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Bridging Fifty Years: A Historical Snapshot

The Bridge to Recovery was established in 1972 by co-founders Paul and Carol Cannon who became personally aware of the effects caused to people suffering from unresolved emotional pain while working with students in Michigan. They devoted their own education and career endeavors to further understanding Codependency, and became dedicated to creating a space where people could find healing from such emotional pain: The Bridge to Recovery.

Carol became a leader in the Codependency movement through her speaking, writing, and teaching. She is the author of the books “Hooked on Unhappiness” and “Never Good Enough.” The program curriculum developed by Paul & Carol with decades of success at TBTR is still very much used today, in addition to the latest evidence-based approaches to trauma care.

Paul & Carol, never-ending in their love for one another, sadly passed away just months apart in 2020, but their imprint on our program lives on eternally.
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For five decades, we have helped thousands of individuals and families experience emotional recovery and a renewed enthusiasm for life.
Meet our Clinical Team
We pride ourselves on our team.
Clinical Team

A great team builds a great foundation for powerful healing to happen.

Our clinical team today is no exception.  Led by highly trained, respected, and honored clinicians in their fields, The Bridge to Recovery continues to be a program of excellence in the trauma care industry.

Vass Jackson

Interim Clinical Director
Prior to coming to The Bridge to Recovery, I worked in the primary substance abuse field which led into trauma informed care. In my current role as a Phase Two therapist I help guide clients in their third and fourth weeks at The Bridge as they navigate the additional uncovering and discov

Debra Cromwell

Debra joined the clinical team at TBTR in May of 2011. She works in our Phase Two program and also facilitates our Family Weekend Program. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moving to Kentucky in 1971, she graduated from Western Kentucky University. Debra is certified by both the Kentucky B

Jeff English

Outreach Specialist / AP Program Therapist
I spent 11+ years in post-secondary education with a primary focus on career counseling. It was during this time and through countless experiences that I realized this passion for working with individuals challenged by traumatic stress and dysfunctional family systems past and present, in

Julie Vincent

After getting sober in a 12-step fellowship my life was put on a new path. I sought to become a counselor and help others recognize that their disease wasn't their fault and recovery was possible. After starting graduate school, a series of serendipitous events led me to apply for a job at

Kelly Fraust

After graduating from Western Kentucky University, I worked as a therapist at Rivendell Behavioral Health Hospital prior to obtaining employment at The Bridge to Recovery. I currently work as a counselor for clients working in phase one of the program. I love witnessing clients emotionally

Cassie Saltsman

Client Relations Specialist
Cassie began her journey at TBTR in January of 2020 in the Client Relations Office assisting the clients with their daily needs. She is a passionate advocate for those on their healing journey and always lends a helping hand, an ear to listen and a non-judgemental heart to hold space. Cass

Allison (Allie) Gibson

Clinical Support
I am a full time faculty member at the local University by day. My higher power led me to my part-time work here at The Bridge to Recovery, where I am a Clinical Support Worker. I work part time and in the evenings. In my role, I love seeing the amazing transformations from week to week.

Stephanie Burchett

Client Relations
I was in active addiction for 17 years. I got sober and wanted to be in an environment that I could give back and share some experience, strength and hope. Being a part of recovery is something I am passionate about because it spreads Hope.

Derek Grant

Client Relations
I am an alcoholic in recovery. Towards the end of my career I dealt with depression, ptsd, and alcoholism. I went through treatment/recovery at Warriors Heart in Bandera, Texas where I was part of a residential treatment program for 52 days. I learned of the Bridge to Recovery...

Bradley Tucker

Client Relations
In 2021, I moved to Bowling Green and began my journey in recovery which has led me to want to live a life of helping others. I have a few friends who work here and I was offered to work here part time. I get to hang out with clients a few evenings a week.

Ashley Sawyer

House Manager/Client Relations

Since returning to recovery in May of 2022, I knew I had to do things differently than before. I love to help the women that go through the program and just be a little part of their journey. In helping them I can stay sober another day. I am the Women's House Manager.

Lee Grace

House Manager/Client Relations
My previous career experience has been in sales and manufacturing. Through those journeys I learned how much I truly enjoy working with people. At The Bridge to Recovery I get to oversee the men’s residence and help during admissions.

Zachary Tompkins

House Manager/Client Relations
My path started with chronic substance abuse that eventually led to a beautiful life in sobriety. Through sobriety I was able to work at a psychiatric hospital, while pursuing my bachelors in psychology.
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The Bridge to Recovery is a transformational residential program located 45 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee in beautiful rural Kentucky.  We provide hope, healing, and happiness to those suffering.
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