News & Media

For more than 35 years, Sierra Tucson has been a place of peace, hope, and healing. On our serene, 160-acre campus, experienced professionals provide integrative, evidence-based care to help men and women achieve lasting recovery from addiction and mental illness.

Sierra Tucson strives to be a renowned leader in clinical excellence and compassionate care. Below are just a few snippets of local, state and national-level mentions and interviews in the news media. Our goal is to help break the stigma that surrounds addiction and mental illness and promote the importance of mental wellness.


KGUN 9 On Your Side – Sierra Tucson Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony (April 11, 2018)

KGUN 9 On Your Side – Opioid Addiction: A battle toward recovery (April 5, 2018)

KGUN 9 On Your Side – Arizona’s Opioid Emergency: A story of recovery (March 29, 2018)

KGUN9 On Your Side – Sierra Tucson will expand to keep pace with opioid addiction (March 28, 2018)

Tucson News Now – How Horses Help Veterans (November 10, 2017)
In honor of Veterans Day, Tucson News Now featured a story about the benefits of equine therapy for veterans. Sierra Tucson Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, and Primary Therapist Vic Gilbert, MSW, LISAC, explain how horses have the remarkable ability to heal individuals who are struggling with PTSD.

How A Naturopathic Doctor Can Change Your Life (October 9, 2017)
Maureen Schwehr, NMD, director of integrative services at Sierra Tucson, was featured on KGUN9’s “The Morning Blend” in Tucson, AZ, to discuss naturopathic medicine for the treatment of chronic pain and other related conditions.

AZTV7Arizona Daily Mix – The Opioid Epidemic – Prevention, Recognition & Treatment (August 28, 2017)
Teresa Jackson, MD, director of the Addiction Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson, was featured on the Arizona Daily Mix (AZTV7) to discuss the opioid epidemic, including prevention, recognition and treatment.

KGUN9 Tucson Morning Blend – How to Communicate Better with Family Members (May 25, 2017)
Sierra Tucson’s Family Program Manager Mike Gaziano, MSW, LCSW (WI), was featured on KGUN-9’s on May 25, 2017, to discuss healthy ways to communicate with family members.

KGUN9 Tucson Morning Blend – Alcohol Awareness Month (April 12, 2017)
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Teresa Jackson, MD, director of the Addictions / Co-occurring Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson, sat down with KGUN9’s Tucson Morning Blend to discuss statistics and consequences of alcohol abuse, as well as ways to get help.

KGUN9-TV – Connect365’s Mobile App (February 21, 2017)

Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, Chief Operations Officer of Sierra Tucson, discusses Connect365’s mobile app on KGUN9-TV.

KVOA – The Dangers of Social Media Addiction (January 31, 2017)
Sierra Tucson Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, weighs in on the harmful effects of social media addiction, and how it can lead to more serious conditions like depression and anxiety.

The Dangers Of Social Media Addiction (January 31, 2017)
Sierra Tucson Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, weighs in on the harmful effects of social media addiction, and how it can lead to more serious conditions like depression and anxiety.

Dr. Michael Genovese Discusses The Opioid Epidemic (October 26, 2016)
Sierra Tucson Chief Medical Officer Michael Genovese, MD, JD, sits down with the Arizona Daily Mix in Phoenix to talk about the overwhelming opioid epidemic today and ways to address this global crisis.

CCDC: Stop Prescribing Painkillers for Chronic Pain (May 27, 2016)
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of people who have died from overdosing on these drugs has more than tripled in last 20 years.


Articles about Sierra Tucson

US News & World Report: Why Fear is Good for Your Health (Oct 18, 2018)


AZ Big Media Article: Sierra Tucson builds Medical Power Team (September 19, 2018)

AZ Big Media Article: Sierra Tucson constructing behavioral health inpatient Lodge (August 31, 2018)

SHAPE Magazine: What Exactly Is Narcan and How Does It Work? (July 31, 2018)

KVOA News 4 Tucson Article: N4T Investigators: Counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl turning up in Tucson (July 31, 2018)

AZ Big Media Article: Sierra Tucson expands with inpatient lodge (April 11, 2018)

Holistic Horse Magazine: Healing Through Horses: The Benefits of Equine Therapy (April/May 2018)

Addiction Professional Article: Sierra Tucson Announces Hiring of Chief Medical Officer (March 15, 2018)

AZ Business Magazine Article: Can Therapy Make You a Better Business Leader? (March/April 2018)

AZ Big Media Article: On the Move: Business promotions, new hires, honors and appointments (March 12, 2018)

Newsweek Article: Texas Doctor Warns Marijuana Lowers IQ, Damages Brain—Research Shows He’s Wrong (March 8, 2018)

KOLD Tucson News Now Article: KOLD Investigates: Opioids Take Their Toll in Pima County (February 26, 2018)

Behavioral Healthcare Executive Article: Consider the Value of Equine Therapy (February 15, 2018)

Arizona Republic Article: Coping with Valentine’s Day During a Rough Patch (February 14, 2018)

Bustle Article: 7 Signs You May Have Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Not To Be Confused With OCD (January 23, 2018)

AZ Business Magazine Article: Sierra Tucson Hosts 10th Gratitude for Giving Celebration (December 7, 2017)

South Bay Accent Article, p. 74: Is Tech Hacking Our Brains? Cracking the Digital Addiction Code (Oct/Nov 2017)

Self Magazine Article: 6 Ways to Show Your Employees You Care About Their Mental Health (October 27, 2017)

US News & World Report Article: Is There a Link Between Sex Addiction and Sexual Harassment and Assault? (October 26, 2017)

Arizona’s Opioid Epidemic: Q & A with Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Jackson of Sierra Tucson (July 1, 2017)

Healthy Mom&Baby ArticleAm I at Risk for Maternal Depression? By Valerie Kading, DNP, MSN, Chief Medical Operations Officer, Sierra Tucson

Michelle Chacon, RN, certified TMS clinical operator at Sierra Tucson, was featured in the Spring 2017 IDF (Independent Doctors Federation) Newsletter.

How People With Social Anxiety Can Find, Land and Keep a Rewarding Job (March 6, 2017)

Fighting Addiction with Music Therapy: Recovery Programs Provide Solace Through Soundwaves (January 20, 2017)

Genovese Appointment Furthers Synergistic Relationship between University and Sierra Tucson, Opening Doors for Medical Students & Psychiatry Residents (July 17, 2015)

“Saving the Lives of Those Who Protect Us – #1stresponders, Medication and its Impacts…”  (July 10, 2015)


Sierra Tucson’s Chief Medical Officer Aaron Wilson, MD was featured on AZ Daily Mix for a segment on Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder S.A.D. (August 9, 2018)

Sierra Tucson’s Chief Executive Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, was featured on KJZZ 91.5 for a segment about “Current Events And Social Media Increase Stress” (February 9, 2018)

Jaime Vinck and Dr. Tena Moyer were featured on MASK PARENTS Weekly Radio Show, “Family Matters” (January 25, 2018)

Radio Rehab with Dayna Keyes – Dayna chats with Sierra Tucson’s Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck in a three-part series.

Part 1: Warning Signs
Part 2: Hiding Techniques
Part 3: High Functioning Addict

96.1 KLPX ‘Profiles in Business’ segment, featuring Sierra Tucson’s Chief Executive Officer Bill Anderson

KTAR – Arizona’s News Station – Recognizing signs, symptoms of post-traumatic stress in veterans (November 11, 2016)

Sierra Tucson Is ‘On the Air’ with That Sober Guy Radio (August 22, 2016)
Chief Medical Officer Michael Genovese, MD, JD, and Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Jane Vargas sit down with radio host Shane Ramer to discuss the 32-plus years of treatment Sierra Tucson has provided to individuals and families struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Recovering Addict Pays Forward Support in Southern Arizona (April 30, 2015)
Laura Fetherston, admissions coordinator and alumna of Sierra Tucson, talks about how Sierra Tucson helped her overcome addiction.