Dr. Topete, MD
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
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.
Dr. Chandiramani is President and CEO of Rays of the Sun, LLC, where he oversees the implementation and delivery of IAM in a variety of ambulatory treatment settings including subacute detox, residential treatment centers and outpatient medical/behavioral health practices. Dr. Chandiramani serves as Corporate Medical Director of Journey Healing Centers, overseeing 40 residential beds in 2 states (AZ, UT) and a multidisciplinary staff comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health professionals.
- 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.
Brenna Gonzales, MSC, LPC-S
Brenna has dedicated her life to serving others. She began her career working with incarcerated and homeless youth and has worked with countless people from all walks of life developing a passion for treating the disease of addiction. Brenna’s counseling style is approachable and includes a mix of client education with thoughtful techniques to help her clients uncover the most authentic and truthful version of themselves. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, chemical and process addictions, and codependence.
Brenna received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling in 2011 and has been honing her craft ever since. Prior to joining the Soul Surgery team, Brenna was a Survivors Therapist at The Meadows working extensively with people struggling with addiction and trauma. She has had the privilege of being trained by many of today’s industry leaders, including Pia Mellody. Brenna is a Board Approved Supervisor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Her training also includes EMDR, Post Induction Therapy, Complicated Pain Recovery, and NADA Auricular Acupuncture.
Regina Shakespeare, LPN, LMT, CST, BCPP
Regina is a native of Arizona and has been working in various aspects of healthcare since 1992 when she obtained her LPN license. Regina owned a successful medical billing company for 12 years and has served both physicians and treatment centers in billing and consulting. She continues to thrive in the business arena.
Regina has had an innate passion for wanting to help people heal from a young age. In 2007 she received her Licensed Massage Therapist from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ with specialties in CranioSacral and Polarity Therapy.
Counseling meets Bodywork – Regina provides a safe and nurturing environment for clients to have somatic experiences and process through emotions and trauma stored in the body and the nervous system. She is passionate about working with addicts and alcoholics to teach them how they can stay present in their life. She is lovingly known as “The Feelings Lady” by Soul Surgery clients.
Nneka Agbaeze, LPN
Nneka has two years as an LPN and more than 10 years in the medical field. Nneka started her medical experience in the Behavioral Health field and then moved on to working in medical claims. Since high school Nneka has wanted to be a nurse, so she decided to enter nursing school to become a Practical Nurse. After obtaining her license in 2017 she started working at Arizona State Hospital for Physiatry. At this time Nneka is pursuing her education to become a Register Nurse with the future goal to obtain NP in psychology.
Michael Dixon, LAC
I received my Master of Counseling in 2017 from Arizona State University. I have worked in community mental health previously where I was involved in substance abuse classes. I am trained in EMDR. I enjoy working with groups and helping people achieve their goals. Ever since I began my career as a therapist, I have been motivated to help people and love what I do.
Josh Phillips, LAC, Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB)
Josh is a Licensed Associate Counselor and has a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University. His undergraduate degree is in Biomedical Science. He is also board certified in biofeedback therapy by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Josh has over 5 years’ experience in behavioral health and substance use settings including working with adults and children in private practice, community agencies, non-profit organizations, and in the college setting.
Josh utilizes a holistic treatment approach, highlighting the importance of using a multi-dimensional model of wellness. Josh’s person-centered approach focuses on the multicultural aspects of individuals while examining societal influences. CBT and DBT techniques are woven into his relational-cultural framework during individual and group counseling. Josh enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, and trying new recipes.
Rachael Uffens, MAC, LASAC
Rachael is a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor and has a Masters of Arts in Addiction Counseling. 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.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Erica Lyons, L.Ac., MSOM
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. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time outdoors near the water and hanging out with her pets.
Marica Noel, LMT
Marica Noel is a Licensed Massage Therapist with ten years of experience. I love the work that I do! Seeing my clients leave my table feeling better, more relaxed, experiencing better range of motion, reduced stress and decreased pain brings me joy. I am very passionate about my work. I give my best during every massage to ensure that my clients feel respected, relaxed, and rejuvenated. I specialize in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, basic craniosacral therapy, reflexology, facilitated stretching and Lomi Lomi to name a few. I graduated from the ACCET accredited Professional Massage Therapy Program at Arizona School of Massage Therapy in September of 2009 after 1,036 hours of advanced Eastern and Western bodywork training.
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my three teenagers, reading, going to the movies, and playing card games with my family.
Chef Kenny Witczak
Kenny started in the food service industry over 36 years ago and is classically trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. His culinary career spans working for hotels, resorts, country clubs, and restaurants, to working as a Private Chef/Major Domo for the wealthy and famous, to being a Culinary Professor at a Cordon Bleu Culinary School.
Kenny himself entered into a Drug and Alcohol treatment center in May of 1988 and currently has over 30 years of continuous Sobriety and Cleantime. While working at Soul Surgery the last couple of years, Kenny has thoroughly enjoyed interacting directly with the Clients.
Russell Wynter, NASM Master Trainer
NASM Behavior Change Specialist
Russell is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Master Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer with over ten years of experience helping clients lose weight, improve sports performance and live overall healthier lives. He also holds NASM advanced specializations in Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement, Golf Fitness, MMA Conditioning, Fitness Nutrition, Behavior Change, Senior Fitness, Women’s Fitness, Youth Fitness, and Group Personal Training.
- Over 10+ years of experience
- NASM Master Trainer (#1470114)
- NASM Behavior Change Specialist (#1501202307)
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer (#1422176)
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (#1488586)
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (#1388997)
Cyrstal Reeves, NASM Master Trainer
NASM Behavior Change Specialist
Crystal is a Master Trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She has a B.A in Exercise Science and Health with an emphasis in coaching. In addition, to being a Certified Personal Trainer she holds advanced specializations from the NASM as a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Golf Fitness, MMA Conditioning, Senior Fitness, Women’s Fitness Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist.
- Over 8 years of experience
- B.A. in Exercise Science & Health
- NASM Master Trainer (#1470113)
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer (#1438056)
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (#1377120)
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (#1484751)