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.

Headshot of our 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.

Richard Miller  –  Executive Director

Richard was born and raised in Texas, and migrated to Arizona at the age of 19 to begin his own journey in recovery.

Since entering recovery he has worked in the treatment industry in a variety of roles from a behavioral health technician, to outreach, and as a CEO for a local facility. He also has experience working in acute psychiatric care, and family systems.

Having been a patient in treatment himself, Richard believes in patient focused care, always striving to ensure patients receive the care they need. He believes in compassion, integrity, and humility when providing care to those in need.

In his off time he enjoys his dog Grom, hikes, and is an avid foodie. He also enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Sherri Hicks
Sherri Hicks, LCSW – Clinical Director

Sherri is a graduate of ASU School of Social work. Sherri spent her early years studying trauma recovery and became certified in EMDR to help others overcome their difficult experiences. She spent a portion of her career working with clients struggling with eating disorders and became interested in the disease of addiction. Sherri’s life has been touched by generations of addictive behaviors which has fired her passion to fight this disease. Sherri brings hope and healing to those who suffer with this terrible disease that takes so many lives. Authenticity is Sherri’s number one quality that she brings to the therapeutic setting. As Clinical Director Sherri brings a desire for evidenced based treatment as a part of top quality programming. Family involvement is a priority of her programming and she is expanding the opportunities for families to learn and grow along with their loved one. Sherri is the author of Emily’s Guide to Eating Disorders and has spoken at various conferences including the SEEDS conference.

Jade Shelton Fountain Hills Recovery
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.
Photo Coming Soon
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.
Brent Buroff – Case Manager

Brent’s journey into recovery from addiction began in Arizona in 2012. After many years of trying to stay sober and failing, Brent finally had what he describes as a “spiritual awakening.” In short, this awakening dramatically shifted his core belief system- No longer would he strive to only serve himself and take from life what he could, but instead he would live in the service of others, and focus his energy into helping others succeed. It was through this “spiritual awakening” that Brent found long term sobriety and chose to begin working in the field of Behavioral Health. After working as a BHT, Brent quickly moved on to serve as a BHT Supervisor at the IOP, PHP, and Residential levels of programming. Brent is currently enrolled at Rio Salado College, and is finishing his last semester to obtain his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders.

Brent’s current role at Fountain Hills Recovery is on the Clinical Team as our Case Manager. Brent is one of the first faces our clients meet, and he always goes out of his way to welcome our new clients with his optimistic attitude. On a day to day basis, Brent’s primary purpose is to assist our clients in all aspects of their recovery goals and tend to any obligations they may have outside of their immediate treatment. For some clients those obligations are filing for Short Term Disability, FMLA, or assistance with applying for other relief programs such as unemployment. For other clients, it may be assisting with an upcoming court date, dental appointment, or any other arrangement that needs to be tended to in a timely fashion while they are in treatment. Finally, Brent collaborates with our clinicians to ensure every client that graduates from our program has a comprehensive aftercare plan to set them up for success after leaving our care.

Headshot of our 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.
Headshot of our 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.

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

Bio Coming Soon…

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.

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.