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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.
Uncover you pain, discover your truth, and transform your life
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.

Briana Sefcik

Clinical Director
I have been a therapist since obtaining my degree in 2004. I have worked in the behavioral health field since then, starting as an entry level therapist and moving into management as Clinical Director for three separate programs. I am passionate about helping others find their voice and sp

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

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

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

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

Linley Calixte

I began my counseling career at a residential addiction treatment facility, where I developed my passion for working with individuals struggling with addictive behaviors and traumatic stress. I also have experience working with individuals in private practice. At The Bridge to Recovery, I

Vass Jackson

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

Melissa Meeks

I have experience working in outpatient settings, including private practice and community mental health centers, and during this time cultivated a passion for working with people struggling with unhealthy relationships and addiction. In my current role at The Bridge to Recovery, I most of

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.

Tyler Cross

Men's House Manager / Client Relations
I ended up in Kentucky to get sober. I went to a long term treatment program and when I completed it, all the jobs had shut down because of COVID. When that happened the Men's Addiction Recovery Campus offered me a position, and I also managed 3 sober living houses for The Bridge To Freedo

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
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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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