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MEET THE TEAM

That Will Change your Life

Our esteemed team at The Summit comprises an exceptional assembly of dedicated professionals, each committed to providing the highest standard of care in the realm of mental health and substance abuse recovery.   Our distinguished staff includes seasoned clinicians, accomplished therapists, and wellness experts, all united by a shared passion for guiding individuals toward transformative healing. Renowned for their expertise and compassionate approach, our staff members bring a wealth of experience in evidence-based therapies, holistic practices, and personalized treatment strategies. Their unwavering commitment to the well-being of our residents is reflected in every interaction, creating an environment where trust, empathy, and genuine connection thrive.   With a focus on fostering resilience and empowerment, our team is not only dedicated to addressing immediate challenges but also to inspiring lasting change, laying the groundwork for a future marked by sustained well-being and personal fulfillment.

MEET YOUR

Operations Team

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Chris Drake

Director of Operations

Chris focuses on enhancing daily operations to provide a top-tier client experience. Chris’s extensive background spans a variety of leadership roles, including National, Regional, and Executive positions in the nonprofit and private sectors, specifically focusing on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services. Chris’s professional journey is driven by a deep-seated passion for serving the individual needs of those in recovery. He is committed to making sure clients’ needs are not only heard and understood but also supported and fulfilled by the team he leads. This client-centered approach has been a guiding principle throughout his career.

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Ryan Jongeward

Director of Admissions

With seven years of experience in substance abuse treatment, he is a professional known for guiding families through the admissions process with understanding and effortless compassion. Dedicated to making a positive impact, Ryan has been instrumental in providing support to individuals and their families on the journey to recovery.

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Clinical Team

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Dr. Abraham Sayegh

MD

Medical Director

Dr. Sayegh was raised in New York where he trained at NYU Brooklyn campus in Brooklyn, NY and continued to become board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Sayegh's extensive 38-year career in substance abuse treatment enriches The Summit with invaluable experience, elevating its mission. With 16 years of personal recovery, Dr. Sayegh not only brings professional expertise but also a profound empathy from his own journey. His firsthand understanding lends a depth of insight into the struggles faced by those battling addiction.

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Nicole Morin

MMS, PA-C

Psychiatry PA

Nicole is a nationally certified physician assistant committed to delivering comprehensive and collaborative care. Graduating with honors in Health and Human Sciences from the University of Southern California, she later earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University after relocating to Arizona. Nicole is passionate about providing integrated care using evidence-based medicine. She advocates for her patients with an understanding and compassionate approach, ensuring their well-being is prioritized.

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Linda Roche

MA

Client Advocacy Director

Over the past five years, Linda has dedicated herself to guiding individuals on their journey to self-improvement and personal growth. She is committed to providing unwavering support to her clients in every way possible. Drawing from her own profound four-year recovery experience, she leverages her insights and empathy to help others navigate their own paths towards healing and empowerment.

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Matthew King

MS, LPC, CGTE

Clinical Director

Matthew serves as Clinical Director to The Summit, bringing over 15 years of dedicated experience in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. Leading with expertise and compassion, Matthew oversees the implementation of evidence-based clinical programs, ensuring adherence to the highest standards of care. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Group Therapy Expert, Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge in various therapeutic modalities. His dedication to excellence and client-centered care is evident in his commitment to fostering a supportive environment where every individual's needs are not only heard and understood but also met with compassion and understanding. His leadership ensures that The Summit remains at the forefront of delivering transformative care for those seeking recovery.

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Janice Fairbank

LISAC, LAC, SAP

Primary Therapist

With over twelve and a half years in recovery and six years of professional experience in the field, Janice Fairbank brings a wealth of personal insight and expertise to her role as Primary Therapist at Summit Sanctuary. Her journey through recovery has not only shaped her into a compassionate advocate but also provided her with the practical skills and knowledge essential for supporting others on their path to healing. Janice's empathetic nature and ability to connect with clients on a personal level make her an invaluable member of the Summit Sanctuary team. Janice continuously enhances her expertise through ongoing education and training, staying current with the latest advancements in recovery practices. In her spare time, Janice enjoys engaging in mindfulness practices, participating in community outreach programs, and sharing her story to inspire and empower others in their recovery journey. Her passion and dedication to the field are evident in every aspect of her work, making her a beacon of hope and resilience for those she supports. Summit Sanctuary is proud to have Janice Fairbank as part of their team, where she continues to make a profound impact on the lives of those in recovery.

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Dr. Laura Rubiales

ND, LAc

Acupuncturist

Dr. Laura Rubiales is a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist who has been practicing since 2001. She has had extensive experiencing treating mental health conditions and PTSD. At the Summit Sanctuary, she is providing community acupuncture, individual acupuncture sessions and naturopathic consultations to support nutritional, hormonal and neurotransmitter balance. She has trained with the Center for Mind Body Medicine and often offers visualization during acupuncture treatments to support the subconscious in deeper healing. Dr. Rubiales greatly appreciates The Summit Sanctuary’s holistic approach and beautiful setting of deep peace and is happy to be part of the team to support people’s path into healthier lives.

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Dr. Roland Segal 

MD

Psychiatrist

Graduating from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Dr. Roland Segal pursued his general psychiatry training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Segal further refined his skills through a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Segal has more than 10 years of clinical, administrative, executive and forensic experience. With double board certification in General and Forensic Psychiatry, Dr. Segal brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. He served as the Chief Medical Officer at Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, president of the Arizona Psychiatric Society, chair of the legislative committee. Dr. Segal is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, where he regularly teaches medical students and residents. Dr. Segal values objectivity, morality, ethics, mindfulness, and cultural awareness in a diverse society. His unwavering commitment to comprehensive psychiatric care serves as a testament to his dedication to enhancing the lives of his clients at the Summit Sanctuary.

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Ernest Mall

BSN, RN

Director of Nursing

Ernest brings a wealth of experience and passion to our team at The Summit Sanctuary. Originally from Chicago, IL, Ernest made his mark in the medical field after moving to the Phoenix area in 2011 with his wife and two sons. Having graduated from Chamberlain University, Ernest's professional journey has been deeply rooted in both medical and behavioral health specialties. However, it was his unwavering commitment to addressing the often-overlooked realm of mental health that led him to specialize as a psychiatric mental health nurse. Ernest firmly believes that mental health deserves equal attention as physical well-being. Through his work, he endeavors to support individuals facing mental health challenges, offering compassionate care and advocating for greater awareness and understanding in our society.

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Holistic Care Providers

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Jonathan Eysho

Body Mechanic

Jonathan is a dedicated personal trainer, movement specialist, and energy worker who compassionately supports individuals in their rehabilitation journey. He provides customized fitness programs to address physical limitations and prevent re-injury, while his expertise in movement correction enhances strength, flexibility, and endurance. By incorporating energy work, Jonathan promotes emotional and mental healing, reducing stress and improving overall well-being. His holistic approach ensures comprehensive and sustainable recovery, fostering both physical health and mental resilience.

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Carolyn Blackmon

Yoga Instructor

Carolyn is a compassionate and highly skilled instructor who specializes in addiction recovery, mental health, and trauma. With extensive experience practicing and teaching various styles of yoga in diverse environments, she believes that yoga and meditation offer unique benefits to everyone. Through her own journey, Carolyn has found soul healing, community, mental rest, and physical nourishment, and she aspires to provide the same transformative experiences for her students. Recognizing her passion for supporting those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, Carolyn completed Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training through Soul Work in early 2021. Her expertise lies in stress and anxiety release classes, yoga nidra, guided meditations, and mindful movement sessions. Carolyn's classes are infused with wisdom and inspiration, empowering students to carry the benefits of their practice beyond the mat and into their daily lives.

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Mea Savage

Equine Instructor

Mea is a dedicated equine instructor at The Summit Sanctuary with a lifelong passion for horses and a deep commitment to helping people. Her extensive experience with horses enables her to facilitate transformative equine therapy sessions. Equine therapy offers numerous mental health benefits, including improved trust, communication skills, and emotional resilience. Mea's compassionate approach creates a supportive environment for clients to heal and grow. Her dedication to harnessing the healing power of equine therapy makes her an invaluable member of The Summit Sanctuary team, guiding individuals on their journey to mental wellness and recovery.

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Kelsey Jackson

Yoga Instructor

Kelsey, a 500 Hour RYT, has been teaching recovery based yoga for 6 years, and holds multiple fitness certifications, including Life Coach and Nutrition Coach. Born and raised in Arizona, Kelsey teaches intuitive Vinyasa-based classes that connect breath with movement, fostering creativity, strength, and healing in a supportive environment. Her passion in life is to help cultivate the uniqueness of every individual and hold a safe space for growth + healing. She is honored to share this magical experience of yoga with others and guide clients of The Summit Sanctuary through their own unique journey.

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Gretchen Seek

Yoga Instructor

Gretchen has been practicing yoga since 2002 purely for health benefits. It wasn’t until she went through her own battle with alcoholism that she was able to find the mind and spirit part of the practice. Her yoga practice quickly bloomed into a precious meditation practice as well as energy work and Reiki treatments. After treatment, Gretchen was encouraged to get her yoga teaching certification. Since then, she has been devoting her superpowers to recovery centers, sharing the gift of yoga and meditation that was so lovingly shared with her. The meditative side of yoga did not come easy for Gretchen, but she found out what works for her. Practice makes progress. Now she knows that it is her purpose on this planet to help others feel the power, freedom, and self-love that comes with yoga & meditation.

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Guillermo Ibanez

Head Chef

Guillermo is a talented chef at The Summit Sanctuary who believes in the healing power of food. His culinary creations not only nourish the body but also provide comfort and joy, contributing to a holistic healing experience. Born in the culinary-rich landscape of Argentina, Guillermo's passion for grilling meat stems from his cultural heritage. His culinary journey is marked by a deep love for Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisines, which he has mastered through years of dedicated practice and exploration. Guillermo’s commitment to culinary excellence and his understanding of food's therapeutic potential plays a vital role in fostering a nurturing and restorative environment.

Chris Drake, Director of Operations, The Summit Sanctuary
Ryan Jongeward, Director of Admissions, The Summit Sanctuary, Arizona
Dr Paula Brungardt, Psychiatrist, The Summit Sanctuary
Dr Abe Sayegh, Medical Director, The Summit Sanctuary, Scottsdale, Arizona
All Hands In

"In the realm of mental health, teamwork isn't just beneficial—it's essential. Together, we can break down stigma, offer support, and cultivate environments of understanding."

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