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Posted on October 6, 2011 and modified on May 18, 2018

Our highly experienced treatment teams are made up of caring, credentialed addiction and mental health specialists. We work closely with you and your family to develop an individualized treatment plan specially designed for your needs. Some of us have been where you are now. We know how fulfilling recovery can be, and we want to help you achieve it.

 

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  • Shannon McQuaid, LMFT, LISAC, CDWF, CSAT-C
    Shannon McQuaid, LMFT, LISAC, CDWF, CSAT-C
    Executive Director/Clinical Director
  • Michael Ahmann, DO
    Michael Ahmann, DO
    Medical Director
  • Michael O’Brien
    Michael O’Brien
    Operations Manager
  • Yvonne Crewse, LPC, NCC
    Yvonne Crewse, LPC, NCC
    Primary Therapist
  • Dejaye Botkin, LPC
    Dejaye Botkin, LPC
    Primary Therapist
  • Tanya Burch, LPC, LPCC
    Tanya Burch, LPC, LPCC
    Primary Therapist
  • Dee Romero, MC, LAC
    Dee Romero, MC, LAC
    Associate Therapist
  • Olivia Lee, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CEDS(c)
    Olivia Lee, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CEDS(c)
    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Lauren Merritt, RD
    Lauren Merritt, RD
    Dietitian
  • Kimberly Guenther, RD, CEDRD
    Kimberly Guenther, RD, CEDRD
    Professional Nutrition Counseling Specializing in Eating Disorders
  • Rachel Garner
    Rachel Garner
    Executive Director
  • Keith Garcia, MD, PhD
    Keith Garcia, MD, PhD
    Medical Director
  • Alycia DeGraff, MS, LMFT
    Alycia DeGraff, MS, LMFT
    Lead Therapist
  • Eric Feagins, MSN, FNP-C
    Eric Feagins, MSN, FNP-C
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Bridget Levien, MS, RD, LD
    Bridget Levien, MS, RD, LD
    Registered and Licensed Dietitian
  • Michael Carter
    Michael Carter
    Executive Chef
  • Krisi Herron, LCDC
    Krisi Herron, LCDC
    Medical Content Reviewer
  • Meghan Vivo
    Meghan Vivo
    Content Director
  • Sara Schapmann
    Sara Schapmann
    Web Content Writer
  • Laurie Sue Brockway
    Laurie Sue Brockway
    Web Content Writer
  • Promises Editorial Staff
    Promises Editorial Staff

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Shannon McQuaid, LMFT, LISAC, CDWF, CSAT-C
Executive Director/Clinical Director

Shannon has been working in the field of addiction for over 20 years and has been with Promises Scottsdale since 2009. She has extensive experience in management and administration as well as program development. Shannon is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed independent substance abuse counselor. She is a certified The Daring Way™ Facilitator and is a certified sex addiction therapist. Shannon runs weekly The Daring Way™ shame-resilience groups in both our men’s and women’s addiction treatment programs. She has experience working with clients, couples and their families and is well-versed in treating co-occurring disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual addiction and eating disorders. Shannon has a passion for helping clients take back their lives.

Michael Ahmann, DO
Medical Director
Dr. Ahmann brings to Promises a diverse medical background and a strong passion for helping people with substance abuse and behavioral health conditions. He has extensive experience treating complex medical issues and uses holistic approaches to promote optimal overall health and well-being for all patients.
During his professional training and practice, Dr. Ahmann has gained both inpatient and outpatient experience in addiction medicine and family medicine, as well as psychiatry, neurology, emergency medicine and sports medicine, among other disciplines. He is  certified by both the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Ahmann has been a resident of the Phoenix area since 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology at Arizona State University before his initial 14-year career in the computer industry. In 1997 he returned to ASU for his pre-med studies, then attended Midwestern University medical school from 2001-2005. Dr. Ahmann performed his medical internship at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, and then finished his residency in family medicine at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in 2008. He completed his fellowship in age management medicine at Cenegenics Medical Institute before founding his first practice, Arizona Age Management. He worked extensively in urgent care while he developed Total Primary Care, a full-service family and addiction medicine clinic in 2009.
Michael O’Brien
Operations Manager
Yvonne Crewse, LPC, NCC
Primary Therapist

Yvonne is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor. She is also a certified EMDR therapist and certified level one Somatic Psychotherapist who is trained in mindfulness. Yvonne has a master’s degree in professional counseling with advanced graduate studies in expressive arts therapy. She has worked as a counselor for 15 years in various settings including an integrative lead therapist. She also served as a clinical director in behavioral health. Her passions include psychoneuroimmunology (the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body), intergenerational trauma, and how unresolved trauma can have a profound effect on the body, mind and spirit.

Dejaye Botkin, LPC
Primary Therapist

Dejaye is a licensed professional counselor in both New Jersey and Arizona. She is the founder and former director of DJB Counseling LLC, Sparta Teen Talk, and the Juvenile Accountability Leadership Program in New Jersey. Dejaye was also an adjunct professor with Centenary University in New Jersey working in the psychology department. She moved to Arizona in 2017 and has been actively working with adults and families in crisis in the East Valley.

Dejaye holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She specializes in trauma recovery and holds certifications in professional mediation, clinical supervision, psychiatric screening and psychological first aid. She is also the author of Thinking Clearly: A Guide to Interpreting the Language of an Abuser.

Tanya Burch, LPC, LPCC
Primary Therapist

Tanya is a licensed professional counselor in Arizona and licensed clinical professional counselor in Idaho. Her scope of practice includes addictions, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, and marriage and family therapy. She is certified in EMDR.

Tanya has worked with a variety of clients of all ages and backgrounds. Using a client-centered approach, she draws therapeutic techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness based sobriety therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages opportunities to build tools useful for a meaningful and productive lifestyle.

Dee Romero, MC, LAC
Associate Therapist

Dee has experience with addiction, co-occurring disorders and family therapy. She takes a client-centered, collaborative approach to counseling, drawing upon therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Dee provides each client a safe, supportive, encouraging environment for self-discovery, understanding and acceptance. She says that working with clients from all walks of life has provided her an opportunity to witness the potential within humanity.

Olivia Lee, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CEDS(c)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Lee is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, all from Fairfield University. As a psychiatric provider, Dr. Lee has a strong passion for working with patients struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction. She has previous experience working in community-based mental health, as well as at partial hospitalization and residential treatment centers specializing in eating disorders and substance use disorders.

Dr. Lee takes a holistic, integrative and comprehensive approach to treatment, often implementing mindfulness and positive psychology techniques in her work. She has completed extensive research on the use of mindfulness-based group work in the treatment of disordered eating and promotion of positive body image. Dr. Lee is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and American Academy of Eating Disorders’ Advocacy and Communications Committee. She is currently in the process of obtaining certification and designation as a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS), certified addictions advanced practice registered nurse practitioner (CARN-AP), and certified functional medicine practitioner (CFMP) and diplomate through the American Clinical Board of Nutrition.

Lauren Merritt, RD
Dietitian

Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition and a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University-Denver. She went on to become a registered dietitian with a Master’s of Science in nutrition and health sciences. Lauren specializes in eating disorder treatment and is currently finishing up her CEDRD (Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian) and CPT (Certified Personal Trainer). She was raised in the Midwest but after eight states, decided to trade in the snow for sunny Scottsdale, AZ.

Kimberly Guenther, RD, CEDRD
Professional Nutrition Counseling Specializing in Eating Disorders

Kim is a registered dietitian and certified eating disorder registered dietitian who has lived in Arizona the majority of her life. She earned a degree in human nutrition from Arizona State University and began working in eating disorder treatment in 1996. She then completed a dietetic internship with Maricopa County, which helped to confirm her passion for working with clients who struggle with eating issues. Kim has continued to work in this capacity for the past 20 years at all levels of care, from inpatient to outpatient services. No matter what the struggles are with food, Kim enjoys meeting clients where they are at in their journey and helping them achieve their nutrition goals.

Rachel Garner
Executive Director

Rachel Garner specializes in residential dual diagnosis treatment as well as child and family treatment. Licensed as a clinical social worker in both Texas and California, she received her master’s in social work from the University of Hawaii and has been working in the field of substance use disorders for more than nine years. Rachel travels around the country as a certified trainer for Celebrating Families, which is considered the best practice family program in existence today. She has also worked as a clinician in direct practice, engaged in program development and supervision, grant-writing and management, and as a supervisor for the continuum of care for dual diagnosis patients. Rachel was born and raised in Hawaii, received her undergraduate degree from Southern Oregon University, and most recently resided in Santa Cruz, where she spent six years working in the nonprofit sector. In the fall of 2016, she moved to the Austin area where she shares a home with her husband and two dogs.

Keith Garcia, MD, PhD
Medical Director

A native of Texas, Dr. Garcia was born in Houston, attended Rice University, and completed a combined MD/PhD program at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He pursued residency training in psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he remained as faculty until 2010. Dr. Garcia relocated to Austin to continue his academic career with the Dell Medical School and Seton Family of Hospitals.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Garcia has cared for patients with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric conditions across the spectrum of treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. In 2017, Dr. Garcia left academics to start his own practice and has been the medical director for Promises Austin and The Right Step Hill Country since then.

Dr. Garcia is board certified in psychiatry by the ABPN. He has published over 20 articles and chapters across a wide range of topics and has provided mentorship to numerous resident psychiatrists and students, but is most rewarded by working with a team to provide clinical care to patients.

Alycia DeGraff, MS, LMFT
Lead Therapist

Ally is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in community, family and addiction services and a master’s degree in family therapy from Texas Tech University. She’s currently working toward completing a doctorate degree in human development and family science at the University of Georgia. Ally’s clinical repertoire includes experiential intervention, strategic intervention, financial therapy and solution-focused brief therapy. When Ally is not working, she enjoys kayaking, gardening, cooking, making jokes, and spending time with her partner, dog and two cats.

Eric Feagins, MSN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner

Eric has eight years of experience treating adults with drug and alcohol addiction at detox and drug rehabilitation facilities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is licensed by the Texas State Board of Nursing and is certified as a practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s Certification Program. In addition to helping people with chemical dependency, Eric spent seven years as a floor nurse in a pediatric intensive care setting at Shriner’s Hospital for Children and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Bridget Levien, MS, RD, LD
Registered and Licensed Dietitian
Bridget is a registered and licensed dietitian practicing in Austin, TX. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Texas A&M University and completed her supervised practice in Austin through the University of Houston’s Distance Dietetic Program.

Bridget was employed at St. David’s Medical Center working with adults in rehab and the acute setting, providing diet education for diabetes, cardiovascular health, kidney disease and more. She joined iLiveWell Nutrition so she could spend more time with patients, helping them to implement positive lifestyle changes to improve their health. She enjoys teaching groups and working individually with adults on many nutrition issues including managing diabetes, improving cardiovascular health and supporting recovery.
Michael Carter
Executive Chef

Chef Carter has been a food service professional for over 34 years. A Houston native, Carter cut his teeth in various Texas, California and New Mexico restaurants. Realizing his passion in life was to serve others through food, he pursued formal education at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

Prior to coming to Promises Austin, Chef Carter served as senior chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu’s North American campus in Austin. While there he attained various certifications from the American Culinary Federation, International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Philanthropic endeavors include working with the Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Boxer Rescue. His hobbies include mountain climbing, kayaking, hunting and tending to an ever-increasing flock of backyard chickens.

Krisi Herron, LCDC
Medical Content Reviewer

Krisi is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and has worked in the mental health industry for 13 years as a counselor, college instructor, and content writer. Krisi is also a freelance ghostwriter, a lifelong martial artist, a “Game of Thrones” fanatic, and a single mother. Being active by running or lifting weights helps Krisi battle her own anxiety and depression.

Meghan Vivo
Content Director

Meghan is the content and media relations director for Promises Behavioral Health. In this role, she oversees a team of staff and freelance writers. Meghan holds a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from University of California, Irvine and a law degree from Syracuse University. She has specialized in addiction and mental health for over 10 years, writing hundreds of blogs for leading behavioral health companies.

Sara Schapmann
Web Content Writer

Sara has been a staff writer with Promises Behavioral Health since 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and  15 years of experience in writing and marketing. From health care and higher education to documentary television and culinary arts, her writing career is diverse. Sara has written for organizations such as Northwestern University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Everyday Health, LIVESTRONG, Towers Productions and The Chitown Daily News.

Laurie Sue Brockway
Web Content Writer

Laurie Sue is a staff writer with Promises Behavioral Health, a journalist and author. She has written extensively on relationships, emotional health, spiritual well-being and addiction. Her work has appeared in leading publications including Woman’s Day, Country Living, Everyday Health, NY Metro Parent and The Huffington Post. She was emotional health editor for EverydayHealth.com, family editor for Beliefnet.com, and senior editor for DrLauraBerman.com. She is the author of 12 books and holds a bachelor’s degree in human development.

Promises Editorial Staff