Dr. Ralph Luciani, D.O. – Medical Director

A member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry states, “I consider myself an advocate for those suffering from the chronic, relapsing disease of Substance Use Disorder; a disease mostly misunderstood as a pure behavioral problem when in fact it is a disease of disrupted brain chemistry. Patients need the compassion, respect, and treatment due anyone with a chronic disease. I am dedicated to this cause.”

Dr. Luciani began practicing Addiction Medicine in January of 2013 and became the Medical Director of Transitional Living Communities in Mesa, Arizona and was DEA certified as a DATA 2000 physician to prescribe Suboxone medication for substance abuse. In the summer of 2016 Dr. Luciani became Medical Director of Silver Sands Recovery and is leading the SSR team with the dignity our clients deserve.

Rob Heinrich, LPC – Clinical Director

Rob brings years of varied and in depth experience to Silver Sands. He graduated with a Masters in Counseling in ’92 from Denver Seminary. As a state approved supervisor and Licensed Professional Counselor, Rob gives much needed insight and guidance to the team he helps oversee. He integrates his strong dependence on and the reality of the grace of God into his therapy and loves to help others strengthen their own faith in their journey. His theoretical applications and specialized training includes EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, CBT, DBT, and a strong integration on the power of love and relationship with a person centered approach. He is also an EAGALA trained therapist and equine specialist which he incorporates into his work with addictions. Rob has seen first-hand the power of integrating a 12 Step approach with empirically tried and tested therapeutic approaches that Silver Sands Recovery applies.

Rob is excited to be part of Silver Sands because he recognizes the passion of the key people in the organization are of true depth, the kind of people that would do whatever it takes to see other’s reach freedom of sobriety.

Lisa Waknin – CEO

CEO of Silver Sands Recovery, Lisa’s founding principal is to provide a superior foundation for Long Term Sobriety. As the parent of an addict, Lisa knows firsthand the devastation addiction has on all concerned. She works side by side families, helping them bring bottom up to the addict thereby getting them into treatment. Her many years of trying to help her own daughter (sober over two years) has led Lisa to immerse herself in the field of recovery. Teaming up with medical and clinical experts and adding in her own true experiences from running a successful $60M company to being the parent of an addict has given this program a unique perspective. Parents from clients are quoted, “Finally I have someone I can speak with that knows what I went through and knows what these kids need. She’s a voice of reason, has compassion and cares.” Lisa always makes herself available to families in need.

Brian McEnroe aka Bird – VP

If asked how Brian McEnroe got his nickname his answer is quite simply this, “I was as yellow as Big Bird when I got sober eight years ago.” Standing at 6’4″, Bird is the real deal. He knows how to get these kids sober and on a routine to stay that way. Partnering with Lisa, Bird brought his love of sports to Silver Sands Recovery and created a Sports Division that helps our clients just as much as the therapy does. Finding a healthy outlet with team sports such as basketball, baseball, volleyball, brings to the table another dimension in recovery that is needed just as much as any other aspect. Bird knows it takes massive action to get results. Meetings, therapy, clinical care, medical care, sports, work, sober fun, they are all important because when you leave here you need to know to put your sobriety first and to do everything it takes to make you stay that way.

Erik Ish – Program Director

Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Clinical Counseling from Northern Arizona University. He is a Licensed Associate Councilor (LAC) as well as Nationally Certified Counseling (NCC) with nearly 10 years experience working with people in recovery from addiction. Erik sees addiction as the naturally occurring byproduct of life stressors for many. Viewing the behaviors through this lens is a valuable tool that allows those in recovery the space to see their process objectively. He is an advocate of Trauma Informed Therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Trauma Release Exercise Yoga (TRE ) which he implements at Silver Sands Recovery as a focal point of the recovery process.

Sharon Jackson, LPC – Primary Therapist

Sharon Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor who has extensive experience working in the fields of substance abuse and mental health. Sharon’s academic achievements include a Masters in Professional Counseling, a Masters of Education, a Bachelors of Science in Foods and Nutrition, a certificate in Professional Addictions Counseling and she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Sharon’s approach is mostly eclectic, utilizing a variety of interventions, and individualized to meet the unique needs of each person she meets with. She has been integrating Somatic Experiencing techniques into her practice while undergoing the Somatic Experiencing professional training. Sharon is passionate about her work at SSR as she helps guide clients on their recovery journey to discover the answers they hold within themselves.

Barbara Sherman, LCADC – VP of Strategic Planning

Barbara Sherman has been in the field of addictions in NJ for over 30 years.   She began her work in the field in 1986 when she started working at New Hope Foundation followed by 2 years at Monmouth Chemical Dependency’s Options Program while working towards her CADC and later LCADC. Last summer Barbara joined the SSR team and was given the opportunity to represent Silver Sands Recovery nationwide as a leader in the field of recovery. Through the course and span of Barbara’s 30 years in the treatment industry, she has never been so excited about a treatment program. Barbara also feels blessed by self-help groups and has found a spirituality she never thought possible due to the outstanding outcomes of the addicts she helps admit at our facility.

Steve Nolan, BHT, Family Liaison, Strategic After Care Planning

Steve has been an active member in the Prescott recovery community since arriving here in 2014. He has great passion for the twelve steps and helping others establish a foundation in recovery that will allow them to build long term sobriety and success in life. Steve brings education, knowledge and experience from all different walks of life and applies them with compassion to the field of recovery. His outstanding work with clients has helped them achieve success in applying for jobs, school, and other interests. His integral role at SSR has bridged families and clients on plans to create visibility and build credibility within their lives moving forward.


Janette Costales, RN  

Janette, a registered nurse for 26 years joined SSR from the start and is an integral part of our team. Janette trains all medical personal in medication self-administration. Her professionalism in industry standards and protocol in procedures leads our team to the highest levels of excellence in compliancy.

Alexandra (Lex) Tiddens – Admissions and Utilization Review Director


Originally from New Mexico, Lex arrived in Prescott, AZ in 2014 seeking substance abuse treatment. Upon her arrival, Lex immediately realized that she wanted to have a career in the behavioral health field. Since then she has worked in multiple sectors of recovery, including residential, medical, billing, and is currently the Admissions and Utilization Review Director at Silver Sands Recovery. Lex is passionate about showing those suffering that there is light at the end of the tunnel and a way out of this disease of chronic relapse. She is committed to helping clients maintain long-term sobriety and make their admission process a calm, stress free experience.

Denisse Chan – Certified Medical Technician

Denisse gravitated to the behavioral health field after witnessing the devastation caused to families by the disease of addiction. She has now worked in the field for the past 7 years, studying the many aspects in recovery. Denisse has experience in billing and received her Certification in Medical Assisting 2 years ago. She now expertly uses her knowledge for helping clients gain life skills and coordinate their medical care for a successful outcome.


David Routh – Director of Human Resources and Safety Officer

David Routh arrived at Prescott in 2012 due to his own struggles with addiction. He is originally from Seattle, Washington and is dedicated to collaborating well with other employees and work effectively in team-based environments. David strives to provide our clients administrative assistance with any documentation needed to verify their adherence and compliance in our program.


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