Midwest Recovery Staff

At Midwest Recovery Center, each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. Your team is engaged in your recovery, and will approach your treatment from a variety of disciplines to meet your needs.

Many members of our staff are in long term recovery themselves, and have a passion for helping people suffering from addiction. We are real people in recovery, we have walked the path you are embarking on, and we are excited to help you.

Alex Perry

Admissions Coordinator

What is your biggest passion?

I have a passion for technology and working with people. I love computer programming, and dissecting electronics to discover how they work. I also truly enjoy people and the psychology behind why we are all unique.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

It would have to be providing someone with the opportunity to help themselves and begin a new life. We all need help, that is the basis of recovery.

Abby Russell, MA, LPCC

Clinical Therapist

What is your biggest passion?

My passion is to work with the tough cases. I work with patients that have been marginalized, specifically the LGBTQ community, trauma survivors, and patients with mental illnesses.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

When I see a patient discharge that has successfully completed their treatment goals.

Matt Bell

Chief Executive Officer

What is your passion?

My three biggest loves are my family, my job, and of course some entertainment! My beautiful fiancée, Monica, my 7-year-old son, Jackson, and our two puppies mean the world to me. Our fun and entertainment comes from simply being together, but I also enjoy traveling, delicious food, and my motorcycle. Team Recovery, my non-profit that I co-founded in 2015, is also a huge part of my life. It is a volunteer organization that focuses on prevention, treatment linkage, and family support.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The best part of my job is seeing families heal as their addicted loved one recovers is one of the most rewarding things I get to see in this field. Watching people change is truly a blessing… to first meet them only “existing” and watch them successfully graduate “living.” They now have the ability and responsibility to help someone else who is still suffering. Working together as a cohesive unit to achieve a goal is something that has always meant so much to me, and we get to do it every single day in an effort to make peoples’ lives better.

Josh Dressel

Chief Operating Officer

What drew you into the field?

I am in recovery myself. I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and I returned to Toledo late in my 20's. I was in detox with Matt Bell, and we got involved with Team Recovery shortly afterwards. I jumped headfirst into sobriety and recovery, and the progress I have seen at both Midwest facilities and with Team Recovery keeps me coming back every day, eager to do more and help more people.

What makes Midwest Recovery Center stand out?

The difference between Midwest and a lot of other facilities is our abstinence-based program. We believe abstinence and participation in a recovery support system, like the 12-step model, will provide results. The other thing that stands out about our facility is our philosophy to help everyone that calls us find the right resources. We do not tell anyone no, if we can not accommodate them we will try our hardest to find a place for them with another facility or organization.

What is the most significant part of treatment?

Success in recovery is very much about accountability. Every individual is responsible for holding themselves accountable, but we also make sure that they know that we expect them to be held accountable to us as well.

Toni Epperson, LISW

Clinical Therapist

Toni Epperson is one of our Primary Therapists at Midwest Recovery. Toni is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and she attended the University of Toledo where she earned both a bachelor's and master's degree. Outside of work, Toni enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking and devoting time to her family. Toni has been married for 23 years, and enjoys spending time with her four children, 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

What drew you into working in this field?

I am a recovering addict, with 24 years of sobriety. I have a heart full of compassion for those that are hurting from being victimized, marginalized and shunned.

What makes your facility stand out?

We work together in meeting the needs of our clients; we put the client's needs and safety first and work to ensure that the clients experience an environment that is conducive to recovery while in our care.

What part of your work at Midwest is most significant?

The one on one work that I do with clients is very meaningful. To be able to encourage transparency, vulnerability and change within someone is a very beautiful and meaningful experience.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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