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The Hope House Staff

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Meet the Staff

World Class Independently Licensed 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.

Dorothy Piekut, MD
Medical Director – Psychiatrist

Dr. Dorothy Piekut is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with a demonstrated history of working in hospitals, clinics and healthcare industry. Dr. Piekut has worked at several treatment facilities in her career and is well known in the Valley.

Dr. Piekut is a DATA-waived physician (Subutex/Suboxone-certified). She has successfully treated thousands of patients for alcohol abuse, opioid and other drug/substance disorders.
She completed her residency program and served as a Chief Resident at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Piekut is also Medical Director and Medical Staff President at Copper Springs Hospital in Arizona.
As clinical Assistant Professor at the University of ArizonaCollege of Medicine, she has years of experience in clinical teaching and supervision. She was a lead psychiatrist at the PTSD program at The VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, and has treated hundreds of veterans for trauma.

Alex Spritzer, MSN, FNP-C, CARN-AP
Nurse Practitioner

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.

– Board-certified
– 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 Gonzales, MSC, LPC-S
Clinical Director

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.

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