Mirasol's Eating Disorder Professionals
Jeanne Rust, PhD, LPC
CEO and Founder
Jeanne specializes in eating disorders and is an expert in the treatment of adult trauma. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School, a Master's Degree in Counseling, and a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. Jeanne is licensed by the State of Arizona as a Professional Counselor. She has received comprehensive training in Gestalt and other expressive therapies, as well as Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and she is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. Jeanne was a therapist in private practice for many years before founding Mirasol. She has worked with the University of Arizona athletic department to meet the therapeutic needs of athletes with eating disorders, has taught courses at the university level, and provides training and education for health care professionals in her areas of expertise.
Diane Ryan, LPC, MA, CPT
Diane Ryan received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master's in Counseling and Psychology with a specialty certification in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy. She is trained in experiential methods including psychodrama, expressive arts and challenge course activities, and is passionate about accessing the power of outdoor and wilderness experiences as healing modalities. She currently serves as a member of an international consortium evaluating current research on exercise and eating disorders. She also continues to explore the impact of wilderness interventions as measured by changes in brain wave patterns.
Meghana Thanki, NMD
Dr. Thanki is a naturopathic physician who is passionate about natural healing and the mind/body connection. She practices a wise, safe approach to healing by applying ancient Ayurvedic wisdom to release the underlying causes of contemporary symptoms and dis-ease and reset an individual's level of well-being to experience vitality. Her practice has taught her that Ayurvedic treatments, based on the science of life, work to support patients to heal in a very gentle way that patients come to embrace as a way of being.
Maeve Shaughnessy, MS, LAC
Clinical Director, Adult Program
Maeve completed her BA in Sociology at the University of Arizona and her Masters in Community Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Maeve is a Mirasol veteran with previous experience as a Counseling Assistant and Aftercare Coodinator. She is returning to Mirasol after three years as a primary therapist for H.O.P.E. Counseling Services in Las Vegas and as a Patient Care Assistant and Mental Health Counselor for Eating Recovery Center and Centennial Peaks Hospital in Colorado. Maeve enjoys the camping trips, hiking, and challenge course activities that Mirasol offers and fully believes these programs enhance the process of recovery.
Jodi Tudisco, MS, LPC
Clinical Director, Adolescent Program
Jodi has a Master's Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is working on her PsyD. She was drawn to Mirasol for its holistic approach to treatment and recovery and is trained in TRE (Tension, Stress and Trauma Relase), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Feng Shui. Jodi is continually inspired by the Mirasol team's investment in the well-being of each client. Her goal is to meet the clients where they are and work with them to develop individual treatment plans that maintain a safe place while challenging the client. Most of all, Jodi enjoys working with a like-minded staff focused on treating the whole person — mind, body and spirit.
Katie Klein, MS, Counseling Psychology
Clinical Director, PHP and IOP
With a background in broadcast journalism, Katie worked as a news anchor and reporter. Realizing she wanted to help people in a more fulfilling way, Katie pursued a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her specialty is working with clients who are struggling with both an eating disorder and chemical dependency issues. She is also passionate about family work, and believes the family can play an important role in a client's restoration to wellness. Katie loves to use the outdoors as her office and is always ready to hike, camp, or go caving with the clients; she believes that experiential therapies and a holistic framework are key to the healing process.
Ann Twilley, MA, LPC
Ann completed her BA in Psychology and her MA in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. Ann is passionate about her work with eating disorder relapse prevention and re-entry. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, she is compassionate and understands the complexity of this illness. Ann is trained in Energy Psychology techniques and EMDR and uses these modalities in working with trauma and stabilization. She also supports clients in their transition home with phone sessions once in their home environment.
Jenna Jarrold, MS
Jenna is a Chicago native who came to Arizona to study at Northern Arizona University where she completed a bachelor's degree in Communications. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Jenna is a National Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association, is awaiting approval as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and will soon be certified for EMDR. Jenna found her passion for the helping profession through her experiences working at an early academic program for minority and low-income teens at the U or A and assisting with adoptions of children removed from their homes by CPS. She has worked at Mirasol since 2011, first as a Counselor Assistant and then as a therapist. She has done group, individual, family and couples counseling and is particularly intrigued by family work, since so much of who we are is formed in childhood. "Someone once told me that people's wounds often create the most beautiful parts of who they will become," says Jenna "and that has become a core belief of mine as a therapist."
Jamelynn Evans, LICSW, CADC-II
Jamelynn received her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology and her Master's Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She is a licensed social worker (currently seeking reciprocity in Arizona), a certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor, a certified yoga instructor, and certified ACSM Health Fitness Instructor.
With a passion for wellness, and a wholehearted belief in a holistic approach to healing, Jamelynn seeks to incorporate such topics as mindfulness, yoga, meditation, breath work, movement, and spirituality.
Jamelynn believes that often disease comes from living on a path that does not support the soul's purpose. She believes our gifts may be in perfect alignment with our fears, suggesting that we move through our fears to reach our gifts. Many old belief patterns can keep us stuck and can continue to feed the fears that block us from forward movement along the healing journey.
Jamelynn's intention as a therapist is to offer a space where clients can find safety, patience, empathy, curiousity, compassion, encouragement and support for moving through the healing process.
Kira Vredenburg, MSW
Kira completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Arizona and received a Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University. Kira spent several years working as a Patient Care Facilitator at Cottonwood de Tucson, where she realized her passion for working as a member of a like-minded treatment team in a holistic, recovery-oriented environment. Kira uses CBT and DBT techniques, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and Problem Solving Therapy to help teenagers and adults work through both eating disorders and chemical dependency issues. Kira's goal as a therapist is to provide an empathic and compassionate space where clients feel safe in exploring their authentic selves throughout their healing process.
Sia Ricci, MEd, LMHCA, RYT
Sia received her MA and MEd in Counseling Psychology at Columbia University with a speciality in eating disorders, social justice, LGBTQ studies, and diversity counseling. She is also a 500+ certified yoga and bellydance instructor, and incorporates yoga and movement therapy in her work at Mirasol. At Mirasol, she also runs groups on relationships, gender, identity, and sexuality as she believes that all aspects of identity are intertwined and important to explore in recovery. Most of all, Sia enjoys working with the open-minded and unique staff at Mirasol who are all dedicated to treating the whole person in affirmative, holistic, unique, and meaningful ways.
Andréa is currently completing a Master of Science degree at Grand Canyon University and has been part of Mirasol's treatment team since 2010. She attended the University of Arizona for her undergraduate education, where she studied Anatomy and Physiology as well as Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southwest University of Visual Arts. Andréa is passionate about neurofeedback and is dedicated to helping individuals regain optimal brain performance. She has witnessed the profound changes neurofeedback has made in Mirasol's clients, and feels incredibly fortunate to work in a dynamic recovery center that offers powerful holistic healing modalities. Andréa is a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and has specialized training in QEEG acquisition and QEEG guided protocols.
Mayra grew up in South Tucson and received her BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Growing up, Mayra witnessed the personal struggles of close friends and family members addictions and eating disorders. From early in her life she knew she wanted to pursue work in the behavioral health field. She was fortunate to come across Mirasol, where she began her work as a Counselor Assistant in 2012. Shortly thereafter, Mayra began extensive training in Electroencephalography (EEG) and transitioned to the position of Neurofeedback Technician. Mayra is a native Spanish speaker and often translates for Spanish-speaking families at Mirasol. She is grateful for Mirasol's philosophy of recovery and loves working in a wonderful environment, with wonderful practitioners, whom she continues to learn from every day.
Arsenio is a Tucson native who graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Psychology. He began working at Mirasol as a Counselor Assistant in 2012, and recently transitioned to the role of technician in our neurofeedback program. Arsenio has always been interested in alternative medicine and leads poetry groups in his spare time.
Anne earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She completed her dietetic internship and graduate certificate program through Iowa State University, with a focus on eating disorders treatment and integrative nutrition. Anne works with clients to strengthen their emotional connection to food and encourages an appreciation of the role that nutrition plays in total-body wellness. She combines her past professional work at the New York State Education Department and her experience in the restaurant industry to help clients achieve peace with food and joy in their bodies. Anne strives to bridge the gap between the medicinal properties of quality nutrition and the freedom from the shame of unhealthy relationships with eating.
Anthony Hackworth, BS
Anthony earned a BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2012 and completed his internship at the U of A Medical Center in 2014. During his internship, he spent a week at Mirasol and realized it would be a rewarding place to work. He loves the challenge of creating healthy relationships with food. Anthony also completed an internship at Exos where he specialized in Sports Nutrition, and is excited about the challenge of being able to connect sports nutrition and eating disorders.
Deirdre "Chef D" O'Leary
Chef "D" has had a love affair with cooking for as long as she can remember. Her favorite memories include spending hours in the kitchen with her mom and grandma, a "straight off the boat" Italian whom she called "Mamaw." Mamaw always made fresh meals for her family and expressed her love through cooking. At a young age, Chef "D" was able to follow recipes and roll out pasta, and she prided herself on her pies. After a rebellious decision to become a vegetarian as a teenager, D tried her hand at her own vegetarian cooking show called "The Cramped Kitchen." She also started a small catering business and worked in several different restaurants. Concluding that cooking was more than a hobby, Chef "D" enrolleed in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Hollywood, and graduated with honors. Returning to her hometown of Tucson, she found a job as a chef at Mirasol. Her 2½ years cooking in all of Mirasol's residential kitchens has helped her understand the clients' needs and points of view. "I truly love our clients," says Dee. "It is such an honor to be an integral part of their journey to wellness. I love my sharing my cooking knowledge with them. That's the way it began, and it has come full circle — with my Mamaw and mom, sharing their knowledge with me, teaching me how to make food with love."
Audrey Bailey, BSW
As Mirasol's Aftercare Coordinator, Audrey helps our clients prepare for life after residential treatment, including reconnecting with their families, continuing their educations and finding sources of support within their communities.
A native of San Diego, Audrey completed her Bachelor's in Social Work at San Diego State University. She worked with troubled teens in the foster care system and completed an internship with San Diego Juvenile Probation before moving to Tucson in 2006.
Audrey enjoys being part of experiential treatment, where clients can learn so much about themselves on a camping or backpacking trip, in the company of supported and connected women and a team that really cares.
"I greatly appreciate Mirasol's holistic approach. I believe it's essential for deeper healing. My own personal journey of recovery has benefited from this approach, and the spiritual piece is the most important for me."
Michelle Thomas, LPN
Michelle grew up a military brat and traveled throughout most of her younger years, living in South Carolina, Spain, California, and Illinois. Michelle and her husband came to Tucson 30 years ago to go to college, and never left. Nursing is Michelle's second career. She was the Southern division trainer and reset supervisor for various grocery stores for over 15 years. After having two children, Michelle and her husband adopted two more children, and for the next seven years she worked part-time at her church. Once her children were older, she decided to start her second career in nursing. Michelle loves nursing, and it shows in her daily work with the clients. Nursing was a very natural transition, as she loves supporting and caring for others. Michelle loves working at Mirasol, in the residential facility where she has one-on-one quality time to connect with clients every day. She values the naturopathic approach and loves educating clients on alternative ways to address health concerns. Michelle believes in the mind-body approach to healing and recovery.
Tara Shultis, MA, LMT
Massage and Movement Therapist
Tara received her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Northern Colorado and her Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Arizona. She has worked at Mirasol in a variety of capacities since 2011. She is a licensed massage therapist with advanced training in myofascial release and craniosacral therapies. Tara is a TRE provider, a certified personal trainer and a yoga instructor. She enjoys supporting the healing process through a variety of body-centered therapies. Her perspective on recovery is that it's a life-long journey filled with discovery, ups and downs, and love.
Rachel Nelson, MS, ATR
Rachel is originally from Kansas City, MO, and completed a BS in Psychological Science and a dual Master's degree in Counseling and Art Therapy. She is a registered Art Therapist working toward Board Certification. Rachel is passionate about art therapy and creating a comfortable and nurturing space for clients to engage in the process of art-making regardless of skill levels. Art-making encourages self-expression, exploration of identity, positive body image, creative problem-solving provides provides a channel for emotions. The artwork brings a third relationship to the therapeutic process that can be a reflection of one's relationship with the self or with others. By paying attention to symbolism, metaphor and visual elements, one begins to learn his or her own unique visual language. Rachel is also interested in Jungian Dream Analysis and enjoys leading a dream group. Rachel finds meaning in artwork and dreams, but also in the synchronicities that we experience in everyday life. Rachel is also a local artist, devoting most of her time in the studio to painting with encaustic (beeswax and oil paint) as well as acrylic/mixed media and photography. Rachel feels that engaging the creative process is a powerful tool for recovery in a multitude of ways including its mirror-like quality to the complexities and pervasiveness that makes up an eating disorder.
Alison Pearson, MA, RPP
Polarity and Cranialsacral Therapy
Alison Pearson has been the Polarity Therapist at Mirasol since January 2004. She received a Master's Degree in Sociology, specializing in Gender and Social Psychology, from the University of Arizona in 1991. She completed a Polarity Therapy Certification Program in 1997, and in 2007, she completed a Cranialsacral Therapy Certification program. More recently, she trained to be a TRE Facilitator. Alison has a strong commitment to energy medicine that predates her formal training. She spent considerable time studying breath-work techniques and loving touch to release trauma from the body. Alison is an avid student of the work of Byron Katie and uses this method of belief investigation as part of her work. Polarity Therapy defines health as a "free-flow of energy in the body", and Polarity Therapy seeks to release whatever is blocking energy flow. Blocks can be physical, emotional, or mental (beliefs). When the mind and body are integrated as a team we can be in the flow of life. Having an integrated mind/body system is essential to recovery. Polarity Therapy begins on the bodywork table, however, its principles can provide a foundation for a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Spiritual Integration Practitioner
Spirituality is a key component in recovery. We know that women who have some sort of spiritual practice have a much higher rate of recovery. Whether we recognize it or not, we all have a measure of spirituality, as defined by the way we connect to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us. We work on universal themes that are part of all belief systems: loving kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. It's not about changing or giving up your belief system, it's about finding ways to help it meet your needs.
Marion MacDonald, MA
Webmaster and Wilderness Guide
Marion has worked most of her life as a graphic designer and technical writer, but when the internet came along, she transitioned to web design. An avid outdoorsman, she has led backpacking, bicyling and cross-country skiing trips all over New England, the Maritimes, and, eventually, the Southwest in her spare time for 25 years. Marion was Mirasol's Marketing Manager from 2005-2011, and in 2015, she was invited back to manage the website and to organize hiking and backpacking trips as part of Mirasol's expanded adventure therapy program. Marion is delighted to share her love of the outdoors with Mirasol clients, and she hopes all clients leave Mirasol knowing that wilderness can be an incredible source of strength and renewal and an important part of their recovery.
Angel Lopez, BA Psychology and Philosophy
Counselor Assistant Supervisor
Angel grew up in Tucson, AZ and received his BA in Psychology & Philosophy from the University of Arizona. His primary areas of interest in regard to psychology have been with Human Memory and Death & Loss. These interests led him to volunteer at Tu Nidito's Children to Children program from 1995-1998 as a Peer Facilitator. His philosophical interests focus on the nature of the human being and the nature of the universe. These interests help shape a spirituality & meditation group held weekly at the adolescent unit. Angel has been with Mirasol since 2011 and as a Counselor's Assistant Supervisor he focuses on maintaining a culture of well trained Counselor Assistants to properly and best support the clients in Mirasol's residential and PHP programs.
Counselor Assistant Supervisor
Nikole studied Child Psychology and Art at Pima Community College and came to Mirasol as a Counselor Assistant at Mirasol's teen residence in 2011. Nikole was attracted to Mirasol for its holistic approach and philosophy of treating the individual as a whole. Her sister suffered from anorexia, and Nikole found that working with other women with eating disorders not only benefited them, but helped her better understand how to support her sister's recovery. She was promoted to Counselor Assisant Supervisor in 2015, and assumed responsibility for directing Mirasol's PHP Partial Hospitalization "Day" program. Nikole enjoys working with the PHP program because it's less intrusive, and more focused on observing and supporting clients as they practice using the tools that they have acquired while in residential treatment.
"PHP clients have a lot more freedom to make mistakes, and it's important to have the opportunity to learn and grow from those experiences," says Nikole. "I love helping women learn how to take all the tools they've learned in treatment and apply them to real-life situations. Watching these women get their lives back is something so beautiful. I am truly blessed to be a part of the process."
After studying facility management on the East Coast, Duncan arrived in sunny Arizona in October, 2005, and has been with us ever since. Born in Manitoba, Canada, Duncan lived outside of Philadelphia for 20 years, honing his handyman skills while aquiring his Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University. He is an avid golfer and sports fan, and he really enjoys working with the clients and staff at Mirasol to make it a safe and enjoyable place to be.
FREE Eating Disorder Support Group!
FREE weekly eating disorder support group for adults struggling with food issues, staffed by therapists from Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Centers. Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 pm at 3116 N Swan in Tucson. For more information, call 520-546-3200 or email Ann at email@example.com.
"Mirasol is light years ahead of any other program in the country."