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.
Angela Phillips is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who for the last 9 years has specialized in working with children, teens, individuals and couples. She specializes in issues related to relationships, trauma, transitions, and loss, among other life challenges. These circumstances can foster anxiety, depression, problematic behaviors, and discontent.
Angela enjoys helping others discover their strengths and make positive changes to offer relief from emotional and relationship struggles. She believes strongly that addressing mental and emotional problems within the family system provides the best results. In addition to systems theory, Angela incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her work. Angela has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapeutic technique that can provide significant relief from trauma-related symptoms. Angela is an approved Clinical Supervisor through the AZBBHE and provides supervision to other professionals in the field as they work towards state licensure.
Reinaldo "Reggie" Sheffield is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work at Arizona State University. His passion is working with and supporting dads in the community through coaching, mentoring, and connecting them with local resources. Over the past few years, Reggie has been working with Arizona's Department of Child Safety. His desire is to expand programs that support dads and their families as they move through the first year postpartum and into parenting. While not working with others, Reggie enjoys time with his wife and 3 young sons.
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
Chris Garcia is a Perinatal Coach for WHI, who has been mentoring and walking alongside women for almost two decades. She specializes in moms and their families struggling with Perinatal Mood/Anxiety issues. Chris is recognized by the State of Arizona as a Certified Peer Support. She is not only highly-trained, but she herself has overcome Postpartum Anxiety with two of her four children. Chris’s knowledge and experience is especially helpful in quickly gaining the trust and giving hope to our WHI mothers. Her favorite thing is getting to enjoy the relationships she and her clients develop in the time they are together. She loves to see them declare victory over their struggle and succeed for their families.
Christina Loya graduated in 2008 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Right after college, she began working with children who had developmental disabilities and spectrum. Christina worked directly with these families in their homes as well as day programs providing private habilitation and respite care utilizing ABA techniques. Personally, Christina dealt with depression and anxiety throughout her three pregnancies. She sought treatment and learned various methods on how to deal with postpartum anxiety. Most recently, Christina became a Certified Peer Support Specialist. Her goal is to help other women overcome obstacles of motherhood and transform for the better; she understands first-hand the ripple effects it can have on families.
Anne Sabatini graduated in 2006 with a degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State in Minnesota. She moved to Arizona in 2005. Anne has spent the majority of her 12-year career working with women struggling with substance abuse issues and helping them build a strong and healthy relationship with their children and babies. She has also provided in home services for childhood development and provided community resources to at-risk families. Anne has been blessed with two beautiful children, and through her own battles, learned there is a lack of support for mom’s struggling with postpartum depression. Through WHI’s intake process, Anne connects woman to Therapists, Perinatal Coaches and community resources.
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