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.

Fountain Hills Recovery's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Bethany Fetzer
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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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.

Fountain Hills Recovery's Primary Therapist Amanda Romero
Amanda Romero, MS, LAC  

Primary Therapist

Amanda is a licensed associate counselor in the state of Arizona. She earned her masters in counseling and began her career working with individuals suffering from substance use and trauma. It was there that she learned that healing comes from the connection between the mind, body, and soul. With her passion for helping those in early recovery by giving them space, compassion, and guiding the individual to live a fulfilled life. She transitioned into a population where individuals suffered from eating disorders and trauma. With this she came back to working with substance use where she has a passion for.

She has experience working with individuals between the ages of 12 and up as well as families pertaining to addictions. She has experience working with trauma, complex trauma, substance use disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. She completed module 1 and 2 of EMDR training. As a lifelong lover of learning, she has experience using experiential methods, art therapy, internal family systems, and somatic experiencing. She is passionate about creating a safe environment to provide an environment to promote healing from painful experiences. She has a passion for trauma treatment and incorporates a variety of techniques as somatic experiencing and experiential methods to help individuals learn that they are in fact their own best healers.

Fountain Hills Recovery's Primary Therapist Juan Navarro
Juan Navarro, MS 

Primary Therapist

Juan Navarro, MS is a primary therapist dedicated to aiding individuals that struggle with substance abuse and the underlying mental health conditions that derive within the field. Juan has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Arizona State University in 2015 and subsequently received a Master’s degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2017. He has been actively involved in the diverse communities, primarily treating individuals struggling with chemical dependency ranging from adult homeless populations, adolescent populations, to currently dedicating his expertise at Fountain Hills Recovery. Juan has focused in varying treatment facilities including detoxification, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. In addition, Juan has facilitated group, individualized, and family sessions, and biopsychosocial assessment procedures, often providing cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing and other approaches to aid individuals obtain optimized treatment. Juan is gratified to be part of the Fountain Hills Family  from which he contributes strong empathetic approaches to struggling individuals.

Fountain Hills Recovery's Director of Admissions Chris Newman
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.
Fountain Hills Recovery Director of Operations Brennan Mikkelson
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.

executive chef Margaret Wesley
Margaret Wesley

Executive Chef

Margaret has been in the culinary industry for over 14 years, starting as a prep cook in a small family owned business and working her way up to “Executive Chef”. She has lived all over the South, Southwest, and Midwest studying different cuisines and cooking methods, with specializing in upscale Latin American Fusion. Margaret has been a part of several high-profile restaurant openings, worked as a private health and nutrition chef for professional athletes, and even spent time as a pastry chef.
Margaret uses the passion she has found for her own recovery to help others who are struggling with addiction. She has worked in treatment centers since 2018 as a clinician, house manager and a behavioral health technician.

She is honored to join the team at Fountain Hills Recovery as our Executive Chef and looks forward to preparing delicious meals that provide the nutrition necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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.

Jacob Daffner yoga
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.

equine therapist Sheryl Harrison
Sheryl W. Harrison

Ph.D., Equine Therapist

Dr. Harrison is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Scottsdale AZ. She has been a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology for 16 years where she taught courses in a variety of therapy approaches including Animal Assisted Therapy. She has taught courses in Animal Assisted Therapy as an adjunct professor in other doctoral and Master’s programs as well.

She is certified as a mental health specialist in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) by the Equine Assisted Growth and Leaning Association (EAGALA) and has passed the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshop and Horsemanship Skills test of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int’l. As part of her private practice she has offered equine assisted individual and group therapy along with her EAGALA certified Equine Specialist partner, Reg Saybrook, for the past nine years.

equine therapist Reg Saybrook
Reg A. Saybrook

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Specialist

Reg has been a horse trainer for over 50 years, beginning at age 12 when he trained the horses on his family’s cattle ranch in North Dakota as well as horses on neighboring ranches.  For the past 35 years, he has been perfecting his own training technique which he calls the “Heart to Heart” approach, through his Double Heart Equine Learning Center.  Much of his technique developed from his study of wild mustang herds which he began doing 35 years ago.

For the past 20 years, Reg has provided training clinics nationally and internationally, to other trainers and equestrians through his “Heart to Heart” clinics. He has provided workshops and clinics to instructors and volunteers at PATH Int’l and RDI (Riding for the Disabled International) therapeutic riding centers in the continental US, Hawaii, Canada, Bermuda and Australia. He has presented workshops on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at local, state, regional and national conferences.