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. Sara Wicklund
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.
Dr. Justin Evans
Dr. Justin Evans, LCSW 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 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.
TJ Carlini, CDC I+II, BHT 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,
Nathaniel Bush, BSW, BHT 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.
Mary Jane brings 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 with 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.
Kelly is a master’s level clinical mental health counselor. She worked as a patient advocate for hospice. With her golden retriever, Max, Kelly provided pet therapy for hospice patients and others. Her work with addiction began when she was a case worker at a rescue house for victims of human trafficking. She was instrumental in helping the victims get clean and sober, get jobs, and get their lives on track. Kelly is passionate about helping those suffering from addiction.
Behavioral Health Technician
Bill has been an active member of the recovery community since 2002. Throughout his professional life, Bill has had the privilege of working in detox, as a family liaison, in relapse prevention, management of housing, and as a clinician. When it comes to learning to live a clean and sober lifestyle Bill prides himself on bringing an honest, compassionate, and realistic view. With Bill’s unique approach he has helped many people recover, from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body, both in his personal and professional life. We at Fountain Hills Recovery are proud to have Bill as a member of our team.
“I enjoy my job. I enjoy getting up, knowing I have a purpose, and that by the end of the day, I feel I have accomplished something, done the best that I could, and provided others with tools to give them the best opportunity at beginning and leading a sober life. And I believe wholeheartedly, the team I work with right now at Fountain Hills Recovery, gives me the best opportunity, to accomplish my goal of helping others”.
Director of Admissions & Business Development
Kathryn is responsible for Business Development at Fountain Hills Recovery. Kathryn has been in the Behavioral Health field for three years and has a diverse skill set with experience in all aspects of facility operations. She will be helping Fountain Hills Recovery develop relationships and brand recognition locally and on a national scale.
Kathryn earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University where she graduated with honors and studied Business with a focus in Finance and Marketing. Upon graduation, Kathryn moved back to the Washington, DC area and perused a career in Real Estate. After finding her own recovery, Kathryn relocated to Arizona and began a new career in the behavioral health field.
Kathryn’s education paired with her personal journey, passion and understanding of addiction and treatment centers makes an integral component in the operations and growth of Fountain Hills Recovery. Her experience includes facility management, operations, compliance/regulation, marketing, outreach, admissions and billing.
Kathryn resides in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and two young children. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and skiing.
“The greatest part of my job is working with families to find the highest quality of care for their loved ones”
Paige is from Greenville, South Carolina and attended Clemson University in pursuit of a degree in Business.
Paige’s personal experience with drugs and alcohol led her to recovery and my passion for helping others find their freedom. At Fountain Hills Recovery, Paige has learned to be part of a team whose focus it is to help others find their freedom.
“My life in recovery has restored my relationships with my family and friends. It has given me the opportunity to be a trusted employee, a productive member of society, and a symbol of hope to those who are still suffering. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back what was so freely given me.”
Director of Outreach
As the Community Outreach Director for Fountain Hills Recovery, Annette is responsible for building and maintaining strategic alliances within the community and beyond. Annette also serves as the liaison for Fountain Hills Recovery, at both public and private events. "I believe Fountain Hills Recovery is a truly special place where individualssuffering from substance use disorders and their families have the possibility to be made whole again." Prior to joining Fountain Hills Recovery, Annette's career spanned over 20 years at top tier Venture Capital Firms in Silicon Valley and Southern California. Annette's educational background is in Civil Engineering and she attended the University of Texas at Arlington.
Cole has been an active member in the recovery community since 2016. He strives daily to help others pursue the life of living sober. Raised in Arizona, he graduated from Queen Creek High School and moved to Scottsdale, AZ shortly after. He got involved in the treatment industry in early 2016 and loved the environment and the ability to help others and families during their difficult times. Cole loves to golf, travel, and hang out with family and friends during his free time.
“The best thing about my job is seeing an individual come in completely broken and make a total 180 and see how they can make a new start by leading a sober life.
Courtney graduated from Bryman School in 2010 for surgical technology, medical assisting, and has an associates in applied science. She decided to start working in recovery after celebrating her first year of sobriety to help other struggling addicts. When not working she enjoys quality time with her family.
Miriam is the first face you see when you visit Fountain Hills Recovery. She first started in the behavioral health field 2 years ago, from administrative assistant to front desk coordinator. Miriam’s goal is to ensure everyone who walks through our facility feels welcome. She is honored to be a part of the Fountain Hills Recovery Team!
John Salem and Natalie Marston-Salem
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 to the residential 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.