TRUE DEVOTION TO YOUR ADDICTION RECOVERY
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 & raised in Indiana. He is a graduate of Wawasee High School and served our country as a Marine.
After struggling with addiction for many years, Mickey eventually went to Florida for treatment.
He became involved in the treatment industry 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 industry, with attention to learning how to support people to find quality substance abuse treatment. He was an outreach coordinator for Satori Waters and National Director of Outreach for Waters Edge Recovery before taking on his current role of CEO & co-founder of Fort Wayne 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 of the non-profit “A Bridge to Hope” he created a resource in Kosciusko County to offer solutions to those affected by addiction. He actively works with law enforcement to provide resources for those people struggling with addiction.
As CEO of Fort Wayne Recovery, Mickey has been able to help create one of the most individualized treatment programs in Indiana. Within the first three months of opening, Fort Wayne Recovery achieved the gold seal from the Joint Commission. Fort Wayne Recovery aims to put the clients in a position to succeed and become a better version of themselves.
In 2016, he married his wife. Together, they raise Mickey’s stepdaughter & their new baby girl in Fort Wayne Indiana. Mickey is a true advocate for recovery, showing people that there’s hope for people to truly recover amidst a nationwide addiction epidemic.
Co-Founder & CEO
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.
Co-Founder & CDO
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.
Director of Operations
He attended treatment all over Indiana and parts of Illinois without success. It was not until he attended treatment designed and implemented by the founders of Fort Wayne Recovery in southern Florida in early 2017, that he was able to consolidate his knowledge of recovery and apply it to his life. Nate moved back to Fort Wayne from Florida to positively impact those adversely affected by the current opioid crisis.
Holly is a Fort Wayne native. After graduating from Northside High School, she attended IPFW School of Nursing. She quickly discovered her love for the administrative side of the medical field.
Quality Assurance Officer
Holly has worked in a multitude of medical office specialties including family practice, billing, emergency medicine and hospital based practices.
She has been married for 24 years, and has two wonderful, talented children. She has volunteered in youth ministry for the last six years. Her hobbies include quilting, running, attending Christian music concerts, gardening and being a companion for the elderly. She is passionate about life-change and serving others. Holly is excited to support the staff at FWR and to have a front row seat watching 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).
Clinical Director - LMHC, LCAC, CSAT, RN
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.
Dick Boggess is an LCAC (Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor) with training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy and certified in Moral Reconation Therapy. He has been in the treatment field for close to 20 years and is very involved with the recovery community and the Drug Court team of Allen County.
LCAC - Therapist
Dick currently sits on the Board of Directors for Four County Transitional Living, a transitional living facility for men in Steuben County. He has served on several other half way house boards in the past as well.
Dick is excited to be a part of the Fort Wayne Recovery team.
Chris Knutson has been working as a Recovery Therapist for the past thirty years. He is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in numerous treatment settings including residential, inpatient, and outpatient services. He believes that treatment is a learning opportunity for clients to gain awareness and gain the tools and practices necessary to feel equipped and confident in keeping their commitment to achieving and maintaining long-term abstinence and sobriety.
MSW, LCSW - Therapist
Linda Tonkel was born and raised in Allen county and attended Indiana University for an undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology and University of Saint Francis for Masters’ degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and Healthcare Business Administration.
MS, MHA, MATS, LMHC - Therapist
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.
Erica grew up in Losantville, Indiana and graduated from Hagerstown Jr-Sr High School. She struggled with addiction since age 18. Erica tried many times to quit using on her own but it never stuck, until she moved to Fort Wayne and started working a twelve step program. Now she has two beautiful baby girls and is passionate about helping people in early recovery. Being able to work at Fort Wayne Recovery is a dream job for her.
Halley was born in Auburn IN & graduated from Garrett High School in 2005. She graduated from Rudae’s Beauty College in 2007.
After battling addiction for many years, Halley was granted the opportunity to enjoy the positive benefits of a life in recovery. She enjoys her relationship with her son & family and is working towards being the mother she always wanted to be.