Our Team

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Drew Horowitz, MA, LPCC

Addiction Specialist

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Drew Horowitz has a vast range of experiences in working with addiction and mental health. He has gained a wealth of knowledge through his own recovery, extensive training, and a master’s level education from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Drew did his undergraduate degree at Hofstra University, a private liberal arts school in Long Island, NY, where he focused on psychology and human development.

Drew has several years of professional experience in the addiction and mental health field. He has worked extensively within a multitude of populations providing consultation, intervention, mentorship, coaching, and counseling. In this capacity, Drew performed nationwide interventions, supported families in times of crisis and recovery, transported vulnerable adults and adolescents across the country and work individually with people recovering from mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Most of Drew’s experience was gained during his time as a community mental health clinician. For nearly 5 years, Drew worked in the community with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. In this role, Drew provided community-based crisis interventions, facilitated group counseling sessions and provided intensive case management services. In addition, Drew supported individuals with vocational needs, relapse prevention & independent living skills. Prior to that, Drew spent 1-year coaching and counseling teenage boys with severe mental health disorders. In this process, Drew provided behavioral interventions and applied person-centered techniques to help young men meet their full potential.

Drew’s broad-based experiences enable him to effectively treat adolescents, young adults and middle-aged individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Currently, Drew has a strong desire to work with young men, in the community, to support them in finding recovery. Drew believes that young adult males need extensive support and guidance in order to attain life goals and overcome barriers. Drew believes a “hands on” and community-based approach is vital for recovery.

Drew’s coaching style was shaped by a background in the 12-steps and cognitive behavioral interventions focusing on the development of skills to improve well-being and strengthen relationships. Drew is licensed as a professional clinical counselor, certified as as a Master Addiction Counselor, and a certified intervention professional.

Call Drew for a complimentary and confidential consultation at 651-698-7358.

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Dr. Natalie Hayes

Medical Director

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Dr. Natalie Hayes graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1999 and completed her residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2002. She is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

Dr. Hayes uses an integrated approach to patient care with an emphasis on co-occurring mental health disorders which can impact recovery. The human mind and body are intimately connected and have an innate capacity to heal. The Drew Horowitz team works to support clients in healing on every level with the goal of living a vibrant, joy-filled, chemical-free life.

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Sandy Ogle, LADC

Counselor

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Sandy is a licensed addiction therapist with an extensive background helping individuals and families navigate the road to recovery from addiction and mental health conditions. Sandy has a vast range of knowledge that she has acquired over a 25-yr career in the addiction treatment industry. Sandy has worked in a multitude of settings ranging from inpatient detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, schools, and hospitals. Sandy is very proud of her time spent at Fairview Riverside University of MN and Beauterre Recovery Institute where she helped write and develop curriculum for women’s treatment.

Currently, Sandy works as an addiction consultant and case manager, assisting women in the early stages of recovery. In this capacity, Sandy meets with women at her office in Saint Paul and in the community to assist them in maintaining sobriety. In this role, Sandy makes herself accessible and available to help during times of crisis. Sandy’s is most passionate about helping women in early recovery as she feels many women get lost in this crucial phase of development. Sandy uses a client-centered, cognitive behavioral and holistic approach to help individuals find and sustain sobriety. Sandy is known for her kindness, compassion and empathy, and an ability to foster rapport with clients to partner with them on their journey to lifelong recovery.

Sandy is a trained interventionist, licensed alcohol & drug counselor, certified in non-violent crisis intervention and has completed multiple mental health training.

 
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Jena Haggith, LADC

Assessor

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Jena is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) who is passionate about helping individuals and their families obtain the help they need in recovering from alcohol and drug dependency. She earned a bachelor’s degree in addiction counseling from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and has been working in the field since 2013. Jena has worked with both adults and adolescents who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions, in both residential and outpatient settings. She has experience in group facilitation, individual counseling, and chemical dependency assessments. Jena is dedicated and motivated to use not only her formal education but also personal experience as a family member of addiction to help clients in their recovery process.

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Roger Brown, LADC

Counselor

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Roger is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) who enjoys working and supporting individuals struggling with addiction. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Metropolitan State University. Roger previously worked for Fairview Lodging Plus doing individual and group counseling. Roger is a recovering alcoholic and enjoys role modeling recovery behavior while helping others fulfill their dreams in recovery. Roger loves sports and having fun in recovery.

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Hayley Johnson, LADC

Assessor

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Hayley is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) who graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with her bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Hayley is passionate about helping others to reach their potential and better their lives. Her current role at Drew Horowitz & Associates and Elite Recovery is a Mobile Clinical Assessor where she meets clients at multiple locations including hospitals, detoxes, jails, crisis residence, etc. Hayley diligently works to assess and refer clients to the appropriate levels of treatment. She also has experience working with adults in outpatient and residential treatment settings.

 
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Aaron Horowitz

Recovery specialist

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Aaron Horowitz brings a unique and dynamic component to the team at Drew Horowitz & associates. Growing up as the youngest of four brothers, Aaron learned how to integrate into challenging settings while advocating for his needs. Raised in a setting with addiction and mental health, Aaron quickly learned the devastating effects of untreated substance use. Having watched family members struggle to abstain, Aaron has first-hand experience of how addiction impacts families. Aaron brings this experience to his clients by helping them gain a sense of their surrounding and developing their assertiveness in recovery. Prior to working at Drew Horowitz & Associates, Aaron held a variety of positions such as teaching English to students in Thailand, acting as a summer camp counselor for kids with disabilities, and most recently working at a New York based hedge fund. Aaron holds a bachelors degree from Syracuse University. While attending Syracuse, Aaron earned credits as a teaching assistant for the Child and Family Studies department. One of Aaron’s greatest accomplishments is his Massachusetts state wrestling title, where he was team captain and held a nearly undefeated senior season. Aaron’s impressive high school sports records and vast employment history positions him as an ideal candidate to assist young adults with recovery from addiction and mental health disorders. Aaron’s endless energy and enthusiasm for recovery makes any outing enjoyable and educational.

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Nana Thao

Administrative Assistant

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Nana fills a crucial role at Drew Horowitz & Associates and Elite Recovery in Administrative Support. Nana has had over 5 years of experience in the behavioral health field as an intake coordinator, as well as verifying insurance, and customer service. Nana is bilingual and has experience working with diverse populations. She is always willing to help clients and referrals get the help they desire and accommodate them to the best of her ability.

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Meghan Vanderbilt

Executive Support Specialist

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Meghan has been working and volunteering in the behavioral health field for over a decade. Her experience includes working for a behavioral health consulting firm in the Twin Cities, where she directly assisted individuals and family members to find creative solutions for a variety of complex care concerns. During her time in the field, she has been fortunate enough to work with some of the nation’s top treatment centers and professionals for mental health, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other process addictions. Most recently, she was an Admission Coordinator with Beauterre Recovery Institute in Owatonna, MN. It was a natural fit for her talents, where she was able to assist individuals in crisis, struggling with substance abuse and mental issues, to help them begin their journey into recovery. Meghan wholeheartedly believes no one is beyond help and it is never too late to do something to help someone you love.

Meghan attended the prestigious College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN. To this day she continues to paint, draw, and sculpt in her free time. She also finds time to volunteer with various MN art agencies where she provides hands on support, encourages personal expression, and healing through a variety of mediums with children and adults with disabilities.