Who We Are
Karen Johnson, LAC- Owner/Director
Karen graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1991 and began working as an alcohol and drug counselor at Carroll Institute and then Avera St. Lukes Worthmore Treatment Center in Mitchell. She opened Choices Recovery Services LLC in Mitchell in March of 2000 and opened the Sioux Falls office in 2004. She is grateful for her continuous sobriety since May of 1982. She is responsible for supervision of counseling staff and all phases of operation of the facility. She has been an authorized provider for SCRAM (secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring) through Alcohol Monitoring Systems since February of 2006.
Bev Baker - LAC - Clinical Consultant
Bev volunteers her services at Choices. She shares her experience, strength, and hope that recovery is the beginning of a new and better life. She assists in supervising counseling staff and conducts our quality of care reviews. Her prior experience includes primary inpatient counselor at Keystone Treatment Center and outpatient treatment counselor at First Step Counseling. She supervised the adolescent treatment programs at Plankinton and Custer. Bev has been active in her 12-Step recovery since May of 1982 and continues to enjoy her sobriety one day at a time. Bev is a certified CIB-SA instructor.
Susan Wise - Office Manager/Secretary/Receptionist
Susan joined Choices in November 2009 as our secretary/receptionist. She came to Choices with 10 years experience in office management and human resource development. Susan has been in recovery since 2005. Susan has completed SCRAMx training for alcohol and electronic monitoring services provided at Choices.
Bob Arshem, LAC - Counselor
Bob joined Choices in May of 2010. He has worked in the addiction field since 1988, with employment at Keystone Treatment Center and Lutheran Social Services (Woodfield Center). Prior to coming to Choices, Bob was employed by the State of South Dakota and enjoying snowmobiling in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Bob has been in recovery since 1987. He facilitates aftercare and treatment groups.
Kati Vicuna, CAC - Certified Addiction Counselor
Kati joined Choices in June 2013. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Alcohol & Drug Studies and Criminal Justice in 2007. She has worked in the addiction field for the past 5 years. She facilitates treatment and aftercare groups. Kati was certified as a CIB-SA instructor in January 2015.
Monica Wambeke, ACT - Addiction Counselor Trainee
Monica joined Choices in November 2013. She facilitates treatment groups and the Relapse Prevention/Recovery Maintenance group. She completed her Associates degree in May of 2013. She is in the process of completing her Bachelors degree through the University of South Dakota's Online Addictions Studies Program. Monica has been in recovery since January 2010. Monica was certified as a CIB-SA instructor in January 2015.
Abbey Aasen, LAC - Counselor
Abbey joined Choices in March 2015. She completed her Masters in Addiction Studies in May 2014 through the University of South Dakota. She has three years of progressive experience as an addiction counselor. Abbey facilitates aftercare and treatment groups, in addition to assessments and individual counseling.