Midwest Recovery Staff


At Midwest Recovery Center, each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. We approach treatment from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities, allowing us to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

Many of our staff members are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long term recovery.

Jim Perrin, LICDC-CS, MA, MRC

Director of Clinical Services

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my work is the opportunity to teach others the importance of being an example to those we are blessed to serve, while at the same time providing them with the chance to identify their problems and to develop and maintain strategies that deal with each. I also like being able to assist in developing and atmosphere that exemplifies love, honesty and trust.

What is your passion?

My passion is my wife and my children. My wife has been instrumental in my spiritual growth and my desire to continue to grow spiritually. My next passion is my recovery and understanding that without it I am nothing. I also love to assist all people in their journey to recovery. The opportunity to work with others is the greatest thing in the world. Learning to acquire gratitude through work and self-sacrifice for others has been and continues to be an important part of who I am today.

What makes Midwest Recovery stand out?

Together, we can be all that we want to be. We can continue to grow and show others how treatment and recovery goes hand in hand. We will constantly think about our client’s welfare coming first. We will understand that in our jobs we are trying to help save people lives and that nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than that!

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.

Nate Kehlmeier

Director of Admissions

What drew you into this field?

I started working in the substance abuse field in 2009. I have been sober since January 18, 2008. My experience gave me a passion for helping others. Someone was there to help me when i was at my lowest and i strive to be that person for others struggling.

What makes Midwest Recovery Center stand out?

Midwest Recovery Center takes a different approach at treatment for addiction then most facilities. We are an abstinence-based facility. Most of our staff is in recovery themselves and can relate with the clients when they come in the door.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing someone come in broken, scared, lost, and don’t know where to turn and then seeing the transformation the go through while the are being treated.

Toni Epperson, MSW, LSW

Primary 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.

Jake Murphy, CDCA

Care Coordinator

Jake Murphy is one of our care coordinators at Midwest Recovery Center. Jake's work as a care coordinator is vital, he works with everyone who comes through our facility, providing the support and resources needed during their time at Midwest and through early recovery.

What drew you into working in this field?

I am in recovery myself. In the past someone helped me, and I want to share the same experience. Purposeful work doesn't feel like work to me.

What makes Midwest stand out?

Quality treatment provided by compassionate staff, and firsthand experience offered by recovering addicts that live and display a life that is sober and fulfilling.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

Watching people grow, being able to provide a safe and supportive environment for healing, in order to meet them where they are, and work towards positive change.

Justin Krenk, CDCA

Behavioral Health Technician

Justin Krenk is one of our Behavioral Health Technicians at Midwest Recovery Center. As a technician, Justin is a constant presence and source of support for everyone who comes through our facility.

What makes Midwest Recovery stand out?

I believe our facility not only shows clients the reality of addiction, but our staff uses their experience to show clients how fun and beautiful recovery can be.

What is the most rewarding part of your work:

Being able to witness the growth and light that begins to come from within our clients. Being able to share my experience, and the strength and hope I found in a 12-step program.

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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