Robbie Bills: CEO. partner   Robbie has an undergraduate degree in Business and is currently studying masters level Social Work at The University of Utah. He holds on to aspects of, and interests from, his previous career and still follows the stock market closely while actively investing. When he’s not working, in class, or with his wife and newborn daughter, Robbie can be found in the streets of Salt Lake in one of his many classic cars.

Robbie Bills: CEO. partner

Robbie has an undergraduate degree in Business and is currently studying masters level Social Work at The University of Utah. He holds on to aspects of, and interests from, his previous career and still follows the stock market closely while actively investing. When he’s not working, in class, or with his wife and newborn daughter, Robbie can be found in the streets of Salt Lake in one of his many classic cars.

Katie Marton: EXECUTIVE Director. Partner   Katie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently studying at the University of Utah in the Masters of Social Work program. Katie has been with Balance House since 2014. Katie is a person in long-term recovery and when not working, enjoys being active and spending time with those close to her, including her 3 dogs.

Katie Marton: EXECUTIVE Director. Partner

Katie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently studying at the University of Utah in the Masters of Social Work program. Katie has been with Balance House since 2014. Katie is a person in long-term recovery and when not working, enjoys being active and spending time with those close to her, including her 3 dogs.

Tony PAdjen: executive director. partner   Tony grew up about a ten-minute drive from where one of our programs is currently sited. He enjoyed studying Criminal Justice as part of his undergraduate degree and is currently studying at the University of Utah in the Masters of Social Work program. He chose to live in the quiet hills of Midway, UT so he could spend his free time doing what he likes most –being with family in nature, fly and ice fishing, and taking his beloved Labrador, Doc, on long walks through the open fields by his home.

Tony PAdjen: executive director. partner

Tony grew up about a ten-minute drive from where one of our programs is currently sited. He enjoyed studying Criminal Justice as part of his undergraduate degree and is currently studying at the University of Utah in the Masters of Social Work program. He chose to live in the quiet hills of Midway, UT so he could spend his free time doing what he likes most –being with family in nature, fly and ice fishing, and taking his beloved Labrador, Doc, on long walks through the open fields by his home.

micah woodworth: COO/CFO. partner   Micah is a Utah native who received an undergraduate degree in Business, with an emphasis on Strategy, from The University of Utah and receiveD his Masters in Business Administration in 2018 from Brigham Young University. He enjoys playing soccer, connecting with his wife and two children, and being exposed to new ideas, cultures, people, food, and customs by traveling the globe. He is passionate about finding unique ways to help eliminate global poverty and increase the quality of life for people of many nations by volunteering for, and consulting with, NGOs in Mali, Guatemala, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

micah woodworth: COO/CFO. partner

Micah is a Utah native who received an undergraduate degree in Business, with an emphasis on Strategy, from The University of Utah and receiveD his Masters in Business Administration in 2018 from Brigham Young University. He enjoys playing soccer, connecting with his wife and two children, and being exposed to new ideas, cultures, people, food, and customs by traveling the globe. He is passionate about finding unique ways to help eliminate global poverty and increase the quality of life for people of many nations by volunteering for, and consulting with, NGOs in Mali, Guatemala, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Brandon Wall: program director. partner.   Brandon is the Program Director for our extended care program. Brandon is currently pursuing a Marketing degree through the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Brandon is in long-term recovery and is an alumnus of Balance House. His experience allows him to develop relationships with clients on a more personal level so that they can easily relate to his story and path.  In his free time Brandon loves golfing, snowboarding, fly fishing, and hiking with his chocolate lab named “Marlo.”

Brandon Wall: program director. partner.

Brandon is the Program Director for our extended care program. Brandon is currently pursuing a Marketing degree through the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Brandon is in long-term recovery and is an alumnus of Balance House. His experience allows him to develop relationships with clients on a more personal level so that they can easily relate to his story and path.

In his free time Brandon loves golfing, snowboarding, fly fishing, and hiking with his chocolate lab named “Marlo.”

Melissa Mehan, ASUDC: therapist   Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology along with Advanced Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training at the University of Utah. She has worked in the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Unit and has experience dealing with patients right as they begin their recovery process. Melissa specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapies in collaboration with mindfulness techniques and practices. (MBCT) She excels in teaching her clients grounding techniques such as meditation, yoga, visualization, affirmations, intention-setting and grounding techniques as coping methods and self-care practices. She believes in a holistic approach to recovery by utilizing evidence-based cognitive therapies/mindfulness practices and experiential therapies as well as incorporating activities that will give folks in recovery the opportunity to reconnect to body, mind and spirit. Melissa’s hope is to help people recognize the relationship between the way they think and feel, rather than avoid or eliminate negative emotions. Melissa is also a huge advocate of recovery capital. She helps clients identify their individual resource capitol by learning and rediscovering their internal and external resources to sustain recovery. Melissa specializes in the following modalities: Substance Use Disorders, Cognitive- Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation and Recovery Management.

Melissa Mehan, ASUDC: therapist

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology along with Advanced Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training at the University of Utah. She has worked in the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Unit and has experience dealing with patients right as they begin their recovery process. Melissa specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapies in collaboration with mindfulness techniques and practices. (MBCT) She excels in teaching her clients grounding techniques such as meditation, yoga, visualization, affirmations, intention-setting and grounding techniques as coping methods and self-care practices. She believes in a holistic approach to recovery by utilizing evidence-based cognitive therapies/mindfulness practices and experiential therapies as well as incorporating activities that will give folks in recovery the opportunity to reconnect to body, mind and spirit. Melissa’s hope is to help people recognize the relationship between the way they think and feel, rather than avoid or eliminate negative emotions. Melissa is also a huge advocate of recovery capital. She helps clients identify their individual resource capitol by learning and rediscovering their internal and external resources to sustain recovery. Melissa specializes in the following modalities: Substance Use Disorders, Cognitive- Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation and Recovery Management.

catie cartisano msw, Lcsw, lsudc: Clinical Director. Partner   Catie received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in social work at the University of Utah. She has more than eight years of experience working with some of the most difficult populations, including combat veterans, inmates at the Utah State prison, and chronically homeless individuals. She is EMDR certified, has intimate knowledge of personality disorders, and specializes in substance abuse. Catie worked as a part-time clinician for two years at the Bloc Outpatient and is now the Clinical Director. She believes strongly in using evidence-based practices and trauma informed care and has integrated her trauma training into our program as well as her knowledge of codependency, family systems, and the 12 Steps.

catie cartisano msw, Lcsw, lsudc: Clinical Director. Partner

Catie received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in social work at the University of Utah. She has more than eight years of experience working with some of the most difficult populations, including combat veterans, inmates at the Utah State prison, and chronically homeless individuals. She is EMDR certified, has intimate knowledge of personality disorders, and specializes in substance abuse. Catie worked as a part-time clinician for two years at the Bloc Outpatient and is now the Clinical Director. She believes strongly in using evidence-based practices and trauma informed care and has integrated her trauma training into our program as well as her knowledge of codependency, family systems, and the 12 Steps.

jon witebsky: program director. Partner   Jon received his BS degree in the areas of Child Psychology, Social Work, and English Literature from the University of Minnesota. With four years of experience in the treatment industry, he uses these skills, along with his personal experience in the process of achieving long-term sobriety, to focus on building strong relationships with clients. He finds this makes it easier to help the client set and achieve goals for their future, work through their day to day problems, and share some laughs along the way. If Jon isn't reading or watching Netflix, you'll find him snowboarding at one of Utah's many ski resorts.

jon witebsky: program director. Partner

Jon received his BS degree in the areas of Child Psychology, Social Work, and English Literature from the University of Minnesota. With four years of experience in the treatment industry, he uses these skills, along with his personal experience in the process of achieving long-term sobriety, to focus on building strong relationships with clients. He finds this makes it easier to help the client set and achieve goals for their future, work through their day to day problems, and share some laughs along the way. If Jon isn't reading or watching Netflix, you'll find him snowboarding at one of Utah's many ski resorts.

Chase wickersham, lcsw: therapist   Chase received his Master of Social Work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in substance abuse treatment and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah State University. His treatment philosophy revolves around uncovering and creating a meaningful life while accepting and defusing from life’s inevitable pain. Chase has a passion for continued learning and development in evidenced-based practices to better understand and treat human suffering, mental illness and addiction. He believes that mental illness and addiction have roots in unresolved trauma, cognitive fusion to rigid beliefs and distressing emotion and a lack of clarity and engagement with one’s own deeply held values. Chase has extensive post-graduate training and specializes in the following modalities: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mind-Body Bridging. Chase also has a high level of engagement skills and has done amazing work with the men in Balance House.

Chase wickersham, lcsw: therapist

Chase received his Master of Social Work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in substance abuse treatment and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah State University. His treatment philosophy revolves around uncovering and creating a meaningful life while accepting and defusing from life’s inevitable pain. Chase has a passion for continued learning and development in evidenced-based practices to better understand and treat human suffering, mental illness and addiction. He believes that mental illness and addiction have roots in unresolved trauma, cognitive fusion to rigid beliefs and distressing emotion and a lack of clarity and engagement with one’s own deeply held values. Chase has extensive post-graduate training and specializes in the following modalities: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mind-Body Bridging. Chase also has a high level of engagement skills and has done amazing work with the men in Balance House.

Mark Oerther: Chief Development Officer. Partner   With over 19 years of experience in the industries of mental health, substance abuse, and recovery, Mark is a veteran of healthcare program development and marketing. His roles have included admissions, business development, direct care and supervision in therapeutic settings, as well as therapeutic program management. Mark has also helped start and operate five highly regarded treatment programs around the country.  Mark is married to Jackie and has a son, David. He has two dogs, Dakota, and Duke. He is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. He also attempts to play golf (poorly).

Mark Oerther: Chief Development Officer. Partner

With over 19 years of experience in the industries of mental health, substance abuse, and recovery, Mark is a veteran of healthcare program development and marketing. His roles have included admissions, business development, direct care and supervision in therapeutic settings, as well as therapeutic program management. Mark has also helped start and operate five highly regarded treatment programs around the country.

Mark is married to Jackie and has a son, David. He has two dogs, Dakota, and Duke. He is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. He also attempts to play golf (poorly).

Nan michaelis: associate clinical director   Nan received her Bachelor of Social Work at Utah State University and her Master of Social Work at the University of Utah. As part of her graduate degree she did a short study abroad in Mongolia.. She has over 4 years of experience with treating complex substance use disorders and mental illness. She has experience working with some of the most extreme cases including veterans, chronically homeless individuals, the Severely Mentally Ill and inmates at the Utah State Prison. She has spent the last 3 years working for a non-profit providing treatment for men with substance use disorders and personality disorders namely Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial personality Disorder. She specializes in the following modalities: Motivational Interviewing, Moral Reconation Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, PTSD and Trauma- Informed Care.

Nan michaelis: associate clinical director

Nan received her Bachelor of Social Work at Utah State University and her Master of Social Work at the University of Utah. As part of her graduate degree she did a short study abroad in Mongolia.. She has over 4 years of experience with treating complex substance use disorders and mental illness. She has experience working with some of the most extreme cases including veterans, chronically homeless individuals, the Severely Mentally Ill and inmates at the Utah State Prison. She has spent the last 3 years working for a non-profit providing treatment for men with substance use disorders and personality disorders namely Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial personality Disorder. She specializes in the following modalities: Motivational Interviewing, Moral Reconation Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, PTSD and Trauma- Informed Care.