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.

Affirmation of Equality and Acceptance

Every member of humanity has a contribution to make to the whole. Here at Tellurian, we are deeply committed to providing an inclusive and affirming environment for all. We feel it is our duty to encourage each employee, client, and family member to show up and foster a learning environment that validates and promotes growth and development for each individual.

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

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.

Allison Maly

Allison Maly

Admission and Facility Director

Allison oversees the Access department and admissions for the adult residential program.    “My most rewarding moments have been when a patient comes back to thank us for helping them get their life back,” she said recently. “After more than 22 years here (at Tellurian), I feel that this has truly been my calling.”

Allison is also a proud “soccer mom” to her three kids, and loves going to their sporting events! In between their games, she loves to go shopping, and hopes to find more time to travel in the near future.

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.

Kalvin Barrett

Kalvin Barrett

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Kalvin has been working closely with Tellurian’s top administrators for several years, providing direction and having discussions on how employee Diversity & Inclusion training can have an overall positive impact not only within the Tellurian organization but also within the community it supports. From this training, a Cultural Sensitivity Committee has been created to foster a corporate culture that helps provide a sense of belonging to all Tellurian employees. Through his customized program centered on understanding biases, Tellurian has been able to further recognize behaviors that encourage trust, collaboration, and understanding in the workplace.

When asked why he chose Tellurian, he responded, “I chose Tellurian because I have great respect and appreciation for the CEO of Tellurian, Kevin Florek, and his vision to bring D&I training to the organization. I learned quickly that all of the employees at Tellurian share the same commitment and dedication in creating and maintaining a workplace where the employees reflect the diversity of the community we serve.”

As a UW-Madison Alumni, Kalvin is a huge Badger fan along with his wife and daughters. His daughters are involved with sports, so they spend lots of quality family time in bleachers and on the sidelines.

Ashley Baker

Ashley Baker

Human Resources Manager

When you meet Ashley, it’s easy to see she loves her job!  She’ll tell you that her favorite thing is working with employees who are incredibly passionate about the work they do at Tellurian. She says,” I am consistently humbled by the employees who genuinely care about helping others and continually give of themselves in order to ensure our clients receive quality care and the best possible chance at recovery.”

Ashley is in charge of all things human resources, including employee engagement initiatives, creative recruitment techniques, creating comprehensive benefit packages, employee satisfaction surveys, and is a great listener for our employees. In short, she works to develop strategies that will enable Tellurian to attract, recruit and retain the best employees.

When she is relaxing, Ashley loves to bake, and spend time with her husband, five children, and two dogs!

Kelly Crooks

Kelly Crooks

Director of Housing

Kelly began working for Tellurian in May 2014 as an Intern in the Access Department over summer and winter breaks in college. She continued to work as an Intern through graduate school. After graduating with her MSW in May 2016 Kelly accepted the position as Quality Assurance Specialist at Tellurian. In August 2020 she moved into her current role as Director of Housing.

When asked why she chose Tellurian she said, “I always knew I wanted to be in a helping profession, but I was not exactly sure what that looked like for me. Once I started at Tellurian, I knew this is where I needed to be. The Tellurian mission matches my own personal belief system. In addition, I love the “family” culture that we have at Tellurian that allows us to come as we are and support each other in both personal lives and in our careers”.

When Kelly is not at work she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys cheering on her favorite teams, such as The Fighting Irish and The Packers.

Heather Olson

Heather Olson

Revenue Cycle Manager

Heather has been with Tellurian for over 20 years. In her current role she manages all functions of Tellurian’s revenue cycle to maximize cash flow while maintaining and, improving internal and external customer relations. She is also responsible for overseeing the billing team that has many duties. 

When asked why she loves working for Tellurian she said, ” Talking with clients and hearing how our services have helped them.  I love hearing clients talk about being homeless to having a place to call home directly because of the services they were provided”. 

When not at work Heather loves spending time with her husband and four kids. Together they spend a lot of time outside: hunting, fishing, and camping.

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!

Tim Blumentritt

Tim Blumentritt

Director, La Crosse CARE Center

Tim has been with Tellurian for over six years. He works in close collaboration with a team of very dedicated and caring staff as they support individuals experiencing a crisis. Tim states, “It is extremely rewarding to be part of the journey with an individual as they recover from a mental health crisis.  It’s satisfying to be one part of a larger team of professionals who come together to support each individual we serve”.

When asked why he chose to work at Tellurian he said, “I value Tellurian because our company believes in every person’s potential to recover from significant challenges in life, whether that be mental health or addiction.  Tellurian is strongly dedicated to serving individuals and our community and I experience that in our daily work”. 

When Tim is not at work he is: Volunteering with the La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative, volunteering at St. Clare Health Mission (26 years), kayaking on the Mississippi River, riding his motorcycle, collecting Native American artifacts and teaching adult dance lessons as a Nationally Certified Clogging Instructor.

Katherine Gear

Katherine Geary

Supervisor, La Crosse Community Intervention Team

Katherine joined Tellurian in January of 2020. She works one on one with members in the community who have a desire for extra support related to their mental health and/or substance use challenges. Katherine’s favorite part of her job is the excitement of things always changing, and how not every day is the same. She also loves watching her clients take joy in the simple things in life that sometimes we are guilty of taking advantage of.

When asked why she chose to work at Tellurian she said, “I chose to work for Tellurian because I wanted to make an impact in our communities but also have purpose in what I am doing. Tellurian believes that every person has the potential to recover whether they are struggling with mental health or addiction.  I get to see this daily when I watch my clients dare to believe in the possibilities and not in the impossible. I’m grateful to work for such a wonderful organization”. 

In her free time she enjoy’s spending time with her family and friends. Katherine loves to fro anything outside, hiking, camping, and being on the lake!

Molly Schmidt

Molly Schmidt

MAT Program Supervisor

Molly has been with Tellurian since the summer of 2018. She superivises and works in Tellurian’s Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program. The MAT Program is a wraparound case management program that provides free help to people seeking sobriety and treatment options for opiate use.

Molly says, “The best part about my job is witnessing the growth of a client from the day we meet until the day they discharge. I feel extremely grateful to be a part of someone’s journey. It is truly a remarkable experience to support someone through one of the darkest times of their life to becoming a person they can love and be proud of “.

When not at work she loves spending time with her dog, Nyx and boyfriend, Nathan. She also loves reading, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and spending time with friends around a bonfire. She also has a big passion for traveling and has a very long bucket list of places she would like to visit.

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.

Adelaide Hurley

Adelaide Hurley

Group Home Program Supervisor

Adelaide has been with Tellurian for just over a year, and is our Group Home Program Supervisor. She oversee’s the staff, clients, and facilities for Tellurian’s two men’s group homes. Along with her team they work to empower clients with chronic and persistent mental illness through skill building and providing them with stable housing. Her day can include everything from household tasks and friendly conversations with clients, to helping clients through crises and communicating with case managers to advocate for client needs. She also manages the staff at the two homes to ensure they are confident in their role and provide exceptional care to our clients.

When asked why she chose Tellurian she said, “Tellurian’s mission to meet clients where they are at in the process of recoveryresonated with me. I share the agency’s belief that everyone is capable of and deserving of positive change. It is a privilege to work with an agency that not only recognizes and celebrates individual differences and needs, but empowers them by providing resources and support”.

When not at work you can find her crocheting, drink hot tea, cuddling her cats, canoe, spending time outside appreciating Mother Nature, and more crocheting.

Richard D Schwichtenberg LCW

Richard D Schwichtenberg LCW

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor

Richard has been with Tellurian for over 37 years, and is currently the Mental Health Clinical Supervisor. He has held many different roles within Tellurian. Richard started off working on call in Detox, and overtime came into his current role. Through all his different positions his passion for what Tellurian does has stayed the same.

When asked what his favorite part of his job he said, “Being able to serve those who are most vulnerable”.

When not at work you can find Richard in his garden or traveling.

Dr. Brian Lochen, M.D

Medical Director

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.

Sarah Kosanke

Sarah Kosanke, RN

Nursing Supervisor

Sarah loves working at Tellurian because she gets to empower an amazing team of RNs, Counselors, and Human Service Assistants. Working closely with that team they get to meet the medical, physical, emotional, and mental needs of the patients Tellurian serves. Sarah also communicates with area health partners such as hospitals, police departments, and other human service providers on how to help make the patients lives better.

When asked why she chose Tellurian she said, “I chose Tellurian because I wanted to work for a company that I could believe in and stand behind their values. They care for the vulnerable. They also chose me, so it shows that they are confident in what I bring to the table”.

When not working Sarah loves to paint, mainly water color. She also enjoys cooking and has a dream to be on Chopped one day. She also enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, no matter what they are doing.

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.

Michelle Kanvik

Michelle K, RN

RN

Michelle has been with Tellurian for 21 years. She cares for and medically manage patients highly intoxicated or experiencing alcohol and/or opiate withdrawal.

Michelle choose to work at Tellurian, because she had heard wonderful things from another nurse who worked at Tellurian. She says the best part of working for Tellurian is, “Being a witness and support person in someone’s transformation to becoming sober. I’m so proud of patients hard work and perseverance it really is a process.”

When not at work she enjoys time with friends and family. She also loves to hike, travel, and explore new places.

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