Staff

Cottonwood Tucson

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 co-occurring disorders 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.

Leadership

Brandon Lasker - CEO of Cottonwood Tucson

Brandon Lasker

Chief Executive Officer
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Aaron Wilson, MD - Chief Medical Officer at Cottonwood Tucson Arizona drug rehab

Aaron Wilson, MD

Chief Medical Officer
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Melissa Hetzel, LCSW

Melissa Hetzel, LCSW

Director of Clinical Operations
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Tab W. Hoyt, MSN, FNP-C

Tab W. Hoyt, MSN, FNP-C

Chief of Medical Services / Nurse Practitioner
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Tessa de Bar, Director of Admissions

Tessa de Bar

Director of Admissions
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Christie Dunkelberger - Director of Business Development at Cottonwood Tucson

Christie Dunkelberger

Director of Business Development
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Maria Broz, RN, BA

Maria Broz, RN, BA

Director of Nursing
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Kourtney Epps - Milieu Manager at Cottonwood Tucson

Kourtney Epps

Milieu Manager
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Thomas Mattimoe - Executive Chef

Thomas Mattimoe

Executive Chef
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Jaime McGrath - Business Office Manager at Cottonwood Tucson - mental health treatment center in Arizona

Jaime McGrath

Business Office Manager
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Lisa Cook - Director of Risk Management/PI

Lisa Cook

Director of Risk Management/PI
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Ken Naig - Director of Plant Operations

Ken Naig

Director of Plant Operations
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Chanel Lopez, MBA

Chanel Lopez, MBA

Human Resources Manager
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James Barley, B.S. - Medical Records Manager at Cottonwood Tucson

James Barley, B.S.

Medical Records Manager
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Clinical & Medical Team

Devin Dunatov, MD - Psychiatrist at Cottonwood Tucson

Devin Dunatov, MD

Psychiatrist
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Amanda Martin, PMHNP-BC - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Cottonwood Tucson - behavioral health treatment near Scottsdale

Amanda Martin, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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Emily Smith, PA-C - Physician's Assistant at Cottonwood Tucson

Emily Smith, PA-C

Physician Assistant
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Damon Watts- Nurse Practitioner at Cottonwood Tucson

Damon Watts, NP

Nurse Practitioner
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Bonnie Bordner, MSW - Primary Therapist at Cottonwood Tucson

Bonnie Bordner, MSW

Primary Therapist
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Meridith Cohen, LCSW - Primary Therapist at Cottonwood Tucson - AZ mental health treatment center

Meridith Cohen, LCSW

Primary Therapist
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Cathy Craig, RYT, RDN

Cathy Craig, RYT, RDN

Yoga Instructor/Dietitian
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George H. Daranyi, J.D. - Specialty Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson

George H. Daranyi, J.D.

Specialty Counselor
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Veteran/First Responder Counselor

Jesse Everson, M.A.

Veteran/First Responder Counselor
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Laura French

Laura French

Primary Therapist
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Charles Gillispie, MFA, LISAC, CSAT - CSAT at Cottonwood Tucson

Charles Gillispie, MFA, LISAC, CSAT

CSAT
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Lilian Jacques

Lilian Jacques, MS, MA, LMSW, SEP

Specialty Counselor
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Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP - Specialty Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson

Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP

Specialty Counselor
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Annette Kohl

Annette Kohl

Acupuncturist
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Marla Kuhn, LPC - Equine Director at Cottonwood Tucson - depression treatment center in Tucson, AZ

Marla Kuhn, LPC

Equine Director
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Kevin Lanoue, JD, OIX, CCST, LMT - Specialty Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson - mental health and addiction rehab in Arizona

Kevin Lanoue, JD, OIX, CCST, LMT

Specialty Counselor
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Holly McCarter, MS, LPC - Specialty Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson

Lisa MacDonald, MPH, RDN

Dietitian
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Brooke Madden, MSW - Outpatient Therapist at Cottonwood Tucson - mental health treatment near Phoenix, AZ

Brooke Madden, MSW

Outpatient Therapist
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Holly McCarter, MS, LPC - Specialty Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson

Holly McCarter, MS, LPC

Specialty Counselor
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Rachel McCarthy, LAC - Family Program Coordinator at Cottonwood Tucson

Rachel McCarthy, LAC

Family Program Coordinator
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Rev Elwood McDowell

Rev. Elwood J. McDowell

Specialty Counselor
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Thomas Nickerson, BSW - Residential Support Counselor & Patient Advocate at Cottonwood Tucson

Thomas Nickerson, BSW

Residential Support Counselor & Patient Advocate
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Kylee Palmer, MS - Primary Therapist at Cottonwood Tucson

Kylee Palmer, MS

Primary Therapist
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Guinevere Placer, LCSW - Recreational and Experiential Therapist at Cottonwood Tucson

Guinevere Placer, LCSW

Recreational & Experiential Therapist
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Nick Puente - Specialty Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson - behavioral health treatment center in Tucson, Arizona

Nick Puente, MS

Specialty Counselor
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Randall Rutherford, BSW

Randall Rutherford, BSW

Primary Therapist
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Natalie Ivy Strickland, CYT-250 - Yoga & Reiki Therapist

Natalie Ivy Strickland, CYT-250

Yoga & Reiki Therapist
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Sallie Tyrrell, MS, LPC, LISAC, PSEP

Trauma Therapist
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Mayra Villalobos, BA - Specialty Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson

Mayra Villalobos, BA

Specialty Counselor
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Barbara Williams, LMSW - Outpatient Therapist at Cottonwood Tucson - inpatient PTSD and trauma treatment in Arizona

Barbara Williams, LMSW

Outpatient Therapist
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Sarah Adler CPT, USAW1, CFSC - Residential Support/Discharge Planner at Cottonwood Tucson

Sarah Adler CPT, USAW1, CFSC

Residential Support/Discharge Planner
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Leslie Whitaker, BA

Leslie Whitaker, BA

Clinical Scheduler
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Admissions & Outreach

Musomi McDowell

Musomi McDowell

National Outreach Manager
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Dawn LaCarte, BA, ADV CASAC, CRC

Dawn LaCarte, BA, ADV CASAC, CRC

Senior Clinical Outreach
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Michelle Sheydayi - Clinical Outreach Specialist--Phoenix at Cottonwood Tucson

Michelle Sheydayi

Clinical Outreach Specialist - Phoenix
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Nikki Duncan

Nikki Duncan

Admissions Coordinator
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Steven Goldsmith - Admissions Counselor at Cottonwood Tucson - Arizona behavioral health and addiction treatment center

Steven Goldsmith

Admissions Coordinator
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Elisa Sabyan - Admissions Coordinator at Cottonwood Tucson

Elisa Sabyan

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

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

Business Development Manager, Europe
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Tonya Flournoy - Alumni Coordinator at Cottonwood Tucson

Tonya Flournoy

Alumni Coordinator
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Site Staff

Darlene Simpson - Outpatient Tech Manager/Family Program Assistant at Cottonwood Tucson

Darlene Simpson

Outpatient Tech Manager/Family Program Assistant
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Dylan Mead-Shikaly - SLE Manager at Cottonwood Tucson

Dylan Mead-Shikaly

SLE Manager
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Jennifer Diaz - Medical Office Manager at Cottonwood Tucson - behavioral health rehab in Arizona

Jennifer Diaz

Medical Office Manager
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Chris Branch - Maintenance Technician

Chris Branch

Maintenance Technician
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Deana Seng - Front Desk Concierge at Cottonwood Tucson - behavioral health and addiction treatment center in Tucson

Deana Seng

Front Desk Concierge
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Rosa Salguero

Rosa Salguero

Housekeeping Supervisor
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