This is the story of Mindful Therapy. We arrived in Gratiot and Clinton Counties when there was an increased need for both mental health and substance abuse treatment at an affordable cost to all of our clients. We have been involved with the Mid-Michigan regional Sobriety Court Program since 2011. Both of our offices are within walking distance from the court house for our clients. We believe that everyone has the potential to succeed. Our services are designed to help our clients to achieve success.
Medical Director: Dr. Hillary Shemes, DO.
Dr. Shemes grew up in Flint, MI and earned her undergraduate degree from the University Of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Medical degree from VIA College of Osteopathic (Virginia Site) in 2010. She has been practicing in Ithaca, MI at Sparrow Medical Group Ithaca since 2013. She enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her children.
Clinical Supervisor: Dr. Jeremy Moeggenberg, Psy. D.
Dr Moeggenberg originates from Alma, MI and earned his undergraduate degree from Alma College, then he earned his Master and Doctorate Degrees at Illinois School of Psychology. He was the associate director of a substance abuse clinic for a year, then returned to Michigan and spent three years at Family Health Psychiatric and Counseling in Alma, MI. He is currently the lead Psychologist at the St. Louis Correctional Facility and has a private practice, Great Lakes Psychological Associates, PLLC. in Mt. Pleasant. MI. Jeremy enjoys sailing.
Executive Director: Audrey Wendt MSW, LMSW, CAADC, ICAADC
Audrey originates from Washington State. She earned her Bachelor Degree at Central Michigan University in 2000, then she earned her Master degree in Clinical Social Work at Michigan State University in 2010. She has worked in residential substance abuse treatment, community mental health, and the private mental health sector before moving to a for profit substance abuse agency where she was the program director for more than a decade. She decided to open her own agency so that she would be able to provide uninterrupted mental health/substance abuse services for all of our clients. Our agency is willing to go the extra mile for all of our clients to find success. Audrey enjoys gourmet cooking.
Program Director: Carol Waters MA, LPC, CAADC, ICAADC
Carol originates from Wales in the United Kingdom. Carol earned her Bachelor Degree and her Master Degree from Central Michigan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in women's treatment. Carol has numerous years of experience working in the field of addiction and mental health. We are very fortunate to have Carol on our team! She enjoys spending time with her grandsons and staying physically active.
Clinical Consultant: Vic Guajardo MA, LPC, LMSW, CAADC
Vic was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He recieved his Bachelor of Arts degree from Andrew University and his Masters Degree from Central Michigan University. Vic worked at Gratiot CMH for 42 years where he was Supervisor for Outpatient, Crisis and Access service. He enjoys family, church and dog training. We are very fortunate to add his clinical skills to our team!
Community Liasion: Dan Carley
Dan was born & raised in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Graduated with BA from MSU. Retired from The State of MI, DHHS after 33 years of service. Worked in Gratiot, Clinton & Shiawassee the past 29 years. Enjoys time with grandsons, music, sports, camping & fishing. We are very happy to have him represent our agency at all of our communtiy meetings.
Executive Assistant: Brenda Juhas
Brenda grew up in Midland, MI. Brenda brings many years of administrative expertise to our agency. We are very lucky to have her knowledge and professional experience with our agency. Brenda has been trained to facilitate our Prime for Life classes. Brenda enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
How much will this cost me?
We use a sliding fee scale to address fees for service. We are currently funded by Mid-State Health Network and are able to bill for Medicaid, Medicare, HMP, Block Grant, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and Blue Care Network. We are in the process of becoming paneled with several other well known insurance companies.
Will you report things I tell you to the court?
We follow CFR 42 criteria and only things you want reported to the court will be reported (such as attendance and progress in treatment).
How long will I have to attend treatment?
Everyone is individual. One size does NOT fit all. Treatment is completed when the client and the therapist agree that the client has reached all of the goals that they set for themselves to achieve in the time period that they determined.
Will I be charged if I cannot make an appointment?
As long as you call to report that you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment within 24 hours, there will be no charge. Some emergencies will be taken into consideration as well.
How will I know if the agency is closed due to weather or other natural disasters/situations?
Just go to our Facebook page and any current closings will be listed.