Meet the Staff

Christine Ullstrup, LCSW, CSAC, ICS
Vice President of Clinical Services

ChristineChristine has twenty years of experience in addiction treatment. She is a Meta House graduate and joined the staff in 1995. She earned her Master of Social Work in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2011, she was promoted to Director of Programs and to Vice President of Clinical Services in 2013. In this position, she provides oversight and leadership for all of our clinical programs and is responsible for the vision, goals and coordination of services across all three treatment settings. Christine presented at the 4th National Conference on Women’s Addiction and Recovery about a women-specific substance use disorder treatment program that she personally developed and implemented at Meta House and Shorewood House.

She frequently speaks at public forums on the need for gender-specific treatment, reducing the stigma of substance use disorders, and the need for more treatment options. In 2014, her dedication to women’s health was lauded by the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, which named her a statewide Leader in Women’s Health.

“People get healthier with caring, compassionate treatment, and that’s what we do here. We’re going to take care of you and your loved ones. We are here to support you and your family through the recovery process.”

Cathy Perkins, MD
Medical Director

Dr. PerkinsDr. Perkins has provided psychiatric consultation to Meta House since 1999. She earned her Medical Degree from State University of New York, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She is a Psychiatrist and an Addictionologist. She is certified by the American Society of Addiction. Dr. Perkins is uniquely-licensed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prescribe Suboxone, a medically-monitored drug to help treat opiate addiction. Prior to her time at with us, she worked extensively in hospitals and emergency rooms and thus is accustomed to responding quickly and thoughtfully to urgent issues.

“I’ve been doing this work for 16 years and I continue to do so because I feel there’s such a need for women who are desperate for treatment, and someone who truly understands mental health and addiction.”

“When I was training, I was drawn to Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose Psychiatry because I felt like I had a lot of empathy for patients with psychiatric needs.”

Sarah Joyce, LPC, CSAC, CSIT, NCC



Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UW-Steven’s Point and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Marquette. Sarah has been part of our therapy team since 2008, including a one-year internship.

Sarah values the sense of community felt by staff and clients. “The women share their moments with each other—they care about each other and want to share. Our clients like to come back and visit even after they’ve completed treatment.”

“We understand how addiction impacts women in a unique way—it impacts everything in a woman’s life. We offer holistic treatment to meet their specific needs.”