Midwest Detox Center Staff

Our staff approach addiction treatment from a variety of disciplines, using holistic, evidence-based practices that have been shown to help patients struggling with substance abuse. Our certified therapists, counselors, techs and other staff members take the time to get to know every individual, to create a treatment plan that fits their needs. Many of our staff are in recovery, and have walked the path that you are starting on. We are excited to get to know you, and begin helping you take back control from your addictions.

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 and their 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!

Olivia Ehret, LISW

Clinical Director

What is your biggest passion?

My passion is helping others be successful and to help them grow into their best selves. That's what being a social worker is all about, it's not about "fixing" people, people don't need to be fixed. It's about taking someone's strengths and helping them build on what greatness was already inside of them.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part about my job is getting to spend everyday pouring into people and walking with them on this difficult journey. Being someone's therapist is truly an honor. Many people come in to 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 get better in. The second best part of my job is when previous patients come back to share their stories and to 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.

Natasha West, RN

Director of Nursing

What is your biggest passion?

My passion is my eight year old son and my career. I also love traveling around the world, reading and trying new restaurants.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to see individuals that were at the lowest point of their lives, turn their life back around and stay sober. Seeing relationships mended and families reunite is a beautiful blessing.

Melissa Malinowski, CDCA

Intake Coordinator

What is your passion?

Making a difference. I found myself in recovery, something I might not ever have accomplished without addiction. I am dedicated to helping others find and accept their truth. It's not always easy as we face our demons and the stigmas of society. There are days full of laughter and sometimes tears. But I've been taught to appreciate the "bad days" and see them as opportunities to learn. Recovery has taught me perspective, this is something I think we all need when we find ourselves in that bad moment. Instead of focusing on all the negatives in our lives sometimes we need to stop and appreciate the simpler things: that I am alive, that I am sober and that I have been given a second chance. Sometimes this is all the motivation we need to keep on trudging.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my work is seeing the change take place in the individuals. Being an intake coordinator I get one of the first glimpses into our clients lives and backgrounds. As most who suffer from substance use, clients come in isolated, full of fear and unsure of the future. Over time these individuals shed those layers of fear and insecurity and evolve into hopeful and radiant people who feel as one in the recovering community. They begin to know not only who they are, but accept and love who they are.

Katharina Muth, B.S

Executive Director of Operations

What is your passion?

My passion is making a difference in people's lives and paying it forward.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my work is seeing the change in people. It's like a seed that is planted and witnessing the blossoming and growth of something beautiful. I love being a part of something that was meant for evil and then turned around and used as a tool of righteousness. The feeling truly is indescribable.

Dr. Nancy Carroll, M.D

Medical Director

What is your passion?

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

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

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

Ashley Lowry, MSW, LSW

Clinical Therapist

What is your passion?

I am passionate about empowering others to get to know themselves better and to become a healthier, happier version of themselves. I have seen first hand the negative impact alcoholism and addiction has had on our communities and families, and I am so grateful to be part of an organization aimed at healing that. I believe in the 12 steps, I believe in power of therapy, and I believe strongly in the power of love and community. I am excited each day to pass on these tools to those who are suffering and in search of hope.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

Everyday I get to see my patient's break down barriers, learn about themselves and their diseas, and return to the version of themselves that they feel they have lost. Seeing my patient's rejoin society healthy and safe is an unbelievable feeling.

Anna Alves, CDCA

Case Manager

What is your passion?

I'm passionate about spending time with my fiance and our puppy, my friends, my job and working out.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing people heal and watching them grow as a person. I've met so many amazing people, and the fact that I get to be a small part of their journey is such a huge reward. I can't imagine doing anything else.

Alex Perry

Admissions Coordinator

What is your biggest passion?

I have a passion for technology and working with people. I love computer programming, and dissecting electronics to discover how they work. I also truly enjoy people and the psychology behind why we are all unique.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my job is providing someone with the opportunity to help themselves and begin a new life. We all need help, that's the basis of recovery.

Matt Bell

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer - 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 comes from simply being together, but I also enjoy traveling, delicious food, and my motorcycle. Team Recovery, my 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 work?

The best part of my job is seeing families heal as their addicted loved one recovers 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.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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