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The Meadows adds new management, clinical staff

March 31, 2011
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Wickenberg, Ariz. — The Meadows, a treatment center located in the high Sonoran desert of Arizona for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, childhood and adult trauma, compulsive disorders, sexual addiction and mood and anxiety disorders, has added several new staff members to its operations and clinical staff.

James Dredge, CEO
With more than 30 years of experience, Jim Dredge has established himself as a leader in the behavioral health field. He has successfully built and developed numerous companies that have become both clinically respected and financially lucrative. Prior to joining The Meadows as CEO, Dredge was president and COO of Aspen Education Group, a leading provider of therapeutic services for troubled youth. Under his leadership, Aspen grew to become the world's largest and most successful behavioral health care company serving this population. Mr. Dredge received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Shelley Uram, MD, Senior Fellow
Dr. Uram is a Harvard-trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a senior fellow at The Meadows. She speaks and consults nationally and internationally about topics related to psychological trauma, the underpinnings of depression/anxiety, and the authentic self. She leads workshops and seminars and has co-facilitated workshops with Pia Mellody, John Bradshaw, and Claudia Black. Dr. Uram has published several articles, and her award-winning documentaries have aired on PBS and NBC. Dr. Uram is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine and maintains a private practice in Phoenix.

Jerry A. Boriskin, PhD, CAS, Senior Fellow
A licensed psychologist, Dr. Boriskin is also an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. A passionate advocate for integrated treatment, he possessed a vision that predated the ongoing movement toward specialized and integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders, particularly those involving trauma. He recently resumed working with traumatized soldiers at the V.A. of Northern California. He has authored PTSD and Addiction: a Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and co-authored At Wit's End: What Families Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness.

Michael Cooter, MSSW, LCSW, Coordinator of Counseling Services
Michael previously worked with The Meadows as a primary therapist, facilitator of Love Addiction/Survivors workshops, and co-facilitator of PIT trainings with Pia Mellody. Prior to rejoining The Meadows' staff, Michael was employed as a Department of Defense contractor at Luke Air Force Base, where he treated combat-related PTSD and other behavioral health issues. Michael maintains a private practice in Phoenix.

Kathleen Golden, MAPC, LPC, CSAT, Director of Extended Care
From 1997 to 2007, Kathleen worked at The Meadows as an intern, primary and family counselor, after-care coordinator, and supervisor of counseling services. She briefly left The Meadows to serve as clinical director and primary counselor at Decision Point Center, Inc. She returned to The Meadows in 2010 to oversee three extended-care facilities. Kathleen has a passion for continuing care and believes that each individual needs ongoing support and therapy to ensure a long recovery.