Jeff Howard LPN, CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Howard is a founding member and CEO of Midwest Recovery Centers. He has been involved in the recovery industry since the late 1990’s and has been instrumental in the development of multiple treatment programs as a founder, owner and Executive Director. He has been a Licensed Practical Nurse and State Certified AL Facility Manager for over 20 years. He is also an avid outdoors man and white water rafting is one of his passions. He has had multiple unguided trips down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and believes that everyone has a inherent right to a wonderful life. Through his own process of recovery and incorporation of a 12 step philosophy he has found that he can accomplish his dreams and help inspire others to do the same for themselves. His treatment philosophy has centered on the need for ethical, compassionate, treatment and education in regards to the progressive disease of addiction for the client he serves and their families.

CEO Statement:

Midwest Recovery Centers as an extended care treatment program will strive to maintain the highest levels of evidenced based practices to combat the rise of alcohol and drug dependency in our society. We believe It is through understanding of the disease and then repeated opportunities for implementation of new positive behaviors that self-change does occur. Midwest will consistently provide the therapeutic environment in which this change may manifest itself into the lives of our clients and their families.



Kevin O’Grady, M.S. CRADC

Clinical Director

Kevin has been involved in the field of drug and alcohol counseling for over 10 years. Growing up in Georgia, addiction was prevalent in his own household. After his own battle with drugs and alcohol as a young man, he found a natural passion to help others find a way to break away from the misery of drugs and alcohol dependence. This passion prompted Kevin to begin a career studying and understanding the various techniques in which to approach and treat patients with drug dependence. Through his many opportunities working in health care, Kevin has developed the understanding that addiction is a disease that needs to be treated with time, care, and understanding. As a member of long-term recovery himself, Kevin is able to promote the values of honesty and integrity in his daily practice.



Geffen Liberman CRADC, CPC, LISAC

Professional Relations Consultant

Geffen has been in the field of addiction work for over 17 years. Having gotten clean and sober at a young age, it has been his passion to help other people experience the joy and freedom of recovery. After moving to the Kansas City area in 2004, Geffen quickly fell in love with the people and the sense of community found there. He wanted to be a part of bringing a first class treatment program to KC and is overjoyed at the opportunity to be a part of what Midwest Recovery Centers is doing.  Geffen is based in Arizona and will be spending time between both areas, promoting Midwest Recovery to the vast addiction treatment community in AZ and spending as much “on the ground” time as possible in KC.  He is looking forward to being able to actually enjoy real BBQ again.




Dr. Colin MacKenzie

Medical Director

Dr. Colin MacKenzie specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with both psychiatric and substance abuse problems. Hee is board certified in both Clinical and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. MacKenzie received additional training in Internal Medicine before completing his Psychiatric Residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He subsequently served as a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Washington University and has been an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) Department of Psychiatry. At UMKC, he headed the Consultation Liaison Service and trained psychiatric residents. medical students, and social workers.

Dr. MacKenzie has extensive experience in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, not only in the outpatient setting, but also in emergency care, inpatient medical services, and chemical dependency programs. In addition, he has been active in community outreach programs for under served rural areas.

Dr. MacKenzie has had a longstanding interest in the overlap of legal and mental health issues. He completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of California-Davis. He has particular expertise in dealing with issues such as fitness for duty, dangerousness assessments, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Dr. MacKenzie has also participated in research trials related to the development and publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5.

In his private practice, Dr. MacKenzie works with a broad range of patients with substance use disorders, balancing the use of medications and psychotherapy in ways tailored to individual needs. He has extensive experience working with individuals who struggle with opioid, alcohol, sedative-hypnotic, hallucinogen, stimulant, and cannabis/tobacco use disorders in both acute and long-term treatment settings. He also works closely with other physicians, psychologists, nurses, and social workers to provide comprehensive care for people dealing with these illnesses. Dr. MacKenzie is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. the Kansas Psychiatric Society where he serves as Secretary, the Kansas Medical Society, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is also the founder of Telepsychiatry Associates, LLC






Larry and Sheri Beaty

Monthly Family Workshops

Larry and Sheri Beaty have been married 32 years. Larry is a recovering alcoholic celebrating 36 years of sober living. He is a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor – CRAADC. Larry worked at several treatment facilities prior to starting his own business and while semi-retired continues to be very active in the recovery industry. Sheri has been able to offer hope to families for the past thirty plus years and is a Missouri Recovery Support Specialist (MRSS). Larry and Sheri recognized a missing piece of addiction recovery was to provide addiction education with a focus on the family. They focus on the FAMILY by offering Co-Addict Education and they know that Together We Get Better.



Danny Huffman MAADC I

Primary Therapist

Danny started his career in the substance abuse counseling as a Peer Specialist, has since earned a MAADC II counseling credential. Growing up as a child of an alcoholic in the Kansas City Metro area, Danny would face his own battle with addiction. Soon after beginning his own personal recovery, he decided to leave the culinary field to pursue a passion of helping others that struggle with addiction. Using his own personal experience and evidence based practices, Danny strives to inspire the hope that recovery is possible. “Recovery allows me to live a life with purpose”



David Drummond MAADC I

Primary Therapist

David has lived in the Johnson County, KS area his entire life. After years of battling alcohol and drug addiction, he was able to find long-term recovery. David has since decided to give back to individuals who struggling with the same disease. He began his career as a peer support specialist, then became the residential director at Midwest Recovery Centers. David showed a passion for wanting to work with others on a more personal and clinical level, and set out to get his credential to provide clinical services. He now is a primary therapist at our facility, striving to help others find a better way through his own experience, strength, and hope. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fall.”.

Peer Support Specialists:

Nick Bruzzese

Administrative Assistant

Daniel Poole

Peer Support Specialist

Kevin King



All of our Peer Support Specialists (PSS) are actively engaged in 12 step programs and dedicated to assisting clients in their recoveries. Each PSS has their own unique skill set and approach to recovery that creates a truly supportive environment through sympathy and empathy.



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