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Robert Castan

President and COO

In 2010, after finding his own recovery, Robert dedicated his life to helping others find freedom from addiction. Since then, he has created innovative, and successful addiction treatment programs, across the Western US. Robert has extensive experience with marketing, brand management, web development and intake coordination.

In 2014 Robert co-founded Northpoint Recovery in Boise, Idaho. From Northpoint’s inception, Robert oversaw the facility layout, marketing campaigns and key team development. With Northpoint’s growth and success, Robert assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer. Today he is responsible for supervising daily operations of the administrative, marketing and intake teams, as well as; assisting in key growth initiatives.

“I am extremely proud of what we have created at Northpoint Recovery, we get to do something we love and help people change their lives.” Robert’s vision and determination are evident throughout Northpoint’s services.

Erica Lopez, LCSW, LCPC

Director of Clinical Services

Erica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Boise State University’s Advanced Standing Social Work Program in May of 2013. Erica’s professional background has been in substance abuse, crisis intervention, family therapy, trauma therapy, vulnerable population advocacy, and working within the LGBT community. She finds passion in getting to the underlying cause of ongoing struggles for clients. Erica consistently works towards encouraging and motivating clients to seek ongoing change in life to better their circumstance. Erica continues to contribute to, and advocate for, the addict and alcoholic recovery community. She finds that working in this field is not only rewarding but life changing, as well. Erica is excited to continue to grow professionally within Northpoint Recovery.

Jennifer Freeman


For more than 20 years, Jennifer Freeman has led several successful financial teams and departments to enhance profits, the last 13 years have been in healthcare. Her goal has always been to provide vision and superior support for every team she has been a part of. In 2017, her passion for the chemical dependency treatment field brought her to our facility. Along with her team, Jennifer manages every aspect of the facilities’ finances, including internal and external reporting, auditing and growth processes.

Jennifer has become a valuable part of the Northpoint Recovery team. She is vision-oriented, highly motivated and a strong leader. With her experience and background, Northpoint Recovery looks forward to many more years of success providing patients with the help they need to recover from addiction.

Nycole Thomas BSN, RN

Director of Medical

Nycole is a registered nurse with a passion for providing unbiased quality care to underserved populations within the community. She brings care and compassion from her experience as a hospice case manager, as well as knowledge and experience in substance abuse from her time working in a unique detention setting. She is ACLS certified in emergency care in order to provide a medically safe detox. Nycole enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary team based setting, and is passionate about providing a safe environment for clients to begin their new life. Nycole earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Boise State University and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Mike Biggins


Director of Program

Michael Biggins M.Ed, CADC has been in the treatment services for the last 10 years. Michael has held positions as a crisis intervention specialist, counselor, assistant drug court coordinator, treatment supervisor and program director. Michael has worked in nearly all adult treatment modalities - from conflict resolution for violent offenders to court supervised treatment for a diverse adult addicted population to treatment care for opiate sufferers to self-determined outpatient services to inpatient adult treatment services to education for patients, families and the community. Michael brings a supportive, patient-centered, strength-based approach to the multidisciplinary team at Northpoint Recovery. Michael recognizes the treatment focused, 24-hour structured, holistic care offered by the Northpoint program affords patients the greatest opportunity for success and he is proud to be a member of the team of clinicians.

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Thomas Hamman

Administrator/Clinical Supervisor

Thomas Hamman is a Chemical Dependency Professional who builds collaboration with Substance Use Disorder Patients, their Families and their Providers to Inspire, Teach, Protect, Remove Obstacles and most important Be Human. Thomas believes that addiction is curable and knows people seeking treatment deserve the best he and his team have to offer first, not last.

In 2007 Thomas began his career in substance use disorder treatment at a privately-owned treatment agency in Richland, Washington while engaging in his collegiate career in chemical dependency and human services. Thomas was impressed by the strength of people entering into addiction recovery and recognized the need for a more holistic therapy. Thomas built many community relationships with various providers, and resources within the Hanford Reach. In 2013, after developing opioid use disorder specific groups in the Tricitys area, Thomas was recruited to assist in the opening of the area’s first medication assisted program for opioid dependency as Clinical Supervisor. As Program Manager Thomas partnered in the development of the first Partial Hospitalization Program at Washington State Penitentiary Walla Walla WA.

Thomas is a certified Chemical Dependency Professional in Washington State with extensive back ground in Motivational Interviewing. Thomas has a proven track record of growing his teams and patients both personally and professionally.

Thomas is very grateful to join The Evergreen at Northpoint Recovery as a like-minded partner in the Northwest. “I’m excited to be a part of your life of sustained recovery.”

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Connie Guy, LMHC

Primary Counselor

Connie is credentialed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee. Connie has been working in the mental health field for 21 years in residential treatment, corrections, as a social worker and as a licensed mental health counselor in community mental health settings, medical settings and in private practice. Connie is passionate about the work she does with individuals, groups and families and working to provide a path of healing for all. Connie works from a framework of understanding that each client has unique strengths and abilities that empower them to build a “life worth living” as well as work with Connie to develop a treatment plan that is most effective for them according to their skills, abilities and support systems. Connie has an understanding that the way that we think influences the way that we feel and that this impacts the way the we behave. Connie uses interventions that enable the person to learn new ways to think and feel in order to change the way that they behave over the long term. Connie received a bachelor’s degree in 1994 from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and holds a Master’s of science degree in mental health counseling from Capella University. Connie lives in Monroe with her husband and daughter and is excited to be a part of the Northpoint Recovery Team.

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Michele Garrigues

Chemical Dependency Professional Counselor

Michele Garrigues, MBA, CDP has been a chemical dependency counselor and educator since 2003. Michele has worked in varied settings including inpatient and outpatient facilities, hospitals, and schools. Her passion is family-of-origin work with clients coming from addictive families, helping them to understand family dynamics and the impact of early training on their lives today. Michele finds it tremendously rewarding to see the changes in action of her clients … and the twinkle that returns to their eyes! She is thrilled to join the team of professionals at Northpoint Recovery in Bellevue, Washington and being a part of our growing, thriving organization.

Susan Cherry

Clinical Outreach Specialist

Since 2000, Susan has worked in all areas of addiction services. She is known for her passion for recovery and her ability to motivate and assist patients, and their loved ones, with placement in a treatment facility that fits their specific needs. Susan can also provide intervention services, transportation, specialty services and local community resources.

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Steve Laats

Vice President of Operations

Prior to joining Northpoint Recovery, Steve had been part of large corporations for the past 16 years. Since joining Northpoint Recovery, Steve is truly able to combine his learned skill set with his true passion, helping people effected by the disease of addiction. He is driven to help Northpoint Recovery reach as many people as possible find relief from their addiction.

Evan Beales


A firm believer that every addict and alcoholic deserves help, Evan uses his personal experience and his professional skillset to meet every caller where they are at. Evan works with patients, families and local professionals to come up with practical and effective treatment plans tailored to each individual. When not at work, Evan enjoys volunteering in the Boise community and spending time in Idaho’s beautiful outdoors.

Sean Mills


As a longtime Idaho resident, Sean is extremely excited to be a part of Northpoint Recovery’s admissions team. Sean believes every addict and alcoholic deserves a chance to get their life back and loves to help them find the right facility to kick-start their recovery journey. As the wife of an addict who is now in recovery, Sean is extremely empathic to the needs of families whose loved ones are struggling with addiction. During her free time, Sean enjoys hiking, skiing, and fiber arts.

Zach Peterson


As a former patient of Northpoint, Zach is now blessed with the opportunity to help other addicts and alcoholics receive the help that they need. He shows passion and understanding to everyone that calls in, as he is a strong believer in giving back what Northpoint so freely gave to him. When not at work, he likes to play sports, go slack-lining, and enjoy the wonderful outdoors of Idaho.

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Levi Severns


Hi my name is Levi and I am the youngest of three boys. I grew up in a small town - the kind that has more antique stores than stoplights and grocery stores. I have always had a passion for helping people for as long as I can remember. After completing high school, I went into the dental field. I worked in the field for nearly 10 years helping others with their dental needs. In 2012, I reached out for help to get sober because I didn’t want my daughter growing up with a drunk daddy. It was never my intention to find a career in substance abuse, as I always felt it was such a cliché. The one thing I have found in my life is that like getting sober at 30, and finding a profession in substance abuse, has not always my plan but it doesn’t mean it’s not the right plan. Not only is it my job to help people find treatment but it is a privilege, as well.

Mike Sipiora


Mike was Born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He has been tied to the recovery community since 2010 and strives to help people daily. He has a background in sales having worked in the real estate industry for the past two years. In his down time, he enjoys volunteering at local support groups throughout the Treasure Valley.

Teresa McClure, LPC, ACADC

Program Director

Teresa McClure is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She brings to the Northpoint Recovery team her strong ability to connect with her clients and their families. She has a strong background working with mental health and co-occurring disorders, as well as addiction. Teresa graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Masters Degree in Counseling.

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Julia Holmes

Director of Billing Services

Julia comes to us from Arizona, where she was born and raised. In 2014 she was offered the opportunity to move to Boise to help open Northpoint, and has been with us since inception. She graduated from University of Arizona in 2008 with a BA in political science, and is currently pursuing her Masters in public health. Working in the substance abuse industry for over four years, she had the opportunity to explore various positions before landing in the billing department. Her favorite part about working as Director of Billing for Northpoint is the ability to offer flexible payment plans to patients.

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Autumn Hornsby, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Autumn joined Northpoint Recovery in 2017 bringing 10+ years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, talent acquisition, employment law compliance, HRIS implementation, employee relations, and benefits administration. When not at work, Autumn enjoys spending time with her two children and dabbling in home design. Autumn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Finance from the University of Idaho. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley (HRATV).