We promote functional change for families and individuals experiencing mental health, behavioral and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services.
Compassionate and experienced behavioral health and intervention specialists
Marc Hertz, President/Consultant
When Marc first broached the idea of recovery services that focus on the entire family system, and not only the individual suffering from behavioral issues such as addiction or mental health problems the messages he heard were: It won’t work; there is no market for family recovery; families don’t want to work that hard; it’s been tried before.
Following his passion and a history of successfully doing things differently in other fields, plus his experience as a trainer in the Human Potential Development Field, he took the leap. Since founding his own practice on this principle of family focused recovery, FRrē has affected positive changes for hundreds of individual’s and family systems. It is clear that Marc has uncovered a deep and unmet need for family focused recovery services.
His skilled and seasoned team, trained and licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counseling, have helped families who were stuck in a cycle of drug addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, gambling, sex and relationship issues through the unique and trade marked system of Dynamic Family Services®. This includes a collaborative form of intervention created by his team that is unique in the field, along with mental health and counseling services, recovery management services, personalized recovery coaching, and a long list of treatment resources vetted by his team.
Marc comes to this field through his own experience with addiction and an ongoing and effective recovery since 1991. He learned through personal experience what appropriate family support does to bolster recovery and what happens when that is missing. He learned the importance of continuing care and his practice has proven what a difference it makes to begin recovery “with both feet in the boat” as opposed to being forced into the process.
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Rob Rodriguez, MA, LMFT, LADC
Rob Rodriguez is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor with over 13 years of experience in helping individuals, couples and families overcome the negative impact of troubling experiences in their lives. He holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His approach is systemic, which means that he believes helping people solve their issues involves exploring his familial, social and occupational relationships. As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a focus for Rob is helping individuals and families overcome the traumatic effects of substance use disorders. He has been involved in facilitating transformative and trauma specific family workshops designed to help families make quick progress in addressing behavioral or substance use issues. Having suffered the ravages of early troubling childhood experiences, Rob is particularly passionate about helping young men who struggle during the most confounding and difficult period of their lives. He is co-author of the Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men (2016) and A Young Man’s Guide to Self-Mastery (2019) curricula with Dr. Stephanie Covington, a pioneer and leader in the trauma and addiction field.
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Rick Dauer, LADC
VideoRick, who has been a chemical health professional for more than 35 years, was an early advocate for gender-responsive and trauma-informed care. As co-author of Helping Men Recover, the first trauma-informed treatment curriculum for men, Rick has trained clinicians across the U.S. and Canada and presented on men’s issues at numerous national conferences. With a resume that includes being a Clinical Director at Meridian Behavioral Health and River Ridge Treatment Centers, as well as serving as a consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Rick brings expertise from the provider, insurer and governmental perspectives. Rick, who is grateful for 38 years of continuous personal recovery, received the 2016 Leadership Award from the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH). In 2018 Rick was again honored by MARRCH with their President’s Award.
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Amy Stephan, Director of Marketing and Outreach
Amy brings her passion for family recovery to the role of Director of Marketing and Outreach at FRrē. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of Family Recovery Resource Experts through dynamic outreach and communication.
What drew Amy to the recovery field was personal experience. Walking alongside a family member in recovery, she is also recovering through her participation in Al-Anon and her involvement with other support groups and organizations in the Twin Cities. Amy experienced the profound result of finding recovery and learning about healthy family behaviors. When the members of her family began speaking a similar “language,” their experiences were enhanced. With regard to transitions and boundaries especially, working toward recovery, together, has had a positive impact on her family.
Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s an active member of Al-Anon, a board member and secretary with P.E.A.S.E. Community Foundation, and board member with The Sandwich Project of MN. Amy is passionate about sharing her story and helping others find success in recovery, emphasizing family recovery. She has two children and enjoys fitness and the outdoors.
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Rachel Schutt, Dynamic Family Services Coordinator
VideoA St. Paul native, Rachel has worked on the administrative side of the Behavioral Healthcare Industry for nearly a decade. Prior to joining the Family Recovery Resource Experts team, she worked south of the river at Minnesota Mental Health Clinics and River Ridge.
Rachel graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology and a minor in Family Social Science. Following graduation, she enrolled at Dakota County Technical College and earned a certificate in Meeting and Event Management.
Rachel is a gifted problem solver and is passionate about delivering excellent customer service. She enjoys helping clients navigate their way through the healthcare system, ensuring everyone receives the care they need. As FRrē’s Dynamic Family Services Coordinator, Rachel acts as the first point of contact for families and individuals seeking help with recovery.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS
Catherine Hedberg, MA, LP
Catherine has had her own practice focusing on trauma and unresolved issues of loss and family of origin issues for over 15 years. She has been an instructor at the Adler Graduate School since 2004. She “grew up” in Al-Anon and brings an important skill set to the table as a consultant to mental health intervention, performing transport services for at risk individuals, and providing Family Recovery Resource Experts a conduit for clinical ongoing aftercare services.