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.
Sierra Ohrel, LPC
Sierra is a native Tucsonan. She has spent her entire life in love with nature, animals, and the process of being human. She believes in walking with people on their journey. That includes laughter, tears, and everything in between. Sierra has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Equine Assisted Mental Health. She specializes in trauma treatment through the lens of EMDR and honoring one's story. Sierra is a JourneyDance Facilitator, practices Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, is a P.A.T.H. Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, an Equine Specialist, and a practitioner of Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga. Sierra spends her free time enjoying the relationship with her horses, cooking, gardening, and spending quality time with family. She enjoys hosting retreats that support restoration and personal insight. She has spent her career helping people get back into their bodies through meditation, dance, expressive arts, and the horse-human interaction. Sierra believes whole-heartedly in what Mirasol offers. The principles and practices are very much how she lives her life.
Christian Moher, MD
Christian Moher is a Board-Certified Family Physician who believes very strongly in Integrated Care, the coordinated management of primary care and behavioral health care. He founded Escalera Health, an integrated care startup in Tucson, where primary care providers and mental health professionals work arm-in-arm to get the best results for their patients. He has been a physician for over 20 years, and has worked extensively in mental health since 2014, including work with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and substance use disorder, as well as the full spectrum of primary care issues. He believes the best outcomes are achieved when the patient is empowered to make their own health decisions with the support of a dedicated and integrated team of professionals. Mirasol is unequalled in its passion and excellence in treating eating disorders, and he is very excited for the opportunity to join this team. For his work on fighting the opiate crisis, in 2018 the National Council for Behavioral Health awarded him the National Physician of the Year, the first primary care doctor to receive this award. He is married to the amazing pediatrician Jennifer Moher, and is raising two incredible children. Outside of medicine, he writes and plays music and plays a ton of basketball (when not on quarantine).
Audel Ladas, MAC
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 Scott, MS, LAC, NCC
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".
Samantha Willy-Gravley, LMSW, MPH, RYT
Samantha grew up in the Sonoran Desert and the Chiricahua Mountains. A passion for living abroad, learning languages, dance, yoga and the outdoors led her on a journey of exploring what it is that heals humankind. Samantha's background is in somatic therapy. In 2012, she finished her 200-hour yoga certification, and since 2016, has worked on her 800-hour certification in Healing Emphasis Yoga at Inner Vision Yoga. Through a workshop with Janina Fischer, she found Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and completed level one training in 2019. She has a Master's in Clinical Social Work and in Public Health from Ohio State University, and has a diverse background of clinical and academic experiences working with teens and adults. Samantha's lens is trauma-informed, strengths-based, and social justice oriented. She believes that our mind/body/spirit systems have an innate ability to heal ourselves.
Ilene Yalen, MSRD
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.
Kat Saxe, MA, ST, RN
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".
Abigail Chesney is pleased to join the team at Mirasol Recovery Centers as Admissions Coordinator! With many years' experience in behavioral health, she has had the opportunity to experience all aspects of treatment, including program direction, case management, crisis intervention and admission/discharge coordination. Abigail prides herself on positive client care and outstanding compassionate customer service. Her hope is to guide clients and families through the admission and treatment process with support and kindness.
If you or a loved one is interested in recovery from an eating disorder, call Abigail today! She would love to hear from you and help!
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.
Stephanie Lindsay, BA
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!"
Alyssa Spungen, BA
Lead Counselor Assistant, PHP and IOP Programs
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. She is a YA registered 200-hour yoga instructor and is currently receiving training from the Institute for Dream Studies (IDS) to become a certified dreamworker.
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.