Dr. Ralph Luciani, D.O. - Medical DirectorA 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 DirectorRob 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 - CEOCEO 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 - VPIf 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.
Justin Paugh - Director of OperationsJustin is the Director of Operations at Silver Sands Recovery and has worked in the field of addiction treatment for over six years. He has extensive experience with Policies and Procedures, Human Resources and possess interpersonal communication and relationship management skills. He has worked at various capacities within the substance abuse industry, which lends him a well rounded and diverse understanding of our program. Justin is a strong leader to staff, and a pillar of support to client relations and families. Prior to Silver Sands, Justin worked at IBM and received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from The University of Arizona.
Steve Nolan, BHT, Family Liaison, Strategic After Care PlanningSteve 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.
Tami Kelly - Primary TherapistTami is a primary therapist at Silver Sands Recovery and has served in the local recovery community for over 5 years. She has experience in treating co-occurring mental health disorders as well as extensive experience in treating those who suffer from substance use disorders. Tami is passionate about providing superior care to patients and has an in depth understanding of how the family is also impacted by substance use disorders. Comments from patients include "She is easy to talk to", "She really cares" and "I trust her". Tami has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and is a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. Tami is passionate about her role in providing hope to patients and families that suffer from this devastating disease. "What we do is give hope where hope seems lost. This is not just a job. This is my passion in life. Inspiring hope, educating about addiction and teaching the skills necessary to promote long term recovery".
James Meister - Primary TherapistJames is a Primary Therapist brings over seven years of experience working in the field of substance abuse and dual diagnosis to clients of Silver Sands Recovery. He has personally been in recovery for substance abuse and behavioral addictions for the past eight years. It's James' personal recovery that allows him to treat and monitor our clients while applying 12 Step Programming interventions into his therapeutic practice. James has received extensive training in Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. James is currently a NARM Practitioner where he integrates a systematic approach of cognitive and somatic therapies to explore the emotional, cognitive, physiological and relational elements of who we are. This therapeutic module is designed to help move clients from isolation toward connection, aliveness and healing from both developmental and shock traumas. These NARM therapeutic interventions further increase our client's capacity to manage impulses, disidentify from the adaptive strategies that influence both substance abuse disorders and other mental health diagnosis' while regaining personal agency. James states through his own personal experience," I was loved when I couldn't love myself. When this experience landed with me is when I knew that recovery would be possible. I want nothing more than to give this gift to our clients."
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.