Corporate Support Staff
John joined Recovery Ways in November 2015 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Recovery Ways, John served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Accretive Health from 2005 to 2013. Accretive Health was a 2004 start-up and Mr. Staton was a major contributor in building the company from a small client base to one serving many large healthcare providers, growing client billings to $800M annually. Mr. Staton had many operational leadership responsibilities in addition to his financial officer role.
Prior to Accretive Health, John spent 16 years at Accenture, a leading global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. At Accenture, John served in leadership roles including leading the North American products industry business consulting practice. John was a leader in innovating and deploying advanced econometric modeling and analytical frameworks to optimize operations and improve customer satisfaction for his clients.
John earned his MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.
Andrew’s extensive 20-year background in a multitude of Chemical Dependency and Mental Health settings has shaped his firm belief in the human strength and resiliency and his passion for working with this population; he is committed to helping individuals and families achieve change and reach their potential. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Mexico in Child Development and Family Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. Life experiences afforded him the opportunity to live in a variety of different cultures, which accounts for his speaking four languages; he is passionate about skiing, fitness, the outdoors, nutrition, and spirituality.
As a Certified Addiction Counselor, and Clinical Social Worker, steeped in Psychodynamic and Attachment training, he compliments his therapeutic skills as an EMDR practitioner. He brings a holistic approach to his work with individuals at Recovery Ways and is passionate about Body and Mind integration: his Client-Centered approach and a wide diversity of skills complements our Clinical Mission and makes him an asset to our organization. Prior to joining us, Andrew was actively engaged for years in several Recovery initiatives in New Mexico and served a variety of agencies committed to bringing change in their communities.
Cate Dyer graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She has been working in the healthcare industry since 2010, and in Human Resources since 2011. She possesses a wide range of experience from benefits administration and compliance to business and growth strategy. She enjoys working with people and the generalist functions of HR. Cate also loves cooking, the outdoors, reading and gardening, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and little girls. She is looking forward to teaching her daughters to ski this winter.
Dr. Duy Pham, MD
Dr. Pham, one of few Board Certified Addictionologist in the state of Utah, graduated with an MD eight years ago from the University of Utah School of Medicine. Early in his career, he met his wife, another plastic surgeon, while working in Viet Nam repairing traumatic deformities as a plastic surgeon. He went on to complete his adult psychiatry residency at Carnitas Carney Hospital, Dorchester MA and finished his fellowship training in the subspecialty of addiction psychiatry at Boston University, Boston MA. He is certified by the ABMS® Member Board: The American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology specializing in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. To better serve the complex patients he works with, he has gone on to get advanced training in ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and VNS (vegal nerve stimulation) – all for the adjunctive treatment of certain types of treatment-resistant depression.
Dr. Pham enjoys teaching and training psychiatric residents at the University of Utah and believes in helping them to see the importance of offering addicted patients choices and options for their recovery. Dr. Pham is very excited to add working in Residential Treatment Services to his vast array of experience.
Debbie graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Social Work, with an emphasis in substance use treatment. Debbie has worked for Recovery Ways since 2010 and held various positions within the company. Debbie is trained in Mind, Body, Bridging; Solutions Focused Therapy; and Motivational Interviewing. Debbie also is a Mobile Assessor, working to determine an appropriate level of care for individuals with a Substance Abuse Disorder. Through Debbie’s work in the addiction field, she recognizes the importance of the family system and works to heal family relationships to end the cycle of addiction within the family unit.
Having experienced addiction and mental health challenges with family and friends, I know how beneficial Recovery Ways is to the patients we serve. I provide customer service to clients at UNI and other detox facilities, in hopes that they may feel more confident in their next chapter at Recovery Ways. I started with Recovery Ways in 2011 and immediately found a passion for helping others. I have a background in outreach and admissions and have been certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Recreation Therapy Staff
Melissa Sprague, TRS, CTRS
Melissa graduated from Brigham Young University in 1991 with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in psychology. She completed an internship at the Utah State Hospital and started her career at a residential treatment facility for teens where she worked for more than 12 years treating adolescents with diagnoses that include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and substance abuse issues. Melissa also has experience working at a facility that specializes in treating eating disorders. After that, she went on to work for a residential treatment center for teenage girls, where she worked extensively with the girls and their families in helping them to overcome many struggles of substance abuse, parent/child conflict, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities and trauma.
Melissa utilizes a variety of experiential interventions, outdoor activities and expressive arts in group, family, and individual recreation therapy. With focuses on Self-Efficacy, Leisure Education, and Strengthening Relationships, she helps other to find joy and passions in their lives. Melissa is a trained Ropes Course Facilitator, a Licensed River Guide, a certified Women’s Self Defense Instructor and an Emergency Responder Instructor for the American Red Cross. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her family.
Emily Washburn, TRS, CTRS
Emily Washburn, TRS, CTRS, graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She has worked with people of all ages to help them rehabilitate and improve their lives physically and emotionally. She has experience working with the geriatric population, behavioral and psychiatric health, eating disorders, and most recently those with substance abuse/addiction. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, photography, art, and socializing with people.
Having worked in the field and with Recovery Ways for a few years now, I have truly developed a passion to assist and provide opportunities for others to identify and recreate themselves in a safe, supportive environment. Currently, I am in school studying Kinesiology where I hope to explore the endless capabilities and functions of the human body. In my spare time you would most likely be able to catch me mountain biking, playing ice hockey, exercising, rock climbing, camping or traveling. I take great pride in what I do and recreation and leisure are undoubtedly one of the biggest components of my life.
Residential & PHP Staff
Amanda Galloway, ACMHC
Amanda is a residential therapist at Recovery Ways. Amanda also worked as a therapist for Recovery Ways Intensive Outpatient Program. She received her graduate degree from the University of Phoenix in clinical mental health counseling and has her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah. Amanda has primarily worked with those suffering from mental illness and / or substance use. She has also worked in the fields of domestic violence and juvenile court. Amanda has a deep compassion for those struggling with both addiction and mental illness. She enjoys watching football, cooking and reading in her free time.
Jeremy Schultz, CSW
Jeremy has done internships at the House of Hope and the Provo Canyon Behavioral hospital. He uses mind-body bridging and motivational interviewing. Jeremy likes to work with people on assertive communication skills. He is a USMC veteran.
Nathan Haslam, ACMHC
Nathan has been with Recovery Way since May 2015. Nathan is good at providing boundaries and structure to patients when it is necessary. He is also able to provide a place to process those boundary and behavioral issues while expecting accountability due to extensive work as RC staff with adolescent patients for over 6 years. He is organized and can be of benefit to those that are looking for a more directive style of therapy. Nathan is comfortable working with patients that want to process religious elements of therapy. He is good at using CBT to challenge thinking errors and teaching skills to challenge cognitive errors. Nathan is working to improve his skills in trauma and wants this to be the focus of his development going forward.
Nate Van Dyke, SUDC
Nathan completed the Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor program at the University of Utah in 2014 and is currently licensed as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor. In 2013, he began his formal work as a professional in the field of addiction recovery, but he has been personally involved in the treatment of substance use disorders since 2001. He is an advocate for the recovery movement and a public speaker on the subject. As a person in long-term recovery from addiction, Nathan brings extensive knowledge and experience in the area of substance abuse, as well as a broad understanding of the many modalities utilized for lasting recovery. He is well versed in the scientific and spiritual implications of addiction, and passionate about helping those who suffer. Nathan is the former Program Director of an addiction treatment program and has been with Recovery Ways since 2015.
Nathan enjoys working with patients whose primary issue(s) are rooted in addiction (as opposed to any mental health issues). He enjoys working with challenging patients who have a history of chronic relapse and multiple treatment episodes (as he has extensive personal experience with both). He is well-versed in the 12-Step approach to recovery and works well with those who are seeking a spiritual solution. He also believes in the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness practice, which he uses in his personal recovery. In addition, he enjoys exploring the physiological/brain damage symptoms of addiction with patients, using studies and evidence, in order to dispel myths about themselves and about addiction in general. His style is often to take a strengths-based approach in building self-efficacy through the use of Motivational Interviewing.
Anna Marasco, LCSW
Anna has been working in the treatment field for nearly 10 years. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology / strengths perspectives, cognitive behavior therapy, and experiential therapy. Her undergraduate degree is in experiential education and her Master’s is in social work. Both degrees are from the University of Utah – she is a die-hard Ute. Anna is certified with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association for equine therapy and has conducted equine therapy as well as developed equine therapy programs nationwide. She is also certified in the Horse Boy Method, which is an equine therapy technique for individuals with autism. She has a strong background working with people with disabilities, anxiety and depressive disorders, personality disorders, bipolar, in addition to addiction. In her spare time, Anna enjoys riding her horses, hiking, writing science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as traveling and daydreaming about traveling.
Robin O’Dell, SUDC, SMFT
As an Alumni of Recovery Ways, I have worked for RW since April of 2012. During this time I have worked extensively with diverse populations of clients; individuals and their families. As a Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) and Student Marriage and Family Therapist, I am motivated and energetic in helping individuals and their families find effective means towards change. I understand the difficulty in change and the necessity and benefit of involving the entire familial system in the process. I obtained my SUDC licensure in 2013, Bachelor’s degree in 2015, and am a 1st-year student in the MFT program at Argosy University.
Luca Reid, CMHC
Luca Reid is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has had experience with substance abuse and addiction. He has 4 years in both residential and outpatient settings. Luca has worked with at-risk teens, adults, males, females, LGBT members, the elderly, couples, and families. He has been trained in addiction-related areas and has experience working with issues pertaining to depression, anxiety, sexual identification, spiritual crises, and development of personal identification traits. Luca has experience with CBT, DBT, person-centered, and experiential techniques in a therapeutic setting.
Intensive Outpatient & IOP-V Staff
Merikay Mitchell, MS, CMHC
I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Child Development from the University of Utah in 1993. I have 24 years experience working in the behavioral health field as both a social service worker and therapist. My experience includes working in substance abuse treatment, skilled nursing facilities, community mental health agencies, and private counseling practice.
I graduated in 2014 with a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I currently hold a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) license in the State of Utah and was previously licensed as a Social Service Worker for 21 years.
Throughout my years of working in this field, I have obtained various certifications and have completed additional training including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), Gottman Level I Couples Therapy Certification, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Professional Certification, Certificate of Addictions Counseling, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. In addition, I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association.