Learning about the disease of addiction is an essential aspect of any recovery program, but it is rarely enough to sway an addict or alcoholic to the side of recovery. Fort Wayne Recovery was designed by addicts and alcoholics in recovery who are now enjoying sober, healthy and fulfilling lives. We understand your struggles and, more importantly, what it will take to get where you want to go in life. While we strongly believe in the 12 Step approach to recovery, we do believe there is more than one path to get there, and we will gladly work with you on an individual basis no matter your beliefs.
Fort Wayne Recovery's goal is to assist in facilitating our clients’ integration into living full and productive lives. Among other useful tools, we focus on building strong support networks, finding and maintaining gainful employment, learning to manage symptoms and medications and promoting strong life skills. Our program was designed to provide the most conducive environment possible for our clients’ long term sobriety, down to our choice in location. Along with psychodynamic and process groups, we will engage you through powerful psychodrama art, music and creative therapies, recreational activities and holistic approaches such as yoga and guided meditation, and spiritual guidance. Ft Wayne Recovery encourages growth with attention to body, mind and spirit.
Meet the Team
When it comes to staff, this is where Fort Wayne Recovery makes a difference.
Mickey Ashpole was born and raised in Indiana.
After struggling with addiction for many years, Mickey eventually went to Florida for treatment. He became involved in the treatment industy and became determined to one day bring a high quality treatment center to his home state. He learned as much as he could about all aspects of the industy, with particular attention to learning how to support people to find good treatment. He was an outreach coordinator for Satori Waters and National Director of Outreach for Waters Edge Recovery.
Mickey moved back to Indiana in 2015, determined to support his community. He became involved in various coalitions and became a community advocate for addiction recovery. As the Founder and Board Member of the non-profit “A Bridge to Hope” he hopes to offer solutions to those affected by addiction. He actively works with law enforcement to provide resources for those people struggling with addiction. Mickey’s passion and empathy for those battling addiction has inspired him to open Fort Wayne Recovery.
Jef holds Honours Degrees in Linguistics and the History of Ideas from the University of Hertfordshire, in conjunction with Darwin College Cambridge and double diplomas in psychodynamic counselling from Westminster Pastoral Foundation and the University of Hertfordshire and was the first practitioner in the UK to be accredited with the NVQ Leadership and Management for Care Services. He was the external industry specialist adviser for the new BA (Hons) in Health & Applied Social Studies. He is also a founder member of the UK Governments Skills Consortium for Substance Misuse and holds qualifications in Motivational Interviewing, NLP, CBT, is a SMART Recovery facilitator and holds various qualifications in Management and Leadership, including being a Level 15 (advanced) graduate in Effective Personal Leadership for Leadership and Management International.
Jef has lived, worked, trained and lectured all over the world, including being a headmaster in Spain, Treatment Director at TTP Counselling of 16 addiction services, Head of Training and Development at the prestigious Promis Clinics in the UK. More recently, he was the Chief Development Officer for Waters Edge Recovery in Stuart, Florida. Before becoming a counsellor, Jef was a drama, dance and English teacher, journalist and headmaster in Spain and ran an arts festival in the south of England.
Dr. Samir Ishak completed medical school in Cairo, Egypt. He is currently the medical director for the psychiatric program at St. Joe Hospital, Adam Memorial Hospital, and Jay County Hospital. He did his residency at Chicago Medical in 1996. He is board certified in general Psychiatry and a 14 year resident of Fort Wayne.
Nate Moellering was born and raised in Fort Wayne. He went to Concordia high school and played football at the University of Saint Francis.
I am a Fort Wayne native. After graduating for Northside High School, I attended IPFW school of nursing and began working in a family practice office. I quickly discovered my love for the business-side of the medical field. I have worked in a multitude of medical office specialties, family practice, billing, emergency medicine, and hospital based hospitalists. I have been married for 23 years, we have two wonderful, talented children. I am passionate about life-change and serving others. I have volunteered in youth ministry for the last six years. My hobbies include quilting, running, attending christian music concerts, gardening and being a companion for elderly. I am excited to support the staff at Fort Wayne Recovery and to have a front row seat to watch as family trees are positively impacted.
Margaret is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana and Florida. She is a Licensed Clinical addictions Counselor and Registered Nurse in Indiana with extensive experience in addictions and trauma counseling. She is certified as a sexual addictions therapist and is a consultant and certified in EMDR therapy for PTSD, trauma, anxiety and depression. She has been in private practice since 2002 after training and work as a therapist at Family and Children’s Services (now Headwaters Counseling).
Margaret believes it is important in counseling to create a safe, compassionate, authentic and caring environment where the clinician acts as a guide in helping clients use their strengths, wisdom, and spiritual and community connectedness for healing and healthy life decision making.
Melanie Stauss graduated with honors from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Psychology and Social Work, and minoring in Sociology. She continued to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work at IUPUI, with concentration in Mental Health and Addictions. She has also earned a Master’s in Addictions Counseling. Melanie has been helping clients primarily struggling with substance use disorders for six years, in both individual and group therapy.
Trista was born in Huntington and moved to Fort Wayne in 2001. She is married and has two amazing children, a boy and a girl, the best of both worlds. Trista has been exposed to alcoholism/addiction from an early age. She started using at a the age 12, and after 10 years of failed attempts at detoxes, halfway houses, IOP, OP, counseling, and twelve step programs something finally stuck. Trista is in long term recovery and thankful for the opportunity to work at Fort Wayne Recovery to help people in a field she is very passionate about.
Zach is from Fort Wayne but grew up in Ossian, IN. He graduated from Norwell and also attended IPFW. He battled addiction for ten plus years before finally getting help for himself. Zach entered the field of health care before joining Fort Wayne Recovery.
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