Aubrey Dunning

Executive Director

Aubrey DunningAubrey Dunning is the Executive Director and Owner of Changing Tides. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Family Relations in 2007 from East Carolina University. Aubrey has solely worked in the field of addiction and feels very blessed to be a change agent in each client’s journey to recovery. Aubrey worked at a facility for approximately 7 years before opening Changing Tides. Prior to opening Changing Tides Aubrey began her Master’s Program in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Through her experience she feels that Changing Tides has something special to offer to client’s in need of treatment services, and that is the real-life environment with caring, compassionate and dedicated staff. As a professional in progress of a Masters In Professional Counseling, Aubrey enjoys working with clients using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy. She feels that most people are touched by addiction in some way, whether it is themselves, a loved one or a friend. Therefore, it is important to incorporate the family members into the client’s treatment process as much as possible. An additional wonderful aspect to the program is that we are located so close to the beach, right across the street. Our staff’s goal is to help our clients see that Change IS Possible!

Sandra Briggman

Financial Director

 Sandy BriggmanSandra who goes by Sandy Briggman is the Financial Director at Changing Tides Treatment Center on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Sandy is a graduate from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Management. The experience that Sandy brings to Changing Tides is her years of working as a Contracts Manager, Pricing Manager, Human Resources Manager, and a company Financial Manager. Sandy feels that working at Changing Tides Treatment Center is a perfect job for her because not only does she get to work as their Financial Manager but she also believes in the company’s philosophy that “Change IS Possible!” In the field of treatment and recovery, Sandy has seen clients come through Changing Tides’ doors and change their lives with the help of the supportive staff. Changing Tides programs and dedication to each person individually has been part of the key to client’s success. Sandy has chosen to work in this field because she feels that treatment and recovery is near and dear to her heart due to her own family’s affliction with alcoholism and drug addiction. It is a family disease and there is hope. Hope and health for the individual and for the family can be achieved through therapy and counseling.

In Sandy’s free time she enjoys spending time with her children and her grandchildren. She is also very talented in Stained Glass and Pottery making and has sold many pieces as well as teaches courses for both arts. Sandy also enjoys living on the Outer Banks and takes advantage of the island as much as she can with water skiing, boating and swimming.

David Briggman

Operations Director

David BriggmanDave Briggman is the Operations Director at Changing Tides Treatment Center on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Dave has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics from Villanova University. Dave started his career as a scientist and was quickly promoted to a Research and Development Supervisor and finally to an R & D Manager at Harry Diamond Laboratories. He also worked at Fairchild Weston (Schlumberger / Loral) as a Product Manager, reporting to the General Manager and was responsible for product development and manufacturing, personnel performance, contractor and government relations, and finances. He also worked at Pocal Industries as the General Manager and Vice President and was responsible for all operations of the company. Dave ended up in the Outer Banks because he decided that he needed a change of climates and had vacationed every year to the Outer Banks since he was only a couple of months old. He and his wife bought a motel that was originally called the Buccaneer Motel. He owned and operated that motel for approximately 20 years before deciding to be a part of the change needed in the world in the addiction crisis and has been a major part of changing the motel over from the Buccaneer to Changing Tides Addiction Treatment Center. Dave oversees any function of Changing Tides Company that can affect the quality of performance and client care. Dave also meets occasionally with clients to establish rapport and ensure that they are receiving all they need from the program. Dave feels that the field of addiction recovery is a priority and is very close to home as he has a son in recovery and has witnessed the destruction of families from addiction as he is also a North Carolina Guardian ad Litem volunteer, advocating for abused and neglected children. Dave believes that Changing Tides’ multi-faceted recovery approach is the most effective philosophy in the field. Dave is certified as all staff members are in Medication Management, Client/Patient Rights, Confidentiality of Substance Use Treatment Information, HIPPA, Substance Use Disorders Part 1 and 2, Structured Group Therapy Approaches, Brief Models of Family Therapy, Best Practices in Substance Use Treatment Engagement, Biopsychosocial Model of Addiction, Blood borne Pathogens, CPR/FA Including the Heimlich Maneuver and Seizure Management, Least Restrictive Alternatives and ACA Codes of Ethics. Dave has also won awards for the following:

1976: Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award

2006 North Carolina (Governor’s) Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

2013 College of the Albemarle Coach Conner Award for Excellence in Professional Arts

In his free time Dave enjoys spending time with family which is constantly growing. He also is a lover of sports, especially soccer and football. He enjoys getting together with his peers and playing pickle ball at least 3 times per week and loves taking his boat out on the sound for sunset cruises in the spring, summer and fall months.

Dr. John Sanchez, DO

Medical Director

Dr. John SanchezDr. John Sanchez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University’s esteemed Jacob’s School of Music in 1989. He pursued a master’s degree in Music Composition before leaving the music profession in order to enter medical school in 1994. He graduated from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. He completed his internship at Tri-City Hospital in Dallas, Texas in 2000. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Dallas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 2002. Dr. Sanchez moved to the beautiful Outer Banks in 2002.

Dr. Sanchez is Board Certified in Family Medicine from the America Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He is also Certified in Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorders (OUD).

Dr. Sanchez is the Medical Director of the Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center and Family Medicine. He is also the Medical Director of Beaufort County Health Department, Hyde County Health Department, Community Care Clinic of Dare and OBX Renew IV to You. He is a Consulting Associate for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University School of Medicine. He is a supervising physician to Ocracoke Health Center and Pathways to Life and a Physician Documentation advisor to Vidant Medical Center.

Dr. Sanchez works for Changing Tides as the Medical Director and helps clients to make a smoother transition from active use to sobriety. He oversees the client’s addiction medicine during their stay at Changing Tides and aids them in managing withdrawal symptoms, sleep disturbances, mood disturbances, anxiety and depression to provide them with a better outcome after their stay at Changing Tides.

Dr. Sanchez is a member of the USA Boxing and a Ringside Physician for Mixed Martial Arts. He pursues fitness and nutrition as a lifestyle. He has 3 beautiful children and is a Jazz trumpet player with his Chez Says Band.

Justin Parker, MA, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A


Justin is a therapist at Changing Tides. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History Education from East Carolina University. After completing his BA, he worked as an office administrator in Greenville, NC. He then moved back to the Outer Banks to pursue one of his passions and became a chef at the Black Pelican restaurant. During his time on the Outer Banks, Justin saw the difficulties many faced when dealing with substance use disorders. He decided that he wanted to help those in need and went back to East Carolina University where he earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling with emphasis in Substance abuse. As a therapist, Justin uses a person-centered approach to connect with clients and helps them learn to form and maintain healthy relationships during treatment. He also uses Motivational Interviewing as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients gain a better understanding of their addiction and improve their overall mental health and wellbeing. Justin is passionate about his work in the community and it has become his life’s mission to help those suffering from the disease of addiction and mental illness.

Jennifer Frady, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Jennifer FradyBio coming soon.

Cecil Meadows, PSS

Peer Support Specialist

Cecil MeadowsCecil Meadows is the Recovery Support Specialist here at Changing Tides. He received his Associates Degree in Applied Science from Mount Olive College and is currently training to obtain his licensure as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.

Cecil brings with him a 30+ year knowledge in the manufacturing and sale of yachts and thus, has traveled world-wide working and dealing with people of all diversities. He also, having experienced his own personal recovery story, offers hope to clients who are just beginning their journey on their recovery path. In doing so, he offers his own unique perspective to the hard-to-reach clients through his excellent communication abilities, from his many years in sales. His passion for lifelong learning and recovery support services is reinforced through his direct-speaking and strong advocacy for life-long sobriety and providing a terrific role model.

In Cecil’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, fishing, and finding and enjoying new dining experiences.

Andrew Diaz

Peer Support Specialist

Andrew DiazAndrew joined the Changing Tides team as a Recovery Support Specialist. He graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice in 2007. Andrew worked as a Detective in law enforcement for 7+ years where he was part of a regional gang task force with the D.E.A and F.B.I. Andrews’ own past experiences with addiction offer a unique outlook to clients as he offers real-life success stories on recovery and is a walking example that “CHANGE IS POSSIBLE!” It is critical to understand each person’s particular story of addiction so Changing Tides can craft an individual journey of recovery and Andrew’s approachable personality and big smile help facilitate that. Andrew is passionate and committed to supporting clients so it will allow them to leave Changing Tides with a plan to enhance their success in leading a sober and healthy life. Andrew is currently in training to become a certified Peer Support Specialist.

When Andrew is not working, he can be found fishing on the beach with his dog Gretta, at the gym, or cooking secret family recipes in his crockpot.

Allison Kincaid

Case Manager

Allison is a Case  Manager at Changing Tides.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Art and Addiction Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Allison utilizes expressive art therapy to help those in recovery from addiction express their emotions through art.  She finds that there are times where art can be used when individuals cannot express themselves with words.  Due to her time working with those in recovery, Allison decided to go back to school in pursuit of her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  As a professional in progress, Allison enjoys Narrative based therapy believing that focusing on the positive storyline of a person’s life and reworking the negative allows for “untold” stories to become told focusing on an individual’s strengths instead of weaknesses.   She also enjoys Gestalt therapy by bringing the abstract view of the here and now by looking at one’s personal journey and focusing not only on the behavioral, but on cognitive and emotional aspects of sobriety.

When she is not working or studying, Allison enjoys spending time with her 3 children, relaxing with her chihuahua, Oliver, and English bull dog, Aggie, and creating memories with friends.