Meet Our Team


Billy Young

Chief Executive Officer

A founding partner of Oxford Treatment Center, Billy has been involved in the treatment of addictive disorders for more than 30 years. His past experience includes successful tenures as Executive Director of Pine Grove Recovery Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Executive Director of a CRC Health facility in Nashville, Tennessee, and CEO of Remuda Ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona. A native Mississippian, he holds an undergraduate degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and obtained his Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.

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Chip Peterson, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CADC

Clinical Director

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Chip provides oversight for the Clinical Operations of all Oxford Treatment Center facilities. He has served as Outpatient Services Manager and provided direct patient care in all clinical programs, and served as Group Facilitator for the Oxford Family Program. His prior experience includes working at the National Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependence of Northeast Mississippi (NCADD) in Tupelo, Mississippi. Chip holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women and a Masters of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Delta State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP).


Barbara Cox, MS, LSW, MAC, SAP

Manager of Outpatient Services

Serving as the Interim Manager of Outpatient Services for Oxford Treatment Center, Barbara oversees Clinical Services at Oxford’s three outpatient offices, is a Licensed Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor. As a Substance Abuse Professional, she is certified to perform DOT assessments. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Union University and a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the staff of Oxford Treatment Center, Barbara served clients through the Mississippi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, working with the disabled and individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. She has served on the Advisory Board for Ability Works in Oxford, Mississippi and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


Garry Riefers

Founding Program Director

An experienced addiction treatment professional, Garry developed the Clinical content for Oxford Treatment Center’s residential program while providing supervision for all counselors and therapists. A 30-year veteran of the substance abuse treatment field, Garry served as Program Director for the Haven House in Oxford from 2000 to 2012. In this position, he worked to transform the program’s size, scope, and was instrumental in creating the first medically-assisted detoxification program for a Mississippi Department of Mental Health substance abuse treatment program.


Mary L. Smith

Director of Admissions

As the Director of Admissions for Oxford Treatment Center, Mary assists our clients and their family members during the admissions process for their medical detox and residential program stays at Oxford Treatment Center. Her experience in the addiction-recovery field includes working as a Clinical Assistant, Family Program counselor and Admissions Officer at New Life Lodge in Tennessee. In addition, she has spent time as a volunteer with the 23rd Judicial District Drug Court in Dickson County, Tennessee and managing Sober Living homes for women.


Juliette Lawrence

Discharge Planner

Juliette works with therapists, patients and families to place new graduates of The Oxford Center’s residential treatment program into appropriate follow-up care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from the University of Mississippi, where she was lab coordinator of clinical research in social psychology during her studies. She is working toward a master’s degree in clinical psychology, specializing in personality disorders.


Mandy Ladner, CPSS

Discharge Planner

Mandy attended Millsaps College and graduated from the University of Mississippi, with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. She has volunteered and worked in the recovery community since 2010. She is certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health as a Peer Support Specialist.