Katie Pylkas-Blue, MSN CARN Sage Prairie Treatment Director
Katie is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse with over 14 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. She is a Past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions and is involved in the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Katie is a graduate of Gonzaga University where she received her Masters of Nursing with an emphasis in Health Systems Leadership.
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.
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.
Stephanie Baldwin, CARN 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.
Gary Howard, Counselor
Gary has a bachelor’s degree in psychology specializing in addiction, crisis counseling, and Christian counseling. He is currently working on his master’s degree in addiction and then plans on pursuing a master’s degree in mental health. For Gary, there is nothing more rewarding in life than witnessing someone break free from the bondage of addiction. For him, watching an individual grow in recovery and achieve their goals is truly a miracle like no other. 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
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.
Jane Gallagher, LADC
Jane brings a person-centered holistic approach to substance use disorder counseling at Sage Prairie. Jane obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University in 2009 and holds several holistic coaching certifications. With a background in health and wellness, Jane hopes to teach coping skills like mindfulness, relaxation, and communication to better serve clients in daily life in their relationships with other people and themselves. Jane obtained her Addiction Counseling diploma from Minneapolis Community and Technical College where she was taught how to deepen her understanding of empathy and offer a consistent, accepting, supportive therapeutic relationship. Jane has a deep love for humanity, loves working with people and looks forward to offering time, effort and skills to people in recovery at Sage Prairie.
Jesey Larson, Administrative Assistant
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.
Dr. Amelia Burgess, MD
Dr. Amelia Burgess is a board-certified pediatrician who focuses on addiction medicine for adolescents. She has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 2016, and has worked with families experiencing foster care for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College (NY). She completed her pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (OH), followed by a fellowship in primary care pediatrics focused on foster care and adolescent health at the University of Minnesota. She teaches toxicology and addiction medicine at UNIFA Faculty of Medicine in Haiti. Services offered: medical treatment for opioid, nicotine, and alcohol use disorders; evaluation for fetal alcohol syndrome.
Matveh Panya, PA-C
Matveh Panya, PA-C completed his Master of Physician Assistant Studies at St. Catherine University. He believes that practicing good medicine means recognizing every individual as a whole person, not just a label or a diagnosis. His professional interests in medicine, mental health, and neuroscience brought him to Addiction Medicine, but his knowledge of substance abuse is also informed by experiences from his personal life. Overcoming the trials of addiction may be one of the hardest things to do, but Matveh believes that with the right support people can be successful and become stronger than they were when they started the journey.
Jen O’Keefe, MA, Office Manager
Dina Cartwright, Medical Biller