• OUR STAFF
  • OUR THERAPISTS
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    ROBERT PATTON – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    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.

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    KEMPER BURT – CEO

    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.

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    RYAN McNAMARA – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    R.J., born and raised in Southern California, came to Prescott after learning the hard way that simply abstaining from drugs and alcohol was not the solution. It wasn’t until working the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that he learned he could be happier than ever imagined and stay sober. R.J. came to Prescott in search of a better life and discovered a true passion for helping others.  R.J’s own life experience has been the key component in assisting young men and women learn how to stay sober.

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    MCCARTHY COX – PROGRAM DIRECTOR/JCAHO COMPLIANCE

    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.

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    EVAN DILLON – DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AND MARKETING

    Evan has worked as a team member of a marketing firm for several years prior to working at Clean Adventures. He is experienced in public relations, customer service and marketing. Evan’s passion to help others find hope and fulfillment in life comes from his own experience with struggle and perseverance. Evan started working for Clean Adventures because he believes that recovery is just as much about hard work as it is about having fun and that is exactly what Clean Adventures is all about. In his spare time Evan enjoys snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing and exploring the outdoors with his family and friends.

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    CHARLENE DIAZ – OFFICE ADMIN / HR

    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.

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    RYAN SMITH – ADVENTURE DIRECTOR

    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.

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    BRIAN PROVOST – FAMILY SERVICES COORDINATOR

    Brian’s alcohol and drug dependency started when he was 21 years of age.  For the first few years it was somewhat manageable and he was always able to maintain steady employment and keep relationships with his family and friends.  After many years of drug and alcohol abuse, however, Brian was rendered homeless and hopeless, burning almost every bridge he had.   He came to Prescott, AZ in August 2014 in order to get help and stop suffering from his drug and alcohol addiction.  By the grace of God and with the help of his family and friends, Brian has been sober since August 9th, 2014.  Brian began work for Clean Adventures as a house manager in August of 2016.  Since then he has stepped into the role of Residential Director and Director of Family Services, providing residential support and communication with our clients’ families.  Brian is also a student at Yavapai Community College actively pursuing his degree in nursing.  Recovery is possible!

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    JUSTIN PRICE – RESIDENTIAL SUPERVISOR

    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.

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    JUSTIN BAKER – COMPLIANCE OFFICER

    After coming from an addictive lifestyle in California Justin found hope in Prescott. As a graduate of this program he understands the level of commitment it requires to succeed in Clean Adventures and the community.  In his free time he enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding.

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    SUSANNA SMITH, RN – STAFF REGISTERED NURSE

    Susanna moved to Prescott in 2010 to attend Yavapai College’s Nursing program while still struggling with her own addiction and alcoholism. After many difficult situations she was able to finally obtain serenity through recovery and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in October 2013. Because of her own personal experience Susanna was able to hone her abilities and found passion for the medical case management and patient advocacy fields and has worked in the recovery field since.
    Susanna is the Staff Registered Nurse at Clean Adventures and believes in the holistic care of our clients. She fully understands that recovery requires a multi-faceted approach including therapy, intensive 12 step work, and physical well-being. She helps coordinate with our clients to determine what their medical needs are through assessment and education. She helps our clients to understand what self-care is.
    Susanna is active in the recovery community in Prescott holding service positions as well as working with newcomer women. Her passion for recovery and her compassion for struggling addicts and alcoholics helps bring both empathy and professionalism to her role within the team at Clean Adventures.

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    JOHN SMITH – ADVENTURE GUIDE

    John Smith started his recovery journey in 2015 in Prescott Arizona after living an addictive lifestyle in Memphis Tennessee. John found the Great Outdoors through attending Clean Adventures. John found that his passion is the Great Outdoors and helping people in recovery. He is Wilderness First Responder certified and shows people in early recovery that it can be fun to be sober. John enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, white water river rafting, and anything that gets John into the outdoors.

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    BEN WILLS – ADVENTURE GUIDE

    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.

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    TERRY VAUGHAN, M.D. – MEDICAL DIRECTOR

    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.

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    Laura Oliver, MS, LPC, NCC, CT – Clinical Director

    Laura holds a Master’s of Science degree with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Counseling, both Summa Cum Laude. She is Licensed Professional Counselor by the state of Arizona, Nationally Certified Counselor, an EMDRI approved EMDR Clinician, Certified Clinical Traumatologist, Life Coach, Clinical Trauma Professional, Domestic Violence Response Specialist, SoulCollage© Facilitator, and a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Educator.

    Additionally, she has concentrations in grief and expressive arts therapy interventions in both undergraduate and graduate studies and is a practicing visual artist represented in local galleries in Prescott, Az.

    Working through a trauma-informed, person-centered lens, Laura approaches client care from a compassionate, strengths-based context and works in collaboration with clients to foster self-efficacy, empowerment, and comprehensive emotional wellness. Educationally focused, she will continue to build her arsenal of skill-sets to support and inform excellent client care at Clean Adventures.

    Laura is a member of The American Counseling Association, EMDRIA, The Granite Mountain Psychological Association, The International Expressive Arts Association, and The International Association for Trauma Professionals.

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    Wes Kitchens, MEd., LCDC, LISAC – Primary Therapist

    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.

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    Shay Shapiro, MS – Primary Therapist

    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.

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    Kevin Earnst, MA – Primary Therapist

    Kevin Earnst has a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling and a passion to help people empower themselves to reach their fullest potential and have healthier lives. Kevin has worked in the behavioral health field for almost 20 years focusing in the area of youth and family. His experience has been with a variety of populations in settings including Outpatient Treatment, Residential, Community mental health, online counseling services and Faith based organizations. He has been focusing on the field of addiction therapy for the past 6 years.

    His approach in working with addictions includes, Person Centered Therapy, CBT, Spirituality, Strength Based and Relational driven therapies.

    Kevin is also a Tribal Therapist for the Havasupai reservation in Northern Arizona providing substance abuse Counseling and education. He is originally from Southwest Michigan and is a musician and a writer and loves the outdoors. He lives in Prescott Valley with his family and has been in Arizona for 13 years.