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.
- 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
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.
Paulette Winsor, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Ms. Paula Winsor has a graduate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from Walden University and is board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health. She has been a registered nurse for 27 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing that she received from Grand Canyon University. Paula specializes in the treatment of: Generalized Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Anger/Irritability, Binge-Eating, Bulimia, Anorexia, Oppositional Defiance, OCD, PTSD and Insomnia. Paula’s philosophy in the treatment of substance use is that she encompasses holistic treatment approach, as well as western medicine. She believes in the philosophy that medication is a small part of the treatment of mental illness and that the treatment incorporates, not only on medication management, but will also incorporate psychotherapy, exercise, proper sleep hygiene, structuring routine and mindfulness.” In her free time Ms. Winsor enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family and pets. She also enjoys playing a variety of sports such as volleyball, pickleball and wakeboarding.
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.
Tina Barney, MSN-Ed RN CCRN
Tina Barney is a board-certified critical care registered nurse with over 8 years of ICU/PACU experience at two level-one trauma centers in the valley. Her experience seeking quality, holistic care for family members with addiction created a desire to personally work with this population to which she provides empathic, and culturally competent care. Tina supports this vulnerable population and their unique needs as a member of the interdisciplinary team to create and deliver individualized medication-assisted treatment to maximize client success.
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.
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.
Sheila Searles, MSN, RN
Sheila has practiced nursing for many years and has an extensive background in nursing. She obtained her Master’s Degree at Grand Canyon University. Sheila has held positions such as staff nurse, home health nurse, charge nurse, assistant director of nursing, and, in academe, as faculty, simulation director, and director of pre-licensure BSN program and Education Consultant. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to medical surgical, mental health, addiction/recovery, and education. She has worked at various facilities including UCLA, UCSF, UC Davis, Emory University Medical, Albany Medical Center, Conifer Park, Honor Health as well as Grand Canyon University and Elsevier. Sheila has a passion for nursing and the delivery of skilled patient care. She dedicates herself to ensuring safe, individualized, compassionate, and culturally competent care.
Tanja Haaland, MA, LPC-S
For the last 16 years, Tanja has been in leadership positions at various inpatient, residential, and partial hospital programs around the nation. Her experience includes being directors of nationally recognized substance use and eating disorder treatment facilities. Tanja specializes in working with trauma and believes that underlying issues must be addressed to create long-lasting recovery. She has presented nationally to clinicians about working with traumatized individuals and has a passion for helping clinicians learn the most effective and evidenced-based ways of working with clients to help them achieve their treatment goals. Tanja is also a registered supervisor in the State of Arizona.
Shirley Polk, BS, MA, RN, LPC
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.
RaKeia McNeill, MA, LAPC
RaKeia is a Primary Therapist with Soul Surgery. She has been in the helping professional field for the last 14 years. Being a therapist is truly a passion of hers and she loves helping individuals see new positive opportunities for their future. RaKeia has the experience and knowledge of diverse backgrounds in the helping professional field. Having these experiences gives her the opportunity to be ready and knowledgeable in challenging situations. She also has learned the significance of developing patience and leadership skills. RaKeia feels as though a benefit of having a career as a Primary Therapist also allows team work and the ability to grow and change lives together. Her hobbies include traveling, shopping, trying new restaurants and being around positive influencers.
Bronwyn Burhart, 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.
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.
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.
Leanna Williams, LMT
Leanna Williams is a Licensed Massage Therapist who offers her clients a unique approach to body work. She ranges from light to deep tissue, specializing in modalities such as myofascial therapy, lymphatic balancing, and structural integration. She’s worked with clients from all ranges; including athletes, those who suffer from chronic pain, injuries, and addiction. Understanding the importance of working with the body as a whole, Leanna takes extra care with clients to facilitate a space for self-healing and growth. She has been in the industry for 5 years.
Christina Chanthavong, LMT
A huge believer in integrative therapies that prioritize working with the body, Christina received her massage therapy license in 2014 from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy. She specializes in structural integration, cranial sacral therapy, and reiki energy work. An alumni of the Southwestern Institute of the Healing Arts, she also holds an AOS in holistic healthcare with a concentration in mind, body, transformational psychology. As a seasoned massage therapist, she is passionate about advancing her craft towards embodiment practices that encourage somatic experiencing as a means to navigate through trauma, unprocessed emotions, and chronic pain. In addition to providing massage and bodywork to Soul Surgery’s patients, she also facilitates movement therapy groups that cater to freeform dance, ecstatic play, and mobility exercises. When she’s not out adventuring or breaking out into spontaneous handstands or yogic postures, she likes to travel, hike, and dance Brazilian Zouk.
“Movement is medicine” she says. “Build better relationship to the body and you build better relationship to the mind.”
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 Wilson Smith Center and Bill Dotson Center
Erin moved to Arizona from Lafayette, La in 2018. She started her career in 2019 on overnights before transitioning to facility manager.
Along with her expertise in working in the mental health field, she has extensive experience working with people in various areas such as sales, managing and project management. Currently, Erin is pursuing a degree in addiction therapy and substance abuse counseling at Grand Canyon State University and will graduate with a bachelors of science in 2025. In her free time Erin enjoys softball, spending time with animals and learning more about spirituality and developing her own personal recovery.
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!”
Originally from Topeka, KS, Trae Harvey attended culinary school at Platt College in Oklahoma City. Upon receiving his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, Trae began his culinary career working as a chef in an upscale independent living community.
Trae has been in the culinary industry for over 15 years and worked beside and learned from great chefs and has had the privilege to cook for many public figures throughout his career.
Trae brings a passion and energy to the kitchen and believes that food brings people together. He takes pride in all aspects in the field of culinary arts and enjoys developing creative and delicious menu options.
Intake / Business Development
Director of Business Development & Admissions
Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brian Tousignant joined the team at Soul Surgery back in 2018. Brian started as a facility manager back in 2018, working his way onto the admissions team in 2019, and ultimately taking over as the Director of Business Development & Admissions in 2020. Brian has a true passion for working with clients and their families which is very evident when he is answering phone calls and out in the community representing the company. His current role includes assisting clients find the right program based on what they are struggling with & what their goals are. Brian also spends a large amount of time out in the local community and traveling developing relationships with other cutting edge programs to ensure the level of care that Soul Surgery provides to their clients is second to none. Brian enjoys spending time with his daughter and girlfriend, as well as being outside as much as possible playing golf, soaking up the sun, and staying active within the amazing recovery community Scottsdale, AZ has to offer.
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.
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.