Our Team

sana lake staff

Medical staff (Doctors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, CNAs) – Will ensure a medically safe and comfortable environment for withdrawal management, and general physical and mental health.

Therapists (Licensed professional counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists) – Will bring years of education, training, and experience working with individuals and families struggling with substance use, mental illness, and trauma.

Substance Use Counselors (Certified by the state of Missouri) – Will lead the team of professionals to get you started on your recovery journey, with a focus on distorted thinking, triggers, emotional regulation, and relapse prevention.

Community Support Specialists (Recognized by the state of Missouri) – Will secure your next step in treatment by assisting in the development of a transition plan, as well as, help you maneuver your way through society by finding resources or helping with issues related to the community.

Peer Support Specialists (Certified by the state of Missouri) – Will offer hope, connection with others, guidance, and a sense of belonging, as well as, motivation to continue treatment and ongoing recovery.

Member Care Specialists (Behavioral health technicians) – Will provide safety, support, camaraderie, and direction to help make the treatment experience a little easier.

Wellness staff (Wellness Director, Certified Wellness Coaches, Spiritual Guide, Nutritionist, Exercise Trainer, etc.) – Will offer education and resources needed to improve mind, body, and spirit. These team members will introduce you to, and give you the ability to practice techniques used worldwide to improve personal health and well-being.

Clinical Staff

Our Sana Lake staff works around the clock to ensure that patients are receiving the full amount of assistance they need to overcome their disorder. Our psychiatrists and clinicians assess the severity of the condition a patient is in. They then work to create a plan that best suits what the patient requires, whether it is inpatient or outpatient service. Once admitted into the program, our medical professionals begin the detoxification process that will ultimately lead the patient to other treatment programs.

Our nursing staff is trained to manage all medications prescribed to patients while in the facility. We have EMDR trained therapists that use eye movement techniques to reduce the severity of emotionally charged memories. Also present at the facility are individual and family therapists that focus directly on the patient and their families in order to help all parties involved understand why the disorder occurred. All of these professionals strive to meet the needs and goals of each patient that is admitted into our facility here at Sana Lake.

Additional Staff

Our staff doesn’t just include the physicians and specialists here at the facility. We have nutritionists that help plan the meals that patients are served on a daily basis. There are wellness instructors that provide structured workouts and scheduled activities for patients to participate in; some of these include yoga instructors and acupuncturists. There is even a spiritual mentor trained to help patients open up to other beliefs and ideas and help them on their own journey to their form of spirituality.

We are always trying to improve our facilities and programs, so we have partnered up with Washington University’s School of Social Work to hire interns from the program. Through this, these interns are able to experience what a real treatment center atmosphere feels like. We encourage these students to learn from our faculty as well as provide modern ideas in order to continue to develop our outreach to a younger population.

Our Dittmer team strives to serve and educate not only the Missouri community but individuals across the nation, as well. If you believe you or a loved one needs more information on substance abuse recovery, please contact us today by calling (636) 707-2097!


Article Reviewed by David Sherman, MD

David Sherman, MDDavid Sherman, MD is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) and board certified in Addiction Medicine with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is a native Missourian and graduated medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman completed a two-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He leads a highly trained staff of master level certified addiction professionals. Men and women from all over Missouri and the United States come to Sana Lake Recovery Center to get the care they need and deserve.