Our Providers

Ideal Option employs more than 80 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.

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."
Ashley Tebay, ARNP, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love seeing the impact this program has on our patients' lives and seeing them thrive and grow."
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."
Shawna Chisholm, CRNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"To be part of a program that provides hope and compassion to the lives of so many who have been at rock bottom is truly a blessing and an honor."
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."
James "Ryan" Case, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love seeing patients regain their lives and relationships with their families."
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."
Dolores Van Bourgondien, APRN - BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love working at Ideal Option because I get to form a connection with my patients. I love giving them hope when all is gone and giving them a chance at a new life!"
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!"
Sarah Pedersen
Addiction Medicine Provider
Staci Walner
Addiction Medicine Provider
Jeffrey Allgaier, M.D. FACEP
Addiction Medicine Provider
Larry Nye, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love working at Ideal Option because so many people capture their addiction and their lives are greatly improved as well as their children's lives. "
Jill Graves, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"My love for addiction medicine is reaching out to as many people I can whose lives have been affected by the opioid epidemic."
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."
Ruth O. Osueke, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love working at Ideal Option because I have the opportunity to help bring about positive changes to people's lives and that of their families."
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."
Benjamin Rae, ARNP, SPMHNP
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."
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.”
Angela L. Pesik, MSN, FNP, ARNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"To help patients regain their lives is truly fulfilling and it is an honor to provide compassionate care to my patients."
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."
Jennifer Mothershed, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love helping these patients battle one of their hardest fights in life and seeing how positive their life can become. It is nice to be a part of their journey to sobriety."
Natalie Koncz, PA-C, MPH
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I love connecting with patients and offering hope."
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."
Kelly Young, DNP, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is rewarding to me to meet people where they are and help them on the road to wellness in such a powerful way."
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."
Martha Bankhead, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I am thrilled to join Ideal Option to provide support and be a cheerleader for our patients who are so brave and a joy to work with. I feel very passionate about addiction medicine because by helping just one person, you are helping a whole community."
Ipek Dols, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I feel fortunate that not only am I able to provide medication-assisted treatment, but I get to be a support person for my patients and listen to their life stories. I hope one day we can destigmatize the way addiction is viewed in our society."
Caroline Barrett, FNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Addiction in some form affects almost all families and often gets swept under the carpet due to shame and embarrassment. For this reason, addiction medicine is something I've always been very passionate about. I'm happy to be here and to help be part of the solution."
Tish Kamrowski, FNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"The Minot community has struggled with addiction issues, and I've always thought it was important for those people to have someone to talk to and not be shamed. I believe Ideal Option is offering better services for addiction treatment that my town desperately needs."
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."
Korena Popp, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm super excited to be a part of Ideal Option. By treating addiction, we not only have the opportunity to change patient lives, but also change families and communities for the better."
Nissa Kisler, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"The more I learn, the more passionate I become about addiction medicine. I'm excited about what we do here at Ideal Option to help our patients."
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."
Jamie Goldberg, ACNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm so glad to be here at Ideal Option and am super excited for this opportunity to help patients rebuild their lives."
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."
Olivia Gregg, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Growing up, I experienced the effects that addiction can have in family firsthand. It was transformative for my understanding and approach to addiction and my desire to pursue addiction medicine. I’m excited to put my experience and understanding to use at Ideal Option and am committed to walking with patients as they take back their lives."
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."
Lisa Giddings, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"My best day is hearing a patient, at their return appointment, tell me how their life has changed. It is always a moving experience to see what the human spirit is capable of with a little helping hand."
Kathalene Cassels, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm very excited to be a part of the team at Ideal Option. I am grateful for the opportunity to form relationships with our patients and watch them get better, progress, and go through life. I am also looking forward to forming community relationships in order to grow our presence throughout Spokane and reach those that need our services."
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."
Angelina Campos, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I have always loved practicing addiction medicine ever since I started. I'm excited about being with Ideal Option and the learning and growth opportunities they provide."
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."
Savannah Tart, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I'm excited to join Ideal Option and truly make a difference in healthcare and in my community."
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."
Angela Gates, APRN
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I grew up around addiction, so I've always had a soft spot for those that are struggling; I have spent my life and career trying to help in any way that I can. I'm really excited to be a part of Ideal Option and be a part of the change."
Holly Thomas, MSN, CNM
Addiction Medicine Provider
"In both my personal and professional life I have witnessed addiction. Joining Ideal Option allows me to be a part of the change and prevention for the future of my community."
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
Debby Leffler, ARNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"It is heartbreaking to see the negative impact addiction has had on our small community. Joining Ideal Option gives me the opportunity to be there for our patients and help reunite families."
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."
Tamara Aguilar, FNP-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Addiction doesn't discriminate and can happen to anyone. Joining Ideal Option gives me the opportunity to help people get the treatment they deserve to live a happy, productive life."
Tara Reese, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I have always loved addiction medicine and am grateful for the opportunity to help those that are struggling get their lives back."
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."
Kaaren Mahan, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"Treating patients with substance use disorder is one of my primary passions. I'm excited to join Ideal Option and continue helping individuals that are struggling reclaim their lives."
Kelly Donlin, APRN
Medical Assistant
"I have a passion for addiction medicine and treating vulnerable, underserved patient populations. I'm excited to join Ideal Option and continue helping our patients get their lives back."
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."
Jayce Hamilton, APRN, FNP-BC
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I joined Ideal Option to help and serve our community. These are our family and friends - someone's mother, father, sister, or brother. If we can make a positive impact, we not only affect the lives of our patients, but their entire family. I'm very excited to be a part of that."
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!"
Jane Sveen, PA-C
Addiction Medicine Provider
"This work is tremendously gratifying. We really are changing lives."
Trevor Stavig, DNP
Addiction Medicine Provider
"I truly believe that addiction medicine chose me. I'm excited to continue learning and helping our patients at Ideal Option."
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."
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