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THE ROOTS RECOVERY COMMUNITY
Working in the addiction recovery industry is unique, rewarding work — and above all else, it’s work that fosters fellowship. We believe that one of our greatest strengths lies in our ability to build lasting relationships between our clients, alumni, and recovery staff that lead to a lifetime of support.
Our team is made up of compassionate, caring professionals who are dedicated to helping our clients overcome addiction so that they can live a happier, healthier life free from substances. When you’re here, you’ll have the best chance to get sober, begin a new life in recovery, and discover a sense of belonging and community.
Our Leadership Team
Our organization was founded by individuals who understand addiction, because they overcame addiction for themselves. It was their own journey that inspired them to develop the Roots Recovery program, and it continues to inspire our leadership team to help others beat their addictions so that they can achieve the life and future that they deserve.
Jeremy Jaeger has been part of the recovery community since 2010. Recognizing a need for structured sober living in the Milwaukee area, Jeremy and his partner Ruby Jaeger opened their first sober living house in 2012. Roots Recovery came about in order to meet a further need of young people in early recovery: abstinence-based counseling and therapeutic support.
Chief Operating Officer
Trevor has been a member of the Milwaukee recovery community since 2013.
“My favorite part of the job is really getting to know the clients that I can relate to so well. I see myself in all of them, and watching everyone grow and change at their own pace is so rewarding.”
Trevor enjoys spending time with his dog, Annie, and playing for the Milwaukee Hurling Club.
Chief Administrative Officer
Ruby Jaeger has a family perspective on addiction and recovery. Her background is in art and design, and she brings that sensibility to the creative problem-solving, environmental design, policy drafting, and workplace organization that she implements and oversees at Roots .
Our Clinical Team
Kathleen Trott MD
Kathleen Trott began working in addiction medicine in 2003. She received her Medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Services Center, and completed her residency at the Oregon Health Services Center.
Before pursuing medicine Dr. Trott earned undergraduate degrees in finance, Mandarin Chinese, and chemistry.
COUNSELOR, LPC, SAC, CSIT
Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mount Mary University and has been working in the mental health and substance abuse field for the last five years. Rachel values a strong therapeutic alliance, exercise, and spending time with her two cats. Rachel is devoted to treating the whole person and believes that everyone has a chance at recovery.
“The power of therapy and recovery is real; my clients show me that every day. I’m proud to say I work for Roots Counseling Services, where I’ve been able to watch clients turn their lives into a life worth living.”
Kenny has been active in the Milwaukee recovery community since completion of the Roots program in 2015.
“The best part about working with residents in the house is seeing the change in young people that they previously thought was impossible. I can relate to almost every resident in some way and it keeps me grounded and humble. Before I came to Roots I was delusional and grandiose, and now I focus on making my future a reality through action, patience, and helping others. I am happy to have come to the point where I can see that no matter where we are, there is always room for growth.”
Counselor, LPC, ICS, CSAC
Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University and has been working in the substance abuse and mental health counseling field for the past 5 years. Lauren is passionate about holistic approaches to wellness which include eating healthy, practicing yoga, and spending time with dogs.
“My clients have taught me that resilience is real. I enjoy seeing them embrace recovery and grow as young adults. I’m grateful to be part of a compassionate team that truly cares.”
COUNSELOR | LPC-IT, SAC
Cole has been working as a substance abuse counselor for just over a year, and he is a fan of fishing, camping, and anything that involves the outdoors.
“My background is in secondary education, but I have found that counseling is a real passion of mine. Being a part of someone’s recovery process is an extremely rewarding experience.”
Counselor | SAC-IT
Ryan has been a part of the Milwaukee recovery community since 2016. A former college basketball player, Ryan is involved in recovery focused basketball and softball leagues.
“Working with clients is such a humbling experience because I see a lot of myself in so many of them. Using my experience and continued education I hope that I can help others realize that recovery is possible. Working at Roots is so rewarding and I am grateful for it everyday.”
Our Operations Team
Kayla has been a part of the Milwaukee recovery community and a former house manager since she completed the Roots program in 2017. She joined the administration team at the counseling center in 2021.
“Working with people, especially in the recovery community continues to be a passion of mine. It brings me joy to be a part of clients’ recovery journey and see the growth day by day. I am so grateful for the opportunities I continue to receive at Roots.”
James first gained interest in working in the addiction field after completing the Roots sober living program in 2013. James utilizes his own experiences in recovery to connect with clients on a personal level. James’ interests include mindfulness, meditation, denim, Naruto, and organic, local foods.
“If I can do it, anyone can do it, if they are ready. My passion is helping others beat their addiction. I am committed to helping as many people as possible successfully complete the Roots program. I believe that education and understanding addiction is a key part of recovery.
Many of the residents in my house remind me of myself. Initially not really knowing what to expect. Trying to understand all the new rules and expectations being asked of me. As each day passes learning how to get along with completely new people and learning how to hold each other accountable for each other’s success or failure. It’s tough at first, but as the friendships build so do the small successes.”
Our Sober Living Team
“When I came to Roots, I was completely out of options and needed a significant change in order to regain my life. Thanks to the treatment program offered by Roots Recovery and the many amazing people I’ve been able to meet along the way, my life has meaning again. I am now able to help other women who were in the same position as I was when I got here. It’s so rewarding watching those who come in build a new identity and self image, and learn to love themselves again.”
“When I got to Roots, I was struggling not only with addiction but with my own self worth. My time in the program taught me perseverance, and I began to find joy again. Being a clean and sober mother to my child is so important to me today. Roots helped me learn to love myself enough to develop the confidence to help other women in similar situations.”
“I was so tired, hopeless, and scared when I got into Roots. I was sick of burning bridges with people who cared about me. After a lot of hard work, determination, and the help of the program, I found a new way to live. Giving back and helping the next struggling addict or alcoholic is what I love to do now, I see a little bit of myself in everyone who comes in, and I know if I can do it anybody can do it.”
“After years of struggling in active addiction, I found the support and structure I needed at Roots to make meaningful changes in my life. I learned how to build healthy habits and change old behaviors into positive acts. I’ve been sober since 2013, and Roots has played a huge role in that. My life has taken on new meaning. I’ve been able to start a family, maintain lifelong friendships, and experience true happiness.
Being a house manager at Roots has given me the chance to pass on the knowledge and skills I gained through my own recovery. Seeing the residents build relationships and discover a new way of living is the most rewarding part of the program.”
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