Scottsdale Recovery Center Staff
Introducing Arizona’s premier drug, alcohol and dual-diagnosis addiction treatment professionals. Committed to your enduring recovery success!
Every employee at Scottsdale Recovery Center has many years of experience in drug and alcohol addiction, either in a management role or as a recovering addict. We have been where you are, so we can relate to and facilitate your recovery. Our deep understanding and commitment to each client’s treatment process sets us apart from your traditional drug and alcohol rehabs. We learned the hard way, what works and doesn’t work in the realm of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, enabling us to create Arizona’s finest addiction recovery center; Scottsdale Recovery Center! Our staff is more like a large family rather than merely employees; The clients feel this family concept as soon as they walk in our doors and immediately start feeling the love and support. The success of your recovery is our passion!
Randy S Gelow II, MD, Addictionologist
Dr. Gelow is the current Medical Director for Scottsdale Recovery Center. Originally born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Gelow received his Medical Doctorate (MD) degree from American University of the Caribbean. After getting a taste for the sun, and moving around the country a bit, he has found his way to Scottsdale, Arizona and completed his Residency at Scottsdale Healthcare (now HonorHealth) in Family Medicine. His motivation and varied interests in medicine show as he advocates for his patient’s health and success. Dr. Gelow’s knowledge is built upon his extensive experience in substance abuse addiction disorders as well as medications pertaining to addiction treatment and recovery. Dr. Gelow holds his DATA Waiver and has been with Scottsdale Recovery since October 2015.
Chief Executive Officer
Lee Yaiva brings a wealth of knowledge and 16 years of experience in behavioral health and addiction treatment to his role as Chief Executive Officer at Scottsdale Recovery. In addition to his clinical mind, he also brings a business savvy mind that prompts tactical risk and strategic solutions to the ever-changing trends in therapeutic interventions and delivery of service. Mr. Yaiva has served as the tribal liaison for numerous campaigns targeting culturally specific endeavors, incorporating a holistic approach to health and healing that is innate. Lee’s passion for people and respect for the recovery process is evident in his distinct style and meticulous order in acquisition of identified objectives. Lee’s commitment to empower utilizing a methodical approach to the reclamation of life is strategic and impactful. His individualized clinical objective is multi-tiered, a calculated technical advance applied through tactical precision to achieve full dimensional wellness. Lee’s mission is to create an opportunity of a lifetime for a lifetime of opportunities for all people.
Michelle Sproule, LPC
Chief Clinical Officer
Michelle Sproule is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Arizona. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2006 and received a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix in 2014. Michelle initially began her career working with adults who suffer from mental illness. Her path later led her to begin working with adolescents with dual diagnosis mental health and substance abuse concerns in nonprofit behavioral health before becoming a therapist at SRC in 2017. She is trained in various trauma modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting (BSP). Michelle is passionate about leadership and thrives on working collaboratively with leaders, clinicians, and clients to enhance motivation and drive for creating a new identity in recovery. She strives to live out the principles of the Four Agreements and challenges her peers, clients, family, and friends to do the same. Outside of her professional life, Michelle enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and listening to self-improvement podcasts.
Jennifer Govan, LISAC
Aymet Demara, LASAC
Associate Clinical Director
Aymet is a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Therapist Temporary (LASAC-T) in the state of Arizona. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kansas Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Initially she began a career working in a behavioral health clinic and transitioned to work in substance abuse treatment in 2019. Her family experiences helped create a passion to help those struggling with substance use disorders. Aymet has experience with running a MAT program and practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques with clients. She enjoys watching sports and being active such as outdoor activities. She also enjoys learning new approaches and therapy techniques to help the community to better herself and others.
Patrice M Roy, PMHNP
Patrice is committed to ongoing education in Behavioral Health Additions in order to learn new treatments and interventions to better care for her patients. Patrice is certified as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is also certified as an Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a Certified Acudetox Practitioner.
Throughout her career Patrice has endeavored to help people live their best life. Whether in her professional roles as an administrator or direct care practitioner, Patrice believes the individual holds the answers within and she feels privileged to be part of the team that helps them discover their personal journey to recovery.
Alex Spritzer, PMHNP, FNP-C, CARN-AP
Brittni Sunbury, FNP
Shandel Chavez, LPN
Director of Medical Operations
After becoming a Nurse in 2016 Shandel began her career as a Correctional Nurse. It was at the Penitentiary where she discovered her passion for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Seeing how the system was broken and people with addiction were not given proper rehabilitation, Shandel decided it was time to move on to a place that specializes in those areas. It is her compassion, determination, and drive to help her community that makes Shandel perfect for Scottsdale Recovery Center. Each day Shandel gives her all into caring for her patients and makes each feel like they have a second chance at recovery, a second chance at life.
Hailey Watson, RN
Ida LaLuz, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse
Jacklyn Ramm, RN
Lucas Pelka, RN
Luke earned his bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2006 from University of Illinois. From there he went on to work in an Intensive Care Unit over the course of 4 years. He then transitioned to work at a Chicago inpatient psychiatric hospital where he developed a new passion for working with that patient population. He then seized an opportunity to work in an outpatient community health setting, which focused on helping patients with psychiatric illness maintain their independence and getting out of the cycle of repeated hospitalizations. His personal involvement in substance abuse recovery led him to SRC where he now functions not only as a nurse, but as another person with relatable life experiences that clients cite as inspiration for their own recovery. His professional interests include Medication Assisted Treatment, the role of holistic therapies in substance abuse treatment, and investigating emerging psychiatric medications.
Andrea Dermott, BBA
Director of Business Development
Andrea was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She became part of the SRC family January 2019 after completing our treatment program in 2018. She understands the struggle of addiction and shows our clients firsthand that recovery is possible. She attended Northern Arizona University to study business management and has a strong passion for helping others. She has over 10 years of customer service experience and uses her Bachelor of Business Administration degree to support our front office operations. She enjoys playing golf, playing the piano and wake boarding in the summer. Her positivity and sunny disposition keep our clients and staff in high spirits whenever possible. She is passionate about her career and was our 2019 Employee of the Year.
Daniel Silvey, PSS
Clinical Support Specialist
I am originally from Washington State but have called Arizona my home for 42 years. I began working with individuals dealing with adversities due to substance abuse/co-occurring issues in 2005 after I myself went through treatment. I continue my education to make sure I provide the best assistance for the individuals I am helping and have successfully obtained the following certifications: Peer Support Specialist, Direct Support Professional, and Behavioral Health Technician.
Director of Admissions
Christina moved to AZ in 1998 from California. She has been working in in the recovery community since 2017. She started in the accounting department and has now moved into admissions since she is passionate about helping others. Christina hopes that she can use her story to inspire those that are struggling with their addiction. She has overcome the hardship that came from being incarcerated and is a valuable member of the recovery community and has 11 years of sobriety.
After years of struggling with addiction Joe has found peace within himself and his goal in life is to show others that it’s possible for them too. His passion for recovery and helping people shines through him with his ability to help our clients tackle any of their issues they may need help with. He makes people feel at home and safe here at SRC.
H.R. and Payroll Manager
Doris is an integral part of Scottsdale Recovery Center. She is very passionate about recovery and helping others.
Ftimah IIahi, BS
Clinical Program Manager
Talonna White Crane, BS
Case Manager Lead
Talonna began her journey at SRC in February of 2021, and with her brought six years of experience working in the treatment field. Talonna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with the intention of becoming a Juvenile Probation Officer. Shortly following graduation, Talonna began working at a level one residential treatment center for juveniles. Talonna worked closely with juveniles struggling with trauma, substance abuse, and mental illness. After working with this population, Talonna found her passion in the field of healing and supporting individuals on their path to success and wellness.
In addition to assisting individuals within a treatment environment, Talonna is also a volunteer with the Gila River Fire Department Crisis Response Team and is committed to positively impacting Native American communities. Talonna is dedicated to utilizing her experience and knowledge to provide clients with the resources and support needed to aid in their journey to recovery.
Jessica Cowan, BS
Group Facilitator II
Karyn Rosol, MS
Clinical Support Specialist
Patrick La Grow, BSW
Clinical Support Specialist
Laura Jones, MS, PSS, LASAC-7269T
Laura has come to us from Maricopa County Public Health. Laura has been active in the community with health education and prevention for eight years. She received her Bachelor of Science from Ottawa University in 2018 and graduated with Cum Laude honors, in Addiction Counseling. Laura is currently working on her Master of Science in addiction counseling at Ottawa University and will finish her Masters in December of 2021. Laura is compassionate about working with individuals who suffer from addiction. She loves to work with a diverse population. She also loves to work with the community and prides herself on being caring, empathetic, and understanding. Laura is an asset to the team, and she is very excited to be a team member of Scottsdale Recovery Center.
Roberto Levario, MSW
Roberto received his Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona and Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. He has been counseling for 4 decades working in corrections and substance abuse. Roberto has been involved in individual, family, and couples therapy. He also has worked with challenging personalities and populations in high-risk situations. He found addiction to be the most complex and challenging. Roberto facilitates a unique blend of therapeutic interventions which include Existential, Experiential, and Neurobiological approaches. His most recent work has been in more fully understanding the addicted brain. He believes that when clients better understand the underpinnings of their addiction experience, the greater their chance of learning to interrupt the discomfort associated with addiction. This in turn will allow them to embrace the power to interrupt the cravings, providing them a greater chance of experiencing a fuller measure of freedom from addiction. Freedom is a significant reality that runs through Roberto’s work. His mantra is “I’m not here to help you, I’m here to free you, by leading you back to the freedom you have been distracted from since childhood.”
Nicole Rogers, LISAC
Emma Martinie, BS