People Who Care
ARIANNE SCHELLER, PHD, LPC
CEO, Program Director, Clinical Director
Dr. Scheller has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Scranton and her Doctorate (PhD.) in Human Development from Marywood University. Dr. Scheller is an adult child of an alcoholic and has worked with families dealing with addiction in various counseling settings for the last 20 years, including in her private practice. Dr. Scheller started working in the addiction and mental health field when her father, Stephen, started his journey in recovery. She journeyed right along with him and has shared her experience, strength, and hope with other families.
In terms of treatment, Dr. Scheller practices a Cognitive Behavioral approach with 12-step integration. Dr. Scheller is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing from the EMDR Institute and trained in Regression Hypnosis by Dr. Brian Weiss. Dr. Scheller and her father, who has been sober for over 20 years, teamed up with a group of great addiction professionals to create Endless Mountains Extended Care to continue to share their family recovery, helping others in their recovery process.
Steve has been in recovery for over 20 years and has sponsored and helped so many young men struggling with addiction in every way he knows how. Steve owns a successful commercial building construction company and has made it his mission to employ young men in recovery to give them a chance and a fresh start in life. Steve lives and breathes his recovery and is an example of recovery success in his sobriety and in, his kindness and concern for others, and his constant willingness to help. Starting Endless Mountains Extended Care with his daughter was a life mission for Steve, a vocation. His profession is construction, but his life and spirit are recovery.
ASHLEY BUNNELL, BA, CADC
Ashley Bunnell obtained a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Chemical Dependency from Pennsylvania State University. Ashley attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies at Misericordia University. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Scranton. Ashley utilizes her personal experience in addiction, recovery, and education to help our clients address their addictive behaviors and substance use issues. Ashley’s previous experience as a Caseworker for Wyoming County Human Services helped Ashley recognize how family dynamics and relationships can significantly impact a person’s ability to maintain long-term recovery. Ashley incorporates family counseling in her clients’ treatment plans when suitable.
Ashley has been volunteering in the recovery community for over a decade. Ashley was a member of the Luzerne/Wyoming County Drug and Alcohol Commission and testified in the state capital on behalf of treatment court programs. Ashley understands that substances are only a symptom of the problem and uses best practice techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and psychoeducation to address and heal the internal agony of the addicted individual. Ashley has a deep passion for helping others struggling with substance use disorders gain stability and independence.
CARA DESANTO, BS
Cara graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services. Currently, Cara is Pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Scranton. Before joining the clinical team at Endless Mountains Extended Care, Cara worked with individuals who struggled with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Cara enjoys helping others discover themselves, succeed and thrive. Cara resides in Dunmore, PA, with her significant other, Anthony, their son, Nico, and dog, Jade, whom she enjoys spending time with outside of working at EMEC.
PETER S. SMITH, MS
Peter has been a counselor for over 25 years and is a certified school counselor. Peter’s approach is two-pronged. Regarding educational counseling for our residents, Peter focuses on job skills, career searches, resume writing, and helping patients find job training and education. However, the most exciting part of what Peter brings to our team is his focus on Eastern Medicinal Practices, including mindfulness, meditation, and the Wim Hof Method. The Wim Hof Method combines cold temperature therapy in conjunction with deep breathing techniques to increase the production of endorphins, lower stress levels, decrease inflammation, and improve overall functioning.
Justine Andrews, NCC, LPC, CCTP
Justine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Albright College in 2008. She went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Marywood University in 2012. Justine then returned to Marywood to complete counseling courses to obtain her license. She has been practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2019. Justine’s past experience includes individual, group and family counseling for children, adolescents and adults. Justine specializes in trauma therapy and is trained in EMDR. She utilizes a person centered approach with all of her clients and integrates individual’s strengths in their treatment.