Abigail graduated from Bethel University where she earned her Bachelors’ Degree and attained her LSW. Prior to joining Park Avenue, Abigail interned with United Hospital where she gained experience working with individuals moving into transitional care and Eastside Neighborhood Services where she worked alongside clients experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Abigail chose to work at Park Avenue because she is passionate about seeing the good in people who cannot always see the good in themselves and helping them find stability and success in their lives. Her future professional goal is to complete her MSW degree and continue growing within her field. In her free time, Abigail enjoys organizing and cleaning and has a love for fashion and interior decorating.
Patrick attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his MS degree and became licensed as a Registered Dietitian. Prior to coming to Park Avenue, Patrick most recently worked for Open Door Health Center as a Diabetes Educator. While working with Type 1 and 2 diabetics and underserved populations in rural MN, it became clear to him that society has created barriers to good health. He is determined to work with clients to break down those barriers and help them better understand and take control of their physical health. He’s passionate about the role that health and wellness play in recovery from substance abuse and works to help the clients achieve their own version of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. His is currently working to complete a Masters of Social Work degree so he can better assist clients in the future.
Ashley attended St. Mary’s University where she earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services and Addiction Studies. Ashley first came to Park Avenue as an intern and joined our team as a Co-occurring Counselor upon earning her LADC. Prior to Park Avenue, Ashley worked in the Social Services field for over 15 years and has experience working with refuge and asylee populations, provided mental health crisis stabilization, and was a case manager and educator for survivors of human trafficking. She was awarded “Street Person of the Year’ by the St. Paul Coalition for the Homeless in 2012 for her efforts. Ashley was inspired to work in the field because of her professional and personal experience working with mental health and addiction issues and is passionate about working with individuals to process and support them through their struggles.
Kayla is a Registered Nurse overseeing the Chemical Dependency Tech / Medication Observation team. She obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and went on to attend American Sentinel University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Before coming to Park Avenue Center, Kayla worked in the substance abuse field as the Nursing Supervisor of an outpatient treatment center. She enjoys being a support and resource for individuals in all stages of recovery, as they regain hope for the future and feel empowered to improve their quality of life. In addition, Kayla is passionate about ongoing personal and professional development, which she leverages into her role to become an approachable, trusting, and effective leader for her team. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending summer days on the lake with her family, baking tasty treats, and challenging herself with high-intensity interval training workouts.
Stephanie graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BS in Addiction Studies. She received her ADC-T and is currently pursuing her LADC. Stephanie began her career in drug and alcohol treatment 10 years ago, obtaining her certification- CADC-II in California in 2010. She has worn many different hats in her career- working as a case manager, client care coordinator, and leading an experiential outdoor adventure program. Stephanie was inspired to work in this field to show clients that recovery is possible. She is passionate about being part of their journey to cultivate the life that they deserve. Stephanie enjoys working at Park Avenue Center because of the values that they stand for and live every day. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys local restaurants and spending time with friends and family.
Anne earned her BA in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and received her LADC license in 2018. She most recently worked at Valhalla Place as a Counselor/LADC/HIOP Facilitator and has experience working with addiction, MAT, and Residential Mental Health. She believes everyone deserves a good, healthy life and hopes to empower her clients to reach their goals. Her professional goal is to earn her Master’s in Social Work or Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, cooking/baking, and exercising.
Bonni earned her BA at St. Catherine’s and has been a licensed LADC since 1998. She returned to school and completed her MA in Human Development, Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s-University of MN and her Clinical Mental Health Counseling coursework at Adler Graduate School. Bonni came to Park Avenue with a wealth of experience working and volunteering with the MICD population and most recently worked at Pathways Counseling Center.
Courtney earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed her MA at Adler Graduate School. After completing her MICD internship with Park Avenue Center, Courtney was offered the position of Intake Float Counselor. Prior to coming to Park Avenue, Courtney worked at Rescare as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. Her professional goal is to obtain her LPCC license and work as a therapist with the MICD population. She has a passion for helping clients work through their mental health and chemical dependency issues simultaneously and improve their quality of life and discover who they are.
Natalia earned her MS from Capella University and has been licensed as an LADC since 2017. She most recently worked at Fairview-Mental Health and had previously completed internships with PRIDE and Nuway. She has experience with SPMI and the LGBTQ populations and has worked in the behavioral health field for over 10 years. She is passionate about client centered care and being part of a strong team dynamic. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, going to concerts, and practicing and teaching yoga.
Megan is a graduate of Metropolitan State University where she earned her BS in Human Services. Megan considers her greatest strengths to be her empathy, non-judgmental attitude, and her compassionate and caring nature. While in school, she was VP for Students Against Homelessness and Hunger and worked to raise visibility and led food and clothing drives. Megan most recently worked with Metro Social Services, leading an After-School Program, before joining Park Avenue’s team as a Chemical Health Assessor. Prior to that, Megan worked for several years as a counselor with a MAT Clinic. She has experience working with very diverse populations, including those with extensive trauma and people with disabilities. Megan’s mission at Park Avenue is to assist the clients in getting the help they need so they can live a happier, healthier, and safer life. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends, family, and her dogs.