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.

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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.

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Jorn LeBlanc  –  Executive Director

Jorn LeBlanc has been in the field of recovery since 2013. He himself was given the opportunity of recovery in 2009. Jorns experience and passion for helping addicts find their way to becoming whole again is evident in his everyday encounters with our patients and staff. Jorn has developed a team of passionate and professional individuals who are committed to the goal of saving lives and healing families from the grips of addiction. Jorn’s previous experience in Hospitality shines through in every one of our staff and properties. Jorn’s belief in the alignment of mind, body and spirit is a driving force in our day to day operations at Fountain Hills Recovery.

“Be humble, remain teachable, show grace in all your interactions.”
“Serenity will be elusive as long as you are trying to change your past. “
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Eboni Fields, MSC, LPC-S – Clinical Director

Eboni Fields is the Clinical Director and a Licensed Independent Counselor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University and her Master’s Degree at Grand Canyon University in professional counseling. Eboni started her career in counseling working with adolescents and severely mentally ill patients, specializing in behavior therapy. Eboni believes in helping patients develop healthier thought patterns and behaviors which is why her focus is on providing a strong program, that educates patients on their mental health disorders and building skills to effectively manage their symptoms.

Accountability, hard work, dedication and willingness, is what she promotes as well as meeting the patient where they are. Everyone is in a different place emotionally and mentally however everyone deserves grace in their healing process and the ability to create a life that works best for them. Eboni believes that everyone deserves the gift of recovery whether it be from substances or mental health crises and is dedicated to providing a strong team that will advocate and provide therapy beyond the surface in an effort to promote real change in our patients lives. Eboni believes in sitting in the trenches with a patient while empowering them to make the necessary changes in their lives. The clinical team is the heartbeat of Fountain Hills so Eboni is dedicated in meeting the needs of her team in an effort to provide the best care for our patients.

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Jennifer Fillmore, LMSW – Primary Therapist

Jennifer Fillmore is a Primary Therapist at Fountain Hills Recovery Center.  She is licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker.  She has been in her field for 25 years.  She received her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.  She has worked with children, adolescents and their families regarding mental health issues for half of her career.  She started her focus on addiction and mental health in 2008.  She started her journey to her career in social work by trying to figure out her own issues that did not allow her to thrive in her own life.

She discovered recovery in her journey of life and is passionate about one discovering their own joy and peace in life.  She has learned through her recovery that addiction/mental health can be managed in healthy ways if the individual is open to accepting their own issues and making changes that allows that process to further grow into a beautiful life.  She is a mom of four amazing children ages 5 to 18 years old.  She finds her peace and joy in her connection to her children and being of service to her clients.

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Jade Shelton, MA, LASAC – Primary Therapist

Jade Shelton is a Primary Therapist who is a licensed associate substance abuse counselor (LASAC) with experience working with co-occurring disorders. Jade holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oglethorpe University, a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and she is pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology with an emphasis in cognition. Jade has more than 3 years of experience working in the field of addiction.  She is passionate about many areas of substance use treatment which include curriculum development and teaching the disease model of addiction. Jade is also a veteran and loves working with prior service members battling with the disease of addiction and mental illness.

Brad Wagner, MS, LISAC – Primary Therapist

Brad Wagner is a Primary Therapist at Fountain Hills Recovery Center. He is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor He has been in the addiction counseling field since 1997. Brad received his Master’s degree in Professional; Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He has worked in a variety of therapeutic modalities over the past 23 years from Residential, IOP and PHP. Brad has specialized with the young adult client population. Brad has been in recovery himself since 1997 and his passion is helping others to find their own inner light and be able to rediscover their own authentic self.

Brad is well versed in Motivational Interviewing and Client Centered therapy and is able to meet his clients where they are at in terms of the stages of change model. He is able to help clients resolve inner ambivalence and discover their own strengths for recovery. Brad is well versed in CBT techniques and helping his clients to challenge and dispute their distorted core beliefs. He also is well-versed with spiritual principles and helping his clients to rediscover their innate spirituality within.
Brad has been married since 2008 and has three amazing children. Brad loves spending quality time with his family. Brad is very active in his religion and faith and finds his balance and strength with his community. Brad is passionate about the work of counseling and helping his clients to find recovery and a zest for life.
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Darren Lee, LAC – Primary Therapist
Darren Lee is a Primary Therapist at Fountain Hills Recovery and is licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Counselor. He received his B.A. from Villanova University and his M.A. from Ottawa University and has a wealth of experience in the areas of clinic administration, school administration, public relations, and quality management. Darren specializes in staff development, program management, curriculum development, and the oversight and delivery of client-centered, evidence-based interventions in the treatment of people with mental health and substance use disorders. Well-versed in 12-Step recovery principles and a certified SMART Recovery facilitator, Darren is a leader in the recovery community and an avid supporter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). When not out on the trails running with his dog “Chief”, or hiking or biking in the mountains, he can be found spending time with his family in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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.

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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.
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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.