Meet The Canyon Vista Team
At Canyon Vista, we’re proud of our dedicated team of behavioral health technicians and peer recovery support members. These are the people who interact with our clients on a daily basis and make the difference in achieveing recovery.
Marcos “Kito” Holtzman, M.Ed. LPC-S, LCDC
Brenda Young, LAC
Brenda relocated to Arizona in 2002 from Texas to enter into treatment at what is now Canyon Vista Recovery Center. Brenda completed treatment and later continued her education earning a Masters of Professional Counseling Degree at Grand Canyon University. Brenda is a Licensed Associate Counselor. Her passion is to ensure that every individual who seeks treatment at Canyon Vista is offered the solution that they are seeking to maintain a sober life once leaving treatment.
Brenda enjoys spending time in the recovery community, quality time with family and friends, frequent visits with her two grandchildren, concerts, festivals, outdoor exercise and exploring small towns.
Samantha Higgins, LPC
Samantha Higgins is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and University of Louisiana at Monroe with a master’s in substance abuse counseling. She is currently a licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor.
Samantha has been fortunate to work with all types of clients and treatment centers since becoming a military spouse in 2009. Through her work with addiction, crisis and mental health, she feels fully equipped to handle a diverse population with different needs. She believes that we all strive to be better some just need more guidance than others.
Dr. Stephen Carp, Addiction Psychologist
Karen Barraclough is an Arizona Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and is the outpatient therapist for Canyon Vista’s outpatient program, Amazing Recovery. Previously, she was the Women’s Manager at Crossroads for 10 years and a peer support for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Being in recovery herself, she has a passion for working with those who are in early sobriety. She has spent the last 17 years helping addicts. In her time away from Canyon Vista Recovery, she enjoys being with extended family.
Dr. Cho Long Kim
Medical Provider, NMD
Dr. Kim is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor who earned her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her scope of practice has included Naturopathic Addiction Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Pharmacology, Minor Surgery, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Acupuncture, Botanical medicine, and Physical manipulation. She utilizes a combination of Naturopathic and Allopathic Modalities to support the healing process. Dr. Kim stays involved in the professional community to ensure that every therapy that is offered continues to be safe, effective, and on the cutting edge of science.
Alicja M. Robak, BA
Alicja recently moved from Chicago, IL. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from National Louis University in 2001 after she emigrated from Poland, Europe, in 1994.
Alicja is a key member of our team. She does it all and will always be available to get answers to your questions or greet you with a smile. Alicja uses her spare time outdoors, exercising, making jewelry, spending time with family, and enjoying her sons.
Heather Graham, BA
Admissions Coordinator, Art Expressions Facilitator
Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, which she uses to teach the art expressions group at Canyon Vista.
She is currently in post-grad college at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to be a certified Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner with specialties in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Aromatherapy AND is also pursuing a Master’s of Studies for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Heather came to Canyon Vista as a client when it was called Women in New Recovery (WINR). Upon completing the program, she stayed on to be the executive assistant to the owner and is now the admissions coordinator. “Every soul has a purpose and helping to bring the light back in to the clients I meet is undoubtedly the most rewarding thing I could be a part of.”
Denise Wagner is a celebrated leader in the field of addiction. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State, and her master’s studies were done at Arizona State University, where she taught for several years. Since then she has worked tirelessly to improve her knowledge and expertise in the many differing views to treat addiction. She has appeared on radio shows speaking on addiction and recovery and is a Mesa, Arizona business leader.
Because of her deep desire to save the lives of people who are suffering from alcohol and drug dependency, Denise does not hesitate to develop classes that speak to the urgency of addiction. She will put every ounce of effort into helping you heal your core issues and returning you to a life of freedom. Denise believes that the Canyon Vista program of treatment isn’t merely a residential drug rehab center; it is a program that overcomes addiction while setting you up for success in life!
Chris Herzog has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and has been a facilitator for 25 years. She is the president of C.J. Herzog Consulting, a program design and delivery corporation. Ms. Herzog has contracted with Canyon Vista Recovery for the past 16 years and facilitates a Family Support Group. She worked for 13 years with incarcerated women in recovery from substance abuse both at the Maricopa County Jail and at Perryville State Prison.
Ms. Herzog understands the issues a family experiences when dealing with an addicted loved one. Her only sibling was an addict most of his life and ultimately passed away from his disease. Her passion is to offer information, assistance, and empathy to others that find themselves in the same situation. Ms. Herzog enjoys photography, especially traveling to “off-the-beaten-path” places to shoot scenic photos. She is also close to her daughters and granddaughters.
Certified Peer Recovery Coach
Wendy is our facilitator for the Vibro-Acoustic Therapy Lounge. She has a background in the music industry as well as cosmetology, with 32 years of experience. She is a mother, wife, and WINR/Canyon Vista Alumna.
Wendy helps residents here at Canyon Vista Recovery to find their inner balance and peace, and it’s one of her greatest passions. She also enjoys her family, friends, and writing and singing in her home studio with her husband of almost 30 years.
Heather spent two years in Prescott, Arizona, recovering from addiction. Upon completion of the program, she was hired by the same rehab facility as a house manager, assisting other women on the road to recovery. Heather then moved back to Phoenix and began the next chapter of her life by working for Canyon Vista Recovery. She continues being passionate about helping others; she is finishing school and plans to become a nurse. Heather enjoys spending quality time with her family members and friends (especially at favorite restaurants, shopping, going to zoos and movies), while fully experiencing a balanced, peaceful, productive, and happy life.