Meet the Team

Clay Engels, Founder


Clay Engels found himself in his first treatment center in Aspen, CO at the age of 16 years old. Clay’s behavior had been troublesome starting in elementary school. Between his severe dyslexia and the unspoken issues going on in his family’s home, Clay fits the classic role of “identified patient.” Unfortunately, his stint in the Aspen facility was just the beginning of a long, arduous road to his ultimate path to continuous sobriety and emotional recovery for the past 20 years.  Clay has been engaged personally and professionally for over a decade in helping individuals and families connect with the appropriate resources and trusted and proven specials to receive the level of care they need. The Roots Collaborative Methodology is a result of Clay’s cumulative experiences with respect to drug and alcohol addiction.

Julie Thorne Engels,  Strategic Vision  

JulieTE_HeadshotV1 copyJulie Thorne Engels discovered transformative “power” of rum in the 8th grade and quickly began her full descent into alcoholism before her 14th birthday. Ironically, Julie sobered up at the same hospital in which she was born 20 years previously, and has stayed clean and sober ever since.  After graduating from Columbia College in Chicago, she launched her career as a creative entrepreneur and brand marketing expert in Los Angeles, before founding her own tech startup, Bettyvision. The tech platform was part of a natural evolution of the in-person vision board workshops she developed which provides the space for participants to focus on their goals and dreams. The real power of the vision process comes from sharing one’s board with the community to enlist continual support in turning their desires for the future into reality. To date, Julie has been awed by the hundreds and hundreds of big dreams Bettyvision has catalyzed and helped to launch! And of course, being of service to the recovery community, especially young females, is at the core of Julie’s values.