Meet Our Staff

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

Dr. Sheena Ray grew up in Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in medical microbiology, she worked for international aid organizations for several years in various parts of the world including Africa and South Asia. She then returned to the United States to attend medical school in Colorado in 2009, graduating with honors in 2013. During medical school, she developed a keen interest in mental health. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2017 and served as chief resident. Since that time, she has worked as adjunct faculty at the University of Utah School School of Medicine and as a Medical Director in assertive community treatment. She has a special interest in the areas of addiction and severe and persistent mental illness.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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