River Ridge Recovery

Meet Our Staff


Brian Sammon, MA, LMFT, LADC


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


Director of Clinical Services

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 Vrieze


Director of Services

Jennifer Ackmann


Admissions Supervisor

Peter Feeney


Residential Supervisor

Kristina Fritsche


Outpatient & Internship Supervisor

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


Psychotherapy Supervisor

Kim Taylor

Residential Program Supervisor

Upcoming Events

April 2022

Legacy Meetings - River Ridge Recovery Alumni

Every Wednesday

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

4555 Erin Dr Suite 100, Lower Level Eagan, MN 55122

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4555 Erin Drive, Eagan, MN 55122 Upper Level Entrance, Suite 200

Plymouth – Coming Soon!

4205 Lancaster Lane N, Suite 101 Plymouth, MN 55441




Fax: 952-894-0882