Trails Carolina Staff Bio

Dottie Lank

Admissions Team

Dottie - Admissions - Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy

Dottie Lank

Director of Admissions

Dottie comes to Trails Carolina with a passion for building long-lasting relationships with referral sources and clients. Born and raised in Delaware, Dottie knew from an early age that she was destined to work in the behavioral health industry.

She received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Delaware State University in 2004. Her internship experience focused on HIV testing, counseling and STD prevention education.

Dottie worked as a direct care staff and as the Admissions Director for a therapeutic boarding school until 2010. She then became the Program Manager for a skill development center for the mentally and physically disabled.

Dottie and her family have moved to Lake Toxaway, NC. She enjoys exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband (Nick), their 2 children (Axl and Ella), and their 2 dogs (Rosco and Cali) in her free time.

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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


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