Meet the Staff at Valley Fresno
Amy Spier, M.S., LMFT
Amy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience in the human services field both as a direct care provider and as an administrator of programs and services. Amy has provided care as a registered clinician through the Board of Behavioral Sciences in both residential and outpatient substance abuse clinics, outpatient mental health clinics, as well as programs that serve individuals with developmental delays and disabilities and children on the autism spectrum.
Amy’s leadership and administrative experience began in Fresno, as she spearheaded a new mental health program as a division of a dual diagnosis residential reunification focused substance abuse treatment center for women and children in the child welfare system. She then served as a program coordinator/administrator for an outpatient mental health clinic in Sacramento, where she was also the substance abuse liaison. Amy then returned to the Central Valley to take the lead in launching Valley Recovery Center of California’s Fresno Outpatient program, where she has remained the director since the program’s birth.
Amy received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University Fresno. As a proud alumnus of CSU Fresno, Amy is thrilled to have returned to the Central Valley, where she can apply the experience she has acquired in her various positions to the community she is passionate about. Amy also serves as a member of the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Safety Council at Fresno State, which allows her to remain an active contributor to the culture of the campus she cares a great deal for both professionally and personally. Amy also has a love of animals and when not at work can be found adopting every stray puppy that wanders her way.
Sara Caldwell, B.S.
Administrative Assistant/Financial Liaison
Sara comes to us with a myriad of experience that combines to lend to her providing a warm, welcoming environment for our clients. Sara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from CSU Fresno. Sara was a member of the Fresno State Marching Band, and continues to invest in her musical passion by serving as a long time percussion instructor for Fresno Unified School District.
Sara has extensive background in the medical field as well as retail management, and she prides herself on her passion for service and providing an environment that allows for quality, dignified care. Clients will work with Sara throughout the admission process, as well as utilizing her as their point person for all scheduling and financial service needs. Outside of work, Sara can be found spending time with her fur children (one dog and one cat), enjoying live music, and attending sporting events.
Tiffany Vasquez, M.S., IMF
Tiffany graduated from CSU Fresno where she earned her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a registered clinician with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, and is currently in the final stages of completing her Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential. Tiffany attended UC Riverside where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. While in Southern California, Tiffany also served as a board member for a non-profit organization that empowered women and youth. She supplemented this by volunteering at a runaway shelter for teens, and it was through this challenging and rewarding work that Tiffany found her passion in the human services industry.
Tiffany was born and raised in Fresno, and has a strong passion for this community. Because of this, she decided to take everything she had learned in her studies and returned to Fresno to complete her graduate work. While broadening her clinical experience, she has assisted children, families, individuals and couples in therapeutic setting. She has additional specialized experience in co-parenting and anger management groups, as well as varied experience in the educational setting.
When not broadening her experience in the field where she has found her passion, Tiffany spends time engaging in her love for sports or watching movies.
Mindfulness and Movement Specialist
Shavon has been involved with teaching movement based art for 19 years. Through this time she has had the pleasure of teaching multiple high schools, universities, and non-profit organizations throughout the country. Shavon is fortunate enough that her occupation has led to a great variety of life experiences, both professionally and personally. Being able to work with a wide range of students, she realized her passion was deeply rooted in the human connection, which inspired her to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Her education and work experience have not only helped enhance the artistic aspect of her work, but has allowed her to create a new way of teaching; one that is driven by communication and mindfulness. Shavon has been able to develop work and programming in areas that focus on the connection between mindfulness, movement, breath, and mediation. This approach fits seamlessly into Valley Recovery Center’s commitment to treating the ‘whole person’. Not only does Shavon truly believe in the combination of these practices, she has personally benefitted in the use and development of these techniques, and is looking forward to expanding this work at Valley Recovery Center. Shavon is truly excited about the opportunity to be a part of this innovative program!
Angie Keys, M.S., IMF
Specialized AOD Educator
Angie has worked in the social service sector for the past seven years, providing case management and therapeutic services to a variety of populations that include pregnant and parenting teens, probationers, and dual diagnosis individuals. Angie has also provided psychotherapy to at-risk youth for the past three years within the Central Valley. Most recently, she has garnered experience working at a level 12-group home providing individual therapy and crisis intervention, as well as providing therapy at a local psychiatry office. Angie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at U.C. Riverside, where she was also a division one collegiate volleyball player, which gives her a unique understanding of the pressures in the collegiate setting. This experience has allowed Angie to find a perfect fit as Valley Recovery’s collegiate AOD issues specialist. Angie then completed her Master’s in Marriage Family and Children’s Counseling at University of Phoenix, and is currently completing her Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on cognitive behaviors at Grand Canyon University.
Angie has lived in the Central Valley for the past six years and enjoys working with diverse populations who are in need of assistance. Having provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families in the Fresno community, the local population has become something Angie is passionate about and looks forward to continuing to serve here at Valley Recovery Center!
David Burke, LAADC-CA, IS
Hiring a professional interventionist to help perform the intervention is a great step towards success. David Burke works in the Fresno area helping families identify what needs to change in order for things to get better. If a family is seeking consultation for substance abuse intervention, David knows things in the individual’s life are not going well. He reviews each family as a unique entity with their own set of challenges requiring specialized intervention. The intervention is conducted with the upmost care and professionalism. David designs the intervention plan to get the individual to accept help and go directly into treatment.
You may ask, why hire a professional interventionist? When one is suffering from a self-destructive harmful addiction, they sometimes need help in realizing they are suffering from a problem. Addiction can be like having blinders on; the individual cannot see the harm they are causing in their lives and the lives around them. This is when someone with David’s intervention skills may be helpful. In the Sacramento area, David works as a professional interventionist to place individuals in the most appropriate residential or outpatient treatment facilities.
Intervention is a process. The first part of an intervention is the planning. Important people are gathered in the individual’s life such as family or close friends who do not participate in the addiction. With the help of the interventionist, the place of the intervention is determined. It should be a place that the individual can easily go to without suspicion. Research into a rehabilitation facility, such as those in the Fresno area, should be done prior to any intervention. David can help find an appropriate place for them to go to for treatment after the intervention is completed. Role playing may be utilized to prepare for different scenarios. David assesses the individual and their family to determine the best action plan to put in place.
In the Fresno area, a professional interventionist can help your family develop a plan which will have a much high chance at satisfactory results for the individual and their loved ones.