Our Team

Michelle Amerman

Founder and CEO
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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 evidenced-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.


Pathways CEO and Founder Michelle Amerman

Michael A. Mills, LMFT

Clinical Director

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
  • Trauma
  • 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.”

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