Cottonwood Tucson's Staff

A Team of Caring Experts

At Cottonwood Tucson we are grateful to have been able to gather, from across the country and around the world, a group of uniquely talented individuals who have hundreds of years of combined experience in the treatment of behavioral health disorders.  Please take some time to meet these highly trained and seasoned clinicians, many of whom are leaders in their fields.  A number of our medical and program staff currently hold faculty positions at area colleges and universities, including the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Even as important as our professional qualifications, many of our addiction treatment professionals and clinical staff have felt the same pains and problems you or your loved one may now be experiencing.  Some of us have suffered from depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, co-dependency, trauma, and other issues.  For each of us, our greatest growth has come through facing our pain and learning the skills necessary to successfully overcome it.  Through confronting and understanding the problems in our lives through addiction services or dual diagnosis treatment, we have become happy, confident people.  Our personal successes in recovery are a direct result of the ongoing effort each of us has put into developing the attitudes, beliefs and values that bring wholeness to our lives.  Our hard work in the recovery process has been rewarded with contentment, balance and joy, and we are eager to share the benefits of our hard-won insight with you.  Those of us who work at Cottonwood believe that nowhere in the world is there a better place to make the discovery of a happier, more productive you.


Brandon LaskerBrandon Lasker

Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2018

Originally from Atlanta, Brandon started working in behavioral health as an avenue to serve those struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. With almost a decade of experience working at residential treatment facilities, Brandon has had the fortune of working in various roles, including Director of Utilization Management, Risk Manager, Director of Admissions and Business Development Trainer. Most recently, Brandon served as Chief Executive Officer of a 102-bed residential treatment center located in the southeast that treated those suffering with substance use disorders and PTSD. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of a nationally known residential trauma program located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Brandon is honored to be part of the team at Cottonwood and will continue to build on its legacy of clinical excellence and quality client care. His vision for Cottonwood is to build on its national brand and further enhance the client experience.

Maria Broz, RN, BAMaria Broz, RN, BA

Director of Nursing
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2005

Maria started her journey with Cottonwood Tucson in 2005 after completing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of Arizona. She worked her way up as a patient care facilitator before being promoted to Lead Patient Care Facilitator. In 2008, Maria became a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor and began training all Cottonwood staff on verbal de-escalation techniques and the power of maintaining calm, grounding energy when working with patients in crisis.

In 2009, Maria was promoted to Milieu Manager of the Sweetwater Adolescent Program at Cottonwood Tucson, where she was mentored by the Director of Nursing for seven years. During her time on the Sweetheart Unit, Maria discovered her passion for management and learned invaluable skills in maintaining a non-reactive and empathetic approach when dealing with challenging adolescents.

After much contemplation, Maria made the decision to return to nursing school to continue working as a clinical nurse at Cottonwood. After earning her RN license, Maria worked at a Level 1 Trauma Center in the Emergency Department to gain new graduate skills while continuing to work at Cottonwood in a staff development role and as charge nurse. She has since returned in a full-time capacity as the Director of Nursing. Maria strives to inspire the team and patients through motivational encouragement and compassionate leadership.

During her free time Maria enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

Mary BeckerMary Becker

Human Resources Director and Business Office Manager
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2002

Mary began her career at Cottonwood in a clerical support position which gave her hands on experience in various departments throughout Cottonwood. She eventually left Cottonwood for a few years when she moved to Clarksville, Tennessee with her husband while he was serving as an active duty Medic in the Army. During that time Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting through the University of Phoenix. She subsequently returned to Cottonwood as a staff accountant which provided her with the opportunity to learn the financial side of the business. In that role, she also worked as the Payroll Manager and the Human Resources Assistant. In 2015 Mary was promoted to her current position as Cottonwood’s Human Resources Director.

In her spare time Mary enjoys mountain biking, hiking and spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Nikol FieldsNikol Fields

Human Resources Administrative Assistant
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2011

Originally from Ohio, Nikol possesses over 20 years of administrative experience. She joined Cottonwood Tucson in 2011 as a receptionist, and within a year she was promoted to her current position as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Human Resources. Her diverse administrative skills and her can-do attitude also enable her to provide coverage for other administrative positions throughout Cottonwood. Nikol is currently pursuing a degree in business management, and she loves to spend time with her family in her free time.

Julie HallJulie Hall, AS

Accounts Payable and Payroll Manager
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2009

A native to Arizona and a skilled professional, Julie has over 23 years of experience in finance and accounting. She holds Associates of Applied Science Degrees in Business and General Studies from Pima Community College. Julie joined the Cottonwood team as an Administrate Assistant in Accounts Payable and Human Resources before being promoted to her current position of Accounts Payable and Payroll Manager.

Outside of work Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and whenever possible she loves to travel to hidden gems of small towns, which are rich in history and somehow ignite the imagination.

Eileen Jacobson, Addiction Services and Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Eileen Jacobson

Health Information Systems and Compliance Director
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2011

Originally from Chicago, Eileen has over 16 years of experience as the Director of Health Information Management in both an acute care and a clinical setting. She earned her Registered Health Information Technician Certification in 2000, through the Independent Study Program at the American Health Information Management Association. Eileen is enthusiastic about her chosen profession and passionate about maintaining complete accurate confidential health information for each resident at Cottonwood Tucson.

Eileen enjoys spending time with her family, Tucson’s warm climate which offers extended time for outdoor activities including hiking Southern Arizona’s trails and golfing at Tucson’s numerous courses.

Leslie WhitakerLeslie Whitaker, BA

Executive Assistant, Risk Manager & Corporate Compliance Officer
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2008

Leslie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from William Woods University, located in her home state of Missouri. She enjoys diverse responsibilities at Cottonwood, ranging from collaboration with other members of the Management Team on special projects, to assessing and handling potential and actual risks company-wide in an effort to provide a safe environment for everyone at Cottonwood, and serving as the Corporate Compliance Officer. As a side note, Leslie completed her degree with a second major in Equestrian Science.

Leslie is equally passionate about sharing the gifts of recovery, dance, and helping animals in need. Her sobriety date is September 11, 1986, and she volunteers on a regular basis at the county animal shelter, numerous animal rescues, and various charities. When she isn’t spending time with her three rescue dogs or volunteering, she can be found on the dance floor or enjoying the open road on the back of a motorcycle.

Clinic Staff

Dr. Michel A. Sucher, MD, FASAM, Medical Director of Cottonwood Tucson

Michel A. Sucher, MD, FASAM

Medical Director
Member of the Cottonwood Clinical Team since 2018

Dr. Sucher serves as the medical director for Cottonwood Tucson. He was educated at Wayne State University where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1968 and a medical degree in 1972. His internship was at Sinai Hospital of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan, and he underwent residency training at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1974 through 1994, he practiced emergency medicine and served as emergency department director at two hospitals.

Dr. Sucher practices addiction medicine and serves as the medical director of the physician health program/ professional health programs for the Arizona Medical Board and the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. He is also president of the California Physicians Health Program and serves as a consultant in addiction medicine to most other healthcare regulatory agencies and boards in Arizona.

Dr. Sucher is a nationally known speaker on addiction medicine and professional health issues, and he holds teaching positions throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is certified as a medical review officer by ASAM. Dr. Sucher was granted Diplomate status by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009, and he is a past president of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine.

Tab W. Hoyt, Cottonwood Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Tab W. Hoyt, MSN, FNP-C

Chief of Medical Services / Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Clinical Team since 1991

A member of Cottonwood’s nursing/medical team for over 25 years, Tab received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Arizona followed by a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner training at the University of Phoenix. He is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified by the State of Arizona. When he can, Tab likes to take off to the great outdoors and is a nationally recognized archer.

Shri Drake

Shri Drake, PhD (NH), CTN, LAc

Member of the Cottonwood Clinical Team since 2010

Shri Drake completed her PhD in Natural Health and is a Certified Traditional Naturopath as well as a nationally certified and state licensed acupuncturist. She has studied Western, Eastern, Ayurvedic, and Native American herbology. She also maintains tuina (Oriental medical massage) credentials through the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and was honored to be selected to study Medical Qigong from the Wang Juemim family lineage. Dr. Drake has worked in the behavioral health arena for six years and loves educating individuals about mental-emotional-physical-energy connections and how they are all related. She retired from the United States Navy after 24 years of service.

In her spare time, Shri is an avid vegetable and herb gardener, and spends time with her German Shepherds. Although retired from the sport, she still holds several state and national powerlifting records.

Sue Grant

Susan Grant, MSN, MS, FNP-BC, RN

Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Clinical Team since 2016

Sue received a Masters of Science degree in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Her interest in working more directly with patients led her to pursue an Associates in Arts and Sciences from Marymount University and she became a Registered Nurse. 

Sue continued her nursing education, obtaining a Masters of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In the following years she received Nurse Practitioner training at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She is board certified as a Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), and she is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the states of Arizona and California.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling in the Southwest and spending time with her rescue dog, Grace.

Marla Perry

Marla Perry, PhD, NP

Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Cottonwood Clinical Team since 2017

Dr. Perry is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Psychologist. Her career includes having taught psychiatric nursing at the University of Arizona from 1979 to 1984. Upon completion of her PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology, she worked as a neuropsychologist in a brain injury recovery center for six years.

Since 2001, Dr. Perry has served as a member of Psychiatry Departments in settings including in-patient psychiatric hospitals, out-patient clinics, residential treatment centers, and in a private practice. Her areas of interest include trauma recovery, addictions, and resiliency building. The impact of trauma on neurophysiology and mood, and the benefits of trauma-informed care continue to be areas of study.

Dr. Perry witnesses human capacity for learning and healing. Her goal is to meet individuals where they are, and nurture their capacity for insight, compassion, and the making of skillful choices.

Laura Davidson

Laura Davidson, DNP

Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Clinical Team since 2018

Dr. Laura Davidson achieved a Masters in Nursing, specializing in adult psychiatry, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University. She worked in the community behavioral health sector practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for seven years before joining Cottonwood. Dr. Davidson has worked in mental health since 2006. Dr. Davidson considers it to be a great honor to work with those with mental health and/or addiction concerns. Those brave individuals open up very emotionally intimate parts of themselves to us and share their journeys.

Dr. Davidson has two small children and enjoys making jewelry.

 Willard Lynch

Willard Lynch, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Clinical Team since 2018

Since 2007, Willie has worked extensively caring for individuals experiencing difficulties with psychological health in both residential and acute care settings. Willie received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from Northern Arizona University. He then went on to receive a post graduate degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati. Willie has National Board Certification allowing him to treat children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric individuals. Willie has worked extensively within large diverse facilities treating individuals from various cultures with a wide range of psychological and medical challenges.

Willie works with the philosophy that every individual is unique and the treatment needs to be specific to that person’s situation. His passion for this principle allows him to manage care for individuals in a safe and effective way, while teaching them strategies to improve psychological health that will follow them far into the future.

Willie enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchild. Finding balance between his work and personal life is important to him. Willie likes space, science, and is always striving to learn new things.

Sharon Powell

Sharon Powell, NSCA-CPT

Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor
Member of the Cottonwood Clinical Team since 2018

Sharon was raised in New Jersey and loved sports as soon as she could run and throw a ball. She played team sports, such as basketball, softball and soccer. Nine years ago, Sharon moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she began her career in fitness and health, attending Carrington College. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Sharon was employed soon after graduation at Gold’s Gym, where she gained a foundation of experience having over forty clients with different needs and goals. Sharon has also worked at several personal training studios in Tucson, most recently at Select Fitness. She has trained individuals ranging from age 16 to 88 years old. Sharon also has experience training post injury or surgery individuals with issues including shoulders, hips and knees, and she has helped many clients return to the activities they enjoy. Sharon holds many certifications including TRX Suspension Training, Functional Movement Systems, Kinetic Anatomy, USA Weightlifting Coach, and Aquatic Exercise.

When she is not working, Sharon enjoys spending time with her two Chihuahuas and hanging out with friends.

Cindy Phillips

Cindy Phillips, RDN, CEDRD

Member of the Clinical Team since 2018

Cindy is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). For those struggling with addiction, eating disorders, and mood fluctuations, finding a healthful and realistic nutritional path in recovery can be challenging. Cindy is committed to taking the mystery out of nutrition, by supporting the residents in finding their natural eating style for all stages and types of recovery.

With 28 years of nutrition experience in clinical and leadership roles at other nationally-known treatment centers, Cindy is also a clinical preceptor for dietetic interns, and the owner of a nutrition education and counseling practice. She has a special passion for teaching and supporting dietitians and other professionals entering the eating disorder field. She uses this talent on a national level, teaching experiential presentations and workshops. She has obtained the certification of Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and maintains memberships in the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Cindy has a wealth of professional knowledge and her passion comes from her own recovery experience. She brings compassion and gentleness to her work, stemming from her training in embodiment practices.

Program Staff

Kathleen Parrish, Addiction Treatment Professionals

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Kathleen Parrish, MA, LPC

Director of Clinical Services
Member of the Clinical Team since 2002

Kathleen Parrish is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1991, and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. Kathleen has worked in private practice, outpatient treatment, and residential treatment settings. Her work with trauma survivors spans over 25 years, focusing on story, mindfulness, and self-compassion. She has written articles for Counselor, Addiction Professional, Addiction Today and Arizona Together magazines. Kathleen has presented seminars on trauma and eating disorders in the United States and Europe, and she is the co-author of “The Essence of Resilience: Stories of Triumph over Trauma,” (HCI Books, 2016).

In her free time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, kickboxing, playing the piano, and running.

Wendy B. Corrales, M.Ed.

Wendy B. Corrales, M.Ed.

Specialty Therapist
A member of the Clinical Team since 2013

A Tucson native, Wendy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Education in School Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona.  She is an avid learner with the philosophy that one never stops learning.  In 2013 she returned to the University of Arizona for additional Master's level courses specializing in Mental Health and Addictions. Wendy is passionate about helping individuals recover from addictions, and applies mindfulness, Gestalt therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and spirituality in her work. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. 

Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, praying, volunteering, reading, snowboarding, and being in the ocean.

Kristen Przewlocki

Kristen Doe, LPC

Specialty Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2010

Kristen received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and families dealing with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. She works to help patients discover self-compassion, empowerment and inner strength. Kristen believes in the healing power of meditation, quieting the mind and listening to the soul. Kristen is passionate about recovery and helping those in need find their own recovery. 

Kristen is a Tucson native. In her spare time she loves playing sports with her son, hiking the mountains of Tucson and traveling to Hawaii to surf.

Charles Gillispie, Addiction Treatment Professionals

Charles Gillispie, MFA, LISAC

Program Specialist
Member of the Clinical Team since 1993

Charles Gillispie is a licensed independent substance abuse counselor (LISAC) with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction. Charles specializes in the use of expressive arts therapy, experiential learning and the practice of spiritual direction. He has published articles describing his work at Cottonwood in Addiction Professional, Arizona Together, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Labyrinth Pathways, and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal. He is an active member of the Labyrinth Society, the National Association of Poetry Therapy, and the Tucson Quaker House Dream Council.

Charles has received two professional development grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in support of his work with therapy and writing in Donegal, Ireland and Zurich, Switzerland. He is a founding member of the San Pedro River Pilgrims, a backpacking club dedicated to the pursuit of spirituality through wilderness adventure. Charles’ first collection of poetry, The Way We Go On, was published by Backwaters Press in 2010.

At home, Charles and his wife enjoy the challenge of tending to a herd of nine horses and two very, very, good dogs!

Olivia Hook, MA

Olivia Hook, MA

Primary Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2018

Olivia recently relocated to Tucson from Los Angeles where she was a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University where she was introduced to numerous modalities and theories, and developed an eclectic style and approach to mental health care. She has experience working in community mental health, as well as in the private sector, with people of all ages and levels of acuity. Olivia prescribes to the Oxygen Mask Principle: that it’s essential to take care of ourselves first before we can help others. She has specializations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Crisis Oriented Recovery (CORs), Nonviolent Communication, Intimate Partner Violence, and Anger Management. Olivia enjoys yoga, photography, and travel.

Mark Levine, Addictrion Services Arizona

Mark Levine, BA

Evening & Weekend Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2000

Mark is a native of Massachusetts and a resident of Tucson since 1970. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1976, and has been involved in the helping professions since the early 1970's. He served as a teaching assistant in the Personality Lab Program at the University of Arizona, and he was also an Adjunct Instructor in the Psychology and Social Services Departments at Pima Community College for over 20 years. Mark supervised a Help-On-Call/Crisis Line in Tucson for 25 years.

In his free time Mark enjoys watching Red Sox games, especially those he knows they have already won!

Emily Mattimoe

Emily Mattimoe, MS, CTRS

Recreational Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2008

Emily was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She subsequently received a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee, though she remains a loyal UGA fan.

Emily has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist since 2007. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, camps, community centers and inpatient behavioral health and addictions treatment programs. Emily uses recreation, leisure and play as therapeutic modalities to support clients in improving their quality of life. She specializes in experiential education groups that enhance the recovery process, such as indoor rock climbing, low ropes course facilitation, art exploration groups, mindfulness, and community volunteering. Emily believes that compassion and safety are key elements in the transformation process. She helps clients step outside of their comfort zones and practice new behaviors through play in order to facilitate growth and change.

Emily is also a Wilderness First Responder. She loves to introduce clients to the healing energies of the outdoors. As a mother of two, Emily adores watching the power of play in her own children and appreciates the opportunity to learn and grow through them.

Maggie Morton, Addiction Services

Maggie Morton, LCSW

Trauma Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 1999

Maggie earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Arizona State University in 1992, and has held a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Credential since 1994. Maggie began her career doing in-home family therapy with at risk families. She has also worked with individuals, couples and groups. In her many years at Cottonwood she has provided group and individual counseling with a strong trauma focus. Maggie guides each participant to explore not only the “story” of their trauma, but the myriad effects and lessons of trauma that persist today. Maggie is also trained in intimacy/sexuality issues and facilitates groups focused on each person's emotional connection with themself.

In her spare time Maggie loves to travel and sing, and has recently become a (very) novice hobby welder. In addition, she has become a Certified Fitness Instructor, teaching classes from Boot Camp to Zumba. She and her husband are the happy parents of a small menagerie.

James R. Naughton, MA, LPC, LISAC

James R. Naughton, MA, MAC, LPC, LISAC

Specialty Therapist
Member of Clinical Team from 1998 to 2007 and 2015 to Present

James is a native of Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with an elective focus on behavioral disorders, learning disabilities and addiction. He has been in the field of mental health and addiction treatment for over 19 years and has worked in many different facets of inpatient care including case management, intensive workshop facilitation for childhood/adult traumas, continuing care coordination, family program facilitation, clinical coordinator of an extended care programs for trauma/addiction and sexual compulsivity, and as a trauma resolution specialist. James has a Master’s Certification in Addiction from the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and is trained in two different types of trauma resolution therapy including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE).

In his free-time James enjoys reading various kinds of fiction and hanging-out at local coffee houses, hiking in the Arizona White Mountains, leisurely strolls with his dog, cardio and core-training at the gym, and traveling to cool northern climates.

Lalo Ochoa

Hilario "Lalo" Ochoa

Administrative Assistant - Scheduling
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2007

Lalo Ochoa is a native of South Texas. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in history/geography from Texas A&I University (now part of Texas A&M University) and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. After retiring from the United States Army with 20 years of service, he worked for several Arizona County and State Agencies. He retired from the State of Arizona in 2006.

At Cottonwood Lalo puts together the master daily schedule and individual daily patient schedules for participation in the Residential Program. He also conducts lectures and coordinates with and schedules Cottonwood Family Program participants.

When he is not at work, Lalo enjoys spending time with his family, and fishing and traveling.

Charlotte Holst Reilley

Charlotte Holst Reilley, MA, LAC, CRC

Primary Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2017

Charlotte has spent over 20 years in the health and wellness field, moving naturally from body therapist to psychotherapist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling, both from the University of Arizona. She specializes in trauma work, particularly with sexual abuse and eating disorders. She is trained in Level 2 of EMDR, and also uses expressive and somatic skills in her approach to addiction and trauma. Charlotte is certified in Trauma-informed yoga, and uses writing therapy to help patients find their voice and intention. Charlotte believes that it only takes a little bit of light to shift out of darkness and despair. She nurtures strengths and hope, reminding patients that they are so much more than the addiction or trauma they have carried in with them.

Charlotte spends her free time with her husband, three children, and their Jackapoo. She loves gardening, pottery, and watching her boys do skateboard tricks. She travels to Denmark whenever possible, and likes to spread “hygge” wherever she goes.

Thomas Schaefer

Thomas Schaefer, MA, LISAC

Primary Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2014

A native of Minnesota, Thomas migrated to Tucson in 2013 with his wife. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Saint Cloud State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He continued his studies at Hazelden, graduating in 2010 with a Masters of Arts degree in Addictions Studies. Thomas believes in a solution focused approach and has worked with both adults and adolescents. After completing graduate school, Thomas received specialized training to facilitate Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Thomas has been involved in the recovery community since 1998, holding positions on various boards for non-profit organizations focused on recovery issues. Thomas has two adult children. Currently Thomas and his wife share their home with two rescue dogs and a rescue cat. In his free time Thomas enjoys running in marathons, motorcycle rides, and hiking.

Kim Sines, Addiction Services Arizona

Kim Sines, MFA, LISAC

Specialty Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 1994

Kim has worked in the field of behavioral health counseling since 1977 and joined Cottonwood’s clinical team in 1994. Originally from Wisconsin, Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University where he was a teaching fellow. He is licensed as an independent substance abuse counselor in Arizona and specializes in the treatment of addictions and eating disorders.

Janine Walter

Janine Walter, SEP, Taoist Healing Energetics Instructor

Specialty Counselor
Member of the Clinical Team since 2008

Janine has worked as a mind/body facilitator at Cottonwood since 2008. She has been in the field of mind/body healing for over 20 years, practicing and teaching both nationally and internationally. Her broad area of expertise and training includes certification at the instructor level in a specialized form of mind/body healing called Chi Nei Tsang.  She is also certified as a Somatic Experiencing (or SE) Practitioner and is an ordained Interfaith Minister. 

Janine’s focus of expertise is supporting people in reconnecting to their bodies, where true healing can take place.  Part of being human is that we experience trauma and stress.  When trauma is not fully processed or digested, the energy released in the body to support us when under a stressful or traumatic experience stays locked in the body.  SE is a skillful body of trauma work that helps people become aware of their bodies and where trauma might stored and helps bring about nervous system regulation.  Chi Nei Tsang also supports the mind/body connection using specific breath and energy practices and the wisdom of the Taoist 5 element teachings.  Janine’s background  includes being a long-time  mindfulness meditation practitioner/teacher,  yoga teacher, and Tai Chi/Qi Gong instructor.

When not working, Janine enjoys playing with her son, being outside in nature, and being awed by this mystical  journey of life.

Randall Rutherford

Randall Rutherford, BSW

Program Specialist/Patient Advocate
Member of the Clinical Team since 2015

Randall has been with Cottonwood since 2015 and is active in the recovery community. He received his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and is currently working toward a master of social work degree. Randall specializes in recovery groups and assists with Cottonwood’s equine therapy programming. As the patient advocate, he works closely with residents to develop leadership skills and strengthen the community, as well as assisting residents with challenges they face while at Cottonwood.

Randall is a Southwestern native, born in Douglas, Arizona, and was raised in New Mexico. Ranching and agriculture were key influences in his life growing up. He was raised on a ranch and spent a good deal of his youth on top of a horse working cattle and participating in rodeos. Randall attended Central Arizona College in Casa Grande, Arizona, on a full Rodeo scholarship and continued to compete in amateur and professional events until 2005. Free time finds him fishing and enjoying time outdoors with friends.

Family Program Staff

Lauren Impraim

Lauren Impraim, MA, LAC

Family Program Manager
Member of the Clinical Team since 2011

Lauren was born in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University. Since 2006, she has been working in diverse settings including inpatient, outpatient, juvenile probation and adolescent residential. Lauren believes that building therapeutic rapport is the essential foundation of healing. Given her role as a Primary Therapist for over 6 years, she hopes to help the family members understand more of the therapeutic process. Lauren provides psycho-education, support and guidance in establishing healthy communication. Moreover, she works directly with families around the importance of boundary setting as well as the importance of self-care.

Throughout her time in the clinical field, Lauren has learned the importance of allowing clients to grow in their own time, while holding space for their process. Her goal is to promote a safe and comfortable environment for clients and their families to work through past wounds and help in building resilience. She works from an empathetic and empowering approach. Lauren integrates Shame-Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral and Strength-based interventions to aid in healing. She is also trained in Level 1- and Level 2 EMDR. Lauren works with family members in understanding these dynamics, too.

In her own time, Lauren finds herself involved in the 12-step recovery community. She is passionate about applying the tools she shares with others in her own life. Lauren also enjoys spending time with her family and Siberian Husky, Mya.

Marketing Staff

Christi Cessna

Christi Cessna, MS

Director of Business Development
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2018

Christi earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and was a therapist prior to leading business development, admissions and strategic planning. For the last 20 years, Christi has worked for programs that have become nationally and internationally renowned. As an executive leader, she was responsible for ensuring that clinicians were educated about the services offered. She was also responsible for guiding organizations to incorporate best practices and progressive treatment approaches. Her efforts resulted in one organization becoming recognized as one of the top psychiatric hospitals in the country. Christi is a national speaker presenting on ethical business practices and leadership.

Christi joined Cottonwood Tucson because of the commitment to the personal attention to each patient in an intimate setting. With Cottonwood’s legacy as an industry leader for over 30 years, she is pleased she is a member of a team that inspires other facilities and patients to create positive, lasting change. As the treatment industry continues to shift, her focus continues to be on the best interest of patients she serves.

Musomi McDowell

Musomi McDowell

National Outreach Manager
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2000

As Cottonwood Tucson’s National Outreach Manager, Musomi McDowell, brings over 18 years of experience providing multi-level leadership. He possesses a unique skill set in fostering lasting collaborative professional relationships and building new strategic connections. He has a thorough grasp of ethics and utilizes the most effective sales skills that work for the evolving needs of clients and the industry as a whole.

Musomi’s tremendous reputation of integrity and professionalism precede him on a national and international level. Referents and other treatment programs trust him because of his sincerity, industry knowledge and complete understanding of clinical issues, treatment modalities and levels of care. Musomi’s philosophy of client care is exemplified by the following quote, “I am a passionate advocate for quality of care. Cottonwood Tucson embodies quality of care on every level. Through a client centered treatment approach, Cottonwood Tucson represents a nurturing reservoir of safety through which clients can embark on a journey of transformative healing launching each individual onto a new, clear path of life armed with effective coping mechanisms.”

Joel Fry

Joel Fry

Outreach Liaison
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2010

Joel is a native and lifelong resident of Tucson, Arizona. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he studied Linguistics with a focus on Japanese language and literature. Joel joined the Cottonwood staff as a Patient Care Facilitator and also worked as a Patient Advocate prior to joining the marketing team. He enjoyed working closely with residents, getting to know them, and seeing them change their lives in positive, powerful ways. Now he has the privilege of representing Cottonwood Tucson in the Pacific Northwest, where he thoroughly enjoys the rainy weather, beautiful green surroundings, excellent coffee, and fantastic bookstores. He also serves as representative and point of contact to southern California and the southeast U.S.

In his free time, Joel enjoys spending time with family, playing with his cat, reading, sketching, watching movies, and playing a variety of musical instruments. Joel also loves to travel, learn about different cultures, and eat delicious food from around the world.

Karen Gurr

Karen Gurr, Psy.D

Clinical Outreach Liaison
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2018

Dr. Karen Gurr is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Surrey, and both a Master’s in Psychology and Doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College. As an integrative psychologist, Dr. Gurr is trained in multiple evidenced based modalities and is a Brainspotting® practitioner.

Prior to joining the Cottonwood Tucson team, Dr. Gurr was instrumental in developing a family program for an outpatient treatment center in Los Angeles and assisting in the training of clinicians. She has worked extensively with individuals and families affected by substance abuse and mental health challenges, and is passionate about helping those suffering find the right treatment. It is her belief that recovery does not occur in a vacuum; recovery occurs when all elements of a patient’s life are addressed.

Dawn La Carte

Dawn La Carte, BA, CASAC, CRC

Clinical Outreach Liaison
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2013

Dawn is a dynamic and passionate addictions and behavioral healthcare professional with over 25 years in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from University at Albany-SUNY, and she earned her Leadership Certification through the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Dawn is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, as well as a Certified Recovery Coach. She is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry as a non-psychiatrist in a therapist role, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation professionals.

As a trained clinician, Dawn understands the needs of professional referents and finds her work of establishing and maintaining relationships with referring therapists, psychiatrists, and physicians to be an honor and a privilege. She was drawn to Cottonwood Tucson based on its stellar reputation as a family-owned, ethical, industry leader.

Dawn resides near Saratoga, New York with her husband, their daughter, and their two Shih Tzus. As a person in long term recovery, Dawn enjoys fellowshipping in the recovery community and volunteering at the Coalition for Family Wellness.

Michele Morphitis

Michele Morphitis, BSc(Econ) LSE; MA (Tavistock and Portman); MBACP

Business Development Manager, Europe
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2018

Michele is based in London, UK, and is a BACP registered psychotherapist and counsellor with a Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Studies from the Tavistock and Portman. She worked for seven years at the Priory Hospital Roehampton and was the Addictions Treatment Manager until August 2017. Michele has considerable expertise in sourcing therapeutic solutions for a varied client base in the field of addictions and mental health for over a decade. She has a private practice in Bond Street, London, and is a couples and family therapy specialist. She believes that talking together as a family often delivers transformative changes to relationships in a short space of time. Previously, Michele travelled widely and worked in many different settings, including 14 years at the BBC in London to working as a psychotherapist in the prison service and then the private sector. This variety has made her a creative practitioner with an assortment of life skills that flavor her work. Michele is delighted to be working for Cottonwood Tucson to focus on London, the UK, and Europe to build relationships with clinicians to enable them to source good treatment options for their clients. Michele has found that Cottonwood delivers solid treatment with gravitas, truly treating the client as an individual in a beautiful, restful desert setting. Michele has found that her own recovery from addiction worked best when it flowed holistically – mind, body and spirit together – and this ethos is what she found in abundance in the program at Cottonwood.

In her spare time Michele enjoys the thriving art and theatre scene in London, watching films with her family, creative writing, yoga and exploring the outdoors – especially the Highlands of Scotland. Michele is an avid polo and football spectator and is very proud to be at the beck and call of her oversized German Shepherd dog.

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