Wellness Partners Group LLC has award-winning experience in partnering with clients to deliver a full spectrum of corporate health and wellness programs, services and resources. From small businesses to international Fortune 500 corporations, our strategic wellness team designs and customizes solutions to meet the wellness goals of employers and their employee populations – onsite and online.
We believe there is science and art in the programming and delivery of corporate wellness services. The ‘science’ involves combining research findings, behavioral change theory, best practices and shared experiences to support people in adopting healthier lifestyles that ultimately lead to improved outcomes, increased productivity and reduced health care costs. The ‘art’ involves the design and customization of the corporate health and wellness programs to meet your company’s individual needs. Through creative internal marketing, exciting educational programming, and exceedingly effective coaching we are able to exceed industry standards in areas such as employee engagement and coaching retention. Ultimately this yields significant and noticeable change within the workforce creating a truly transformed corporate culture of wellness and mutual support.
Rich is a senior executive with 13 years of director-level experience and 23 years clinical experience in behavioral healthcare. Rich brings skills across multiple domains, including MH treatment, substance use disorder treatment, critical incident/stress management services, parental support programs, workforce conflict resolution skills training, anger-management skills training and behavioral modification with both children and adults. An outstanding trainer and teacher Rich has presented at more than 150 national and regional conferences in topics ranging from Motivational Interviewing to Critical Incident and Stress Management.
Rich has been an adjunct faculty for the past 5 years at the university level. Rich has developed his skills in supporting behavior change through academic training, professional supervision, and lived experience. He is truly an expert in the behavioral change process and has a deep understanding of what it takes to support another person in reaching their fullest potential. Rich is a coach with Wellness Partners and will also directly supervise, train, and guide our other coaches.
Michael Baker, M.Ed, LPC, CAC II, NCC, of Baker Therapeutic Services LLC, is an
independently licensed and certified counselor and co-owner with Five Forks Counseling Group
in Simpsonville, SC. Michael co-established Five Forks Counseling Group with over 16 years of
extensive experience in working with adolescents, emerging/young adults, substance
abuse/addiction, trauma, dual diagnosis, gender-specific issues (particularly pertaining to men),
high conflict families, eating disorders, GLBT populations, depression, anxiety, supervised
visitation services, and marketing/business development. Michael is also the clinical consultant
for Safety Net Recovery, Greenville location, and is a therapeutic partner in the Wellness
Partners Group Employee Assistance Program.
While he grew up in Seattle, WA, his most recent and fond roots are in the upstate of SC, having
graduated from both Southern Wesleyan University with a BS in Psychology with a minor in
English, and from Clemson University with a Master’s of Educational Counseling. Michael also
spent several years in Atlanta and is well networked in several states (SC, NC, GA, FL and TN)
should referral for additional or external support services become necessary.
Michael is dedicated to helping eliminate the sometimes crippling stigma associated with seeking
therapeutic services, particularly regarding substance abuse/addiction and survival of trauma.
These stigmas are especially strong in men, who from a young age have been conditioned to
need nothing, show no fear, and keep moving forward regardless of the internal struggles and
processes we all face.
Michael believes in taking a case-by-case approach to everyone and every issue that he sees.
Without a well-informed and in-depth understanding of what one's life has entailed, it is difficult to help people progress to the next phase of their lives. Michael will do all he can to help you and your loved ones to enhance insight, awareness, and active solutions for a better life through
holistic counseling and collaboration. He is ready and able to help.