Here at St. Kolbe-Puckett Center for Healing, we provide innovative outpatient medical treatment with the knowledge that facing addiction is difficult, and doing so without medical guidance or medication assistance often leads to lower success rates and higher rates of relapse.

We use a whole-patient approach that offers office-based, medication-assisted treatment and counseling that treats addiction.


We’re a nonprofit clinic in St. Joseph, Missouri dedicated to helping people facing addiction to drugs and alcohol find sustained recovery and holistic healing. Our main goal is to not turn anyone away who’s seeking recovery.


We know that no single approach to addiction treatment is right for everyone. We identify the unique qualities in anyone seeking recovery and help connect them with individuals and organizations in our community who can work together to make their goal of recovery a success.

We take this approach from the power of our namesakes, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and young Mark Puckett, whose lives were lost to prevent others who would otherwise continue to suffer.  We exist to meet the needs of any person seeking treatment from addiction.

“When you lose your loved one, there’s nothing like it. When you watch your grandchildren go to a coffin and see their father deceased, or their mother, it’s not a good thing, they’re not coming back. We have to do something to stop it.”



St. Kolbe-Puckett Center for Healing was started to meet the needs of underserved Missouri communities dealing with opioid addiction. 


Co-Founder and Medical Director

Dustin Smith, M.D., is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has dedicated his life to helping others. After graduating from medical school, he completed his residency in Texas and spent time abroad practicing medicine. He then moved to St. Joseph where he began working at Mosaic as an attending physician and assistant director. Dustin is a St. Louis native and uses telemedicine to treat patients. He is married to his wife, Stacy, and they have three sons, Sebastian, Lincoln, and Summit.



Mark is a business owner in St. Joseph. He was motivated to open the St. Kolbe-Puckett Center for Healing by his own son’s death from an overdose. Mark’s primary motivation is that he doesn’t want to see another parent go through what he went through.


We have an experienced staff of physicians, nurses, and credentialed counselors, each with years of experience in chemical dependency treatment.

Dr. Ingrid Clarke, D.O.


Dr. Clarke is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Lenexa, KS and has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Kansas City University Of Physicians & Surgeons medical school in 2009. Dr. Clarke treats addiction patients on a weekly basis at St. Kolbe-Puckett and has done so for the last two years.

Bobbie Baur

Administrative Assistant

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Licensed Professional Counselor

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Peer Support Specialist

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The individuals who make up our board are not only members of the medical community, but also includes those who have successfully recovered from their own addiction, and family members who have been witness to this medical disease.

We collaborate with other community organizations to help those facing the challenge of addiction gather knowledge and skills. The patients we treat receive addiction education, financial planning, housing, stress reduction, physical health, family planning, and spiritual guidance.

Dr. Dustin Smith

Medical Director

Dr. Smith is the President of the Board of Directors, Medical Director and Co-founder of St. Kolbe-Puckett. He is also the Director of the Mercy Virtual Substance Use Recovery Program (SURP) located in St. Louis, MO. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Missouri- Medical School (2009). He was the award recipient of the college’s Outstanding Young Physician award in 2019 for his work at St. Kolbe-Puckett and his role in combating Missouri opioid epidemic. He is also the national distinction recipient of the Presidential Medal of Service. He has treated patients at St. Kolbe-Puckett for the last three year due to increasing need for patient services in the area. Dr. Smith developed his passion for treating those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder through witnessing patients and families affected during his time in Emergency Medicine with Mosaic Life Care.

Nigh Johnson


Nigh is the President of the Guardian Angel Group, consisting of the Guardian Angel Insurance Agency, Inc., Guardian Angel Retirement Planners, Guardian Angel Estate Planners, Guardian Angel Tax Planners, and the Guardian Angel Preservation Planners. He is a specialist in group benefit program design and administration, retirement, and estate planning. Currently licensed with more than 30 companies, he has been in the insurance consulting business since October 1990 and was honored as a 2003 and 2007 “Businessman of the Year” and won the National Leadership Award presented by the National Republican Congress.
He is active in the community serving as a pro-bono Insurance Consultant with many organizations around St. Joseph and through a Christian based food distribution program where they provide meals to the homeless and needy of Northwest Missouri.

Liz Broadus

Board Member

Liz has been a member of our Board of Directors since October of 2018. She received her BS in Finance and Human Resource Management in 2003 and her MBA in Human Resource Management in 2009. Liz is an Associate Recruiter for Lowe’s Companies, Inc and has specialized in recruiting, retention, employee relations, policy and procedure and overall compliance for almost a decade. She is dedicated to pursuing multiple fundraising and grant opportunities to continue to provide additional resources for the clinic. Liz is a lifelong member of the St. Joseph community and has a passion for assisting high risk populations in gaining access to resources that will allow them to become/remain productive members of society.

Brandi Judah

Board Member

Brandi joined the board in May2022.


    Mark Puckett, Sr.

    Vice President and Co-founder

    Mark is the co-founder of St. Kolbe-Puckett. He is also the co-owner of Superior Exteriors of Northwest Missouri, LLC, which is a construction business specializing in custom craftsmanship. He lost his son to an overdose in May 2016, and therefore has an immense passion for our organization to hit our goals in overdose reduction within the community. He has been instrumental in fundraising efforts to date as well as community outreach.

    Ron Bascue

    Board Secretary

    Ron is the Secretary of the Board as well as VP of Information Technology. He has been active with St. Kolbe-Puckett since January of 2018 and continues to be a major advocate for those struggling with addiction, connecting them to our resources. He is a current Knowledge Management Officer at the Mission Command Center of Excellence and veteran of the United States Army.

    Suneal Menzies

    Board Member

    Suneal is the Executive Director of The Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) and is a graduate of St. Louis University (SLU) with a degree in Psychology. He joined the board at St. Kolbe-Puckett in 2019 and has been an instrumental leader and source of guidance for the clinic.