Max Whipple

Owner / Counselor – RN-BC, PMHN, CARN, BCN, CDP


Max has worked in the medical field as a nurse for over 25 years with an extensive and varied background in both acute and chronic care settings. Max is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse as well as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse. He is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing, the American Psychiatric Nursing Association as well as International Nurses Society on Addiction (IntNSA). Serves as a board member for the Washington State Association of Independent Outpatient Providers (WASIOP) as a legislative liaison. Mr. Whipple has been involved with program development at Belair Clinic since 2010 and has incorporated the latest treatment modalities for clients with substance use disorders from varied psychological states. In 2016, Mr. Whipple became a Board-Certified Neurofeedback Provider (BCN) with the goal of using neurofeedback to retrain the brain to be calmer, to forget or manage painful memories, thus helping addicts resist cravings for drugs or alcohol.


Jay Wright

Business Manager


Jay brings years of experience as a business manager with both financial and staff responsibility in Human Resources, Logistics, Customer Service, and Operations.  He is an energetic problem solver experienced in start-ups as well as re-engineering and is a recognized team leader with proven negotiating skills lending to consensus building in an organization.

Kelly Frost

Clinical Supervisor / Counselor – BA, CDP


Kelly started as an intern in October of 2012 and quickly became a key player in the treatment team at Belair Clinic. Kelly graduated from Skagit Valley College in Spring of 2013 with a degree in Chemical Dependency and graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in 2015. Kelly's treatment approach includes neuroscience, eastern psychology, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and mindfulness based relapse prevention as well as traditional 12 step models. Kelly teaches both intensive outpatient and relapse prevention groups with a fun and approachable take on treatment.

Nicole Whipple

Administrator – OTR/L, CLT


Nicole has been an occupational therapy practitioner for 24 years, and a Registered Occupational Therapist for 20 years. She is currently developing a Sensory Processing and Life Skills Management program for our clients with mental health and substance use disorders.The goal of this program will be to identify and treat sensory integration challenges in adults and support their ability to fully participate in meaningful life roles, routines and healthy daily activities.

Megan Fowler

Counselor – BA, CDP


Megan joined the team in January of 2015. During her educational career at WWU, Megan was driven to obtain a BA in Psychology and Political Science in order to better understand the social, cultural and physiological factors underwriting our vulnerability to disease and addiction. With a belief in the capacity for growth and a passion for helping others discover wholeness, she brings compassion, energy and insight to the Belair team.


Alex Hendricks-Hockey

Counselor – BA, CDPT


Alex has been working at Belair Clinic since April of 2016. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Psychology in 2013 and will complete her Post-Baccalaureate Chemical Dependency credentialing at Skagit Valley College in June of 2017. Alex has been accepted into the Extended-education Master's program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University in Seattle. She is simply thrilled to begin that phase of expanded growth and development in an academic as well as spiritual perspective in September of 2017. Alex is trained to facilitate Wellness Recovery Action Plans for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, integrating personal empowerment and mindfulness into the recovery process.

Nita Stevens

Billing – BBA


Nita Stevens has a bachelors degree in business administration and enjoyed a career in accounting and marketing in the banking industry. She added a certificate in medical billing and coding from Bellingham technical College. Over 20 years experience in banking, clerical, and office management.



Our History

Duane W. Stewart received a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Brigham Young University in 1970. His undergraduate work was premedical and because of his pre-med background, he was awarded an MOS of Phlebotomist and Lab Technician when he was drafted into the Army Medical Corps. He became a master diagnostician while serving in the military and learned the importance of using body fluids and blood chemistry to diagnose the various maladies he was required to deal with. This experience had a large influence on his later thinking and orientation as he dealt with mental aberrations and physical disorders in the context of understanding dual diagnoses in chemical dependency.


After receiving his Ph.D. he came to Western Washington University as an Associate Professor in Child Development and Family Studies which had an influence on his awareness of the role of family and heredity in understanding personality development as it applies to mental and physical addictions. Simultaneously, it was observed that there was a large Native American population along the Pacific Coast and alcoholism and drug addiction seemed to be pandemic amongst this group of aboriginal people. Because of his inherent interest, Dr. Stewart was hired by some of the Native bands in British Columbia to work up proposals for programs to treat these indigenous people who had become victims to drugs and alcohol. The Natives not only had access to the standard substances of alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine, but also methamphetamines, heroin (both black-tar and China-White), and inhalants. Drug addiction was decimating their culture. Dr. Stewart also had observed that most individuals who had mental health problems also had serious issues with addictions as many attempted to self-administer. In all of the programs he has been involved in, therefore, there has been a clinical approach, dual-diagnosis emphasis and an attempt to treat the whole rather than to compartmentalize. Throughout his work, Dr. Stewart has tried to integrate the issues elaborated in this biographical sketch of a medial model: clinical approach, dual diagnosis, hereditary influences, etc. In establishing the Belair Clinic, therefore, the emphasis has always been on a clinical approach and a medial model of dual diagnosis. In perusing the subjects and topics covered in treatment at the Belair Clinic, one will observe that pharmacology, physiology, and other variables of a medical model are very prominent.


Duane Stewart incorporated and established the Belair Clinic in 1988 and it has continued until the present.