"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever."
~ Amy Pohler
Amy Bonebrake LMSW, CADC, SAP - Director/ CEO
grew up in Marshalltown Iowa. After graduating, she attended Marshalltown Community College and Transferred to the University of Iowa where she graduated with a Degree in Psychology and became certified in Aging Studies. Although Amy's life had previously been dedicated to our older population, their families, and those needing assistance navigating the aging network for the last 20+ years in the Long Term Care / Assisted Living/ Memory Care setting, Case Management and heading an Elder Abuse and Neglect Program for an agency in Illinois, she has also been dedicated to helping those afflicted with addiction since 2008.
Amy is also an instructor for OWI Courses and has been a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) since 2008. Amy obtained her Master's in Social Work with a concentration on Trauma at the University of Northern Iowa. Amy is also a Certified SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) and conducts evaluations at the Federal DOT Level.
Some of the populations that Amy has worked with include those in the LGBTQ+ community, older adults, college students, professionals, and court-involved individuals who battle addiction. Recently, she has started working more with women in mid-life transitions and those who struggle with prenatal and postpartum drug use, working to empower women. Amy also has an office at the Univeristy of Northern Iowa and sees students exclusively on Wednesdays at the Student Counseling Center.
In 2017, Amy opened Access Evaluations and Education Services (which is now Access Wellness and Recovery Center), a licensed substance use treatment agency in the Cedar Valley that offers personalized substance use counseling, evaluations, and education pertaining to alcohol and drugs. Amy also has a location at UNI assisting students and will drive to jails to assist those who need access to residential treatment services. Access is able to serve the entire State of Iowa through telehealth services. She has been in the recovery community since 2006. Amy is married to Dr. Bonebrake, who has finally joined her at Access as the Medical Director and physician. She also has two adult sons and a son-in-law and a stepson and 3 dogs.
Ted A. Bonebrake MD, FASAM - Medical Director / Physician
was born and raised in Nebraska City, NE, where his father practiced medicine for 46 years. As a young boy, he would often accompany his father to the hospital on evening emergency visits. His father taught him that medicine is a ministry, and physicians should serve their patients to the best of their ability, regardless of their needs. After first studying music, Dr. Bonebrake later graduated medical school at the University of Nebraska in 1997, and went on to complete a family medicine residency in Waterloo, IA through the University of Iowa.
He lived and practiced in rural Iowa for 12 years, then returned to the Cedar Valley where he has lived for the last 10 years. He developed an interest in addiction medicine and became certified to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder in 2014. Since then, he has helped hundreds of patients who suffer from many substance use disorders to recover and lead more productive lives. In 2023, Dr. Bonebrake was board certified in addiction medicine and became a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. With his new qualifications, he- was able to accept the position of Medical Director at Access Wellness and Recovery Center, where he now provides full family medical care, mental health prescribing, and medication for addiction treatment (MAT).
Dr. Bonebrake is married to Amy Bonebrake, LMSW, CADC, SAP, and the Executive Director at Access. They have 4 adult sons and 3 dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, playing the piano, kayaking, playing frisbee with the dogs, and spending time with family. He is also active in the Cedar Valley recovery community. And after growing up in Nebraska, he remains an avid Cornhusker fan.
Gretchen Bradshaw Psy. M, tCADC (Dubuque Jail Location/ Remote)
was born in Dubuque Iowa. In 1984, her parents moved our family to California. She grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Gretchen attended the University of La Verne, in California, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then moved their family here to Iowa and has lived in Dubuque since 2010. In 2015 Gretchen earned a master’s degree in psychology.
Gretchen's work experience includes working in school districts in various capacities. She became a mental health therapist and worked with families, teens, and adolescents on emotional control and coping skills and went on to become a school-based youth counselor. She went into the schools to assist with students who were emotionally irregulated. This allowed students to be seen by a therapist without having to leave the school. Gretchen then worked as a law enforcement Liaison where she worked with the Dubuque Sheriff's Department and assisted the deputies with crisis calls. She then provided resources, support, and connections to help de-escalate highly intense situations. Currently, she is employed as working as a social worker in the Dubuque County Jail providing resources for those who are incarcerated. When she is not working at the jail, Gretchen is providing substance use evaluations as an employee of Access remotely.
Gretchen was married in 2000 to her amazing husband and became a step-mom to 2 amazing daughters. In 2009 her youngest was born and she now has 2 granddaughters on the way. They also have 3 very large dogs.
Stacy Krug, CADC -(Linn County/ Remote Counselor)
received a double bachelor's in psychology and criminal justice from Mt. Mercy University followed by her CDAC. She is currently in graduate school working towards her LMSW, focusing on co-occurring disorders, specifically substance use and mental health disorders. She has been working in this field for over 15 years and could not see herself doing anything else.
Stacy believes that genuineness, empathy, and trust are essential in the therapeutic relationship, and her knowledge and experience will help you develop the tools you need to succeed in your recovery journey and be more settled in your unique circumstances. You are brave to take the first step in seeking treatment, and Stacy is excited to work with you. As your counselor, Stacy works to strive for a therapeutic partnership, and you will work as a team every step of the way. Stacy is here when you are ready to begin your wellness journey, and she will meet you where you are to help you feel comfortable and safe. She is looking forward to hearing from you. Stacy is a mother of 2 amazing boys.
Kent Ratekin - OWI Class Instructor
was born in Iowa City on July 4th in a tornado. Both of his parents were outstanding educators. He finished his first college degree in Art Education at the University of Northern Iowa in 1977. Kent moved to Bellingham in Washington State after graduation, became interested in alternative education, and took classes in Vancouver, B.C. in Waldorf Education, Washington. He finished his Waldorf training with an MA from Mercy College of Detroit, a sponsor of the Waldorf Institute. This led to the founding of the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School in Bellingham where he taught for many years. He currently is teaching the 12-Hour Prime for Life Drinking Drivers Course for Access.
Kent's teaching career also took him to California and Oregon, where he helped to start several Charter Schools. I was also able to enjoy music, sports, and painting over the years, as well as hiking and camping throughout the northwest and Alaska. He is currently married to a wonderful partner, Patricia, and has two daughters and two grandchildren in the Seattle area.