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Marisa Van Zile Joins SCC Clinic

In January, the SCC Clinic welcomed Marisa Van Zile as a Peer Support Specialist.

Marisa has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Northern Michigan University and an Associate of Applied Business from Gogebic Community College. She is a qualified facilitator for Mending Broken Hearts, programs that provide culturally-based healing from grief, loss, and Intergenerational Trauma. She is a qualified facilitator for Linking Generations Strengthening Relationships, a program that promotes strong, healthy and positive relationships, and Motherhood and Fatherhood Are Sacred, a program that assists fathers, mothers and families to fully realize their potential.

Marisa is based at the SCC Clinic, and works part time in Behavioral Health providing a wide range of services for community members. Her hours are flexible, as she wants to focus on meeting with people at a time that works best for them.

Marisa will be assisting, under clinical providers’ direction, with treatment plans, facilitating recovery support groups, and providing transportation for recovery-focused appointments, meetings and events.

She is a Tribal Member, and the proud mother of three. She lives in Watersmeet, and serves on the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, the Family Leadership Network representing the Upper Peninsula, and in other advocacy roles. “I like to contribute and advocate for families like my own, and with things that I have been through.”

Marisa has enjoyed and embraced sobriety for over nine years. “I’ve been in recovery myself, and I want to help other people in recovery to live healthy lives,” she shared.

You may email Marisa or call her at the Clinic at 715-478-5180.

Welcome Marisa!!