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.
Vjollca Martinson, Clinical Director
Vjollca Martinson serves as the Clinical Director for the Turning Point management team. She received her PhD and MS degrees from Brigham Young University in Marriage, Family and Human Development and Marriage and Family Therapy. Vjollca has extensive experience working in the field of addiction and co-occurring disorders. She is a proven clinical leader with success treating adolescents, adults, and geriatrics with substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses in both acute and sub-acute settings. Vjollca enjoys mentoring clinicians and helping them reach their full potential by sharing best practices on how to work with individuals who struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other symptoms. Her strong clinical philosophy integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Chris Jaquis, SVP Business Development
Chris Jaquis is the SVP of Business Development and Payer Relations for Turning Point Centers. Chris is a strategic growth expert with over 25 years of experience in behavioral health. He has served in various executive functions for some of the largest and most successful addiction treatment companies in the United States. Chris’s passion to improve patient outcomes through building and maintaining in-network relationships with health plans has helped multiple start-up and established companies meet and exceed growth expectations. Chris is responsible for overseeing Turning Point Center’s existing health plan relationships while continuing to build new partnerships with health plans, health care organizations, and providers within the communities they serve.
David Buckley, CFO
David Buckley, Turning Point Centers newly hired Chief Financial Officer, brings 30 years’ experience in healthcare finance, including over a decade in the behavioral health industry. As CFO, David will oversee the company’s financial operations. David’s previous behavioral health experience includes serving as Vice President of Finance for Elements Behavioral Health, where he was responsible for oversight of corporate and financial operations while helping the company grow to one of the nation’s most recognized behavioral health platforms.
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.”