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Quality Care Begins with Qualified Therapists

The caliber of a treatment center’s therapists is of utter importance when it comes to the effectiveness of their program. The clients’ probability of finishing a program and sustaining recovery relies on a number of variables, but the direct influence of highly educated and qualified mental health professionals makes a huge difference. Each person in treatment has a unique background and set of needs that should be addressed individually, so that care can be customized.

Addiction is usually founded upon underlying issues of mental illness, past trauma, or environmental circumstances. People who develop substance use disorder often have co-occurring disorders, such as depression or PTSD, and both disorders must be treated simultaneously for a full recovery. This is why it is paramount to have staff with advanced education in counseling-related fields.

Master level therapists have specific knowledge of psychology and of different theoretical approaches to mental health and substance abuse treatment. This knowledge is key to the unique service they provide to each of their clients. Therapists must have thorough and reliable understanding of various psychological conditions. They need to know the researched techniques of counseling that have proven successful in treating individuals with a wide array of disorders and backgrounds.

The Type of Treatment You Need from Therapists that Care

Knowing your future is in the hands of professionals that inherently care about seeing you achieve your version of success makes the world of a difference. 

Dr. Michael Carlton

Michael Carlton, M.D. has more than 25 years of experience as a medical practitioner. He has published articles in the fields of toxicology and biomedicine, crafted articles for WebMD, and lectured to his peers on medication assisted treatment. He has worked in private practice, outpatient and inpatient detox programs, and supervised medication management for addiction treatment. As the Medical Director for ABT, he supervises the quality of our medical care, oversee clinical peer reviews, establishes medical and behavioral health treatment guidelines for behavioral health conditions for patient.


Francine Sims

Dr. Sims is a very tenured member on staff with more than twenty years of experience in the fields of Counseling, and Substance Abuse Treatment. She has a bachelor’s in Psychology, a master’s in Agency Counseling and PHD in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Sims is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and she is a member of the National Board of Certified Counseling. She has copious specialized training, including Substance Abuse Education and Prevention, Co-Occurring Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Clinical Supervision, and more.


Dr. Kelle English 

Dr. Kelle English is the Clinical Director at A Better Today. With nearly twenty years of work experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse, she has a very developed treatment style. Kelle has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, as well as a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) and uses a Rogerian, empathetic approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her treatment. She loves helping individuals get their lives back on track and watching that progress happen..


Lindsay Frye

Lindsay has a master’s in Addiction Counseling, from Grand Canyon University and has worked in the field for three years. She is a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC), soon to be a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). Having been through the trials of addiction and treatment, herself, Lindsey is very passionate about this work. She knows that rehab and therapy are what it takes to rise above addiction and sustain recovery, and she is happy to be making a difference in others’ lives.


Rachel Torry

Rachel has more than five years of experience working in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Social Work, both from Arizona State University. She has specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy. Through years of community outreach work, Rachel has fostered a deep level of compassion for people of all walks of life and a drive to help those in need.


Cassandra Wayterra

As a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with over six years of experience in mental health and substance abuse, a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, Cassandra is a highly qualified therapist. She worked for Child protective services for four years, closely investigating families affected by substance abuse and other challenging dynamics. She has specialized experience in co-occurring disorders from her past work as a counselor at Community Bridges. Cassandra emphasizes relationship work with her clients and is dedicated to helping them build healthy relationships with appropriate boundaries.


Dustin Straight

With a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon State University, Dustin is qualified and specialized in this field of work. He is interested in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EMDR. Having experienced addiction first hand and sustained his own recovery, Dustin is passionate about helping others to do the same. He stresses that addressing the spiritual and philosophical aspects of recovery with clients helps them to find meaning, enthusiasm and passion in their lives. This, he believes, is key to a sustainable recovery.


Erik Shaffer

After 27 years since he began his work in substance abuse counseling, Erik Shaffer is still passionate about what he does. One of our highly qualified therapists, Erik has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling and Pharmacology, as well as a master’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Leadership. He is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), specializing in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. After many years of working with youth, he started counseling adults in 1999 and has never turned back.


Ron Fritz

Ron Fritz has a master’s degree in Psychology and ten years of experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse treatment. He is a Licensed Master Addiction Counselor (LMAC) and is four years into a doctoral program to become an actual doctor of Psychology(PSYD). He has worked as a substance abuse counselor within the Oregon prison system, offering counsel and support to incarcerated individuals in need, and has had his own private practice. Ron specializes in co-occurring disorders and is passionate about working with the many individuals who suffer from them.


Ashton Dunphy

Ashton Dunphy

Counselor

Ashton’s experience in substance abuse treatment motivates her clients to find inner peace with active addiction and look forward to the positive direction their future.

Jeremy Umhay

Jeremy Umhay

Counselor

Watching people grow and explore their version of success is one of the most rewarding aspect of his role at A Better Today.

Jamie Hudgens

Jamie Hudgens

Counselor

Driven to inspire recovering addicts to love life again, Jamie is dedicated to ABT’s motto of saving lives and healing families.

Michael Sanchez

Michael Sanchez

Counselor

Michael is motivated to be the best at his job when he watches the transformation from active addiction to driven recovering addicted. Firm believer of progress not prefect; he inspires greatness from his clients.

Kimberly Harker

Kimberly Harker

Counselor

Kimberly is passionate about helping those who have lost faith in their worth due to years of drug abuse. She sees the good in her clients and she enjoys inspiring them to see it too.

Stephanie Andrew

Stephanie Andrew

Counselor

Stephanie is motivated by the progress her clients make and the will they exhibit to better their lives.

Eileen Hancock

Eileen Hancock

Counselor

She depends on her skills and education to encourage her clients to overcome their struggles and make progress in their recovery.

Raelynn Freden

Raelynn Freden

Counselor

The root of her passion is helping those who have lost faith in themselves because of their substance abuse problem.

Sara Flathers

Sara Flathers

Counselor

Sara is driven and dedicated by the progress her clients make during their stay at A Better Today.

Amber White

Amber White

Counselor

Amber sees the best in her clients and is passionate about inspiring them to see it too. Encouraging them to pursue their version of success makes her great at her role at ABT.

Vanessa Laguerre

Vanessa Laguerre

Counselor

Vanessa is passionate about inspiring her clients to dig deep within themselves to overcome their cravings, process emotions in a healthy manner and set goals for their future in recovery.

Ashton Dunphy

Ashton Dunphy

Counselor

Ashton’s experience in substance abuse treatment motivates her clients to find inner peace with active addiction and look forward to the positive direction their future.

Rubie Walker

Rubie Walker

Counselor

Her clients have nothing but good things to say about Rubie’s pleasant demeanor and her dedication to helping them find passion in life after years of substance abuse.

Sara Branscum

Sara Branscum

Counselor

Sara’s motivation comes from the need to show her clients that their life can be fulfilling after living with an addiction for so long.

James Grant

James Grant

Counselor

The transformation Jame’s clients experience under his care is why he is passionate about his role at A Better Today.

Jamie Herrera

Jamie Herrera

Counselor

Jamie‘s dedication to the client’s treatment plan demonstrates how important Jamie’s role is at A Better Today.

Richard Rademacher

Richard Rademacher

Counselor

Richard encourages his client’s to think positively about their future in recovery and set goals that will inspire them to stay on a strong path in recovery.

Ashton Dunphy

Ashton Dunphy

Counselor

Ashton’s experience in substance abuse treatment motivates her clients to find inner peace with active addiction and look forward to the positive direction their future.

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