Executives

Kaleigh Hunsaker
Executive Director
Pinnacle Peak Peak Recovery, LLC
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As Executive Director, Kaleigh oversees the operations and administrative departments at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. Kaleigh previously served as Pinnacle Peak’s Director of Operations. In her new role, Kaleigh uses her remarkable organizational and leadership skills to manage housing, transportation, admissions and special events.

“I believe a foundational aspect of healing is for our clients to feel comfortable and secure in their living situation,” said Kaleigh. She is committed to creating a safe and comfortable space so clients can transition into a place of healing and lifelong recovery. Kaleigh inspires her team to create that space. As part of this process she helps people set expectations for their future living environments. She also enhances their sense of responsibility and pride in making living arrangements. “This prepares them for life outside of Pinnacle Peak Recovery,” says Kaleigh.

Kaleigh further contributes to the recovery community by facilitating 12-Step meetings in hospitals and other health institutions. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball and volleyball.

Clinical

Ashlea Taylor, MAS-MFT, LMFT
Clinical Director
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Ashlea is the Clinical Director for Pinnacle Peak Recovery. In this role, she manages the clinical staff and organizes and creates therapy curriculum to meet the unique needs of each person who walks through the door at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. Her broad experience includes being a shift supervisor at a crisis psychiatric hospital, program supervisor, and marriage and family therapist.

Pinnacle Peak Recovery is like a large family. To that end, we strongly encourage acceptance and growth. We also work to help people feel comfortable with themselves and their surroundings. In this environment, one can truly become themselves.

You also will find that the environment is laughter and fun filled.  “I strongly believe in a community/family approach, to therapy and that laughter is a key part of recovery. My goal is for clients to feel like they are a part of something and to create their own goals. From there, they learn how to find their own solutions,” remarked Taylor. “Through our holistic approach to healing the mind, body, and soul, we give clients the opportunity to understand who they are and who they are within the world. We then help them gain the tools they need to be successful in recovery and to meet their goals in life,” said Ashlea.

Ashlea earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Advanced Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Arizona State University. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  In her free time, she enjoys a bevy of activities. These include spending time with family, going to the movies and concerts, and being involved in church and community organizations. She also enjoys being a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Incorporated, whose vision is to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. She’s also a bit of a foodie.

Megan Smith, MSPC, LAC
Clinical Team Lead
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Megan Smith is one of the first people clients meet when they arrive at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. Her calming presence brings a sense of serenity to clients as they begin their treatment. In her role as Clinical Team Lead, Megan gets an overview of the client’s struggles through her bio-psychosocial evaluations. She is the first person that clients will entrust with their story upon arrival.

With five years’ experience in the behavioral health field, Megan has lead court ordered SA groups and provided counseling in Opioid Maintenance Therapy. She loves coming to work at Pinnacle Peak Recovery each day. She is inspired by clients who come here and want to change their life.

Megan’s personal philosophy toward recovery work is that a strong foundation and a community of support makes the difference for clients to maintain lifelong sobriety. “Pinnacle Peak Recovery is a special place that provides community and places a high level of respect and appreciation for clients. Furthermore, we assist clients in learning strong coping mechanisms and finding their place within the larger sober community.”

All therapists at Pinnacle Peak have earned Master’s Degrees, including Megan. She was awarded her Master in Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

During her time away from Pinnacle Peak, Megan enjoys an active lifestyle running and playing with her kids.

Primary Therapists

Raquel DeLuccia, MA, MAS-MFT, LAMFT
Primary Therapist
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Raquel DeLuccia is a primary therapist at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. She has 10 years of experience working in behavioral health with populations including co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health), severe mental illness, assessment/diagnosis, crisis stabilization and family systems/couples work.

When working with those who are addicted, Raquel believes in the importance of finding the root of that addiction and replacing it with healthy coping skills, self-soothing abilities and emotional intelligence.

Raquel has training in childhood and adult trauma and utilizes EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing); a therapy technique designed to work through and heal traumatic events impacting one’s ability to function at an optimal level.

Raquel is a dual Masters licensed clinician, trained in both Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. This education allows her to focus on the family generational patterns, social factors and environmental elements leading to addiction and mental health concerns.

Trisha Kelly, MAS-MFT, LAMFT
Primary Therapist
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Trisha serves as a Primary Therapist at Pinnacle Peak Recovery, specializing in systems theory, which uses the framework of how family of origin, environment, or culture impacts one’s worldview, identity, or presenting concern. In addition, she incorporates trauma education, motivational interviewing, and narrative modalities into each session.  In addition to individual therapy, Trisha holds process group therapy daily where she challenges clients to get comfortable with being uncomfortable without the need to use substances.

“I encourage authenticity with my clients and feel honored to be a part of their journey toward inner healing. My passion is empowering people, while being with them completely through their recovery process. Humor, honesty, and humanity are present in all my sessions.”

Trisha was awarded a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy from Arizona State University and is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. She holds certifications in PREPARE/ENICH (premarital counseling), Level 1 Training in Gottman Method couples therapy, and will achieve EMDR certification in January, 2017. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona.

In her free time, Trisha enjoys being active, traveling and maintaining a well-balanced life. Trisha was formally a professional dancer before pursuing the career of therapy.

Rhashanna McCombs, MS, LAC 
Primary Therapist
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Rhashanna serves as a Primary Therapist and provides individual counseling to clients at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. She also teaches a two-hour Process Group each day. In the group setting, Rhashanna talks with clients about what is important to their recovery, what holds someone back, and what is in their heart and mind.

She began her career with the Phoenix Fire Department Community Assistance Program counseling those in crisis. Later Rhashanna worked at Arizona’s Children Association to helping children and their parents, many of whom had addiction issues. She has been in the addiction treatment field for four years.

“I’m impressed with the strong and healthy family dynamics at Pinnacle Peak,” Rhashanna says. “Plus, we take a multi-systemic and multi-cultural approach to meet the needs of everyone here. In fact, clients come to our meetings and have input. They learn skills they can bring back to their own communities.”

Awarded a Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University, Rhashanna holds her Licensed Professional Counselor designation.

Rhashanna’s free time is filled with family activities with her husband, newborn and three-year old child. She is active at her church as a children’s teacher and choir member.

Krystal Paquette, MAS, LAMFT
Primary Therapist
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Krystal serves as Primary Therapist at Pinnacle Peak Recovery and focuses on the family system. With broad expertise and education in family therapy, Krystal believes in involving the family, when possible, in part of the treatment.

Her background includes working as a therapist for individuals who have Child Protective Services involved in their lives. As a prior Family Preservation Counselor with CPS, Krystal has worked with individuals with substance abuse, trauma, domestic violence and parenting issues.

In addition, to individual therapy, Krystal runs several of the groups at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. “My experience is marriage and family therapy. When you can, I think you need to treat the family system,” states Krystal. “It can make a difference in maintaining lifelong sobriety.”

Krystal has a B.S. in Psychology, a B.S. in Family and Human Development and was awarded a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. All of her degrees were earned from Arizona State University.

Krystal is from Arizona and loves spending her down time with family.

Group Facilitators

katie-thiesKatie Thies, BA
Group Facilitator
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Katie facilitates our Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ curriculum and also leads art therapy and yoga groups at Pinnacle Peak Recovery.  She has an extensive background in movement and art, and creatively intertwines these practices into her coaching. She is a skilled workshop facilitator and an accomplished public speaker.

Experienced with coaching live workshops and working with individual clients, her special areas of interest include Perfectionism, Codependency, Anxiety, Stress, Fear of Failure, Creativity, Authenticity, Movement, Addiction Recovery, Experiential Group Coaching & Workshops.

Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. She is a certified life coach, member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF).

Admissions

Todd Epley
Director of Admissions
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Todd serves as an Admissions Specialist at Pinnacle Peak Recovery.  Todd has personally overcome drug addiction and has a passion for helping people begin their own journey of recovery. The first step is getting into treatment. He understands that the process of selecting the right treatment center can be a very confusing and scary time. Helping individuals and families through this process is where Todd shines.

Todd has held both management and admissions positions at well-renowned treatment centers in Arizona. In this role, he draws upon both his professional and personal experiences to help clients and families through this difficult time.

In his free time, Todd enjoys reading and playing golf along with staying connected to the strong recovery community in the Scottsdale area and helping others to live a healthy and sober life.   

Todd is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Arizona State University.

Sean Scull
Admissions Coordinator
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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With a passion for helping people navigate the sometimes confusing and scary process to seek treatment, Sean brings comfort and ease to individuals coming to Pinnacle Peak Recovery. As Admissions Coordinator, Sean is one of the first people clients come into contact with both on the phone and in person.

Sean is passionate about his job, “I’ve found my calling in the treatment field. Pinnacle Peak is the best place I’ve ever worked.” He started his career eighteen months ago in the transportation department.

Sean was raised in Phoenix, is a big sports fan, and loves playing all types of sports.

Allison Stella
Intake / Alumni Coordinator 
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Pinnacle Peak Recovery has found that clients feel more comfortable and have a higher rate of success if they have someone to guide them through the treatment process. As Intake Coordinator, Alison greets each client upon arrival and assists them with the intake process. From there, she introduces them to their primary therapist, case manager, and other staff that will play a role in their individual treatment program. Alison’s focus is to be sure that Pinnacle Peak Recovery is meeting its goal of providing a point of contact for clients and effective client communication.

As Alumni Relations Coordinator, Alison creates a community for clients who have discharged from Pinnacle Peak Recovery. Whether clients are based locally or live across the country, Alison maintains a connection.

Through overcoming her own struggles with addiction, Alison became passionate about helping others navigate the process of working through their individual treatment plan. She understands that the first step can be scary and there will always be questions along the way. Alison welcomes questions and concerns on the path to recovery.   

In her free time, Alison enjoys working with other women in recovery, playing volleyball, continuing to grow and enjoying life sober.

Utilization and Review

Meagan Fregeau, MA, LAC
Utilization Review Coordinator
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Meagan is the Utilization Review Specialist with Pinnacle Peak Recovery.  In this role, she reviews insurance policies and claims related to recovery at Pinnacle Peak. She works with individual insurance companies to ensure each client is getting the most benefit from their policy to meet their individual needs. Meagan enjoys her role in collaborating with insurance companies.

“When clients know that they have someone working with the insurance companies on their behalf,” she says, “it becomes one less thing for them to worry about and allows them to focus more fully on healing and recovery.”

Meagan excels as a member of Pinnacle Peak Recovery’s multi-disciplinary team. As a Licensed Associate Counselor, she assists our clinical team with new admissions. As such, she just may be among the first people that you meet during your stay.

“It’s very fulfilling to me to be able to merge my clinical skills with my passion for helping those seeking treatment to obtain the services they need to recover from addiction and to create the life of their dreams,” she says.

Meagan has worked in the behavioral health field for over 10 years, practicing as a therapist and later as a clinical director. Her focus includes substance abuse, domestic violence, and grief.  She also spent time working with children in the foster care system. 

Meagan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University.

Stephanie Herd
Billing Specialist 
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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Stephanie works as our billing specialist in order to ensure that each client’s treatment is properly billed to the appropriate party. She works closely with both clients and insurance companies to organize and review explanation of benefits and authorization for patient admissions. Her goal is to make sure that each client receives the best care possible without unnecessary cost or financial burden to them or their families.

She has over three years of experience in the substance abuse treatment field and has worked for multiple nationally renowned treatment programs during her career. Stephanie has significant experience in multiple aspects of the behavioral health field including operations, clinical and financial. She thoroughly enjoys working in a field where people are given the chance to work on themselves and change their lives for the better.

When she is not at work Stephanie enjoys live music, taking trips back to her home state of New Jersey to spend time with her family and hanging out with her dog Augie.

Case Managers

james-drewnowskiJames Drewnowski, BHT, BA
Case Manager
Pinnacle Peak Peak Recovery, LLC
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James Drewnowski is a Case Manager with Pinnacle Peak Recovery.  James is among the first people that our clients meet upon arrival. He works with individuals to create their very own road map to recovery, introduces them to our highly qualified team of experts, and continues to work them with right through completion of their recovery program. Case managers often serve as a liaison between clients and families, as well.

With more than five years of experience working in drug and alcohol treatment centers as well as the mentally-impaired community, James has a strong background in assisting patients in their transition from inpatient settings into the community.  

He is a certified peer support and a behavioral health technician credentialed with the state of Arizona.  With both professional experience and personal experience in overcoming his own struggles with addiction, James brings a unique a set of insights and perspectives to the table. His deep understanding of addiction and recovery allows him to meet clients where they are,  giving him the ability to assist them throughout the recovery process. His passion lies in helping people succeed in treatment so that they can live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kean University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Kristen Riley
Case Manager
Pinnacle Peak Recovery, LLC
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As Case Manager, Kristen sees clients almost the moment they arrive at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. She helps clients navigate day-to-day activities and attend to their needs. She also, in conjunction with the client, plans discharge. Kristen’s experience in behavioral health and addiction treatment — from admissions to detox — gives her a solid background to relate to clients.

Kristen says, “the greatest thing about Pinnacle Peak Recovery is that we look at clients not just as clients, but as someone’s brother, sister, friend, daughter, or son.”

In her work with clients, Kristen arranges for doctor appointments, meetings with sponsors, and carefully plans activities upon discharge. Knowing that thoughtful discharge planning is integral to continuing sobriety, Kristen aligns clients with therapists, job opportunities and meetings in their new home location.

Kristen holds an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency from Rio Salado Community College. She also has a certification in Peer Support.

Outside of work, Kristen is passionate about her own recovery, family, and her cats. She loves reading and indoor gardening.

Medical

Dr. Steven J. Locnikar 
Medical Director 
Pinnacle Peak Peak Recovery, LLC
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Steven J. Locnikar, DO has over 10 years experience in addiction medicine and is a Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He has also been Board Certified in Otolaryngology.

Dr. Steven Locnikar was one of the most successful reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons in the state of Arizona throughout the 1990s into early 2000. However, during that time he developed a substance addiction that ultimately consumed his personal and professional life.

Ironically, after successfully completing extensive inpatient drug and alcohol treatment he returned to the practice of medicine and chose to dedicate the remainder of his personal and professional life to the treatment of others suffering from similar addictions.

This special blend of personal experience and extensive medical/surgical knowledge has allowed him to provide his patients with the very best in cutting edge medical addiction treatment in a compassionate and empathetic environment which is immediately evident upon his first encounter.

He has served as Medical Director of several substance abuse treatment centers and hospitals in Arizona: Inpatient, Outpatient, Detoxification, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient Hospitalization. He has vast amount of experience in all transition phases of the treatment process.

Dr. Steven Locnikar is renowned for providing cutting edge detoxification from all substances of abuse or dependence. He has deep understanding of the detoxification process (both professional and personal) and finds the least painful and safest manner to detox his patients in a compassionate environment. He also provides advance techniques and support for relapse prevention.

In addition, he is also one of the pioneers of medication assisted abstinence therapy with the naltrexone implant.

Sheryl Skinner, RN MSN FNP-Bc
Nurse Practitioner
Pinnacle Peak Peak Recovery, LLC
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Sheryl Skinner is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Addiction Medicine and Primary Care.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at Arizona State University.  She continued her education and has completed a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and then became Nationally Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She is certified and has advanced clinical training in Primary Care and Addiction Medicine, providing medical care and treating those individuals suffering from the Disease of Addiction, Alcoholism, and other Substance Abuse Disorders, including the use of Suboxone and Subutex for opioid dependence and detox.

She is best known for her ability to assess the needs of her patients and treat them accordingly.  She approaches each patient, and their unique situations and health care concerns, with compassion and kindness.  She understands the addicted brain, and can easily deliver the appropriate and indicated treatment.  She is best known for her logical, ethical and common sense approach to health care.  She values honesty and integrity and she works hard in her patient practice to deliver the very best care possible for each patient.  Her main goal is to share her belief that an integrated and holistic approach to health care, by treating the mind, body and soul, will lead to a better, overall healthier life for the patient’s she serves.

Erica Jhinnu, BS, ADN
Medical Manager 
Pinnacle Peak Peak Recovery, LLC
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Erica works closely with our medical providers to ensure that each client receives the medical care that they need. Upon their arrival each client’s needs are evaluated, medications are filled, and appropriate follow-up appointments are set. The medical team collaborates with all other departments to collect and report all pertinent information on clients to provide individualized treatment plans.

Erica’s career encompasses both of her passions: recovery and the medical field. She is able to help people get medically stable and address their pressing medical concerns in hopes to make them more comfortable in treatment. She believes that once the body can physically heal and feel better, the mind is more apt to embrace recovery. In recovery herself, Erica is grateful to be on the front lines and loves witnessing people’s transformations into a better life. In her personal time Erica likes to spend quality time with her family, attend recovery-related events and go to comedy shows.

Erica has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University as well as an associates degree in nursing from Carrington College.

Jill Holland
Medical Assistant
Pinnacle Peak Peak Recovery, LLC
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Jill works as our medical assistant and coordinates with the rest of the medical staff to ensure the physical well-being and comfort of all our patients. She organizes daily medical tasks such as urine analysis and vitals for each of the patients as well as other various medical tasks. She also coordinates with the support staff to make sure that the clients are sleeping and eating well.

Jill has been working in the medical field for over 3 years and enjoys the close interaction with Pinnacle Peak Recovery’s clients every day. She has been in recovery herself for 6 years and has a passion not only for caring for our clients’ medical needs, but she also enjoys sharing her own experience, strength and hope with them. In her free time Jill loves playing with her puppy “Georgie” and working out.

She was awarded her medical assistant certificate from Valley Career College in 2008.

Human Resources

Lorraine Dye
Human Resources Director
Pinnacle Peak Peak Recovery, LLC
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In addition to complying with local, state and federal human resource laws and protocols, as Human Resource Director, Lorraine helps new employees gain the skills and knowledge needed to become effective and skilled in their individual roles here at Pinnacle Peak Recovery. As well, she develops policies and procedures to ensure that information is handled in a smooth, efficient and confidential manner.  

“The thing I like most about working at Pinnacle Peak is that this is more than a place to work. It’s a place where like-minded people who care about one another and our clients come together to create a place of healing,” said Lorraine.  “I understand what is like to struggle with and then overcome addiction. I’m amazed by the love and care that so many of our staff bring to the table every day. Lives change here. I’m honored to be a part of that,” said Dye.

When not at work, Lorraine enjoys outdoor activities, live music and strengthening her spirituality.