Our Rehab Staff
Bow Creek and Bella Vista Recovery Center’s Staff
Bow Creek and Bella Vista Recovery Centers offer highly trained, caring, committed professional staff members who are excited about supporting your recovery. They have chosen this field due to their personal in-depth experience with the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions.
Our Bow Creek-Bella Vista staff is here to provide an environment where you are able to achieve your recovery intentions. Our staff creates a team who work together to support your efforts. Through their rigorous treatment processes, you are helped to move forward to your own personal success. Each client works with the team and their own individual counselor to attain the growth and understanding they deserve. Our staff is grateful for the opportunity to help each and every individual and takes pride in the success of our clients and the beneficial changes to their lives.
Our unique combination of experienced drug and alcohol counselors each bring superior qualities to the work they do to help to create positive change in your lives. The breadth of their experiences has shaped our team’s thorough understanding of the challenges, accomplishments, and needs of patients undergoing drug and alcohol rehab treatment.
The most important quality our staff members have is that they have the ability to show love and compassion. Besides this they have a high level of professional expertise that they bring to each client. Our staff members are completely dedicated to the full success of each and every individual client. Our clients can feel this dedication, and are completely aware that our staff members are there for them, all the way. We firmly believe that each and every one of our clients has the ability to succeed to their fullest potential. This belief supports not only the client but their loved ones as well.
Our Rehab Staff
Don Medrano Tennison MSW, MAC – Executive Director
Don Medrano has had the privilege of working in the helping profession for 35 years. During that time he has held positions from administrator to clinician and educator. One of his many accomplishments includes the 2nd Judiciary Juvenile Family Court in Hawaii as a Child Custody Department Supervisor. He has held a position with the State of Idaho Department of Corrections at the South Boise Women’s Correctional Facility, implementing Treatment Community Track, Cognitive Self-Change, and Relapse Prevention groups, and facilitated all Chemical Dependency Education for the female Rider Program. In Hawaii Don developed, organized and implemented the First Annual Maui Chemical Dependency Conference. He was also employed by ADA County Juvenile Court Services in Boise, Idaho and implemented the first juvenile drug court in the State of Idaho. Don is a chemical dependency expert and has been recruited to speak at state conferences and on national radio about marijuana and other drugs of abuse. Among his many accomplishments Don has developed effective practices for working with families and hard to reach clients. Don developed and implemented the Bow Creek/Bella Vista clinical program which supports each and every client towards the potential of personal success.
Chad Reiher, ICADC – Program Manager/ Treatment Supervisor
Chad Reiher has been working in the residential treatment setting for the past five years. He is currently an International Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor with employment history at Unio Recovery Center of Oregon where he was a Team Lead before coming to Bow Creek/Bella Vista Recovery Center. Chad is trained and skilled in delivering many treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotional Management, and Relapse Prevention Skills. He has a natural ability to engage with the resistant client with his firm, but empathetic approach. Chad believes in identifying a client’s strengths and challenges; empowering the client to adjust their belief system to enhance those many strengths of the client while simultaneously easing the challenges of the client. He is a natural leader that possesses the skills and experiences to not only lead the client to success, but the Bow Creek/Bella Vista Recovery Center team as well. In Chad’s free time he enjoys spending his days with his children, in the outdoors, strength training, and working on his own personal self improvement.
Dan Leavitt – Office Manager
Dan started his leadership education while serving seven years in the United States Army, as an infantry paratrooper. Following his honorable discharge, he worked diligently to create a successful business where he was passionate about creating the best possible environment for his customers and his employees. He also furthered his education in business and accounting at Boise State University. Being a family man at heart, with four children, and his strong background as a leader, Bow Creek Recovery Center is the perfect place for him to be able to contribute his leadership skills, as well as his compassionate nature for helping those in need of bettering their lives.
Juan A. Lemus, MS/ACADC – Staff Counselor
Juan Lemus has been working in the substance abuse field since 1996. He is an ACADC, and has a Master’s Degree in Alcohol/Drug Behavioral Science, from Boise State University. Juan’s experience as a counselor spans a wide range of settings. He served as a Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation Counselor for the Idaho Dept of Corrections in the SICI facility. He also worked for IMC/Salud Y Provecho as a Substance Abuse Counselor/Program Manager. He later moved to a position as Misdemeanor Pre-Sentence Investigator for the Canyon County District Court. In that capacity, Juan became the primary counselor for the Canyon County DUI Court. Juan was born and raised in Chile, South America. He is passionate about helping others to overcome addiction, and go on to satisfying and meaningful lives.
Maja Steele, MA, LPC – Staff Counselor
Maja Steele specializes in addiction counseling, and helping individuals who are suffering from from alcohol, drugs, and behavioral addictions find recovery. Maja has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and Addiction studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She is currently working towards her doctorate degree. She had the honor of receiving Oregon’s Department of Human Service’s “Faces and Voices of Recovery” in 2010 for her commitment to promoting recovery from substance abuse internationally. She is currently licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Idaho. Her experience includes facilitating community support groups for chemically dependent individuals as well as their families. In China she had the opportunity of providing training for Chinese and English speaking mental health clinicians in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and the bio-psychology of addictions. She is the director and founder of a non-profit which provides healthcare internationally. In her spare time she enjoys cooking Mexican and Chinese food, studying Mandarin, jogging and visiting her family.
Jared Ball, LMSW/ACADC – Staff Counselor
Jared has always been fascinated by addiction and how it works. He has both personal and familial experiences and hopes to help every individual escape the grasp it has on their life. He earned his Bachelors Degree at BYU-Idaho in Social Work and his Masters Degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Social Work in Addiction Studies. He is a board certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the state of Idaho. He has worked with individuals struggling with opiate addictions at a methadone clinic as well as court mandated individuals from Canyon County Drug Court. He now has the opportunity to work closely with those in the residential setting and gets to know each person and their individual struggles. He states that he has had many rewarding experiences at Bow Creek Recovery Center and looks forward to many more.
Benjamin Thorpe – Head Chef
Chef Benjamin Thorpe is the founder and chef de cuisine of The Cornerstone Bistro, a local highly rated establishment. He is an industry and self trained chef with a specialization in Northern Italian and Fusion American Cuisine. His passion is to serve the freshest and highest quality ingredients that are sourced from local farmers and ranchers. He believes strongly in the importance of eating a natural and locally sourced diet. His goal at Bow Creek Recovery is to provide a nutritious and exceptional dining experience for our clients. Additionally it is his goal to provide individualized nutrition guidance and education with the end goal of teaching our clients how to eat mindfully and sustainably. Chef Thorpe is also versed in cuisine fitted for those with dietary restrictions, allergies or other dietary needs. It has been said that the chef’s ability to create unique and innovation flavor combinations is his greatest gift.
Dr. Jon-eric Baillie, MD, FABAM
Dr. Jon-eric Baillie is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and is Medical Director at Bow Creek Recovery Center as well as Raise the Bottom Training and Counseling. Dr. Baillie holds degrees in Nursing, English, Bio Chemistry and History. Dr. Baillie has been married for 36 years and has 2 beautiful daughters. Before medical school at the University of Massachusetts from 87’ – 91’, Dr. Baillie spent 5 years as a Registered Nurse. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburg from 91’ – 96’. After completing his residency, he spent 2 years as an Anesthesiologist at the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. He was partners in a family practice office from 2000 – 2012, with the last 8 of those years split between family practice and mental health. Since 2012 he has found his true calling, Addiction Medicine, working with people who suffer from substance abuse issues. As a recovering addict of 13 years, he has compassion and empathy for others with the same illness.