Ashwood Staff

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Benjamin Seymour, CADC

Founder & CEO

With 17 years of experience working in the addiction field, Ben has provided intervention, addiction counseling and other recovery services all over the United States. He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, television programming and other media venues to share his insight into addiction. He sites his own struggles with drugs and alcohol as the motivating factor behind his work. After enduring detox centers and multiple treatment centers, Ben learned first hand what works and what does not. He expresses a deep gratitude for the years he has been clean and sober.

After successfully co-founding a national intervention firm, Ben has now focused his attention on helping people in the community where he lives. "Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. People with careers, parents with children, teens, professionals and students have problems with addiction as well. It is time we face this reality and give them the treatment they need. We hope to help people before they get arrested, lose their families or worse."

Ben has gone to great lengths to create the best clinical team possible, stemming from various clinical backgrounds. This enables Ashwood to take seemingly complicated clients and dissect their barriers to recovery, health and the ability to thrive. Addiction and alcoholism are often accompanied by co-occurring mood disorders and emotional disturbances. Ben and his team truly understand how these disorders interact and how to treat them.

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Robert Castan


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.

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Erica Lopez, LCSW

Clinical Director

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 Ashwood Recovery.

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Dr. Coire Weathers

Medical Director

Dr. Coire Weathers was born and raised in Boise's north end. After attending the College of Idaho, Dr. Weathers moved to Baltimore, Maryland for medical school. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Weathers enjoyed Baltimore and chose to remain there for his Residency in Psychiatry. Dr. Weathers has always been particularly interested in community psychiatry. As part of his training, he was able to accompany members of different specialties as they went out into the Baltimore community offering psychiatric care to the underserved. Dr. Weathers developed an immediate respect for the mental health providers in Baltimore's inner city who were dedicated to helping people with addiction and psychiatric illness when they had no where else to turn. After completing his residency, he chose to return home to Boise, working as both an inpatient and outpatient psychiatrist. Dr. Weathers is excited to be part of the Ashwood team, working to help people in the city he loves.

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Gaylee Hoff, LCSW

Lead Counselor

Gaylee Hoff is a primary counselor on the Ashwood Recovery clinical team. She is skilled at helping clients identify ways to work around barriers to their growth and engage in the process of recovery. Gaylee is passionate about recovery and is able to reach those struggling with symptoms of their addiction. She is a graduate of Boise State University where she graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work. Gaylee's role at Ashwood is facilitating groups, individual sessions and educating clients about recovery.

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Brittany Heyrend, LPC

Lead Counselor

Brittany possesses the ability to help clients resolve difficult circumstances and emotions in a meaningful and supportive fashion. She comes to the Ashwood team via The Meadows, a highly revered treatment program, in Wickenburg Arizona. As Primary Therapist at Ashwood, Brittany facilitates group, individual and family sessions.

Brittany is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. Brittany then completed her Masters in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. We are honored to have her on the clinical team.

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Marilyn Brown, LMFT

Primary Counselor

Marilyn gained her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in counseling from California State University, Fullerton. She is a licensed marriage and family counselor in both Idaho and California. Marilyn has been in private practice for over 25 years and she also maintains employment with Ashwood Recovery. She has worked in the addiction field throughout her career and she has additionally gained certification for addiction counseling through the Harvard School of Medicine. Marilyn contributes greatly to the team at Ashwood with her vast knowledge of the 12 step recovery community and through her own recovery experience.

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Taylor Prine, LPC

Primary Counselor

Taylor has come to the Ashwood team as a recent graduate from Boise State University with a Masters in Counselor Education. Taylor also has her bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Idaho and spent several years working with children and families in Idaho. Taylor is excited to work with clients and help them reach their full potential here at Ashwood.

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Robert Hadley, LMSW

Primary Counselor

Robert Hadley is a Licensed Masters of Social Worker. Robert Graduated from Lewis-Clark State with his BSW and later from Boise State University with his MSW. Robert has had experience in residential settings, corrections and in medical detox facilities. He believes that every person is capable of change and values accompanying them along their journey. At Ashwood Recovery, Robert Facilitates groups and sees clients individually to help them find and understand their personal motivations for change and begin the change process.

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Jim Hibbard, LMSW

Primary Counselor

Jim earned his bachelors and masters in social work at Northwest Nazarene University and has over 2 and a half years experience in mental health and substance abuse. Jim is an army veteran who enjoys the mountains and being around water, music, sports and spending time with his son.

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Andrew Jenott

Intern - Chemical Dependency Counselor

Andy is excited to a part of the Ashwood team and is grateful for the opportunity to promote healthy change in this capacity. Andy is a recent graduate of Boise State University with his masters in social work. Andy has a long history of working in the mental health and addictions field. His more recent experience includes working with the veteran population in the treatment of PTSD and substance use. Andy is always looking for ways to expand his knowledge in the field and create a new and different experience for his clients. In his free time, Andy loves to golf, read, and spend time with his wife and two young children.

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Tonja Nored

Case Manager

Tonja comes to the Ashwood team as a recent graduate from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Addictions Studies. Tonja has lived in the Boise are for over 30 years and has extensive knowledge of the resources available in the community. Tonja has a passion for helping those who are struggling with addiction and connecting them with resources necessary in reaching goals for success in long-term recovery.

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Thomas Scott-Childers, LSW

Social Work Intern

Thomas feels privileged to have the opportunity to be interning at Ashwood Recovery as he pursues a master degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University. Thomas hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, with a minor in Gender Studies, and is currently licensed in the state of Idaho to practice social work. Thomas is passionate about helping others improve their lives and strives to help break down barriers to change. Utilizing his education, training, and personal experience, Thomas hopes to be a valuable resource to both the clients as well as the Ashwood Recovery team.

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Bret Quarles

Administrative Supervisor

Bret is an Administrative Professional at Ashwood Recovery and takes great pride in her role. She understands the sensitivity and compassion required in helping others address serious issues in their lives. Empathy drives Bret’s commitment in providing resources for all clients and colleagues. She is proud to serve on the amazing team at Ashwood and loves the results of that of healthy recoveries.

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Petra Sanchez-Tactacan


Petra is an Administrative Professional at Ashwood Recovery. Petra joined us in November of 2016 and is one of the friendly faces that visitors might see when entering the building. She is very exuberant when it comes to helping others and is very passionate about assisting our clients in the road to recovery. She plans to return to school to get a Master Degree in Counseling.

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Malachi Ledo


Malachi is an Administrative Professional at Ashwood Recovery and is one of the helpful front desk staff that you will first encounter when you enter Ashwood. He graduated from Boise State University in May 2016 with Majors in Criminal Justice and Spanish, and a Minor in Latin American Language Studies. His upbeat attitude and positive demeanor helps to create a comfortable environment for the clients and his fellow staff. He always works hard to make sure he is providing the best level of service that he possibly can.

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Steve Laats

Vice President of Marketing

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.

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James Pickrell

Admissions Coordinator

James possesses a unique passion and talent for helping anyone affected by the disease of addiction. As the admissions coordinator, James spends hours listening and coaching families struggling to find hope. If you or your loved one are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, James brings a sincere understanding and passion for making help available to those in need of it. He possesses a sincere and empathetic approach to anyone struggling with this disease as a result of his own personal experience recovering from addiction. James takes great pride in his role at Ashwood Recovery, and is truly an asset to our team.

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.

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Zach Peterson


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Victoria Bright

Operations Manager

Victoria moved to Boise in 2015 by way of California. She comes to us with more than 10 years’ experience working in healthcare administration and management. As operations manager, she works to ensure operations run smoothly across all facilities. This includes managing support staff and staying on top of supply and maintenance needs for each facility. Her top priority is to ensure operational aspects are sound, so that patient care is always the main focus of each facility. She is an alumna of Upper Iowa University, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Services.

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Ben Halverson

Account Recovery Specialist

Ben was born in Elko, NV but relocated to the Treasure Valley in 1994. After graduating hight school in 1999, he worked in construction for several years, before enrolling at BSU, where he graduated in 2012 with a BA in Organizational Communication. During his time at BSU, Ben was the president of the Club Baseball Team and received many awards and commendations. He enjoys staying active, playing softball in Boise City League during the summers, and snowboarding and other activities in the winter months. His desire to help those in the recovery community was inspired by his own experience with addiction and recovery, which is what ultimately brought him to Ashwood Recovery.

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Julia Holmes

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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