Our Cascade Team
Amy Scott, Clinical Director, Cascade
Amy Scott grew up on a sheep farm in Indiana, where exploring nature and the outdoors was a way of life. Beginning her career in Social Work after her first semester of college, Amy has been steadily evolving as a Social Worker for the last 20+ years, working in a variety of capacities in community mental healthcare, child welfare, private practice, and higher education.
Amy’s foundation as a Clinical Social Worker informs her practice and her methods. Theoretical paradigms of systems theory, attachment theory, and relational cultural theory are all integrated into Amy’s approach. Amy knows that all human beings deeply need healthy dependable relationships with others. Knowing this Amy shows up for her clients in “real” form. What motivates Amy to continue this work is the honor she receives when she bears witness to her clients’ personal growth and tenacious efforts toward health and healing. Amy’s motto is Learn Something New Every Day. In this career field this is not only possible but required for sustained success.
Amy has recently transitioned from the Director of Counseling at a private university in Iowa to the role of Clinical Director of Cascade at Shadow Mountain Recovery. This transition has been intentional and goal driven for Amy who is motivated to develop and lead all-encompassing programming that fosters intensive interventions that bring about healing and success for women within the landscape of the natural world.
Amy is trained in EMDR and is a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders. She graduated from the number one ranked MSW program in the nation, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, in 2003. Amy has been married for many years and she and her husband are raising three sweet, adventurous boys.
Jeffery Blixt, D.O., Medical Director, Cascade
Jeff Blixt, D.O. is a Board Certified Family Practitioner with pending certification in addiction medicine through the American Board of Addiction Medicine, having just completed his certification exam. He also specializes in the treatment of bariatric medicine, obesity and binge eating disorders, along with treating mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Society of Addiction medicine, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Blixt has been in private practice since 2000, treating primary care patients with a holistic model of bio-psycho social care. Since 2008, he has been treating patients with substance use disorders, in outpatient and residential treatment. Dr Blixt is described as passionate and empathetic by his clients who he supports on their journey into recovery and sobriety.
Dr. Blixt is excited to be a part of the Shadow Mountain Recovery team. He brings his expertise in medication support for those struggling with substance use disorders, including certification in treating opiate use disorders with buprenorphine (Suboxone). Many other medications are available to treat substance use disorder, such as naltrexone, and have no inherent addictive properties and do not lead to dependence.
Medication-assisted therapy especially in early recovery can address the underlying biologic component of substance use disorders, when overpowering symptoms of withdrawal and craving could prevent the individual from fully engaging and remaining in recovery.
While medications can be very helpful for persons struggling with addiction use disorder, Dr. Blixt understands they are only one tool in the recovery process. Dr. Blixt will work with client’s motivations and personal goals, which may include helping them discontinue or taper off of their medications as well.
Joanne Hodson, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joanne Hodson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in psychiatric care of patients 17 years of age and older. She has been a psychiatric nurse in Colorado since 1987 and has an array of experience in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings working with children, adolescents and adults. Joanne graduated from Loretta Heights School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado in 1987 with her BSN.She graduated from University of Colorado, Denver in 2007 with her MSN. She is a member of The American Nurses Association, as well as, The Colorado Nurses Association, and The Colorado Society of Clinical Specialists in Psychiatric Nursing. Joanne believes that trust and compassion are the building blocks for a successful relationship with her patients.