At Tellurian, we are proud to work with people as they face what is often the most challenging time in their lives. We strive to provide the best positive outcome each and every time, always with the knowledge that each of our clients is on their own unique journey.

We specialize in treating people who are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. We are unique in that our clients receive both psychological and medical treatment simultaneously by our Dually Certified Medical Team. We also provide stand-alone psychological services, including family and small group counseling.

Because every person’s journey is unique, at Tellurian, we meet each of our clients where they are. This means that our treatment plans are not ‘one size fits all’ but are tailored to each individual client so they are able to achieve greater success. Please call today, we’d like to help start you start your journey to recovery.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We are firmly committed to the belief that every person with a mental health concern and/or an addiction has the capacity for recovery. Tellurian focuses on meeting the highly individualized needs of each client through a combination of science and service. Tellurian is on the “cutting edge” of new and innovative practices and treatment procedures, in the form of new medications, breakthrough clinical research, and treatment modalities provided to our clients by our Dually Certified Medical Team.

THE TELLURIAN WAY

Nestled in a serene wooded setting, adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Nature Preserve in Madison, Wisconsin; Tellurian provides a safe and secure environment for those seeking help in making their recovery possible as a way to a better and more productive life.

MEET OUR TEAM

Our ‘Team’ approach means that our Medical, Clinical and Management Teams work together to provide each patient with what they need. Addiction and mental illness are medical conditions that need to be treated medically and with counseling. It’s this combination of treatment (dual diagnosis) that sets us apart from other treatment facilities.

KEVIN FLOREK, MBA

President / CEO

Kevin has been a part of the Tellurian, Inc team for over 26 years and is committed to helping those with drug and alcohol addiction. He holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Finance from Cardinal Stritch University and an undergraduate degree from THE Ohio State University. Kevin is a Board member of Sunshine Place, and Saint Alberts Outreach Committee. He was awarded the Catholic Charities Partnership award in 2019 for his role in promoting Catholic Charities, and was appointed to The State Council of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) in 2019 by Governor Tony Evers.

Together with his family, he enjoys spending time hunting and attending various sporting events.

ANN GILE

Director of Treatment Services

Ann is the Director of Treatment Services for Tellurian and has been part
of the Tellurian team since 2006. In her role, Ann oversees the substance
use and dual diagnosis programs at Tellurian. She received her Master of
Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College.
Ann holds extensive experience working with adults with mental health
and substance use disorders and their families. She has delivered
presentations for healthcare professionals on recognizing addiction in
patients and the available treatment options. Ann is committed to
ensuring that Tellurian treatment services are delivered with evidenced-
based approaches and unwavering compassion from the treatment team
delivering the client care.

RACHEL WITT

Patient Services Director

Rachel has been in the customer/patient care field for over 10 years; with Tellurian, Inc. since 2013. She is a graduate of Edgewood College and where she earned a Degree in Business Management. Rachel excels at patient care and feels the best part of her job at Tellurian, Inc is ‘helping lift people back up when they fear there is no hope’.

Outside of work, Rachel volunteers with the United Way of Dane County and the American Heart Association. She enjoys Wisconsin’s many attractions and activities with her family and friends.

Erin Kollenbroich

Director of Mental Health

Erin started as a case manager, and now been with Tellurian for more than seven years. As the Director of Mental Health, Erin oversees the mental health and homeless programs within Tellurian’s continuum of care. She loves being able to witness people moving through their recovery with mental health and/or addiction, and being a supportive resource to those that are struggling.

She chose Tellurian because she appreciates the care and respect directed at clients, as well as employees, from all levels within the organization.

Erin loves to spend time with her family and friends outdoors, especially hiking, gardening or playing sports.

Raeanna Johnson

Director of Community Engagement

Raeanna is responsible for promoting the work that Tellurian does throughout Wisconsin, with a primary focus in Milwaukee, the Fox Valley region, and SE Wisconsin. She is wonderful at building partnerships with like-minded treatment programs, social service organizations, and funding sources to increase access to treatment for people struggling with mental illness and addiction.

As a survivor of suicide by her older brother, Raeanna knows the importance of the work that Tellurian does, and has over ten years’ experience in addiction recovery and mental health activism. She chose to join the Tellurian team because she felt that the staff is as passionate as she is about providing quality treatment to people in need.

In her free time, Raeanna loves to spend time with family, work in her garden, play with her dogs….and discover new binge-worthy TV shows.

Lisa, Tellurian employee

Lisa Sheehan

Supervisor of ARP

Lisa is a highly-skilled, compassionate, empathetic, and client-centered Program Supervisor dedicated to the treatment of persons experiencing substance use disorders. Lisa encourages her staff to express empathy and compassion for clients, as she understands that the road to recovery is a long and arduous one. Lisa is responsible for the overall development and operation of Tellurian’s Adult Residential Program. She works closely with the Clinical Supervisor to ensure that clients are receiving exemplary care. Lisa holds a B.A. Degree from St. Ambrose University, is a Certified Addictions Professional, and has over ten years of experience working in substance use disorders treatment.

When she is not at work, Lisa can be found with her dog spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys reading, golf, writing, or visiting one of Madison’s many restaurants. But only when she’s not cheering on the Green Bay Packers!

John Smith, LPC, ICS, CSAC

Clinical Supervisor

For the past 27 years, John has been ‘helping people reconnect with their own lives’, which is what he enjoys most about being at Tellurian. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a Master of Science Degree (MS) in Counseling, John also earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Outside of work, John enjoys photography and scuba diving, particularly Great Lakes Shipwrecks.

Casey Pichette

Mental Health and Substance Use Clinician

Casey started at Tellurian in 2010. She is the Clinical Supervisor of ARP (Adult Residential Program) and works individually with clients and facilitates group therapy. She loves seeing the significant and powerful changes people can make in their lives in a 30 day period.

“I initially chose to work at Tellurian because of the positive reputation it has in the community,” she said. “but I’ve stayed because I’m proud of the client-centered care we provide! I’m honored to help our clients navigate their journey of recovery.””

Casey loves to cook and bake for her family when she is not at work. She also loves camping, hiking, and audiobooks.

Jason Meir

NCC, LPC-IT, SAC

Jason provides outpatient psychotherapy to adults seeking to help with a variety of mental health and substance use concerns. He believes that every person’s healing is different, and takes a holistic approach in therapy. Using a variety of techniques including brainspotting, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and other body-oriented approaches, Jason feels the best part of his job is helping clients find their own unique ability to heal. Aiming to help each client have healthier thoughts, feelings, and behaviors after every sellion, he takes clients’ therapy very seriously.

“I love working at Tellurian because of the atmosphere and the beautiful setting….but also because everyone at Tellurian respects that each person’s road to recovery is different and unique.” Jason said recently. “That supports my practice and tecniques.”

Outside of his work at Tellurian, Jason loves to be outdoors hiking, backpacking, biking or snowshoeing…depending on the season! He also loves to spend time with his family, and being silly with his four-year-old son.

Bill McAuliffe-Schroeder – L.C.S.W., S.A.C., C.H.

Bill is a psychotherapist and trainer at Tellurian and has been here since 1984. He works with patients in the Outpatient clinic as well as the Adult Residential program.

“The best part of my job is seeing the people I work with get past merely surviving life, and start getting real joy out of living, “ Bill says. “And I choose to work at Tellurian because we put a client’s success as our first goal, every time.”

Bill uses many types of therapy to help his client’s struggling with mental health and AODA issues achieve success and improve their lives. He truly reaches his clients where they are at in their situations, and choses the best modality for success.

Playing at home with his family is where Bill spends his off hours, usually in his yard or garden. He also loves to hike and be outdoors.

Heather Schneider MS, LPC

Heather is a Clinician a Tellurian’s Adult Residential Treatment program. She loves getting to work with
people from all walks of life, each with their own set of gifts and challenges, and to watch ats their
quality of life improves as they put in the hard work and dedication to recovery.

Heather uses a person-centered therapeutic approach to determine what works best works for a client’s
individual style. This may include motivational interviewing, CBT, mindfulness-based stress reduction,
and/or relapse prevention planning. As a clinician, she helps people with substance abuse and/or mental
health recovery (trauma, mental illness, addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, dual diagnosis),
as well as offer help to people going through major life situations and/or transitions.

Heather loves spending time with her grandchildren and enjoys all the various activities Madison has to offer. She and her husband love to visit the Farmers Market, going to see local bands, and attending local plays.

Dr. Brian Lochen, M.D

Dr. Lochen has been at Tellurian for over 38 years. As the Medical Director, he oversees the medical care of all Tellurian programs. He also sees patients in the Adult Residential Program and Outpatient Clinic, as well as the Detox program.

Dr. Lochen sites the wonderful team of co-workers he is lucky enough to work with at Tellurian as being just one part of why he loves his job. The other reason he finds his position so rewarding is getting to help patients on their journey to recovery.

When he is not in the office, Dr. Lochen can be found traveling, watching live music, or at his cabin with family. He and his wife are proud parents of three adult children, and grandparents to five grandkids.

Elena Bender

Program Nurse - RN

Elena finds it difficult to pinpoint jus tone part of her job that she loves the most….she loves interacting with clients, working closely with amazing colleagues, and feels it’s a privilege to work with the populations that Tellurian serves.

Attending to a clients’ medical needs, monitoring vital signs, communicating with a client’s Primary Care Physician, and keeping the CIT team up to date on any changes a client may be experiencing are just a few of the things Elena does in a given day.

When not at work, Elena can be found hiking parts of the Ice Age Trail, kayaking, doing yoga, or spending time with friends. She also an avid reader, always keeping three books at a time on her nightstand; a novel, a biography, and a thriller.

Dr. Beth Blakeslee, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Blakeslee has been a member of the Tellurian, Inc. team since 2007 and has been working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction for over 20 years. She appreciates the diversity of the staff and clients at Tellurian, Inc. along with the respectful, individualized team approach toward recovery.

A graduate of MATC, Upper Iowa University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Blakeslee attended UW-Madison Medical School for her post- graduate work and completed her residency at the UW-Madison. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Blakeslee finds her serenity while hiking, traveling, boating and being ‘up north’! She is married and has two children and a dog ‘Izzy’.

Erica

Registered Nurse

Erica has been with Tellurian for over two years. She works with clients on medication management, and assessing both physical and mental health. She loves meeting new clients and helping them on their journey to recovery.

When she is not at work, Erika can be found watching NBA games with her young child, or spending time playing outdoors. She also loves going out to eat!

Diane Kelley, MSN, ANP-BC, APNP

Nurse Practitioner

Diane Kelley is Tellurian’s Nurse Practitioner with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. With an appreciation for the ‘Team’ approach among Tellurian’s Medical, Clinical and Administration Teams; Diane enjoys working together to provide each patient with what they need in their recovery journey.

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