Our Staff

Executive Team

Michele Canale

Chief Executive Officer

Michele is the CEO and part of the leadership team for Avery’s House. She has worked in treatment for over 17 years in many different capacities. Michele was born and…
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Laura Nuss

Chief Financial Officer

Laura is part of the leadership team at Avery’s House where she oversees the operations and finance departments. Laura has a passion for empowering others and ensuring that all levels…
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Steve Laats

Chief Operating Officer

Steve began his professional career with several industry leading technology companies. He gained invaluable experience and excelled in several areas that truly help to project his career. After 15 distinct…
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Robert Castan

Chief Marketing Officer

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Avery’s House. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted…
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Shawna Chandler

Chief Clinical Officer

Originally from Wyoming, Shawna Chandler, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Chief Clinical Officer, offering our team and clients 27 years of experience working within the addiction and mental health industry…
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Kaleigh Telles

Arizona Market President

Kaleigh is the Arizona Market President at Avery’s House, where she oversees the operations for all Arizona based facilities. Kaleigh works closely with the Leadership team to ensure safe and…
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Management Team

Heidi Caldwell

Executive Director

Heidi Caldwell is the Executive Director of Avery’s House in Boise where she leads a team of professionals who are passionate about helping teens and families. She obtained her Bachelor…
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Dusti Huddleston

Clinical Director

Dusti Huddleston, LCSW is the Clinical Director at Avery’s House Boise, where Dusti oversees and coordinates the therapeutic treatment of adolescents at our residential treatment facility. Dusti provides supervision for…
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Cole Sewall

Program Manager

Cole Sewall serves as the Program Manager for Averys House. Married to Lori, Cole is a dedicated father to his two wonderful children, eleven-year-old Kalen and six-year-old Christen. Born and…
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Medical & Clinical Team

Tamara Helfer

Medical Director

Tamara Helfer, MD completed her Residency and Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health system in Richmond, VA. She is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who cares for children and…
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Cole Ivancic

Primary Therapist

Cole Ivancic is a Primary Therapist at Avery’s House Boise where he provides person-centered therapy for teens, as well as conducting family and group therapy sessions to help families and…
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Lucas Peterson

Primary Therapist

Lucas Petersen is a Licensed Master of Social Work – Therapist at Avery’s House. Lucas provides Individual, Family, and group therapy services. Born in Kansas, and having been raised in…
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Myles Nelson

Primary Therapist

Myles is a new clinician at Avery’s House who has just finished the masters of social work program at Northwest Nazarene University. Myles has worked in both inpatient and outpatient…
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Admissions Team

Josh Lemieux

Director of Admissions

Josh Lemieux is Director of Admissions at Avery’s House. Josh oversees the admissions team and makes sure the admissions process is as simple and straight forward as possible. Josh really…
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Kristen McKenzie

Admissions Coordinator

Kristen is an Admissions Coordinator at Avery’s House. Fundamental to her ability to build trusting relationships is a commitment to unconditional empathy, an open-minded attitude, and a sincere passion for…
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Anthony Hunter

Admissions Coordinator

Anthony is an Admissions Coordinator at Avery’s House. Being in recovery himself he has a strong passion in helping others get the same chance he did that made such a…
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Dillon Near

Admissions Coordinator

Dillon is an Admissions Coordinator at Modern Recovery. As a person in long term recovery Dillon volunteers his time advocating to reduce the stigma of addiction in our communities. Dillon…
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Billing Team

Andrea Stiner

Billing Director

Hi! My name is Andrea Stiner and I work in the billing department here at Avery’s House. I’m so honored to be a part of this amazing team! I began…
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Jennifer Brooks

Reporting Manager

My name is Jennifer Brooks and I am the Reporting Manager for Avery’s House. I feel blessed to be a part of such a great team with a passion to…
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Crista Laats

Controller

Crista Laats is the Controller at Avery’s House, coordinating employees HR needs as well as managing all accounts payable. Crista and her husband, Steve, relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona in January…
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Ryan Bursik

Director of Utilization Review

Ryan Bursik is the Director of Utilization Review at Modern Recovery Network. By collaboration with clinical staff and knowledge of payor guidelines and standards, Utilization Review is able to articulate…
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Scott McFarland

Utilization Review Specialist

Scott serves as a Utilization Review Specialist at Modern Recovery, where he passionately represents patients by communicating the medical necessity for their treatment. With a few years of dedicated experience…
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Community Relations Team

Lena Moses

Director of Community Relations

Lena Moses holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Lena also has extensive training and credentials in Child Development, Reiki, Birth and Postpartum Care, Peer…
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Antu Aswaf

Community Relations Specialist

With a master’s degree in Sustainability and a background in Marketing Organizations with a focus on building meaningful relationships, I bring a unique perspective to my role at Modern Recovery.…
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Liv LuVisi

Community Relations Specialist

Liv LuVisi is the Idaho-based Community Relations Specialist for Modern Recovery Network. Deeply rooted in Idaho with dual bachelor’s degrees from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, Liv brings a wealth…
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