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Our Staff

It is people that make the real difference. Authentic connections come first.
Experienced. Compassionate. Healing. Authentic.

 
  RYAN SALTER, LCSW  President & CEO

RYAN SALTER, LCSW
President & CEO

  JOHANNA SALT  ER, BS  Vice President & COO

JOHANNA SALTER, BS
Vice President & COO

  GUY HARDCASTLE, BA, MPA  Director of Admissions and Outreach

GUY HARDCASTLE, BA, MPA
Director of Admissions and Outreach

  HUGH NASH  Admissions & Outreach

HUGH NASH
Admissions & Outreach

  KATE WRIGHT  Program Director

KATE WRIGHT
Program Director

  GREG SHERIFF  Residential Director

GREG SHERIFF
Residential Director

  SUSIE WIET, MD  Medical Director

SUSIE WIET, MD
Medical Director

  BROOKE ETHERINGTON, PA  Medical Team

BROOKE ETHERINGTON, PA
Medical Team

  JOHN LIVINGSTON, PHD  Clinical Psychologist

JOHN LIVINGSTON, PHD
Clinical Psychologist

  MALLIE TUCKER  Alumni Director

MALLIE TUCKER
Alumni Director

  MATT WRIGHT, CSW  Therapist

MATT WRIGHT, CSW
Therapist

  ELLIE BECHA  RD, CMHC  Therapist

ELLIE BECHARD, CMHC
Therapist

  PAULA BRUCE, LMFT  Therapist

PAULA BRUCE, LMFT
Therapist

  SPENCER EVANS, CSW  Therapist

SPENCER EVANS, CSW
Therapist

  ASHLEY LINGWALL BILLS, MSW  Therapist Intern – Lake House

ASHLEY LINGWALL BILLS, MSW
Therapist Intern – Lake House

  JACKIE MANN  Patient Care Coordinator – Lake House

JACKIE MANN
Patient Care Coordinator – Lake House

  LAURA DORIA  Office Assistant

LAURA DORIA
Office Assistant

  SAM BENNION  Residential Manager – Eagle View

SAM BENNION
Residential Manager – Eagle View

  BOBBY SHAW  Patient Care Coordinator – Eagle View

BOBBY SHAW
Patient Care Coordinator – Eagle View

  JAYME VIEWEG  Resident Manager – Riley House

JAYME VIEWEG
Resident Manager – Riley House

  MARYSA CARDWELL  Nutritionist

MARYSA CARDWELL
Nutritionist

  JENNIFER WINDER  Head of Culinary Services

JENNIFER WINDER
Head of Culinary Services

  EMILY ADAMSON  Equine Specialist

EMILY ADAMSON
Equine Specialist

  LAURA MCBRIDE DISCHMANN

LAURA MCBRIDE DISCHMANN

  LAUREN RENCHER  Yoga Instructor

LAUREN RENCHER
Yoga Instructor

 
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Why Choose Ascend?

Ascend Recovery is designed to help patients suffering from addiction to move through a system of levels of care that would return patients from a residential treatment environment all the way back to their own independent lives. Ascend Recovery bases treatment on evidence based practices that do not simply help patients graduate a residential program but rather assist them in structuring lives in recovery that they find rewarding. 

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INDIVIDUALIZED CARE

Treatment at Ascend is individualized and integrates three levels of care corresponding to each patient needs. They include: Residential Care, incorporating every aspect of our treatment approach treating addiction as a disease. Extended Care, a transitional level of care focusing upon 'executive functioning' skills to more effectively step individual patients down in their level of care. Sober Living, patients at this level of care achieve full reintegration into the community with outpatient ongoing support. 

2

DUAL DIAGNOSIS

This is a much used term throughout the world of Treatment and Recovery, but one that the Ascend Clinical team takes very seriously. Over the past 10 years, Ascend has established itself as one of the premier providers working with individuals with not only complex issues of substance abuse but with co-occurring mental health challenges. Ascend Recovery is built on a relational therapy model, with the goal of developing a strong therapeutic alliance between therapist and patient. 

3

FAMILY PROGRAM

Ascend remains committed to the inclusion of family and loved ones in the treatment experience. We have a two day family workshop every other weekend, 12 months a year. This frequency is an attempt by our team to provide as many opportunities as possible for supporting individuals to "show up" and participate with their loved one in our care.

4

WELLNESS THERAPIES (AMINO ACID, NUTRITION, AND EXERCISE)

Wellness therapies are intended to specifically eliminate cravings, stabilize mood, energy restoration and assist with sleep. Amino acid supplementation helps to heal and repair and can help stabilize mood and curb cravings as well. Our nutrition program works in much the same way. We serve nourishing foods that replenish the fuel each body has been deprived of without sacrificing flavor and the innate comfort that food provides. Daily exercise is a critical component of our recovery program as it fortifies the body and helps clear the mind. Combined, our wellness therapies help restore balance and speed physical and emotional healing. 

5

PSYCHIATRIC AND MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS

Ascend Recovery provides Psychiatric evaluations, medication management and weekly Psychiatric visits to all our patients. We know that to provide the highest quality dual diagnosis treatment we MUST provide truly sophisticated Psychiatry. Our Psychiatrist is Board Certified and specializes in addiction medicine. 

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alumni connection and lifetime aftercare

The Alumni program at Ascend Recovery is a reflection of both our commitment to individual relationships but also is the mark of world class care. Our commitment to our patients does not stop when they leave our program. Unlimited access to alumni services come with no additional charge, and NEVER expire, to those who have completed their recommended treatment program with Ascend. 

The Character of Ascend Recovery

IN ADDITION TO A ROBUST AND COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM, IT MATTERS TO US THAT IN CONSIDERING "WHY ASCEND RECOVERY" THAT INDIVIDUALS ALSO CONSIDER THE CHARACTER OF OUR ORGANIZATION.
 

authenticity

Ascend was designed to make lifelong sobriety probable, not just possible. We help out patients structure lives in recovery that they find rewarding and lasting.

Compassion

Rehabilitation is not a "one size fits all" proposition. Every person, every situation, and every addiction is unique. We create a program for YOU, based on your situation and your needs. 

expertise

We believe that addiction is not as simple as a physical craving or need. There are underlying mental, emotional, or psychosocial issues that contribute to the development of addiction and must be addressed. Resolving those issues while also dealing with the physical repercussions of addiction is the best way to ensure long term success. All of our therapist have a minimum of a master's degree and we give each patient full scale MMPI so the best diagnosis can be made.

healing

We believe in using different combinations of a variety of therapeutic solutions in order to produce the best results in each individual. We also offer complimentary treatments to accompany a given rehab program as needed. These include amino acid replacement therapy, EMDR therapy, and meditation practice therapy. 

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