Erin Stanfield, LCSW, RYT, CART, Y-CBT
CEO & Clinical Director
Erin is the Founder and CEO at Rising Phoenix Wellness Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Erin performed her residency at an outdoor treatment center for high risk youth and worked with gambling addicts at a clinic in Scottsdale. Erin’s clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples and groups in all levels of care. She has been in private practice seeing dual diagnosis clients for 13 years. Erin specializes in addiction and co-dependency. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a certified Yoga-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Erin believes in an integrated mind and body and utilizes a holistic approach to mental health in order for her clients to achieve an optimal state of wholeness and well-being.
Michelle Smith, MBA
Michelle has been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse recovery for almost 15 years in both Southern California and Arizona, where whe was born and raised. Michelle holds degrees and certifications from The University of Arizona, Monterey Institute for International Studies, Imperial College of London, and The University of Phoenix in addition to her studies at Pepperdine University. Driven by her passion for harmony and justice, Michelle has been afforded the opportunity over the years to study and work internationally and is enthusiastic to apply these sentiments towards her work at Rising Phoenix. Michelle believes that each person has a strength within them and prioritizes providing a collaborative opportunity to explore their passions, strengths, stories and distinct truths in a safe and trusting environment.
Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC
Primary Therapist & Group Facilitator
Seth began his career in behavioral health in 2005 when working as a behavioral health technician while completing graduate school. He is currently licensed through the state of Arizona as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). Seth has also completed a 3 year long Somatic Experiencing Training (SE) and is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). During his time in behavioral health, Seth has been in a number of roles which include Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Primary Therapist, and Director of Outpatient Services for various treatment centers. In addition to these roles, Seth has served as an adjunct faculty member with Grand Canyon University teaching masters level classes and assisting in writing classes as a subject matter expert, provide placement and supervision to masters and undergraduate level interns, and providing counseling services through Children and Adult Psychological Services (CAPS).
Shireen Aghdami, MAC, MAHR, LAC, LASAC
Primary Therapist & Group Facilitator
Shireen received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in multi-cultural studies, from the University of Virginia. She holds two master’s degrees from Ottawa University – one in Professional Counseling and the other in Human Resources, with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling. With over 20 years of experience in counseling, Shireen provides individual therapy, group therapy, and family counseling with Rising Phoenix. Shireen believes in the mind and body connection and utilizes an integrative approach with a foundation of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), while incorporating Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques. She specializes in addiction, anxiety, depression, family of origin, domestic violence, and self-esteem issues. Shireen is passionate about helping people address their unmet needs and work through complex dual diagnosis conditions in order to find a meaningful and healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Walter Simmons, MD, MPH, FACEP
Dr. Simmons is a board certified and residency trained emergency medicine physician and takes pride in being a healthcare executive with excellent clinical and superb leadership skills with extensive experience in healthcare operations, implementation and management. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1992 from Arizona State University before being accepted into the Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine where he later obtained his Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from Brown Medical School in 1997. Since this time, Dr. Simmons has completed studies with Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University School of Public Health. His experience with emergency medicine and public health gives Rising Phoenix a highly qualified doctor with a vast knowledge in treating mental health and substance abuse conditions.
Alex Spritzer, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alex Spritzer is an AANP board certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner, ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & ANCB certified Advanced Practice Addiction Medicine Nurse Practitioner. He graduated Summa Cum Laude at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University & Washburn University. In March 2019, he completed a comprehensive opioid use disorder program and holds a certificate from Harvard Medical School. Alex started his career in an Ambulatory Family Medicine clinic in Beaverton, Oregon in 2014. In 2017 Alex moved from Oregon back to Arizona where he received a request to practice general medicine in the setting of substance use and abuse. Since that time, Alex developed a passion for substance addicted populations and returned to school for further studies. Realizing that substance abuse and dual psychiatric mental health conditions go in tandem, he made the choice to pursue psychiatric studies to be able to provide more comprehensive and evidence-based care to his patients. Alex has worked in the field of addiction medicine since 2017 and has provided firsthand oversight of medically complex detox cases ranging from alcohol, benzodiazepine, opioid, stimulant, and other-psychoactive and non-psychoactive substances. He successfully treated thousands of patients both at the detox level and at residential, partial hospitalization—php, and intensive outpatient therapy.
Case Manager & Group Facilitator
Billy’s passion and life purpose are to apply effective, innovative, and evidence based methods that assist clients and families from all walks of life to achieve freedom from addiction and it’s devastating effects on the family. For the last 3 decades, He has been assisting clients and their families, managing and developing treatment programs, recruiting and training staff, and conducting family interventions. He has enjoyed sharing the message of hope that it is never too early, or too late, to get yourself or a loved one real help.
His personal story of hope and recovery started after an intervention with friends led him towards recognizing he had a serious problem. His previous attempts to quit on his own had always failed- he finally accepted that he couldn’t stop without getting help. Billy has remained clean and sober since entering treatment in the summer of 1989 and has assisted thousands of family members and clients in their journey of recovery.
“The process of Addiction Recovery seems to align with the the age-old story of the lost Hero who has to “die unto himself” in order to rise up, overcome his monsters, be born anew, and then take what is learned and help others. That’s the necessity of hitting a rock bottom; the painful chapter of hopelessness and self-centeredness has to come to a close so that we can begin a new life of fulfillment, gratitude and service.
Director of Admissions & Business Development
Jeff’s passion for helping families affected by substance abuse begins with his own personal experience. Having been an active member of the recovery community since 2012 he has spent the better part of that time giving back to those in need. Turning passion into a career, Jeff has been working in national roles as Program Director and Clinical Outreach Regional Manager for some of the nation’s largest companies in the addiction treatment industry before joining Rising Phoenix serving as Director of Business Development & Admissions. Jeff collaborates with and provides support and resources to other treatment facilities, nonprofits, schools, EAPs, and clinicians locally and around the country.
Amanda is a certified Heal Your Life®️ Coach & Workshop Facilitator and a Certified Reiki Practitioner. She has overcame molestation when she was a child, bullying in high school, low self-esteem and alcoholism.
Some of her work includes a 12-step program, private coaching, and applying the philosophies of Louise Hay to her life. Through deep spiritual connection and implementing the profound work of Louise Hay and her many books including, You Can Heal Your Life®, Amanda has healed her life. This work has helped her experience enhanced family relationships, profound healing of emotions, loving the self more fully and living an abundantly happy and fulfilled life.
Her passion is to empower people to find out who they are through self love, confidence and forgiveness. Amanda’s philosophy is to nurture and nourish the entire being – the Body, the Mind, and the spirit.
Courtney Portillo, BA
When Courtney was 20 years old, she had a first hand experience with family counseling services. This experience allowed her to visit various dynamics within family systems that may potentially lead to troubling behaviors later in life. She immediately found herself to be fascinated and dedicated the duration of her schooling to this point towards learning more about psychology and how the mind works. Courtney has since completed her BA in psychology from the University of Arizona, with intention on continuing towards a degree in licensed clinical social work. At this time, she currently serves as the Operations Manager, assisting fellow staff, ensuring client care is held to the highest standard possible.
Meditation & Spiritual Facilitator
Bhante Sujatha, a 30+ year Buddhist Monk, is singularly focused on adding more love in the world. He teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment. Bhante brings his joyful, radiant, funny and wildly energetic personality to Rising Phoenix as a Spiritual Advisor teaching meditation and mindfulness throughout the year to clients and staff to help heal and grow from. His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand. He is originally from Sri Lanka and is the head monk / abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple International. Bhante believes his purpose is not only to teach meditation, but also, “teaching people how to be happy.”