About Us

Our Approach to Your Addiction Treatment

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.

True Devotion to Your Addiction Recovery

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 Some of the Team

Mickey Ashpole

Founder & CEO

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 & 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.

Justin Anderson

COO

As a Chief Operating Officer of a largely successful Florida based treatment center, Justin Anderson had immersed himself in the day-to-day operations, ensuring that the client and staff experience was one of consistency, care and harmony. Justin oversaw management, marketing & branding, admissions, facilities, and operations at the two Florida-based treatment locations, overseeing 100+ staff members and a 72+ bed capacity; all while ensuring the operation had proper resources to fulfill its critical work of saving and transforming lives.

As a result of his dedication and hard work, Justin was able to make important contributions to the organization’s successful application for Joint Commission Accreditation. He also spearheaded several expansion projects as the success and admissions grew. His dedication to meeting the high standards that clients need and deserve resulted in this rapid progression in the organization. Justin had established an exemplary track record of leadership development and building high performing teams.

Justin’s experience allows him to effectively communicate and understand the needs of his co-workers and clients from both a logistical and therapeutic perspective.

Justin’s highly successful seven year career in the addictions treatment industry will enable him to install a professional and empathetic culture at Fort Wayne Recovery Center.

Adam Hochberg

Executive Director

Originally from New York, Adam Hochberg and his family moved to Florida early in his life. Adam was always a strong student and excelled in athletics such as basketball and tennis. At 17 years old, he took off to go to college at Florida State University. Being away from the structured life of his youth, he began to dabble with drugs and alcohol while living in the dorm. That was his introduction to the dangerous world of active addiction. As his addiction hadn’t progressed to a debilitating point, Adam moved closer to home and began to learn about retail home financing. He started out working at JP Morgan Chase and then moved on to the secondary financing market. Unfortunately, when his career progressed so did his problems with addiction.

Through a family intervention, Adam accepted the opportunity to obtain treatment on the West Coast of Florida. Six months after leaving treatment, he started his career in the Addiction Treatment field. As Adam is very passionate about improving each client’s chance to remain clean and sober after treatment, his area of focus was Recovery Support Services. Adam designed a nationwide facility directed peer support network for those whom recently completed treatment. The product of that effort was more positive long term sobriety outcomes.

Due to his exemplary work providing Recovery Support Services, Adam moved up to executive leadership positions for nationally recognized and accredited treatment centers. Stemming from a desire to empower his workforce, his leadership efforts have resulted in the successful care of thousands of clients. Additionally, his excellent communication skills and inclusion efforts have bought together many agencies that seek to help struggling addicts, alcoholics and their families. These partnerships serve to end the stigma that plagues the Recovery Community at large. He has dedicated his life’s work to improving the lives of those that continue to struggle with addiction and alcoholism.

Adam currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife Libby and they are currently expecting their first child in November of 2019.

Kelby Thiebaut

Director of Admissions

Kelby grew up North of Fort Wayne in a little town called Angola, Indiana. Addiction has affected several generations in her family, and she has been surrounded by it throughout her life.

Kelby has been inspired by loved ones lost to substance use, not only to break the cycle, but to break the stigma of addiction, and has dedicated her personal and professional life to helping those who struggle. Kelby spends her free time at home with her daughter, and enjoys photography. She believes that if you work hard enough for what you want, nothing is beyond your reach!

Steffan Rice

Director of Operations

Steffan A. Rice is a native of Gary, Indiana and graduate of Indiana Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology and has over 11 years of experience in social services, education, addiction, and family development and enrichment. He most recently worked as Youth and Family Director for the Renaissance Point YMCA and previously held positions at the Boys and Girls Club, Genesis Outreach, Inc., the Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana Tech, and the YWCA, Inc. all of which have prepared him for his current role at Fort Wayne Recovery as the Director of Operations. His passion is to assist others in achieving their fullest potential and to enhance the community by serving those who are most in need. He is the father of three children who are his pride and joy.

Elaine Shea

Human Resources Director

Elaine was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Indiana in 1990. She is married to her best friend of 32 years and has 2 sons, a bonus son and daughter from her husband’s first marriage, as well as 9 grandchildren. She has worked in Human Resources and Payroll since 1992 and her theory is that she is that not only there to protect the company, but there to help the employees as well. Elaine has dealt with addiction of family members and always been one to help others by being “mom” to a lot of young people and has been their “go to” person to talk and guide them.

Margaret Coats

Clinical Director – LMHC, LCAC, CSAT, RN

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.

Nate Moellering

Community Outreach Coordinator

Nate Moellering was born and raised in Fort Wayne. He went to Concordia high school and played football at the University of Saint Francis.

Nate is in recovery and struggled with addiction for over ten years.

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.

Tommy Streeter

Community Outreach Coordinator

Tommy Streeter, a Warsaw Indiana native, is in recovery from active addiction that lasted for almost 10 years. After many failed attempts at treatment, Tommy was finally able to make the changes in his life that were necessary to sustain recovery.

Tommy currently lives in Indianapolis, where he has worked for two other premier addiction treatment facilities, both as a peer recovery coach and outreach coordinator. 7 months after his last stay in treatment, Tommy became a recovery coach and has been heavily involved in the field of addiction treatment ever since. Tommy was very excited about coming to Fort Wayne Recovery, as it is closer to his hometown where he tries to be a positive voice of recovery for those struggling in the area.

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Trista Marsden

Case Manager

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.

Connie McDaniels

Connie McDaniels

Case Manager

Connie is a native of Richmond Indiana and graduated from Indiana University. She has 15+ years experience in social services and has worked in inpatient and outpatient addiction services. She has experience working with adolescents, adults and dual diagnosis clients.

Connie is in recovery and struggled with addiction for decades. She was in and out of inpatient and IOP programs to help her but was unable to maintain sobriety. Eventually, she was able to heal trauma and gain insight into the spiritual tools of recovery. Connie is a member of the 12 Step recovery community and sponsors women that suffer from addiction.

Connie loves working with the people who feel hopeless and helpless. Working at Fort Wayne Recovery gives her the opportunity to see the miracle happen in people’s lives.

Michael Holland

Group Facilitator

Coming soon!

Dick Boggess

LCAC – Therapist

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.

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

MSW, LCSW – Therapist

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.

Karen Stephenson

LCAC – Therpist

Karen Stephenson, Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor graduated Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Addiction Counseling. Stephenson served the field of recovery as a team member on the Noble County Drug Court for many years prior to joining our center. Karen’s passion for empowering clients to discover a healthier version of themselves is why she comes alongside the clients journey of healing and discovery to provide education and support.

Karen’s clients may experience the interventions of EMDR Trauma therapy, MRT Group therapy, Motivational Interviewing and CBT in individual sessions.

Katie Valentic

LMHC – Therapist

Katie Valentic is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Consultant in Indiana. She has worked in the mental health and addictions fields for over ten years in various treatment settings to include individual and family therapy, inpatient and outpatient services, and group therapy.

Katie grew up in New Jersey, where she attended Montclair State University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She served in the United States Air Force as a Mental Health Specialist. During her enlistment, Katie continued her education and earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Katie has lived in Fort Wayne since 2012. She is an avid dog lover and enjoys spending time with her family. Katie believes in creating a healing and supportive therapeutic environment where the client feels empowered to tackle life’s challenges.

Kellen Lewis

Therapist

Kellen Lewis was born and raised in Chicago. Kellen decided to come to Indiana Tech for a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and moved here permanently after sophomore year. After years of working in case management roles he decided to pursue a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling from Capella University. Kellen has a deep passion for helping those affected by addictions.

Amanda Fogle

LMHC – Therapist

Amanda has a B.S. in Psychology from Manchester University and an MS. Ed in Counseling and Human Services with a focus on Addiction Counseling from Indiana University South Bend.

Amanda is working towards licensure as both a Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Addictions Counselor. Amanda has worked in the mental health field for 5 years, in outpatient and residential treatment centers – with both adults and adolescents. More recently Amanda has worked with adults transitioning from incarceration back into the community. Amanda is certified in Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT). Amanda has received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Art Therapy, Question Persuade Refer (QPR) – suicide prevention training, and has worked with sexually maladaptive behaviors. Amanda is a member of the Indiana Counseling Association. Amanda became a counselor because she has a passion for advocating for, and reducing the stigma associated with mental health and addictions.

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