Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Tina Keefe, LADC

Treatment Director

Tina Keefe has been working in the substance abuse field since 2009. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology: Law, Criminology and Deviance. She then obtained her post-baccalaureate certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling with an emphasis in working with adolescents and gambling addiction. Tina is also a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy approved supervisor. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, inpatient, outpatient, residential, and MAT clinics. Tina’s clinical interests include working with clients utilizing medication assisted therapy, underserved populations and clients involved in the criminal justice system. In her free time, Tina enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her registered therapy dog, Charlie, spending time with family and friends, yoga, volunteering and going to concerts.

Kara Frahm

Marketing and Outreach Director

Bio Coming Soon!

Shannon Swarthout, LADC


Bio Coming Soon!

David Smith, M.Ed., LADC


David L. Smith M Ed., LADC has been a professional in the field of chemical dependence for over fifteen years. He has held many different positions from assessor to clinical director. However, his true calling is working with men in so they can create a life that they can be happy and proud of without drugs and alcohol. David is trained specifically in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Sexual Health issue that arise from getting sober. He is also a board-approved supervisor for licensed alcohol and drug counselors with The Board of Behavioral Health of Minnesota. He has also been part of the conference circuit in the past few years presenting at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorder, Contemporary Relationships Conference, Austin Texas, and Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) and many other conferences.

Kendra Buesgens, LADC

Clinical Assessor

I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Chemical Dependency from St. Cloud State University in 2014, where I then became an LADC and began working Full-Time in the behavioral health field. I have experience with men, women, and adolescents, from all different backgrounds in MICD settings. I have worked in residential treatment, medication assisted treatment, utilization review, and human resources as a recruiter for those with an LADC and MHP title. I enjoy assessing and providing support to those seeking services to improve their lives! After work, you can find me walking my dog, June, or at the cabin relaxing on the lake.

Nana Thao

Administrative Assistant

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 to get the help they desire and accommodate them to the best of her ability.

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