Our Professional Staff
Our team is dedicated to YOUR recovery.
Alternative to Meds Center (ATMC) has an experienced staff of licensed doctors, nurses, and therapists, all of whom are dedicated to helping individuals make lasting changes in their mental and physical health. They work as a team to determine the root cause of a resident’s presenting issues and, through a range of therapeutic modalities, they help restore their resident’s physical, emotional, and psychological equilibrium.
ATMC’s integrative approach brings together many different practitioners with a wide range of backgrounds, including Allopathy, Integrative Mental Health, Pain Management, Internal and Environmental Medicine, Naturopathy, Orthomolecular and Chinese Medicine. Using a holistic approach, the ATMC works to address the physiological, emotional, medical and mental needs of their residents.
Founder of ATMC
Lyle Murphy was educated as a chiropractor and participated in the Diplomate of Neurology program. He also holds a post-doctorate certificate in Environmental Medicine. As the Founder of Alternative to Meds Center, Lyle has played a vital role in helping to refine the specific detoxification techniques utilized at ATMC. He has lectured at leading holistic health conferences across the county.
He was inspired to create Alternative to Meds Center after being given an injection of anti-psychotic medication during a “manic” episode. After the injection, Lyle faded into a low blood sugar coma that lasted two weeks. He only made a full recovery after he came across some of the detoxification and supplementation techniques now implemented at ATMC.
John Motl, MD
John Motl, MD
Dr. Motl began his education in Omaha, Nebraska at Creighton University. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. He began an Internal Medicine internship in Denver, CO, transferring to San Francisco to begin his Residency in Neurology. He then moved into a Psychiatry Residency, where he learned the skills of Psychosomatic Medicine, hypnosis, biofeedback and different styles of psychotherapy. He went on to practice Mind-Brain Medicine for 25 years in Fort Collins, Colorado and founded the city’s first holistic medicine center. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A. He is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona
From his education and experience, Dr. Motl began to see that treating people’s symptoms with medicines alone was simply not effective in many cases. This became an area of focus and he began to study the effects of stress on the nervous system and the importance of looking at the person’s mind-brain system in helping them heal. It is Dr. Motl’s understanding that all medicine systems have a place, and no one system has all the answers for healing. He is excited to offer his skills in Integrative Medicine to co-design programs for people who want to make changes in their treatment programs. Combining your health intention, psychotherapy, medication management, nutritional supplements, exercise and detoxification in a community setting can restore balance in your life. It is his belief that “symptoms are a message, not a defect.”
MS, LMFT, CADC
As Clinical Director at ATMC Mare provides care, oversight and guidance to residents and staff. She has utilized training and wisdom of East-West healing modalities for over 30 years. These include yoga, Aikido, Chinese Medicine, Auyrevedic foods and philosophies. Formally, her training includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education from State University of New York at Brockport.
Mare holds credentials as a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a Masters of Science degree from California State University at Sacramento in Counselor Education, holding licensure as a Marriage, Family Therapist in Arizona and California. Other formal training includes DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitzation and Reprocessing) used in the treatment of PTSD, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Transactional Analysis and NLP to name a few. Her most recent education has been learning, and experiencing, the powerful healing approach of HeartMath.
Isaac is one of the founding members of ATMC and he has worked with the organization in numerous capacities. Over the years, he has worked as a Care Provider, Care Manager, and Massage Therapist, among many other roles. His experience allows him to have an intimate understanding of each facet of the organization. He has training and certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician, Sober Coach, and Empathic Coach. Isaac prides himself on providing impeccable service to each and every resident. On any given day he is onsite at the residence or at the Detox Shoppe, making himself available to address the concerns of residents, whether big or small.
As Chief Administrator, Isaac is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program and supervising the staff. He takes the time to work with each staff member to ensure the ATMC team is cohesive and effective.
Tamara is a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University. She has worked as a nurse for many years in various settings, including a psychiatric hospital. After witnessing the tragedy that occurs in a psych hospital, Tamara sought out a way to use her nursing skills to help people heal and become free from that treatment model.
Today, Tamara is the Director of Nursing at ATMC. She maintains a close rapport with the residents to ease them through the tapering process with compassion and dignity. Tamara works with residents to educate and empower them throughout their healing process at ATMC.
Stephanie has been working in child and family development since 2000. She graduated with a Masters in Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2015, specializing in both substance abuse and family therapy. Stephanie is dedicated to improving the well-being of our clients by utilizing solution-focused therapies, which allow clients to determine how their past might be disrupting their future.
Her compassionate and intuitive understanding of addictive behavior, married with her keen sense of humor, allows her to help clients negotiate a clear path to self-understanding and change. She facilitates both group and individual sessions and we are very honored to have her as part of our team!
John D. Camillieri is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Neuroscience. He is a certified Grief Counselor through the Grief Recovery Institute and a Suicide Counselor for New York Help Line through Marble Collegiate Church. John is also on the panel of MATFORCE, the Verde Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, runs numerous 12 Step Meetings for Central Valley and is a Certified Mentor with the Yavapai County Reentry Project.
As the Residential Program Director at ATMC, John takes a hands on approach to working with the residents and staff, to ensure that each person involved with the program is supported, heard, and encouraged. John brings a mind, body and spirit approach to personal growth and recovery. His life mission is helping others in recovery through harnessing and cultivating the hero within.
Director of Education, Supplement Supervisor
Katherine has lived in the Verde Valley for 46 years. She is one of the two original founders of Mount Hope natural foods store in Cottonwood, Arizona. The store opened in October 1970, shortly before the birth of her first child. Katherine operated the store for 24 years while raising 6 children and actively volunteering in the community.
In the spring of 1995 Katherine left Mount Hope Foods to continue her education at the graduate level in Biochemical Nutrition, Herbology, Homeopathy and other health related fields. Following the completion of this education Katherine was diagnosed with tertiary Lyme disease. During her journey of self-healing this devastating neurological infection, she has been able to combine her educational knowledge with personal experience in a deep understanding of neurological and pain issues. Katherine is the Director of Education and the Supplement Supervisor at ATMC, working closely with the Medical Director and Director of Nursing for the integration of medical and supplemental support.
Detox Shoppe Director
Certified Holistic Life Coach
As Director of the Detox Shoppe, Lotus ensures that everything at the Detox Shoppe runs smoothly and that all of the residents receive top-quality care and attention as they go through one of the most important parts of their process of returning to health and wellness.
Lotus has extensive training and work experience in nursing, end-of-life care and medication management. She brings her interest and understanding of the importance of holistic healing, healthy diet and detoxification treatment to her work environment. Her own life path includes an organic, vegan diet, yoga, hiking, nature and family. She is a valuable member of ATMC’s staff and a great fit to the team.
Sandy has over 20 years building positive relationships with children, adults and families, utilizing humor, empathy and clear communication to develop personal and academic growth with clients. Sandy holds a BS degree from the University of New Hampshire with focuses in both Behavioral Science and Elementary Education. While working as a Case Manager and Parent Educator she continued studies in domestic violence, depression, trauma, and healthy family education.
Sandy has also recently completed 2 years of Feminine Power Coaching and Facilitation Training with Dr. Claire Zammont. Sandy is a gifted yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner and intuitive energy worker. Alternative to Meds Center is grateful to have Sandy's steadfast compassionate presence on staff.
Weekend Care Provider Supervisor
Chris comes to Alternative to Meds Center with an extensive background in recovery and addiction education. Chris has worked in Transitional Living facilities, in Self-Directed recovery homes and as a Sober Adventures Guide. He is currently working on his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
Allison DePuydt is currently a Master’s candidate of Counseling Psychology and the Expressive Arts at Prescott College. She has worked professionally in the field of human services, community arts, and natural medicine for many years and brings a knowledge of healthy and creative living to the ATMC residential community.
Allison grew up in Chicago where she received her undergraduate education in Social Justice from Roosevelt University. She continues to be committed to the enlightenment of the human spirit.
Ayande works with the residents by drawing their focus to their own natural ability to tap into the source of their creativity through collage, painting, photography and music. Ayande feels that with the support of these creative mediums, the residents are better able to move and live freely, in harmony with their true nature.
Through his therapeutic drum classes, he encourages the residents to breathe deep of the life-giving breath that sustains us all, while also exploring their inner sense of rhythm. As it is said in an African proverb; “when someone is sick, it is because they are out of rhythm with their body, spirit and soul”. He considers it a gift to work at ATMC, helping people regain a healthy relationship with themselves, with their families, and with their community
Michelle is a dedicated professional with nearly twenty years of experience working in the healing arts. Her knowledge in managing expectations and delivering results was honed as a licensed Massage Therapist in California, working with Chiropractic and sports medicine clients. Having received credentials as a Life Coach in 2011, she has helped many individuals create winning strategies to succeed with life's challenges.
Her experience as a business professional has been heavily involved with the learning arts for both adults as well as children. She holds a B.A. in English and is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree in Instructional Technology Design.
Adam Da Virro
Adam Da Virro
Adam Da Virro offers group acupuncture treatments biweekly for the residents of ATMC. In 2006 Adam graduated from Yo San University in Los Angeles, California with a Master’s of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Adam moved to Northern Arizona in 2006 and has maintained a private practice in the area for the past five years. His passion is Internal Medicine specializing in auto immune conditions, Men’s Health and Digestive Health. He has devoted his practice to the study of Chinese Herbology and formula construction as well as state of the art nutritional protocols. He is honored to be serving the residents of ATMC with Chinese Medical Principles, supporting their path to a full recovery.
A healing practitioner at ATMC since 2015, Sarah is committed to providing each resident with a sacred space for deep healing. Sarah is a certified Reiki Master /Teacher, trained in the ancient and traditional form of Usui Reiki healing. She uses the gentle yet powerful energy of Reiki to help people relax, reconnect, and center themselves so that they may heal physically, mentally, and emotionally during their detox process. Residents often walk out of a session with Sarah feeling more grounded, hopeful and restored.
Sarah is an Arizona native, with a deep spiritual background. She also works with the herbal medicine-making facility in Sedona that supplies ATMC with their herbal formulas. Sarah's path with energy work began in 2012, and she is deeply devoted to assisting the residents at ATMC on their journey of healing and recovery.
Rachel Nez has been a member of the ATMC team since 2012. She concurrently works as an herbalist, and as an herbal medicine maker for the company that supplies ATMC with their herbal formulas. Rachel has spent many years among various indigenous cultures including, Navajo, Mayan, Rapa Nui and Shipibo tribes - to name a few - and brings those teachings into her work with clients.
Rachel is a certified Reiki practitioner. She has also studied extensively with Sandra Ingerman and The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Rachel offers healing sessions at the Detox Shoppe, combining Trauma Release with her Reiki skills and indigenous teachings. During their stay at ATMC, residents often report profound healing shifts from Rachel‘s sessions.
BA, BBA, MA, CHT
B.E.S.T. Elite Master Practitioner
Sonia has been assisting ATMC’s residents achieve success in their ATMC program since 2011 through B.E.S.T. (Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique). Approaching the residents with unconditional love and compassion, she helps them become free from unconscious habits and patterns of negative thinking and acting, along with false beliefs about themselves that have resulted in the challenges that are impacting their lives. Through B.E.S.T., a person can more readily achieve the experience of health, success, and happiness in all areas of life.
Originally from Ohio, Sonia lived in Albuquerque, NM, for 20 years where she worked full time while completing her Bachelor degree, an M.A. in Human Resources Development, and certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. She moved to Arizona in 1990, and from 1993 through 2011, she was assistant to and Chief Editor for Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., a world-renowned psychiatrist who wrote a number of books about human consciousness research and spirituality. In 2007 Sonia become a B.E.S. T. practitioner and advanced to the level of Elite Master. She teaches B.E.S.T. at all levels of the training and has instructed students all over the world.
Executive Organic Chef
Brendan began employment with ATMC in June of 2013 after 16 years of working in American and Italian fare restaurants. At ATMC he quickly developed a passion for helping people heal, through lovingly prepared, nutritious, organic, flavorful foods.
Brendan has been trained in the Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) diet, the most cutting edge diet for gut and body healing and continued health. He has streamlined the diet at ATMC to fit in the parameters of the SIBO diet without compromising comfort or flavor. He enjoys working with residents to pass on this knowledge so they can make educated choices in their future to keep their body as healthy as possible.
Necole is originally from Augusta, GA and is honored to call Arizona her home. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting and business operations. Necole has worked as an independent agent for various types of companies and has truly found her passion at ATMC.
Necole has a compassionate heart for others who have also struggled with the negative effects of prescription medications and fully supports the ATMC mission of holistic health and detoxification. She is dedicated to serving the needs of staff, clients and their families to support the continued growth and success of the ATMC program.
Sofia began working in co-occurring disorders in 2002 with adolescents then adults, as a teacher/counselor and counselor's assistant. Since that time, she has worked in the healing arts in various other capacities, with a focus on holistic wellness in mental/emotional health.
Sofia has been trained as a Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Energy Practitioner and Personal Trainer. Having worked in many roles at ATMC, Sofia currently supports the program in several facets, from Administration and Human Resources to yoga instruction.
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