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Admissions

Staff

Justin Bachman, owner, Canyon Crossing Recovery

Justin Bachman

Chief Administrative Officer/Owner

Erin Bachman, Director of Operations/Owner

Erin Bachman

Director of Operations/Owner

Mona Amini

Dr. Mona Amini, MD

Medical Director

Heather Smyly, Therapist

Heather Smyly, BS

Director of Operation and Family Services

Marie Tueller, MEd, LAC

Marie Tueller, MEd, LAC

Clinical Director

Todd Bertoch

Todd M Bertoch, MD

Medical Services/Primary Care

Frank Collela, Nurse Practitioner

Frank Collela

Nurse Practitioner

Janet Bontrager, Primary Therapist

Janet Bontrager, BA

Primary Therapist

Richard Miller

Richard Miller

Marketing and Admissions Director

Ann Balowski

Ann Balowski

Horse Program Director - EAL, Life Coach, HeartMath Coach Mentor

Victoria Abel

Victoria Abel

Nutritionist

Danielle Wynn

Danielle Wynn

Operations Manager

Wendi Partlow

Wendi Partlow

House Manager

Gwen Henderson

Gwen Henderson, MA

Group Facilitator

Becca-Kaplan, House Manager

Becca-Kaplan

BHT

Becky Howell, House Manager

Becky Howell

House Manager

Celeste Holly, Yoga Instructor and Art Teacher

Celeste Holly

Yoga Instructor and Art Teacher

Edisa Newcomb, House Manager

Edisa Newcomb

House Manager

Kelsey Carr, House Manager

Kelsey Carr

House Manager

Justin Bachman, owner, Canyon Crossing Recovery

Justin Bachman

Chief Administrative Officer/Owner

Justin is an individual who is intensely committed to, and passionate about, helping others achieve a healthy, balanced, productive, and happier life in recovery. He is an active participant in the local recovery community and brings his passion for helping others to CCR-OTC. Justin believes the transitional IOP model is a level of care necessary in order for the recovering addict and/or alcoholic to learn how to live life on life’s terms clean and sober. He understands that a firm foundation in the 12 steps, coupled with the tools necessary to confront and address irrational thoughts and behaviors, is the cornerstone to achieving sustained recovery and a better life. Justin himself is a member of the Prescott recovery community and an example of success in recovery. He resides locally in the Prescott area with his wife and daughter.

Erin Bachman, Director of Operations/Owner

Erin Bachman

Director of Operations/Owner

Erin Bachman is the Director of Operations for CCR-OTC along with the Program Director for Canyon Crossing Recovery. She is also the owner of both facilities. Erin and her husband opened Canyon Crossing Recovery in November of 2012. It had always been Erin’s dream to open a facility for women afflicted with addictions on all levels. She wanted a place where women could come and find themselves. More than anything she wanted it to be a place that women could learn and be challenged to find out the true nature of their disease and leave equipped to handle life on life's terms while fighting for their lives. Erin created a program well seasoned in dealing with gender specific treatment for women since she knows one size does not fit all. She knew that although the journey and road would be tough she wanted to open a facility that was willing to take on the challenge of battling the disease and delusion that comes with it. Many say that Erin will tell you the truth despite what you want to hear and will not cosign the disease of addictions manipulation and bondage of self. She has created a team of unique and honorable men and women ready to handle the daily challenges and miracles they face each day when dealing with their clients at Canyon Crossing. For many years Erin fought her own battle of addiction going from treatment center to treatment center and barely made it out alive. She was a chronic relapser and wondered for many years if there really was another way out there. When Erin finally surrendered and chose a life of sobriety it was like that magic of life began and life took on new meaning for her. She always knew that she wanted to help people especially women but at the time had hoped to continue with a sober and fulfilling life she had been gifted herself. She finally made the choice to follow her dreams and she created a phenomenal program built for success. Success to Erin is helping as many women as she and her staff can in hopes that one may make it out of the darkness and into the light. Along with her own personal recovery experience, she has years of operations and management experience in the recovery field. Erin has worked in multiple treatment settings, from detox hospitals to both inpatient and outpatient programs and finds the work that she does extremely fulfilling and a gift from something greater than her. Erin has exceptional skills, abilities and one of a kind strategy in dealing with the issues that present themselves for women going through treatment. She is attentive, supportive and informative to her staff, clients and families. Her objective at the end of the day is to do her best to make sure the women of Canyon Crossing know their lives are totally worth fighting for.

Mona Amini

Dr. Mona Amini, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Amini is a consulting psychiatrist and also oversees the medical staff as chief medical officer of a Metropolitan Phoenix behavioral health organization. She completed her residency training through Banner- University Medical Center Phoenix and has fulfilled a variety of clinical duties within the Valley with leadership roles including inpatient acute psychiatric care, consultation/liaison in medical settings, residential addiction treatment center consultation, telepsychiatry, outpatient therapy, outpatient community psychiatric care, and skilled nursing facility consultations.

A native of Arizona, Dr. Amini has served on the executive council of the Arizona chapter of the American Psychiatric Association (AZ Psychiatric Society) since 2011. She is also a member of other national professional associations, including the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Marie Tueller, MEd, LAC

Marie Tueller, MEd, LAC

Clinical Director

 

Marie Tueller received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 2007. She is a licensed practitioner in the state of Arizona and is currently working on her doctorate degree in counseling psychology. She began work in substance abuse and behavioral health treatment in 2001 and has had the priviledge of providing a variety of behavioral health services over the years including child and family therapy, adult and adolescent substance abuse counseling, inpatient clinical services and program development, community outreach and development of mentorship programs for at risk youth and young adults, domestic violence counseling, coordinator for adolescent drug court intensive outpatient program, and grief support services. Additionally, Marie has extensive clinical experience and training in the treatment of chemical dependency, behavioral addiction, trauma, and co-occuring disroders. Marie celebrates her ongoing recovery from addiction through active participation in 12 step programs, service work, and ongoing involvement in the Prescott recovery community.

Frank Collela, Nurse Practitioner

Frank Collela

Nurse Practitioner

Frank has been practicing family medicine here in Prescott at the local Community Health Center for nearly ten years. He has provided a comprehensive assortment of medical services from family medicine, to pediatrics, adolescent care, gerontology, women’s health and minor surgical services. Spending twenty years as a registered nurse, primarily in urban emergency departments around the country - in New York City, Newark N.J., Tucson, Phoenix, Arizona and Colorado Springs led him to graduate training as a family nurse practitioner. Frank has three grown, college-educated sons, is an avid outdoors person and an active competitive bicyclist and races multiple times each year. He provides comprehensive medical services for the women of Canyon Crossing Recovery.

Heather Smyly, Primary Therapist

Heather Smyly, BS

Director of Operation and Family Services

Heather has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at CalSouthern University, and ultimately working towards obtaining a Psy.D.. In addition, Heather is a Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist, and continues to participate in trauma-based studies at the Arizona Trauma Institute. Her completion in coursework on family roles and dynamics has spawned a passion for guiding families of addicted loved ones through their own unique processes of recovery. Heather is also versed in nutrition, health, and fitness. Heather brings a passion to the solution un-paralleled when assisting young women in their pursuit of recovery and is un-swayed when it comes to offering guidance and support while these young women and their families are maneuvering through the trials and challenges of early recovery. Heather has also faced her own journey through recovery and is a wonderful and shining example of strong recovery.

Victoria Abel

Victoria Abel

Nutritionist

Victoria is a nutritionist specializing in working with addiction, both process and chemical. She began her work in 1994 inpatient treatment, being trained as a therapist working with trauma, family systems and all types of addiction. During this time, she received her first Master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in Depth Psychology. From there she worked with clients with severely compromised eating disorders. After the birth of her daughter, she moved north and began teaching at Prescott College in the Human Development department. In 2004 she became a full Instructor there and her life path changed. Her daughter became critically ill and not satisfied with what the doctors assessment, Victoria found naturopathic medicine. Though raised with a more natural and holistic approach to life, this was a test of Victoria’s faith in alternative medicine. The course of action for her daughter was supplements and a dramatic change in diet. Within days, her daughter improved 75% after removing gluten and dairy from her intake of food. Victoria was hooked with the healing power of food.

She started the Master Nutrition Therapist program through Nutrition Therapy Institute and within two years, she was able to integrate nutrition therapy into her counseling practice. She now works with all of our clients at Canyon Crossing providing didactic material in lecture form as well as hands on cooking classes. Due to her clinical background, she meets with clients who have disordered eating to help create a plan for wellness and recovery.

Richard Miller

Richard Miller

Marketing and Admissions Director

Richard struggled with substance abuse for the majority of his life; unwilling to suffer any longer he sought help and ended up in Arizona for treatment. As he discovered more and more about himself, he began to realize he had a deep seeded passion for helping others. After finding solid ground in his recovery he began to seek how he could put this passion into practical application. It is this passion that brought him into his line of work today. He strives to make treatment readily available to all who wish to change their life. Having seen the destruction substance inflicts upon himself, and his own family has allowed Richard to work tirelessly in his effort to help any he can.

Richards desire to aid others is not limited to behavioral health as he is actively pursuing his nursing degree. He hopes to one day practice psychiatric nursing in order to help with the physical and mental aspects of addiction. His life's mission is to ease others suffering, and bring a spirit of joy to bolster others as they walk the arduous path to recovery.

Danielle Wynn

Danielle Wynn

Operations Manager

 

Danielle came to Canyon Crossing full of resistance and skepticism but was able to begin with a small amount of hope in giving this one more chance. She walked through some of the most difficult barriers within her life and was able to gain the gift of discovering and loving her authentic self. What started as an impossible mission became a mission of spreading the gift of recovery to countless other men and women within the community. Danielle is highly involved with the recovery community and genuinely enjoys helping others become a part of the solution from the depths of their alcoholism and addiction. Danielle has a tremendous gift of being able to meet people where they’re at on a human level spreading the humility and gratitude within herself that she has gained through experience and self recovery. Danielle has a strong passion for animals and plans to emphasize on animal therapy, particularly dogs, as a means for helping others connect and find joy and passion within their own lives. As an alumni of Canyon Crossing, Danielle plans to continue building strength within her interpersonal relationships with the clients at CCR so that she can continue to help them grow in the most efficient way possible.

Ann Balowski

Ann Balowski

Horse Program Director -
EAL, Life Coach, HeartMath Coach Mentor

Ann brings over 35 years of personal recovery. She is the founder of For Clarity Recovery Services and Heroes & Horses Equine Assisted Learning Programs. Ann also is the founder and Executive Board Member for Heroes & Horses, Inc. a 50c3 company.

Ann’s experience as a Life Coach & Equine Assistance facilitator working with addiction, family/relationship issues, compulsive gambling, trauma, relationships & staff development has prepared her to assist others with their recovery. She is also a HeartMath Coach/Mentor. She works as an IOP Psycho-Educational group facilitator with addiction, dual diagnosis and other. One of Ann’s areas of focus is working with The Adoption Triangle. Ann’s experience as a Corporate Training/Staff Development has been instrumental in developing and integrating Equine Herd Experience with Staff Development.

Gwen Henderson

Gwen Henderson, MA

Group Facilitator

Gwen Henderson came to Prescott, AZ in 2004 to work with a grassroots organization in the Mental & Behavioral Health field. Gwen is currently a consultant, working under her own consulting agency, GHM Consulting Services, LLC. Gwen brings 17+-years of extensive experience in field of Mental & Behavioral Health, advocating for and serving individuals impacted with co-occurring disorders, substance abuse and alcoholism. Gwen holds several degrees; BA in Child & Family Services; BA in Behavioral Social Sciences; MA in Community Psychology. She has trained and worked in various components in the field of Addiction and Mental Health as a Substance Abuse Assessor; Substance Abuse Counselor; Housing Specialist; Case Management Supervisor; General Manager; Executive Consultant; Business Development Director; Outreach and Marketing Consultant/Contractor; and Executive Director.

Being in recovery since 1997, Gwen has a strong passion for helping others find sobriety and achieve a holistic balanced lifestyle; which includes the emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual components of one's self.

Wendi Partlow

Wendi Partlow

House Manager

Wendi came to Canyon Crossing as a last and final attempt to save her life with little hope in being able to sustain long term sobriety and actually “get it” this time. She arrived at Canyon feeling lost, full of fear, devastated, tired, and skeptical of anyone being able to help her obtain the miraculous lifestyle of recovery she had so long hoped and wished for. Many times before she tried to get sober but each time she was lead back in to the darkness of addiction. As a mother of a young daughter, she had not only herself to think about, but also her daughter and being able to become the mother she always had wanted to be. Wendi made the decision to fight for her life and her recovery and not give up as the pain of staying the same had become greater than the pain of change. Canyon Crossing offered her a place to grow and learn about herself, as well as a strong emphasis on accountability and integrity that Wendi had never experienced before. While at Canyon Crossing, Wendi was challenged day in and day out to get vulnerable, address her core issues, and remain humble and honest throughout the comprehensive treatment process. The challenges put in front of her lead her to the place where recovery was possible, one day at a time, with the help of others. Wendi has now been able to pass along the gift of recovery to many other women, sharing a message of experience, strength and hope. She was able to reignite her passion in helping others and has continued to find a great sense of fulfillment and compassion in helping these other women. Today Wendi works a strong program and continues to stay plugged in and active within her recovery. She plans to finish her degree in Human Services with an emphasis on addiction and alcoholism so that she can continue to give back what was so freely given to her.

Todd Bertoch

Todd M Bertoch, MD

Medical Services/Primary Care

Graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Fullerton in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Received Doctor of Medicine in 1995 from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland. Completed Anesthesiology residency in 1999 at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. Served as a United States Air Force anesthesiologist from 1999 to 2006, stationed in Japan and northern California, and deployed to Mindanao, Philippines and Balad Air Base, Iraq. Since 2006 a partner with Prescott Anesthesia practicing a broad array of anesthesiology in support of cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, general and pediatric surgery and obstetrics. Practicing chronic pain management using fluoroscopic-guided epidural steroid injections with a special interest in addiction medicine. Married to high school sweetheart Valerie with six children and two grandchildren.

Celeste Holly

Celeste Holly

Yoga Instructor and Art Teacher

Celeste began practicing yoga in 2007 and became a RYT 200 hour certified yoga instructor in 2014, followed by a RPYS 85 hour prenatal yoga instructor certification the same year. She recently received a 20 hour certificate of continuing education hours in PTSD and trauma training for yoga. Her yoga classes include reflections on materials from 12 Step programs for addiction and those affected by addiction in their lives. Celeste began her career in jewelry making in 2002. She is self-taught in jewelry making and has many life experiences in other forms of artistic creativity. She taught jewelry making for 10 years in Wisconsin and has carried her talents to Arizona teaching in treatment atmospheres and private workshops. Celeste absolutely loves working with people in recovery and has discovered an amazing ability to hold space and heal while teaching yoga and creating art.

Rebecca Howell

Becky Howell

House Manager

Before arriving at Canyon Crossing Recovery, Becky had been to over 6 different treatment centers, including Outpatient, Inpatient and day treatment. As a chronic relapser she knew she needed a strong, long-term program to help her. Becky came to Canyon Crossing Recovery with little hope that she would ever be able to stay sober. After months of hard work, dedication and willingness she began to see there was a possibility of another life. By taking away the drugs and leaving an unhealthy relationship she was able to begin to work on herself and more importantly, learn what it meant to love herself. The life Becky lives now is nothing she ever saw possible and it's her passion to show other women in the community that recovery is possible.

Edisa Newcomb

Edisa Newcomb

House Manager

Edisa came to Canyon a broken, hopeless and defiant young woman. She had been to multiple rehabs only to relapse each time. At 85 pounds, vomiting blood and losing her hair her doctors told her that she would soon die if she continued with her heroin addiction. Edisa recalls “My parents picked me up from the dope house. I had no hope and was slowly dying from this disease. They had to wheel me into a store in a shopping cart because I had no shoes and could barely walk. I was still wearing my patient identification band on my wrist from the hospital."

Edisa struggled to learn to love herself, to see her inner beauty and to let down her defenses so that the wisdom, compassion and love of others could be let in. Canyon Crossings Recovery and Edisa dug deep to break down those walls and get to the root causes of her addiction and low self-esteem. Edisa believed it was impossible to change, but change was exactly what she did. She proudly states, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.”

Edisa is proud of the woman she has become noting "Becoming a Woman with integrity and grace is not just a slogan, it's a way of life at Canyon! Today, I am a strong woman who is no longer enslaved by addiction. I eradicated the hapless search for a fix and allowed my soul to be my one true fix. It has been a rough journey but I'm thankful for it all. The highs, the lows. The blessings, the lessons. The setbacks, the comebacks. Everything!

Edisa dreams one day of becoming a nurse and giving back to the recovery community. She is only a few classes from completing all her nursing degree. Edisa beams, “I came here broken, lost, enslaved to and bound by addiction. I still remember how I prayed for the things I have now. Now I've been granted the opportunity to work at the place which saved my life. So excited for this new part of my journey in life!”

Kelsey Carr

Kelsey Carr

House Manager

Kelsey arrived at Canyon Crossing feeling lost, afraid, and doubtful that recovery would actually work for someone like herself. She knew that she couldn’t continue living the way she had been but she had no idea how to live any other way or how to cope with feelings, as well as her life in general. Kelsey’s natural instinct was to run away and not face herself, her past, or any other emotions in relation to, as the very thought of that terrified her. Although, she was able to grasp onto the fact that this was her last chance, and deep down within her she wanted to get better, and craved the freedom that she saw in so many others. Kelsey fought day in and day out for her life, she trusted the process, and most importantly, she never gave up. She has been able to find the strength within herself that she had all a long, although she thought that she had lost it. She was able to begin the process of building herself from the ground up into a woman of integrity, grace, dignity, and faith. Kelsey has been able to be an example for many of the women who were once as lost as she was, and her continuous journey of recovery is a testament that it works. Kelsey truly enjoys helping others, sharing the gift of what she has been given, and continuing to work on herself to be the woman that she was always meant to be.

Janet Bontrager

Janet Bontrager, BA

Primary Therapist

Janet E. Bontrager, BA has been working in the field of addictions since she received her training and certification as an alcoholism counselor in 1985. She has extensive experience working in a varied array of treatment facilities including inpatient eating disorder unit, long term substance abuse treatment center, and gender specific women’s only facility as well as outpatient settings. She is currently studying for her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University and intends to become a LMFT in the state of Arizona. She is excited to be back working in gender specific treatment because she believes the most effective treatment occurs in a gender specific atmosphere. Some of Janet’s skills include psychodrama, ISTDP, and EMDR therapy techniques. Janet has enjoyed her own recovery since 1983 and believes that long term recovery is a product of 12 step involvement and the healing that occurs in relationship with other recovering addicts. She also believes that addicts have a better chance in their own recovery if the family is involved in their treatment and has their own program of recovery.

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