Keynote Speakers:

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, DFASAM

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, DFASAM, is the Chief Medical Officer for Treatment Management Company and the Founder and Director at Two Dreams Outer Banks, a comprehensive wellness center for the treatment of alcoholism and substance use disorders. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC-based global health care and policy-consulting firm EMGlobal LLC. Dr. Barthwell's current work is focused on developing strategies to expand access to treatment for opioid dependence disorder, expanding practitioner knowledge of urine drug testing in the identification and treatment of substance use disorders, and helping individuals and families prevent substance use disorders with the lecture series, "The Parents Academy." Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W Bush from 2002 to 2004. As a member of the President's sub-cabinet, Dr. Barthwell was a principal advisor on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs. During Dr. Barthwell's tenure, the Bush Administration widely publicized science-based facts about the dangers of marijuana use and the harms of drug legalization. The Administration encouraged student drug testing as a deterrent to the initiation of drug use and as an early identification tool, and it promoted the expansion and improvement of drug courts. The ONDCP 25-Cities Initiative fostered local coordination of drug treatment and control efforts. ONDCP coordinated with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to provide funding for screenings, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment to fund early intervention services in hospitals and other general medical and community settings to reach people at risk of dependence on alcohol or drugs. In fiscal year 2004, the President's drug treatment initiative, Access to Recovery, received a $100 million appropriation from Congress. Initial grants were awarded in 2004 to 14 states and one tribal organization. While serving the Executive Office of the President, Dr. Barthwell was an active member of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth and the White House Domestic Violence Working Group. She also worked closely with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to define the scope of its Health Services Research portfolio.

Dr. Barthwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University, where she served on the Board of Trustees, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following post-graduate training at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Center, she began her practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Barthwell serves as President of the multi-disciplinary Encounter Medical Group (EMG, an affiliate of EMGlobal), was a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force, hosted a weekly local cable show on AIDS, and was president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In 2003, Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. In 1997, Dr. Barthwell's peers named her one of the "Best Doctors in America" in addiction medicine.

Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI

Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI Professor of Music, Director of Music Therapy at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Jim is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. He is also a Primary Trainer for the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). As a member of the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, Jim has trained professionals in the clinical use of the Bonny Method of GIM around the world including South Korea, Spain, Japan, Germany, and Mexico. His clinical work focuses on Substance Use Disorders (addictions) and work with trauma recovery. Along with his wife Nannette, Jim is co-founder of MusicVisions, LLC, where he maintains a clinical private practice in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. Jim is widely published on the topics of music therapy and addiction, drumming, biofeedback and music, and the Bonny Method for the resolution of trauma and addictive processes. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and his Master of Music degree in Music Therapy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Stephen Dansiger, PSYD, MFT

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT played CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in the late 70s; drank, played drums in a toy rock band and then got sober in the late 80s; became an international educator and rocker again in the 90s; and a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher in the 2000s. Dr. Steve has attempted to cure Marc Maron on WTF, become a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Basic Training and Advanced Topics Courses with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and helped set up the premiere Buddhist addictions rehab center, Refuge Recovery Treatment Centers. At the center he developed and instituted the MET(T)A Protocol, a design for addictions agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice.The MET(T)A Protocol is now being implemented at other treatment centers nationally and internationally. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers (StartAgain, 2016) and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. Besides maintaining a private practice in Los Angeles, he travels nationally and internationally speaking and teaching on Buddhist psychology, EMDR therapy, the MET(T)A Protocol, trauma, addictions, and clinician self-care. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for almost 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles, and at other centers nationally and internationally. His second book (co-authored with Dr. Jamie Marich), EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care, is available now on Springer Publications.

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III is the CEO for C4 Consulting, a firm focused on the business of mental health and addiction treatment organizations. C4 Consulting helps clients improve financial performance, enhance competitive positions, and achieve the most productive organizational alignment among staff, management, and board members. He also serves as the Director of Operations at Recovery 360°, providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy the Colorado Front Range area. Jonathan is a board member of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP), serves on the board of directors for the Stout Street Foundation. He is a Helping Men Recover Certified Trainer with Griffin Recovery Enterprises. Over the past 20 years in behavioral health services, Jonathan has specialized in providing increased efficacy in numerous organizations, driving business growth and service integrity.

Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT-BC

Distinguished Professorship in Music Therapy, Temple University. Author and researcher. Past-President National Association for Music Therapy and World Federation of Music Therapy

Susan Gardstrom, PhD, MT-BC

Susan Gardstrom, PhD, MT-BC is Professor and Coordinator of Music Therapy at the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA. Gardstrom holds degrees in music therapy and community agency counseling. She has worked with adjudicated adolescents, students with physical and developmental disabilities, and adults with addictions. Most recently, she has supervised student therapists in a 28-day women-specific addictions treatment program. Gardstrom has published articles about music therapy and addictions in multiple journals, has edited Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy, and is the author of a textbook titled Music Therapy Improvisation for Groups: Essential Leadership Competencies.

James Hiller, PhD, MT-BC

James Hiller, PhD, MT-BC has experience has been in providing and supervising music therapy for a Men's Residential Unit of an SUD treatment facility called NOVA Behavioral Health in Dayton, OH. I offer a comprehensive view of the way music therapy may be approached with men in a 28 day program, drawing on music-centered, cognitive, psychodynamic, and humanistic perspectives, with a focus on both experiencing music for self-learning and examining music as a healthy resource for post-treatment maintenance of sobriety. Clinical music experiences are designed with group and individually-oriented aims in mind and fall primarily under Improvisational, Receptive (i.e., listening), and Composition Methods. A music-centered perspective focuses on engagement of the whole person in creative, expressive, and relational music experiences which are subsequently processed at varying levels depending on group dynamics and individual readiness and according to the most relevant perspective in the moment. This "Integral" (Wilbur) approach honors the particular needs and proclivities of each of the residents as their process unfolds, with the aim of enriched coping.

John McAndrew, LAADAC

John McAndrew is currently on track to be a licensed LAADAC professional in 2018./Recording Artist WBA Records Recovery Music Specialist / Therapist Music Services Co-Ordinator Cumberland Heights, Nashville, TN John McAndrew's music has been heard around the world, and at many National Events. While touring, he has performed for and worked with Recovery audiences for over 30 years. John's last CD, "Forgiven" released in 2016, was in Grammy Consideration three times in the Roots Gospel Category. His newest CD project "Souls" will be out in March of 2017 on WBA Records. John co-hosted along with WestBridge CEO Mary Woods the "One Hour at a Time" Radio Show on "Voice of America" for several years. John is a regular contributor to the US Journal of Science, writing articles on the benefits of Music in Recovery. John currently is a Recovery Music Specialist / Therapist and Music Services Co-Ordinator at Cumberland Heights, Nashville, TN, providing individual and group therapy. He also helped develop and launch the "Music Professionals Program" at Cumberland Heights in 2015.

Tena Moyer, MD

Tena Moyer, MD is the associate medical director for Sierra Tucson, with a primary focus on the development of the Eating Recovery Program and addressing acute clinical patient concerns.In the continuation of her education, Dr. Moyer attended USC Keck School of Medicine

Kathleen Murphy, PhD, MT-BC

Kathleen Murphy, PhD, MT-BC is the Coordinator of Music Therapy at Loyola University. Her research interests are focused on music therapy in substance dependence treatment including babies diagnosed with NAS, and musicians and veterans who have a history of substance abuse and PTSD.

Cardwell Nuckols, PhD

Cardwell Nuckols, PhD has 40 years of clinical experience and after delivering between 1500-2000 training events specializing in addiction, recovery, co-occurring disorders, trauma and spirituality, I have direct clinical and program development experience to address all aspects of the recovery process from program design to effective clinical planning and implementation. Dr. Nuckols' background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, education, neurobiology and psychology. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritual traditions predominately early Contemplative Christianity. Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as "one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America."

Troy Pulas, MD

Troy Pulas, MD, completed his psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Pulas has been working for the past five years as Medical Director for Westbridge Community Services in Brooksville, Florida, a center focused on integrated dual disorders treatment. In addition to using psychopharmacology, Dr. Pulas advocates for an emphasis on holistic treatment including nutrition, exercise, yoga, art, mindfulness, vocational therapy, and music therapy. POST GRADUATE EDUCATION Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship 7/10-6/11 Boston University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry Boston, MA Psychoanalytic Fellowship 9/09-5/10 Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Boston, MA Postgraduate years 2-4 7/07-6/10 Boston University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry Boston, MA Postgraduate year 1 7/06-6/07 Univ. of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Psychiatry Chapel Hill, NC EDUCATION Univ. of California at Irvine School of Medicine 9/02-6/06 Degree: Doctor of Medicine (MD) Irvine, CA University of California at San Diego 9/96-6/01 Degree: Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering

Jaime Vinck, LPC, NCC, CEIP

Jaime Vinck, LPC, NCC, CEIP joined Sierra Tucson in August 2014 as Chief Clinical Officer. She oversaw the design and implementation for Sierra Tucson programs. In December 2015 Jaime was promoted to Chief Operations Officer, where she led strategic operational initiatives. In December 2017, Jaime was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. While COO, Jaime also represented Sierra Tucson on a national basis, speaking on Compassion Fatigue and Provider Resilience, The Mature Adult Treatment Experience and The Importance of Collaboration when Treating Co-occurring Disorders. Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Vinck served in a number of positions with Journey Healing Centers. As an independently licensed clinician, she also began her own private practice in Scottsdale in 2007. Jaime is a Certified Equine Interaction Professional, with a specialization in Mental Health. Prior to entering the behavioral health field, Jaime had a successful career in Human Resource Management with Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan and Omnipoint Communications (T-Mobile) in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.

Mary Woods, MSHS, BC-RN, LADC

Mary Woods, MSHS, BC-RN, LADC is a dedicated professional with 40 years’ experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling professions; working in a variety of treatment and administrative capacities. Mary has extensive experience in program development, supervision and education. Mary has the following credentials; NH Licensed Drug and Alcoholism Counselor; NH Licensed Clinical Supervisor for Substance Abuse Counseling ; ANCC Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse. Mary has a Masters of Science in Human Services in Human Services Administration as well. Mary is Past-President of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals and Mary’s most recent role has been as President and Co-Founder of WestBridge.

Faculty Members:

Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC

Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC holds a Master's Degree in Applied Psychology from Regis University and is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado. Stefan has wide-ranging experience in the field of addiction recovery including: working as a recovery coach, therapist, and program director. Stefan also has extensive experience designing and implementing addiction treatment and recovery support programs. Helping people engage in effective treatment, build a solid foundation for real world recovery and participate in a life of true fulfillment are his specialties. Stefan is currently the Chief of Clinical Operations at Jaywalker Lodge.

David Cato, MSW, LCSW, TCT, SEP

David Cato, MSW, LCSW, TCT, SEP is currently working as program manager for Continuing Care, Connect365 and Residential Therapists. David has been at Sierra Tucson for 10 years and began in the mailroom. David has worked as a clinician at Sierra Tucson and has experience with substance use disorders and trauma.

Robert Chapman, MSSW, LMSW, LADAC, EMDR I & II

Robert Chapman, MSSW, LMSW, LADAC, EMDR I & II, has over 35 years of experience in the recovery field and specializes in Adventure Therapy techniques utilizing the Challenge Course, Ropes Course, Experiential and Metaphor Therapy as tools to enhance recovery from trauma, family of origin, and addiction & attachment issues. Robert has provided extensive training services throughout the country for a number of years. He has been on the faculty of CENAPS Intensive School of Relapse Prevention Specialists and has been published in Addictions and Recovery Magazine as well as other recovery related publications. Robert has worked in private practice and nationally recognized treatment centers bringing his expertise and passion for addiction, trauma and mental health recovery. Robert is a clinical & trauma specialist, Adventure Therapist, and primary facilitator for the family program at Milestones at Onsite.

Diana Clark, JD,MA

Diana Clark, JD,MA is a renowned family recovery advocate in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and has authored and facilitated numerous workshops , a nd coordinating book "Addiction Recovery: A Family's Journey specifically designed for family members of those struggling with addiction. As a recognized force of clear speech, logic, and loving acceptance, Diana has helped thousands of families establish healthy boundaries, manage expectations appropriately, and develop plans for their own recovery.

Dawn Collinge, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS

Dawn Collinge, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS is the Education Outreach Coordinator for Skyland Trail in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Collinge received her Masters of Science in Counseling from Georgia State University. She is a Past-President of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.

Joanna Conti, BS, MS

As her daughter cycled in and out of multiple alcoholism treatment programs over five long years, Conti became very frustrated by the lack of success rate data available to help families find the best facilities. Building upon her previous experience running a software company, Conti started Vista Research Group to provide treatment centers with real-time progress monitoring data proven to help patients get better faster during treatment as well as the independent post-treatment success rate data so important to families and payers.

Michael Dinneen, LCSW, CACIII, CSAT

Michael Dinneen, LCSW, CACIII, CSAT is the founder and Clinical Director of Valiant Living and has 25 years of clinical and leadership experience. He has a strong interest in the spiritual development of individuals in our field of behavioral health. He speaks on topics of addiction recovery, holistic treatment, process addictions, trauma, relapse prevention and spiritual growth because those are his areas of expertise.


John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP, ICADC serves as the Clinical Fellow for Origins Behavioral Healthcare. In this capacity he provides both academic and clinical supervisory support to Origins' programs. John's academic background includes degrees in Psychology (BS), Conflict (MA), Management (MS), and a Doctor of Health Science, with his doctoral practicum having focused on the dynamics, epidemiology, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction in older adults. John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain, and board certified as both a Master Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida.

Carrie Fraser, MDiv, LMFT, CADC

Carrie Fraser, MDiv, LMFT, CADC is the Director of Spiritual Wellness and Recovery Services, The Next Door, Nashville, TN which provides treatment services for women impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration. Carrie provides individual and group spiritual direction.

James Gamache, MSW, MLADC, ICAADC

James Gamache, MSW, MLADC, ICAADC holds a Master's Degree Clinical Social Work, licensed as a Masters level Addictions Counselor and has been working in the field of mental health/addiction treatment since 1995. Mr. Gamache has been employed at WestBridge Inc for the past 13 years and is currently the Director of Quality Improvement. Mr. Gamache has also served two terms on the board of New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association and a current Board member of the Association for Addiction Professionals (NADAAC). James has presented nationally for Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC) and National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD). Mr. Gamache has served as a research clinician for the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in studies that focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and Addiction. WestBridge has spent many years developing ways that support true integration & bridging the gap of Co-Occurring Disorders & 12 step support. As a person in long term recovery I have experienced many 12 step communities becoming more receptive to the changing landscape of alcoholism & addiction based on WB's approach.

Zack Garner, LAPC

Zack Garner, LAPC is the primary counselor for the Cognition and First Episode recovery community at Skyland Trail. Zack has specialized training in CBT and experience working with young adults. He received a B.S. in psychology from the UGA and an M.S. in mental health counseling from the U of N.Georgia.

Andrew Martin, MBA, LAADC

Andrew Martin, MBA, LAADC is the Chief Operating Officer at American Addiction Treatment Association, a national trade association that provides regulatory and compliance resources to addiction treatment professionals. Andrew's extensive experience in the addiction treatment industry dates back to 2005 and includes founding and operating Serene Scene Magazine, a monthly magazine with a circulation approaching 30,000 subscribers. He also launched The Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference, which delivered high level learning to addiction treatment professionals, developed, a directory of addiction treatment resources and information for the United States and Canada, and spearheaded Serene Center, a 36 bed transitional sober living and outpatient treatment facility for those in early recovery. Andrew has also authored three books: Effective Time Management for High Achievers, Point of Return Book One, and Point of Return Book Two. Prior to his entry into the addiction treatment industry, Andrew spent two decades in manufacturing and contracting industries as founder and operator of ATM Fly-Ware and BendiForm Metalworks

Doug Paul, LPC, CPCS

Doug Paul, LPC, CPCS has been working as a clinician with substance use disorders since 2007. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from University of Central Florida in 2002. He went on to complete a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University in 2007. During his graduate training, he presented University-sponsored research findings at the American Counseling Association's Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec in 2006. While at Talbott Recovery from 2007-2014, he assisted with development of the Young Adult program. Taking a Primary Therapist and then Clinical Director position with Foundations Recovery Network's Atlanta outpatient program in 2014, he expanded his repertoire of interventions in working with clients through therapy and education. Doug continues to practice his own recovery program over the last 18 years.

Ricardo Santiago, LMHC, MS

Ricardo A Santiago LMHC, MS currently serves as Clinical Director of AION Recovery in Lake Worth, FL and is also co-owner and co-founder of Epic Adventures Therapy LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Ricardo has served in the social services arena as a mental health counselor and program director since 2000 and was licensed as a mental health counselor in the state of Florida in 2003. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient & outpatient mental health, child and adolescent group home/shelter, adolescent & adult homeless shelter, in-home individual and family counseling, therapeutic foster care, and adolescent & adult residential substance abuse treatment. Ricardo is also an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he teaches psychology courses. He is a member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and serves as Professional Development Coordinator of the Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group (TAPG) Leadership Council.

Eric Schmidt, MSW, LCSW, MBA

Eric Schmidt, MSW, LCSW, MBA has served in key executive level positions in the behavioral health and substance abuse field for the past 28 years. He has received both a MSW and an MBA. Eric provides a variety of clinical services utilizing a range of techniques and theoretical designs. In particular, he has extensive clinical experience working with addiction, borderline personality disorder, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Further, Eric is adjunct faculty for the University of Utah School of Social Work, where he teaches clinical and professional development courses. Currently he co-owns and serves as the CEO of New Roads Behavioral Health, which primarily serves clients with severe persistent mental illness, addiction, and personality disorders. He is the President of the Utah Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. He also serves as a member several national organizations for behavioral health, tirelessly advocating for clients on both the national and state levels.

Nicky Treadway, LMHC, NCC, MA

Nicky Treadway, LMHC, NCC, MA holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Northwestern State University. She specializes in Maternal Mental Health and adventure therapy/experiential approaches. She is also the host of the podcast Cognizant and co-owns and operates EPIC Adventures Therapy, in North Palm Beach.

Gordon Woods, AS

Gordon Woods, AS has been a Care Manager with WestBridge since 2013. Gordon's job duties include providing clinical interventions, side by side support in the community to enhance participant's recovery and wellness and facilitates groups specific to the Co-Occurring population. Gordon is currently enrolled in Springfield College: School of Human Services, in Manchester; with a concentration in addictions studies.

Jim Yoxall, CSC, MA

Jim Yoxall, CSC, MA is an Ordained Minister and Certified Spiritual Counselor is the Spiritual/Wellness Director at Pavillon, a center for addiction treatment, in N.C. Wolf provides experiential spiritual direction, wellness counseling, spiritual group process and lectures on spirituality/wellness for recovery.
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