2017 AzSAM Conference Speakers

Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM

Dr. Earley has been an Addiction Medicine Physician for 30 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment of health care professionals. As a therapist, he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards.

Dr. Earley is a dynamic speaker and educator; he speaks and trains on topics of addiction, its treatment and addiction among health care professionals. In addition, he trains therapists about the neurobiological basis of psychotherapy. In his travels, he has provided training in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland.

He is the author of two books and numerous articles on addiction and its treatment. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, as author of the chapter: Physician Health Programs and Addiction among Physicians. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Criteria. His most recent book Recovery Mind Training is published by Central Recovery Press.

His work was featured in the documentary series on addiction entitled Close to Home by Bill Moyers. Dr. Earley is a Fellow of ASAM and has been on the board of ASAM for over 14 years in several capacities and is currently a director-at-large. He has been the Medical Director of two nationally acclaimed addiction programs specializing in the care of addicted health care professionals. Currently, Dr. Earley is the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia in the U.S. With Earley Consultancy, LLC, he works with numerous treatment facilities, providing training in cohesive care, treatment effectiveness and staff development.

Dr. Earley is the recipient of the ASAM Annual Award in 2015. ASAM states the award is presented “For outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our Society, for thoughtful leadership in the field, and for deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine” and “For expanding the frontiers of the field of Addiction Medicine and broadening our understanding of the addictive process, through research and innovation.”

Conference Faculty:

Simon Olstein, MD, FASAM, FACS, RYT

Dr. Olstein is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine. He 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 also a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM). 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 500-hour yoga teacher (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.

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.

Matthew Goldenberg, DO

Dr. Goldenberg is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and is an addiction specialist in Santa Monica, CA. He is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Goldenberg is an active author and researcher who is well published from Huffington Post to peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is also a frequent invited speaker at national mental health and addiction conferences.

As the founder of Professionals’ Health Solutions (PHS), Dr. Goldenberg specializes in assisting professionals from a wide range of industries, including healthcare providers, successfully return to work in highly safety sensitive positions. PHS provides individualized and evidence-based evaluations, treatment, monitoring and education that is geared towards motivated adults who seek to obtain and maintain long-term recovery from mental health conditions and addictions.

Dr. Goldenberg continues to engage in research and medical education as a member of the Medical Staff and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, California and also maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Goldenberg completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship through UCLA and Psychiatry Residency at Banner University Medical Center, of the University of Arizona, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Goldenberg completed medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Michsel A, Sucher, MD, FASAM, FACEP

Dr. Sucher was educated at Wayne State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1968 and a Medical Degree in 1972. Dr. Sucher’s internship was at Sinai Hospital of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan and he underwent residency training at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

From 1974 through 1994 Dr. Sucher practiced emergency medicine and served as emergency department director at both Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital facilities. He served as President of the Medical Staff of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn during 1994. 

He practices addiction medicine and serves as the medical director of the monitored aftercare program/professional health programs for the Arizona Medical Board and the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. He is also President of the California Physicians Health Program. Additionally, he serves a consultant in addiction medicine to most other healthcare regulatory agencies and boards in Arizona.

He has served as the Acting Medical Director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Department of Health Services, State of Arizona. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Community Bridges Inc. which is a community substance abuse and mental health treatment program in the greater Phoenix area and throughout the state of Arizona. He also serves as the medical director for Community Medical Services which is the largest opiate treatment program in Arizona and also has programs in Montana and Alaska.

Dr. Sucher is a member of the medical staffs of Honor Health Osborn and Shea as well as Banner Behavior Health Hospital all in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the medical director of physician health for Honor Health and the consultant for physician health for the Banner Health system. He holds teaching positions throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Renee Seigel

Craig Rosenstein

Craig Rosenstein is the founder and owner of Rosenstein Law Group, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Craig received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Arizona. He then graduated from Arizona State University College of Law. In late 2007, Craig opened the Rosenstein Law Group, PLLC and quickly limited his practice to criminal defense with a strong emphasis on DUI and Drug related cases. He became veracious in his post law school studies of the subject, and prides himself on understandings of the nuance of these practice areas. Craig is a highly-regarded speaker at DUI legal conferences across the nation. Mr. Rosenstein is licensed to practice law in Arizona, as well as in the U.S. Federal District Court in Arizona. In 2013, he was Board Certified by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. and is one of only four Board Certified DUI Defense attorneys in the State of Arizona, and one of less than 80 in the nation. He is also an active member of various professional organizations, including The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ), The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and is a founding member of DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). He was most recently elected President of The Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) for whom he is also a registered lobbyist who regularly testifies at the Arizona legislature regarding criminal justice issues.

John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP

John Shufeldt has nearly 3 decades of experience leading high performing teams and being a thought leader and agent of change in the delivery of on-demand and hospital based medical care.

John received his BA from Drake University in 1982 and his MD from the University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School in 1986. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in 1989 where he spent his final year as Chief Resident. John received his MBA in 1995, and his Juris Doctorate in 2005, both from Arizona State University. He is admitted to the State Bar in Arizona, the Federal District Court, and Supreme Court of the United States. His certifications include Fellow, American Board of Emergency Medicine, Fellow, College of Legal Medicine, and American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2015, he completed his Six Sigma Black Belt from the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University.

He founded NextCare Inc. in 1993 as well as numerous other health and non-health care businesses over the course of his career. He served as NextCare’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board until 2010. Under John’s leadership, NextCare grew from a single clinic to sixty clinics in six states with revenue of nearly 100 million dollars. He is the business manager and one of the founding partners of Empower Emergency Physicians and continues to practice emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

In 2010, John left NextCare and founded MeMD, LLC. At present, MeMD is used by more than 300 providers in 50 states to virtually treat patients’ on-demand and without them having to leave their residence or place of work. At the present time, MeMD has 2.5 million subscribers enrolled. He is currently the Interim Chief Medical Officer at San Carlos Apache Healthcare Center where he oversees all aspect of the delivery of medical care.

John has authored and co-authored books on Children’s Emergencies and Contract Issues for Emergency Medicine Physicians. He and Dr. Lee Resnick co-edited a book titled, Urgent Care Medicine. Additionally, John edited and published a book titled, Urgent Care Management and a book titled Urgent Care Procedures is forthcoming.

In addition, he has authored and published Ingredients of Outliers: A Recipe for Self Leadership, Ingredients of Young Outliers, Achieving Your Most Amazing Future, Ingredients of Women Outliers, Outliers in Medicine. Outliers in Law, Outliers in Education and LeadershipYOU and continues to work on the Outliers series. He lectures on a variety of subject matters to graduate medical, business and law students and gave TEDx talk at ASU. He was the Health Law Editor and on the Advisory Board for the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and was the Editor in Chief of Urgent Care Alert and ED Legal Bulletin. He is the featured guest on the Medical Management podcast for UC Rapp.

He was an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business where he taught Health Law and Ethics to MBA and Health Sector Management students and is currently an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and a seminar on Health Law Entrepreneurism.

He is the past-President of the Board of the Men’s Anti-violence Network, is a Founding Member of Urgent Care Association Foundation Board, and serves on the Drake University Board of Trustees, the Board of Colleen’s Dream and the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law Alumni Board. John serves as the Medical Director for the Phoenix Police “SWAT” Special Assignment Unit. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rating and is type rated in a variety of multi-engine fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Renee Siegel

Renee Siegel, who received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in psychology, has always had a strong interest in integrating body, mind and spiritual principles in working with clients in counseling. After receiving a master’s degree in marriage and family psychology from Wayne State University, she began her career treating individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol problems. Renee worked in a several inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and private practice settings. She also worked with a variety of patient populations including women, men, adolescent and dually diagnosed.

Renee is a nationally certified gambling counselor. She has specialized in treating gamblers since 1994 and has a special interest in helping family members. Because of her compulsive gambling expertise, Renee has presented globally, appeared in the media, trained other treatment professionals, and has various publications.

Although currently in private practice as of 2014, Renee was the Executive Director and owner of AwarenessBalanceConnection Wellness and Healing, with locations in both Scottsdale, Mesa and Prescott Arizona. Renee believes that to anchor lifestyle changes, individualized wellness strategies must be implemented. She uses the enneagram to individualize treatment strategies.

Stephanie Siete

Stephanie Siete began her career with CBI in 2002 as a drug prevention specialist and has worked her way up in the prevention field educating students, teachers, parents, police and universities about drug dangers and trends. Over the years, she moved into the roles of the Public Relations Director and Community Education Director to her recent position of Public Information Officer (PIO) as of March 1, 2017. In an ever changing world of substance abuse, the role of the PIO is to inform the public, first responders and corporate offices (etc.) via media and trainings about new drugs, risks to use and exposure, and provide resources for help on care and addiction. As the PIO, Stephanie’s job requires her to partner with important community collaborators. She has spent her career training and networking with local and national police and fire departments, healthcare providers and governmental agencies. She has hosted seminars for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Arizona School Resource Officer Association (ASROA), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), International Narcotics Interdiction Association (INIA), and will be featured as a key note speaker for the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) in 2018. Her recent work with the FBI earned her the honor of the 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award – Phoenix Division. She was recognized in Washington DC by former FBI Director, James Comey, in April 2017

Sheila Sjolander, MSW

Sheila Sjolander is the Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Health
Services (ADHS), leading Public Health Prevention Services for the past six
years. She oversees a budget of more than $200 million and over 60 public
health programs, including maternal & child health, nutrition & physical activity,
injury prevention, chronic disease, primary care, and tobacco prevention &
cessation. In her 16 years at ADHS, Sheila has been a leader in integration of
prevention programs, strategic planning, and the state’s work to reduce
prescription drug and opioid overdose. She received her Master of Social Work
degree from Temple University.