Chris Mackintosh, CEO
Chris Mackintosh is the Chief Executive Officer at Turning Point Centers. He joined the company in 2010 as Director of Admissions, then worked as Director of Operations, and was promoted to his current position in 2015. His personal life experiences have fueled his passion for working with others in Behavioral Health. Chris knows firsthand the struggle that many families face when dealing with addiction and mental health and believes that empathy, education, determination, and a desire to improve oneself are the essential ingredients for a successful recovery. His own personal story is a testimony to these beliefs and he feels strongly about challenging the status quo in the world of Recovery. Chris has worked in a variety of industries including construction management, food and beverage, sales, finance, and IT – you can say his education is a blend of “street smarts and book smarts” and he believes that experience is the best teacher.
Dr. Tim Schaat, Medical Director
Timothy Schaat MD ABAM ABFM is a dual board-certified Addiction Medicine and Family Practice physician. He completed residency in Grand Junction, CO after graduating with his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Schaat has practiced medicine in the Salt Lake City area for the past 7 years with an emphasis on treating substance dependency. He has committed much of his professional life to those suffering from drug and alcohol dependency. He has a wide-ranging experience with substance abuse treatments and safe, effective approaches to detoxification. His dedication to all aspects of addiction medicine motivates his interest in the latest research and advances in substance abuse therapies, detoxification and medical stabilization.
Dr Schaat is dedicated to the belief that when an individual is ready to enter treatment, he or she should be compassionately and professionally assessed for all pertinent medical and psychiatric disease, as well as offered appropriate and comprehensive treatment to promote the best chance at success in recovery. He is one of the few medical providers in Utah who has learned to place the implantable Naltrexone pellet, which is an affordable medical procedure that has helped many addicts and alcoholics in their recovery through a long term blockade of the opiate receptor. Dr. Schaat stays involved in cutting edge medical research, helping to further the progress of medical advances in both the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of medical conditions. Dr Schaat is a skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate physician, as well as a caring father and husband.
Melissa Glick, Physician’s Assistant
Melissa has been a nationally certified Physician Assistant since 2001. She graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a bachelors degree in Neuroscience Psychology. She obtained her Masters degree as a Physician Assistant from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, associated with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She had previously worked in the Harvard Medical system in Boston at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before moving to Utah in 2009. She is an avid skier and has loved the mountains of Utah since she first visited at the age of 6. She is active in the Salt Lake recovery community and volunteers for the Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness. She is also a founding member of the Utah Prescribers Coalition for Addiction Prevention, working with medical prescribers to educate on addiction and safe prescribing practices.
Jennifer Carlson, Clinical Director
Jennifer Carlson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Master Addiction Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Jennifer has worked in the field of addiction treatment and recovery since 2004.
“Turning Point has a culture of compassion to empower individuals and families in recovery.”
Michelle Crandall, Day Treatment Program Director
Michelle Crandall is the Program Director of the Day Treatment Program for Turning Point Centers. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and completed the Substance Use Disorder Counseling program in 2013 at Utah Valley University. Like many people working in the field of recovery, Michelle’s life has been directly impacted by addiction which was central to her educational and career choices. Her life experiences surrounding the disease of addiction of a loved one and addressing her own codependency issues, have been beneficial to creating deeper empathy, self-awareness and accountability in all areas of her life. She has worked as a professional in the recovery industry since 2010, gaining experience in both residential and outpatient settings. Her previous experience as a Parent Support Coordinator in a Neonatal intensive care unit and as partner in a family owned business have provided a foundation for personal growth and development. Michelle has a passion for helping individuals develop the skills that will move them towards creating long term recovery for themselves and finding fulfillment and happiness in living a sober lifestyle. Michelle recently joined the Turning Point Centers’ family at the beginning of this year.
Dennis Vibert Woodruff, Intensive Outpatient Clinical Director
Dennis joined the Turning Point Centers’ team as an intern in 2011. Quickly displaying qualities Turning Point Centers looks for, he became full time at the Bell Canyon location in 2013. In 2015, fully licensed with great experience, Dennis made the jump to lead the Intensive Outpatient program and is now the Clinical Director. He is very passionate about IOP because he believes and says “we get to build upon foundations that most clients have created in residential,” he continues to add “they often know some or most of their core issues (reasons why they use) and are working on new, healthy strategies for dealing with those issues.” In IOP, the clients discover how to make the healthy coping mechanisms they have learned in residential treatment become reality in their everyday lives!
Stephanie Waters, Insurance Utilization Review Manager
Stephanie Waters is the Utilization Review Manager for Turning Point Centers. She graduated from Fred House Academy through the Utah Department of Corrections with an academic award in 2007. As a law enforcement officer she specialized in working with felons and sex offenders who also struggled with addiction and mental health issues. Over the course of her life she had also watched friends and family succumb to the disease of addiction which is what attracted her to this industry. Using her skills and experience as a law enforcement officer Stephanie began working at Turning Point Centers in 2012. She started as Support Staff and quickly moved into the role of an Experiential Coach supporting the clinical team with intakes, medication management, psycho-education and day-to-day operations. In 2013 she was promoted to Utilization Review Manager where she is responsible for coordinating all aspects of care with client’s insurance carriers and ensuring they receive fair and equal treatment as afforded them by their policies. Stephanie says of her job “I always thought helping clients was on the front end, face to face or working directly with them. Utilization Review is another way of advocating for the clients and I have found a sense of gratitude being able to fight for their needs; to be their voice. I am very passionate and beyond grateful to be part of such an incredible team and company.”
Cael R. Jensen, Support Staff Manager
I’ve always had a passion for service and helping others in any way I could. I’ve seen people close to me struggle with addiction and have witnessed first-hand the feelings of helplessness that can come with it. It wasn’t until I lost a friend to an addiction that I really began to understand the full scope of this issue plaguing millions of people worldwide. I wanted to help—to give support to those fighting this uphill battle towards sobriety and wellness, and working at Turning Point Centers has been the perfect avenue for doing just that. The positive change I get to witness in the lives of the people who come here is by far one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. The philosophies and methods employed here at Turning Point Centers align so well with my personal beliefs about self-improvement and personal wellness, there isn’t anywhere else I’d rather work!