At Arrow Passage Recovery in Ohio, our team of addiction treatment specialists understand the underlying effects of addiction on
family, friends, and health. Our friendly staff is dedicated to helping you recover and live a healthy addiction free life.
Dr. Brandi Cihlar holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor,
with a specialization in mental health and substance abuse.
She began her career in community mental health, with populations such as incarcerated individuals,
those with trauma, and addictions.
Dr. Cihlar has worked in education and training as well and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Akron.
Dr. Cihlar has facilitated individual and group sessions in IOP and PHP programs in her previous work and enjoys working with the substance abuse population.
Movie: Christmas Vacation
Sports: Cleveland Browns
Quote: "If you don't become the ocean, you will be seasick every day"
My name is Emily Goodyear and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Art
Therapist and Clinical Trauma Practitioner. I am very passionate about my career and have spent the last 4 years working with adults
battling chronic mental illness and substance abuse. I received my undergraduate education at Bowling Green State University and my
Masters degree at Adler University.
I currently reside in North Canton with my husband, Brett, and our dog Benji. I prefer to spend my free time being active outside
but also love to get lost in a good movie or book.
Sports: Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers & Chicago Blackhawks
Hobbies: Outdoor Activities
Quote: "Three things make life harder: not loving ourselves; refusing to grow; and not letting go"
Gina Skolosh is a CDCA/Case Manager for Arrow Passage Recovery. She is a full time grand-mommy to her ten year old
grandson. She is also a full time student at Grand Canyon University, pursuing her masters in Professional counseling. She has her
bachelors in Psychology with emphasis on addictions.
She is pursuing her dream of helping others who suffer from addiction. She is in recovery now for 20 years and wants to give back
what has been given to her. She is married to who she calls her best friend for 12 years.
Movie: White Oleander and Girl Interrupted
Sports: Denver Broncos
Hobbies: Raising her grandson and School
Quote: "The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination"
My name is Barbara Kates. I am Licensed Professional Counselor and an Art Therapist. I earned a Master's degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College and and two Master's of Education degrees at Kent State University.
I love learning new things! Prior to coming to Arrow Passage Recovery, I worked with people with severe mental illnesses. My background also includes family and individual counseling, drug and alcohol counseling and education.
Sports: I look forward to watching amazing athletes qualify for Olympics in skiing, figure skating and gymnastic competitions.
Hobbies: I like to play with my many pets. I have six dogs, nine cats and three parrots! I also love to quilt and paint. In the summer
Quote: "We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
My name is Samantha Whitmer, born and raised here in Canton, Ohio. I have my degree in Human and Social Services:
Chemical Dependency. I am a mother of 3 boys and a step-daughter, they make me a better person everyday. "Pick your head up and keep
smiling", is what I use as a affirmation everyday. Life isn't always easy, most days are harder than most and sometimes there isn't
anything we can do about it everyday- all we can can do it try our best and keep our heads up and keep pushing forward.
Movie: Dirty Dancing
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family and friend
Quote: "Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person"
I`m from New Philadelphia. I attended the University of Mount Union and
graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree.
Movie: Lion King
Sports: Cleveland Indians
Hobbies: Playing with my Dogs
Quote: "It`s not where you`re at, it`s where you want to be and what you`re willing to do to get there."
I grew up in Lorain County where I attended Keystone High School. I moved to Cuyahoga County seven
years ago. After years of substance abuse I have been sober for over seven years. I married and have three older children and two
Movie: Walk The Line
Sports: Seattle Sounders
Hobbies: Spending Time with Family
Quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I started working at Arrow Passage Recovery over a year ago, I also am a phlebotomist for the company,
i am currently working on my CDCA I really enjoy working an helping others, I love working with people and seeing the outcome and
the impact I make on the clients life, I enjoy working with a great team.
Sports: Cleveland Cavaliers & Ohio State Buckeyes
Hobbies: Kayaking & Traveling
Quote: "Don’t regret the past, just learn from it."
Shetoria Allen, LPN was born and raised here in NE Ohio. She is married with two
children, and loves being the grandmother of two beautiful girls. She has spent most of her life locally, but also resided in
Virginia Beach, VA where she received her education in practical nursing from Medical Careers Institute, one of the top leading
technical schools in the Tidewater area.
Movie: The Big Blue
Sports: New England Patriots
Hobbies: Spending Time with Family, watching TV, and learning how to create wigs and hair pieces
Quote: "Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful,
generous, or honest.” - Maya Angelo
Emmanuel was born in Alliance, Ohio and raised in Canton, Ohio. He worked his way up in Arrow Passage
from being a peer support technician to the director of admissions. Along with that, he is also an ordained elder and youth pastor
and has been married for 10 years (November 28th) to his lovely wife, Kristy, and together they have one child, a daughter, Anaiya.
Sports: Dallas Cowboys, University of Michigan Football, Duke University Basketball
Hobbies: Traveling around the state and across the country advocating for suicide prevention and awareness.
Quote: "You are perfect, you are worth it, and you have purpose".
Courtney's mission in life is to share her gifts with other people, and to show them how great they
can be. She feels beyond blessed for the moments shared with her clients over the years, and realizing nutrition is only a part of
their journey. The counseling Courtney shares encompasses cognitive behavior therapy- making sustainable positive lifestyle changes
and eliminating ‘diet approach’ thinking to eating. Her heart is full when clients discover parts of themselves they didn’t know
were there. Courtney's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of
Akron, completion of the Coordinated Internship Program through Akron, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and Certified Personal Trainer
through the American Council on Exercise.
Sports: Favorite Team - Cleveland Cavaliers
Quote: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind" romans 12:2".