PSYCHIATRISTS AND PA’S

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Sarah Wicklund, MD FAPA

Dr. Wicklund is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with particular interest in treating PTSD (particularly in veterans and first responders), dual diagnosis (substance abuse along with another mental illness), and those with treatment resistant depression.  She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology in 2002 and her Master of Science degree in Food Chemistry in 2004.  She then went on to the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school graduating in 2008. And in 2012, she completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  During her time at MCW, she served as Chief Resident for the Milwaukee VA where she found herself drawn to treating veterans. 

After residency, she and her family relocated to sunny Scottsdale, AZ where she joined the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital working with patients in the inpatient setting at Valley Hospital.  In 2013 she had the opportunity to join the Phoenix VA Healthcare System and worked with patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.  She enjoys providing medication management in combination with individual therapy and has found that the best outcomes are when the two treatments are used in combination.  When not working, Dr. Wicklund enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles.  She looks forward to working with you to improve your wellbeing and reach your full potential!


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Mariela Viera, MD

Dr. Viera is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a comprehensive approach to healing. She received her M.D. (Medical Doctor) from Universidad Central del Caribe. She completed internship and residency training in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center with an emphasis in Geriatrics. After residency, she has been the attending psychiatrist at inpatient mental health treatment facilities and private practice. She has worked in various settings including: educational, crisis assessment, inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse residential treatment program and outpatient psychiatry in both private practice and group settings.

After completing her residency training, Dr. Viera pursued an additional subspecialty in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and in mindfulness therapy. She recognizes the role in a comprehensive approach to wellness overlap with other disciplines and will require hard work and courage on your part in addition to what we may or may not do with medications.

In her current work, Dr. Viera’s unique approach to treatment combines compassionate directness with the integration of psychiatric and medical conditions. Dr. Viera will explain all evidence-based treatment options available for each condition, weighing the risks and benefits for all treatments and help design and formulate a treatment plan together with the patient and family. When medication is indicated, Dr. Viera will discuss the risks and benefits of all medications recommended. She will provide close coordination of care with other treatment providers such as psychologists and counselors, as well as providing any referrals for additional treatments.

The treatment model presented here has been her direction and vision for many years.

Dr. Viera board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine.


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Michael Wright, MMS, PA-C

Mr. Wright is a board certified Physician Assistant with a background in general medicine. He completed his graduate training in Physician Assistant studies at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ in 2014. After graduation, Mr.Wright joined the ENT department at the Phoenix VA Hospital.  His interests include the interface between general medicine and psychiatry as well as interventional psychiatry. His areas of interest in mental health include mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and substance use recovery.

When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, painting and photography. His family enjoys local phoenix activities such as the Phoenix zoo, hiking the various area parks, and bicycling, when the weather agrees! He is also an avid Green Bay Packers fan and watches with his kids regularly.

Michael is a veteran of the armed services having served in both the Army and Air Force. As an active member of the Army he served as a combat medic in Colorado and South Korea. After leaving the Army he transitioned to the Air Force National Guard with the 119th Fighter Wing in Fargo, North Dakota where he was a fire fighter and EMT. During his Air National Guard service, he moved up through the ranks as a captain and eventually an assistant fire chief. As a Physician Assistant, he looks forward to continuing his work with veterans and first responders in our community.

 

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. ~Arthur C. Clarke

 

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Cassandra Finch, MMS, PA-C

Mrs. Finch is a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a strong background in sports medicine and orthopedics, worker’s compensation claim management, and general medicine. As an undergraduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester – Rochester, NY in May 2010. After graduating, she moved on to manage the clinical research program in the emergency department at Strong Memorial Hospital, specializing in traumatic brain injury (TBI), pediatric, and NICU studies as well as clinical FDA trials. Cassandra received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University- Glendale in November 2014. Upon graduating, she relocated her family to Oregon and began working full time as an Occupational Medicine PA. During her time in Oregon, she discovered her love for holistic medicine and the role that mindfulness and mental health plays in overall wellness and recovery. She comes to MIH with a wealth of knowledge in medicine and wellness and a passion for helping her patients become the best version of themselves. Cassandra has a deep love for the outdoors and new adventures. When she is not working, she can usually be found spending time with her two dogs outside, hiking, taking photos, spending time at the dunes in her Can-Am, and participating in off-road racing with her husband.

 

"It's about the journey, not the destination" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

THERAPISTS AND COUNSELORS

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Kim Hill, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kim Hill is committed to treating each client with respect, compassionate care, and the highest quality of professional services. Dr. Hill is a relational/interactive style therapist that believes in developing a strong therapeutic partnership with a client. She provides effective support in teaching coping skills, emotional regulation skills, interpersonal skills, and effective boundary skills to benefit the client moving forward with increased resources of support, hope, emotional resilience, and healthy life changes.

Dr. Hill provides marital/relationship counseling, family counseling, individual therapy, and supportive group therapies. Dr. Hill works with issues related to marital/family relationship needs, divorce recovery, parenting support, adolescent issues, premarital counseling, anxiety and depression disorders, stress symptoms, coping skills, major life transition challenges, boundary related issues (work/life balance struggles and codependency), diagnostic clarification needs, psychological testing, and personal growth and life coaching needs.

Kim Hill's educational background consists of a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Biola University, and a Master's degree in Community and Clinical Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy Specialty) at Pepperdine University. Dr. Kim Hill is licensed in Arizona state as a Clinical Psychologist.

Dr. Hill's professional experience consists of 25 years of clinical experience providing individual, marital/family, group therapy, and psychological testing in a variety of mental health settings from psychiatric in-patient, intensive outpatient, rural hospital mental health programs, community based mental health, and metropolitan based outpatient private practice. Dr. Hill's clinical experience includes developing and implementing successful outpatient clinical programs, providing clinical supervision to Master's and Doctoral level therapists, and an expertise in providing clinical services to in-patient and outpatient clients. Dr. Hill enjoys providing community education through corporate based employee seminars, administration/parental school events, family church groups, as well as providing media coverage as a Clinical Psychologist contributor to ABC 15 Arizona's, Sonoran Living.

Dr. Kim Hill is committed to bringing encouragement, hope, and healthy changes for each client to live their best life possible. Dr. Hill is an expert in providing individual focused, and relationship counseling, as well as supportive groups, all of which promote skills training for stability, accountability, and healthy changes. Dr. Hill is an advocate for helping clients to define their values and priorities for wise decision making, develop wise boundaries for a healthy work/life balance, improve coping skills and emotional resilience, and build stable/fulfilling relationships.

 

"The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you're enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable, and imperfect." Brene Brown

 

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Eryn Cloutier, MA, LISAC

Ms. Cloutier is a licensed counselor with over 18 years of experience providing counseling and crisis intervention for adults and children in a variety of settings. She specializes in addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. She is trained in trauma informed care practices and a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, self-soothing, and person-centered therapy. She believes that people are unique and possess the courage and strength to make necessary changes that will promote healing and takes pride in providing quality care to all patients.

In addition to her work with MIH, she is also a college professor and teaches classes in counseling theories, addiction, psychopathology, crisis intervention and ethics.

In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends listening to music, hiking, traveling and cooking. She also enjoys reading, going to the theater, attending sporting events (especially football, hockey and college basketball) and concerts.


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Carol Farmer, MA, LPC

Carol Farmer, MA. LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in supporting substance abuse, gambling addiction and eating disorder populations with co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Carol’s clinical passion and expertise lies in empowering people who have survived trauma to create a personal sense of safety within themselves and their environment, while healing the impact of past traumatic experiences that continue to affect them today.

Carol has worked in a variety of treatment settings including intensive outpatient and inpatient. She is skillful in helping people achieve full and lasting recovery through the use of many therapeutic modalities including Sand Tray Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Carol received her EMDR training through the EMDR Institute and is working toward EMDR Certification.

Carol’s first career was as an accountant, until she discovered her passion for counseling and helping others create the best life for themselves. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and is studying at Grand Canyon University to earn a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health. Carol’s area of research focuses on Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth in Trauma Therapists.


Clinical Staff

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Kim Cook

Kim received her medical assisting certification from Carrington College in 2010. She has experience in family practice and urgent care as well as substance abuse treatment. She also has a strong background in management. Kim is currently attending Grand Canyon University and working toward her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In her spare time, Kim enjoys exploring Arizona with her family, taking trips to the zoos and aquariums in and around Phoenix, and hiking. She also enjoys painting, drawing, and crafting.

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Mariah Dougherty

Ms. Dougherty joins MIH as a certified medical assistant and office manager. She graduated from Concordia University in Irvine, California with a bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She is currently working towards applying to medical school. She has worked in a variety of physician offices throughout her undergraduate education, and her passion for medicine and for helping patients continues to grow with each experience. She is excited to meet you and help with your care!

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Paige Timmer

Paige graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Care, Health, & Society along with a minor in Psychology. Paige has experience in the medical field working with both the geriatric population as well as all other ages in interventional psychiatry, and has a strong passion to serve others. When Paige is not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as traveling and trying new experiences. She is currently pursuing academic studies toward a Bachelor of Science is Nursing.


 

Trusted Referral Practitioners

The providers at Mindfully Integrated Health work closely with a number of practitioners in the Scottsdale area. Several of these practitioners offer their services as a complement to Mindfully Integrated Health. 

 

Granite Mountain Behavioral Healthcare

 

“Transforming mind, body and spirit through community, commitment, and connection.”

 
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Our foundational program is a client-centered, strengths-based treatment approach for addiction recovery and other mental health issues. Recover Strong utilizes the neuroscience of physical movement with intense physical exercise to achieve neuroregeneration in a community setting. The effect of this process in the brain will support an improved capacity to handle stress, a reduction in symptoms of anxiety or depression, as well as improved cognition, social engagement, self-image, and self-esteem. As the foundational program in our treatment model, we have witnessed improved retention rates, which have a significant impact on addiction recovery success rates, group attendance, and community engagement, as well as minimal after hours patient vs. patient conflicts that require intervention. As a result, it's clear this program makes the community culture—increasingly more supportive.

The Recover Strong program provides clients with a unique life changing experience which highlights—as well as showcases—their resiliency and inherent personal power for addiction recovery or mental health issues. Our substance use treatment program blends these proven mental health therapies and intense physical movement in a fun and challenging environment. Why does this process produce such incredible results?

Dr. Wicklund and PA Wright currently provide medical direction for both mental health and general medical needs. This allows for continuity of care across the recovery and outpatient settings.

For more information on their services or to speak to a recovery expert, visit their website https://granitemountainbhc.com/


Dr. Sunil K. Jain

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For the last 20 years, Dr. Sunil K. Jain has served as Medical Director in a variety of clinical settings, utilizing a wide range of medical techniques, including fluoroscopy-guided spinal injections, EMG/NCS and acupuncture. Dr. Jain believes in a patient-centered, cost-effective and comprehensive team approach to patient care. Dr. Jain is currently most interested in the synthesis of Rehabilitation Medicine and Integrative Medicine, especially as it pertains to neurorehabilitation, cancer and pain medicine

To find out more about Dr. Jain and his services, visit his website www.sunilkjainmd.yourmd.com 


Karen Gordon, LCSW

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Karen Gordon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience and is passionate about helping individuals navigate their life story. She has spent much of her career supporting and counseling individuals and families who have been faced with the challenge of navigating a life threatening or life limiting illness. She has worked with individuals who have felt a sense of hopelessness and heightened emotions that are the result of extreme stressors beyond their control. Throughout her years of practice she has witnessed tremendous strength and growth in individuals when they are provided with a therapeutic space to address their goals and concerns.

To find out more about Karen Gordon and her services, visit her website www.karengordoncounseling.com


Inga Tara

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Certified Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Holistic Wellness Practitioner Inga Tara helps clients remove blocks to health and happiness by healing emotional traumas caused by past traumatic events and failed relationships.

Mrs. Tara recognizes that our thoughts, emotions and physical body are all integral parts of our health and well-being. She has been a practitioner of mindfulness, meditation and a mind-body-spirit approach to health for over 13 years. Inga holds a M.S. in Applied Mathematics and is a graduate of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts with specialties in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, Usui Reiki Master and has extensive training in other related healing arts both in the US and Europe.

To find out more about Inga Tara and her services, visit her web site www.ingatara.com.