The Hope House Staff
Meet the Staff
At The Hope House, our philosophy is treating the whole person. Our clients will receive unrivaled integrated and holistic care as expected from luxury residential treatment facilities.
The Hope House is comprised of a high functioning, inter-disciplinary team that includes independently licensed PhD Clinical Director, D.O. Medical Director, DNP-PMHNP Psychiatric Provider, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Practical Nurses, Behavioral Health Technicians, and Peer Support Professionals.
The Hope House also utilizes certified Peer Support Specialists to provide full time care for the client. Our entire staff is passionately committed to your recovery and we work together as a strong, talented team to support you and your family through this change process.
Dr. Walter Simmons has been engaged in the battle against addiction for 20 years. He is grounded in medicine and substance use disorders with board certification in both emergency medicine and board eligible in addiction medicine. After attending Dartmouth and Brown Medical School, he completed a residency in emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a retired Army Major and has the experience to provide medical leadership to the Hope House staff. He has practiced in emergency departments across the country and has spent his career implementing healthier treatments to assist those with use disorders. He is highly motivated to improve the lives of those dealing with the devastation that is associated with dependence. He has provided care to addiction patients in all care settings, including detoxification centers, residential facilities, and outpatient care.
As the Hope House Medical Director, Dr. Walter Simmons will employ compassionate and well researched medical treatments. Dr. Simmons working closely with his colleague, Alex Spritzer, NP, have developed and continue to refine a phenomenally robust anti-addiction program that offers the client their best opportunity to master addiction and to reach their highest potential. Thoughtful medical management is mandatory to support a client’s fight against this disease. The treatments must always address both body and mind.
Dr. Simmons appreciates being awarded a client’s sacred trust. He utilizes differing treatment methods dependent upon the client’s need. The process begins with listening to the client to develop a deep understanding of a client’s substance use, physiology and medical history. An analysis this information will guide the approach that may include the addressing of mental health concerns and the implementation of medication assisted treatment (MAT). Dr. Simmons is excited to meet new clients and help clients on their bold new journey.
Alex Spritzer is an AANP board certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner & ANCB Certified Advanced Practice Addiction Medicine Nurse Practitioner. Alex obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University in 2011 and completed his Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2014 from Grand Canyon University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude at both ASU & Grand Canyon University. He is currently a student at Washburn University, where he is completing post graduate studies in Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing. He anticipates to graduate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in May 2020.
Alex started his career in an Ambulatory Family Medicine clinic in Beaverton, Oregon in 2014. He became skilled at diagnosing and treating a variety of common ailments across all age spans. He later specialized in Geriatric House Call Medicine where he treated medically complex & fragile patients at home. He found a calling in treating neuro-psychiatric conditions common with advanced aging such as dementias, depression, anxiety & mood disorders.
Alex moved from Portland, Oregon to Phoenix, Arizona in 2017 where he resumed treating medically fragile patients in both nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. During that time, he received a request to practice general medicine in the setting of substance use and abuse. Since that time, Alex developed a passion for substance addicted populations and returned to school for further studies. In the years that followed his return to Phoenix, Alex became board certified as an Addiction Medicine Nurse Practitioner. Realizing that substance abuse and dual psychiatric mental health conditions go in tandem, he made the choice to pursue psychiatric studies to be able to provide more comprehensive and evidence-based care to his patients.
Alex has worked in the field of addiction medicine since 2017 and has provided first hand oversight of medically complex detox cases ranging from alcohol, benzodiazepine, opioid, stimulant, and other-psychoactive and non-psychoactive substances. He successfully treated thousands of patients both at the detox level and at residential, partial hospitalization—php, and intensive outpatient therapy.
Hobbies include music, playing guitar, cooking, comedy and voice impersonations. Alex remains steadfast in imploring the most current—evidenced based therapies and diagnostic algorithms to help his patients obtain accurate diagnoses and precise treatment of their addiction, psychiatric and medical challenges.
– Expert at Medical stabilization, Ambulatory Care, Urgent Care.
– Served as Medical Director at several respected BH facilities.
– DATA waived physician (Subutex/Suboxone-certified).
– Successfully Treated thousands of patients for alcoholism and drug addiction.
Brenna has dedicated her life to serving others. She began her career working with incarcerated and homeless youth and has worked with countless people from all walks of life developing a passion for treating the disease of addiction. Brenna’s counseling style is approachable and includes a mix of client education with thoughtful techniques to help her clients uncover the most authentic and truthful version of themselves. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, chemical and process addictions, and codependence.
Brenna received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling in 2011 and has been honing her craft ever since. Prior to joining The Hope House team, Brenna was a Survivors Therapist at The Meadows working extensively with people struggling with addiction and trauma. She has had the privilege of being trained by many of today’s industry leaders, including Pia Mellody. Brenna is a Board Approved Supervisor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Her training also includes EMDR, Post Induction Therapy, Complicated Pain Recovery, and NADA Auricular Acupuncture.
The Hope House has an amazing team of licensed clinicians that provide group and individual therapy during your treatment. The team is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Sex Addiction Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and much more.
The clinicians are elite and are constantly obtaining additional training and certifications. Clients will receive individualized care while in treatment that includes individual therapy sessions with their primary therapist, group therapy sessions, and family therapy sessions. The clinicians at The Hope House specialize in the treatment of trauma in addiction and are effective because they take the time to help clients understand the deeper underlying issues to ensure they maintain long-term recovery.
The Hope House has a complete team of licensed nurses that provide medical assistance during your treatment. Their main role is to help manage any withdrawal symptoms or post-acute withdrawal symptoms you may have. While at The Hope House, clients have frequent interaction with the nursing staff who work directly with our medical providers to ensure clients receive the proper medications and medication education for new or continuing prescriptions.
The team of nurses provide individualized care around the clock to be sure you have all medications available, are comfortable during your time in treatment, and have medical appointments scheduled to be fully prepared at the time of discharge.
The Behavioral Health Technicians at The Hope House are a team of individuals that provide guidance, compassion, and daily support to clients. Their main role is to ensure you have a safe advocate and companion to answer any questions or provide any necessities during your treatment. The Behavioral Health Technicians work in team with the Clinical Staff to provide complete client care 24 hours per day.
The Full-Time Licensed Massage Therapist at The Hope House is available to provide a release from tension and anxiety during your stay by using Swedish, Ayurvedic Massage, and/or Deep Tissue Massage. These three techniques are known to create a unique focus on relaxation, stress relief, and releasing of emotional blockages. The Massage Therapist also provides Bio Sound Healing Therapy to help synchronize the body’s nervous system and provide relaxation.
The Hope House has a full-time Executive Chef to meet all dietary needs while in treatment. The chef is typically the highlight of a client’s experience as they indulge in his culinary expertise with questions, cooking lessons, and enjoying each delicious meal that is prepared. The Executive Chef works closely with The Hope House Licensed Registered Dietitian to ensure all meals meet and exceed nutritional standards while in treatment. The Registered Dietitian also provides weekly nutrition groups and individual nutrition sessions for any client who would like to have one-on-one guidance with diet or meal planning.
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