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.
MEDICAL TEAM
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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.
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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.
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Dr. Carlton, MD

Addictionologist

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.

CLINICAL TEAM
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Tanja Haaland, MA, LPC-S

Clinical Director

For over a decade, Ms. Haaland has been in a leadership position at various inpatient, residential, and partial hospital programs around the nation. Her experience includes being a program director and a clinical director of Eating Disorder treatment facilities, as well as clinical director of a residential substance abuse treatment program. 

Ms. Haaland 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.

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Rachael Uffens, MAC, LISAC
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.

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Marnie Zang Katularu, LAC

Primary Therapist

Marnie Zang Katularu is a Licensed Associate Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Marnie is an integral part of our multidisciplinary treatment team and provides individual, group, and family therapy. She facilitates multiple groups incorporating CBT, DBT, codependence, chemical dependency, and psychoeducation on addiction. Marnie has extensive knowledge of Brene Brown’s Daring Way and also facilitates groups around shame resilience. Marnie is a Gottman trained therapist and created a relationship group based on the Gottman Sound Relationship House. Marnie has extensive knowledge of the 12 steps and her passion for recovery and dedication to our clients shows in everything she does.

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Gina M. Chavez, M.Ed.

Primary Therapist

Gina has a Masters in Education. She has over 20 years of experience in the substance abuse and behavioral health field. Gina’s vast experience includes integral roles in the development and leadership of a shelter, a housing program and an Assertive Community Treatment team in Northern Arizona, focusing on co-occurring disorders.

Gina has returned to her passion of counseling and advocacy. She strives to create a space for growth to help individuals heal while fully maximizing their potential and well-being. Gina takes a person centered approach where she cultivates an environment of openness, positive regard and understanding.

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Anna Burnett, LAC

Primary Therapist

Anna is a Licensed Associate Counselor and has worked in the substance abuse and mental health industry for over seven years, gaining experience in client care, administration, and direct therapy. As an individual therapist, she is passionate about treating trauma, building relationships, and exploring resiliency. Anna has extensive knowledge of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches, and often incorporates them into individual and group work. Anna has extensive work in cultural competency, and believes each person needs an individualized approach to their treatment. Anna’s person-centered approach allows her to better understand each client’s needs and create a specific treatment plan for their goals.

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Josh Phillips, LAC, Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB)

Primary Counselor

Josh is a Licensed Associate Counselor and 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 DBT and EMDR techniques are woven into his relational-cultural framework during individual and group counseling.

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Annette Mershimer
Primary Counselor

Annette is Licensed Associate Counselor trained in EMDR, CBT, and Trauma Processing Model. Annette believes that often the root to addiction and dysfunction is the untouched parts of ourselves: unprocessed trauma and hushed pain. She has over 6 years of counseling experience, topics including: trauma, PTSD, grief, substance abuse, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, and interpersonal conflict. Annette follows a holistic and integrative approach to counseling, assessing all avenues to healing and recovery. Along with individual counseling, Annette also leads boundary, trauma, and process groups at clinic as well.

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Chelsey Pruett, BSW

Recreational and Movement Therapist

Chelsey Pruett is the 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. She incorporates Zumba and Pound fitness as a fun way for clients to move their bodies at Soul Surgery. 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. Outside of Soul Surgery, Chelsey enjoys riding her road bike throughout Phoenix and her mountain bike on the beautiful mountains surrounding the Valley.

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Rachelle Holloway

Clinical Coordinator

Rachelle has worked in the recovery industry for close to three years. She started her journey as a fellow addict/alcoholic in need of a change and found her solution in a program of recovery. The new life and blessings that she gained opened new doors and gave her a strong desire to help others like her. Rachelle worked her way up from a behavioral health night manager, obtaining her peer support certification and participating in the Crossroads Leadership Development Program. Her drive to succeed and take on new challenges has earned her titles such as Case Manager, Administrative Coordinator, and Program Coordinator along the way. Through hard work and dedication, Rachelle has finally landed her dream job as a Compliance Officer/Clinical Coordinator with Soul Surgery. Rachelle is currently enrolled in classes at GCU working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management which will continue to set her apart from others and advance her ability to support the Soul Surgery family.

NURSING STAFF
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Elizabeth A. Bryant MSN-ED, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

A Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric treatment across the lifespan from ages 5-95. With 14 years as a Registered Nurse she gained valuable experience in Trauma, Military Case Management, Public Health and Family Advocacy, PTSD and Complex Trauma, Child and adolescent Mental Health, Special Needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children. Geriatric Dementia Care, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

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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.

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Tina Barney, MSN-Ed RN CCRN

Registered Nurse

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.

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Kimberly Van Raay, RN

Registered Nurse

Kimberly began her career in the US Army gaining unparalleled experience in the Medical profession, while also establishing herself as a respected Registered Nurse. Her passion for addiction medicine came from her own personal struggle with the disease. She found experience, strength and hope in a program of recovery. Her purpose driven life is about bringing awareness, and understanding to the disease of addiction through public speaking engagements, and is currently writing/authoring a book about her journey.

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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.

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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.

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Raeleen Davis, BSN RN

Registered Nurse

Raeleen is experienced in Acute Care, Addiction Medicine, and Primary Care Nursing. Driven by determination and compassion, she takes pride in providing the best patient care possible. As a Registered Nurse, her goals include breaking the barrier between mental health and physical health, bringing more understanding to polysubstance abuse related to environmental surroundings, and providing everyone she interacts with the best nursing care. In addition to her primary job functions, Raeleen has been recognized by D.A.I.S.Y. Foundation for her extraordinary commitment to patient care throughout the healthcare continuum.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
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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.

CASE MANAGERS
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Blayne Archer, BHT

Case Manager

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.

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Hailey Custer

Case Manager

Hailey is one of our Case Managers; her duties include supporting clients with their aftercare planning, facilitating psychoeducational groups, and offering daily support for the clients. Hailey began her career in housing, where her hard work, passion and heart for those in recovery was quickly recognized and she was promoted to facility manager of the IOP house and a lead BHT. Hailey is currently in school for substance abuse counseling to gain the knowledge needed to continue to provide excellent care to our clients. As a recovering addict alcoholic, Hailey can empathize with clients, supporting them as they restore their lives!

Housing
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Stephen Bagnani

Director of Housing

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.

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Trae Harvey

Sous Chef

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
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Brian Tousignant

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.

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TJ Lewis

Admissions Coordinator

TJ has been a dedicated member of the recovery community for over 4 years and is now a valued member of the Admissions team at Soul Surgery. His passion and purpose in life is to assist patients and their family members in achieving true happiness and lasting freedom from addiction. TJ approaches his role at Soul Surgery with compassion and authenticity, striving to help every struggling caller that he comes into contact with.

Client Relations & BHT
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Roger Fielder

Client Relations

Roger is experienced in the recovery industry. Starting his career 9+ years ago with Soul Surgery at its inception. With over 16 years clean and sober his passion is to share his experience, strength and hope with others.

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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.

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Gina L. Bagley

Client Relations

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 “Manor at Soul Surgery” her home.

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

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Cory Prinzo

Client Relations

Cory Prinzo’s role as a BHT at Soul Surgery began July 2019. He has eight years of experience working in dual diagnosis rehabilitation, mostly in Los Angeles. Cory prioritizes an uncompromising work ethic and professionalism in all areas of his career in treatment.

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14362 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. #B111
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