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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

Randy S Gelow II, MD, Addictionologist

Medical Director

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.

Lee Yaiva

Lee Yaiva

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

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

Jennifer Govan, LISAC

Clinical Director

Aymet Demara, LASAC

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 M Roy, PMHNP

Psychiatric NP

Patrice is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who was educated and trained in her home state of Maine. She has over 25 years of experience in Behavioral Health Addictions. Patrice’s practice philosophy is two-fold. First, she focuses on understanding the individual needs of each patient and then, in collaboration with the patient, develops a holistic, comprehensive care plan based on the individual. Patrice believes in the importance of a team approach to recovery and is proud to be part of the SRC Team where communication and collaboration ensure that each patient is provided the best that SRC has to offer.

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

Alex Spritzer, PMHNP, FNP-C, CARN-AP

Psychiatric NP

Alex is an AANP board certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner, ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & ANCB certified Advanced Practice Addiction Medicine Nurse Practitioner. He graduated Summa Cum Laude at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University & Washburn University. In March 2019, he completed a comprehensive opioid use disorder program and holds a certificate from Harvard Medical School. Alex started his career in an Ambulatory Family Medicine clinic in Beaverton, Oregon in 2014. In 2017 Alex moved from Oregon back to Arizona where he received a request to practice general medicine in the setting of substance use and abuse. Since that time, Alex developed a passion for substance addicted populations and returned to school for further studies. Realizing that substance abuse and dual psychiatric mental health conditions go in tandem, he made the choice to pursue psychiatric studies to be able to provide more comprehensive and evidence-based care to his patients. Alex has worked in the field of addiction medicine since 2017 and has provided firsthand oversight of medically complex detox cases ranging from alcohol, benzodiazepine, opioid, stimulant, and other-psychoactive and non-psychoactive substances. He successfully treated thousands of patients both at the detox level and at residential, partial hospitalization—php, and intensive outpatient therapy.
Brittni Sunbury, FNP

Brittni Sunbury, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Shandel Chavez, LPN

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

Hailey Watson, RN

Registered Nurse

Ida LaLuz, LPN

Ida LaLuz, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Jacklyn Ramm, RN

Jacklyn Ramm, RN

Registered Nurse

Jacki is a born and raised Nebraska native, but fell in love with Arizona when she moved down here to attend Arizona State University. She has two degrees, one in marketing and one in nursing, which brought her to SRC. From her time in nursing school, she gravitated towards mental health and knew that found that this area of nursing was where she belonged and would be able to make a lasting impact on her patients. Jacki prides herself on her warmth and compassionate style of patient care, ensuring clients feel welcomed and fully supported while in the residential house.
Lucas Pelka, RN

Lucas Pelka, RN

Registered Nurse

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

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

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.

Christina Freeman

Christina Freeman

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.

Joe Scarola

Joe Scarola

Admissions Coordinator

 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.

Doris Beltran

Doris Beltran

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

Ftimah IIahi, BS

Clinical Program Manager

Talonna White Crane, BS

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.

Casey Strauss

Casey Strauss

Case Manager

Jessica Cowan, BS

Jessica Cowan, BS

Clinical Assessor

Eric Beer

Eric Beer

Group Facilitator II

Karyn Rosol, MS

Karyn Rosol, MS

Clinical Support Specialist

Karyn began working in the addiction field after struggling with her own addiction for many decades. She got her Master of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University with honors in October of 2020 and has been working in the field ever since. Karyn combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Motivational Interviewing to encourage clients to find their own path to recovery. She is passionate that everyone can recover if they learn to love themselves again. Karyn brings empathy, compassion and an understanding that is relatable to the clients. Karyn is excited to be a part of the Scottsdale Recovery Center team.
Patrick La Grow, BSW

Patrick La Grow, BSW

Clinical Support Specialist

Laura Jones, MS, PSS, LASAC-7269T

Laura Jones, MS, PSS, LASAC-7269T

Therapist

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 Levario, MSW

Therapist

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

Nicole Rogers, LISAC

Therapist

Emma Martinie, BS

Emma Martinie, BS

Administrative Assistant

Emma holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Psychology exploring the Biological Processes and how they interact with Human Psychology. During Emma’s academic career, she prioritized helping children with emotional and behavioral disorders at a nonprofit mental health facility. Emma helped oversee classrooms to ensure equity in education for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Emma has since transitioned to working with adults by volunteering at a crisis helpline where she assists a diverse group of people in overcoming difficult situations including trauma, substance abuse, anxiety and more in her free time. Emma’s experience at SRC and her volunteer work help fuel her passion for helping her community overcome hardships. She will be continuing her education to earn a Master of Science in Trauma Counseling.

Questions? Call us at 602.346.9142 or send a question to our staff at [email protected]

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