experiences, and trauma can play an active role in our present lives. She uses an eclectic blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Natalie’s goal is to partner with and aid clients in formulating and reaching their goals, reducing feelings of anxiety and depression, and working through trauma or grief; all in pursuit of a more peace-filled existence.
Natalie enjoys spending her free time exploring the beautiful mountains in East TN with her dogs, practicing yoga and meditation, traveling as much as she can, taking in live shows, and embracing the concept of the “Bed Picnic”.
Larry Porta is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addiction Professional. He achieved his BS in Psychology from Michigan State University. He then received his MA in Counseling, at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Larry owned and operated a large private counseling practice in central Florida. This is where he and his wife, Becky, raised their three children. Larry then decided it was time to simplify life, and made the decision to move to beautiful Michigan where he opened another private practice. Larry recently made the decision to leave his practice in Gaylord, MI to relocate to our beautiful Tri-Cities region to work alongside his son and serve the members of our community.
Larry Porta is an avid outdoorsman who loves fly-fishing, archery, surfing, canoeing, camping and hunting. He travels throughout the United States in pursuit of these adventures, and he loves sharing these moments with others. Counseling does not just have to happen in an office setting, hence the creation of BraveHeart Adventures. BraveHeart Adventures is one of his favorite ways to further the counseling process. These trips can help you get away from everything, so that you may be able to see things with a clearer mind.
Kelley Honeycutt brings 15 years of healthcare experience to Papillon Behavioral Health. She serves our practice as the Office Administrator. Kelley has held certifications as a Pharmacy Technician as well as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. She has performed a wide range of duties in several areas in healthcare, including Cardiology, Family and Internal Medicine, as well as Infectious Diseases. Kelley has a great deal of knowledge in privacy regulations, electronic health record, coding and working hand in hand with Managed Care Companies in order to arrange needed services for patients and solve any billing issues that may arise. Kelley is impassioned about the healthcare in our region and eager to serve the community in this capacity. Kelley will graduate from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Healthcare Administration and Public Health in 2019. Kelley also has great interest in American Sign Language and the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Culture and is taking additional courses in order to become an Interpreter and achieve a Minor in American Sign Language.
Kelley is a native Knoxville, TN, however she has called Johnson City home for over 10 years. She is happily married to her husband, Jason and they have two sons, Lincoln and Nathan. When she isn’t occupied with studying or domestic duties, Kelley enjoys being involved with her church and other community outreach programs. She has a love of music of all types and is proud to be passing the joy that music brings to her sons. She enjoys travelling, especially to the beach every summer and cheering on UT Football in the Fall.