Integrated Behavioral Health Staff

Our professional and highly trained staff is what sets Fountain Hills Recovery apart. Our staff is unique not only for their passion and commitment but also because most of our staff members are in recovery themselves. The perspective they bring to the table is invaluable for connecting with and helping our clients. We believe that successful treatment outcomes require a collaboration between the client and the treatment team. It’s because of this philosophy that our patients enjoy support throughout the recovery process, and beyond.

Dr. Abraham Sayegh, MD – Medical Director

Dr. Abraham Sayegh did his internal medicine residency at New York University and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Over the last 30 years of his career, Dr. Sayegh has been the Chief of Medicine at Brazo Hospital in Scottsdale, a medical director at multiple nursing homes and a hospice center, and he is the owner and operator of North Valley Physicians Group.

Dr. Sayegh brings his own personal experience in recovery to his role at Fountain Hills Recovery, determined to help others in treatment and inspire and provide hope to those who have lost their way in their struggle with addiction. His goal is to ensure those in treatment are in the best physical shape possible for a successful recovery.

Dr. Sayegh is happily married with four children. He is active in his church, loves spending time with his family, and enjoys reading in his spare time. He’s excited to be part of Fountain Hills Recovery and share his recovery experience to motivate others to work toward happier, healthier lives.

Dr. Bethany Fetzer – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Bethany Fetzer earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and is double board certified as a Family Practice and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Bethany applies more than 35 years of experience in medical/ nursing field to incorporate body, mind and spirit into her patients’ treatment plan. She utilizes best evidenced based practice to treat each patient trusted to her care.  She is active in the substance abuse treatment community, and facilitates weekly support groups for RN’s in early recovery.

Areas of specialty include addiction and recovery, depressive and mood disorders, PTSD and trauma. In her free time she enjoys making memories with her family, reading, pilates and spiritual activities.

Shawna Chandler, MSW, LCSW  – Clinical Director

Originally from Wyoming, Shawna Chandler, MSW, LCSW, serves as the Clinical Director for Fountain Hills Recovery, offering its team and clients 25 years of experience working within the addiction and mental health industry as well as 10 years of leadership experience. Prior to joining the team, Shawna owned and operated her own outpatient and residential treatment center in Wyoming.

Shawna completed her master’s degree at Florida State University and began specializing in clinical social work. Early on realizing her passion for addiction and mental illnesses, Shawna began her journey providing clinical service to a diverse variety of populations including outpatient and residential treatment centers. Having experienced the loss of a loved one to this disease, she has made providing compassionate and caring service to addicts and families her life purpose. Shawna is dedicated to providing high-quality care to meet the unique needs of clients and their families. With extensive training in trauma, EMDR, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, family-focused therapy, mindfulness, ego states psychotherapy, and leadership, Shawna provides the clinical team with intuitive, expert training and supervision.

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Jennifer Fillmore, LMSW

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Cassandra Van Voorhees, MC, LAC – Primary Therapist

After discovering a deep passion for helping others, Cassandra earned a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Her philosophical approach toward successful recovery, from both substance abuse and other mental health illnesses, is centered around trauma-informed care.  She is EMDRIA approved EMDR trained and utilizes evidenced based modalities including Internal Family Systems and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Before joining Fountain Hills Recovery, Cassandra’s work history includes experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities and extensive experience in equine-assisted therapy.  Horses have taught her that anyone can develop a since of trust by interacting animals like horses and through those interactions one can begin gain a sense of safety which fosters and encourages trust, vulnerability, and effective communication.  Cassandra believes the path to successfully changing destructive life patterns is to identify and treat past trauma by providing a holistic approach using a myriad of interventions that treat the mind, body, and spirit.

Outside of her career, Cassandra is a mother to two young men and has a history competing in triathlons including Ironman Arizona. Cassandra uses her understanding of exercise, trauma, equine therapy, and her own personal journey in order to offer clients an integrative and holistic approach toward healing.

Sara Lorenzen, MC, LAC – Primary Therapist

Sara is a primary therapist and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCTSI), and Sand Tray Therapist level II. Sara has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Substance abuse and addiction. Sara’s experience and education have provided her with a solid understanding of the importance of treating the whole individual through integrative therapies from a strength based perspective and a belief in self-determination. Sara is devoted to helping those in recovery to heal from the effects of trauma and other co-occurring conditions.

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Amber Ricci, NCC, LAC – Primary Therapist

Amber Ricci is recognized as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Amber has received her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a post-baccalaureate certification in Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services.  Amber has over 10 years of clinical experience in the mental health field where she combines her clinical expertise with her passion for substance abuse. Amber has a diverse background in therapeutic approaches which include but are not limited to existentialism, CBT, DBT, REBT, trauma informed, prolonged trauma, solution focused, motivational interviewing, and person centered.  With her natural ability to make others feel safe and secure, she is able to provide exceeding clinical services regardless of alloted time.   Amber also has had the opportunity to develop curriculum for various substance abuse programs in the valley.  Amber has experience in patient clinical services, leadership, and program development,  but her true passion manifests in helping others restore their sense of self with support through their recovery.   With such a diverse background in the mental health field, Amber has the opportunity to provide a unique individualized approach for overall health and wellness, ensuring  esteemed  treatment for everyone that she treats.

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Amanda Richardson – Case Manager

Amanda has over 20 years experience in behavioral health. She has worked in juvenile corrections, worked with SMI populations in inpatient and outpatient, facilitated psycho-ed groups in SMI and substance abuse settings. She has  direct care and case management experience with at risk children, SMI adults, and addiction recovery settings.

She has served in leadership committees in a hospital. She is a 200 hour Hatha Yoga certified Instructor and received her 50 hr Trauma Yoga Certification through Body Wise Foundation.

She enjoys time with her family, hiking, yoga, cooking, fishing,  and loves to watch sports, especially College Basketball. “Go JayHawks!”

Maxwell Duncan – Case Manager

After battling his own substance abuse and mental health issues, Maxwell started working in the behavioral health field in 2014 at the age of 21. After realizing that his main purpose in life was to help other people recover from drug and alcohol addiction, he has made a daily commitment to be of service to others. He believes that if he can help just one person in the world realize that they can recover, then he has fulfilled that purpose. Since 2014, he has worked in many different behavioral health settings like detox, inpatient, outpatient, and on psychiatric units. Over the years, Maxwell has worked with many different populations: adolescents, homeless, severely mentally ill, and just average folks who cannot seem to overcome their drug and alcohol addiction. Maxwell finds it a challenge to come to work not knowing what the day may hold. Maxwell is fascinated with the medical side of drug and alcohol use and would like to continue his education to learn how to understand how the human body suffers as a result of it. Maxwell is approaching his time to head off to Nursing school at a local college and has aspirations to continue his education at a University. Since he has been at Fountain Hills Recovery as the PHP Case Manager, he has helped dozens of people create aftercare plans, help accomplish their daily goals, and guide each individual achieve success when they leave to go home to their families.

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Julie Kwiatkowski – Case Manager

Julie has 3 years experience working in behavioral health field and over 15 years working in the medical/technical field.  After battling her own addiction and mental health issues, Julie developed a passion for working behavioral health. Julie started her recovery journey in 2017. Since then she has worked as a behavioral health technician(BHT) in an inpatient detox program, hospitals and as a lead BHT in residential substance abuse treatment. Julie feels having compassion, respect and empathy are paramount in helping individuals who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. “I believe every day is a gift, and I have an amazing opportunity to help others and give back.”

Julie is currently continuing her education in Health Science and plans to enter a nursing program in the future. Outside of work, Julie enjoys hiking, swimming and movie night with her husband and their 3 children.

Chris Newman – Director of Admissions
Chris’ passion and purpose in life is to assist clients and families in achieving freedom from addiction. Chris approaches those who need help with care and compassion and strives to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and love. Chris’ message to all is “Everyone deserves help, and anyone can recover if they are willing.”
Chris has his own personal recovery to thank for allowing him the honor of helping those in need. He entered into treatment in 2009 and has been free from addiction since. He knew immediately that he wanted to help others. Chris has 10 years of experience working in treatment. He started as an overnight support staff while attending college to become a Certified Addictions Counselor and has now been in an administrative role since 2016.
Brennan Mikkelson  – Director of Operations

Brennan’s journey into working in the recovery field starts with his own journey into recovery. After struggling with addiction for many years, Brennan now celebrates almost four years of sobriety. Since that time, Brennan has worked extensively with several drug treatment centers. In 2016, Brennan started working as a Behavioral health Technician (BHT) helping clients with everyday task of navigating the hardships of starting the recovery process. Brennan gained experience operations, including areas of coordinating transportation, monitoring clients at both Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs. Brennan also worked collectively with both clinical and medical departments to ensure the highest quality of care.

Also, in 2016, Brennan quickly moved up to a Lead BHT and helped supervise other BHT at multiple levels of care. From there, Brennan took over as the Director of Operations, and for the next three years maintained various departments including transportation, maintenance, coordinating BHT staff, ensuring that basic medical operations are followed, and developed and implemented policies and procedures for Detox, Residential, Partial Hospitalization Programing, and Intensive Outpatient Programming.

Now, Brennan joins the Fountain Hills Recovery staff as the Director of Operations bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience with him to continue providing clients with tools needed to be successful in their own recovery journeys.

Ryan Jongeward  – Admission Coordinator

Ryan Jongeward has extensive experience at working in treatment. He became interested in the field of recovery after getting sober in 2016 and the passion to help others do the same came from loved ones who have also struggled with substance abuse and mental health. Outside of Recovery, he loves film, basketball, and over the past year has become passionate about healthy living and exercise. His message to all suffering from mental health and addiction is “Never lose hope, help is available to anyone who wants it. I will always make myself available.”

Sandy Khoury  – Admission Coordinator

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Fountain Hills Team
John Salem and Natalie Marston-Salem – Founders

John Salem and Natalie Marston-Salem are the proud founders and operators of Fountain Hills Recovery. Together, the Salems have built Fountain Hills Recovery to be a ‘culture of caring’ with a family-oriented approach to healing addictions and helping people overcome life’s greatest challenges. Overseeing every aspect of operations from community outreach to clinical programs and quality of life for patients, John and Natalie take a hands-on approach in aiding the active recovery of FHR patients. Together, John and Natalie form the organization’s inspirational core with a mission to create a safe and supportive place for growth and healing for patients and staff alike.

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Jacob Daffner  – Yoga Practitioner

Jacob Daffner provides yoga and meditation services specifically geared to those in varying stages of the addiction recovery process. Jacob has a deep understanding of the recovery process, and incorporates this knowledge into their own lives. He is certified in yoga and meditation and has undergone specific and intensive training to provide the best possible experience for people in the early stages of the recovery process detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment.

While the yoga helps with the body, the meditation helps with the mind. Creating some peace, calm, clarity, and serenity before patients make what are bound to be life changing decisions. People face multiple challenges in early recovery including urges to use, stress, and varying emotions.

Daniel Pacanowski – Executive Chef

Chef Daniel was involved in cooking with his family at a young age which sparked his passion for the culinary arts. As he returned home from serving in the military, he soon got a position in a Corporate bakery and quickly excelled in the art of pastry. He continued his career to train under 2 prominent valley Pastry chefs specializing in upscale pastry and breads. In 2014 he was offered a Sous chef position in which he was responsible for overseeing food preparation for 12 restaurants at Sky Harbor Airport. During his culinary career he has worked under 3 outstanding valley Chefs in upscale multi-level care retirement communities and Country Clubs with fine dining establishments. Altogether, he has over 18 years of experience and has brought his passion and knowledge for everything food here at Fountain Hills Recovery.

Along with Chef Daniel’s passion for everything food, he also brings his excitement and passion for recovery. He hopes that his story might provide a strong example to our clients. He hopes that his experience, strength and hope can help guide his fellow addicts to recover from the disease of addiction. He is extremely excited to provide a first-class culinary experience at Fountain Hills Recovery and provide the nutrition necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.