Phone: 919-345-5230     

​​​​​A Better Choice: Rise Up Counseling

© 2018 | A Better Choice Rise up Counseling

Gemimah Kerner -Rodriguez, Executive Director
Phone: 919-345-5230     

Fax: 888-900-7754.

 ¡Hablamos Español!


​Crafting a plan to take you there

We specialize in DWI and substance abuse assessments and treatment. Our high quality professional and friendly staff includes bilingual and culturally competent counselors.

Our Staff:

Joe Hazel, MDiv, LSAC, CCS
Clinical Director
Gemimah Kerner Rodriguez, MA, BBA, CSAC, QPPE 
Executive Director
Joany Rosales, CSAC 
Program Coordinator
Ricardo Adrianzen, SACI 

BoB Kerner

Cesiah Hernandez, LPC  


Wake County

​1140 Kildaire Farm RD

Suite 108-1

Cary NC 27511


Johnston County
5533 NC Hwy 42 West

Unit B-22 
Garner NC 27529

DWI, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services


Minimizing your risks along the way

We are very proud and honored to have two veterans in our agency. First our clinician Joe Hazel, retired from the Navy. Secondly, Joany Rosales our program director and Counselor a Coast Guard Veteran. 

Dear Veterans,
You still are the champions of a noble cause. Here we are, with our hearts full of gratitude, giving you Blessings and Honor for the sacrifices and courage that you heroically fought for the freedom and honor of America to make it the greatest nation on earth!
We thank all you brave men and women who sacrificed so much, so that we could have a better life and a country to call home. All of you that still with us and all of you that that are not because gave your life for the cause of freedom and Care. We thank our Veterans’ families that suffer with them for our nations cause. Thank you so much.
We remember those who gave everything of themselves than to protect others. We remember those who sacrificed not even if it weren’t demanded of them in the line of duty. In fact, we recognize the devotion and gallantry with which these people ennobled our nation.
Thank you Veterans!

Joe Hazel U.S. Navy Vet

Phone: 919-345-5230  Fax: 888-900-7754

Chatham County
288 East St 
Pittsboro, NC 27312



Our executive director, Gemimah Kerner Rodriguez, has been working over 15 years as a substance abuse counselor in Wake County and has more than 25-years experience working as parent educator and christian family counselor.
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Gemimah received her license in Havana. She worked in Peru as missionary for almost three years as a christian family counselor and educator. She has a master in Theology and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. She is  certified substance abuse counselor and parent educator at the professional level by the State of North Carolina.

Since 2003, Gemimah has been employed with SAFEchild, a non-profit child abuse prevention agency as a program coordinator teaching parenting education classes and case management. Also for the last 15 years she has been working around Wake County with cases of DWI and other drug and alcohol problems and as a volunteer in the community.
Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

Joany Rosales

U.S. Coast Guard Vet

about us


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