Chief Clinical Officer

Nicole oversees all aspects of Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ clinical programs. These services are available at all Lifewellness Centers throughout the valley. Nicole has extensive experience working in the provider community developing, implementing, evaluating programs using evidence based strategies.

Nicole brings over 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field and joined Lifewell Behavioral Wellness in 2002, having previously served as Clinical Director, outpatient manager and therapist.

Nicole earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix and at Rio Salado Community College teaching psychology and substance abuse courses. Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor.

On a personal note, Nicole enjoys spending time with family, sports, outdoor activities and traveling.


Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Amini manages and oversees the medical staff within Lifewell Behavioral Wellness. With experience in prior administrative roles, she seeks to utilize her knowledge in bringing evidence-based psychiatric care to both her staff and the behavioral health members. Her ultimate ambition is to help lead and redefine behavioral healthcare in Arizona.

Dr. Amini earned her M.D. through St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine and her M.B.A. through Davenport University. She completed her residency training through Banner- University Medical Center Phoenix and has held a vast array of clinical duties within the Valley including inpatient acute psychiatric care, consultation/liaision in medical settings, residential addiction treatment center consultation, telepsychiatry, outpatient therapy, outpatient community psychiatric care, and skilled nursing facility consultations.

As a native of Arizona, she is engaged in the Arizona chapter of the American Psychiatric Association (AZ Psychiatric Society) serving on its Executive Council since 2011 in an effort to serve her community. She is also a member of other national professional associations, including the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Amini enjoys spending time with her family and friends, photography, and traveling.


Senior Director of Community Living and Residential

Dan oversees Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ community living, transitional living programs and residential programs, providing clinical supervision and oversight, technical support, training and program development.

Since joining Lifewell Behavioral Wellness in 2005, Dan has served as an outpatient counselor, site program manager and associate director of level II residential services. He worked as a counselor at Tumbleweed Center for youth development and in various roles at Girls and Boys Town in Nebraska prior to joining Lifewell Behavioral Wellness.

Dan earned his Master’s Degree of Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dan is a sport’s fan and also coaches youth football. In his spare he enjoys spending time with his family.


Senior Director of Outpatient and Vocational Rehabilitation

Amber oversees Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ outpatient services including counseling, medication management, and vocational rehabilitation; providing clinical oversight, technical support, training, and program development.

Amber has worked in the behavioral health field for 16 years and joined Lifewell Behavioral Wellness in 2002. She started out as a case manager, transitioning to a program manager and then regional manager of outpatient and rehabilitation services.

Amber earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Arizona State University. She is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and Licensed Master Social Worker.

Amber enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Senior Director of Direct Care Clinics

Shana oversees Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ direct care clinics (Oak, Windsor, and South Mountain) providing administrative and clinical oversight to the clinic leadership, as well as training and development for staff. Shana transitioned with the three direct care clinics to Lifewell in August 2015.