LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
Co-Founder and CEO
Thomas’ passion for recovery is hard to miss. His vision and commitment to high-quality treatment drive the mission at Sabino Recovery.
Before joining Sabino Recovery Thomas served as founding director of The Pat Green Foundation, successfully raising millions of dollars for charity. He worked as a financial advisor for Seamless Capital, an Austin-based real estate company and has traveled the country as a motivational speaker. In recovery since 2010, Thomas has also served as a life coach and manager of a sober living home.
Pat’s background in recovery spans 22 years. He serves as Executive Director and CEO of Hedrick House in Tucson, Arizona and is co-founder and CEO of Southwest Sober Living in Tucson, Arizona. His wealth of experience includes interventions with Hightower & Associates, a network of sober living houses and recovery facilities based in California.
Sober since 1990, he brings a unique perspective to Sabino Recovery. A US Army veteran, Pat studied psychology at the University of Arizona and has been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since the 1980s. He also serves on the Navy Seal Legacy Advisory Board.
Peggy A. Holt, LPC, CTRS, EAGALA, BCC
Peggy has 25 years of clinical experience working with substance use disorders and mental illness. She has provided program development as well as individual and group therapy for survivors of catastrophic events, Native American families, adults in prison and for at-risk youth. Most recently she worked at a residential treatment center where she helped develop their trauma and mood program and served as the primary therapist.
She is an accomplished and sought-after speaker and has lectured at Fortune 500 companies, national industry conferences, and internationally at the annual EAGALA conference in Australia. Peggy is the co-author of The Everest Principle, a book on peak performance.
Peggy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is trained in hypnosis, equine therapy, therapeutic recreation, biofeedback, and EMDR. She brings to Sabino Recovery a wealth of experience, breathtakingly positive energy and focused desire to help others.
Bill Reynolds, PA-C, CAQ – Psychiatry
Psychiatric Physician Assistant
U.S. Navy-trained physician assistant, Bill served on active duty for 30 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 2012. He has several years of psychiatry and addiction medicine experience, in addition to his family medicine background. Reynolds has a keen interest in working with trauma survivors due to his experience working with Marines and Sailors adversely affected by wartime stress. Additionally, he has experience in, and an affinity for addiction medicine.
In 2017, Bill was awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He is one of only 15 certified PAs in Arizona to earn a CAQ in Psychiatry since the NCCPA’s inception in 2011.
Dawn Bantel, ND
Dr. Bantel received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She previously served as Medical Director at Mirasol, a residential eating disorder center for adults and teens. In addition to having operated her own naturopathic family practice, Dr. Bantel is also recognized as a distinguished national speaker on the subject of medical management of eating disorders.
Marty Christensen, MA, MCAP, CAMSII
Lead Primary Therapist
Marty brings to Sabino Recovery a unique blend of gentleness, passion for recovery, life experience, recovery experience, education, and work-related experience. Marty earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Marty’s work experience include The Veterans Administration (VA), Hazelden Betty Ford, Sierra Tucson, and The Hanley Center, as well as work in a correctional facility and outpatient settings. Marty sees his role as primary therapist as an honor to be of service to those who struggle, having experienced the loving gift of recovery from those who modeled the role of recovery and set the bar high for client care.
Robin Memel Fox, MA, BC-DMT, LPC
Robin has been working in the field of healing and mental health for over 25 years. Before joining Sabino Recovery, she worked as a Clinician and Program Manger for family services at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. She has extensive experience working with childhood and adult trauma, PTSD, relationship/sexuality issues, domestic abuse, eating disorders and co-occurring mood disorders and addiction.
Robin is also passionate about the healing power of dance, movement, and mindfulness that integrates the body/mind/spirit. She received her MA in Somatic Psychology/Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Robin is trained in EMDR, is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Robin brings humor, authenticity, warmth and compassion to her work with clients and to her team, and is grateful to be a part of Sabino Recovery. She feels honored to work alongside the residents and staff in supporting the healing process and journey to recovery.
Milan Sampat, LPC, ABD Clinical Neuropsychology
Milan comes to Sabino Recovery with over 15 years of experience in individual, couples, family and group counseling. Milan draws from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis and leading technological approaches such as QEEG brain mapping and Neurotherapy.
Sampat’s clinical expertise includes children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, brain injury, and substance abuse. Additionally, as a clinical team leader and adjunct faculty, he has lectured worldwide on various topics including mental health, academic education, and brain imaging and Neurotherapy.
He holds a Masters in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, specializing in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine and is ABD in Clinical Neuropsychology. Milan has worked with institutions such as Emory University, Sierra Tucson, Charter Hospitals, Devereux Foundation and Georgia Mental Health & University System.
Cary Fontes, L.Ac. NCCAOM Certified
Manager of Integrative Services
Cary manages the Integrative Services department and provides acupuncture treatments to residents as prescribed by the medical team. She began her work in the complementary medicine field in 1994 where she attended the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts. She then attended The Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. After completing her four years of study she continued specialized training in the treatment of acute and chronic pain with her mentor Dr. Teh Fu Tan in San Diego, CA.
While in private practice, she served as a clinical supervisor at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Additionally, she was chosen as a contracting acupuncturist by the University of Arizona during their study of depression funded by the National Institute of Health.
It has become her life’s work to facilitate the healing in others and her true desire to make them laugh along the way.
Cassandra Dick, BSN, RN
Cassandra is a Registered Nurse specializing in behavioral health. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011. Since obtaining her degree, Cassandra has devoted herself to a career assisting those struggling with addictions, mental illness, and behavioral disorders.
Prior to her employment at Sabino Recovery, Cassandra acted as the lead nurse of an adolescent unit at an inpatient behavioral health hospital in Colorado. Cassandra then obtained a job as a traveling nurse and moved to Arizona where she began work at various behavioral health treatment centers around the Tucson area.
Cassandra’s favorite aspect of her work here at Sabino Recovery is getting to take part in the collaborative effort to mend broken, shattered lives into healthy, vibrant souls.
Bradford Trojan, SEP, CST
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Bradford brings an extensive background in the healing arts to Sabino Recovery, including yoga, somatic therapy, meditation and biodynamic craniosacral therapy.
Bradford studied at West Chester University, the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania and Prescott College, where he focused on human development in the somatic arts. Previously, he served as a somatic therapist at Sierra Tucson and is an experienced yoga and meditation instructor, with extensive training in craniosacral therapies.
He completed his 3-year Somatic Experiencing Professional Training in 2014. Currently, he is an assisting instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute. He combines his background in touch therapy with the traditional Somatic Experiencing approach.
His passion for the healing arts also guides his personal life. Bradford is an energetic performer in musical theater and the performing arts and brings his joyous energy to his healing arts practice.
Barbara Rose Gaynor, CLC
Prior to joining Sabino Recovery, Barbara spent eight years as a counselor in a nationally recognized residential mental health facility. She was an educator at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in New York, the state’s only independent specialty children’s hospital, dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with complex medical illnesses and conditions.
After training as a Transitional Life Coach, Barbara Rose spent a decade supporting people going through change and worked with homeless youth and inner city students. Barbara brings a compassionate perspective to Sabino Recovery, using a variety of modalities to help patients heal through therapy, lectures, and education.
As a 30-year resident of Tucson, Barbara recognizes healing nature of the desert Southwest and believes strongly in the mission of Sabino Recovery.
Gerald Whitehawk, MA, BA (Hons)
Gerald uses Esotherapy® to turn treatment into stable, lasting transformations. His therapy is centered on esoteric wisdom. He works individually and in groups, for issues ranging from trauma and chemical/sexual addictions to codependency, mood, and eating disorders.
Previously, Gerald worked as a residential therapist at Sierra Tucson, where he provided individual and group therapy to patients with addictions, trauma, mood and thought disorders. Before that he worked as a Level 4 Registered Counselor (LPC equivalent) in Queensland, Australia.
Gerald graduated with highest honors in psychology and religious studies from the University of California at Davis. He also obtained an M.A. in integrative religious studies and has studied Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP.
Gina Kaye, M.Ed.
National Outreach Director
Gina brings to Sabino exceptional leadership, communication, and relationship building skills. She is a lover of people and passionate about recovery. Trained in public health and prevention models, Gina holds a Masters in Health Education from the University of Texas. Her previous work experience spans university, non-profit, and corporate settings. She has a unique calling as a spokesperson and educator raising awareness about the public health crisis of internet pornography, the realities of sex addiction, and the experience of betrayal trauma. Gina lives in Austin, TX where she is raising four kids and enjoying the best Austin has to offer. She is connected to and working alongside other like-minded individuals and organizations that are in the fight for recovery, health, and healing.