About our speakers

AzSAM Essentials of Advanced Opioid Addiction Treatment

Faculty Biographies

Haley Coles

Haley Coles is the founder and executive director of Sonoran Prevention Works. Born and raised in Arizona, she is dedicated to making systems-level changes to ensure health equity for Arizonans impacted by substance use, sex work, HIV, hepatitis C, and incarceration. Her work with marginalized populations was recognized by Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader.


Anthony Dekker, DO

Tony is currently a member of the Primary Care Service Line at the Northern Arizona Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System in Prescott, Arizona. He is the medical director of the East Community Based Outpatient Clinics (Anthem, Cottonwood and Flagstaff) and the Rural Clinics (Page, Holbrook, Tuba City, Polacca, Chinle and Kayenta). He provides primary care and telemedicine services to veterans in mid and northern Arizona areas. He is also active in the evaluation and treatment of veterans with chronic pain and addiction disorders.

From 2010 to 2015, Tony was the director of the Department of Addiction Medicine at the Ft Belvoir Community Hospital which is one of the replacement hospitals for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He directed the four divisions in Addiction Medicine dedicated to the comprehensive evaluation and treatment for substance abuse and dependence disorders in the military. Dr Dekker is expert in substance dependence and co-occurring disorders in Veterans and the Active Duty Service Member (ADSM) population and with military dependents, and retirees. He served on the Provider Wellness and Chronic Pain Committees at Fort Belvoir and is a member of the Joint Board of Directors for the Joint Task Force (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center/Fort Belvoir Community Hospital/ National Intrepid Center of Excellence) on Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

After serving the Indian Health Service from 1998 to 2010 in Arizona he was honored to be a member of the Joint Task Force Medical Team that specializes in the care of Wounded Warriors. Previously he was the Acting Director of the Office of Health Programs at the Phoenix Area Office supervising 15 health departments in Nevada, Utah and Arizona. He was also the Associate Director of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center and the Director, Ambulatory Care and Community Health. He served as the Director of Medical Education for the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.

Born and raised in Western Michigan he graduated from Hope College in Holland Michigan. He completed his Osteopathic education at Michigan State University in 1978. He completed his internship and family medicine residency at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. As a Public Health Service Scholar he served Chicago’s South Side for fourteen years. He was Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (Children’s Mercy Hospital) during his four years in Kansas City.

Dr. Dekker is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow in numerous professional societies. As a member of the healthcare team at the Northern Arizona Veteran’s Administration Health Care System (NAVAHCS), he is dedicated to the Mission of providing the highest quality care to veterans and active duty military and their dependents. His areas of expertise include addiction medicine, chronic pain syndromes, infomatics, high risk youth, domestic violence and behavioral health.   He has been the Chief Clinical Consultant in Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain for the Indian Health Service, US Public Health Service and has served on several national panels addressing substance abuse in America. He served on the American Hospital Association Board on Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Issues. Current faculty appointments include clinical professorships at George Washington University (Washington DC) and the Andrew Taylor Still University (Mesa, AZ).

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.

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. She completed her psychiatric residency 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.

Recognizing herself as a predominantly Arizona-trained physician, Dr. Faria values the importance of emphasizing health and wellness in our local communities. As president of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine (AzSAM), Dr. Faria has been actively organizing advocacy and education events for physicians to better serve their patients with substance use disorders.

Jerome Julian Grove, MD

Dr. Julian Grove is a Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Pain Management Specialist (Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine). He has been in the Phoenix Area since 2007, where he is a Partner and Physician at Pain Consultants of Arizona where he treats a wide range of chronic pain conditions. Dr. grove has lectured nationally on topics regarding urine toxicology, risk analysis for chronic pain clinics, novel drug delivery systems in opioids, skeletal muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

Dr. Grove has served as President of the Arizona Pain Society for the last 8 years. It is the largest organization in the state for Pain management providers and stakeholders for advancing the treatments of chronic pain patients.

Dr. Grove also has served as an outside medical consultant for the Arizona Medical Board and Arizona Naturopathic Board.

Lastly, he is part owner of Physician’s Review Group, a utilization review company and Physician’s Choice CBD, a pharmaceutical company involved in cannabidiol products.

Anita Karnik, MD

Dr. Karnik is an addiction psychiatrist who works in the multispecialty chronic pan clinic at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

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.

Luke Peterson, DO

Dr. Peterson was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, and attended Utah State University where he received a bachelor of arts in Biology. After receiving his medical degree from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine he graduated from the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency. He then completed an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, WA. He enjoys all aspects of full spectrum family medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is currently building an outpatient addiction clinic at the Banner Family Medicine Center Addiction Recovery Center. He has a particular interest in motivational interviewing, substance use in pregnancy, advocacy for substance use treatment in primary care settings, and the promotion of Addiction Medicine education.