Shelly Dutch

CSAC, ICS - Founding Director

Shelly Dutch has been dedicating her life work to young people and their families for almost 30 years. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to the alcohol and drug problem in our society. She is certified at both the state and national levels, and emphasizes mentoring and service as the key to recovery...

Tim Bautch

MA, LPC, CSAC, ICS - Clinical Director

Tim has worked in the field of substance abuse/mental health for 16+ years in inpatient, outpatient, residential and correctional settings. He believes people know what they need to do to become healthy, however need assistance through positive relationships.

Skye Tikkanen


Skye specializes in working with teens and those suffering from opiate dependence. She believes that people change from their strengths and resiliencies not their weaknesses. Skye encourages family involvement in the treatment process and connections to sober peers as the keys to recovery. She facilitates the mentor program and is a tireless advocate for overdose prevention. Skye is passionate about recovery and believes living life sober is living life to the fullest.


Krystle Haviland

LPC, CSAC, Asst Clinic Director

Krystle is currently working as a licensed mental health counselor, substance abuse counselor and co-assistant clinic director and manages Connections UW affiliated programs. Krystle brings a vast experience working with teens and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health and substance use concerns. From a holistic and person-centered approach, Krystle recognizes barriers that may be present when counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds. She believes it is within the context of a person-to-person connection that each client experiences growth.

Leslie Taylor


Dr. Leslie Taylor is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in clinical research and medication management of psychiatric disorders. She has over 20 years of experience in treating adults, and adolescents.
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Andrew Putney


Dr. Andrew Putney is an American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) certified general practitioner with years of specialization in addiction medical practice.  Dr. Putney is the medical director at Connections Counseling.  

Cory Divine

MA, CSAC, LPC-IT, IOP Director

Cory works primarily with teens and young adults through the process of change. He believes in the strength of individuals, but also in the power of group thoughts as a means of transformation. He is also a musician who performs in a successful band, which has received recognition in Rolling Stone Magazine, and has toured nationally.


Patrick Nichols


Patrick has over 22 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. He has worked in various settings - inpatient and outpatient, AODA and mental health clinics, domestic violence treatment and private practice. He will bring his years of experience doing interventions to Connections Counseling, and help families shepherd their loved ones into an appropriate treatment setting.

Vickie Mulkerin


Vickie works with people of all ages and identities who are struggling in their lives with depression, anxiety, substance and alcohol use issues, trauma or loss. She believes everyone has the ability to grow and heal, and that her role is to help clients find their own path toward a meaningful and fulfilled life.
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