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 including 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.
- 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. Blackstone, DC
Dr. Marc Blackstone completed his Doctor of Chiropractic training at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in 2001. He has been in private practice for over 20 years. He is experienced in natural treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. He utilizes various chiropractic, physical medicine and medical imaging techniques combined with healthy lifestyle choices in his holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Blackstone is excited to bring his experience and passion for a natural and holistic approach to health care, pain relief and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, to Soul Surgery. Dr. Blackstone enjoys many different outdoor pursuits in his spare time. He can often be found running or biking the nearby mountain trails.
Ray Hamilton, NP
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
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
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.
Kim Van Raay RN
I’m an Army trained RN with over 27 years’ experience in medicine ranging from combat medic training to cardiac stress testing and leadership development. None of those years prepared me for those struggling with the cunning and baffling disease of addiction. At age 40, the disease came into my life to bankrupt my soul. I found experience, strength, and hope in recovery. My purpose driven life is to help others struggling without judgment, but with love and understanding.
Sandhir Maharaj RN
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.
Tuesday Lucas, LPC-S
Tuesday Lucas is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is trauma focused and EMDR certified. Prior to coming to Soul Surgery, she was a supervisor at Empact, managing a program called Rally Point, which provided case management and court ordered treatment for Veterans. She has experience working in community health, private practice, substance abuse treatment, and probation treatment. Her preferred method of treatment is DBT and EMDR. She is also trained in Moral Recognition Treatment, Strength at Home, Gottman Method, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Prior to becoming a therapist, she was an active-duty soldier in the United States Army. Currently, she is a third year doctoral student at Liberty University Online, completing her Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and watching movies.
Rachael Uffens, MAC, LISAC
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 Burghart, MA, LAPC
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
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.
Regina Raybourn, MS, LASAC
Regina is an Arizona Board Certified LASAC. She is a graduate from Grand Canyon University and has her master’s degree in Science and Addiction Counseling and plans to expand her scope of practice by including trauma. Previous experience includes her own sobriety of 22 years, Clinical Supervisor, and Addiction Counselor in an Intensive Outpatient setting which included individual and group counseling. Regina has conducted assessments, treatment and discharge planning with the use of preferred approaches of CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Psycho-education .
Regina is passionate about providing therapy to all who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders that contribute to the use of alcohol or other substances.
Ariel has been working in the behavioral health field since 2017 when I started working 1:1 with kids on the spectrum. I have worked as a BHT in detox and residential facilities and a case manager at out-patient clinics. After witnessing my own family battle their addiction and losing my dad to an overdose, I went back to school to study psychology. I am finishing up my bachelors degree majoring in psychology and minoring in criminology. I plan to pursue my masters in counseling after graduation and hope to continue all the way to a PsyD. My biggest joy working in this field is watching the transformation from start to finish and how much a patient will grow into a completely different person.
James received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Japanese Studies with an emphasis in East Asian Religion and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Medicinal Chemistry. He has been in the healthcare field as a Medical Scribe in the Emergency Department, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Cardiology, Forensic Pathology, and Oncology. James is passionate about the mental health field and he wrote his senior capstone in Suicidology. He believes that daily physical exercise, self-reflection, and maintaining a strong support group are essential to sobriety.
Kristina is a case manager at our detox facility. She is also a BHT and a certified peer support who has been in recovery since 2017. Kristina works with others to help them attain their goals and spends a lot of time talking to the clients about how they can overcome their challenges to be successful. Kristina is currently working on her Master’s degree in clinical mental health so that she can continue to help others. She believes that helping others is important because someone once helped her.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
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.
Chef Michael Compean began cooking as an adolescent and by the age of 20 he knew cooking was a passion and craft he wished to excel in. Chef Compean has over 20 years experience as a chef and a pastry artisan. Working at several exclusive restaurants in southern California, he developed a diversity of skills. He has held positions such as chef du partie L au Berge resort in Del Mar California, Pastry chef at the acclaimed Mr. A’s in San Diego, as well as Chef du cuisine at The Argyle Hotel in Hollywood. He has competed in numerous cooking events and competitions nationwide including Paris France U.S. Pastry competition in New York, Chef magazine’s best of buffalo competition and several others. His varied experiences have allowed him to master an eclectic and elegant style rarely matched in the culinary arts. His use of traditional cutting edge techniques and styles incorporating French, Latin and Asian cuisines will captivate you
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.
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 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.
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
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 Soul Surgery her home.
Her favorite saying is “I will love you till you can love yourself!”
Intake / Business Development
Director of Business Development and Admissions
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.
Adam joined the Soul Surgery team in 2021. He brings his heart and dedication to helping people each and every day who are currently struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Adam has been sober since 2016, he has been sober for six years now. He knows how to relate to people and provide compassion and empathy to others while they embark on their new path of recovery.
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.
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.