Our Story


Pinnacle Recovery was founded by industry professionals with decades of combined experience in personalized addiction treatment. Located in scenic Utah, we created a peaceful refuge with a network of support for those who need to step away, focus on themselves, and truly heal from addiction.

Our outstanding team of experienced case managers and caretakers are here to understand your needs, create a treatment plan that works for you.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple - to provide those in need with the tools and refuge they need to heal properly. Inpatient rehab is at the root of real, lasting recovery. Treatment plans cannot be one-size-fits-all or only treat addiction symptoms. Our in-depth treatment plans include a variety of therapies and treatments, guided by professionals and personalized to your needs.

We commit to understanding your story, giving you a personalized plan of combined therapies and counseling with a case manager, and helping you to fully heal your mind, body, and spirit.

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Our Philosophy

We believe that everyone deserves a full, lasting recovery. Addictions often stem from deeper, unresolved issues - we focus on healing the root of the addiction to reach that full recovery.

With our unique, personalized approach, focused on case management, dual diagnosis, and combined therapies, our inpatient rehab is the best of its kind in Utah. We are here to give you the refuge and tools you need to truly heal.

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Meet Our Staff

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Mary Kay Kennedy

Executive Officer

With more than 20 years of experience working in the field, Mary Kay brings great expertise to Pinnacle Recovery Center. Over the years, she has played an instrumental role in developing and expanding many successful treatment facilities.  Early in her career, she founded an adolescent and young adult substance use program with a sincere desire to assist others in healing from trauma and addiction. With her passion to further her knowledge and gain more understanding in all levels of care, she went on to be part of the executive team at an inpatient hospital that provided both mental health and substance use services. As part of the executive team, she assisted in creating, opening and growing the many different programs offered. Her ability to connect with others combined with her experience with dual diagnosis, adolescent and adult programming, as well as a deep working knowledge of residential, transitional living, and outpati

Joel Huff, BFA, MFA, LSUDC

Program Director

Joel is excited to be a member of the Pinnacle team.  He loves bringing his skills from his previous life as a professional actor and professor of theatre in Chicago to this field. This unique life experience makes for an enjoyable and creative approach to the skills-based classes for the clients here at Pinnacle.  He uses warm up games and movement to get clients focused in the current moment that helps them retain the lessons while simultaneously making them more fun. He is in recovery himself and often draws on his experience with his own struggle for sobriety to both empathize with and teach the clients here at Pinnacle. He recently got married and is working on his Master’s of science in clinical mental health counseling. He is an example of how great recovery can be and how honesty and assertive communication can benefit our lives.

S. Lee Chew, MS, CMHC, NCC

Clinical Director of Pinnacle Intensive Outpatient Program

She is a clinical mental health counselor also in private practice, who specializes in mindfulness based psychotherapy. She has been a long time practitioner of mindfulness. She facilitates and teaches about the application of mindful practice in psychotherapy and other fields. She feels quite passionate about the practical effectiveness of mindfulness as a tool to interrupt automatic behavior patterns and the integration of Self. She has worked extensively with substance dependence, mood disorders, trauma, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, through a multicultural lens. She has had the honor of studying with Ron Siegal, PhD; Eric Garland, PhD; Richard Schwartz, PhD; Vijay Shankar, PsyD (ACT) and Larry Cammarata, PhD who have made major contributions to her practice of psychotherapy.

Eddie Golub, LCSW

Clinical Director

Eddie received his graduate degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in mental health. As a licensed clinician, with over 15 years of experience working in residential and outpatient communities, he has striven to improve his clients' lives through his emphasis in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness training. Eddie implements a mindful, dynamic, and existential paradigm into the therapeutic experience while helping clients notice, address, and overcome barriers to their personal growth. His focus on creating a safe and rewarding environment for emotional healing and expression has been reported by clients to be one of the more enriching experiences of their lives.

Dr. Sheena Ray

Medical Director

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Martina G., ACMHC

Utilization Review Manager

Martina has been working for over 5 years in the mental health field coordinating with treatment centers and insurance carriers to secure coverage of mental health and substance abuse treatment.  She is dedicated to advocating for clients to receive insurance coverage for much needed care.  She is excited to be a part of the Pinnacle Recovery team, both as an intake coordinator working directly with clients during the admissions process, in addition to coordinating with insurance carriers to obtain coverage for treatment.  In addition to her experience working as an advocate with insurance carriers, she also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She is licensed as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor currently working towards full licensure in the state of Utah.

Keven Eby

Support Staff Supervisor

Keven's experience as Pinnacle Recovery’s Support Staff Supervisor and his passion for supporting people in their journey to recovery has developed over the past four years of being in his own recovery. He has the ability to relate to each client and understand their personal situation. Keven is honored to be a part of a team that is dedicated to helping every person that comes into our care have a positive experience during the process of their healing.

Jace Brittner

Chef Extraordinaire

Jace has15 years of experience as a chef.  He first found his passion for cooking as a young teen then went on to extend his education in Culinary Arts. His experience includes working as a manager in high-end restaurants and being the Culinary Services Director for a large organization that owned a number of prestige places. Providing healthy food and focusing on good nutrition have always been a large passion for Jace’s.  He finds a lot of enjoyment in helping boost people’s spirits in recovery and values the long-term success in eating healthy. Jace is very blessed and humbled to be a part of the Pinnacle Recovery team.

Whitney Evans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, having graduated from the University of Utah in 2010 to fulfill her lifelong dream of being an individual therapist. She has worked across all levels of care in addiction treatment and was an integral member in the creation of a new addiction medicine clinic. She found a love for residential treatment in 2015 and honors the privilege of working with people who have the courage to create major change in their lives. Whitney operates from a heart-centered perspective with the belief that love heals. She draws on her multi-faceted field of personal study as a backdrop to the creative work she does with clients.  Her work aligns with the Lakota principle that We Are All The Same and aims to support other’s in laying down the self-defeating belief that they are less-than. Whitney specializes in trauma treatment utilizing Inner Child work, voice dialogue and Brainspotting. She is honored

Em brings a holistic mind-body approach to treatment, recognizing life’s inevitable tragedies and challenges as an opportunity to bravely reinvent a meaningful life from a foundation of deep self-awareness and resilience. She firmly believes in each individual’s inherent strength and the necessity of charting their own path forward. Em received a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2007, starting her career in addiction treatment. She is additionally certified as a Life Power Yoga Teacher and a Dharana Meditation Teacher.

FAQS About Pinnacle Recovery


What Causes Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Addiction is the result of many factors that, when combined, distort normal physiological and psychological functioning. Drugs and alcohol alter the brain’s ability to produce neurotransmitters and send appropriate messages to the body. These neurotransmitters and other cellular communications are responsible for sending vital messages that affect the body’s pain centers, reward centers, feeling centers, and systems centers. When an individual uses substances, the body and the mind grow accustomed to the alteration caused by the drugs or alcohol. Once that happens, both the physical and emotional health of the person is corrupted and addiction sets in.

Why is Addiction Classified as a Disease?

Drugs alter the way the brain functions; addiction is a chemical imbalance that interferes with cell-to-cell communication. Like other diseases, such as diabetes, one who suffers from addiction is never completely “cured”. However, the disease of addiction can be successfully managed with therapy, medication (if necessary) and addiction support groups. Relapse, similar to the flare-up of a condition like diabetes, occurs with stress or if the proper protocol for management is not followed. And, like other diseases, addiction will worsen if treatment and management plans are not followed.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Program?

When an individual has a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, or suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction, the person is considered to be dual-diagnosed. Accurate diagnosis of the mental health disorder is of the utmost importance, as both the addiction and the mental health disorder must be treated simultaneously. Recovery is less likely if only one condition is treated. A quality treatment program will have a credible dual diagnosis program staffed by addiction physicians, nurses, and therapists who have expertise and experience with dual diagnosis treatment.

What Do I Need to Bring to Rehab?

Laundry facilities are on site necessitating only a small amount of clothes. There is limited space and little storage available so a few loose-fitting pants, shirts, and shorts, enough clothes for 7 days are all that is needed. Pajamas and personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush and a shaver are also needed. Short shorts, tank tops, shirts cut at the midsection and other provocative clothes are not allowed, nor are clothing with pictures of drug paraphernalia, drug expressions, or inappropriate language (sexist, racial slurs for example). Specific treatment programs will have a list of items that are allowed and disallowed. The rules must be followed. Inappropriate clothing for treatment will be confiscated and held until the patient is ready to leave. All confiscated items will be returned.

Five-Star Cuisine

At Pinnacle Recovery, we believe that rehabilitation should be an all-inclusive, comfortable experience for each and every client. We are proud to boast that Pinnacle Recovery's chef is a graduate of culinary school with a extensive experience delivering a plethora of five-star meals. Below you will see just a taste of what you can expect each meal that you or a loved one has throughout your treatment program.

Going a Little Deeper


We are Pinnacle Recovery. Our personalized addiction treatment offers the full continuum of care, to properly treat substance and behavioral addictions, along with their underlying causes. Our gorgeous facility provides peaceful, comfortable lodging, surrounded by Utah's breathtaking mountain scenery for a healing atmosphere. Pinnacle Recovery gives you and your loved ones a safe, beautiful place to heal, with the knowledge and tools you need to make a full, successful recovery. We specialize in inpatient rehabilitation, trauma recovery, AA programs and AA alternatives, experiential therapy, dual diagnosis, family therapy, co-occurring and dual diagnosis addictions. We also offer a wide range of sober living and intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Hope.
Community.
Understanding.

Located at the base of the stunning Wasatch Mountains in Holladay, Pinnacle Recovery is Utah’s premiere inpatient rehabilitation center. Spanning over 10,000 square feet, our lodging is custom built for unparalleled comfort and privacy. Our grounds are expansive, surrounded by the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Cottonwood Canyons. Enjoy the crisp mountain air year-round, and reconnect with nature on our walking trails, yoga, meditation sessions, and more.

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