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.
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 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.
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.
Liz Canterna Douglass, PhD
Dr. Douglass is a clinical psychologist, with more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare and addictions field. She previously served as manager of UCLA Medical Center’s Continuity of Care and Special Services Department and as director of inpatient and outpatient alcoholism treatment programs at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California.
As Interim Director of Psychology and Staff Psychologist at Sierra Tucson, she oversaw psychology intern training, coordinated assessment and diagnostic programs and administered psychological testing. She maintains a private practice in Tucson and provides consulting services to other area outpatient addiction recovery facilities.
Kiki King, LAMFT, CAST-C
Family and Group Therapist
Kiki provides individual and group therapy addressing co-dependency, mood disorders, sexual addiction, compulsion and betrayal trauma as well as various process and chemical addictions.
Before joining the clinical staff at Sabino Recovery, Kiki worked with couples, individuals, families and groups as both a family therapist and as a primary therapist at Sierra Tucson, a residential treatment facility.
She graduated with distinction from Capella University, with a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Counseling and Therapy.
Holly Hansen, MS, LAC, NCC, EAP
Holly is a nationally certified counselor and equine therapist. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and has a deep commitment to innovative therapies, along with a passion and enthusiasm for working with horses to facilitate healing.
In addition to her work providing trauma-informed equine-assisted psychotherapy at Sabino Recovery, she has provided extensive individual, family and group therapy services at La Frontera Center and CODAC Behavioral Health Services, serving outpatient clients with mental illness and addiction disorders.
Horses were part of her own healing process and these animals remain significant in her life. She is passionate about helping others find healing from trauma through equine therapy and compassionate care.
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.
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.
His passion for the healing arts also guides his personal life. Bradford is an energetic performer in musical theatre and the performing arts and brings his joyous energy to his healing arts practice.
Gerald Whitehawk, MA, BA (Hons)
Gerald uses Esotherapy® to turn treatment outcomes into stable, lasting transformations. His therapy is centered on esoteric wisdom and his approach goes beyond the limitations of what is thought possible for the individual consciousness. He provides Esotherapy® 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 a M.A. in integrative religious studies, and has studied Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP.
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.