AZSAM Board of Directors

Below are the current Board of Director members, if you are interested in serving on the AzSAM Board please contact Monica Faria

President: Monica Faria, MD

Dr. Monica Faria studied both psychology and zoology at Northern Arizona University. She then attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where she spent time pursuing her medical studies on both the Tucson and Phoenix campuses. Dr. Faria completed an internship in General Surgery at Dartmouth prior to cultivating an interest in the practice of addiction medicine. She attended her first AZSAM conference in 2010, and inspired by the collegial atmosphere and patient-centered advocacy, she decided to pursue training in General Psychiatry. She completed her psychiatric training at Banner University Medical Center and then went on to complete an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the UCLA-Kern and Cedars Sinai program. Dr. Faria is board-certified in both General and Addiction Psychiatry.  Since completion of her fellowship she has worked both in a community health setting and an inpatient residential treatment center setting.

Dr. Faria previously served as a Treasurer on the AZSAM Board. She regularly attends AZSAM, CSAM, AAAP, and ASAM conferences. As part of her training, she has provided lectures to medical students, residents,and fellows on Motivational Interviewing, Treatment of Eating Disorders,and Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorder.

Recognizing herself as a locally-trained physician, she values the relationships and mentorships she has cultivated as part of her membership in AZSAM. She is interested in serving as president of AZSAM to work on the following immediate goals: Increasing trainee interest and mentorships in the practice of Addiction Medicine, presenting AZSAM constituents with state-of-the art information on the treatment of addictions, and collaborating with legislation and Arizona communities to ensure public safety in the current opioid addiction epidemic. A natural team-player, Dr. Faria would like to ensure that the collective experience and talent within AZSAM is recognized and helps guide the treatment of Arizona residents struggling with addiction.

President-Elect: Darwin Chern, MD

Darwyn Chern, MD  is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services of Partners in Recovery, LLC, a provider of integrated mental health care services in the outpatient setting for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). He is a fellow of both American Psychiatric Association and American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is triple board certified with diplomate status in the specialty of Psychiatry and in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in the specialty of Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is currently collaborating with ASU Department of Biomedical Informatics on a five year NIMH-funded research study investigating consent strategies for patients with behavioral health conditions.   He supports ongoing initiatives to reduce stigma and increase treatment availability for substance related disorders in the community. He was a field reviewer for The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Substance-Related, Addictive, and Co-occurring Conditions. He received his post-graduate training from Montefiore Medical Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He also serves as an ambassador for the National Health Service Corps working to promote staffing of healthcare professional shortage areas (HPSA).

Treasurer, Michael Dekker, DO
Dr. Michael Dekker grew up on the South Side of Chicago and attended the University of Arizona for pre-physiological sciences. He went on to attend medical school at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Dekker trained in General Psychiatry at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Psychiatric Residency Program, where he developed a strong interest in treating Addictions and subsequently completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Dekker is currently board certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. He has been a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry since 2013.Dr. Dekker participated extensively in academic and teaching seminars on Addictions during his training in Phoenix and Boston including giving lectures on topics in Addictions such as the Neurobiology of Addictions, Opioid Use Disorders, PTSD, Designer Drugs, and Cannabis and Synthetic Cannabis. He frequently provides lectures for American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, and the Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.Dr Dekker is interested in a AZsam board position, primarily to make an impact in the coming years for Arizonans with addiction issues.

Secretary, Simon Olstein, MD, FASAM, FACS, RYT

Dr. Olstein is the medical director of Scottsdale Treatment, Inc. He joined STI in 2009. He previously practiced Vascular Surgery in the Valley of the Sun for over 25 years. He obtained his medical degree from New York Medical College, New York, N.Y. in 1973. He completed his internship, general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship in Phoenix, AZ. He obtained a degree in chemical dependency in 2010. He was board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2010. He was previously certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Olstein is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) and is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, teaching 1st and 2nd year medical students. He is also a registered yoga teacher (500-hour RYT). Dr. Olstein was named to Phoenix Magazine’s 2001 and 2003 Top Doctors list for Vascular Surgery. In 2011 he was named to the magazine’s Top Doctors list for Addiction Medicine.