Meet The BTG Team
At Bridging the Gaps, we love what we do and love doing it well. With over 15 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment and client care, we leverage that collective talent , and an intense focus on individual needs, on a day-to-day basis to make a difference in the lives of our clients.
Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of leaders in the fields of medicine, counseling, clinical and social work, logistics and planning, as well as nutrition and alternative therapies. Together, we work as close-knit team to create a community of care that ensures individualized attention and mental, physical, and spiritual healing.
Perhaps most importantly, we all have been drawn to the field of substance abuse treatment as a unique way to improve the lives of others by giving of ourselves.
Browse our team profiles to learn more about our skilled staff and what drives us to do what we do.
Pam Reiman, JD, LCSW, CADC, CSAC
From both a personal and professional perspective, Pam believes passionately in the unique integrative approach to substance abuse treatment offered by BTG. Within the organization, she is responsible for ensuring that each client receives the highest quality of individualized care. She strives to foster a cooperative interdisciplinary team spirit amongst the clinical, medical, and residential staff in order to ensure the provision of a seamless range of comprehensive client services.
Pam brings to her position an exuberance that comes from the joy she receives in working with both the clients and the staff in their joint mission to overcome the ravages of addiction and realize the goal of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
Denise Reaves, MSW, LCSW
Denise supports our clients through facilitating daily collaborative morning and afternoon clinical team meetings with emphasis on individual client needs. She also provides regular supervision to clinical staff, collaborates with staff to design and plan programming, works directly with clients as needed, and provides leadership as an active member of the management team at BTG. Denise draws from her knowledge and experience by empowering clients and staff to grow through active participation in the opportunities offered at BTG.
From the initial screening on the phone to navigation through the admissions process, she interacts with clients and their families with an empathic understanding of the disease of addiction.
Sue also lends her expertise to the clinical team, offering support with day-to-day client activities and appointments; helping with administrative duties; and serving as one of the organization’s liaisons.
Bryon Powell, MS, LPC, CAADC
Substance Abuse Counselor
Bryon has a diverse personal and professional background which he draws upon when working with clients. Bryon’s professional interest resides with the relationship between trauma and addictions. Bryon currently provides Phase I and Continuing Care services.
Chris White, BS
Substance Abuse Counselor
Chris obtained a multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy from Appalachian State University and is currently working toward becoming credentialed as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. He is an accomplished musician and avid backpacker. Chris is excited to be of service to others by sharing the gifts of recovery through the integrated approach of BTG that he incorporates in his own life.
Rebecca Pearce, BS, MSW
Substance Abuse Counselor
Steve Sutton, MD
During the course of his medical career, Steve became increasingly dissatisfied with the emphasis of today’s medical care on “illness care” rather than on health care. He believes in a truly integrative approach, taking the best of both traditional and complimentary practices, in an attempt to help the patient reach the goal of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. He has found this approach to be extremely effective in treating drug and alcohol addiction, enabling a healthy life in recovery.
Sue Swimley, RN
Sue is starting her 6th year as a Nurse for BTG, administering IV therapy, assisting the patients medically, and working with the attending physician. She also provides Certified Medication classes, as established by the State of Virginia, for BTG’s residential staff. She appreciates the opportunity to be involved in providing an effective service to those suffering from the disease of addiction.
Lizzi Watts, BA
Wendy Dooley BS
Wendy has a multi-functional role at BTG overseeing IT and working closely with the BTG staff in areas of finance and marketing. She appreciates the opportunity to work with a tremendous team providing exceptional care to those struggling with addiction.
Nikky Hindle, RD, CPT
Nikky found that she enjoyed developing an extensive knowledge of various health conditions affected by nutrition and working with the clients to improve their quality of life, and thus their chances of full recovery. Additionally, due to her years of experience as a personal trainer, Nikky worked with many clients in both one-on-one and group fitness sessions, which proved to be mutually rewarding. Every time a client opened up and become more self-confident by finding a fitness program they enjoyed, it reinforced how important exercise was for clients in recovery for Nikky.
Nikky identifies strongly with the integrative approach taken by Bridging the Gaps for all of their clients. She believes that you can’t truly expect someone to recover without addressing their care on all levels, including their nutrition and fitness. Nikky’s roles at Bridging the Gaps include counseling individual clients, presenting on important nutrition topics for recovery, and working with clients to develop personalized fitness and nutrition plans to help fuel their recovery.
In her spare time, Nikky enjoys spending time running, weight lifting, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Becca Wetzel, BA
Food and Nutrition Coordinator
Becca is delighted to work with the clients to help them integrate healthy nutrition into their everyday life. Focusing on embracing nutritious and delicious foods, she emphasizes the joy of learning to cook and the benefits it can have on your budget, health, and in creating community. Nutrition has been a part of her own personal healing journey both with food supplements and whole foods. Having close relationships with family and friends in recovery, Becca has seen first-hand how difficult recovery can be without an integrative approach. She is passionate about being a part of our clients’ healing journeys and empowering them to keep healthy practices of nutrition as the supportive foundation of their lives. Some of Becca’s hobbies include creating music, creating collage art, but by far her favorite art medium is food.
Danielle Hoke, BS
Nisha spends the majority of her time coordinating neurofeedback sessions for clients, supporting their healing process in a unique way. She also can be found helping with some of the Morning Program activities, as well as social media platforms. She really enjoys the flexibility to do multiple tasks, as it keeps her busy and challenged. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, craft, volunteer, and spend time with family and friends.
Candice joined the BTG team in October 2017 as the Residential Manager. She is responsible for working with the residential staff to ensure they are upholding BTG’s core values and are following the proper procedures needed for daily function so that our clients have a safe and healthy environment.
The integrated approach to recovery is what drew her to BTG because the different modalities are what makes BTG different. Addiction is such an interesting aspect of health and she learns something new every day with each client that walks through our door.
In her free time, she enjoys working out, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Joni St John
In January 2012, Joni moved up to the position of Residential Manager, bringing to BTG over 25 years of administrative experience. She works closely with the residential staff to provide a safe and healthful environment for BTG’s clients as they work toward their recovery. Joni is committed to ensuring that all policies and procedures are properly implemented by her team. She conducts training for all new employees, serves as a point of contact for new clients, and assists the clinical team with their orientation.
On a day-to-day basis, Joni serves as a liaison between the clinical and residential staff, monitoring client schedules and appointments, ensuring that all needs are properly addressed in keeping with the BTG treatment philosophy as well as the goals for each client.
Christy Burke, BS
Client Support Specialist, Residential Staff
Client Support Specialist, Residential Staff
Krista chose BTG as a unique place to utilize her background and long-standing belief in natural healing modalities to help clients in their recovery through approaches that address the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. She was also drawn to work in the addiction field to try to help individuals deal with a disease that has impacted those close to her. She is always driven to help others, as neurofeedback coordinator Krista is able to work with clients one-one-one to help them achieve physical and emotional balance in a new and innovative way.
Currently at BTG Becky answers the phones, files, and assists the BTG staff as needed. She enjoys having the opportunity to work with an amazing team at BTG.
Becky currently enjoys spending time with her family & friends, going to the movies, shopping, and volunteering at social events.