Ahwatukee Health and Recovery

Outpatient Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and General Mental Health Counseling

We are an outpatient clinic that offers counseling for general mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief/loss, couples counseling, family counseling, and more.  We, also, offer medical services for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, such as an in home detoxification or medication maintenance.

We believe that to treat addiction, you must together treat the body for physical symptoms and the mind for behavioral triggers. Physical and mental withdrawal symptoms may last after over a year of sobriety. Some physical symptoms may include nausea, exhaustion, seizures, joint aches, increased sweating, hot flashes, muscle spasms, and headaches. Some mental withdrawal symptoms include severe cravings, depression, anxiety, drug-induced psychosis, or an inability to fall or stay asleep.

We strongly believe treating the mind and body together is a proven fact for a higher success rate of recovery. At Ahwatukee Health Care and Recovery, our state of the art recovery model is about treating the body with our exceptional medical team, in correspondence with treating the mind through therapy with our comprehensive clinical team. We will schedule your appointment to meet with your doctor and therapist all within the same visit to you can learn more about how we can help you. It’s that easy.

Ahwatukee Health and Recovery creates a unique treatment plan and relapse prevention plan that includes:

Medication Assisted Treatment
In home detoxification
Evidenced based clinical practices
Family education and therapy
Educational Seminars and community outreach
Access to community-based programs, such as AA or NA
Creation of a sober support network outside of the treatment center
Recognition and understanding of relapse triggers

Meet our Experienced Providers and Staff

Dr. Daniel Pacheco, MD, MA

Dr. Daniel M. Pacheco is a board certified Internal Medicine physician, who is also certified to provide Suboxone treatment. He brings a unique background of being a former Masters level mental health/substance abuse counselor, prior to becoming a physician. Dr. Pacheco has worked in a variety of inpatient/outpatients settings as a physician and chief medical officer. Having this vast experience allows him to better understand and treat those with addictions. His passion is helping others make positive changes in their lives and treating the whole person.

Ms. Samantha Higgins, LPC-S

Ms. Samantha Higgins is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10+ years experience as a licensed practitioner in the field of addiction.  She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Master’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Ms. Higgins has worked in a wide array of settings including acute hospital, residential treatment, and outpatient services.  As a crisis specialist, Ms. Higgins has counseled patients with trauma, psychotic episodes, and potential overdoses. Her extensive background in addiction, mental health, and crisis intervention makes her thoroughly prepared to address and treat each individual’s specific needs.  Her passion is to help others during their journey to obtain a healthy and successful life.

Ms. Andrea Boyd, LISAC MAC LAC

Ms. Andrea Boyd is a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and a Licensed Associate Counselor with 15 years’ experience.  She has a desire to work with people who are motivated to make lifestyle changes to better their relationships and create a fulfilling life.  Counseling can be a positive tool for change and self-improvement, allowing each of us to understand ourselves and others better.  She comes with a wide range of experience that can assist in meeting your needs/goals.  She is trained in DBT, CBT, MRT and EMDR.  She has a vast experience working in addiction and trauma.

Her goal is to provide a safe and empathetic setting, you will be able to challenge yourself and make positive change.   She’s worked with people from ages 12 and up in a variety of settings from residential, inpatient, MAT and outpatient treatment.  She looks forward to accompanying you on your journey!


  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis

Ms. Katherine Sarina, BA, Administrator

Ms. Katherine Sarina, BA, holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California.  She gained her experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse when she worked in a licensed sub-acute detox, residential, and outpatient clinic performing utilization review, case management, and intake in Southern California.  She, also, gained experience in behavior modification as an ABA therapist and as a research assistant for smoking cessation at the University of Southern California.  Ms. Sarina wanted to create an ethical, transparent outpatient program because she saw the lack of outpatient medical and clinical treatment for those who were not able to go inpatient but still needed some level of support.  Her mission is to provide restoration and hope to anybody who wants it; she believe that everybody is worthy and loved by God and should be treated accordingly.

Ms. Joselyn Todechine, MA

Ms. Joselyn Todechine is a Front and Back office Medical Assistant. She has gained a strong sense of devotion for the medical field and has received her Certification in Medical Assisting from Pima Medical Institute. She also has experience in an array of medical settings of which include OB/GYN, an essential part of treating pregnant women recover from substance abuse. She enjoys helping others and making everyone around her happy.

Her passion is seeing patients get well; “I love helping patients and enjoy seeing them getting well and to be able to be themselves again.  Our patients are special and its good to see them on track with their recovery.”