Anne Pylkas, MD Sage Prairie Medical Director
Dr. Anne Pylkas is the Medical Director at Sage Prairie. Dr. Pylkas is a board certified internal medicine and addiction medicine doctor. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, completing her residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. She is an active member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She has been working in the field of Addiction Medicine for six years. She mentors many and is a leader in changing the way Substance Use Disorder is treated in Minnesota.
Katie Pylkas-Blue, RN Sage Prairie Treatment Director
Katie Pylkas-Blue, RN is Sage Prairie’s Treatment Director. Katie is a nurse specializing in addiction nursing with over 10 years of experience as a nurse helping those who suffer addiction and other chronic disorders. She is a recovery coach through the Minnesota Recovery Connection and the President of the Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. Katie is currently pursuing her Masters of Nursing in Health Systems Leadership at Gonzaga University.
Marcus Blue, Sage Prairie Operations Director
Marcus Blue, CADC is Sage Prairie Operation’s Director. Marcus is certified through the Upper Midwest Indian Council on Addictive Disorders. He is also a recovery coach who received his training at the Minnesota Recovery Connection. A member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota, he brings over 25 years of recovery to Sage Prairie.
Stephanie Baldwin, RN Sage Prairie Case Manager
Stephanie is a Registered Nurse with over 13 years of experience, the last six in substance abuse recovery. Stephanie brings a clinical background to substance abuse treatment and hopes to continue to integrate her medical background into evidence based treatment. Stephanie is the Vice President of the Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions and is working on becoming certified as a CARN.
Lindsey Mahnesmith – ADC-T
Lindsey Mahnesmith’s passion has always been to help people. Her original career path was nursing. That all changed after a long history of addiction in her family and having a good high school classmate overdose. At that point she knew there was nothing more that she wanted to do then help people struggling with addiction. Lindsey realized that if these people had nobody else in the world at such a troubling spot in their lives they would have people like us, in this field who care and will do anything to help them. She received her Associates Degree in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University in Addiction Counseling as well. Lindsey is extremely satisfied with the career choice she has made and will continue to do whatever she can to help people struggling with addiction and erase the stigma.
Mia Parham – LADC
Mia began pursuing a career in Addiction Counseling after relocating to Minnesota from Switzerland several years ago. She has vast experience in the harm reduction field, having worked for an Opiate Treatment Program prior to joining Sage Prairie. She believes that recovery is unique to each individual. Mia has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Schiller International University. She is contemplating furthering her education in Holistic Health and Spiritual Counseling.
Gary Howard – Administrative Assistant
For Gary, there is nothing more rewarding in life than witnessing someone break free from the bondage of addiction. Watching an individual grow in recovery and achieve their goals is truly a miracle like no other. Gary is finishing his undergraduate degree in psychology which specializes in recovery from addiction and crisis counseling. His passion in life is to help others and assist them in unlocking their true potential. He sincerely believes that no matter how far down the scale you’ve fallen there is always hope.