Staff - Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center
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Finding the appropriate addiction treatment for you or your loved one’s specific needs can be challenging. Substance abuse rehab is not a “one size fits all” type of healthcare experience.

Daniel Nichols

Clinical Director, Co-Founder


15 years behavioral health and substance abuse experience. Previous duties Clinical Director of TASC, Clinical Lead at Community Bridges, Counselor and Social Worker for inpatient residential facilities. Licensed Clinical Social with a Master in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from ASU.

Shawn Mikiska

Clinical Operations Manager, Co-Founder

Shawn Mikisia has worked in the recovery field for over 20 years, and brings a wealth of personal experience, having sobered up himself in 1988 at the age of 17. As one of Scottsdale Providence’s co-founders, he is deeply committed to each client’s success, and has extensive experience working in both inpatient and outpatient capacities. He offers ongoing support and serves as a bridge connecting clients to the larger recovery community – helping clients build relationships that will support them long after they leave treatment. He is a staunch believer that anyone suffering from addiction can recover, and takes pride in watching people recreate their lives.

Alex Porter

Chief Operations Officer

Alex is a behavioral health technician with experience as site supervisor and program coordinator. He has a BIS in Psychology and Sociology from ASU with field experience in social work and non-profit agencies that are designed to help clients to a meaningful and sober life.

Taliah Tsunis

Chief Administrator, Co-Founder

Taliah is a compassionate client advocacy specialist assisting who works as a one on one guide to helping people face the hurdles and struggles of the recovery process. She continues to build trust and relations with clients and families that have endured long past their time in treatment.

Tim Fitzpatrick

Operations Manager

Tim comes from a family in recovery. He is a support staff member for our clients who handles the management of daily operations. He has a presence with the clients during their daily activities ranging from someone to talk with about issues to developing planned activities.

Dr. Steven J Locnikar

Medical Director

Dr. Locnikar is the Medical Director for Scottsdale Providence. He has over 10 years experience in addiction medicine and is a Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is also Board Certified in Otolaryngology. Dr. Locnikar was one of the most successful reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons in the state of Arizona throughout the 1990s and into early 2000. However, during that time he developed a substance addiction that ultimately consumed his personal and professional life. 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 medical addiction treatment in a compassionate and empathetic environment; which is immediately evident upon first encounter with him. He has served as Medical Director of several substance abuse treatment centers and hospitals in Arizona including: Inpatient, Outpatient, Detoxification, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient Hospitalization. He has a vast amount of experience in all transition phases of the treatment process. Dr. Locnikar is renowned for providing cutting-edge detoxification from all substances of abuse or dependence. He has a deep understanding of the detoxification process (both professionally and personally) and finds the least painful and safest manner to detox his patients in a compassionate environment. He also provides advanced techniques and support for relapse prevention. In addition, Dr. Locnikar is one of the pioneers of medication-assisted abstinence therapy using the naltrexone implant.

Dr. Carl Schwartz

Ph.D. and J.D.


Dr. Schwartz has advanced training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Biofeedback. He is also trained in mindfulness, solution focus approaches, and Eastern practices to help people live happier, more fulfilling lives through spiritual, psychological and neurolinguistic models.

Dr. Olivia Lee

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Dr. Lee is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, all from Fairfield University. As a psychiatric provider, Dr. Lee has a strong passion for working with patients struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and/or addiction. She has previous experience working in community-based mental health, as well as at partial- hospitalization and residential treatment centers specializing in eating disorders and substance-use disorders. Dr. Lee takes a holistic, integrative, and comprehensive approach to treatment, often implementing mindfulness and positive psychology techniques in her work. She has completed extensive research in the use of mindfulness-based group work for the treatment of disordered eating and the promotion of positive body image. Dr. Lee is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and American Academy of Eating Disorders’ Advocacy and Communications Committee. She is currently in the process of obtaining certification and designation as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), Certified Addictions Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner (CARN-AP), and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP) and diplomate through the American Clinical Board of Nutrition.

Keren Poirer



Keren is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. Keren has worked in the field of addiction for over 7 years and is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Keren is able to provide support and practical feedback to help her clients effectively address personal life challenges. Keren works with each individual to help him/her build on his/her strengths and to attain the personal growth necessary for recovery.

Samuel Carey

Heath & Wellness Coach & Case Manager


Samuel is the director of the Health and Wellness Goals program at Scottsdale Providence. He assesses each client on day-to-day diet and fitness goals, and helps clients set goals that are achievable. Samuel also takes clients to the gym to teach them how to safely use equipment and to do movements. Samuel is a personal trainer with ACE certification.

Kacey Elam

Office Administrator


Kacey began her recovery and sobriety in 2016 on the heels of having lost her sister to substance abuse. She quickly realized that she needed to drastically change her life and soon became an advocate for those who still suffer from ongoing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Since entering the behavioral health field, Kacey has worked as a behavioral health technician in both clinical and administrative roles. She is a great advocate for building a strong culture of recovery at Scottsdale Providence, as well as helping to build and maintain a strong Alumni Network.



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