WHI of Arizona was launched by a group of women in the healthcare industry who saw the gap in women's mental care specifically during pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. Focus was almost exclusively on the health of the baby, infant or child, while women who needed support were usually silent or at a loss of where to turn. From this realization, WHI of Arizona began.
Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC
Sharla Best, MS, MFT
CEO - Cheeers Recovery Center
Michelle Cabinillas, LMSW
Social Worker - Roosevelt School District
Mary Lopez, RN
Director of Nursing and Compliance-Desert Cove Recovery
Patience Breinholt, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources - Unicon
Native American Connections, SAMHSA Program Director
Michelle Lacy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with specialized training in diagnosing and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She has been a member of Postpartum Support International and is currently serving as Board President for the Arizona Chapter. Michelle is a trainer for PSI's official Certificate Training: Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care. Michelle has been a recipient of the Jane Honikman award for outstanding service to perinatal women and families. She is also a founding member and served as Vice President of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing best practices to perinatal women and their families. While serving in the coalition she was a co-creator of Arizona’s two day continuing education course, “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Assessment and Treatment.”
Michelle received her Master's degree from the University of Arizona in Rehabilitation Counseling and has been practicing since 1995. Michelle has worked in the non-profit arena and in private practice serving women and families since then. Her passion is to support and encourage women as they move through life transitions and manage struggles with their mood while using best practice in treatment. She has extensive training in treating trauma and is EMDR trained. Michelle has worked with the team associated with Women’ Health Innovations since 2004, offering her expertise and also representing women’s best practice programs on a national level serving on an advisory committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Pregnant and Postpartum Discretionary grants program.
Michelle is a co-author of “Mind-Body-Soul Sisters: A Journey to Authentic, Christ-Centered Friendships”. Michelle is founding member of the Mind, Body, Soul Sister Ministry. The mission of the ministry is to empower women to trust God as they open their hearts and share their souls while growing in relationship with one another.
Sharla Best began her career as a pre-med student in 2001. Her undergraduate work included working with postpartum mothers and infants, and assisting patients in emergency and crisis situations within local hospitals in the Phoenix Metro Area. After graduation, Sharla began practice in the behavioral health field working primarily with women and children in need of family preservation or reunification services. Her area of expertise and experience involves working with mothers and infants on bonding and attachment as well as providing individual, group, family and couples counseling to those struggling with substance use and mental health disorders.
For more than eight years, Sharla worked in a leadership capacity at Center for Hope, a program for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. She served as the Family Services Coordinator for a multi-year $1.2 million SAMHSA expansion grant for pregnant and parenting women. Using her experience in program management, and her skill in maintaining collaborative relationships with community partners, as well as her ability to engage family members effectively, Sharla and her team successfully fulfilled the grant objectives. As a result, the project reduced the number of infants born exposed to substances, and fathers and family members became engaged in the recovery process.
Sharla serves as WHI's Director of Clinical Operations where she will continue to fulfill her interest in and commitment to providing services to Arizona’s families. Specifically, she will ensure that WHI uses service delivery models that incorporate the importance of the relational/cultural influences in human development and individual and family health and wellness, as well in our local communities. Sharla earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Family Development from Arizona State University in 2005 and obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University in 2010.
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1166 E. Warner Rd., Ste. 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296, US
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment