Michelle AmermanFounder and CEO
Michelle Amerman brings an extensive background of developing and implementing programs to bolster outcomes for long-term change in alignment with evidence-based outcomes and research.
With a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Michelle specialized as a gender-specific trainer for the state of Utah’s Juvenile Justice Department, leading to keynote speeches across the country focusing her work on female offenders.
After 27 years of experience in the mental health industry and 5 years of extensive research, Michelle developed Pathways Real Life Recovery’s mission, vision, and research-based treatment systems. Michelle oversees training and certification of the Pathways’ clinical team and recovery specialists to implement evidence-based treatment modalities. She laid a foundation for a customized, full family-integrated program that assists clients in healing the root cause while supporting them to live up to their full potential.
Michelle is passionate about changing the way addiction recovery and mental health services are provided to every one of the Pathways Real Life Recovery clients.
Wendy Stilson-Patton, LSUDCExecutive Director
Wendy Patton is a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor who received her education at the University of Utah. She has worked in the field of addiction since 2004. She has worked with men and women in outpatient and residential treatment, working mostly with the under-served populations.
Wendy’s passion is helping individuals find balance in all aspects of life and to utilize tools to let go of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. She approaches the therapeutic relationship from a place of deep empathy, compassion, and a belief in every client’s intrinsic health.
As the Executive Director of Pathways, Wendy offers oversight with program administration, licensing and compliance.
Wendy and her spouse have a combined 10 children and 21 grandchildren.
Dr. Terrell L. Sellers, MDMedical Director
Dr. Terry Sellers is a medical doctor with over 30 years’ experience. He started as an obstetrician who has delivered over 6,000 babies. After recovering from his own struggles with opiates used to treat his migraine headaches, he is now a board-certified addiction medicine physician with over a decade of sobriety. He specializes in helping those with mental health issues such as depression, substance abuse, alcoholism, trauma, and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Sellers helps to create customized treatment plans, provides medical detox, and sober living. He is passionate about caring for those with addictions and helping them to lead whole lives full of meaning.
Michael A. Mills, LMFT
Michael A. Mills is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned his Master’s degree at Argosy University in Marriage and Family Therapy and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in psychology. Michael has been practicing therapy for almost a decade and has been in positions such as Lead/Supervising Therapist and Clinical Director of other residential treatment centers. He is married, has three children and has served in the Utah National Guard for 21 years.
- Mood disorders
- Addictions/Substance Use
- Couples/Relationship issues
- Parent/Child issues
Employs Evidence-Based Therapeutic Models
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Strategic Family Therapy
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming
“To create lasting change and alleviate emotional suffering is difficult and sometimes impossible on our own; it takes motivation, insight, willingness, and hope. Sometimes all it takes is an empathetic ear, and sometimes it takes a lot more.”
Katrina H. Miller, PhDMarriage & Family Therapist
Katrina H. Miller, PhD, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Associate Professor at the University of Phoenix. She came to Pathways for Real Life in December of 2019, seeking the opportunity of working with clients seeking recovery-oriented rather than short-term treatment. Katrina sees the goal of treatment as “growth and development.” She has learned from the experience of 30+ years as a counselor that struggles in life are the norm. Mental wellness, while a goal we all seek, is less normal. Persons who have been through the types of circumstances that bring them seek treatment have a depth of understanding about life and compassion born of suffering. “It is an honor to be a part of their lives.”
Katrina’s clinical experience includes Blomquist Hale EAP, Aetna Behavioral Health, Benchmark Behavioral Health, Division of Child & Family Services, and private practice. She helped Workforce Services clientele secure good jobs and function at their workplace. Writing is her favorite hobby, and she has published several articles in consumer magazines and professional journals. She was a featured expert on internet addiction on Fox TV and has presented at a national conference for counselors treating sexual offenders. Additionally, she has served on the boards of Easter Seals, Somali Community Development, and Odyssey House. She served as an Air Force medic in the largest hospital in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
Katrina and her husband Craig have 6 children and 15 grandchildren, including 2 children who came out of the womb of "foster care." The experience of raising children who had been severely traumatized led to a lifetime of clinical research and practice that incorporates state-of-the art knowledge on how childhood adversity and the quality of attachment bond with our caretakers impact us from “ cradle to the grave.” She knows how to help people who have been impacted by early adversity create a pathway to a life of happiness and meaning.
Cynthia Fonnesbeck, LAMFTTherapist
As a therapist with Pathways Real Life, Cynthia provides therapeutic healing to individuals, couples, and families and helps them restructure their unhealthy beliefs into hopeful new possibilities.
A big believer in personal empowerment as well as meaningful relationships, Cynthia supports clients in self-discovery, self- accountability and self-love. Cynthia is a qualified Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a B.S. in Human Development with a minor in Sociology from Brigham Young University, UT and a M.A.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Arizona State University, AZ.