Soul Surgery Addiction Treatment Staff

Soul Surgery offers a wide range of experienced and educated staff and contractors. Our therapists, doctors, case managers, and support staff are passionate about recovery and change. Their years of experience combined with their extensive education backgrounds make them the ideal team to help you or your loved one begin their journey to recovery. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse team, able to handle the most complex conditions with ease and comfort.
Dr. Topete, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Reyes Topete is a Board Certified Addictionologist through the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ and has been in the field for over 20 years. He has provided detoxification services at many facilities in the Valley includes Aurora Behavioral Health, St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center and Community Bridges. Dr. Topete understands his patient’s individual needs and dedicates himself to giving them the best, safest and most appropriate care. He is committed to having open communication with referring professionals and the clinical team so that everyone is on the same page throughout the healing process.

  • Board-certified Addictionologist.
  • Expert at Medical stabilization, Ambulatory Care, Urgent Care.
  • Served as Medical Director at several respected BH facilities.
  • DATA waived physician (Subutex/Suboxone-certified).
  • Successfully Treated over 31,000 patients for alcoholism and drug addiction.
Dr. Chandiramani, NMD

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Ravi Chandiramani is a graduate of Bastyr University (2002). His unique approach to the treatment of chemical dependency and co-occurring psychological disorders has been refined over a decade of direct clinical experience with recovering addicts and alcoholics. Dr. Chandiramani’s work has provided the foundation for a new field of medicine, Integrative Addiction Medicine. Integrative Addiction Medicine (IAM) effectively combines evidence-based addiction medicine protocols with the nurturing and rebuilding modalities inherent to the practice of naturopathic medicine. To date, over 5000 chemically dependent patients have been successfully treated using the IAM model.

  • Naturopathic Physician.
  • 15 years experience = 7000 addicts/alcoholics treated.
  • Served as Regional Medical Director for large BH corporation.
  • Founder of Integrative Addiction Medicine (I-AM ) model.
Dr. Carlton, MD


Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Carlton has the knowledge to diagnose and treat specific problems and to manage addictive disorders, having cared for more than 25,000 individuals withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. Dr. Carlton completed his four year dual residency training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and two years of a specialty fellowship in Medical and Industrial Toxicology. He has over a decade of experience in the treatment of addiction and has given educational lectures and seminars throughout the Southwest. Dr. Carlton has published numerous articles and has extensive knowledge in the fields of Addiction, Toxicology, and Medicine.

Ray Hamilton, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Board certified DNP with 11 years of healthcare experience. Excelled in family medicine while earning the Staff Service Excellence Award for Dignity Health. Recognized by Catholic Charities Community Services and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care as a healthcare presenter and public speaker. Thrived on the electrophysiology team. Trained and specialized in addiction medicine with active waiver, MAT certification, and credentialing for both inpatient & outpatient treatment.

Valery Nkendong, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Valery’s 14-years of experience in the healthcare industry has given him a solid foundation to provide client-centered care. He began his work as a CNA, then transitioned to an LPN, and later an RN and facility supervisor. Now as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC) Valery is able to service clients through psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. He also is a Certified Medication Assisted Treatment Provider (MAT). He believes that having a thorough understanding of substance abuse is paramount. Substance use and mental disorders can make daily activities difficult and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family, and fulfill other major life functions and his priority is to get patients actively involved in their treatment plan. Valery’s work with clients is critical to their behavioral and physical health and he looks forward to continuous work as a mental health provider, and growth in the industry.

Maura Estrada, RN

Registered Nurse

Maura comes to us from the high-risk obstetrics team at Banner University Hospital in Phoenix where her vast experience includes working with pregnant women suffering from dual diagnosis addiction and mental health issues. Maura’s 22 years of nursing experience also includes ICU, medical/surgical and psych nursing.

Karen Acosta RN/BSN

Registered Nurse

Comes to us with 20 years of experience in Level 1 Acute Trauma in pediatrics and adults. Her vast experience includes Integrated and Dual Diagnosis Substance Addiction. Her experience also includes Operating Room Nurse, Post Acute Care Unit, Preoperative Nursing, Geriatric Memory Care, Adult and Pediatric Open Hearts, Psychiatric Nursing, and Kidney Transplants.

Sandhir Maharaj RN

Registered Nurse

Sandhir Maharaj is a dual clinician, serving as a Registered Nurse and a Respiratory Therapist.

He has strong clinical abilities in multiple care settings and is well vested in managing emergent cases with grace and efficiency.

Sandhir believes in going “above and beyond” in order to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Shirley Polk, BS, MA, RN, LPC

Group Facilitator

Shirley Polk is an Arizona board certified therapist with a master’s degree in nursing and in counseling. Graduating from University of Illinois with an RN and a Bachelor’s degree, Shirley enjoyed her years in the hospital based settings very much before pursuing her Master’s degree in a combined program of counseling and nursing. It is there that Shirley began working with addiction. Shirley believes so much in the connection of physical, emotion, and spiritual work in the model of healing, that she pursued a Master’s after becoming a nurse and seeing the necessity of a holistic approach to treatment. At the present time Shirley facilitates groups, both educational and psychotherapeutic, with the goal of initiating recovery in maintaining long-lasting sobriety in the lives of our patients at Soul Surgery.

Rachael Uffens, MAC, LISAC

Primary Therapist/Clinical Manager

Rachael is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and has a Masters of Arts in Addiction Counseling. She is also EMDR trained. Before joining the Soul Surgery team, Rachael worked as a senior substance abuse counselor with the Arizona Department of Corrections providing counseling and treatment services to the incarcerated population. During her years of counseling, Rachael has conducted assessments, treatment and discharge planning, psycho-therapy and psycho-education, use of motivational interviewing, as well as both individual and group counseling using CBT and DBT techniques.

Rachael is passionate about providing therapy to individuals no matter age, race, gender, background, or culture. Her focus and interests are in the neurobiology of addiction, family systems, and relapse prevention. Rachael believes in individualized treatment that meets the needs of each distinct client while continuing to provide services in an environment that is safe, supportive, and hopeful. Rachael is also a registered supervisor in the State of Arizona.

Bronwyn Burhart, MA, LAPC

Primary Therapist

Bronwyn, a primary therapist for Soul Surgery, joined our team in 2021. Bronwyn recently relocated to Arizona from North Carolina, where she completed her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019. She is a highly-skilled, compassionate, and emotionally intelligent counselor with over 8 years of experience inside and outside the school systems. She currently holds her Licensed Professional Counselor license and National Board-Certified Counselor certificate and is fully committed to continually treating all populations with long-term/short-term mental health and substance abuse diagnoses. Her preferred therapeutic approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, seeking safety, and motivational interviewing. Bronwyn graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Psychology from Brevard College and is currently continuing her education to earn her PsyD from California Southern. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, working out, and hiking.

Maryanne Stich, MA, LASAC

Primary Therapist

Maryanne Stich is a licensed LASAC specializing in the areas of substance abuse and anger management. She joined Soul Surgery as a primary therapist in April and brings with her years of experience working with the challenges of substance abuse and other addictions as well as many co occurring disorders.    Her main methodology is Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  She has specialty training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy to treat trauma.

Maryanne obtained her Masters in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2013.  She had been the Lead Therapist at an Intensive Outpatient Program,  Adolescent Substance Abuse Program for seven years at their PV location and worked as a therapist for Right of Way and Choose Health and Happiness counseling treating young adults and adolescents.    

Maryanne is an avid fitness enthusiast, mom of three successful young adults and owner of a Golden Retriever named Remington.  

Chelsey Pruett, BSW

Master’s Level Clinical Intern

Chelsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and will be completing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2021. In her numerous years in the field, Chelsey has also been a Recreational Therapist at Soul Surgery, bringing fun, laughter, and play to our client’s new life in sobriety. Chelsey offers a safe environment for clients to grow and remember what it is like to have fun sober. Outside of Soul Surgery, Chelsey enjoys riding her road bike throughout Phoenix and her mountain bike on the beautiful mountains surrounding the Valley.

Erica Lyons, L.Ac., MSOM

Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist

Erica is an NCCAOM board certified licensed acupuncturist. She received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from The Phoenix Institute of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Erica has always had a passion for health and healing. She chose acupuncture and herbal medicine as a career path because it allows her to treat the root cause of disharmony and offer a path to true healing for those in need.

Jacob Daffner

Yoga Instructor

Jacob Daffner provides yoga and meditation services specifically geared to those in varying stages of the addiction recovery process. Jacob is in recovery himself and has a deep understanding of the recovery process. He incorporates this experience and knowledge into the yoga and meditation classes he teaches. 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 yoga helps with the body, meditation helps with the mind. Creating clarity and serenity before patients make what are bound to be life changing decisions. Also, leaving them with tools to use on their own when they are done with the treatment program.

Facility Operations
Stephen Bagnani

Facilities Director

Stephen assists the patients in navigating their way through the different levels of care while in treatment. He goes about that by offering guidance and suggestions for them to contemplate while they are making important decisions for themselves. He believes in an open door policy and making himself accessible to the patients throughout the day which usually starts with a “good morning” and a high five!

Stephen was born and raised in San Francisco. He has been in the greater Phoenix area for over twenty years, the last eight of those have been spent working in the recovery industry.

Alaina Fountain

BHT Operations

Alaina began her career with Soul Surgery in 2019 as an overnight BHT, gaining experience as a BHT, while also establishing herself as a respected leader. Alaina has also worked at Soul Surgery as a Case Manager for Soul Surgery, and is widely known for her compassion and determination. Alaina is proud to call Soul Surgery home.

Sarah Bush

Facility Manager at Soul Surgery’s First Step

Sarah is the Facility Manager at Soul Surgery’s First Step. She started her career three years ago as a cook for Crossroads before transferring to the operations department as a behavioral health technician working directly with clients. Since then, Sarah has gained experience in peer support, case management, and group facilitation. While staying true to her own recovery program, Sarah plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in healthcare compliance and is passionate about helping draft policy to help constantly improve upon patient care. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Gina L. Bagley

Facilities Manager at Holbrook 

Gina began her career with Women in New Recovery, gaining unparalleled experience in the Behavior Heath field, while also establishing herself as a respected staff in recovery. Currently working as a Behavioral Health Tech for Soul Surgery, Gina is widely known for her strength, compassion, and the need to help others. Gina is proud to call the “Holbrook at Soul Surgery” her home.

Her favorite saying is “I will love you till you can love yourself!”

Intake / Business Development
Blayne Archer


Blayne has spent his career at Soul Surgery in various positions, ranging from case manager to compliance officer. Blayne brings his energy and passion for recovery into all of the work he does with Soul Surgery and the individuation of care is something he deems of utmost importance. As a recovering addict, he utilizes his experience in encouraging patients to cultivate a recovery mindset and a life free from addiction.

Administration and Billing Department
Michael E. Goldenberg, BS, JD

Chief Administrative Officer

Michael received his Bachelor of Science from the prestigious Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in 1986 and his Juris Doctor from The Boston University School of Law in 1989. Michael’s professional experience includes serving as corporate counsel for First American Financial before moving to Arizona in 2002. In addition to acting as a registered corporate counsel in Arizona, Michael has also served as a trusted, strategic advisor to clients in a variety of matters and businesses including behavioral health, manufacturing, and various service industries.

Michael is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mingus Mountain Estate Residential Center, Inc., a 501(c)3, for the benefit of at-risk teen females located in Prescott, Arizona.

Kathryn Leas

Director of Billing and Utilization Management

Kathryn has been with Soul Surgery for three years and has been in the Behavioral Health field for seven.  She possesses a diverse skill set that encompasses experience in all aspects of business and financial operations. 

Kathryn attended Indiana University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, with a focus in Finance and Marketing.  At Soul Surgery, Kathryn oversees the Billing and Utilization Management department.  She possesses expert knowledge of the health insurance industry which combined with a competitive nature, drive and excellent negotiation skills have also provided her with the ability to keep the company on the cutting edge in their billing practices and aid in revenue maximization as well as obtain the highest possible level of care and length of stay for each and every Soul Surgery patient.

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