Robert is an individual who is intensely committed to, and passionate about, helping others achieve a healthy, balanced, productive, and happier life in recovery. A graduate of Old Dominion University, he is an active participant in the local recovery community and brings his passion for helping others to Clean Adventures. Robert believes the transitional IOP model is a level of care necessary in order for the recovering addict and/or alcoholic to learn how to live life on lifes terms clean and sober. He understands that a firm foundation in the 12 steps, coupled with the tools necessary to confront and address irrational thoughts and behaviors, is the cornerstone to achieving sustained recovery and a better life. Robert himself is a member of the Prescott recovery community and an example of success in recovery. A Northern Virginia native, he resides locally in the Prescott area with his wife, son and daughter.
R.J., born and raised in Southern California, has called Prescott home since 2007. R.J. has worked in the treatment industry in many capacities from Residential Director to CEO and has a passion for helping those in recovery from substance abuse. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and shooting sports. And you’ll never see him without Harley, his handsome pitbull.
Kemper A. Burt has been working in the addictions field for over 10 years. While attending night and weekend classes for his substance abuse certification in California, Mr. Burt started managing sober living homes. After working in California for several facilities, Mr. Burt Moved to Prescott Arizona where he became involved with program development and business management in the addictions field. Mr. Burt has visited with some of the top facilities in the US. During this time he developed a sense about what he would like to see in a treatment facility. After meeting with Robert Patton, Mr. Burt found that they possessed the same vision and they formed Clean Adventures. Helping young men and women gain the tools necessary for recovery is life fulfilling work for Mr. Burt.
McCarthy began working at Clean Adventures as the Compliance Officer in November of 2013. In 2016, she transitioned into to the position of Assistant Program Director and JCAHO Compliance, after Clean Adventures underwent the Joint Commission survey process. She is an active member of Prescott’s recovery community, specifically through service work at her home group. McCarthy moved from Phoenix to Prescott in 2005, to enjoy the small-town atmosphere, outdoor activities and four seasons that Prescott has to offer.
Charlene was born and raised locally here in Prescott, AZ, and is a graduate of Yavapai College. As an individual she has felt the impact addiction can make on a person’s family, as well as themselves. Growing up in the area, she has also seen the difference a program like ours can make to the recovery community and is delighted to be a part of our program. She and her husband recently welcomed a daughter. They enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and hiking, as well as enjoying local family events.
Ryan began his recovery journey in October of 2002. Shortly after, Ryan moved from the California Central Coast to Prescott, AZ to attend a men’s extended care program. After completing the program Ryan was able to reconnect with the outdoors while working at youth camp here in Prescott. While at the camp Ryan began guiding whitewater rafting trips in the Grand Canyon. These trips helped Ryan to realize the positive impact outdoor experiences had on his own recovery, as well as a passion to share the benefits that outdoor experiences with other people in early recovery.
Ryan’s experiences include working as lead wilderness guide at a substance abuse recovery center, working as a Primary Therapist for two years at a substance abuse recovery center, founding a 501c-3 Non-Profit organization, with his wife, to provide outdoor education and adventure based activities, and acting as Executive Director of that organization.
Justin is originally from Long Island, New York. He began his journey of recovery in 2015 as a client at Clean Adventures. Since that time he’s developed an intense passion for recovery and shares his experience to help men, afflicted with the same condition, recover. He focuses on teaching life skills, building a healthy community, while reinforcing the principles of recovery. He is involved in the local recovery community and hopes to serve as a positive role model for the clients at Clean Adventures.
Rick began his journey into sobriety in 2012 as a client at Clean Adventures. Because of this life-changing experience, and his profound gratitude to the CA program, he started working here after graduating, as a house manager. Later, Rick held other positions such as New Client Orientation Specialist and then as the Director of Family Communication. In his current role, he enjoys promoting Clean Adventures with an unmistakable level of enthusiasm and working with individuals and families who are interested in learning more about entering into the program. Rick is happily married and has two sons who are both taller than him. Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.
Ben came to Prescott, AZ in 2016 after attending numerous addiction treatment programs in the south Florida area. While attending Clean Adventures, he was able to get reconnected to the great outdoors, learn healthy ways to cope with the traumatic events in his life, and learn how to have fun in recovery without drugs and alcohol. He is Wilderness First Responder certified and now he gets to use his passion for the great outdoors and helping people to assist in showing our clients how to have fun without the need for substances. In his spare time, Ben enjoys rock climbing, camping, and anything else that gets him outside and into nature.
She opened her private practice in 2010. Prior to opening her practice, she served as the Medical Director of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, and has practiced in Prescott for 18 years. She was one of 41 psychiatrists nationally awarded the 2009 “Exemplary Psychiatrist” award by NAMI (the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). She works with patients suffering from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance dependence, developmental disabilities and psychotic disorders. She is Board Certified in psychiatry and works with adults and adolescents 13 and up. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.
For 30 years, Dr. Ruzzo has been a therapist, teacher, and consultant in all aspects of treating substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling, Teaching and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University, has personal experience with recovery, and specializes in the treatment of co-dependency issues that often accompany substance use, anxiety and mood disorders.
Wes Kitchens is a master’s level therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field of addiction therapy. Additionally, Wes presents over 30 years of personal recovery using a 12 step model. Wes has been involved in every aspect of treatment including inpatient, residential, and transitional living. His therapeutic approach is founded on 12 Step principles with a heavy emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Healing. He believes that given enough education and direction, an addict and/or alcoholic has the ability to choose a course of recovery resulting in a better life. Wes is an active member of the Prescott recovery community, and serves as the Prescott AA Intergroup Chairman. Wes is a Dallas, Texas native, and resides locally in the Prescott area.
Shay Shapiro holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Somatic Psychology from Prescott College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Somatic Psychology and Ecopsychology from Western Washington University. In addition, Shay is adjunct faculty for Prescott College, located in Prescott, AZ, teaching in their Master of Science in counseling program, focusing on teaching counseling students about the implications and effects of trauma on the body-brain system, disseminating cutting edge research on the neurobiology of trauma, addiction, and unsustainable socioeconomic forces.
Prior to joining the Clean Adventures team she worked for over four years as a clinician in a community mental health setting serving adults, families, and children both individually and in groups who were challenged with severe mental illness, substance abuse, and socioeconomic disadvantages.
Shay’s counseling approaches honor the whole self of the client and the community in which the client is embedded. She is trauma-informed, client-centered, and community-focused, recognizing the efficacy of supporting a client in utilizing their strengths as coping skills, their wounds as teachers, and their authentic voice and growing fellowship to grow into responsible and caring human beings who want to build a better and more socially just world.
Lastly, Shay’s 11 years of professional experience as a licensed massage therapist brings to her therapeutic approach an understanding of how psychological and physiological effects of sustained stress and substance abuse will show up in the body. This unique experience adds an element of utilizing assessment of a client’s posture, gait, vocal tone, and physical expression as a healing and guiding tool. She is honored to work with her clients and support their journey back to wholeness and sobriety.
Donna Castaneda holds a bachelor’s degree from Prescott College and will be obtaining her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University, for Substance Abuse Counseling, in April of 2019. Donna has been working in the treatment industry for the last 8 years in several capacities, including Women’s Program Director at Chapter 5 Treatment and inpatient work at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as the 12 Steps. Donna has 10 years of personal recovery herself. She is excited to share her personal experience, strength and hope with all who want to achieve a better life.