About Drew Horowitz & Associates

Meet Drew Horowitz & Associates

Drew Horowitz, MA LPCC

Drew Horowitz, MA, LPCC

Addiction Specialist

Drew Horowitz brings a vast range of expertise working with and overseeing our clinical team. He gained a wealth of knowledge through his own recovery, extensive training, and a master’s level education from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Drew did his undergraduate degree at Hofstra University in NY, where he focused on psychology and human development. Most recently, Drew became an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the capability to diagnose and treatment mental health.

Within his decade plus of experience in the field, he has worked with a multitude of populations providing consultation, intervention, coaching, and counseling. Drew is most well known for his mastery in conducting clinical interventions. Over the past several years Drew has gained significant experience traveling the country and even internationally to assist individuals with accessing treatment. The intervention process, according to Drew, must be done with compassion, empathy and a strong understanding of the pain individuals are experiencing while active in addiction. Drew has assisted over 500 families with the intervention process. Primarily, focusing on young adult males and adolescents. Drew’s intervention and coaching style was shaped by a background and training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and client-centered care.

Dr Natalie Hayes

Dr. Natalie Hayes

Medical Director

Dr. Natalie Hayes graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1999 and completed her residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2002. She is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

Dr. Hayes uses an integrated approach to patient care with an emphasis on co-occurring mental health disorders which can impact recovery. The human mind and body are intimately connected and have an innate capacity to heal. The Drew Horowitz team works to support clients in healing on every level with the goal of living a vibrant, joy-filled, chemical-free life.

Sandy Ogle LPCC

Sandy Ogle, LADC

Addiction Specialist

Sandy is a licensed addiction therapist with an extensive background helping individuals and families navigate the road to recovery from addiction and mental health conditions. Sandy has a vast range of knowledge that she has acquired over a 25-yr career in the addiction treatment industry. Sandy has worked in a multitude of settings ranging from inpatient detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, schools, and hospitals. Sandy is very proud of her time spent at Fairview Riverside University of MN and Beauterre Recovery Institute where she helped write and develop curriculum for women’s treatment.

Sandy is an interventionist, licensed alcohol & drug counselor, certified in non-violent crisis intervention and has completed multiple mental health trainings. Sandy uses a client-centered, cognitive behavioral and holistic approach to help individuals find and sustain sobriety.

Cory Olson LADC

Cory Olson, LADC

Addiction Specialist

Cory is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor that has been helping families understand the dynamics of addiction and mental health within the family unit for over ten years. Cory has worked in high intensity residential treatment setting facilitating group therapy as well as individual therapy while working at New Beginnings and Riverplace Counseling Center.

Cory received his graduate level certification and license in alcohol and drug counseling from St. Cloud State University.

Cory uses a client centered, motivational interviewing approach and incorporates spirituality and the existential model to help clients find meaning and purpose in their lives.

Roger Brown LADC

Roger Brown, LADC


Roger is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) who specializes in Clinical Transportation Services and Sober Coaching. His unique talents allow him to work one on one with an individuals and their family members to ensure safety and security during difficult transitional periods.

Roger earned his Bachelor Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Metropolitan State University. He previously worked for Fairview Lodging Plus doing individual and group counseling.

Thanks to his personal journey with his own recovery, he knows first hand what is like for those struggling in addiction.

Hayley Johnson LADC

Hayley Johnson, LADC


Hayley is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) who graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with her bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies.

Hayley is passionate about helping others to reach their potential and better their lives. Her current role at Drew Horowitz & Associates and Elite Recovery is a Mobile Clinical Assessor where she meets clients at multiple locations including hospitals, detoxes, jails, crisis residence, etc.

Hayley diligently works to assess and refer clients to the appropriate levels of treatment.

Aaron Horowitz BA ADC

Aaron Horowitz, BA, ADC

Recovery Specialist

Aaron Horowitz brings a dynamic component to the team at Drew Horowitz & Associates by assisting family members and individuals in acute crisis and providing follow up care through long term counseling. His ability to meet individuals where they are at in their addiction or recovery is bar none. He will work tirelessly to find a perfectly tailored solution through forms of Sober Coaching and Mentoring Services. Recognizing that each individual has their own strengths and struggles which are essential to creating change and implementing a recovery plan to support long term sobriety.

Prior to joining Drew Horowitz & Associates, Aaron held a variety of positions such as teaching English to high school students in Thailand, acting as a summer camp counselor for kids with disabilities, and most recently working at a New York based hedge fund. Aaron holds a bachelors degree from Syracuse University, a private University in New York. While attending Syracuse, Aaron earned credits as a teaching assistant for the Child and Family Studies department. Aaron received his Addiction Counseling License from Century College.

Nana Thao Admin

Nana Thao

Administrative Assistant

Nana fills a crucial role at Drew Horowitz & Associates and Elite Recovery in Administrative Support. Nana has had over 5 years of experience in the behavioral health field as an intake coordinator, as well as verifying insurance, and customer service.

Nana is bilingual and has experience working with diverse populations. She is always willing to help clients and referrals get the help they desire and accommodate them to the best of her ability.

Meghan Vanderbilt Executive Assistant

Meghan Vanderbilt

Executive Support Specialist

Meghan has been working and volunteering in the behavioral health field for over a decade. Her experience includes working for a behavioral health consulting firm in the Twin Cities, where she directly assisted individuals and family members to find creative solutions for a variety of complex care concerns.

During her time in the field, she has been fortunate enough to work with some of the nation’s top treatment centers and professionals for mental health, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other process addictions. Most recently, she was an Admission Coordinator with Beauterre Recovery Institute in Owatonna, MN.

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Long-term recovery from addiction means healing the whole individual – mind, body, and spirit.

Drew Horowitz & Associates was founded on a deep compassion for those who struggle with the pain of addiction. Having been through addiction and recovery himself, Drew Horowitz personally knows how incredible the recovery transformation can be. Healing from addiction leads to healing from the emotional traumas that cause it. A whole, restored individual who has healed from those traumas is capable of creating a healthy, happy, and successful life in long-term recovery.


There’s nothing that made me want to use more than people talking down to me and making me feel like a bad person.

– Drew Horowitz


People who struggle with addictions aren’t bad people that need to become good, they are hurting people who need to find healing. We help break down the walls and build solid foundations on which long-term recovery can begin.

Our Philosophy of Recovery

Our approach is founded on the understanding that every individual has deep internal resources and the inherent capacity to transform his or her life. We treat every individual with respect and compassion. We create the foundation for suffering individuals to build a new sense of self-worth to begin the recovery transformation from the inside outward.

We believe that by combining scientifically supported, evidence-based practices with the wisdom found in traditional recovery models, we are able to introduce the concept of treatment in a supportive and loving manner. We believe in a different type of intervention – one that focuses on supporting and encouraging the positive qualities of your loved one over the negative.

Our efforts have proven to be overwhelmingly effective. In 2018 alone, 94% of our intervention clients agreed to enroll in some type of addiction treatment program. Through our case management, consulting, and other family support services, we provide a very effective recovery program to help ensure that your loved one succeeds in long-term recovery.

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