Our Providers

Ideal Option employs more than 250 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other medical professionals who are experienced, trained, and passionate about addiction medicine and patient care. Meet some of them below.

Benjamin Rae, PMHNP-BC, AGNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love working at Ideal Option because of the great team we have dedicated to helping the diverse group of patients we see every day."
Karsen Cullen, PA-C, MCHS
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As a provider with deep roots in this region, I really enjoy connecting with my patients and have seen firsthand how impactful empathetic and non-judgmental care can be. I'm excited to serve my community by providing that kind of care at Ideal Option."
Kasey Swiontek, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As a New Mexico native, I'm passionate about helping those in my community that are struggling with substance misuse and reducing the stigma that surrounds seeking treatment. I treat all my patients with kindness and empathy so they feel comfortable and understood. Just because someone found themselves in a bad place, doesn't mean they deserve to stay there."
Brittany Zoto, PMHNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Throughout my career, it's been a rewarding experience to be with my patients, listen to what they need, and empower them and their families. I'm looking forward to continuing that at Ideal Option and helping our patients improve their quality of life."
Melissa Welch, DNP, FNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"In my 32 years of healthcare experience, I've treated a variety of patients with substance use disorder. Now specializing in addiction medicine, I'm looking forward to seeing and helping anyone who walks through our doors at Ideal Option."
Sara Fissel, PA-C, MPH
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Previous to joining Ideal Option, I worked to expand access to buprenorphine treatment in a hospital setting because I know addiction medicine saves lives. There is a huge need in our community right now, and I'm grateful to join a team that believes in harm reduction practices and sees our patients as whole people and not just a chronic disease."
Sarah Pedersen, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
Ally Doyle, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I am extremely passionate about addiction medicine on both a personal and professional level. Since being at Ideal Option, I've witnessed the difference we are making in the lives of our patients, and I'm excited to continue that work in my own community."
Alexandra Sather, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As someone with experience in addiction medicine, I really enjoy working with this patient population. I've seen how Suboxone can change lives, and I'm excited to be a part of that change at Ideal Option."
Kellen Byrne, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As a nurse practitioner, I really enjoy building a rapport with my patients. I'm eager to start the meaningful work being done at Ideal Option to help individuals get their lives back."
Michelle Gohl, MSN, APNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As a nurse practitioner, I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to help those in my own community that are struggling with addiction. I'm excited to join Ideal Option because we have a holistic approach to recovery and connect our patients with local resources like counseling, housing, and employment assistance."
Sarah Kuhn, MNSc, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As a nurse practitioner, I really enjoy getting to know my patients. I'm eager to start the meaningful work being done at Ideal Option and make an even bigger impact on someone's life."
Ellen Kohler Krava, ARNP, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"The entire company works together to save lives. The reward of seeing lives changed completely is worth every minute. I have learned much from my patients and love them all."
Brittany Czerna, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I feel so honored to be trusted by patients to help them become their best selves. "
Kasin Sanders, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"The most rewarding aspect of addiction medicine is that you can see patients progress from sickness to wellness in a relatively short period of time."
Bryan Blythe, PA-C, MPAS
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is a privilege to be of service to others at extremely challenging times in their lives."
Marianne Wahba, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is a privilege and a joy to be able to help people regain the life they desire for themselves. It is inspiring to see their hard work and be a part of their recovery journey."
Chloe Nichols, CRNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is a privilege to accompany individuals on their journey to recovery and by providing compassionate care we have the opportunity to help change lives."
Dorian Larsen, APRN
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I really enjoy helping others learn to help and love themselves again."
Jaclyn Kassen, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love helping patients move past some of the most difficult times in their lives, while encouraging and supporting them in their new normal."
Bernard Joseph N. Pulido, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love helping and counseling my patients and being a part of their personal journey towards sobriety."
Nathan "Ed" Kaiser, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love helping people understand their disease process, what is underneath substance use, and being a part in their journey of healing."
Calista Comstock, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love seeing the positive changes in people's lives that comes with being sober. I feel like we are able to make a difference that has positive impacts on multiple generations of families."
Sheri Bagley, FNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love watching my patients recapture their lives. It is like watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly."
Michelle Connors, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love what I do and I am fortunate to be able to do this working with such an amazing team at Ideal Option!"
Dan Goulette, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Helping guide patients through their recovery by providing a safe, positive space is tremendously meaningful and continues to motivate me to improve as a provider."
Kelley Prado, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I enjoy getting to know our patients and encouraging them in their recovery."
Rachael Snyder, APRN
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is rewarding to know you help so many people get their lives back."
Aaron Levin, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
Felix Adeyemi, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love working at Ideal Option because ldeal Option is the best of the best in addiction medicine."
Howard Leibrand, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
Jade Ammons, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
Karla Hennequin, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love seeing people's lives evolve from addiction to recovery. It is an amazing transition. "
Kristi Pope
Addiction Medicine Provider
Martin Dubek, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Working at Ideal Option in addiction medicine is the most satisfying job I've ever had."
James Peay, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love encouraging patients and hearing their success stories through tough times with hard work and never giving up."
Brian Dawson, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
“Ideal Option is on the cutting edge of addiction treatment, and I enjoy working with such a motivated and dedicated team.”
Todd Draper, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love to help patients change their lives after starting their recovery journey at Ideal Option. The team at Ideal Option is the best!"
Staci Walner
Addiction Medicine Provider
Stephanie Bowdish, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
“I’m inspired every day by our patients’ ability to not only reach their goals, but achieve things they never thought possible. I’m privileged to be able to be a part of these amazing transformations.”
Rhonda Woodside, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love working at Ideal Option because I get to witness on a daily basis patients being able to get their lives back and achieve goals and dreams they never felt possible before."
Richard Mattis, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I enjoy working at Ideal Option because I get to be a part of helping people make changes and decisions that allow them to get their lives back and become the people they want to be."
Niki Robinson, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I am honored to have the opportunity to assist our clients in regaining their lives and sense of purpose"
Ka Moua, ARNP, NP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is wonderful to support, provide hope and resources to those in addiction and/or recovery. It is rewarding to see individuals transform their lives into a better quality of life, improving health and wellness for themselves and their loved ones around them."
Leanne Miller, ARNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love working at Ideal Option because I am passionate about helping people recover from the disease of addiction and seeing them live fulfilling lives!"
Brittney Harris, RN, ACNP-AG, MSPH
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Working in addiction medicine is so rewarding. Seeing patients overcome their addiction and reclaim their lives from addiction through medication-assisted treatment is inspiring."
Eric Fox, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love seeing my patient's lives dramatically change for the better."
Angela Cannady, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
“I love working at Ideal Option because I get to be a change agent, making a real impact by helping people get their lives back from addiction.”
Carole Nguekam, MSN, CRNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I feel privileged to work at Ideal Option. It’s so amazing to assist patients in their struggling to recover from addiction and see them transform into healthier individuals, and see them happy to become more productive in the society."
Kirk Brownell, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love being a part of recovery. It is a joy to see people getting their lives back."
Terra McLain, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I enjoy being a positive light in peoples recovery and providing open support through the whole process."
Diana Everly, MSN, FNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is an honor and privilege to help our patients on their journey to recovery and an absolute joy to witness families reunited, communities growing stronger, and people regaining faith, confidence, and happiness. "
Susan Mitchell, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is a gift to play a role in someone's recovery, and I strive to assist each patient to heal beyond their addiction."
Michelle Meako, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Being a part of Ideal Option and helping patients get their life back is an amazing experience. It feels good in my heart and in my soul knowing we are making a difference in people's lives."
Laura Wells, MSN, BSN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Joining Ideal Option gives me the opportunity to truly help our society amidst the worsening opioid crisis and really do some good in the community."
Teresa Vial, FNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm very passionate about addiction medicine and have always incorporated it into my practice. I'm excited to join Ideal Option and build partnerships with existing community organizations to combat the opioid crisis in Kalispell."
Manpreet Kaur, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I have fallen in love with all the good work that Ideal Option does and our amazing patient population. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to my community and help those that need our services."
Deni Fitzpatrick, ARNP, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm excited to be a part of Ideal Option because I think there is a lot of stigma that surrounds addiction medicine, and I want to break down the barriers in our community. I'm proud to be here, and want to make Ideal Option a comforting, therapeutic place for people to come. I'm passionate about this new adventure and being a cheerleader for our patients during their recovery journey."
Gurpreet Minhas, MSN, AGNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm excited to help our patients get started in recovery and be a part of the meaningful work being done here at Ideal Option."
Reece Allawatt, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm honored to join Ideal Option and have the opportunity to meet our patients where they're at and share in their recovery journey. I'm looking forward to engaging in my community and making a difference."
Brooke Hewitt, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I joined Ideal Option because I truly believe in our mission to provide care that is easy to access and evidence-based. I love encouraging patients throughout their recovery journey and providing compassionate care in an environment that is safe and comfortable for them. It is so rewarding to see patients experiencing positive changes in their lives and the lives of their families."
Courtney Nixon, APRN-CNP, NP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I knew when I got my degree in nursing that I wanted to do something meaningful and make a difference. By joining Ideal Option, I now have the opportunity to give back and help increase access to addiction treatment in my community that truly needs it."
Lindsey Barnett, ARNP, FNP-C, Certified Addictions Registered Nurse - Advanced Practitioner
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love helping our amazing patients change their lives and the lives of their loved ones."
Melissa Gibbs, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
Andrea Munder, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is life changing for our patients that have lost hope and being able to provide them the tools and resources to help them get their lives back. I am so blessed to have the ability to be a part of that."
Dimsey Brown, APRN, FNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I have a passion for serving individuals struggling with addiction and the impacted communities. Ideal Option has been a wonderful company to work for, and I feel so appreciated and welcomed here."
Patrick McLaughlin, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As a Montana native, I've seen a need for improved access to addiction treatment in this part of the country. I'm excited to join the Ideal Option team and help those struggling in our community get started in recovery."
Callie Fletcher, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Addiction has been intertwined in all of my experiences as a nurse practitioner. I've seen the negative impact it has had on our community, including our youth, so I'm grateful to be here at Ideal Option and make a difference."
Jason Hanby, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Most of my experience as a physician assistant has been in addiction medicine, a specialty that has always resonated with me. My goal as a healthcare provider is to treat our patients with the respect they deserve and help them gain the confidence they need to sustain life in recovery."
Ty Bradford, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I started my career in the emergency room and that painted a picture of the desperate need for addiction medicine providers. I am really happy to be here at Ideal Option to make a difference in my community."
Heather Hillis, APRN, FNP-C
Medical Assistant
"I come from a rural community where access to treatment is limited, especially for addition. I am so happy to be a part of Ideal Option where we have low barrier access to care and can get people the help they need, right when they need it."
Sarah Lynch, ARNP 
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As someone who has consistently worked with individuals struggling with substance use disorder, I have such a heart for this population and our patients."
Mina Michael, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I came to Ideal Option for the opportunity to help people. I am so proud that I decided to join this team because we care about our patients as a whole. In addition to medication-assisted treatment, Ideal Option provides resources for housing, transportation, etc. to set our patients up for success during their recovery journey."
Joyce Moore, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, ANP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Working at Ideal Option gives me the opportunity to help patients daily with their recovery. I love partnering with my patients to help them through this challenging time of life. It is truly rewarding."
Emily Mullinix, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I joined Ideal Option to help my community. There is a great need for addiction treatment in south Arkansas, and having this resource available is going to help so many people."
Nakisha Christian, MSN, AGACNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I am originally from Baltimore and fell in love with addiction medicine. What drew me to Ideal Option is that it's about more than just the medication, we really treat the whole patient, and I'm excited to be a part of that."
Carissa Cornell, ARNP, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love to help patients heal and regain their life!"
Sarah Kucera, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I believe that addiction medicine is life-changing, transformational work and one of the truest forms of servant leadership in healthcare. I'm so looking forward to working with our patients at Ideal Option and being a part of their journey to recovery. I'm grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and help patients get their lives back."
Heather Watson, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"As a compassionate and empathetic provider, I want to create a safe, non-judgmental environment where our patients can heal. For me, helping struggling individuals enjoy life again is so rewarding."
Laura Henson, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"After working in the medical field for almost 30 years, I find it very rewarding to be working for an organization that places the treatment and success of our patients as its number one priority. I am proud that we are destigmatizing addiction medicine and helping patients lead a healthy, safe lifestyle."
Samantha Wheeler, MSPAS, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Through my experience in healthcare, I have learned that addiction does not discriminate and can affect anyone. I have so much empathy for our patients and am excited to help and encourage them on their journey to recovery."
Chanel Bullock, APRN-FNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I was drawn to Ideal Option because I want to have a positive impact in my community. The underserved population in northeast Arkansas has a great need for addiction treatment, and to be able to provide these resources will help so many people."
Kesli Dickens, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I decided to go into medicine because I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives, which is why I'm excited to be joining Ideal Option. I'm very passionate about making my patients feel heard and seen."
Elisabeth Fisher, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm so happy to be providing substance use disorder treatment at Ideal Option. There is so much need in our community, and I'm thrilled to be helping people get their lives back."
Nicole Sherman, APRN
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I am very passionate about continuity of care when it comes to my patients. Being at Ideal Option gives me the opportunity to follow their journey and help them be better every step of the way. I look forward to serving our marginalized communities where there is often a lack of guidance and access to treatment."
Mark Mencel, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Most of my experience as a physician assistant has been in the emergency room. I've seen towns torn apart by addiction, especially in small, rural communities. By joining Ideal Option, I can be a part of changing that here in Alaska."
Emily Hartenbower, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I've always been passionate about addiction treatment. If I can help somebody save their marriage, family, job, or even their life, I definitely want to make that impact."
Amber Davis, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm excited for the opportunity to help our patients and be a part of their journey to recovery."
Amanda Clemmons, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"In my career, the more I experienced providing primary care to individuals struggling with addiction, the more I saw how absolutely foundational it was for those patients to have access to specialized treatment. I'm excited to join Ideal Option and serve the Yakima community, where I was born and raised."
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