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.
Dr. Remolina graduated medical school in 2006. He completed two years of child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship training at the University of Arizona, and received four years of adult psychiatric training at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital-Creedmoor Psychiatric Residency program, New York. Dr. Remolina emphasizes a collaborative approach to treatment. He treats the full range of adult, child, and adolescent psychiatric disorders and has special interests in psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. He feels it is important to understand the environmental and social context of an individual's illness, as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
Mohamed is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and licensed by the state of Arizona to provide family-centered care to patients of all ages. He received the degree of Master of Science from Northern Arizona University. Mohamed began his career in healthcare at the age of 20 and has accumulated many years of experience and education in various areas of patient care, including psychiatry, home health, rehabilitation, performance improvement and risk management, medical/surgical and primary care. Mohamed's scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex healthcare problems beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process. Mohamed's unique combination of clinical education and experience allows him to help patients meet their goals by listening to their desires and then shaping individualized treatment plans. Mohamed appreciates Mirasol's emphasis on treating the whole person. "Mirasol's holistic model looks at the patient's whole life — including past trauma and not just the eating disorder — to get to the root of the problem. I believe that's the most effective approach."
Originally from Mississippi, Susan did her undergraduate work in Psychology at the University of Mississippi and earned a Master of Science in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Personal experience with aromatherapy piqued her interest in alternative medicine, and she was drawn to Mirasol because of its focus on holistic healing and the combination of alternative therapies and evidence-based therapies. She completed an internship at Mirasol in 2017 and then hired on as a primary therapist.
Susan has received training in the Trauma Resiliency Model and uses this somatic approach, combined with traditional talk therapies, to assist clients on their journey to whole body healing. She encourages clients to be curious and compassionate about the experience of living in their body and works to help clients increase their resilience to the stressors in their life. Susan has a special interest in body image and uses Health At Every Size principles to work with individuals who are ready to break free from diet culture and live a more fulfilling life.
Erin is a primary therapist at Mirasol's adolescent residential program. She meets with clients individually and also conducts family and group therapy session, incorporating her training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Prior to Mirasol, she worked with children and adolescents in inpatient psychiatric settings. "It was Mirasol's experiential therapies, holistic approach, and evidence-based programming that immediately appealed to me and ultimately brought me here," says Erin. "My style is calm and relaxed — my "office" is under a palm tree by the koi pond — and my expectations are honesty and integrity."
Leah Berger has a Master's in Counseling/Psychology from Prescott College, with an emphasis on ecopsychology and the expressive arts. Her path has been deeply informed by her early work with survivors of domestic violence and prostitution in the US and Africa. She has served as a counselor to both children and adults in shelters, schools, a detention center and a hospital psychiatric unit. Using movement, sound, art, writing and the natural world as tools for transformation, she has witnessed clients tune into and shift emotional patterns in ways not typically verbally accessed. Leah is also a certified Bowen Practitioner, an approach that utilizes gentle touch to calm the nervous system and recalibrate the body to wellness. Leah is strongly drawn to Mirasol's integrative approach and believes clients are best served when provided multiple resources to develop an empowered internal support system. When not at Mirasol, Leah is often found hiking in the beautiful Sky Islands and lowlands of the Sonoran Desert.
Amanda is that rare bird, a native Tucsonan! She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. As a good listener with a strong desire to help others, Amanda knew from a young age that she wanted to be a counselor. Once she completed her studies, she interned at Our Family Services, and then joined Casa de los Niños as a Child and Family Therapist, teaching effective coping skills and emotional regulation as well as addressing various behavioral, trauma and attachment issues through individual and family therapy. She focuses on building strong relationships with clients in order to provide them with a safe place to learn, heal, process and grow. Amanda was drawn to Mirasol by the diversity of the holistic and therapeutic modalities we use to address and treat the clients' issues and concerns. She says it was a pleasant surprise to discover that here at Mirasol, clinical work is performed in an inviting and relaxed environment that helps clients and staff feel a part of a family that truly cares about them and their mental and physical well-being.
Audel switched careers when she realized that her dream was to work with teens — especially teens who needed a little extra help making their way in the world. She got her introduction to the field working as an afterschool coordinator and then school counselor at a charter school for at-risk youth. "I fell in love with it," says Audel, who decided to go back to school to earn a Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling. Her internship brought her to Mirasol, where she works as a primary therapist while pursuing her LAC. Audel's focus is relapse prevention, and she maintains that the key to relapse prevention is "knowing yourself — knowing what your triggers are, and what's coming up for you — and building a support system." She loves Mirasol's holistic approach, and the continuum of care that provides ongoing support for clients from residential through intensive outpatient treatment. "Mirasol is very open-minded, and always willing to try a new approach," she says. "I also love the adventure therapy program and just the space that we hold for clients."
Amber is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Her interests include empowering women and cultivating space to produce healing through resiliency. She is currently is a PhD candidate in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she is working on a dissertation proposal related to sexuality and eating disorders. With a sex-positive stance that embraces sexuality and sexual expression, Amber works to expand our clients' care to address sexual health needs and concerns. Prior to Mirasol, she worked with children and adolescent trauma survivors, and completed an observational internship with a pelvic pain physical therapist. She was drawn to the eclectic nature of Mirasol and the opportunity to work alongside a holistic treatment team. Amber sometimes incorporates Animal-Assisted Therapy to model self-regulation and mindfulness, with a co-therapist rabbit named "Onan" and co-therapist dog named "Couture".
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Candice received her MS in Nursing from the University of Arizona and went on to begin her nursing career in acute care neurology at Tucson Medical Center. Working with patients who had suffered stroke, seizure, and other nervous system disorders led her to appreciate the complexity of the brain and especially its ability to positively adapt and regain function even after serious injury. She is very interested in applying the study of neurosciences to the field of mental health, helping people to make meaningful change in their lives. Candice also studied at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and is very passionate about the transformative power of natural and alternative healthcare. She also loves a conversation about a good book and being out in nature with her dog.
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Samantha was just 16 years old when she decided she wanted to be a nurse. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, she got her nursing degree and worked in a medical emergency unit in the Johannesburg General Hospital. After immigrating to the US and obtaining her BSN, she worked in a wide variety of environments, from a small rural hospital in Montana to care homes and private homes.
"My work has taken me into every phase of life, from the celebration of birth as a labor and delivery nurse to the heartache and loss at end-of-life as a hospice nurse," says Samantha. "I understand how fragile life is, and that all most people really want is someone who will sit and hold space with them as they walk their path." She says working at Mirasol is "a dream come true", since it combines gentle, compassionate care with an understanding of holistic treatment.
Samantha loves gardening, yoga, painting and Netflixing, but says, "I will drop them all in a heartbeat to spend time with my family or be at home with my pets".
Kat is a nurse at Mirasol's adult and adolescent residential treatment facilities. Her undergraduate studies included music, art, education, surgical technology and nursing, and she holds a Masters of Arts degree with concentrations in youth, family dynamics and counseling. Kat believes her position as a Registered Nurse with Mirasol allows her a tremendous opportunity to be part of an exceptional, multidisciplinary pioneering team that incorporates evidence-based practice to treat the whole person, "mind, body and spirit". She is excited to regularly witness human resilience first-hand and help adolescents, adults and families "get their lives back".
Alice is an Arizona native who moved to Tucson in 1997 to attend the University of Arizona. After earning her BSN, Alice lived in San Diego for a while and explored many different aspects of the nursing profession by working in ICU, the school system, community education for pregnant and parenting teenagers, and surgery pre-op and recovery. But she missed her family and the desert, and returned to Tucson in 2013. Now with the goal of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Alice came to work for Mirasol in the Fall of 2018 to acquire more experience in the field.
"Mirasol appealed to me because I believe healing is about relationships — with other people and also with yourself — and Mirasol creates a stage for that to happen." Alice says the thing that touches her the most is that Mirasol is such a healing community. "Teaching clients to 'sit with joy' helps them relax enough to begin exploring the deeper issues. "It's easier to face the darker parts of themselves when they have that that joy to come back to."
Ilene received her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 1994 and her Master's degree in Nutritional Sciences in 1997, both from the University of Arizona. She has worked as a dietitian in a variety of clinical settings and as a private consultant here in Tucson. Most recently, she worked with firefighters, assessing their needs individually and giving presentations to fire departments and at nutritional conferences. Throughout her 25 years of experience as a dietitian, she has encountered many clients with disordered eating patterns, sparking her recent interest in eating disorders. Ilene is excited to help spread truth, balance and peace in her clients' relationship with food. She is grateful to be working at Mirasol in a supportive atmosphere sharing a healthy, sound nutritional philosophy.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona in May, 2016. Her work experience includes a dietetic internship at Sierra Tucson as well assisting individuals with disordered eating patterns. Her approach to eating disorder treatment is "all foods fit", and her goal is to help clients build a healthy relationship with food and a positive body image.
I was born and raised in San Diego County and moved to Arizona last year. I have a background in working with homeless populations, chemical dependency and addictions, and troubled and at-risk youth populations. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Children and Family Services from the University of Phoenix, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. I knew I wanted to have a career in helping individuals struggling with mental illness, so when I discovered Mirasol and learned about their holistic approach to treatment, I knew this was where I could continue making a difference in peoples' lives. I started as a Counselor Assistant and transitioned into the admissions/utilization and aftercare review role. Mirasol is truly a unique gem that helps heal the lives of so many.
Mayra grew up in Tucson and received her BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona. From early on in her life she knew she wanted to assist others on their road to recovery. She began her work as a counselor assistant at Mirasol in 2012. To further enhance her understanding of the mind-body connection, Mayra completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher certification. She's also a certified TRE provider. In her work at Mirasol, Mayra has witnessed the incredible power of integrative healing and the impact mindfulness has on individuals. Mayra assists clients in finding a more calm and centered state using body-centered therapies, and enjoys being able to help clients connect movement with breath through yoga. Mayra is grateful for Mirasol's philosophy, and is excited to help individuals on their road to recovery.
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 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.
Gabrielle Rubin received her Masters Degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2004. She specializes in a very gentle, Japanese style of acupuncture, which uses fine needles to help to balance and restore the body's energy or qi (chi). Gabrielle addresses eating disorders by helping to bring the body back into its natural rhythm. Acupuncture treatment can calm anxiety, support digestion, and reset the nervous system, thus allowing for the body's natural functions to return. Gabrielle is also certified in NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association), an auricular acupuncture treatment designed specifically for the process of working through trauma and addiction. Along with being a mother and a musician, Gabrielle holds a BFA in painting and video from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
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.
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 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 outdoorswoman, 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.
Jaynie was born and raised in Tucson and completed her Bachelor's degree in Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From a young age, Jaynie has been interested in mental health education and awareness, and has a particular passion for mentoring people who have experienced depression and anxiety as a result of family trauma and academic pressure. Jaynie has also been a dancer for most of her life, training primarily in modern and contemporary with some ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Jaynie is also passionate about physical fitness through safe, sustainable, and fun forms of exercise, and is currently studying to be a certified personal trainer.
Jaynie was drawn to Mirasol because of its well-rounded treatment program that allows for individualized care of clients presenting with various comorbidities. Jaynie started out as a CA and greatly enjoyed supporting and getting to know clients outside of their regularly scheduled modalities. As the Exercise Consultant, Jaynie is now supporting clients by providing them with individualized exercise plans and helping them develop and/or redefine their relationship with exercise through mind-body connection and self-acceptance. Jaynie loves that her role allows her to marry her two passions and is grateful to work in such a supportive environment.
Stephanie is much loved by both clients and staff, not only for her lovely Irish brogue, but for the small touches like the little baggies full of "drinkies" (assorted teas, decaf coffee, stevia and creamers) decorated with hearts and flowers that we find tucked in packs when we go backpacking. Inspired by her father who was an excellent cook, Stephanie studied culinary arts at Dublin Institute of Technology where she minored in nutrition. She became a chef at Mirasol in 2014, shortly after relocating from Ireland to join her fiancé. She says, "Everything about the job appealed to me, especially the opportunity to help people repair their relationships with food. I just think food can bring so much to your life. If you can appreciate food, you can be brought little bits of joy six times a day!"
Julia completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Arizona and is currently enrolled in an Addictions and Professional Counseling Master's program at Grand Canyon University. Julia enjoys the small community size at Mirasol that allows for individualized treatment of clients. She is grateful to be part of a dynamic team that brings a unique and holistic approach to treatment, and is fascinated by the diverse modalities that are offered at Mirasol. Julia's role as a supervisor is to uphold boundaries and create a safe environment for both clients and staff. Julia loves connecting with clients, bringing in humor when appropriate, and creating a grounding and supportive environment.
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.
Brandi graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and worked in customer service after college. But, she says, "I always wanted to do something related to behavioral health or social work." In 2013, Brandi came to work as an overnight counselor assistant at Mirasol, and gradually transitioned to day shifts. She was recently promoted to Lead Counselor Assistant at our adult residential program. Now in her fifth year at Mirasol, Brandi says it's the "opportunity to work with the women and to hear their stories" that keeps her interested and motivated. "I enjoy watching them go through the process of trying to heal themselves," she says. She also appreciates the strong team she has at Mirasol. "Everyone here is so dedicated. Their hearts are in their work."
Hannah received her training in marriage and family education, earning a BS in Behavioral Science with emphasis in Family Studies from Utah Valley University. She uses a systemic approach to eating disorders, and believes that treating mental illness is most successful when the individual, family and environment are viewed as functioning parts of a single organism. "I was drawn to Mirasol for its individualized and holistic approach to treatment," says Hannah, "and I'm m grateful for the passionate and talented healers I work with daily. My goal is to work with my amazing team to create a safe and nurturing environment for youth to heal and live authentically."
Alyssa became interested in working with this population after having found a special niche while working for a chiropractor. Running modalities on elderly folk seeking healing from chronic pain, she realized how many people hold shame and embarrassment about their bodies into old age. Having suffered from an eating disorder herself, she had a personal understanding of the process of recovery. The work of reclamation is where she finds the inspiration to show up and hold space for those in the process of finding freedom from limitation. Alyssa holds a BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is currently working toward a 200-hour yoga teacher certification.