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Our Providers

At KAV Health Group, we are proud to present a team of dedicated professionals, including seasoned substance abuse, drug abuse, and alcohol counselors, who specialize in addiction counseling. Our experts are committed to delivering compassionate care and comprehensive treatment plans tailored to address both drug and alcohol abuse. Understanding the complexities of recovery, our aim is to support every individual on their path to sobriety with expertise and empathy, ensuring a recovery journey that is as personalized as it is effective.

Meet Our Exceptional Providers

Our team is made up of highly skilled and compassionate professionals dedicated to your recovery journey. Each member, from our substance and abuse counselors to our addiction specialists, brings a wealth of experience in treating both drug and alcohol abuse. Our team includes certified suboxone doctors, licensed counselors, and Board-Certified psychiatrists, all working together to provide you with the highest standard of care. We’re here to empower you with the support and guidance needed to overcome addiction and reclaim your life.

Meagan B. Bower, M.D. - KAV Health Group

Meagan Bower, M.D.

Medical Director

In addition to her work at KAV Health Group, Dr. Bower is also a medical expert with the Social Security Administration. She graduated from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo with an M.D. in 1995. Since then, she has practiced extensively in internal, occupational, and addiction medicine. Dr. Bower lives in northern Ohio with her family.

Christie Watson-Schmitt, L.I.C.D.C.

Clinical Director

Christie L. Watson Schmitt is an addiction/substance abuse counselor in Ohio with special training and skill in diagnosing and treating addiction and mental health disorders responsible for addiction. As an addiction/substance abuse counselor, she performs diagnosis and treatment of addiction to alcohol and drugs. Addiction/substance abuse counseling is a medical specialty dedicated to researching and treating all types of substance addiction disorders. Significant diseases and conditions treated by addiction/substance abuse counselors include alcohol and drug addiction. Medical tests, procedures and therapies provided by addiction/substance abuse counselors include conducting patient interviews, administering drug tests, creating treatment plans, participating in therapy sessions, and referring patients to other medical specialists as needed.

Christie Watson-Schmitt - KAV Health Group
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Misty Moore, A.P.R.N. – B.C.

Misty Moore is a graduate of Indiana University, Marion, IN, and has an MSN in family practice with a concentration in occupational, emergent, and addiction medicine. She has a strong passion for patient advocacy and is here to provide individualized care and help overcome the stigma and burden associated with substance abuse.

Brittany Elmore L.P.C.,
L.I.C.D.C. – C.S.

Clinical Manager

Brittany completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology, specializing in substance abuse from Perdue University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specializing in addiction from Perdue University and a Master’s Degree in rehabilitation counseling from Grand Canyon University. Brittany has more than eight years of experience in providing counseling services to both the mental health and substance use population, as well as more than four years of experience working as a clinical supervisor providing guidance and supervision to others in the field. She is also on the STAR Behavioral Health Providers for Military Personnel.

Brittany Elmore LPC, LICDC-CS - KAV Health Group
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Joseph Sullivan

Practice Manager

Joe joined the KAV Team in May of 2023. He brings over 25 years of experience to the Practice Management Team. He brings a great passion for serving the behavioral health community. He is focused on breaking the stigmas associated with SUD and mental health and strives to deliver the best patient experience possible.

Autumn Havens

Executive Administrative Assistant

Autumn Havens has been working in addiction treatment for more than five years and has carried a variety of roles, including becoming a case manager. She has a passion for helping others and genuinely cares about her patients. Autumn works closely with all SUD and mental health providers coordinating patient compliance and scheduling. Starting out at the front desk gave her the advantage of really getting to know each and every patient, which helps her be successful in her current position. Autumn is vital to our success as her role impacts every department at KAV Health Group.

Autumn Havens - KAV Health Group
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Jessica Hudson, L.C.D.C. III

Clinical Director Assistant

Jessica Hudson has been a member of KAV Health Group since 2021, Jessica has experience providing SUD counseling services for clients and running SUD therapy groups. Currently, she welcomes and trains all new employees, helps counselors manage their caseloads to reach the best client results, and aids clients getting set up for counseling. Prior to KAV, she worked in jail services providing individual and group counseling and planning for inmate exit and release. She earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science with an emphasis on trauma and is working towards a master’s degree in addiction studies.

Dottie McNeil, L.P.C.C.-S., L.I.C.D.C.-C.S.

Clinical Supervisor

Dorothy R McNeil (Dottie) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with over 18 years of experience specializing in mood disorders, depression, crisis stabilization and management, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. Dottie treats patients between the ages of 16 through the lifespan utilizing reality therapy, person-centered, trauma-informed, cultural literature, and cognitive behavioral therapy in her approach with clients. Dottie has experience with counseling adolescents, adults, seniors, families, couples, and groups in both clinical, community, and outpatient settings.

In her clinical work, Dottie is well versed in both traditional therapeutic techniques as well as evidence-based practices, thinking for a change, trauma-informed practices and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR). In her free time, Dottie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves reading and traveling whenever she can. Dottie has a Master’s Degree of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology from Walden University, a Master Degree of Science in education and allied professions from University of Dayton. She received her Bachelor of Science in sociology from Urbana University.

Dorothy (Dottie) McNeil - KAV Health Group
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Steven Carpenter, L.C.D.C. II

Clinical Compliance

Steven Carpenter has been a member of KAV Health group since October 2020. During his time here, he has managed Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) groups and served as a primary counselor for patients. Prior to joining KAV, Steven helped build an addiction program where he oversaw daily activities and measured outcomes. He has also worked in residential male addiction treatment and as a primary intensive outpatient counselor. Steven holds a degree in chemical dependency counseling and mental health technology and is licensed by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Board as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II. In his free time, Steven enjoys playing guitar, attending spirituality meetings, and working on vintage cars.

Rachael Smith, C.N.P.-B.C., A.P.R.N.

Nurse Practitioner

Rachael completed her BSN at Ohio University and her MSN at Purdue University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and The American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her background in addiction medicine began many years ago while working with the first Drug Court in Butler County. Rachael is an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and has a passion for sharks. You’ll find that she’s always coming up with creative ways to celebrate the greatest week of the year — Shark Week.

Rachael Smith, CNP-BC, APRN, MSN - KAV Health Group
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Tara VanGundy, R.N., F.N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Tara VanGundy, Family Nurse Practitioner, obtained her MSN from University of Cincinnati in 2012, and is currently practicing geriatrics and addiction medicine. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending quiet time with her family.

Angela Perison, L.C.D.C. II

Clinical Trainer

Since 2021, Angela has been supporting KAV Health Group clients on their journey to recovery. Angela began working as a substance abuse counselor for teens and adults, with a primary focus on female clients. She has an associate degree in chemical dependency, mental health, and developmental disabilities from Columbus State in Columbus, Ohio, where she graduated cum laude in the field of applied science.

Angela Perison LCDC - KAV Health Group
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Mindy Willis, L.C.D.C. II

Clinical trainer

Mindy Willis is a Clinical Trainer at KAV Health Group. She has been a part of KAV since January 13th, 2020. During her time here at KAV she has furthered her education from a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant to a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor tier two. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern State Community College with an associate degree in applied science. Prior to KAV Mindy worked as a liaison for community action children and family/teachers. Mindy currently focuses on helping her patients understand the cycle of addiction and how to gain independence in their own lives.

Sarah Gee, C.D.C.A.

Clinical trainer

Sarah has been working in the field since 2015. She received her Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) license from the state of Ohio in 2017 and earned an Associate’s Degree from Ohio Christian University in 2019. Prior to coming to KAV, Sarah worked at treatment centers in Ohio and Kentucky. Sarah began working in the field as a recovery support specialist before getting her CDCA and was a SUD housing manager for a treatment facility. Sarah also spent 2 years serving as a representative on the Portsmouth Municipal Court’s Drug Court in Scioto County, Ohio. Sarah maintains strong ties to the recovery community on the local, state and national level. Sarah enjoys working in the field and has a passion for helping others. Her greatest satisfaction is seeing clients succeed and reach their full potential.

Sarah Gee, CDCA - KAV Health Group

Our Providers Are
Here for You

We’re ready to offer the support, understanding, and expertise necessary for your path to recovery. At KAV Health Group, we believe that compassionate care and a personalized approach are key to overcoming the challenges of addiction. Our team of drug and abuse counselors, addiction counseling specialists, and mental health professionals are committed to helping you reclaim your sobriety and mental wellness. Reach out to us today to begin your journey towards a happier, healthier life.


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“So this place has been there for me from the beginning. They have always worked with me and my crazy schedule! They are awesome when it comes to making me feel like a person and not just some addict no one cares about. I have really moved forward and progressed a lot with the help of the staff. I highly recommend that you give them a call if you need a treatment facility who will understand you.”
– A.C.

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“Thank you so much. Words can’t describe how much you’ve helped me on my journey. You’re such an inspirational and I’m glad I’ve had the chance to meet you all. I’m beyond grateful for KAV!!!!!”
– A.F.

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“Thank you KAV for doing an amazing job with your patients and literally saving lives.”
– J.A.