Addiction Ends Here

Every Member of Our Staff Cares About Your Success

Why does our staff care so much? It’s because many of them have been in your shoes. Many of our staff are in recovery and know firsthand the joy you will experience when you break your dependence on drugs and alcohol.

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Matt Bell

Co-Founder

Midwest Region

What is your passion?

“My three biggest loves are my family, my job, and of course some entertainment! My beautiful fiancée, Monica, my 7-year-old son, Jackson, and our two puppies mean the world to me. Our fun and entertainment come from simply being together, but I also enjoy traveling, delicious food, and my motorcycle. Team Recovery, the non-profit that I co-founded in 2015, is also a huge part of my life. It is a volunteer organization that focuses on prevention, treatment linkage, and family support.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

“The best part of my job is seeing families heal as their addicted loved one recover is one of the most rewarding things I get to see in this field. Watching people change is truly a blessing… to first meet them only existing and watch them successfully graduate living. They now have the ability and responsibility to help someone else who is still suffering. Working together as a cohesive unit to achieve a goal is something that has always meant so much to me, and we get to do it every single day in an effort to make peoples’ lives better.”

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Josh Dressel

Co-Founder

Why do you work in addiction treatment?

“I am in recovery myself. I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and I returned to Toledo late in my 20’s. I was in detox with Matt Bell, and we got involved with Team Recovery shortly afterward. I jumped headfirst into sobriety and recovery, and the progress I have seen at both Midwest facilities and with Team Recovery keeps me coming back every day, eager to do more and help more people.”

What makes Midwest Detox Center stand out?

“The difference between Midwest and a lot of other facilities is our abstinence-based program. We believe abstinence and participation in a recovery support system, like the 12-step model, will provide results. The other thing that stands out about our facility is our philosophy to help everyone that calls us to find the right resources. We do not tell anyone no, if we can not accommodate them we will try our hardest to find a place for them with another facility or organization.”

What is the most significant part of recovery?

“Success in recovery is very much about accountability. Every individual is responsible for holding themselves accountable, but we also make sure that they know that we expect them to be held accountable to us as well.”

Paul Waters

Executive Director

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Dr. Nancy Carroll, M.D.

Medical Director

What is your passion?

“Helping others, to do what I love, and to do it right.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

“Seeing people get better and to be able to live happy and productive lives.”

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Olivia Ehret, LISW-S

Clinical Director

Where did you grow up?
“Adrian, MI.”

Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?
“I have a bachelor’s in social work from Michigan State University and a master’s in social work from The University of Michigan. My focus of study was social work in healthcare!”

What do you do for your job?
“I oversee all the clinical programming across the Ohio Amatus facilities! This includes supervising our therapy team, building curriculum, and auditing documentation to ensure great client care!”

What is your favorite part of your job?
“My favorite part of my job is getting to spend every day walking with people on this difficult journey. Being someone’s therapist is truly an honor. Many people come into our center very untrusting; my goal is to make them feel the opposite way and to provide a safe and loving environment for them to focus on healing.

The second-best part of my job is when previous patients come back to share their stories and spread hope to others who are new in the program. It’s amazing to see how people grow from day one in detox to their one-year anniversary. Recovery is so beautiful.”

What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?
“I think what’s special about Amatus is that our staff come from all different backgrounds, and many of them are in recovery themselves. Everyone cares so much about the clients and ensuring they have a good experience. You don’t always find that passion and care!”

Eric Trimm

Operations Manager

What is your passion?

“I am passionate about my own recovery. Recovery has awarded me the opportunity to find joy, passion, and value in all the treasures life has to offer.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

“I love seeing people discover a new way of life. Recovery reverberates through the lives of everyone who meets them.”

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Stephanie Smith, CDCA

Case Manager

What is your passion?

“My passion is sharing my journey with people who can relate to my personal pain in losing my son to this horrible disease. I also enjoy discovering new things about myself and growing into the person I am meant to be.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

“Starting to know people in the most vulnerable time in their lives and watching the gifts of recovery metamorphosing them into the person they are destined to become…happy, joyous, and free!”

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Morgan Cynthia Fair, MSW,LSW

Director of Clinical Programming of the Detoxification and Residential Treatment Centers

Where did you grow up?
“I grew up in a small farming town outside of Sidney, Ohio. I graduated High School with 55 people.”

Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?
“I went to Bowling Green State University for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. For my Master of Social Work degree, my focus was gerontology.”

What is your passion for working in the treatment field?
“My passion for this field grew during my internship with this company; afterward, I knew I didn’t want to leave. Watching people enter the detoxification process and seeing them progress through treatment is such a beautiful process. Watching clients be vulnerable with themselves, their peers, and their families is inspirational. I am not in recovery myself, but I have family members that struggle with addiction. Giving back to the community and working to end the stigma towards addiction and mental health are what motivate me to continue working in this field.”

What do you do for your job?
“I assist in developing day-to-day programming for the detoxification and residential treatment centers. I help manage the therapists and case managers. I work to ensure our clients learn while also having some sober fun!”

What is your favorite part of your job?
“My favorite part of my job is empowering clients to be the best version of themselves they can be!”

What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?
“What sets us apart from other treatment centers is that we have a blended group of employees who are in recovery as well as not in recovery. We focus on empowering clients and assisting them in building a new sober life. We don’t focus on the negative aspects of addiction; we encourage positive, healthy outlooks on life.

If you are hesitant to reach out for help, please don’t wait. We have created a judgment-free atmosphere to ensure that you grow in your recovery. We focus not only on the individual client but also on their family through our outreach program. We teach positive coping skills through a multitude of treatment modalities and tailor our treatment to individual needs. Always remember you are worthy and deserving of a sober life!”

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Tanna Stricklen

Clinical Therapist

Why do you work in addiction treatment?

“I always knew I wanted to help people but I wasn’t sure how. After looking into a few different fields, I realized that I wanted to be able to be a part of someone’s journey from the beginning and see them grow as they work on themselves and go through life. Social work allows me to do that.”

What makes Midwest Detox Center stand out?

“Every single staff member puts their heart into helping our clients and truly only wants to see them get better.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

“Watching my clients discover how strong they really are and watching them grow in early recovery. Plus, I’ve met so many amazing people and get to work with them every day.”

Justin Joseph Ochmanek

Director of Operations

Where did you grow up?
“Toledo, OH.”

Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?
“St. John’s Jesuit High School. West Virginia Tech, Business, no completed degree.”

What is your passion for working in the treatment field?
“My passion is to give back to clients like me. I was addicted to heroin, crack-cocaine, and alcohol for 14 and a half years. I was constantly in and out of jail and never able to stay sober. I found recovery through treatment. I wanted to help others like me overcome their addictions, see that life can be better, and realize that there is no reason to stay hopeless. I got sober on June 10th, 2015. In these past six years, I have been able to turn my life around from homelessness to success and happiness.”

What do you do for your job?
“I oversee the daily operations of all our inpatient facilities. I manage the staff, make sure client care is at a premium, and ensure the overall upkeep of the facilities and staff is at the highest level.”

What is your favorite part of your job?
“My favorite part of the job is seeing clients who come in broken and hopeless start to show signs of life and hope while in our care. The turnaround you see in a client from detox to completion of our 30-day inpatient program is rewarding.”

What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?
“What sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers is the culture, the cleanliness of our facilities, and the relatability between clients and staff. Many staff are recovering addicts themselves and understand what clients are going through. This is not the same at other facilities. The overall love and caring culture for the clients stands out.

I have a passion and drive to help every client who enters our care, no matter if it’s the first time or the fifth time. I understand each and every client’s situation and am never too busy to have a conversation and assist. I have a passion for taking away as much pain as possible with every individual that enters our facilities, hoping they never have to go back to what got them in the doors in the first place. I never forget where I came from, and never look down on another individual struggling.”

Christie Boyle

Operations Manager

Where did you grow up?
“I grew up here in Northwest Ohio.”

Where did you go to school? Collegiate degree? What was your focus of study?
“I went to Northwood High school and then to Bowling Green State University. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in psychology, CDCA and QMHS.”

What is your passion for working in the treatment field?
“From the start of college, I knew I wanted to help people. I started as a rape crisis interventionist in college. When I graduated, I began working in an inpatient psychiatric unit. The hospital I worked in also had a detox unit I would float to that had a large population of dual diagnosis clients.

I worked in inpatient psych for 18+ years and watched as the opiate epidemic took over northwest Ohio. I took my experience treating those with mental health and addiction and began managing an all-female residential and detox unit. I loved this environment for recovery; I enjoyed building the program and helping women graduate from it.

I am extremely excited to continue my mission of helping people and want to bring my drive and dedication to Midwest Detox. Addiction has impacted my life not only professionally, but personally, and it feels meaningful to me to help others.”

What do you do for your job?
“I am currently the operations manager for Midwest Detox. I oversee the operations of the building, client retention, and staff development.”

What is your favorite part of your job?
“My favorite part of my job is client retention. Anytime I can get even one more day of sobriety under someone’s belt is a successful one for me. I really believe that this is a field of saving lives and families afflicted by addiction”.

What do you think sets Amatus apart from other treatment centers?
“I believe Amatus sets itself apart from other treatment centers by embracing recovery from the first steps of detox to continuing care with residential, housing, PHP, IOP, and OP. It is not common to find an all-encompassing treatment program.”

Contact Midwest Detox Center staff today by calling 833.647.0392.