Brian is a strong believer that alternatives to traditional treatment are needed and that therapeutic programs should follow evidence-based practices. Brian has years of experience in adolescent and adult substance abuse programs and a significant history of working with both adults and adolescents with mental health concerns. “Giving a person a fish saves them for a day. Teaching them how to fish allows them to save themselves.”
Steve McManus, MS, LMFTDirector of Clinical ServicesLearn More
About Steve McManus, MS, LMFT
Director of Clinical Services
Steve has been an LMFT for 18 years and a State and AAMFT Approved Supervisor for 15 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His primary orientation is systemic and relational. Steve has experience practicing and supervising In-home Therapy, Sex Offenders, Sexual Abuse Victims, Trauma, Veterans, Families and Couples. Steve has been a member of the University of St. Mary’s MFT Adjunct Faculty since 2002 teaching a variety of core courses.
Sheri has many years of experience in program management/development and has worked with both adults and adolescents struggling with co-occurring disorders. She received her degree from Bemidji State University, and St. Mary’s University. Sheri has partnered with stakeholders in Community Corrections, Community Services and has been the administrator on federally funded grant projects focused on substance use. She has worked with state legislators, county boards and is a public speaker focused on addressing substance use issues in our communities.
Sheri believes comprehensive, integrated care is essential to assist clients in obtaining initial stabilization and to enter the beginning stages of recovery. Substance use disorders rarely exist without other co-occurring factors such as mental health disorders and/or trauma history. It is imperative that these disorders be treated simultaneously with a client-centered, systemic and relational approach to therapy to ensure the most supportive outcomes.
Kim has been in the addiction field since 2012 and is passionate about helping others find resources and being the initial point of contact for clients, family members and referents seeking treatment services. During her time in the field, Kim has gained extensive knowledge with assessments and admissions. She utilizes an individualized approach that focuses on meeting clients where they are at in their own recovery journey.
Peter Feeney, LADCGlen Creek Lodge Residential Site SupervisorLearn More
About Peter Feeney, LADC
Glen Creek Lodge Residential Site Supervisor
Peter is one of the original staff that started Glen Creek Lodge in 2013. As part of an ever-developing team, he now finds himself leading an invested/ dedicated team of professionals working in a gender and trauma responsive environment. He has grown within the program to create a safe place for men to explore their healing through vulnerability and connection, working with an interdisciplinary team that includes Psychotherapy and Psychiatry. Peter works from a place of relational cultural therapy, using CBT, Experiential, skill building, and MI to assist clients in their healing process.
Jennifer Lopac, LADCA Woman's Way Residential Site SupervisorLearn More
About Jennifer Lopac, LADC
A Woman's Way Residential Site Supervisor
Jennifer is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor and started her career working for River Ridge in our Women’s Residential Program as a full-time counselor and has since grown with the company. She has a Client-Centered approach that uses Motivational Interviewing to inspire strong internal motivation for recovery and incorporates Dialectal Behavioral Therapy to support the individual’s goals in life. Jennifer believes that every person's journey in recovery is different and helping them figure it out is her passion. At A Woman's Way she supports the clinical staff with creating individualized treatment plans, oversees the support staff and the day-to-day operations of the house making sure that our clients have what they need to heal in a safe environment.
Kira has a goal to educate each client to help them learn new information that they can take forward into their lives. When a client completes one of River Ridge’s education Programs, her hope is that they walk away feeling that it was worth their while. Her approach is one of patience, education, and acceptance while bringing her funny and energetic personality into every program she teaches.
Kristina Fritsche, MA, LADCOutpatient & Internship SupervisorLearn More
About Kristina Fritsche, MA, LADC
Outpatient & Internship Supervisor
Kristina is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and a masters degree in Addiction Counseling. She started her career with River Ridge helping to start our Men’s Integrated Recovery Group. She enjoys working with adults that have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Kristina utilizes an individualized approach and believes in meeting the clients where they are at in their own recovery. At River Ridge she supervises our IOP staff and interns and is responsible for implementing trainings that support our trauma & gender-responsive treatment models.
Heather Heide, MA, LMFTPsychotherapy SupervisorLearn More
About Heather Heide, MA, LMFT
Heather is passionate and enthusiastic about the transformational change process clients can experience. She utilizes an experiential and collaborative approach to help individuals, couples and families attain success in therapy. She has experience working in multiple settings including in-home, school based, residential, and outpatient mental health services. Heather works to conceptualize quickly and specializes in working with attachment wounds, substance use, compulsive behaviors, trauma, military trauma, relational struggles and grief/loss. She is EMDR trained with specific EMDR trainings in addiction, grief/loss, hypnosis, dissociative disorders and compulsive behaviors. Heather received her degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor and BBHT Approved Supervisor for LPC/LPCC. As a supervisor she works with her team to help facilitate growth and learning in a fun, challenging, and empowering environment.
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