Originally a musician and publishing industry executive struggling with addiction, Seth Dolinsky joined the team at Beauterre Recovery Institute in January 2017 after spending time in a Marketing & Business Development capacity for the parent company, Meridian Behavioral Health. A tenured leader, Seth’s prior experience was with St. Paul Sober Living as Program Director, helping to lead one of the most forward thinking and comprehensive Sober Living programs in the industry. Seth’s direct leadership and oversight helped St. Paul Sober Living build their innovative clinical case management model for the 11 homes in operation throughout Minnesota and Colorado.
Seth found himself immersed in the vibrant St. Paul recovery community after spending the majority of his life on the East Coast, most recently Boston, Massachusetts. He has a passion and dedication for all things recovery that is second to none, fueled largely in part by his own personal experience. Seth earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with specific focus in Religious Studies and Sociology. He loves his wife, outdoor recreation, cooking and of course, his dog Dante and cat Penneh.
A message from our Treatment Director…
“My own recovery was made possible through the guidance and leadership of countless individuals who, even amidst my own resistance, continued to believe in me. Because of this, nothing fulfills me more than the opportunity to engage with the newly sober. If I can express to them, that through hard work and collaboration we can get our lives back, then I have been able to give back what was once given to me.”
Sheila Specker, MD
Dr. Specker is an Addiction Psychiatrist, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and has been faculty there for over 20 years. She completed Family Medicine Residency at the University of Wisconsin followed by Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Psychiatry Residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Specker is Medical Director of the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Combined Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program. Additionally, she is Program Director for the Minnesota Fellowship in Addiction Medicine, which trains physicians in Addiction Medicine. She conducts research studies in addiction and has published in this area. Dr. Specker provides consultation to the State of Minnesota Health Professionals Monitoring Program, teaches medical students, residents, and fellows and has a clinical practice with an area of expertise in health care professionals with addiction.
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Hailing from just outside of Boston Massachusetts, Stephen Cantwell comes to Beauterre Recovery Institute with over 8 years of marketing, business development, sales and branding experience. Stephen holds a Bachelors Degree in Business & Economics from Lehigh University and specializes in marketing strategy, strategic and gap analysis as well as brand formulation and brand management. Part of the original Beauterre Recovery Institute business plan drafting team, Stephen honed his skill sets through a tenured role at Apple Inc where he facilitated the formulation of many strategic business partnerships.
Stephen has made a home here in MN and loves spending time outside participating in recreational activities. When he is not at work you can most likely find him on one of the many local Minnesota golf courses.
Rachel Backlund, MA-AP, LADC
Marketing & Business Development Representative
Christy Mollert, LMFT, LADC
A Southern Minnesota and Beauterre original, Christy Mollert possess over ten years of progressive experience in both the chemical and mental health fields. She is dually licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist as well as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Christy began her career working with adolescents followed by a stint studying abroad as a court advocate for battered women. From there, Christy continued to expand on both her educational and clinical prowess, accumulating a Bachelor’s of Arts from Winona State University in Psychology and Political Science as well as a Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University. Considered a progressive in the field and always being driven by the strong correlation between mental illness and addiction, Christy furthered her competency in each capacity through her post graduate work in Addiction Studies at the University of Minnesota. Throughout her clinical tenure, Christy has practiced in many settings including corrections, community centers and private practice. Currently Christy resides as Beauterre’s Clinical Manager and provides consultation, supervision and guidance to the counselors, mental health practitioners and support staff. She also stays engaged with our patients by providing direct-care services including facilitating groups on Family Topics and conducting individual, couples and family sessions.
Christy is originally from the Rochester Minnesota area where she lives with her husband and their two small children. Christy and her husband are automotive enthusiasts and enjoy participating in charity rallies throughout the year to benefit special needs education programs.
Dr. Marc Mooney, PhD, LP
Dr. Marc Mooney is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota. He received his B.A. in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota. He completed his A.P.A.-approved clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. For the last decade, he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Minnesota, where he achieved the rank of Associate Professor. There he founded the Adult Attention Problems Clinic where he helped to identify deficits in executive functioning. He has trained pre-doctoral and post-doctoral clinical psychology students in psychological assessment and psychotherapy. He has been an addiction researcher for nearly 20 years with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Mooney has worked closely with Medical Director, Dr. Sheila Specker, for a decade, providing assessments of those with drug and alcohol problems. Problem alcohol and drug use is associated with cognitive and performance deficits that challenge recovery. Dr. Mooney conducts individualized assessments of cognitive functioning, particularly executive functioning. He may also perform assessments of personality, intelligence, and academic achievement. Through careful psychological testing, Dr. Mooney helps those in recovery to understand their strengths and weaknesses, to plan coping and compensatory strategies, and to engage in cognitive remediation therapy.
Jo Huntsman, L.Ac, Dipl Om.
Jo Huntsman is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. Prior to joining Beauterre Recovery Institute, she operated a general practice clinic incorporating acupuncture, tui na (Chinese massage), cupping, nutritional guidance, aromatherapy and medicinal herbs into her treatments. Jo chose to further develop her interest in holistic health through yoga teacher training and mindfulness meditation. Her classes reflect the influence of teachers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hahn.
Jo received her Masters of Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington Minnesota and a Bachelors of Social Work from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is licensed by the Minnesota medical board and certified through the N.C.C.A.O.M.
Recovery Access Coordinator
A tenured veteran of the behavioral health field, Meghan Vanderbilt joined Beauterre Recovery Institute as the Recovery Access Coordinator. Meghan is the first point of contact for individuals, families and providers seeking help for themselves, a loved one or patient. Meghan is very passionate about helping anyone in need and understands that it takes a lot of courage for anyone struggling with substance use or mental health to reach out and ask for help. Her goal as a member of the team is to be able to offer support, guidance and clarity around the admission process.
Meghan has been in the behavioral health field for seven years working for Blue Cross Blue Shield in MN as a specialty case worker and most recently, as a Director of Individuals and Family Services at Assistance in Recovery, a national behavioral health consulting firm located in the twin cities. Her past experience has given her a wide understanding of all levels of care in the behavioral health services realm, both in the state of MN and throughout the country.
As a Minnesota native, she volunteers to several local crisis organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul and in her personal life, she is a new mother to a French bulldog puppy.