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Joy Sutton

Joy Sutton, director of corporate communications for American Addiction Centers, started her career as a journalist. She served as the health reporter/anchor for CBS affiliate WDBJ for more than a decade. Other career highlights include covering the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton and the Virginia Tech shootings as well as launching her own television talk show.

After leaving the news business, she worked as a marketing communications manager for HCA Southwest Virginia for several years prior to joining American Addiction Centers in 2016.

Joy is a proud graduate of Howard University where she received her degree in journalism. She also holds a Master’s degree in Health Promotions from Virginia Tech.

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The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Emily Guarnotta, PsyD

Emily Guarnotta holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has a special interest in treating and spreading awareness on drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. She has clinical experience working with dual diagnosis clients in residential and outpatient settings, older adults in nursing homes, and clients with severe mental illness.

Emily also works in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and significant life changes.

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The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Sherry M. Adler

Sherry M. Adler covers a wide range of industries and topics as a freelance writer. She has a passion for her craft and the world at large. Dedicated to using the power of words to inform and energize stakeholders, she named her business WriteResults NY, LLC.

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The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Lindsey Simpkins

Lindsey Simpkins is a seasoned learning and development professional with more than 13 years of experience in adult learning, including instructional design, facilitation, talent assessment, leadership development and organizational development. Lindsey is currently the Senior Training Manager for the American Addictions Admissions Center.

Lindsey received her B.A. in Humanities from Kentucky Christian University with a Minor in History and a focus on Spanish Language studies. In 2014, Lindsey was awarded a Master Instructional Designer certification from the Association for Training and Development (ATD) and holds a Performance Consultant certification from the same organization.

A married mom of 2, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family, planning vacations, theater, music and reading.

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Sophie Stein, A.P.R.N.

Sophie Stein is a Clinical Editor at American Addiction Centers.

She received her master’s of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is credentialed by the ANCC as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (P.M.H.N.P.) and is licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse. Sophie previously worked as a P.M.H.N.P. at an outpatient psychiatric practice providing mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults. She performed patient evaluations and medication management, including using pharmacogenetic testing to guide her treatment plans.

Sophie is passionate about helping those struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders, and she believes that providing those individuals and their loved ones with thorough, accurate educational resources is essential. This is what led her to her current position as clinical editor at American Addiction Centers, where Sophie works to ensure the information provided is reliable and up to date.

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Scot Thomas, M.D.

Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. During his medical studies, Dr. Thomas saw firsthand the multitude of lives impacted by struggles with substance abuse and addiction, motivating him to seek a clinical psychiatry preceptorship at the San Diego VA Hospital’s Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program.

In his post-graduate clinical work, Dr. Thomas later applied the tenets he learned to help guide his therapeutic approach with many patients in need of substance treatment. In his current capacity as Senior Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Dr. Thomas, works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Amanda Lautieri

Amanda Lautieri is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert for Desert Hope Treatment Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree and has reviewed thousands of medical articles on substance abuse and addiction. Amanda has 15 years of professional editing experience that includes working as a web editor for several major online publishers and editing medical content ranging from academic texts to online training and recertification courses for emergency medical service responders.

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Dan Wagener

Dan Wagener, M.A., is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers (AAC). Before AAC, he worked for a government contractor in the Washington, D.C. area, where he edited websites for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Prior to that, he was Senior Manager of Web Content and Communications Manager at the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Senior Managing Editor at the Center for American Progress, a political think tank in D.C. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from La Salle University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lewis & Clark College. He has worked at substance abuse and mental health treatment programs for teens and adults.

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...

Editorial Staff

The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed thousands of pages for accuracy and relevance. Our reviewers consistently monitor the latest research from SAMHSA, NIDA, and other reputable sources to provide our readers the most accurate content on the web.

The AAC editorial staff includes:

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Desert Hope Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed ...