Powell utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach to chemical dependency treatment, continuing care and after care.
- Nurse Practitioners
- Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Counselors
- CD Techs
Kimberly Brangoccio is the program manager for Powell CDC and brings a wealth of experience in guiding successful substance abuse treatment programs. Kim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and an Advanced Chemical Dependency Counselor with 30 years of experience. She has been in Des Moines for 16 years and lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA and eastern Iowa prior to that. She is very involved in church and also enjoys running, swimming and entertaining in her leisure time. She is married and has a son and daughter.
Dr. Matthew Webster
I have had the privilege to serve as Medical Director at Powell since 2012, taking over from Drs. Dennis Weis and Stan Haugland. I am a Des Moines native, and I completed medical school at Des Moines University before completing my residency at Iowa Lutheran Hospital Family Medicine Residency. I am also board certified in Addiction Medicine. Powell is the most comprehensive chemical dependency center in Central Iowa.
Sara Junck, ARNP, MSN graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters of Science in Nursing and is certified as a Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her Bachelors in nursing from Grand View University and a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services from Iowa State University. Sara has excellent experience with mental health and substance abuse treatment both in the hospital and community settings. Sara has also has worked as a social worker and is an extraordinary advocate for people in need of help.
Residential Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Counselors
Michael Edens has worked for Powell CDC since 2003. Initially, he worked as a primary counselor on the inpatient unit. In 2008, he accepted a Coordinator position working in the Powell CDC Aftercare program. This position involved oversight of Powell CDC's more than 20 Aftercare/Continuing Care groups. Mike is now working as a residential treatment and intensive outpatient counselor.
Deb Gomez has worked in the addiction field since 1989. She began as a counselor at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services in Davenport, Iowa, working with adults in an outpatient setting, and then as the case manager in a women's program. She joined Powell CDC in March of 1999, as an evening outpatient counselor, then as a family counselor. She has been a day treatment counselor since 2002 working with outpatient and residential patients. Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Upper Iowa, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Mary Crest College in Davenport, and she is an advanced certified alcohol and drug counselor (ACADC) in Iowa.
Stacy Loftus is a counselor at Powell CDC. She has been in the field since 2008, when she graduated from the Powell CDC counselor training program. Stacy has performed multiple roles here, including on-call counselor and substitute counselor. Stacy is extremely pleased to be serving patients at Powell CDC. Her down-to-earth and understanding demeanor helps her connect immediately with her clients.
Evening Intensive Outpatient Counselors
Gary Erion has served at Powell CDC since 2001, but has been in the field for much longer as both an addictions counselor and a social worker. Gary brings to his groups and individual meetings a gentle and wise approach to helping people with addictions. His interests include teaching and incorporating 12 Step recovery concepts into treatment and counseling, and "meeting people where they are at" when they arrive at Powell. He is an advanced certified addictions counselor.
Dee Hummel has served at Powell CDC for 16 years, and has been in the addictions treatment field for 30 years. She loves her work at Powell and has great care and concern for others that is clearly demonstrated in her work with clients. Dee's patients often comment on how much they appreciate her very direct and yet caring style of counseling, and credit her for making the difference in their care. She is an advanced certified addictions counselor.
Continuing Care Counselor
Lila Stafford is new to Powell CDC and recently celebrated 25 years of being sober. Lila and her husband, Jim, began their journey into sobriety at Powell more than twenty one years ago. Jim went through treatment at Powell and Lila went through as a concerned person, partaking in the family sessions. Because Lila has experience on both sides of addiction, being an alcoholic and being married to one, she has much to offer our patients. Lila is currently a Continuing Care and Aftercare Counselor at Iowa Lutheran and Methodist West.
Teresa Furneaux has served at Powell CDC for 35 years. She is Coordinator of Family Services for Powell CDC, and also works as a family program counselor. Teresa also supervises and administrates Powell CDC's counselor training program, coordinating interns and counselor trainees' learning experiences. Teresa has accomplished many years of high quality work and participated in many program improvements. She has an excellent perspective on how the field of addictions treatment has changed for the better over the years. She is an advanced certified addictions counselor.
Laura Wright began at Powell CDC in the counselor training program. She helped develop and implement the weekend program at Powell CDC, which began in March 2012, and currently works as a family counselor. Laura brings a varied professional background of working with children and adolescents, hospitality experience, and an ongoing career as a part-time journalist. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska, and is a Certified Addictions Counselor.
Lori Hackett has been a Behavioral Care Manager at Powell Chemical Dependency Center for the past 13 years. She has had 25 years experience working as a care manager in chemical dependency, brain injury, vocational rehabilitation and independent living. She enjoys being part of a program that gives individuals with chemical dependency issues the opportunity to find a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives again.
Amy Oehlert works as a Care Manager and have been with Powell CDC for several years. Prior to Powell CDC, she worked in Behavioral Health Services at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines for seven years. As a Care Manager, Amy conducts initial assessments with patients, and helps determine if treatment is recommended and what level of care is most appropriate. Amy also work closely with the rest of the treatment team to do the case management and ongoing utilization review with insurance companies for patients who enter into treatment at Powell CDC. Amy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, International Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Mental Health Counselors
Jerry Owens works at Powell CDC as a mental health counselor and has over 30 years of experience treating addictions and mental health disorders. Jerry worked at Powell CDC from 1980 until 1995 as a substance abuse and family counselor. He recently returned to Powell CDC in 2009 after working in a private practice for 15 years.
Cassie South has been a counselor tech at Powell CDC since 1999. She is a dedicated team member who plays an important role in orientation and intake for new Powell CDC patients. Cassie values being able to help people get settled during their first few days here when it is easy to be nervous or anxious about treatment. She and the rest of our techs do an outstanding job of making clients feel welcomed and comfortable here.