St Louis Rehab Treatment Team

MIA employs some of St. Louis’ leading addiction treatment experts. Our multi-disciplinary team functions as a whole to provide some of the leading treatment in the area. Our team has collectively been in the addiction field for over a century and has attended some of the most prestigious schools including Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Missouri and more. Our staff members also hold advanced degrees as well as some of the highest licensure and credentials available in the field.

We believe that the staff members we utilize are just as important as the rehab program itself. We encourage you to sit down and really get to know our staff and you will understand just how invested in you we all are.

-Your Advocates-

Scott McKinney, MS, PhD (c)

I have always said, “I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up”. I have been part of many ventures and organizations but it wasn’t until recently that I finally understood just what my summary should be. As put by a wise-man, “Scott we are builders. We build our minds in school. We build our bodies with work. We work in the service field to build up others. We build, that’s just what we do.” If you want my purpose statement it is simply this, “I am a builder of thing tangible and not, I am a builder of people and self, I build intrinsically and extrinsically, I am in the service field to facilitate an organization and culture that nurtures the building of others.” It is my focus to ensure Midwest Institute for Addiction not only delivers the best treatment but also provides the highest level of service and commitment to our clients, while continuing to expand access to our services to those in need.

Erik Petersen, DO
Vice President & CMO

Dr. Petersen is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  He trained in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Texas A&M Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.  He is an American Board of Internal Medicine certified physician that has practiced Emergency Medicine for 12 years.  Over the years, he has seen so many families who have suffered devastation from opiate addiction.  He has since developed a passion for Addiction Medicine and the incredible feeling it brings when you see a patient move toward recovery.  Dr. Petersen is determined to build a program that truly has a person-centered focus.



Molly Schokmiller MSW, LCSW

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Rolando-LariceRolando Larice, M.D.
Medical Director and Board Certified Psychiatrist

Doctor Larice is a recognized name in the medical and addiction field. As a Psychiatrist, he has had over 24 years’ experience in working with individuals with addiction and mental illness. Doctor Larice has served as Chief of Psychiatry at St Louis’ Veteran Administration Regional Medical Center, Medical Coordinator at Hopewell Community Health Center, Program Director at Queen of Peace Community Health Center, and Medical Director at SSM DePaul Outpatient Addiction Program. In addition to this he has been an Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University and been a Professional Speaker at over 600 respected events. Doctor Larice is proficient in over 5 languages. His research has included more than 9 well known research projects including many on depression and anxiety studies. As well as acting as medical director at the Midwest Institute for Addiction, he is on staff at four St Louis Hospitals.

Philip-GogelPhilip F. Gogel, MD, MBA
Staff Physician

Dr. Philip Gogel acts as Medical Physician at the Midwest Institute for Addiction. As such, he is responsible for all medical issues that arise during the course of substance abuse treatment at the Institute. Dr. Gogel earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Doctor of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. His post-graduate training was in General Surgery at Saint Louis University Hospitals and in Family Medicine at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis.

defaultGlenn McGowan, MA, LCSW
Substance Abuse Counselor

Glenn began his career in 1974 and received a graduate degree in 1979 from the University of Iowa. He believes that people come to therapy because they want to change. His enthusiasm, sense of humor, and plain/direct approach in communicating help create a safe environment for change to occur. He has worked extensively with adolescents, addicts and compulsive gamblers. People often envision therapy as sitting in a therapist’s office and being expected to do all the talking. His sessions are normally a dialogue with clients and/or family members. He quickly understands a person’s experience and identifies tools they can use to help themselves. He is an experienced interventionist and will help you organize and carry out an intervention.

John Airsman

John Airsman, PsyD, MA, LPC
Addiction Professional

Dr. John W. Airsman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from California Southern University. He received his master’s degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. Dr. Airsman’s doctorate research focused specifically on substance use disorder and emotional dysregulation. He has tentative plans to publish his findings to assist clinicians in comprehending and administering a more comprehensive approach to treating addictive disorders.

Dr. Airsman’s areas of expertise include the role of spirituality in counseling, existentialism in addiction, and neurological underpinnings of addiction. His personal passion is that all that suffer from addiction have the opportunity to experience life as a recovering human, and comprehend the vastness and beauty of the gift of sobriety.

“ Addiction is a neurological dysregulation of the primitive instinctual part of the brain. Simultaneously within the heart of every addicted human is a real genuine soul that is good. The problem is that it has become lost and shrouded in the fog and shame of addiction.”

“I treat the whole person, by addressing the mind and soul issues of addiction. I also find that within the heart of every addicted human is a real genuine soul that is good. The problem is that it has become lost and shrouded in the fog and shame of addiction.”

Mary-PatMary Pat Henehan, MA, MPH, Dmin, LMFT
Family Counseling Supervisor

Mary Pat Henehan, MA, MPH, DMin. LMFT is a marriage and family therapist in private practice. Her business is Counseling and Educational Associates, Inc. She worked on her MA degree at St. Louis University, her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan and her Doctorate in Ministry at Eden Theological Seminary. She is an approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She had chaired the State Supervision Committee. She has over forty years of experience in health care. Her research interests are in the areas of spirituality, addictions, mind/body issues, and family violence. She is adjunct faculty at Washington University, and has taught in other graduate programs. She has published a book: *Integrating Spirit and Psyche: Using Women’s Issues in Psychotherapy. *She is working on two others. She has served on the AAMFT Board of Directors. She is a member of the Association for Better Marriages.


defaultTerry Hasenzahl, MS, LMFT, NCC
Individual and Family Addiction Therapist

Terry is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. She received her BS in Psychology and Sociology from Maryville University and her MS in Counseling from the CACREP accredited program at the University of Nevada,Las Vegas. Terry has been working as a counselor for the past 20 years in university, agency, grade school, and private practice settings. She has worked with a diverse population of clients helping them address a variety of concerns. She has experience working in addictions (holds a LADC license in Nevada) and understands most families are somehow impacted by the disease. Terry believes clients are the experts in their lives and her goal is to support them in finding their way to better choices. She knows it takes courage to make the transition from addiction into recovery and the reward is living a more peaceful, enriched, successful, and healthy lifestyle that can begin now.

Simara-BlairSimara Blair, MS, PLMFT
Individual and Family Addiction Therapist

Simara Blair M.S. is a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Masters level training and education from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. Her undergraduate degree is in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. Simara has experience with families of domestic violence, substance abuse, adoptive families, and blended families. Simara also works as a Youth and Family Minister with Gateway City Church and has experience in the areas conflict management and spirituality. Addiction and recovery have been a part of Simara’s story since its genesis. Her personal experience on the road of recovery acted as a catalyst for change and an inspiration to help others. Simara is passionate about assisting families transition from dealing with addiction to learning new ways to experience recovery.


Daniella Harris, MA, PLPC
Addiction Therapist

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defaultCathy Luebbering, MSW, LCSW
Addiction Therapist

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defaultNate Rayburn, MS, LPC
Addiction Therapist

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Afshan Malik, MA, LPC
Addiction Therapist

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Lindsey Pullaro, MA
Staff Medical Assistant

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Kindra Dohrman
Executive Director – Kansas City Facility

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defaultKristy MOx

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defaultLori Sinclair, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian

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defaultDeborah Scallorn, MS, LPC
Therapist and Meditation & Mindfulness Specialist

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Dr-JimDr. Jim Eubanks
Educational Consultant

Dr. Eubanks completed his undergraduate education at Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he earned a BA in philosophy and pre-medical studies. During this time, he trained as a crisis intervention counselor through the Greenville Mental Health Association and performed volunteer work for Greenville County. He subsequently began formal training in mindfulness meditation under the late Ryugen C. Fisher, and David E. Shaner PhD. In 2005, he moved to St. Louis to attend Logan University, earning a BS and MS in sports science and rehabilitation, and a doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree. In 2006, Eubanks founded a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization in St. Louis to offer instruction in mindfulness-based training for stress management.

After completing his education in St. Louis, Dr. Eubanks moved to Charlotte, NC in 2010 and joined an established practice as a non-surgical spine specialist, maintaining a specific interest in the psychosocial dimensions of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Mindfulness-based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) were incorporated into his “Applied Mindfulness Program” (AMP) for chronic pain patients. He is currently completing a three-year post-graduate training program in “Spine Diagnostics and Clinical Management” under the direction of Craig D. Brigham MD, senior spine surgeon at OrthoCarolina Spine Center and spine section chief of the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) orthopedic residency program.

In 2012, Dr. Eubanks joined the OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) as a consultant to a long-term partnership between OCRI and CareCore National; this effort involves a comprehensive evidence-based guideline development project for musculoskeletal medicine and pain management. He is a co-investigator in a clinical study examining the effects of framing and bias in the delivery of patient education by physicians, and its influence on patient decision-making. Dr. Eubanks is currently attending Medical School in North Carolina.