Our Philosophy

Medication alone is not enough, counseling alone is not enough, support and encouragement alone are not enough; but when all of these elements are combined there is a foundation for successful recovery.

The Life Change Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been providing recovery services for heroin and prescription medication abuse concerns since 1999. We offer a variety of services to help people to make the changes necessary to beat their drug addiction. The emphasis of our recovery program is based on two primary themes; empowerment and improving quality of life. We have a talented group of staff members with expertise in recovery from opioid addictions.


Monday to Saturday: 6am-12:45pm (closed 10:30-11am for lunch)
Sunday: Closed

Monday to Saturday: 6am-12pm
Sunday: Closed

The mission of The Life Change Center is to empower people with tools and supports so that they can overcome their addiction and guide their quality of life to a better level.


Our Success Rates

Heroin and prescription pain killer abuse has increased to epidemic rates, and alarmingly high rates among young people. The problem is growing and the social costs are skyrocketing.

In response to this epidemic, researchers have shown that the rates of recovery without any treatment at all are around 20%. Yet, medication assisted treatment models exceed 55% drug free. Medication assisted treatment models have been the best practice for treating opioid addictions since the models were first introduced in 1968.

The recovery program of The Life Change Center takes medication assisted treatment one step further, and includes specialized counseling in addition to medication and case management. The success rate of The Life Change Center is currently at 75%. Yes, 75% overall and 87% of the individuals seeking help have been able to stop using opioids within the first 60 days.


Our Locations

New Life Change Center opening December 14 in Carson City

Reno Location

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From I-80

Take I-80 to the 395 North exit. Take the first exit, Oddie Blvd and then stay right, heading East on Oddie Blvd. Take a left on Sullivan and proceed to The Life Change Center at 1755 Sullivan Lane.

From Hwy 395:

Take 395 North to the Oddie Blvd. exit. Stay right, heading East on Oddie Blvd. Take a left on Sullivan and proceed to The Life Change Center at 1755 Sullivan Lane.

Carson Location

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Team Members

At The Life Change Center, we pride ourselves on the quality of our staff. Our counselors are experts in the area of heroin and prescription medication addictions, and our counselors love their work. Our medical and administrative staff are experts in addictions in their own right. Through their years of working with the people we serve, their training on recovery and their role in the team approach they provide incomparable service and insight.


  • Brooke Adams, CADC-Intern
  • Carly Andrus, MSW - Social Services Coordinator
  • Chuck Boston, CADC-Intern
  • Dan Hight, CADC - Community Relations Coordinator
  • Danielle Bennett, CADC-Intern
  • Dave Kemppainen, CADC, Ph.D
  • Eric Hare, BSW, CADC - Site Director – Carson City
  • Fred Blauth, CADC
  • Grant Denton Peer Recovery Specialist 1
  • Heather Gonzales, CADC-Intern - Assistant Site Director - Sparks>
  • Jessica Leman, CADC-Intern
  • Kelly Johnson, CADC
  • Tasha Hamilton, MSW - CADC
  • Markos Angelides, CADC-Intern
  • Robert Mills, CADC - Clinical Director
  • Sarah McGill, CADC
  • Sierra Tucsnak, CADC-Intern
  • Victoria Lillegard, LADC, MFTi - Dual Diagnosis Counselor

Medical Staff

  • Cheyenne Fletcher, RN - Nurse
  • Denise Saulle, RN - Nurse
  • Jan Koenig, RN – Nurse
  • Jesse Fredzess BSW - Peer Support Specialist 1
  • Leticia Gray - Lab Tech
  • Marilyn Stephan, LPN - Nurse/Nursing Supervisor
  • Nina Corral - Nurse
  • Renate Mize, RN - Carson Saturday Nurse (PT RN)
  • Sahara Cruz, FD/MA - Medical Assistant
  • Ruth Fox, RN


  • Andrew Servi - Front Desk
  • Ashley Franco - Biller / Coder
  • Dana Cheak - Front Desk
  • Erin Hausauer-Samuel - Front Desk / MA
  • Jacob Sanford – Accountant
  • Suelen Perez - Front Desk

Leadership Team

John Firestone
Executive Director, Counselor

Ryan Zeller
Medical Director & Licensed Physician

Vanessa Stout
MBA, CADC-Intern
Human Resource Director/Program Development

Chuck Boston
Site Director, Sparks

Eric Hare
Site Director - Carson

Marilyn Stephan
Nurse/Nursing Supervisor

Dan Hight
Corporate Compliance Director

Travis Duhn
Finance Director