Bowling Green Staff
Dr. Scott Whittle, Clinical Director
MA, D.Min., MS, MFTA
Scott is the Clinical Director at The Bridge, and brings nearly twenty years of experience in pastoral ministry to The Bridge. He is one of our longest tenured employees at The Bridge to Recovery. His passions are teaching, building teams, facilitating groups, and writing. He is also a skilled counselor, having thousands of hours of contact with people from all walks of life. Scott received his doctorate while studying in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is married and has two precious children: Nakata and Elijah. When he’s not at The Bridge, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, reading and playing racquetball.
Paul Markle, Lead Therapist
Certified Brainspotting (BSP), Certified Brainspotting Practitioner III
Equine Assisted Therapy Specialist
Certified in Natural Lifemanship: Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Paul came to The Bridge as a therapist in June of 2011. He brings a diverse background with 22 years of experience in treating people with issues related to trauma, codependency, & addictions. He has also coached individuals and groups in leadership development on an interpersonal and corporate level. Paul has worked in inpatient settings, and has been in private practice for 15 years. He holds a master’s degree in family systems counseling from Western Kentucky University and is currently ABD for his doctorate in organizational leadership. Paul has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 15 years and is also a certified Brainspotting Practitioner III; a bio-neuro-emotional process for treating trauma, emotional dysregulation, and other issues. He is also certified in Natural Lifemanship; A Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Paul also serves as the lead therapist, backing up the clinical director in her absence. Paul is married, has 3 children, and enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and writing.
Laurie Cape, Therapist
Laurie joined The Bridge to Recovery in May of 2014, but her relationship with The Bridge has spanned 18 years. She moved to Bowling Green in 1994 from Indiana, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University. She earned a Master’s in School Counseling from Western Kentucky University, and has worked in a wide variety of professional roles in the fields of education and mental health, including early childhood and family services, teaching elementary students, middle and high school counseling, service coordination for adolescents with mental health challenges, adult education, state government education consultant, and now a Therapist here at The Bridge. She is continuing her graduate education, taking further counseling coursework for licensure in Professional Counseling. She is passionate about coaching people in their own personal growth, and works hard at her own. She has three awesome kids and enjoys spending time with them and friends, hiking, campfires, flea markets, and traveling.
Jan Culp, Equine Therapist
MS, CES; Certified Equine Therapist
Jan is the Equine Therapist at The Bridge Bowling Green. Her love of horses, education, training, and over 40 years of equine experience, has prepared her to introduce clients to horses - with therapeutic results. Jan has over 20 years of personal, 12-step recovery as well. This 12-step recovery knowledge, her intuitive skills, and candor help make her program distinctive. In addition to being an Equine Specialist and Consultant for the Bridge to Recovery, Jan is involved with the Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA). She has been an RMHA Quadrille Coach in the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Director of the 2009-2010 (RMHA) Rated Trail Program, and is an Examiner of Certification with the RMHA.
Debra Cromwell, Counselor
Debra joined the clinical team at The Bridge Bowling Green in May of 2011. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moving to Kentucky in 1971, she graduated from Western Kentucky University. Debra is certified by both the Kentucky Board of Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium for Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors. She brings to the clinical team 17 years of work experience as a residential substance abuse therapist and completed 2 weeks of the emersion program at The Bridge to Recovery. Debra has one adult daughter and two teenage grandsons living in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although Debra is highly committed to the work that she does, time away from work is equally as enjoyable and important. Debra is an active member of a 12-step program and continues to reap the rewards from her involvement in the service structure. Debra has 18 years clean and donates a great deal of her time and efforts to the South Central Kentucky NA Area Service Committee, served on 4 Convention Committees, worked in Public Relations, and is currently active in carrying the message of recovery through the Hospitals and Institutions Sub-committee. Debra enjoys traveling, relaxing, and has recently discovered the joys of cooking.
Jeff English, Counselor
Jeff joined The Bridge to Recovery in the spring of 2016 while completing graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Kentucky University. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from WKU and certificates earned through The Pacific Institute (coaching/mentoring) prepared him professionally for 11+ years in post-secondary education with a primary focus on career counseling. It was during this time and through countless experiences that he realized his passion for working with individuals challenged by traumatic stress and dysfunctional family systems past and present. Jeff is a native Kentuckian and has personal connections to addiction, codependency, treatment, and recovery as they relate to his family of origin dating back to childhood. When away from The Bridge, he is most likely to be physically active and preferably outdoors. Above all, Jeff is honored to help our clients tap into their personal strength and creative power in order to obtain true emotional recovery.
Kelly Fraust, Therapist
MAE, LPCC, NCC
Kelly’s journey led him to The Bridge to Recovery in 2014. He commutes to the Bridge from his home in Owensboro, KY, where he lives with his beloved cat, Ponce, and his chow/golden retriever mix, Sadie. Kelly is a 2002 graduate of Murray State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Kentucky University in 2010. Kelly feels extremely privileged to have become a member of the clinical team at the Bridge, welcoming the opportunity he has been granted to support clients as they heal, grow, and recover.
Kim Iverson, Therapist
MSSW, LCSW, CSAT
Kim joined The Bridge to Recovery as Clinical Director in July 2012, but recently joined a Private Practice while still working several days per week at The Bridge. Kim brings 30 years of clinical experience in treating people in private practice arenas and treatment centers with issues related to mental health, addictions, domestic violence, trauma and codependency. Kim specializes in the area of love, relationship and sex addiction and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). This CSAT certification and training was developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, requires attendance at multiple training modules and supervision with a CSAT® supervisor. Kim is also Level One Certified in the Marilyn Murray, "Murray Method", which is used to treat individuals with unresolved trauma, addictions and abuse. She and her husband Mark have been married for 30 years and have enjoyed raising 4 amazing sons and 2 dogs, Lola and Lacey. In her spare time Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.
Julie Vincent, Therapist
Julie was promoted to a counselor position in November of 2015 after 2.5 years of dedicated service in our Client Relations Office. During her tenure in Client Relations she completed her Masters of Social Work in May of 2015 from Western Kentucky University. Julie is passionate about her work at The Bridge to Recovery. She pulls from her own experience, strength, and hope to assist the clients in finding their truth and embracing their authentic selves. Julie is also active in her own 12-step recovery program with over 5 years of sobriety. Her greatest joy is her whimsical 7 year-old daughter who keeps life interesting and worthwhile. When she gets the chance, Julie loves to spend her downtime reading, watching scary movies, and causing a little bit of mischief everywhere she goes.
Kimberly Bratton, Client Relations
Kimberly joined The Bridge in October of 2015. She is a Warren County native, has been married to her husband Aaron for over 10 years, has two children (Constance and Cameron), and two cats (Socks and Bella). She enjoys attending church, horseback riding, camping, fishing, singing and listening to music, reading mystery and fiction novels, watching horror and action movies, and spending time with her family. Kimberly graduated from Western Kentucky University with her Bachelors of Social Work. Prior to coming to The Bridge she interned, while working at, The Warren County Attorney’s Office Division of Child Support. She has a variety of other professional roles under her belt, as well, and enjoys putting the knowledge she learned from them to good use here at The Bridge.
Sara Beth Huston, Aftercare Specialist & Referent Relations
Sara Beth began her journey here at The Bridge to Recovery in February 2016. She was born and raised in the Bowling Green area, and has remained here her entire life. She received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky and taught for 5 years. Sara Beth is very active in her own 12-step program with 4 years of sobriety from drugs and alcohol as of January 2017. She enjoys sharing her personal experiences through her addictions to help others to recover from their own. Her true passion is assisting and watching others overcome their obstacles. Sara Beth spends her free time with her fur baby Tag-a-Long. She volunteers at the local Humane Society and helps the homeless. When she is not working Sara Beth loves being at the lake, kayaking down local rivers, playing disc golf, and listening to music.
Dare, Equine Specialist
Cappy, Equine Specialist
Dealer, Equine Specialist
Chance, Equine Specialist
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