Our Team

Rising Phoenix believes in maintaining a culture of trust and safety. Personal and professional growth is encouraged and supported by our company to foster an environment of self-care, balance, and successful employee development. These values are very important to us and contribute to providing optimal services to our clients.

Our Staff are Invaluable

We understand that without qualified staff, our clients cannot achieve their desired life goals. Rising Phoenix Wellness Services acknowledges that we must be innovative by creating an environment that encourages continuing education, dedication, and best practices.

Our leadership team has completed specialized Leadership Assessments to identify unique work styles. The core evaluations of the assessments are to determine D (Dominant, Determined), I (Influencing, Inspiring), S (Stead, Supportive), and C (Compliant, Creative) traits, along with emotional intelligence, leadership abilities and axiology. An overview was then completed by Jim Hayden at Board Developer to identify strengths and opportunities for growth. We then developed a better understanding of one another to create a more cohesive culture to serve our employees and clients.

Dr. Devin Dunatov

Dr. Devin Dunatov

Medical Director

Dr. Dunatov was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, and from an early age had passion and dream of pursuing a career in medicine. He attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree in Physiology, and completed his medical education at Creighton University...

Erin Stanfield, LCSW

Erin Stanfield, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Director

Erin has extensive experience in treating mental health conditions, substance use disorders, process disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She has been in practice for the past 15 years. Erin received her bachelor's degree in recreational therapy from Indiana...

Jeff Keffler

Jeff Keffler

Executive Director

Jeff serves as the Executive Director managing current operations, compliance, and assisting with the company’s mission and future goals. He started with Rising Phoenix in 2019 as Director of Admissions & Business Development before transitioning into his current...

Shireen Aghdami, LPC, LISAC

Shireen Aghdami, LPC, LISAC

Primary Therapist

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...

Courtney Portillo, MSW

Courtney Portillo, MSW

Admissions and Clinical Coordinator

When Courtney was 20 years old, she had a personal experience with family counseling. This involvement allowed her to visit various dynamics within family systems that may potentially lead to issues later in life. She immediately found herself fascinated and...

Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC

Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC

Primary Therapist and Clinical Supervisor

Seth has been providing counseling services at Rising Phoenix Wellness Services since January of 2020. 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...

Liz Crowley, LAC, CCTP

Liz Crowley, LAC, CCTP

Primary Therapist

Liz obtained her Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from Grand Canyon University. During the final year of her studies, she completed her internship at The Meadows in Wickenburg. She brings a strong set of skills working with clients impacted...

Vanessa Borunda, LAC

Vanessa Borunda, LAC

Primary Therapist

Vanessa is an Arizona native who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University in 2016. Her passion for helping people arose early in her academic career while obtaining her bachelor’s...

Ciara Contreras, BSW

Ciara Contreras, BSW

Office Manager

Ciara completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work at Arizona State University. She plans to return as an Alumni to complete her MSW soon. She completed an internship with Glendale Fire Department providing support on the Crisis Response Team. That experience solidified...

Brittany Grigg, RYT-500

Brittany Grigg, RYT-500

Wellness Practitioner

Brittany completed her 500-hour, nationally accredited yoga training certification and serves as our Rising Phoenix expert in wellness. She has a specialization in the Armit discipline of Yoga Nidra. A near-death experience at a very young age not only changed...

Jenna Gardner, LBSW

Jenna Gardner, LBSW

MSW Intern

Originally from Delaware, Jenna is now a graduate student at Arizona State University working toward becoming a Licensed Master’s Social Worker. In her own life experience, Jenna has overcome challenges enabling her to empathize with those who are struggling with...

Natalie Sokol, BA

Natalie Sokol, BA

MCC Intern

Natalie is an Arizona native who has come back to the desert after spending the last 5+ years traveling and living abroad. She originally received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, but has pivoted careers and is...

Bhante Sujartha

Bhante Sujartha

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...

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