get to know dawn

Dawn is a Certified Professional Recovery Coach, with a PhD and consulting expertise related to women and health care policy

In her work as a researcher and consultant, Nickel has focused largely on exploring how best to support women who experience substance use disorders, mental health issues, and intimate partner violence, the three issues that prompted Nickel to start her own personal recovery journey in 1987. 

Dawn understands that choosing to start her recovery journey at age 27 was only the beginning; she continues to choose and practice it every day. Dawn currently identifies as being in active recovery from anxiety, grief, workaholism and the patriarchy.

When she isn’t writing, working as a healthcare and social policy consultant, or helping to grow the movement she started, Dawn can be found hanging out at home with her partner and family, walking or hiking with She Recovers’ friends, doing the odd 1000-piece puzzle, or reading. Her life goals include “graduating” therapy at some point, writing more books and a screenplay, completing her travel bucket list, and spending quality time with family, especially her precious grandchildren.