Our Staff Our staff is made up of highly skilled professionals with many years of experience.

Most of our professional level staff hold advanced degrees in addictions, counseling, divinity,
psychology, social work, management and other disciplines. We have two doctoral level
psychologists and nurses who specialize in co-occurring substance use and mental health
disorders.

Executive Leadership

Monique Bourgeois

MPNA, LADC
Chief Community Relations Officer

Monique Bourgeois

MPNA, LADC
Chief Community Relations Officer

Monique Bourgeois has worked in the addiction-recovery field for 20+ years in a variety of capacities including: adolescent substance use disorder treatment, public school chemical health specialist, Executive Director of the Association of Recovery Schools and as the Director of Volunteers & Training at Minnesota Recovery Connection. Ms. Bourgeois has trained hundreds of members of the recovery community in peer-based support, has developed and implemented peer-based support programs and been a member of multiple leadership teams. Currently, in her role as NUWAY's Community Relations Director, she educates individuals and organizations about the extended care services provided through NUWAY's programs. Ms. Bourgeois holds a Master’s in Public and Non-profit Administration and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is a graduate of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center’s Leadership Institute, published in the 2007 Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery (JGAR) and In My Own Words…Celebrating Students’ Stories of Recovery… (2009). Additionally, Ms. Bourgeois has been a peer reviewer for JGAR and in 2012, Ms. Bourgeois was selected as a faculty for the Betty Ford Institute’s Consensus Conference on identifying and disseminating successful Recovery Support Services strategies. She is on the St. Cloud State University Recovery Community Advisory Council, and a member of Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery Chemical Health (MARRCH) and the Citizens Advisory Council on Chemical Health in Ramsey County.

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John Marston

Chief Financial Officer

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John Marston

Chief Financial Officer

John Marston comes to us from NuWay’s Board of Trustees where he served as the Treasurer for the past two years. Previously, he was interim Finance Director. His experience includes various roles in manufacturing, staffing, banking, and healthcare. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of a bank where he is a member of the IT and Audit committees.

Tom Meier, NuWay CAO

Dr. Tom Meier

Chief Administrative Officer

Tom Meier, NuWay CAO

Dr. Tom Meier

Chief Administrative Officer

Tom served on the NUWAY Board of Trustees for five years before joining the staff as CAO in 2016. He has twenty years’ experience in healthcare, business, and nonprofit management. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from Metropolitan State University. His undergraduate work was completed at UC Santa Barbara.

Kenneth L. Roberts, Director - Outpatient Services

Kenneth L. Roberts

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Chief Clinical Officer

Kenneth L. Roberts, Director - Outpatient Services

Kenneth L. Roberts

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Chief Clinical Officer

Kenneth L. Roberts is NUWAY’s Chief Clinical Officer. He has worked for over 10 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and administrator in various levels of co-occurring care treating substance use and mental health disorders. He is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for treatment of PTSD. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies (Co-Occurring Disorders) he serves as an adjunct faculty member to both the University of Minnesota and Metro State University. Mr. Roberts works in his current role synthesizing a R.I.S.E. (Recovery In Supportive Environments) Model of care with community based resources to support improved clinical outcomes.

David J. Vennes, NuWay Executive Director/CEO

David J. Vennes

MPNA
Executive Director/CEO

David J. Vennes, NuWay Executive Director/CEO

David J. Vennes

MPNA
Executive Director/CEO

David is a doctoral student in public administration at Hamline University School of Business and holds a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University. David's undergraduate studies include a Bachelor of Arts (individualized in addictions) from Metropolitan State University and Certificate in Chemical Dependency Family Treatment from St. Mary's Junior College. David has developed and restructured more than a dozen programs locally and nationally. David started his career with NuWay in 2006 as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, becoming the Clinical Director then Executive Director in 2008.

Leadership

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director

Heather Anderson is the Program Director at 2118 NUWAY Counseling Center in Minneapolis, MN. Heather obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Cloud State University and her Master's in Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Heather is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Prolonged Exposure therapy to address individual trauma. She is passionate about promoting the growth of clients through the delivery of evidence-based practices to address co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Dan Asleson

Director of Technology Services

Dan Asleson

Director of Technology Services

Dan joined NUWAY leadership in 2019 to oversee the delivery of technology and telecommunications. He began as a contractor to NUWAY in 2011, and has over 15 years’ experience in technology and business. Dan studied electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota, physics at Gustavus Adolphus College. He started and sold a property management firm before becoming an IT professional. Dan's team works diligently behind the scenes to ensure that NUWAY's direct care staff are able to remain focused on providing a superior client experience.

Ryan Clukey

MBA
Vice President, Human Resources

Ryan Clukey

MBA
Vice President, Human Resources

Ryan joined the NUWAY leadership team in 2019 to develop and oversee Human Resources programs and functions. Ryan completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia College Minnesota before going on to complete his Masters of Business Administration specialized in Human Resources Management at Ashford University. Ryan prides himself on creating and fostering a work environment that is hyper-focused on the employee experience. Ryan works to directly optimize organizational performance by positively impacting NUWAY employees through Human Resources operations.

Amy Dellwo

BS, MA
Vice President, Public Policy

Amy Dellwo

BS, MA
Vice President, Public Policy

Amy Dellwo is the Public Policy Director for NUWAY. Dellwo is responsible for NUWAY’s short- and long-term goals related to public policy and collaborates with NUWAY partners across both the public and private sectors. A majority of Dellwo’s career prior to NUWAY was spent at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) where she worked for 20 years. She was appointed chief of staff in June 2018. As chief of staff, Dellwo oversaw agency wide functions, including Human Resources; the Office for Equity, Performance and Development and the Office of Compliance. DHS is the state’s largest agency, serving well over 1 million people with an annual budget of $11 billion and more than 6,500 employees throughout the state. The department provides or administers a broad range of services, including health care, economic assistance, child welfare services, and services for the elderly and people with disabilities. Dellwo also served as the legislative director for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) since 2010. In this role she managed and directed state and federal legislative programs for DHS. She prepared information for lawmakers, budget recommendations and position statements, as well as monitoring, tracking and analyzing legislative proposals. Dellwo also planned and directed organizational studies and analyses to ensure an agency-wide legislation program is developed to support DHS and its positions and proposals. Dellwo became legislative director after working as a disability waiver health care manager in the disability services division. She previously was director of government and external relations for DHS’ Continuing Care Administration, and also was Senior LinkAge Line coordinator for the Minnesota Board on Aging and a consumer support grant consultant with DHS. Currently, she is a member of Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery Chemical Health (MARRCH). Dellwo has a bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management and her Master Degree in Addiction Studies from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. She has experience working in a halfway house, intensive residential and outpatient treatment settings. Her areas of interest include individuals with trauma, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. She has experience working with women, men, adolescents and adults using a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, family and group therapy sessions.

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Peter Green

LADC
Diversity Director

Peter Green

LADC
Diversity Director

Peter has over 20 years of experience working in the field of chemical dependency. His positions have included providing direct contact services, managing culturally specific programs for African American Family Services and consulting services at a number of Treatment Center Programs in the twin cities area. Prior to joining NuWay, Peter was with the Park Avenue Treatment Center in Minneapolis for ten plus years, most recently as the Program Director for their co-occurring culturally specific program.

Angela Hansen

MA, LADC, CHC
Quality, Training & Compliance Director

Angela Hansen

MA, LADC, CHC
Quality, Training & Compliance Director

Angela has been in the behavioral health field since 2009, working in addiction and eating disorder treatment organizations. She is Certified in Health Care Compliance and serves in the role of Quality, Training and Compliance Director at NUWAY. Angela has a passion for training and supporting quality client care. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Morgan Kluender, Revenue Cycle Manager

Morgan Kluender

BA
Revenue Cycle Director

Morgan Kluender, Revenue Cycle Manager

Morgan Kluender

BA
Revenue Cycle Director

As NUWAY'S Revenue Cycle Manager, Morgan is responsible for overseeing the administrative and clinical functions that contribute to the capture, management, and collections of client services revenue. She has over 15 years’ experience in revenue cycle production and billing. Currently pursuing her MBA, Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the U of MN, Twin Cities. While she might not be involved directly with clients on a day-to-day basis, she is committed to ensuring clients are able to get the treatment they need. Morgan is a die-hard Backstreet Boys fan and enjoys that NUWAY is a short walk from Glam Dolls Donuts.

Dr. Tiffany Laschkewitsch

PSY D, LP, LADC
Practicum Director

Dr. Tiffany Laschkewitsch

PSY D, LP, LADC
Practicum Director

Tiffany is a licensed psychologist and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. She has worked as a program director and mental health services director/training director in substance use and co-occurring disorder outpatient treatment. Tiffany completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University-Twin Cities. Tiffany’s training experiences included working in community mental health, sex offender assessment, college counseling, and co-occurring disorders treatment. Tiffany enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and all things related to cooking.

Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga and her family came to the United States from Poland in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. Aga has experience working in residential and intensive outpatient settings. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and families.

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John E. Miller

Vice President, Strategic Growth

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from St. Ambrose University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology at Argosy University. Marian obtained her LADC in 2018 and her LPCC in 2020 and enjoys providing person-centered care to diverse populations. Marian was previously a counselor at NUWAY 3R’s Counseling Center and has been the Program Manager at NUWAY I since May 2019. Marian's clinical interests include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders, trauma-focused therapy, and providing education and training to interns and staff.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

Sam Woolery

Recovery Residence Resource Director

Sam Woolery

Recovery Residence Resource Director

Sam Woolery’s experience in the field of addiction-recovery includes 4+ years managing a network of supportive sober living programs in Saint Paul as well as 2 years managing alumni relations and volunteers for Hazelden Betty Ford’s Chaska, Maple Grove, and Saint Paul locations. Sam currently serves on the board of the PEASE Community Foundation, which helps support PEASE Academy, a recovery high school in Minneapolis.

Management

Rob Biglow

MA, LADC
Floating Program Manager

Rob Biglow

MA, LADC
Floating Program Manager

Rob obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and completed his Master’s in Clinical Psychology degree at Crown College in St. Bonifacius Minnesota. Rob is interested in advocating for clients who struggle with chemical dependency and mental health concerns. He completed his internship at NUWAY and accepted a counseling position. Currently, Rob has his LADC and is planning to gain an LPCC upon completing the requirements. Outside of the psychology profession, Rob enjoys playing music, spending time outdoors, camping, fishing, and hiking.

Nicole Boos

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Nicole Boos

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Nikki has her Bachelors Degree from Metropolitan State University. She has been working in the substance use field for over 8 years starting as a CD Tech in 2005. She plans to continue her education to become duel licensed as a LICSW in the future. Nikki's excited to be a part of the NUWAY family.

Crystal Caruso

Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso

Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso has worked in the addiction recovery field for the past 6 years in a variety of capacities including: Utilization Review, Director of Admissions, and as the Director of Business Development. Prior to the behavioral health field Crystal has worked in hospital and clinic settings as a LPN. Currently, in her role as NUWAY 3RS Community Relations Manager, she educates individuals and organizations about the extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs.

Jac Clingerman

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Jac Clingerman

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Jac received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. His experience working with diverse populations allows him to provide an environment that is safe and free of judgement, which in turn enables him to meet clients where they are at in their recovery journey. Jac advocates strongly for the recovery community, is a member of the LGBTQ community and is passionate about eliminating the stigma associated with addiction, mental health and medication assisted treatment.

Amelia Dela O-Peterson

MS, LPCC, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Amelia Dela O-Peterson

MS, LPCC, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Amelia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. In addition to providing addiction counseling, Amelia is in the process of receiving clinical supervision for licensure to become a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Amelia has experience working with a wide variety of clients including children, adolescents, and adults with both substance use and severe and persistent mental illness. During her free time, Amelia enjoys reading, spending time with family, and attending concerts.

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Sr. Program Manager

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Sr. Program Manager

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and continued her education by completing the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Chemical Dependency Program. Angela began her career as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and later became a Clinical Supervisor. Other than working within the Substance Use Disorder field, Angela has an extensive history of working as an advocate for Domestic Violence survivors. Angela loves to learn and is looking forward to continuing her education in the future

Brianne Holt

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Brianne Holt

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Bri comes to NUWAY with over 6 years to working in the field of addiction and recovery. She has a passion for working with people who struggle with addiction as she is in long term recovery herself. Bri graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She works hard to connect with clients and provide them experience, strength and hope. The transformation that occurs from the minute a client walks in the door to when they leave is what keeps the desire to work within the field strong. Bri is a mother of 5 and spends most of her free time managing their many activities and events. She enjoys spending time at their cabin in Vining, Minnesota in both winter and summer, and because most of her children are boys, she has learned to love ice fishing.

Vanessa Kissinger

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Vanessa Kissinger

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Vanessa comes to NUWAY with 7+ years of experience working in the recovery community. Vanessa is a person in long term recovery and has an advocates heart for those struggling with addiction. Vanessa graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in 2014. After a few years of working as an LADC she realized there is a need for more awareness for those struggling with addiction and completed her Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership in 2018 at Metropolitan State University. Vanessa is passionate about advocating for clients and enjoys the process of watching clients identify strengths from within. In her spare time, Vanessa can be found at the gym training for a triathlon, getting lost in a book while sipping an iced coffee at a local coffee shop or planning a spur of the moment vacation.

Joyce Koerner

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Interim Sr Program Manager

Joyce Koerner

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Interim Sr Program Manager

Joyce received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Lawrence University and completed in her Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health through the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an LADC and under supervision working toward her LPCC. Joyce has experience in women’s inpatient treatment, men’s outpatient treatment, and individual mental health services. Her professional interests include cultural competency, trauma responsive care, substance use disorders, and integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. Joyce currently works as a Co-Occurring Counselor at the Rochester location.

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. He began his career in the field of addiction-recovery in 2009 being a student in and helping facilitate a collegiate recovery program at The College of Saint Scholastica. His first professional job out of school was in sales but his personal journey in recovery pulled Jake back to the field opening doors for him to work at treatment programs in the Twin Cities. Jake’s passion of building and maintaining relationships serves him well as a Community Relations Manger at NUWAY. Jake currently serves as co-board chair on the MARRCH Communication Committee. In his spare time Jake enjoys swimming, running, spending time with his family and trying to keep up with his two boys.

Karina Link, addiction counselor

Karina Link

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Erin Malkow

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Erin Malkow

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Erin obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Augsburg University in 2020. She obtained her master’s degree in social work & her LADC from Augsburg University in 2021. She is currently licensed as a LGSW and LADC in supervision for her LICSW. Erin is passionate about applying a strength -based approach that provides quality of care to individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. Her current clinical approach utilizes skills from treatment modalities such as CBT, Person-centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Outside of work and school, Erin enjoys spending time doing woodwork, DIY projects, hanging out with family and friends and gardening.

Taylor Olson

BS, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Taylor Olson

BS, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Taylor received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2013. After graduating Taylor crossed over into Minnesota and now enjoys being a MN transplant. After working as a Behavioral Therapist she returned to school, attending Century College to pursue her LADC Certificate. Taylor was able to gain experience in her internship with NUWAY exploring both the Intensive Outpatient Program and Residential sites; upon completion she was able to join the team as a staff member. She enjoys spending time outside, exploring new areas, hiking and kayaking.

Lance Petschl

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Lance Petschl

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Lance graduated Inver Hills Community college with his A.S. and A.A. with a contemporary business degree. He then went on to Metropolitan State University where he obtained his B.A. and LADC licensure. Lance is currently pursuing his masters degree in Co-Occurring Disorders and am going for his LPCC. He enjoys riding his Harley, traveling, hiking, playing slow pitch softball, and enjoying the outdoors.

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her experience working with diverse populations, delivering trauma informed and person centered care, enables her to hold a safe place for clients to do the hard work necessary to begin their recovery journey. Lisa advocates strongly for the recovery community, is an LGBTQ ally and is passionate about erasing the stigma associated with addiction.

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina has a BA in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master's of Art in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Additionally, she has an LADC and is working towards earning her LPCC. Clinically, Sabrina is interested in working with populations that are impacted my co-occurring disorders. She enjoys traveling and coming across new adventures.

Heather Skrien

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Heather Skrien

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Heather has been working in the field as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 2017. Heather earned her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Her work experience includes both adult and adolescent co-occurring populations in outpatient and residential settings. Her goal is provide a safe place for clients to openly discuss concerns while providing empathy, compassion, understanding, and different perspectives. Heather primarily utilizes cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and solution-focused strategies in her approach. She is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an evidenced-based therapy that utilizes eye movements and image replacement in efforts to reduce negative images stored in the brain. When not at work, you can find Heather spending time with her dog, attending dance classes, and adventuring in nature.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea obtained her Practical Nursing Degree in 2015 from Rasmussen College. She went on to achieve her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2019 from Rasmussen College. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Govern University and will graduate in 2022. Prior to working with NUWAY Chelsea has had work experience as a Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager and has a genuine passion in helping others overcome barriers in their everyday lives.

Julie Timm

BA, LADC
Quality, Training & Compliance Manager

Julie Timm

BA, LADC
Quality, Training & Compliance Manager

Julie has been working in non-profit organizations since 1999 when she started working with family and at risk youth with her Bachelor's of Science degree. She returned to school in 2011 to work on her license for Drug and Alcohol Counseling and has been licensed as a LADC since 2013. Since then, Julie has worked in the field of addiction studies working with health care professionals, opiate dependent patients, men, women, and adolescents. Julie is detail oriented and task driven.

3R’s

Katie Beedle

MA, LADC, LPCC
Counselor

Katie Beedle

MA, LADC, LPCC
Counselor

Katie obtained her Masters in Psychotherapy and Co-occurring Disorders from Adler Graduate School. She has experience working as an addiction counselor in an intensive outpatient setting with men and women. Katie worked with Park Avenue Center for five years prior to joining NUWAY. She has also worked with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in a group home setting. She obtained her LPCC license and uses her knowledge and experience to help clients understand their struggles in addiction in connection to their mental health. She loves creating a positive therapeutic relationship with clients and is passionate about the work she does. She enjoys helping others by setting a positive example and exploring the client’s strengths. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and off-roading with her Jeep.

Whitney Bergstresser

BA, LADC
Counselor

Whitney Bergstresser

BA, LADC
Counselor

Whitney obtained her Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a specialization in law, crime and deviance from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Whitney is a combat veteran and served on active duty until 2016. She is currently working towards completing her Master’s degree in counseling Psychology with a specialization in co-occurring disorders at the University of St. Thomas. Whitney has worked with a variety of populations including inpatient settings with adolescents in chemical dependency treatment and supportive living homes for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. In her free time Whitney enjoys spending time relaxing in nature, taking her 3 dogs hiking, spending time fishing at the cabin, gardening and snowboarding.
Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Robert received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Addiction Counseling program at Century College. He has been with NUWAY since August 2019 in various roles: intern, clinical support, and licensed counselor. Robert employs a client-centered approach to treatment and promotes the healing power of human connection as a critical component of the recovery process. Prior to joining NUWAY, Robert spent over 20 years working in corporate positions, primarily in finance and administration. In his free time Robert enjoys family, Fenders, and fly fishing.

Crystal Caruso

Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso

Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso has worked in the addiction recovery field for the past 6 years in a variety of capacities including: Utilization Review, Director of Admissions, and as the Director of Business Development. Prior to the behavioral health field Crystal has worked in hospital and clinic settings as a LPN. Currently, in her role as NUWAY 3RS Community Relations Manager, she educates individuals and organizations about the extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs.

Patti Choate

MS, LADC
Counselor

Patti Choate

MS, LADC
Counselor

Patti comes to NUWAY with 10 years experience in the field of addiction. After completing a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology and graduate certification in Addiction Studies, University of Minnesota, she worked in inpatient services at Hazelden Foundation in Center City as a clinical counselor and as a Family Program professional with families and patients. In 2015, she traveled overseas to St. Helier, Jersey, UK to help Silkworth Lodge treatment center start a family program that would serve the island population. She served as counselor supervisor with Meridian Behavioral Health before joining NUWAY 3R’s staff as counselor. A lover of nature and the outdoors, she enjoys hiking, canoeing the Boundary Waters, or walking the paths around Minneapolis’ beautiful lakes.

Josh Cogan

BS, LADC
Counselor

Josh Cogan

BS, LADC
Counselor

Josh obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana University in 2010. Josh finished the LADC Licensure Track from Metropolitan State University in 2020. He has been with NUWAY since May 2020 in various roles: Intern, clinical support, and licensed counselor. In his free time, Josh enjoys playing sports, travelling, and spending time with family.

Galen DeReu

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Galen DeReu

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Galen received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology from The College of Saint Benedict in 2013. She attended the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2014 and graduated with a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies with Advanced Practice in Co-Occurring Disorders. Galen has been practicing as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor LADC since 2015 and is currently working towards completing clinical hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She has experience in residential and outpatient treatment facilities and has worked with adolescents and adults. In her free time Galen enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

Lindsey Ellis

BA, LADC
Counselor

Lindsey Ellis

BA, LADC
Counselor

Lindsey has her Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management and studied Addiction Counseling at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Lindsey has been licensed through Minnesota BBHT since 2015 and has worked in a variety of outpatient programs as an addiction counselor prior to joining the NUWAY team. Lindsey is passionate about recovery and the beauty that recovery brings to communities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, animals, and traveling.

Anna Ellis

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Anna Ellis

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Anna obtained her Bachelor in Science in Psychology from Concordia University - St. Paul and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Co-Occurring Disorders from the University of St. Thomas. Anna has her LADC and recently obtained her LPCC. Anna is passionate about working with people within the criminal justice system to help them overcome barriers and strive for positive change. Outside of work, Anna enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and being with her dogs.

Otto Flaherty

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.
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Kevin Ham

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Kevin HamHeadshot

Kevin Ham

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hamline University and Master of Professional Studies in Addiction Counseling from the University of Minnesota. He is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC). He has experience as a counselor in many settings including an outpatient treatment program for those who were formerly incarcerated, an intensive residential substance use disorder program, and on a residential mental health unit for people with severe and persistent mental illness. He employs a person-centered approach in which clients can move toward greater self-awareness and insight into their difficulties from a place of curiosity, empathy, and non-judgement. His goal is to work alongside the clients and help them explore how underlying beliefs contribute to their struggles while supporting clients with new strategies to help them achieve their goals of sobriety and live a life of wellbeing. Kevin is an avid vinyl record collector with a passion for all music, but especially artists such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, and Mile Davis. Kevin enjoys hunting with his wife for vintage goods, cooking, gardening, walking his dog along the river roads, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Hannah Holmquist

BS, LADC
Counselor

Hannah Holmquist

BS, LADC
Counselor

Hannah completed her bachelor of science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling with a focus in criminal justice from Metropolitan State University. She has worked in the mental health field since 2015, through direct care for individuals living with mental health diagnoses, and later as a chemical dependency technician in a residential setting working with adolescents. During her internship and since working as a licensed counselor, she has worked with women in a trauma-responsive outpatient and residential program, as well as adolescents in a day treatment setting. In her free time, she enjoys going to the lake no matter the time of year, spending time with her family, and trying out new recipes.

Sheryl Hybert

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Sheryl Hybert

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Sheryl received a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/literature from Columbia College Chicago in 1992, a Master’s degree in psychology/counseling from St. Thomas in 2006 and a certificate in substance abuse counseling from Century College in 2007. She holds the following licenses: LADC, LPCC and is a trained yoga instructor. Sheryl has experience at RS EDEN women’s program and Walk-in Counseling Center. She's interested in the effects of trauma on brain development and embodied experience and the significant impact of trauma on physical and mental health including substance abuse. Sheryl enjoys learning, nature, gardening, walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Anne Kubik

BA, LADC
Counselor

Anne Kubik

BA, LADC
Counselor

Anne completed her bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Northern Iowa with a Substance use certificate and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Anne has experience with MAT counseling, Intensive outpatient with lodging and outpatient services, and complex co-occurring disorders with adult populations. Her expertise lies within utilizing a person-centered approach, motivational interviewing skills, group counseling and relapse prevention planning to assist clients in finding purpose and meaning in recovery.

Shelby Lageson

BS
Clinical Support

Shelby Lageson

BS
Clinical Support

Shelby obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University - Mankato in 2015. She is currently working towards completing her certificate for Addiction Counseling through Century College. Shelby has worked with a variety of populations in different settings, including schools, residential treatment facilities, and an emergency shelter for teenagers. She strives to use a trauma-informed, person-centered approach when working with clients. In her free time, Shelby also likes spending time with her pets, reading, biking, cooking, and being outdoors.

Kjirsten Lipa

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Kjirsten Lipa

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Kjirsten completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology. This led her to completing her master’s degree at Saint Mary’s University with a focus on mental health and chemical counseling. She believes that counseling should help conquer the difficult, while creating space for humor, joy and connection. In effort to help individuals recover, she believes there is necessity in building self-regard and handling one’s self with kindness. “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” -Fred Rogers
Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga and her family came to the United States from Poland in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. Aga has experience working in residential and intensive outpatient settings. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and families.

Erin Malkow

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Erin Malkow

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Erin obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Augsburg University in 2020. She obtained her master’s degree in social work & her LADC from Augsburg University in 2021. She is currently licensed as a LGSW and LADC in supervision for her LICSW. Erin is passionate about applying a strength -based approach that provides quality of care to individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. Her current clinical approach utilizes skills from treatment modalities such as CBT, Person-centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Outside of work and school, Erin enjoys spending time doing woodwork, DIY projects, hanging out with family and friends and gardening.

Taylor Miller

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Taylor Miller

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Taylor graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Taylor has worked in the human services field for the past 4 years. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), while working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Taylor has experience working with dual-diagnosis disorders, as well as working with a diverse client population. Taylor focuses on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her practices and believes in Person-Centered therapeutic approaches. Outside of the work setting, Taylor enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Paris Pederson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Paris Pederson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Paris is a graduate from Metropolitan State with a bachelor’s degree in Addiction Counseling. He has worked in various roles at different treatment centers from house manager, billing department, addiction technician, and now LADC. Paris has been practicing in the field for 4+ years as a primary counselor and is looking to continue to grow in his profession and help as many people as he can find recovery.

Lance Petschl

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Lance Petschl

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Lance graduated Inver Hills Community college with his A.S. and A.A. with a contemporary business degree. He then went on to Metropolitan State University where he obtained his B.A. and LADC licensure. Lance is currently pursuing his masters degree in Co-Occurring Disorders and am going for his LPCC. He enjoys riding his Harley, traveling, hiking, playing slow pitch softball, and enjoying the outdoors.

Nikki Pierce

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Nikki Pierce

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Nikki received her Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University in 2001 and her Master of Arts in Counseling & Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University in 2006. She is currently finishing a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from Saint Mary’s University and will be completed by Spring of 2021. She recently obtained her LPCC and is taking the exam for her LADC in January. She has a variety of experience in the human services field, from case management to ARMHS. Her interests include complex co-occurring disorders, trauma, grief and loss, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapies.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her experience working with diverse populations, delivering trauma informed and person centered care, enables her to hold a safe place for clients to do the hard work necessary to begin their recovery journey. Lisa advocates strongly for the recovery community, is an LGBTQ ally and is passionate about erasing the stigma associated with addiction.

Christina Schneberger

BS, LADC
Counselor

Christina Schneberger

BS, LADC
Counselor

Christina completed her Associate’s Degree with an Emphasis in Psychology and her Bachelor’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. She is a current Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) who is currently attending graduate school with the goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Christina has worked in both Residential and Outpatient treatment settings with both Youth and Adolescents, and Adult Populations. Christina is passionate about working with individuals involved within the Criminal Justice system, to help provide support as they integrate back into society. Her clinical approach is client-centered and utilizing motivational interviewing. Outside of work and school, Christina enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family, friends and her 3 pound yorkie.

Christina Smith

BA, LADC
Counselor

Christina Smith

BA, LADC
Counselor

Christina completed her Bachler's in alcohol and drug counseling from Metro State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Christina completed her internship in 2008 at Pear Lake Women's Program in Grand Rapids. She worked at Pear Lake and Hope House for many years and with the Itasca County Drug Court team. Christina moved back to the Metro area in 2015 and worked in both residential and outpatient treatment. Christina's most current employment history was in withdrawal management. Christina is passionate about working as an alcohol and drug counselor. In her free time Christina enjoys spending time with her 5 children and 1 year old puppy.

Evan Tharaldson

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Evan Tharaldson

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Evan has been working in the behavioral health field for over 3 years as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Evan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where he also completed a certificate program in Addiction Studies to obtain his LADC. He has worked extensively with the recovery community, with a focus on treating trauma, as well as other various co-occurring disorders. He has also worked with and led seminars for interning counselors to help them develop their therapeutic approach. His passion for education, holistic and trauma-responsive care has led him to this field, and he hopes to continue to grow that passion while working with fellow recovering people. Outside of work, Evan enjoys biking, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Kathy Weiss

BS, LADC
Counselor

Kathy Weiss

BS, LADC
Counselor

Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining NUWAY, Kathy worked at Hazelden’s Fellowship Club and Wayside. Kathy has held multiple clinical positions over the past decade including clinical case management, peer recovery advocate, and liaison for Hennepin County Drug Court. She places a strong emphasis on spiritual development and person-centered therapy and believes in meeting the client where they are at. Kathy enjoys learning about other cultures, traveling, camping, spending time with her children, her pugs, and provides foster homes for dogs coming out of puppy mills.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin - Madison, her MA in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State University, and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 15 years at various levels including program assistant, clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a member of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid.

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Fadumo Ali

MA, LADC
Counselor

Fadumo Ali

MA, LADC
Counselor

Fadumo received her Master of Arts in Counseling & Psychological Services with an Addiction Services certificate at St. Mary's University of Minnesota in 2021. She has experience working with clients who seek intensive outpatient with lodging, outpatient and complex co-occurring services. Fadumo is passionate about working with clients from diverse backgrounds and likes to utilize a person-centered approach to help each client live their best and most authentic life. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is working on obtaining her LPCC. During her free time Fadumo enjoys reading, binge-watching tv shows, traveling and spending time with her loved ones.

Dietrich Anderson

BS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Dietrich Anderson

BS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Dietrich obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in addiction studies from Metropolitan State University. He has worked for NuWay for the past 4 years in various positions before working as an LADC. Dietrich believes that the opposite of addiction is human connection, community, and hope. He has worked extensively with the LGBTQA recovery community for the past 6 years and has served on the “Out and Sober Minnesota” board for 4 years by providing social, educational and informational events monthly with helping the LGBTQA community build healthy clean and sober networks. Dietrich is continuing his education in the fall of 2017 at Metropolitan State University by earning his masters of science degree in their Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling/LPCC licensure program.

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director

Heather Anderson is the Program Director at 2118 NUWAY Counseling Center in Minneapolis, MN. Heather obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Cloud State University and her Master's in Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Heather is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Prolonged Exposure therapy to address individual trauma. She is passionate about promoting the growth of clients through the delivery of evidence-based practices to address co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Dan Baird

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Dan Baird

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Dan is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and relocated to Minnesota in 2010. He graduated from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School with a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies, Advanced Practice, and joined NUWAY in November 2017 as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). He is currently working towards his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential. His previous experience includes working with men and women in a residential treatment setting, and working with men in an intensive outpatient setting. His approach to treatment is person-centered, and focused on helping clients develop interpersonal skills to establish connection with others.

Gokce Balent

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Gokce Balent

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Gokce obtained her Master of Professional Studies from University of Minnesota in Integrated Behavioral Health in 2020. She provides counseling to individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and she is currently receiving clinical supervision to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Gokce has experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. She works from an existentialist, person-centered and strength-based approach and she aims to help clients increase insight and self-awareness and empower clients to take responsibility for their choices and understand and improve important relationships in their lives. Gokce’s clinical interests include substance use disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and anxiety disorders. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading novels, and spending time with her cat.
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Jason Berve

BA
Clinical Support

Jason BerveHeadshot

Jason Berve

BA
Clinical Support

Jason obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2009. He is working towards obtaining his diploma in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis College and is currently working as a second-semester intern as Clinical Support at NUWAY. Jason appreciates working with diverse backgrounds and is passionate about helping clients rediscover their strengths and finding new passions in life. He strives to employ a person-centered approach, valuing client autonomy and empowering clients to make their own decisions to improve their overall health and well-being. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending ample time with his cats, playing guitar, listening to 311 and spending time with his baby boy.

Tristan Carter

LADC
Counselor

Tristan Carter

LADC
Counselor

Tristan is currently a second-semester Intern, serving as Clinical Support for NUWAY. He is working on his Associate's and Bachelors in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Metropolitan State University, respectively, graduating in December 2021. He plans on pursuing his Master's degree in Social Work starting in the fall of 2022. His professional interests are in trauma, social justice, grief and loss, tobacco treatment, positive psychology, and conduct disorders. Tristan utilizes a humanistic approach when working with clients to meet clients where they are at in their stages of recovery and to ensure that client's basic needs are being met. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors hiking/biking, volunteering, coaching youth athletics, and taking road trips.

Mekena Coakley

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Mekena Coakley

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Mekena graduated from University of Wisconsin- Stout with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and concentrations in child and adolescent counseling and substance use disorders. She obtained her license as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC). Before joining NUWAY, Mekena gained experience working with a variety of populations including adults treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and working with children/adolescents and their caregivers providing individual and family therapy services across Minnesota. Along with her LADC, Mekena is also receiving clinical supervision to become a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Her clinical interests include trauma, anxiety and depression, attachment, and reducing the shame and stigma of mental health and substance use disorders. Mekena takes a Cognitive-Behavioral, Mindfulness, and Person-Centered therapeutic approach to foster growth and best serve the individual needs of each client. In her free time, Mekena enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Norm Cox, alcohol & drug counselor

Norm Cox

BS, LADC
Counselor

Norm Cox, alcohol & drug counselor

Norm Cox

BS, LADC
Counselor

Norm earned his Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. He enjoys helping others and entered the field of addiction because he wants to make a difference in people’s lives. He has worked with adults in both residential and outpatient settings. In his free time, Norm enjoys spending time with his family and friends, coin collecting, reading, playing the guitar and ukulele.

Alexandra Flatley

BS, LADC
Counselor

Alexandra Flatley

BS, LADC
Counselor

Ali graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a double major in Alcohol and Drug Studies and Corrections. She is currently working as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Ali has gained experience working with both youth and adults in various settings such as homeless shelters, courts/incarceration system, as well as residential and outpatient treatment centers. Ali strongly believes in meeting individuals where they are and utilizing their individual strengths to build a solid foundation within themselves. She believes trust, compassion, and understanding are crucial components when working with others. Ali values the inclusivity of all individuals. In her down time, Ali enjoys spending time with family and friends and her dogs outside.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.
Mary Helget, addiction counselor

Mary Helget

BA, LADC
Counselor

Mary Helget, addiction counselor

Mary Helget

BA, LADC
Counselor

Mary has over 25 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency counseling. Prior to joining NuWay, she was with Park Avenue Center, most recently as Senior Clinical Supervisor. Mary earned her BA in Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling from the University of Minnesota.

Andrew Hirilall

MA, LADC
Counselor

Andrew Hirilall

MA, LADC
Counselor

Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Andrew then pursued his Masters in Counseling and Addiction Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has experience working with the SPMI population from his work at Touchstone Assisted Living facility and working at Arubah Emotional Health as an ARMHS worker. Andrew believes in utilizing person centered therapy and approaching addiction with empathy and compassion. Andrew enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.
Debbie Huizenga, admissions coordinator

Debbie Huizenga

BA
Admissions Supervisor

Debbie Huizenga, admissions coordinator

Debbie Huizenga

BA
Admissions Supervisor

Debbie has worked in the field of recovery since 2004. Prior to coming to NuWay, she was the Admissions Coordinator at The Retreat. Debbie is passionate about working with those seeking recovery and sharing the gift of hope. She is grateful for the opportunity to align her vocation with her passion. Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys gourmet cooking, reading and going to the theater.

Danielle Johnson

BS, LPCC, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Danielle Johnson

BS, LPCC, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Danielle obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She obtained her Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. In addition to providing counseling for substance use (LADC), she is receiving clinical supervision to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She has experience working as a therapist in the Department of Corrections, as well as residential treatment facilities for adults with substance use and mental health concerns. Danielle has a passion for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds to address their co-occurring needs, as well as to help individuals reach their goals through learning how to help themselves. She works from a person-centered and strengths-based approach, encouraging clients to build on their inherent strengths and to advocate for their needs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching The Office, and playing with her cat.

Terry Katusky

LADC
Counselor

Terry Katusky

LADC
Counselor

Terry earned her degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in 2002. She has 20 years of experience in the chemical dependency field and enjoys helping others. She entered the field of addiction because she wants to make a difference in people’s lives. She has worked with adults in both residential and outpatient settings beginning her career at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Terry has held multiple clinical positions over the past two decades including case management, substance use disorder counseling, clinical supervisor and administration. When not at work, Terry enjoys spending time with family, reading, being outdoors and traveling.

Amira Khalil

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Amira Khalil

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Amira attended the University of Minnesota, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and her Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health in 2020. Amira provides counseling for individuals who struggle with co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns, and is currently working towards an LPCC licensure. Her clinical interests include trauma, attachment, and treating anxiety disorders. With clients, Amira emphasizes personal responsibility and encourages individuals to consciously create a healthier version of themselves. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature and volunteering for animal rescue organizations.

Amanda Kunz

BA, LADC
Floating Counselor

Amanda Kunz

BA, LADC
Floating Counselor

Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Saint Cloud State University in 2019. After working in the field of addiction and recovery for less than a year she decided to pursue her master’s degree in mental health and is currently enrolled at Saint Mary’s University's Counseling & Psychological Services Masters Program.

Sami Lazor

BA, LADC
Counselor

Sami Lazor

BA, LADC
Counselor

Sami graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University and is currently in a master’s program for Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She will be graduating and licensed with her LADC in August 2020. From there, Sami will be working towards mental health licensure as an LPCC. She has experience working in residential and IOP treatment settings, as well as inpatient mental health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, and attending concerts.

Mark McKeever

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Mark McKeever

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Mark graduated with his bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in child psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2014. He then went on to work at a recovery residence while attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota's Integrated Behavioral Health program, from which Mark received his masters degree. While studying at the University of Minnesota and working as an LADC, Mark gained specific interest in treatment for PTSD and Grief & Loss. He is currently accumulating supervised hours to obtain his LPCC. In his free time, Mark enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including snowboarding and rock climbing.

Celine Moos

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Celine Moos

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Celine is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) at 2118 NUWAY Counseling Center. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a major in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a minor in Psychology. Celine completed her internship in the Spring of 2020 and was licensed shortly after. Celine worked briefly at an all women’s treatment facility in St. Paul and worked in a residential facility in Owatonna as an LADC. She has a passion for assisting clients in their journey to find long-term recovery and to help gain an understanding of their substance use disorder. Celine also has a long-term goal to gain her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Therapy to work specifically with clients who have substance use disorder, as well as an eating disorder.

Bobbi Mortensen

MA, LADC
Counselor

Bobbi Mortensen

MA, LADC
Counselor

Roberta, Bobbi as most call her, attended the University of Northwestern St. Paul, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She obtained her LADC during her time at Argosy University and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. Bobbi has worked with patients and clients with severe medical and mental health concerns in a hospital setting and enjoys aiding couples and families as they navigate issues stemming from co-occurring disorders. She also has experience working with adolescents co-occurring disorders in a residential setting. She believes in using narrative and experiential modalities to aid clients in making strides toward their goals for improving their lives. In her spare time, Bobbi is a mother of two teenagers, a sweet Great Dane and an ornery tom cat. Bobbi’s soft spot for animals shows in her time spent volunteering for the Upper Midwest Great Dane rescue.

Morgan Muraski

BA, LADC
Counselor

Morgan Muraski

BA, LADC
Counselor

Morgan is currently a second-semester intern serving as Clinical Support for NUWAY. She is in the process of obtaining her LADC, and hopes to continue to work alongside clients at NUWAY after graduating from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program. Morgan’s professional interests include co-occurring mental health and substance use, trauma-focused approaches, and the intersections of mental and physical health . Morgan places high value on the importance of life’s earliest experiences, utilizing an attachment framework in order to help clients conceptualize themselves holistically, and then use this understanding to make healthy and empowering choices for their futures. Morgan’s personal interests include spending time gardening, hiking, and playing with her dog, Willow.

Taharra Patterson

AS, ADC-T
Counselor

Taharra Patterson

AS, ADC-T
Counselor

Taharra earned what would be her second Associate's degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from MCTC in August 2021 and is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Augsburg where she aims to complete her Doctorate. Taharra has worked within both residential and outpatient settings and with both women and mens programs. She previously worked at MN Adult and Teen Challenge as an addiction counselor. Taharra specializes in Person Centered Trauma Informed Care particularly for those with co-occurring disorders with the focus of an integrated approach to therapies used and believes everyone deserves healing. Taharra enjoys being a personal trainer outside of the work setting, reading and ordering new books, and spending time with family as she recently gave birth to her second child.
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Sydney Paulson

Clinical Support

Sydney PaulsonHeadshot

Sydney Paulson

Clinical Support

Sydney is currently working to receive her Associate's degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Anoka-Ramsey Technical College. Sydney is currently a second-semester intern serving as Clinical Support at 2118 NUWAY Counseling Center. Sydney is set to graduate in December and is currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University for her Bachelors of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies. Sydney has been working in healthcare in some compacity since 2017 with a background in insurance, patient access, and as a CNA. In her free time Sydney enjoys trying new restaurants in the twin cities, going hiking and practicing yoga.

Sydney Plante

BA, LPCC, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Sydney Plante

BA, LPCC, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Sydney received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sydney enrolled in the Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health program at the U of M. She obtained her LADC part way through her Masters program after completing her internship at NUWAY. She currently works as a part-time/on-call LADC while completing her Masters degree. Sydney will then work toward completing her clinical hours to obtain her Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. During her free time, Sydney enjoys traveling, enjoying time with friends, and spending time with her pets.

Calissa Plocharski

BA, LADC

Calissa Plocharski

BA, LADC

Calissa is currently a second-semester intern serving as Clinical Support for NUWAY Intensive Outpatient in Mankato, MN. She hopes to continue to work alongside clients at NUWAY after graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Calissa will obtain her bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies and minor in Psychology in May of 2022. Calissa is in the process of obtaining her LADC license. Following graduation and completion of her internship, Calissa’s professional goals are to obtain a master’s degree in Mental Health Psychology and obtaining her LPCC. Calissa has previous work experience with women and mothers in residential treatment. She found her passion in helping people who suffer from co-occurring disorders. Calissa enjoys iced coffee, watching Netflix series, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Elizabeth Rasmussen

MA, LADC
Counselor

Elizabeth Rasmussen

MA, LADC
Counselor

Elizabeth graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology, as well as an Addiction Studies Certificate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor while also working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Coming from a person-centered, strength-based approach, Elizabeth has several years of experience working in social services and the mental health field with underserved youth and adult populations. Her clinical interests include co-occurring disorders, trauma, and attachment theory.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.

Megan Rothstein

MA, LADC
Counselor

Megan Rothstein

MA, LADC
Counselor

Megan received her Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies: Advanced Practice from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Megan has been practicing as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor LADC since 2017 and is currently working towards completing clinical hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Megan’s previous experience includes working with adults in residential, day treatment, and outpatient settings. Megan is committed to facilitating the restoration and success of clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder using solution-focused and person-centered methods. Outside of work, Megan enjoys being a full-blown cat lady, laughing, and spending time with friends and family.
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Samantha Schullo

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Counselor

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Samantha Schullo

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Counselor

Prior to coming to NUWAY, Samantha earned her BA in Theater and Communication at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Samantha worked in health care and educational settings prior to attending Augsburg University in Minneapolis for her dual licensure as a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Samantha does her best to meet each client where they are and focuses on working towards accomplishing goals that are important to the client. Outside of work Samantha enjoys being outdoors and working on various creative projects.

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina has a BA in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master's of Art in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Additionally, she has an LADC and is working towards earning her LPCC. Clinically, Sabrina is interested in working with populations that are impacted my co-occurring disorders. She enjoys traveling and coming across new adventures.

Heather Skrien

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Heather Skrien

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Heather has been working in the field as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 2017. Heather earned her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Her work experience includes both adult and adolescent co-occurring populations in outpatient and residential settings. Her goal is provide a safe place for clients to openly discuss concerns while providing empathy, compassion, understanding, and different perspectives. Heather primarily utilizes cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and solution-focused strategies in her approach. She is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an evidenced-based therapy that utilizes eye movements and image replacement in efforts to reduce negative images stored in the brain. When not at work, you can find Heather spending time with her dog, attending dance classes, and adventuring in nature.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Rian Thibeau

BS, LADC
Counselor

Rian Thibeau

BS, LADC
Counselor

Rian earned her Associates degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from MCTC in 2009 and is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Metropolitan State University. Rian has worked various roles within both residential and outpatient settings. She previously worked at Wayside Recovery Center as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Supervisor and then as a primary counselor. Rian specializes in Person Centered Trauma Informed Care and believes everyone deserves to have a good life and she enjoys helping those find their way towards their goals through recovery. Rian enjoys playing Spades, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Alex Vigil

ADC-T
Counselor

Alex Vigil

ADC-T
Counselor

When life gets spicy, Alex is here to help calm things down. He works to provide a place where you can be authentically yourself and receive guidance and support while exploring your personal strengths and challenges. Our goal is to tend to the life wounds and false beliefs that hinder us from our fullest potential and a meaningful life. Alex obtained his degree in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis College and he's currently attending Metropolitan State University to complete his Bachelor of Social Work. He has worked with individuals across the lifespan with depression, anxiety, trauma, shame, LGBTQIA concerns, ADHD and of course substance use disorders. Alex is also interested in providing empathetic supports to all people including neurodivergent adults coping within a neurotypical world.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin - Madison, her MA in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State University, and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 15 years at various levels including program assistant, clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a member of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid.

St. Paul

Amelia Dela O-Peterson

MS, LPCC, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Amelia Dela O-Peterson

MS, LPCC, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Amelia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. In addition to providing addiction counseling, Amelia is in the process of receiving clinical supervision for licensure to become a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Amelia has experience working with a wide variety of clients including children, adolescents, and adults with both substance use and severe and persistent mental illness. During her free time, Amelia enjoys reading, spending time with family, and attending concerts.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.
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Natalia Kuzdzal

MS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

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Natalia Kuzdzal

MS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Natalia graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Leadership Coaching/ I/O Psychology from Capella University, and obtained an Addiction Counseling diploma from Minneapolis Community Technical College. She began her career as an evening outpatient counselor at M Health/Fairview Riverside and has worked as a mobile assessor with Drew Horowitz & Associates. Natalia places a professional emphasis on a person-centered, holistic approach when working with clients. Outside of work, Natalia is a registered yoga teacher/ACE certified group fitness coach, enjoys all things health and fitness, loves paddleboarding, swimming, going to music concerts, and taking care of animals/animal advocacy.
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Yolanda Long

AS, LADC
Counselor

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Yolanda Long

AS, LADC
Counselor

Yolanda worked in the field of substance use for the last 20+ years in various roles such as Assistant Counselor and Recovery Coach. She worked at Park Avenue Center as the Culturally-Specific Counselor for the women's intensive-outpatient programming with lodging and for the last year she was the lead counselor for the women's high-intensity program at Nivon Wellness Center. Yolanda loves the practice of meditation, spending time with her Maltese and traveling.

Megan Lynch

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Megan Lynch

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Prior to joining the NUWAY team, Megan received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and her Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders. Megan believes an integrated approach is integral when working with clients, as well as being person-centered and solution-focused. Megan has the goal of becoming dually licensed and to continue working with underserved populations. In her free time, she is watching live sports and playing with her nieces.

Joe Pendal

MA, LADC
Counselor

Joe Pendal

MA, LADC
Counselor

Joe joined the St. Paul NUWAY Counseling Center staff in July 2021 to support the growing aftercare program there. He is nearing the completion of his graduate work at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, and recently received his LADC in Minnesota. Having worked in a variety of professional fields prior to embarking on his journey to become a counselor, Joe brings a depth and breadth of experience to go well with his passion for service. When attending to his self-care, Joe enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing, and dreaming of a day when the New York Mets show the resilience and courage of our clients.
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Casandra Sheehan

BS, ADC-T
Counselor

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Casandra Sheehan

BS, ADC-T
Counselor

Casandra received her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Argosy University. Casandra is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy: Co-occurring Disorders and Addiction Counseling. Casandra completed her 880-hour dual internship program with NUWAY. Casandra’s therapeutic approach is Adlerian, person-centered and draws from various modalities in order to meet client needs, which can include a holistic approach. She places high values on community, belonging, and finding life balance.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

University

Shirley Benson-Rogers

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Shirley Benson-Rogers

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Shirley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service from Metropolitan State University and currently holds a LADC licensure. Additionally, she earned her MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling from Metropolitan State University. She is currently in supervision for her LPCC Licensure. Shirley has gained experience working with the homeless populations and family systems with her prior experience at Catholic Charites and YWCA Transitional Housing Programs. Her areas of interest include co-occurring disorders, trauma and family systems. Shirley enjoys engaging with diverse populations, spending time with family and traveling.

Rob Biglow

MA, LADC
Floating Program Manager

Rob Biglow

MA, LADC
Floating Program Manager

Rob obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and completed his Master’s in Clinical Psychology degree at Crown College in St. Bonifacius Minnesota. Rob is interested in advocating for clients who struggle with chemical dependency and mental health concerns. He completed his internship at NUWAY and accepted a counseling position. Currently, Rob has his LADC and is planning to gain an LPCC upon completing the requirements. Outside of the psychology profession, Rob enjoys playing music, spending time outdoors, camping, fishing, and hiking.
Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management and her Master Degree in Addiction Studies from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. She has experience working in a halfway house, intensive residential and outpatient treatment settings. Her areas of interest include individuals with trauma, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. She has experience working with women, men, adolescents and adults using a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, family and group therapy sessions.

Hanna Finnegan

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Hanna Finnegan

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Hanna graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Child Learning and Development from Concordia University St. Paul and is finishing up her Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling at the University of Minnesota. Her clinical interests include trauma-informed care as well as grief and loss. In her free time, Hanna enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and cheering for the Minnesota Wild. Hanna is dedicated to providing clients with the best care possible.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Monica Giles

BS, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Monica Giles

BS, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Monica obtained her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from metropolitan State University in 2021. She is working towards her Master of Science degree in their Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling/LPCC licensure program. She is passionate about working with others and meeting people where they are at in life. Monica believes that anyone can recover if they put in the work on themselves. When not at work, Monica loves to cook, hang out with her family, and spend time bringing happiness to others.

Tim Hewitt

MA, LADC
Counselor

Tim Hewitt

MA, LADC
Counselor

Tim obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Calvin University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Minnesota. Tim then proceeded to earn his Master of Arts degree in Integrated Behavioral Health from University of Minnesota. Tim is currently accruing hours in supervision to earn his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). He has gained experience working with adults in co-occurring intensive outpatient programs as well as children in a mental health day treatment setting. Tim employs cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic theory. In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with family, taking his dogs for a walk, and relaxing through watching movies or television.

Kayla Hicks

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Kayla Hicks

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Kayla obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The College of St. Scholastica and obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and addiction studies from Argosy University-Twin Cities. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Kayla has worked in the field of Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment since 2017. She also has experience working in outpatient mental health with teens and adults experiencing a wide range of mental health disorders and experiences. Kayla’s clinical interests include CBT, family systems and trauma-informed care. In her free time, Kayla enjoys playing softball, spending time with family and friends, traveling and going on walks with her dog.

Jessica Hinck

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Jessica Hinck

MS, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Following graduation from UW-Stout, Jessica has worked in the field of Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment since 2017. Her most recent experience includes: working with adults who have struggled with addiction and severe mental health concerns. She has utilized their time in therapy by using CBT and Narrative approaches to assist clients in making sense of their experiences in the world. Jessica believes each client knows themselves best. She wants to help them find recovery, flourish, and learn how to feel their joy every single day. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her dog, family, and friends. She also enjoys: traveling, camping, cooking, going to the farmer's market, and supporting the Green Bay Packers.

Courtney Hoelmer

BA, LADC
Counselor

Courtney Hoelmer

BA, LADC
Counselor

Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict and is obtaining her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She completed her 880 hours of mental health and substance use internship at the St Paul NUWAY Counseling Center and was hired on upon completion. Her training and experience include working with mental health, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders with adults and adolescents in a variety of levels of care and settings. Courtney's interests are exploring identity, relationships, cross addiction, and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, reading, and cooking.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Andrew Howell

BA, LADC
Counselor

Andrew Howell

BA, LADC
Counselor

Andrew received his Bachelor of Social Science from Metropolitan State and later obtained his drug and alcohol counseling license from Minneapolis Community and Technical college. By combining his background in education with a person centered, holistic approach, Andrew intends to educate as much as he does counsel. Outside of work, Andrew can be found spending time with family, or outdoors, either running, biking, or hiking.

Jesson Hunt

BA, LADC
Counselor

Jesson Hunt

BA, LADC
Counselor

Jesson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin and taught public school first in rural Louisiana as a Teach For America corps member, then in the Houston Independent School District. He is currently enrolled as a Masters student in the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program. He approaches his group and individual counseling sessions from a client-centered perspective. Providing culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and engaging care for clients are the heart of his practice. In his free time, Jesson enjoys playing volleyball, creating art, and riding his motorcycle.

Melissa Kane

MA, LADC
Counselor

Melissa Kane

MA, LADC
Counselor

Melissa is a graduate of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) graduate school of addiction studies gaining her Advanced Practice degree in 2019. She is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching Group Theory and Practice, Career Development and Evidence-based Counseling to graduate students at HBFF. Melissa worked on the women’s residential recovery unit on the Center City campus of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for three and a half years as an LADC. She is currently working towards my LPCC licensure and plans to have that completed by next summer. Prior to starting my graduate program at HBFF, she worked for most of her career in health care administration. Melissa also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to her passion for learning and growing, her most cherished accomplishment is being a mother to three grown men. They have taught her so much; humbled her and made her proud all at the same time. Melissa loves to garden and has a pretty impressive vegetable garden along with an awesome flowerbed, which provides her with lots of supplies and centerpieces for her love of putting together a delicious meal!! She also loves to go on walks her two-year-old Cockapoo Harley (like Harley Davidson).

Vanessa Kissinger

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Vanessa Kissinger

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Vanessa comes to NUWAY with 7+ years of experience working in the recovery community. Vanessa is a person in long term recovery and has an advocates heart for those struggling with addiction. Vanessa graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in 2014. After a few years of working as an LADC she realized there is a need for more awareness for those struggling with addiction and completed her Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership in 2018 at Metropolitan State University. Vanessa is passionate about advocating for clients and enjoys the process of watching clients identify strengths from within. In her spare time, Vanessa can be found at the gym training for a triathlon, getting lost in a book while sipping an iced coffee at a local coffee shop or planning a spur of the moment vacation.

Haley Knuth

BA, LADC
Counselor

Haley Knuth

BA, LADC
Counselor

Haley received her Bachelor of Applied Science Degree and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Minnesota Duluth in 2017. She is attending St. Thomas for her Master of Clinical Psychology and Co-occurring Disorders with an anticipated graduation in May 2022. Haley is a Clinical Support for NUWAY while she continues to complete her practicum. She values a person-centered and strengths-based approach and has previous experience in case management. In her free time, Haley enjoys running and spending time with her dog.

Brittni Kordonowy

MA, LADC
Counselor

Brittni Kordonowy

MA, LADC
Counselor

Brittni received a Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders from Adler Graduate School in 2019. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and will be working towards obtaining her supervision hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Brittni has worked in the Human Services industry for the past 10 years. Prior to joining NUWAY, Brittni has had experience working in adult foster care settings, as well as working as a community-based case manager for adults, for the last several years. Brittni has experience working with dual-diagnosis disorders, diverse populations, and working with an extended multi-disciplinary team. Brittni uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques as part of her practice and believes in utilizing a person-centered approach to treatment and care. Outside of work, Brittni enjoys spending time with friends and family (especially her 2 cats) and traveling as much as possible.

Nikki Larsen

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Nikki Larsen

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Nikki received her BA in Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict and her MA in Addiction Studies: Advanced Practice from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Nikki’s previous experience includes working at Hazelden Betty Ford as an addiction counselor in an outpatient setting, and front end admissions and continuing care positions in the residential setting. Currently, Nikki is working toward LPCC licensure through supervision. Nikki’s experience has centered around those who struggle with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, specifically with men in recovery. Nikki has completed courses related to motivational interviewing and eating disorders, and also has interest in working with those dealing with trauma. In her free time, Nikki enjoys reading, playing with her cats and spending time with family.

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. He began his career in the field of addiction-recovery in 2009 being a student in and helping facilitate a collegiate recovery program at The College of Saint Scholastica. His first professional job out of school was in sales but his personal journey in recovery pulled Jake back to the field opening doors for him to work at treatment programs in the Twin Cities. Jake’s passion of building and maintaining relationships serves him well as a Community Relations Manger at NUWAY. Jake currently serves as co-board chair on the MARRCH Communication Committee. In his spare time Jake enjoys swimming, running, spending time with his family and trying to keep up with his two boys.
Karina Link, addiction counselor

Karina Link

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Paul Nascene

MA, LADC
Counselor

Paul Nascene

MA, LADC
Counselor

Paul received his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College in Economics and his master’s degree in Addiction Studies from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies and obtained his LADC licensure. He has experience working in various residential and outpatient settings and with men, women, incarcerated individuals and adolescents. He intends to begin working towards obtaining his LPCC credential. Outside of work Paul enjoys reading, watching television or movies, working out, hiking, spending time with family or friends and golfing.

Alyssa Nelson

MSW, LICSW, LADC
Counselor

Alyssa Nelson

MSW, LICSW, LADC
Counselor

Alyssa graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus on Addiction Studies, Family Social Science, and Family Violence Prevention. As a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Addiction and Drug Counselor (LADC), her primary goal is to meet clients where they are at to build a strong therapeutic alliance and guide them in harnessing their strengths. Prior to NUWAY, Alyssa worked as a counselor in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence; her interests include attachment and systems theory, and how these relate to a person’s current behavior.

Michael O’Brien

ADC-T
Counselor

Michael O’Brien

ADC-T
Counselor

Michael obtained his Associate of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and is currently attending Metropolitan State University to finish his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Michael has a passion for working with clients with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. He completed his internship at NUWAY and accepted a counseling position afterwards. Michael received an ADC-T credential and will obtain an LADC upon completion of the requirements. He plans to obtain a master’s degree in social work in the future. Outside of work, Michael enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with friends, and hiking.

Kaitlyn Orzechowski

MA, LPCC, LADC
Clinical Liaison

Kaitlyn Orzechowski

MA, LPCC, LADC
Clinical Liaison

Kaitlyn is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN. After graduating with a BA, Kaitlyn attended the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies to receive her Masters degree in Addiction Counseling Advanced Practice. Her practicums were completed at the residential, day treatment, and outpatient levels of care working with both men and women. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor to apply a co-occurring foundation in her practice that addresses mental health and chemical dependency. Kaitlyn likes to provide person-centered care to meet the individual needs of clients. She enjoys spending time with family and pets.
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Adrian Padilla

BA, LADC
Counselor

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Adrian Padilla

BA, LADC
Counselor

Adrian is a Florida native and has been living in Minnesota for over ten years now and has been working with the recovery community for over fifteen years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University and his Associate of Science degree in addiction counseling from Minneapolis Community College. He previously worked as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and has worked as a recovery mentor in a federal program and as a Recovery Navigator in the Reentry program at Minnesota Department of Corrections. He is also a Spanish language interpreter. Adrian provides counseling for those struggling with addictions and co-occurring disorders. Adrian has a great passion for helping and empowering others along their recovery journey. Currently, he is planning on continuing his education in the Fall of 2022 in pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Psychology and Co-occurring disorders. In his free time, he enjoys walking, hiking, biking, working on cars, traveling, and adventures in Nature.

Carolynne Sandbakken

ADC-T
Admissions Counselor

Carolynne Sandbakken

ADC-T
Admissions Counselor

Carolynne completed her A.S. degree in Addiction Counseling from Century College and is currently pursuing her B.S. degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Metropolitan State University. Carolynne is passionate about continuing her education in the field in order to support youth, families and adults who struggle with co-occurring related issues. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking and being out in nature.
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Taylor Schmidt

MA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Taylor SchmidtHeadshot

Taylor Schmidt

MA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Taylor received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2017. She then obtained her master's degree in Social Work and LADC at Augsburg University in 2020. She is currently in supervision to obtain her license in clinical social work (LICSW). Taylor values human connection, and diversity/equity and utilizes a person-centered approach in her clinical work. Taylor's other clinical interests include Attachment Theory, Narrative therapy, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing. She has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, and chemical dependency. Taylor is passionate about breaking down barriers and advocating for others. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and creating new recipes with her instant pot.

Mattie Schuette

MSW, LICSW, LADC
Counselor

Mattie Schuette

MSW, LICSW, LADC
Counselor

Mattie received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Bemidji State University and her Master of Social Work from St. Thomas University, where she studied clinical social work. With her LADC and LGSW, she provides co-occurring services for mental health and substance use, while continuing her supervision. Mattie provides trauma informed and individualized treatment to clients, building off of their strengths, abilities, and resilience to help achieve a healthy recovery.

Jamie Stubler

MA, LPCC, LADC
Clinical Assessor

Jamie Stubler

MA, LPCC, LADC
Clinical Assessor

Jamie has been working in the behavioral health field for over 3 years as an intern, clinical support specialist, and sober house technician. Jamie completed her bachelor’s degree in communications at Kent State University. She is currently in the process of completing her master’s degree in Addiction Studies at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School with an emphasis in the advanced practice program that focuses on treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders. She has completed classes and acquired skills in cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step facilitation, and treating eating disorders. Jamie has also worked throughout the continuum of care at recovery residences and interned at inpatient, outpatient, and an opioid specific program setting. During her free time, Jamie enjoys skiing, kayaking, playing softball, listening to live music, and reading.

Matthew Walfoort

BA, LADC
Counselor

Matthew Walfoort

BA, LADC
Counselor

Matt was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Paul and achieved his Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University Mankato. His areas of interest include working with the LGBTQ community and substance use disorders as well as relapse prevention. He has experience working exclusively working with the LGBTQ community as well as other sexual orientations and gender identities. Although he has not started, Matt has interest in pursuing dual licensure and is considering pursuing an LPCC licensure.

Rebecca Wandrei

BA, LADC
Counselor

Rebecca Wandrei

BA, LADC
Counselor

Rebecca received her Addiction Counseling certificate from Century College and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, earning a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Rebecca completed her clinical internships at Twin Town Treatment Center and volunteers as a Certified Facilitator for Women for Sobriety.

Erica Warffuel

BA, LPCC, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Erica Warffuel

BA, LPCC, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Erica obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology, with a minor in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Erica is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) who is enrolled in the Master of Counseling Psychology, with a focus on addiction studies at Crown College. Erica currently works as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY and she completed her practicums at 2118 NUWAY Counseling Center. She has plans to continue her education by working towards earning a mental health licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Erica likes to use a client-centered approach and has experience working with adult populations. Erica enjoys painting, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in her leisure time.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

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Sydne Adams

Licensed Practical Nurse
Nurse

Sydne Adams

Licensed Practical Nurse
Nurse

Sydne began her nursing education at Daytona State College and later completed her LPN education at Hennepin Technical College. She has been an LPN since February 2020 and is continuing her education for her RN, BSN. Sydne works in collaboration with the NUWAY Clinical and Medical teams to ensure individual client health and wellness. Her goal as a nurse at NUWAY is to provide individualized medical support to clients in their journey to establishing a healthy lifestyle in recovery.

David Babler

RN
Registered Nurse

David Babler

RN
Registered Nurse

David is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the nursing program at Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida. His desire is to work alongside the NUWAY clinical and medical team to make a positive difference in the lives of individual clients who are in their journey of recovery as they struggle with overcoming addiction from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. He has experience working with clients in the areas of mental health and substance use in both the hospital setting as well as in residential treatment programs. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing foosball, traveling, boating, and being outdoors.

Tricia Briscoe

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Tricia Briscoe

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Tricia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in interpersonal communication and family services from Metropolitan State University and later returned to obtain her LADC licensure. While studying for her licensure, she gained experience working in the substance use field through her work as a substance use technician. Tricia’s approach to providing care is person-centered and places a high importance on the therapeutic alliance between a client and provider. Tricia’s clinical interest include teaching healthy living skills, challenging shame-based beliefs, and acceptance of one’s self.

Aimmy Casale

BS, LADC
Counselor

Aimmy Casale

BS, LADC
Counselor

Aimmy received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Brown College in 2006, a diploma from Minneapolis community and Technical Collage in 2014, and is currently in her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She has 11 years experience in providing counseling and case management for those who struggle with addiction. She is fluent in Hmong and is passionate about helping underserved populations build a stronger positive cultural identity with an emphasis on the Southeast Asian Population. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, her 3 dogs, 3 cats, and when she can go horse back riding.

Tylor Christensen

Residential Admissions Coordinator

Tylor Christensen

Residential Admissions Coordinator

Tylor comes to NUWAY with several years’ experience working in the addiction recovery field including managing a network of sober houses throughout the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the residential admissions team, Tylor worked at NUWAY I as a CD tech and took a brief hiatus serving in the admissions department for another prominent treatment center in the Twin Cities. Tylor holds a certificate from the International Recovery Institute as a Peer Recovery Specialist and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. In Tylor’s current role as admissions coordinator, he is dedicated to removing barriers to provide access to treatment services for those in need. Outside of work, Tylor enjoys traveling, being outdoors and spending time with his partner Eva and their daughter Logan.

Meghann Droeger

BA, LADC
Counselor

Meghann Droeger

BA, LADC
Counselor

Meghann has an Associate of Arts in psychology from Normandale Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Minnesota, and a certificate in addiction studies from Bethel University. In 2021, Meghann completed her 880-hour addiction counseling practicum at NUWAY. In 2022, Meghann obtained her LADC and was hired on as a primary counselor. Meghann’s therapeutic approach is existential and person-centered. Meghann emphasizes the power of personal choice and treats clients as experts in their own care. In her free time, Meghann enjoys listening to music, watching documentaries, and trying out new food.

Matt Ellis

BA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Matt Ellis

BA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Matt graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained an Addiction Counseling diploma from Minneapolis Community Technical College. He began his career as a Chemical Health Assessor after working with individuals in active alcoholic housing. Many of these clients were chronically homeless and underserved in the community and he sought a way to help them find them treatment services. Matt provides support and finds proper treatment opportunities for clients based on their individual needs. Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing the ukulele, watching Alabama football, going to music concerts, camping, kayaking, and traveling.

Birgitte Eppel

MA, LMFT, LADC
Practicum Specialist

Birgitte Eppel

MA, LMFT, LADC
Practicum Specialist

Birgitte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has her BS in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to joining NUWAY, Birgitte worked at Park Avenue Center for 8 years as an internship supervisor and as a clinical supervisor of mental health services. Prior to that, she worked for 4.5 years as a primary counselor working in an adolescent residential treatment center. Birgitte continues to work as an adjunct faculty in member at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Birgitte is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor as well as a BBHT Approved supervisor for LADCs and LPCC candidates. Her passions include training, supervision, working with co-occurring disorders, networking, and couples and therapy with high-conflict/high-needs systems. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, concerts, and spending time on the lake.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Adam Lifto

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Seth McKee

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Seth McKee

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Seth received his Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. He previously worked as a primary counselor at Cochran Recovery Services. Seth provides counseling for those struggling with addiction, with a focus on evoking motivations for change from within clients through the utilization of person-centered approaches. Currently, he is continuing his education in pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling at Metropolitan State University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and astrophotography.

Addie Powers

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Addie Powers

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

In 2018 Addie graduated from the University of North Dakota where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was not sure what she wanted to do after college but knew she wanted to serve others. She began working as a tech at the Hazelden Betty Ford Adolescent facility in Plymouth, MN in 2019. From there, she found a passion for helping those struggling with the disease of addiction and mental health. In December 2021, Addie graduated from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies where she received her Masters in Addiction Counseling. She completed her last internship in the fall of 2021 at the NUWAY-University location doing mental health and comprehensive assessments. Addie will soon be licensed as an LADC and currently working towards her LPCC licensure. Her goal is to provide clients with a space that is open, safe, validating, and judgement free. In Addie's free time, she loves snuggling with her dog, spending time with friends and family, and staying physically active.

Sam Renneberg

BS, LADC
Counselor

Sam Renneberg

BS, LADC
Counselor

Prior to coming to NUWAY, Sam earned his Associates in Applied Science degree in paralegal studies from the Minnesota School of Business in 2010. After deciding to pursue a career that has always had his interest, he enrolled at the University of South Dakota in the Addiction Counseling and Prevention program and earned his Bachelor of Science degree and LADC license in 2021. Sam is the float counselor at NUWAY I but also provides coverage to the additional 2 medium-intensity residential programs at NUWAY. While working part-time as a float counselor at NUWAY, Sam is pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Addiction Counseling and Prevention from the University of South Dakota and plans to have his LPCC license after graduation. Sam’s interest include trauma and how this impacts our lives, mental health and addiction, and psychedelic therapy research. In his free time, Sam finds himself spending time with his wife and young son, going to the gym or running/hiking on one of the many trails in Minneapolis, and traveling whenever possible.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.

Vicki Sandberg

MA, LADC
Counselor

Vicki Sandberg

MA, LADC
Counselor

Vicki received her Masters in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in April 2022. She has her LADC and is working towards her LPCC licensure. She interned at Hazelden in residential, day treatment and intensive outpatient levels of care. Vicki changed careers in 2020 after a successful 29 year run in the construction industry as a trainer, recruiter, employment specialist and community liaison. Vicki grew up on the Iron Range. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Sociology and Speech Communications. She values clients’ experiences and perspectives. Her goal is to provide a safe, judgement free environment for healing and growth. In Vicki’s free time she loves hanging out with her rescue dog, Toews, spending time with her two adult children, watching hockey and hanging at the lake or beach whenever possible.

Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Prior to her role as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY, Katie provided counseling services in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Katie is currently working towards becoming a dually licensed clinician to better serve the needs of clients struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from St. Ambrose University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology at Argosy University. Marian obtained her LADC in 2018 and her LPCC in 2020 and enjoys providing person-centered care to diverse populations. Marian was previously a counselor at NUWAY 3R’s Counseling Center and has been the Program Manager at NUWAY I since May 2019. Marian's clinical interests include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders, trauma-focused therapy, and providing education and training to interns and staff.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea obtained her Practical Nursing Degree in 2015 from Rasmussen College. She went on to achieve her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2019 from Rasmussen College. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Govern University and will graduate in 2022. Prior to working with NUWAY Chelsea has had work experience as a Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager and has a genuine passion in helping others overcome barriers in their everyday lives.

Jessica Thurmer

BS
Clinical Support

Jessica Thurmer

BS
Clinical Support

Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from St. Cloud State University. Jessica is currently pursuing her Graduate degree in clinical social work and LADC. In 2021 Jessica started her 880-hour dual internship program with NUWAY. Jessica’s training has focused on co-occurring disorders and to emphasize one’s own strengths, solve problems within a holistic, systems framework, and practicing social work through ethically and culturally responsive practices. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys being around animals, traveling and board games.

Chad Walker

MA, LADC
Counselor

Chad Walker

MA, LADC
Counselor

Chad completed his Master of Arts degree in Addiction Studies at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and has been working in the behavioral health field since 2009 as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) at various levels of care, and most recently serves in the role of Quality, Training, and Compliance Specialist at NUWAY. In addition to ensuring quality client care while helping individuals discover their pathway to recovery, Chad has a passion for working with individuals who live with a physical disability through his participation in the adaptive sports and recreation community.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin - Madison, her MA in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State University, and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 15 years at various levels including program assistant, clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a member of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid.

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Haley Atencio

BA, LADC
Counselor

Haley Atencio

BA, LADC
Counselor

Haley received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Texas, El Paso and later earned Addiction Counseling Diploma from Minneapolis Community Technical College. She has a passion for helping clients achieve their goals through strength-based and person-centered approach. In her free time she enjoys traveling, riding horses and spending time with family.

David Babler

RN
Registered Nurse

David Babler

RN
Registered Nurse

David is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the nursing program at Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida. His desire is to work alongside the NUWAY clinical and medical team to make a positive difference in the lives of individual clients who are in their journey of recovery as they struggle with overcoming addiction from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. He has experience working with clients in the areas of mental health and substance use in both the hospital setting as well as in residential treatment programs. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing foosball, traveling, boating, and being outdoors.

Tylor Christensen

Residential Admissions Coordinator

Tylor Christensen

Residential Admissions Coordinator

Tylor comes to NUWAY with several years’ experience working in the addiction recovery field including managing a network of sober houses throughout the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the residential admissions team, Tylor worked at NUWAY I as a CD tech and took a brief hiatus serving in the admissions department for another prominent treatment center in the Twin Cities. Tylor holds a certificate from the International Recovery Institute as a Peer Recovery Specialist and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. In Tylor’s current role as admissions coordinator, he is dedicated to removing barriers to provide access to treatment services for those in need. Outside of work, Tylor enjoys traveling, being outdoors and spending time with his partner Eva and their daughter Logan.

Colleen Culpepper

MS, LADC
Counselor

Colleen Culpepper

MS, LADC
Counselor

Colleen has worked in the Human service field for over 15 years at different levels and positions. She has experience working in state-run hospitals, group homes, and crisis centers. She is passionate about empowering others and instilling hope. She has received specific training in Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centered practices. She finds herself drawn to solution-focused therapy and CBT techniques. Colleen prides herself on being genuine, empathetic, culturally aware, meticulous, and eager to learn. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University and a master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Capella University. She is currently doing a post-master’s certificate in mental health counseling at Adler University and receiving supervision for her future mental health counseling license as an LPCC. Colleen enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, shopping, trying new restaurants, and any spa-related activities in her spare time.

Matt Ellis

BA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Matt Ellis

BA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Matt graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained an Addiction Counseling diploma from Minneapolis Community Technical College. He began his career as a Chemical Health Assessor after working with individuals in active alcoholic housing. Many of these clients were chronically homeless and underserved in the community and he sought a way to help them find them treatment services. Matt provides support and finds proper treatment opportunities for clients based on their individual needs. Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing the ukulele, watching Alabama football, going to music concerts, camping, kayaking, and traveling.

Birgitte Eppel

MA, LMFT, LADC
Practicum Specialist

Birgitte Eppel

MA, LMFT, LADC
Practicum Specialist

Birgitte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has her BS in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to joining NUWAY, Birgitte worked at Park Avenue Center for 8 years as an internship supervisor and as a clinical supervisor of mental health services. Prior to that, she worked for 4.5 years as a primary counselor working in an adolescent residential treatment center. Birgitte continues to work as an adjunct faculty in member at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Birgitte is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor as well as a BBHT Approved supervisor for LADCs and LPCC candidates. Her passions include training, supervision, working with co-occurring disorders, networking, and couples and therapy with high-conflict/high-needs systems. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, concerts, and spending time on the lake.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Brianne Holt

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Brianne Holt

BS, LADC
Program Manager

Bri comes to NUWAY with over 6 years to working in the field of addiction and recovery. She has a passion for working with people who struggle with addiction as she is in long term recovery herself. Bri graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She works hard to connect with clients and provide them experience, strength and hope. The transformation that occurs from the minute a client walks in the door to when they leave is what keeps the desire to work within the field strong. Bri is a mother of 5 and spends most of her free time managing their many activities and events. She enjoys spending time at their cabin in Vining, Minnesota in both winter and summer, and because most of her children are boys, she has learned to love ice fishing.

Seth McKee

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Seth McKee

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Seth received his Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. He previously worked as a primary counselor at Cochran Recovery Services. Seth provides counseling for those struggling with addiction, with a focus on evoking motivations for change from within clients through the utilization of person-centered approaches. Currently, he is continuing his education in pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling at Metropolitan State University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and astrophotography.

Addie Powers

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Addie Powers

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

In 2018 Addie graduated from the University of North Dakota where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was not sure what she wanted to do after college but knew she wanted to serve others. She began working as a tech at the Hazelden Betty Ford Adolescent facility in Plymouth, MN in 2019. From there, she found a passion for helping those struggling with the disease of addiction and mental health. In December 2021, Addie graduated from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies where she received her Masters in Addiction Counseling. She completed her last internship in the fall of 2021 at the NUWAY-University location doing mental health and comprehensive assessments. Addie will soon be licensed as an LADC and currently working towards her LPCC licensure. Her goal is to provide clients with a space that is open, safe, validating, and judgement free. In Addie's free time, she loves snuggling with her dog, spending time with friends and family, and staying physically active.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.
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Torri Shelafoe

LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

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Torri Shelafoe

LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Torri is a 2015 graduate of Pine Technical & Community College where she obtained her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree and is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Nursing. She has worked in the nursing field since 2008, working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and has a passion for helping others. Torri works alongside the NUWAY Clinical and Medical team to provide a positive difference in the lives of the clients who are in their journey of recovery as they struggle with overcoming addiction. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, watching her kids play sports, going to her cabin, and being outdoors.

Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Prior to her role as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY, Katie provided counseling services in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Katie is currently working towards becoming a dually licensed clinician to better serve the needs of clients struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from St. Ambrose University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology at Argosy University. Marian obtained her LADC in 2018 and her LPCC in 2020 and enjoys providing person-centered care to diverse populations. Marian was previously a counselor at NUWAY 3R’s Counseling Center and has been the Program Manager at NUWAY I since May 2019. Marian's clinical interests include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders, trauma-focused therapy, and providing education and training to interns and staff.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea obtained her Practical Nursing Degree in 2015 from Rasmussen College. She went on to achieve her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2019 from Rasmussen College. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Govern University and will graduate in 2022. Prior to working with NUWAY Chelsea has had work experience as a Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager and has a genuine passion in helping others overcome barriers in their everyday lives.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Dr. Kristin Williams

PH D, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin - Madison, her MA in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State University, and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 15 years at various levels including program assistant, clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a member of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid.

NUWAY III

David Babler

RN
Registered Nurse

David Babler

RN
Registered Nurse

David is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the nursing program at Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida. His desire is to work alongside the NUWAY clinical and medical team to make a positive difference in the lives of individual clients who are in their journey of recovery as they struggle with overcoming addiction from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. He has experience working with clients in the areas of mental health and substance use in both the hospital setting as well as in residential treatment programs. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing foosball, traveling, boating, and being outdoors.

Tylor Christensen

Residential Admissions Coordinator

Tylor Christensen

Residential Admissions Coordinator

Tylor comes to NUWAY with several years’ experience working in the addiction recovery field including managing a network of sober houses throughout the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the residential admissions team, Tylor worked at NUWAY I as a CD tech and took a brief hiatus serving in the admissions department for another prominent treatment center in the Twin Cities. Tylor holds a certificate from the International Recovery Institute as a Peer Recovery Specialist and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. In Tylor’s current role as admissions coordinator, he is dedicated to removing barriers to provide access to treatment services for those in need. Outside of work, Tylor enjoys traveling, being outdoors and spending time with his partner Eva and their daughter Logan.

Jac Clingerman

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Jac Clingerman

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Jac received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. His experience working with diverse populations allows him to provide an environment that is safe and free of judgement, which in turn enables him to meet clients where they are at in their recovery journey. Jac advocates strongly for the recovery community, is a member of the LGBTQ community and is passionate about eliminating the stigma associated with addiction, mental health and medication assisted treatment.

Matt Ellis

BA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Matt Ellis

BA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Matt graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained an Addiction Counseling diploma from Minneapolis Community Technical College. He began his career as a Chemical Health Assessor after working with individuals in active alcoholic housing. Many of these clients were chronically homeless and underserved in the community and he sought a way to help them find them treatment services. Matt provides support and finds proper treatment opportunities for clients based on their individual needs. Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing the ukulele, watching Alabama football, going to music concerts, camping, kayaking, and traveling.

Birgitte Eppel

MA, LMFT, LADC
Practicum Specialist

Birgitte Eppel

MA, LMFT, LADC
Practicum Specialist

Birgitte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has her BS in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to joining NUWAY, Birgitte worked at Park Avenue Center for 8 years as an internship supervisor and as a clinical supervisor of mental health services. Prior to that, she worked for 4.5 years as a primary counselor working in an adolescent residential treatment center. Birgitte continues to work as an adjunct faculty in member at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Birgitte is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor as well as a BBHT Approved supervisor for LADCs and LPCC candidates. Her passions include training, supervision, working with co-occurring disorders, networking, and couples and therapy with high-conflict/high-needs systems. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, concerts, and spending time on the lake.

Jamie Herman

MSW, LADC
Counselor

Jamie Herman

MSW, LADC
Counselor

Jamie has her Master’s of Social Work from St. Catherine’s University, and certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Rochester Community and Technical College. Prior to NUWAY, Jamie has worked in a variety of IOP co-occurring treatment settings treating both adult men and women struggling with addiction and providing case management services to those transitioning back into the community. Within counseling she considers a whole person perspective in how she may assist someone in reaching their recovery goals. Jamie is passionate about providing gender-specific programming and serving those with criminal justice involvement. She practices from shame resilience and relational-cultural theories. In her spare time Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.

Seth McKee

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Seth McKee

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Seth received his Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. He previously worked as a primary counselor at Cochran Recovery Services. Seth provides counseling for those struggling with addiction, with a focus on evoking motivations for change from within clients through the utilization of person-centered approaches. Currently, he is continuing his education in pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling at Metropolitan State University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and astrophotography.

Kelly Owens

BS, LADC
Counselor

Kelly Owens

BS, LADC
Counselor

Kelly received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology through University of Minnesota Duluth and went on to complete LADC coursework and licensure through Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Integrated Behavioral Health through the University of Minnesota. Kelly brings over a decade of experience in the substance use field working with diverse adolescent and adult populations through a variety of program settings. Kelly’s interests include utilizing a person-centered approach, equity, collaborative approaches to treatment, trauma-informed care and the importance of utilizing a person’s individual strengths to achieve growth and goals.

Whitney Peters

BS, ADC-T
Counselor

Whitney Peters

BS, ADC-T
Counselor

Whitney began earning her Bachelor of Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato and completed her degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Metropolitan State University. Whitney first started as an Intern at NUWAY III, and later joined the NUWAY III residential staff team as Clinical Support. Her clinical interests include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), relationships, and substance use disorders. In her free time Whitney enjoys hiking with her two Huskies, boating, and spending time with family and friends.

Addie Powers

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Addie Powers

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

In 2018 Addie graduated from the University of North Dakota where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was not sure what she wanted to do after college but knew she wanted to serve others. She began working as a tech at the Hazelden Betty Ford Adolescent facility in Plymouth, MN in 2019. From there, she found a passion for helping those struggling with the disease of addiction and mental health. In December 2021, Addie graduated from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies where she received her Masters in Addiction Counseling. She completed her last internship in the fall of 2021 at the NUWAY-University location doing mental health and comprehensive assessments. Addie will soon be licensed as an LADC and currently working towards her LPCC licensure. Her goal is to provide clients with a space that is open, safe, validating, and judgement free. In Addie's free time, she loves snuggling with her dog, spending time with friends and family, and staying physically active.

Kelly Provost

LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Kelly Provost

LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Kelly graduated with her LPN in 1996 from Hennepin Technical College. She brings over 20 years’ experience working with substance use and mental health. Kelly’s goal and passion is to work in collaboration with NUWAY Clinical and Medical teams to provide individualized medical support to clients on their journey to health and wellness in recovery. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, fishing, scuba diving and long walks.

Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Prior to her role as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY, Katie provided counseling services in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Katie is currently working towards becoming a dually licensed clinician to better serve the needs of clients struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian Spiess

MA, LPCC, LADC
Residential Services Director

Marian obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from St. Ambrose University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology at Argosy University. Marian obtained her LADC in 2018 and her LPCC in 2020 and enjoys providing person-centered care to diverse populations. Marian was previously a counselor at NUWAY 3R’s Counseling Center and has been the Program Manager at NUWAY I since May 2019. Marian's clinical interests include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders, trauma-focused therapy, and providing education and training to interns and staff.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea Stilson

RN
Registered Nurse Supervisor

Chelsea obtained her Practical Nursing Degree in 2015 from Rasmussen College. She went on to achieve her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2019 from Rasmussen College. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Govern University and will graduate in 2022. Prior to working with NUWAY Chelsea has had work experience as a Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager and has a genuine passion in helping others overcome barriers in their everyday lives.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

Rochester

Crystal Caruso

Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso

Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso has worked in the addiction recovery field for the past 6 years in a variety of capacities including: Utilization Review, Director of Admissions, and as the Director of Business Development. Prior to the behavioral health field Crystal has worked in hospital and clinic settings as a LPN. Currently, in her role as NUWAY 3RS Community Relations Manager, she educates individuals and organizations about the extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.
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Olivia Johnson

BA, ADC-T
Counselor

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Olivia Johnson

BA, ADC-T
Counselor

Olivia received her bachelor's degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies and Corrections with a minor in sociology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is in the process of obtaining her LADC. Olivia has previous experience counseling adult woman in a residential setting and working with adult men and woman in a correctional setting. Olivia uses a strength's based approach and is passionate about helping other's grow through the development of awareness and creating an environment that is helpful to their ongoing recovery. In her free time, she enjoys; spending time with her family, being outside, and traveling.

Joyce Koerner

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Interim Sr Program Manager

Joyce Koerner

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Interim Sr Program Manager

Joyce received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Lawrence University and completed in her Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health through the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an LADC and under supervision working toward her LPCC. Joyce has experience in women’s inpatient treatment, men’s outpatient treatment, and individual mental health services. Her professional interests include cultural competency, trauma responsive care, substance use disorders, and integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. Joyce currently works as a Co-Occurring Counselor at the Rochester location.
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Kristin Olsen

MS, LADC
Counselor

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Kristin Olsen

MS, LADC
Counselor

Kristin received her B.A. degree in Political Science and Public Administration, her M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her Addictions Counseling Certificate from Winona State University. She is an LADC and under supervision working toward her LPCC. Kristin has previous experience working with adolescents at a Recovery High School and adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in a long-term relapse prevention program. Her professional interests include co-occurring substance use disorders and eating disorders, co-occurring substance use and personality disorders and maternal substance use.
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Amily Smith

BS, LADC
Counselor

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Amily Smith

BS, LADC
Counselor

Amily graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a minor in Health Science. Prior to licensure as an LADC, she worked in various roles within the substance use/mental health field with women, adolescents, and individuals committed to the state. When working with clients, Amily utilizes a humanistic and person-centered approach to best fit each individual’s needs. Her professional interests include harm reduction and working with people in the LGBTQ+ community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her dog and watching reality television.

Nereida Villegas

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Nereida Villegas

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Nereida received her bachelor's degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University with a minor in Corrections. She is a LADC and has worked with adolescents and adults. She has experience in outpatient, men’s halfway house, inpatient, and co-facilitated a Domestic Abuse Program. Prior to her role at NUWAY she was working at a Men’s Halfway House. Her interests outside of work are working out, reading, and going on long walks.
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Christa Welbon

BS, LADC
Counselor

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Christa Welbon

BS, LADC
Counselor

Christa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections from Minnesota State University at Mankato and worked in the field of Corrections for several years. She worked in probation and parole settings with juveniles and adults. In 2015, she received her Alcohol and Drug Certificate from Rochester Community and Technical College and has worked in residential settings with adult male and female clients. Christa lives in Rochester with her family, and she enjoys gardening, traveling and biking.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

Megan Wilgenbusch

MSW, LADC
Counselor

Megan Wilgenbusch

MSW, LADC
Counselor

Megan graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She completed her Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate at Ridgewater College in 2015. Along with her LADC she is attending Winona State University to become a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She will be working at the Rochester, MN location and is very excited to continue her education and supervision towards becoming dually licensed to better serve the needs of those struggling with co-occurring disorders. Prior to her role at NUWAY, Megan has experience in both residential treatment and a Recovery High School where she has worked with adults, adolescents, and families to address challenges related to substance abuse. Her approach is person-centered and strengths-based, and her clinical interests include family systems, trauma, and the integration of mental and substance use.

Monica Ziebell

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Monica Ziebell

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Monica received her B.S. degree in Health Science from The University of Minnesota-Rochester and completed her Masters of Professional Studies in Addiction Counseling through the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is a LADC and is currently attending St.Mary's University in pursuit of her Masters of Social Work. Monica has experience in adolescent psych, SUD adult IOP and OP. Her professional interests include Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Duluth

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Marian Azzabi

MA, LADC

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Marian Azzabi

MA, LADC

Marian received her MA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona in Education in 2012 and her Addiction Studies from Mesabi Range College in 2021. Marian is an experienced educator, having taught in the public schools and abroad. She has experience as an LADC with Genesis Recovery Services. Her interest is to impart awareness of an individual’s value. She is comfortable hosting gatherings, cooking, swimming, shooting “hoops”, and playing musical instruments.

Angel Farrell

MA, LADC
Counselor

Angel Farrell

MA, LADC
Counselor

Angel graduated with her Alcohol and Drug Counseling certification in 2018 from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. She then went on to complete her BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2020. Angel is currently enrolled in the Advanced Clinical MSW track at the College of Saint Scholastica and will graduate this May. She has 3 ½ years of experience working in the recovery field in adult outpatient and MAT settings. Her additional background experience is working with families and at-risk youth. In her free time, Angel enjoy spending time with her family, watching sci-fi movies, and decorating.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Sr. Program Manager

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Sr. Program Manager

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and continued her education by completing the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Chemical Dependency Program. Angela began her career as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and later became a Clinical Supervisor. Other than working within the Substance Use Disorder field, Angela has an extensive history of working as an advocate for Domestic Violence survivors. Angela loves to learn and is looking forward to continuing her education in the future
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Mark Horan

MSE, BS, LADC
Counselor

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Mark Horan

MSE, BS, LADC
Counselor

Mark grew up in Altoona , Wisconsin in the heart of the Dairy Belt. He received his certification in Addiction studies from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction in 2005. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from UW-Superior in 2015 and Masters in Counseling from UW-Superior in 2021. Mark enjoys alpine skiing and kayaking.

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. He began his career in the field of addiction-recovery in 2009 being a student in and helping facilitate a collegiate recovery program at The College of Saint Scholastica. His first professional job out of school was in sales but his personal journey in recovery pulled Jake back to the field opening doors for him to work at treatment programs in the Twin Cities. Jake’s passion of building and maintaining relationships serves him well as a Community Relations Manger at NUWAY. Jake currently serves as co-board chair on the MARRCH Communication Committee. In his spare time Jake enjoys swimming, running, spending time with his family and trying to keep up with his two boys.

Jordan Lowe

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Counselor

Jordan Lowe

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Counselor

Jordan received her Bachelors of Science in Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency from St. Cloud State University in 2016. She attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and graduated in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Jordan has been practicing as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2016 and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Generalist Social Worker (LGSW). She has experience in residential, outpatient, and MAT treatment facilities and has worked with both men and women adults in these settings. In her free time Jordan enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and playing with her cats and dogs.
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Letisha Rice

MA, LADC
Counselor

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Letisha Rice

MA, LADC
Counselor

Letisha received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007, a Master of Arts in Art Therapy at the University of Wisconsin Superior in 2013, and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification in 2019. She has experience in mental health, residential programs and withdrawal management. Her interests consist of multi-modal counseling, harm reduction and working to end stigma toward both mental illness and substance use. She currently works as a licensed drug and alcohol counselor in Duluth. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her family, watching tv, and petting her dogs.

Sherrie Steele

BA, BS, LADC
Counselor

Sherrie Steele

BA, BS, LADC
Counselor

Sherrie is a graduate of Bemidji State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor or Science in Applied Psychology, and Chemical Dependency Certificate. Sherrie received her BBHT Approved Supervisor Status in 2018. She has been working as a substance use disorder counselor for over 10 years in co-occurring residential and outpatient programs, and a medication-assisted treatment clinic. Sherrie developed a passion for working with family members of those in treatment during the six years she facilitated a family education support group. Prior to becoming a substance use disorder counselor, Sherrie worked in the mental health field as a mental health practitioner. This experience is what led her to pursue licensure in the substance use disorder field as it became evident there was a tremendous need for greater understanding of addiction and evidence-based treatment.

Maija Swanson

MSW, LADC, LICSW
Counselor

Maija Swanson

MSW, LADC, LICSW
Counselor

Maija received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2007 from The College of St. Scholastica with a major in Social Work and Certificate in Social Work in Health Care. She continued her studies at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College where she completed her Certificate in Addiction Studies in 2009. Following that, she obtained her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas where she graduated in 2012. Maija has about 15 years of experience working with persons with co-occurring disorders including ARMHS, case management, outpatient and inpatient mental health services, clinical supervision as well as program management. She has come specialize in matters related to sexuality, forensic mental health, treatment specific to personality disorders and addiction. Maija is dually licensed as an LADC and LICSW in Minnesota and is also licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Wisconsin. She has been a practicing clinician for almost ten years. She takes a genuine and relational approach in her work. Maija enjoys spending time with her family and has a wide range of interests and hobbies including arts and crafts, reading, “nerding out” in general, or just planning her next great adventure!

Zoe Torgersen

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Zoe Torgersen

MA, LPCC, LADC
Counselor

Zoe received her Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Peace and Legal Studies minor from The University of Wisconsin Superior in 2014 and her Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addictions Studies in 2017. Zoe is dually licensed as an LADC and LPCC with six years’ experience prior to licensures as a counselor assistant in inpatient treatment centers treating adult substance use disorders. Zoe enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music, cooking, reading, learning, and especially outdoor activities including: mountain biking, canoeing, camping, hiking, and most recently winter fat biking and cross country skiing.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

St. Cloud

Nicole Boos

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Nicole Boos

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Nikki has her Bachelors Degree from Metropolitan State University. She has been working in the substance use field for over 8 years starting as a CD Tech in 2005. She plans to continue her education to become duel licensed as a LICSW in the future. Nikki's excited to be a part of the NUWAY family.

Allison Ciernia

BS, LADC
Counselor

Allison Ciernia

BS, LADC
Counselor

Allison has been a licensed alcohol and drug counselor since 2019. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor's degree in community psychology and substance use counseling. She worked with adolescent males in residential treatment for the first two years of her career. For the last year Allison has been working with men in residential treatment. She is excited to start her journey into the outpatient world and continue to expand her knowledge and ability to help others. Allison is currently working on obtaining her Masters in Social Work online to pursue her dream of becoming a therapist. She has two cats and one dog which keeps her plenty busy outside of her job! Allison is excited to be a part of the team at NUWAY!
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Tara Katchmark

MA, LADC
Counselor

Tara Katchmark

MA, LADC
Counselor

Tara is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a recent graduate of the Rehabilitation and Addictions Counseling master’s program at Saint Cloud State University. As someone with personal experience in recovery, Tara has a sincere desire to help people overcome life's challenges. She enjoy spending time with family and friends and taking walks with her dog. She also enjoys learning mindfulness practice and listening to audio books. Tara is all about empowerment and truly enjoy helping people figure out how to thrive in life. She implements a strengths-based approach when working with clients and pull primarily from person-centered and cognitive behavioral theoretical orientations. She believes that human beings have a huge capacity for growth and change if they are given the tools and environment to engage in that change. Tara wants to help clients gain more self-awareness and provides an environment that empowers them and helps them to feel safe and understood.

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. He began his career in the field of addiction-recovery in 2009 being a student in and helping facilitate a collegiate recovery program at The College of Saint Scholastica. His first professional job out of school was in sales but his personal journey in recovery pulled Jake back to the field opening doors for him to work at treatment programs in the Twin Cities. Jake’s passion of building and maintaining relationships serves him well as a Community Relations Manger at NUWAY. Jake currently serves as co-board chair on the MARRCH Communication Committee. In his spare time Jake enjoys swimming, running, spending time with his family and trying to keep up with his two boys.

Reace Rainwater

BA, LADC
Counselor

Reace Rainwater

BA, LADC
Counselor

Reace believes he has always had a servant’s heart. From a young age he wanted to help others whether that meant he would be a full-service gas station attendant, a social worker, or a psychologist. Reace graduated in 2018 from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a major in Alcohol and Drug Studies and a minor in Economics. After licensure in 2018, Reace has worked as a counselor in South Central Minnesota providing substance abuse services. It is Reace’s goal to meet each client where they are at, treat them with human dignity, and journey with them as far as they are willing to go in their recovery. Today, Reace enjoys many hobbies and spending time with loved ones outside of work.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.

John Brandl

BA, LADC
Counselor

John Brandl

BA, LADC
Counselor

John joined NUWAY after working at a residential treatment facility for 2 years prior. He graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2019 where he received his degree in Alcohol and Drug studies. John was able to grow as a counselor prior to joining NUWAY and is excited to be part of this company. John enjoys spending his free time watching his favorite sports teams especially the Vikings, playing video games and spending time with his nieces and nephews.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Gephart

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Gephart has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Gephart obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Gephart is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Taylor Olson

BS, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Taylor Olson

BS, LADC
Sr. Program Manager

Taylor received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2013. After graduating Taylor crossed over into Minnesota and now enjoys being a MN transplant. After working as a Behavioral Therapist she returned to school, attending Century College to pursue her LADC Certificate. Taylor was able to gain experience in her internship with NUWAY exploring both the Intensive Outpatient Program and Residential sites; upon completion she was able to join the team as a staff member. She enjoys spending time outside, exploring new areas, hiking and kayaking.

Alyssa Reutzel

BA, LADC
Counselor

Alyssa Reutzel

BA, LADC
Counselor

Alyssa graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2014, with degrees in Alcohol & Drug Studies and Food & Nutrition. She is an LADC with over 7 years of experience in the substance use disorder and mental health field, working in residential settings with both adolescents and adults. She uses a strengths-based approach and is passionate about helping others grow through self-empowerment and self-awareness. Alyssa works to build a genuine relationship with her clients to provide a safe space for self-discovery, to gain education, and to see themselves with greater clarity.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. David Wiechmann

MD
Medical Director

Dr. Wiechmann graduated from medical school from the University of South Dakota in 1989 and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. His career has included working 11 years in the Army, working as a pediatrician, as well as a gastroenterologist before joining the recovery community. He has been a resident of the twin cities for the last 18 years. He joined NUWAY at the beginning of 2021.