Addiction treatment staff Sally Thoren


Sally Thoren, BA, CADC

Sally Thoren first joined Gateway Foundation in 1982 as a college intern and became a full-time employee upon graduating. Sally has served in many roles at Gateway Foundation during her career: counselor, admissions staff, assistant program director, program director, regional director and now serves as the executive director for Gateway Foundation’s services in Chicago. She also manages Gateway Foundation’s relationships with many institutional funders.

Over the course of her 35-year career, Sally has seen substance use treatment evolve from a fragmented, hierarchical “behavior modification” approach to a person-centered, trauma-informed, medication-assisted, multidisciplinary approach. She has championed the work in the field, earning the Vince Bakeman Memorial Advocacy award in 2010.

Sally earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College and also studied law at DePaul University.

addiction treatment staff Keith Sarpolis


Keith Sarpolis, MD

Dr. Keith Sarpolis has over 37 years of diverse experience focused on substance use disorder and internal medicine. He approaches healthcare through a holistic perspective, believing that treatment of both the physical and psychosocial aspects of a patient’s health is critical.

Dr. Sarpolis earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Chicago River North Addiction Treatment Staff

The addiction treatment staff at Gateway Foundation’s Chicago River North Outpatient includes counselors and psychiatrists with years of experience working with adults with substance use and co-occurring disorders. They are trained in and incorporate evidenced-based practices, such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, Disease Education and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

The team provides multiple psychotherapeutic and psycho-education groups each day and hosts monthly alumni events and family support days. Taking a holistic approach to recovery, patients are supported through a vast network of outside support services, such as outside individual therapy, psychiatry and support groups such as 12 Step, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery. Call 312.464.9451 to talk with a team member right now.