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.

Administration

Brian Welch, CEO Cottonwood Dual Diagnosis Treatment CenterBrian Welch, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2005

In charge of day-to-day operations at Cottonwood, Brian has worked in several capacities during his time at Cottonwood including as a mental health tech, marketer, and administrator before becoming the CEO. In the footsteps of his father, Brian continues to work to create an environment where Cottonwood’s focus can be the patient.

Brian is a long-time resident of Tucson and likes to spend time with his wife and three children. Active in the Tucson community, Brian serves on the board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of The Tucson Conquistadors.

Lauren Dubs, CFO Cottonwood Addiction Treatment, Depression Treatment CenterLauren Dubs

Chief Financial Officer
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 1999

A longtime resident of Tucson, Lauren began her career at Cottonwood by managing the book store on campus while attending college at the University of Arizona. During that time she decided to pursue a degree in accounting and so later moved into the accounting department at Cottonwood to assist with accounts payable and learn the financial side of the business. Upon completing her degree she took a job in Phoenix with the accounting firm Ernst and Young. After a year in Phoenix and another two in St. Louis, Missouri, Lauren and her husband moved back to Tucson when Lauren was hired as the Chief Financial Officer for Cottonwood. She now oversees all financial operations at Cottonwood and is part of the senior management team.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys reading, skiing, golf, and spending time with her husband and three children.

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 worked in Health Information Management since moving to Tucson in 1979. She earned her Registered Health Information Technician Certification in 2000. She is passionate about maintaining complete, accurate and confidential health information.

Eileen enjoys Tucson’s warm climate, spending time with her family, and outdoor activities including hiking and golfing.

Susan Swan

Susan Swan, RN-BC

Director of Nursing
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2009

Susan Swan is native to Montana. She graduated from Montana State University at Northern in 1976 and came to Arizona in 1983 to escape the harsh Montana winters. Her 40 year career as a registered nurse includes extensive acute care medical and psychiatric experience with an emphasis in nursing leadership, education, management, and health care administration. Susan is a Board Certified Registered Nurse and holds an array of professional certifications, one of which is in the biofeedback modality of HeartMath™. Susan has been teaching HeartMath™ to Cottonwood patients since 2012.

Clinic Staff

James Seymour

James Seymour, MD, SEP

Medical Director
Member of the Clinic Team from 2002 to 2010 and 2016 to Present

Dr. James Seymour rejoined the Cottonwood Tucson staff as Medical Director in September, 2016. He previously served as Cottonwood’s Associate Medical Director from 2002 to 2010. He then served as the Associate Medical Director and the Director of the Program for Trauma Recovery at another holistically oriented residential treatment program.

Dr. Seymour is board certified in Psychiatry as well as Addiction Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in 1983 and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia in 1987. He is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Seymour has practiced psychiatry in a wide variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, as a medical consultation liaison, in nursing homes, jails, Indian Health Service, home visits, methadone clinics and for the past 16 years in addiction and behavioral health residential treatment facilities.

His specialties and areas of interest are addiction, trauma recovery, and the mind-body connection. He is a Somatic Experiencing provider, which a mindfulness approach focusing on the body-mind connection to assist in helping others heal from psychological trauma.

Dr. Seymour is constantly amazed at the resiliency of human beings to come back and live healthy, happy, and productive lives no matter how severe their trauma experiences have been. He believes that humans have a natural capacity to heal and that the role of the psychiatrist is to help people remove those obstacles that may be interfering with the natural healing process.

Larry Oñate, M.D. Addiction Services

Larry Oñate, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2011

Dr. Oñate received his M.D. degree from the University of Arizona in May of 1989, after which he completed his internship at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center and his residency at the University of Arizona. He specializes in adolescent and adult addictions and psychiatry. Dr. Oñate believes that education is one of the best recovery tools, and ensures that patients are fully knowledgeable about the issues they face. He brings to Cottonwood over 20 years of experience working in the field of addiction. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, running, and boating.

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.

Lisa MacDonald, Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Lisa MacDonald, MPH, RDN

Dietitian
Member of the Clinical Team since 2007

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Arizona, followed by a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She brings to Cottonwood over 20 years of experience in nutrition counseling. Lisa specializes in teaching how nutrition can affect mood and recovery from addictions as well as a non-diet approach to weight management. She works with eating disordered residents on creating a more compassionate relationship with food and body.

Lisa has written articles on nutrition, weight management and nutrition and recovery for Family Circle, Shape, The Nest and Arizona Together magazines and was a contributing expert for the Conscious Cuisine Cookbook. She is also an adjunct professor of nutrition in the culinary program at Pima Community College here in Tucson.

In her free time Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her two sons at sporting events, cooking, traveling and playing with her dog.

Jane LeDoux

Jane LeDoux, PharmD, BCPP

Director of Pharmacy
Member of the Clinical Team since 2015

Jane grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy. She received an award for research from Upjohn Pharmaceuticals and completed a specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacy. She is a board certified psychiatric pharmacist.

Jane has worked with developmentally delayed adults with psychiatric disorders and seriously mentally ill patients in the public mental health system.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to exotic places to scuba dive with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren. She has two rescue Great Danes and an African Gray Parrot that keep her entertained.

Shri Drake

Shri Drake, PhD (NH), CTN, LAc

Acupuncturist
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.

Program Staff

Kim Sines, Addiction Services Arizona

Kim Sines, MFA, LISAC

Vice President of Clinical Services
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.

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Kathleen Parrish, MA, LPC

Clinical Director
Member of the Clinical Team since 2002

Kathleen grew up in Tucson, and graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a B.A. in psychology.  After a few years of working in social services as a case manager, Kathleen returned to school and got a combined M.A. and M.F.C. from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary.  She has been in the field of behavioral health treatment for over 17 years.  Kathleen has written articles for Addiction Professional and Arizona Together magazines, and has presented seminars on trauma, eating disorders and substance abuse in the United States and Europe.

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 has worked with individuals, families, couples and groups. In her years at Cottonwood she has provided counseling with a strong trauma focus to individuals and groups. Maggie is also trained in intimacy issues and facilitates groups focused on each person's emotional connection with themself.

In her spare time Maggie loves to travel and sing. In addition, she has become a Certified Fitness Instructor, teaching classes from BootCamp to Zumba. She and her husband are the happy parents of a small menagerie.

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. Charles specializes in the use of expressive arts therapy 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 Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and he is an active member of the Labyrinth Society and the National Association of Poetry Therapy.

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.

Mark Levine, Addictrion Services Arizona

Mark Levine, B.A.

Evening/Weekend Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2000

Mark is a native of Massachusetts and a resident of Tucson since 1970. Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1976. He 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. He is an adjunct instructor in the Psychology and Social Services departments at Pima Community College, and he supervised a crisis line in Tucson for 20 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 began working at Cottonwood Tucson in 2009 after completing her Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Tennessee.

Emily uses recreation as a therapeutic modality to support residents in reaching their treatment goals. She specializes in experiential therapy groups that enhance the residents’ recovery process, such as indoor rock climbing, low ropes course facilitation, art exploration groups, and community reintegration outings. As a Wilderness First Responder, Emily also enjoys introducing residents to the mighty outdoors through hikes and outdoor experiences.

When not working, Emily can be found rock climbing with her family.

Kristen Przewlocki

Kristen Doe, LPC

Specialty Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2010

Kristen received her Mast 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 is a Tucson native. In her spare time she loves to play with her baby, hike the mountains of Tucson and travel to Hawaii to surf.

Lauren Golombek

Lauren Golombek, MA

Primary Therapist
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 in Chicago. Her experience includes working with individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys working out, listening to music, and spending time with her Siberian Husky.

Katie Gleason

Katie Gleason, LMSW

Primary Therapist
Member of Clinical Team Since 2014

Katie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and lived in California, Tennessee and Washington before returning to Oregon to earn her Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University. She has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults and families dealing with substance use and behavioral health issues. Katie applies principles of mindfulness and self-compassion when working with individuals.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys running, cooking and spending time outdoors with her husband and two rescued greyhounds.

Thomas Schaefer

Thomas Schaefer, MA

Primary Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2014

A native of Minnesota, Thomas completed his B.E.S degree at Saint Cloud State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. His area of study was child development. Thomas has been involved in the recovery community since 1998 holding positions on the board of directors for a non-profit organization and as owner operator of a rental property designed for adult men in early recovery. Thomas completed his Masters degree in counselling at Hazelden Graduate School in 2010. He has worked with both adults and adolescents as a primary therapist before moving to Tucson with his wife in January of 2013. In his free time Thomas enjoys running, motorcycle rides and hiking in the mountains and desert.

Melissa Rosinski, MSC, LAC, NCC

Melissa Rosinsky, MSC, LAC, NCC

Specialty Counselor
A Member of the Clinical Team Since 2015

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She later earned a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Her experience includes working with children and families in social services for over five years. Melissa received her Certified Trauma Practitioner certificate from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children in 2015. In her work with residents, she incorporates self-compassion and mindfulness.

Melissa is a Southern Arizona native. In her time away from work she enjoys traveling with her family.

Janine Walter

Janine Walter, NCBTMB, ABT, Certified Taoist Healing Energetics Instructor

Specialty Counselor
A member of the Clinical Team since 2008

Janine has worked as a mind/body facilitator at Cottonwood since 2008. She has worked 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 lever in a specialized form of mind/body healing called Chi Nei Tsang. Her 25 year background in mindfulness meditation, yoga and Tai Chi/Qi Gong informs her work as well as her training in the cutting-edge trauma work, Somatic Experiencing. Janine’s work is very supportive for people having undergone trauma. She helps gently guide people back into the experience of their bodies, where true healing can take place.

Outside of Cottonwood, Janine incorporates her ordination as an Interfaith Minister, offering spiritual direction and conducting wedding ceremonies when asked. She enjoys getting out into nature whenever possible, playing with her son, dancing and taking time to be in stillness.

Wendy B. Corrales, M.Ed.

Wendy B. Corrales, M.Ed.

Clinical Specialist
A member of the Clinical Team since 2013

A Tucson native, Wendy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Education degree in School Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona. Wendy applies mindfulness, psychodrama, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. She is bilingual and passionate about helping individuals recover from addiction. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, reading, snowboarding, and scuba diving.

Amanda Bell, BS

Amanda Bell, BS

Milieu Manager, Adult Unit
A member of the Clinical Team since 2008

Amanda was born and raised in Tucson. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2006. She started work at Cottonwood in 2008 as a patient care facilitator and then Lead PCF. She assumed the role of the Milieu Manager of the Adult Unit in 2016. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys being active and spending time with family and friends.

Katia Cardenas

Katia Cardenas

Fitness Consultant
Member of the Clinical Team since 2016

Katia was born and raised in Costa Rica where she started her career in fitness and health, attending the University of Costa Rica and Universidad Autonoma de Centroamerica. She moved to the United States in 2000 and continued her career in fitness and health. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Katia has extensive experience helping individuals with all types of health issues and conditions to achieve their health goals. Katia’s diverse repertoire includes certifications as a fitness coach, functional specialist, personal trainer, Parkinson’s specialist, and water specialist. She enjoys teaching fitness classes as well and has many certifications including fitness instructor, Yoga instructor, water aerobics instructor and Zumba instructor.

Katia enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband.

Family Program

Ed Rusnak

Ed Rusnak, MS, LISAC, NCC

Clinical Supervisor – Family Program
Member of the Clinical Team since 1999

Ed is originally from Connecticut and moved to Tucson in August of 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Counseling which he earned at Western Connecticut State University. Ed is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Ed has facilitated a number of professional trainings on the use of Cottonwood’s “Listwork” process.

Outside of work, Ed enjoys camping, running, playing with his dogs and riding his motorcycle.

James R. Naughton, MA, LPC, LISAC

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

Family Program Facilitator / 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 of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts 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 18 years and has worked in many different facets of inpatient care including case management, workshop facilitation for childhood traumas, family program facilitation, clinical coordinator of an extended care programs for trauma/addiction and sexual compulsivity, and as a trauma resolution specialist. James has received training for two different types of trauma healing including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing.

In his free-time James enjoys reading various kinds of fiction and hanging-out at local coffee houses, going for hikes and leisurely strolls with his dog, exercising at the gym, and singing in a Tucson Gala choir during the Fall/Winter holidays.

Marketing Staff

Musomi McDowell

Musomi McDowell

Director of Marketing
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2000

Musomi has lived most of his life in Tucson. His experience at Cottonwood consists of nearly two decades of multi-level leadership. His experiences as a Patient Care Facilitator, Milieu Manager, and Patient Advocate afford him a unique perspective and skill set that is invaluable in his current role. In addition to his role as Director of Marketing and Admissions, he coordinates educational seminars sponsored by Cottonwood and is our Marketing Representative for Arizona and Nevada.

Musomi enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and their two children.

Andrew McIntyre

Andrew McIntyre

Marketing Representative and Alumni Coordinator
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 1996

Andrew has worked at Cottonwood in several capacities including his current position of Marketing Representative and Alumni Coordinator. In addition, he has worked at Cottonwood in the position of Admissions Coordinator, Milieu Manager and Behavioral Health Technician. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and a Human Resource Certificate from the University of Phoenix.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking.

Dawn La Carte

Dawn La Carte, BA, CASAC, CRC

Marketing Representative
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. Her experience has been as a clinician conducting individual and group therapy to a senior level administrator. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from University at Albany-SUNY. She is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, as well as a Certified Recovery Coach. Additionally, Dawn earned her Leadership Certification through Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

Dawn was drawn to Cottonwood based on its stellar reputation as a family-owned, ethical, industry leader. The clinical team provides transformational, customized treatment for its clients and the administration treats its staff like family. 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.

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

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