Dr. Sarah Wicklund, MD FAPA, Medical Director
Dr. Wicklund is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with a particular interest in treating PTSD (particularly in veterans and first responders), dual diagnosis (substance abuse along with another mental illness), and those with treatment-resistant depression. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology in 2002 and her Master of Science degree in Food Chemistry in 2004. She then went on to the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school where she graduated in 2008. And in 2012, she completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During her time at MCW, she served as Chief Resident for the Milwaukee VA where she found herself drawn to treating veterans.
After residency, she and her family relocated to Scottsdale, AZ where she joined the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital working with patients in the inpatient setting at Valley Hospital. In 2013 she had the opportunity to join the Phoenix VA and for the past 5 years has worked with patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. This has garnered her extensive experience in treating PTSD and dual diagnosis patients.
She was excited to be asked to be Medical Director for Fountain Hills Recovery because of their focus on treating veterans and first responders. This partnership allows for better continuity of care for patients suffering from substance abuse because she can follow their treatment from the more intense residential substance abuse setting to the outpatient setting at Mindfully Integrated Health and vice versa. She looks forward to working with you to improve your wellbeing and reach your full potential.
Dr. Justin Evans, LCSW, DBH Clinical Director
Justin began his career in the behavioral health field with outpatient drug and alcohol counseling. Specializing in substance abuse and anger management, he has spent time working in the Maricopa County Jail system, residential drug, and alcohol rehabilitation centers, as well as an inpatient psychiatric hospital. He holds a Doctorate of Behavioral Health and Masters of Social work from Arizona State University.
Michael Wright, MMS, PA-C
Michael is a Board Certified Physician Assistant with a background in general medicine. He completed his graduate training in Physician Assistant studies at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ in 2014. After graduation, Michael worked for the Arizona Center for Hand Surgery as well as the ENT department at the Phoenix VA Hospital. His interests include the interface between general medicine and psychiatry.
Michael is a veteran of the armed services having served in both the Army and Air Force. As an active member of the Army, he served as a combat medic in Colorado and South Korea. After leaving the Army he transitioned to the Air Force National Guard with the 119th Fighter Wing in Fargo, North Dakota where he was a firefighter and EMT. During his Air National Guard service, he moved up through the ranks as a captain and eventually an assistant fire chief. Michael was thrilled to be given the opportunity to be able to give back to those veterans and first responders in our community by joining the team at Fountain Hills Recovery where he oversees the medical care of their patients.
Mary Jane Watman, BHT
Mary Jane brings to Fountain Hills Recovery, several years of experience in the recovery field after having found her own personal journey out of addiction. Having worked as an aftercare counselor, then a primary therapist, MJ extended her knowledge in the field as an intervention therapist. Her experience and continuing education in addiction counseling have given her the skills and passion for helping families with loved ones who are suffering from addiction. She is uniquely qualified in bringing families together in order to create an environment conducive to a successful recovery.
Outside of her professional life, MJ is devoted to helping women in correctional facilities recover from addiction and is very active in the recovery community helping others on their own journeys to sobriety.
TJ Carlini, CDC I+II, BHT
TJ found his passion for recovery after graduating from the Salvation Army ARC in Austin, TX. He established his formal education soon after and continues to actively pursue higher education at Austin CC and Rio Salado. He holds a level 1 certificate in Chemical Dependence Counseling along with multiple accreditations in the field of substance abuse recovery and is currently finalizing a degree in Social Work. TJ delivers a high energy message through firsthand experience, guiding patients to live up to their full potential by breaking the cycles of addiction, crime, hopelessness, and despair they face in their daily life.
TJ is a regular speaker on the subject of addiction and recovery at churches and conferences, as well as one on one counseling. His work with patients from all backgrounds has given him the experience necessary to emphasize the urgency to live a sober lifestyle. His goal is to help others find their unique skills, talents, and life purpose that allows them to begin the transition to the next chapter of their addiction-free and purpose-filled life.
Nathaniel P. Bush, BSW, BHT
Nathaniel has undertaken a life-long commitment to both, spread awareness of addiction, misuse, and abuse, and to help others as an addiction professional: his accomplishments and dedication to a career of helping others are life-affirming. He has been an active member of the recovery community since May 2010, has been working in the field of substance use treatment since 2013, and is a full-time student at Arizona State University. Nathaniel earned his Bachelors of Social Work, at Arizona State University in May of 2017, and is on track to earn his Masters of Social Work. Through his vocational and volunteer experience, Nathaniel has, among other things, presented substance use research at honors conferences throughout the country, worked in admissions and marketing, had the opportunity to manage recovery homes, facilitate psychoeducational groups, and work with families throughout the Phoenix area. As a Primary Therapist, Nathaniel brings a wide variety of personal, educational, and volunteer experiences, and prides himself on contributing his honest and straightforward values to the Fountain Hills Recovery family.
Rosario Chi Lorigan, LPC
Chi Lorigan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who completed her Master’s degree in Counseling/Community Counseling at the University of Phoenix and licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Her experience includes Outpatient Behavioral Health Centers, Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospitals, and private practice. Chi provides weekly individual counseling with patients in need of trauma therapy utilizing CBT and EMDR approaches.
Jenn Snider-Bushko, LPC
There is no such thing as “normal.” I embrace the uniqueness of each client. After assessing your individual needs I draw from an eclectic variety of therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Your time is precious and I treat it as such by asking the right questions providing straightforward feedback with genuine empathy. My goal is to empower each client so that they are living their life to their full potential. You have come to me for help and I am honored to be a part of your journey.
Patricia Ahler, MT-BC, NCCA Accredited
Miss Ahler is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who completed her music therapy education at Arizona State University. She is certified in Neurologic Music Therapy.
Patricia works with addicts and mental health clients in community outreach settings. She regularly provides music therapy in recovery treatment centers in the Phoenix area. Patricia has developed a passion for this work. The profound impact of music over the course of her life has inspired and deepened her commitment to working with those in recovery.
I spent most of my adolescence and young adulthood lost, using chemicals and people to help me create a false sense of self and meaning. Defeated, confused, and finally willing to accept help, I reached out. 12-Step programs got me sober and getting sober helped me find a new passion.
When in Inpatient Rehabilitation, I discovered that yoga was an instrumental addition to my 12-Step based recovery program. I quickly became passionate about both recovery and yoga, obtaining my certification as a yoga teacher from both the State and the Yoga Alliance. Over the past years, I have been working intensely to combine these two things, yoga, and recovery. Being a recovering addict/alcoholic myself, I bring an added element to the classes I teach; I speak the same language, and I speak from experience.
The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of a regular yoga practice are well established, and usually not taken advantage of by those in active addiction. Being able to create calm and get clarity by using your body and your breath is an incredible skill, especially for those of us who are used to dealing with feelings and stress by using drugs and alcohol. I have personally found and strongly believe that developing a yoga practice early in recovery is one of the many great tools to send people back into the world to sustain sobriety. Additionally, I have created a Hot Yoga for Addiction Recovery class which is open for people to attend after completing their treatment and is held Friday nights in Scottsdale.
Recovery Yoga is my passion, and I love bringing it to people starting their journey to sobriety at Fountain Hills Recovery Center.
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John and Natalie Salem
Founders of Fountain Hills Recovery
John started a successful career in advertising at a young age and made a name for himself with his charisma and his passion for helping other businesses thrive. Likewise, Natalie had an early start to her acting career landing a key role in the feature film Magnolia with Tom Cruise and guest-starring in several movies and television shows. As the two built their careers, Natalie eventually landed the role of “Snow White” at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, where she met John. They married, started a family, and began to live out their real-life fairy tale together.
While they shared many storybook moments together, throughout their careers they witnessed the damaging effects addiction had on those around them. Their fairytale life came to an end when Natalie’s father passed away after a long battle with substance abuse. He was a Fire Captain for nearly 30 years and a hero in the eyes of many, but his public appearance only helped to hide his battle with this devastating disease. After going through the pain and guilt that comes with losing a loved one to substance abuse, Natalie and John reassessed their lives.
They resolved to dedicate themselves to bringing awareness to the often overlooked struggles of first responders, law enforcement, and veterans with substance abuse issues. Natalie and John were determined to help those affected by addiction and to open a treatment center that focused on compassion, empathy, and enthusiasm for their clients’ recovery.
Their commitment to a client’s health is apparent in their hands-on approach to daily operations at the center and their willingness to go the extra mile for those who entrust their lives in the care of Fountain Hills Recovery.
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Fountain Hills Recovery is a safe haven for those who are ready to transition into a new life of sobriety. Through our programs, you’ll learn to love living sober, grow beyond limitations, and become a productive member of society again. We will help you become an asset to others and live a life in which you are trusted, valued and happy.
Finding the right addiction treatment program can be a matter of life or death. Fountain Hills Recovery is here to help. Call us now at (800) 715-2004 if you’re ready to overcome addiction and learn to love living life sober.
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