Dave Ouzts is a chemical health intern at Vinland’s residential program in Loretto. He is working on getting his licensure in drug and alcohol counseling with Metropolitan State University. He hopes to get his licensure by Dec. 2015.
Why are you interested in your field of study?
I was working with older adults and finding that many clients were presenting with drug and alcohol problems. My interests stemmed from that experience.
Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I came here because of Vinland’s mission and specifically to work with this demographic of clients.
What are your goals after graduation?
I look forward to employment and getting my LPCC at St. Mary’s University possibly starting fall of 2016.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy being in my garden and spending time with close friends.
What are your favorite places you’ve ever been?
Greece. I stayed in a remote island of Paros for six weeks. I also loved going to Hawaii and visiting the big island and Maui.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet?
If I could go back in time I’d like to sit in the room and listen to Niccolo Paganini. (Paganini was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist and composer known as the violin virtuoso of his time.)
What is your spirit animal?
A cat–because cats have the ability to stay in the present moment.
What is your favorite book, movie and/or TV show?
“The Nantucket Diary” by Ned Roem
What song best describes your life?
“Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses