WHI of Arizona was launched by a group of individuals 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.
Today, we have a team of professionals dedicated to changing the dialogue about Perinatal Mood Disorders. We invite you to take a moment and meet our staff. It is our pleasure to work with professionals and trained mentors who are experienced in this specialized area of mental health. Our therapists and support coaches are here to help and answer your questions. Feel free to reach out to us at any time so that we can connect you with the proper resources.
Michelle Lacy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with specialized training in diagnosing and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Her passion has always been in assisting women as they move through life and are challenged by struggles with mood disorders. She has been a member of Postpartum Support International and is currently serving as Board President for the Arizona Chapter. Michelle is also a founding member and served as Vice President of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition. While serving in the coalition she was co-created Arizona’s two day continuing education course, “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Assessment and Treatment.” For her work, Michelle received the Jane Honikman award for outstanding service to perinatal women and families. Michelle is actively involved in the Arizona community and received her master's degree from the University of Arizona in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has been in private practice and nonprofits since 1995 and joined WHI of Arizona in 2015.
Sharla Best 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. Sharla began here professional practice in the behavioral health field working primarily with women and children in need of family preservation or reunification services. She specializes in working with mothers and infants on bonding/attachment and counseling to those struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. Sharla worked at Center for Hope, a program for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. In addition, she served as the Family Services Coordinator for a multi-year $1.2 million SAMHSA expansion grant for pregnant and parenting women that successfully reduced the number of infants born exposed to substances, and fathers became more engaged in the recovery process. Today, Sharla serves as WHI's Director of Clinical Operations where she continues her commitment to providing services to Arizona’s families.
Kim Kriesel is a Licensed Associate Counselor through the state of Arizona and received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about helping moms navigate their journey to and through motherhood. In order to serve women in this capacity, she has obtained advanced training in the areas of infertility, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and infant loss. Additionally, Kim is EMDR trained and a certified provider through the MISS Foundation. She is an Arizona native, enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children, as well as, volunteering in the community as a member of the Crisis Response Team for Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department.
Shamesha Sheffield graduated from Arizona State University in 2010 with a degree in Women and Gender Studies. During college and after graduation, Shamesha worked with mothers and children experiencing trauma from domestic violence. More recently, her work has expanded to women in domestic violence situations who have turned to substance abuse and alcohol as a coping mechanism. Shamesha enjoys supporting women through her role as a coach for WHI. Her full-time job is mom to her three beautiful sons.
Jill Moore is one of WHI’s specially trained coaches. She was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Arizona in 2002 where she met her husband Geoff. After struggling with infertility treatments, Jill and Geoff were blessed with their daughter Carli in 2014. Jill has a passion for working with moms and families that have dealt with infertility and substance abuse problems. She has been in recovery since 2008 and has a unique ability to empathize with others in similar situations. In her spare time, Jill enjoys being with her family and her three special-needs dogs
Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC Leadership
Sharla Best, MS, MFT Leadership
Kimberly Craig CEO - Cheeers Recovery
Center Board Chair/Treasurer
Michelle Cabanillas, LMSW Social
Worker - Roosevelt School District Secretary
Mary Lopez, RN Director of Nursing and Compliance-Desert Cove Recovery Board Member
Patience Breinholt, SHRM-SCP, SPHR Vice President of Human Resources - Unicon Board Member
Diana Kramer - Native American Connections, SAMHSA Program Director
We welcome questions from mothers, families and other healthcare professionals. Please email or call us.
1166 E. Warner Rd., Ste. 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296, US
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment