The Clinical Quality that You Deserve
At Sierra Tucson, we believe that quality medical care should never be a part-time responsibility. Unlike many residential recovery programs (which contract with local physicians to provide limited on-site consultations), we have an on-site team of staff physicians whose sole focus is providing world-class treatment to our patients. When you enter treatment with us, you can rest assured that you will receive the quality medical care that you deserve every single day. This team of talented and dedicated medical professionals communicate and collaborate with the entire treatment team, which means that patient care is always given in a comprehensive and highly coordinated manner.
When you enter treatment with us, you can rest assured that you will receive the quality medical care that you deserve every single day.
Having this team of talented and dedicated medical professionals on site every day also allows for ongoing communication and collaboration — which means that patient care is always provided in both a comprehensive and highly coordinated manner.
Meet Our Team of Doctors
Interim Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chief of Pain Medicine
Dr. Jerry Lerner joined Sierra Tucson’s medical team in December 2010 as Chief of Pain Medicine and was appointed Interim Medical Director in December 2012. Wisconsin born and raised, Dr. Lerner received his medical education and specialty training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Lerner has investigated pain from many perspectives. In addition to his medical and physiatric training and experience, he has studied and trained in myofascial release, cranio-sacral therapy, osteopathic manipulation, mindfulness meditation, nutrition, life coaching, and trauma recovery. His treatment philosophy is to serve as a guide and facilitator, bringing together knowledge and appreciation of medical, surgical, rehabilitation, and alternative strategies to serve individuals with pain, trauma, and disabilities. Dr. Lerner brings a quarter century of clinical and leadership experience to his work. He is the former medical director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital, Mount Carmel Health and Rehabilitation Center, Performance Enhancement Rehabilitation, and The Center for Integrative Pain and Rehab. He owned and operated a private practice for 15 years as well as developed and operated Selfcares, a wellness spa. He has been a clinical instructor at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 20 years and has served frequently as a medical-legal expert on cases involving injuries, pain, and disability.
Dr. Harry Goldwasser, a Board-certified Psychiatrist, has served patients at Sierra Tucson since 2007. His training includes a tour of great southern public institutions: undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Genetics at the University of Georgia; medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa and, finally, internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.Dr. Goldwasser has a compelling professional interest in helping others who suffer with psychiatric and addictive diseases. As a physician who has gone through treatment, Dr. Goldwasser brings a real understanding of the struggle that getting clean takes but the reward and serenity that recovery brings.
James Seymour, M.D.
Dr. James Seymour joined Sierra Tucson’s staff in June 2010. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia in 1983. He studied for three years with the American Institute of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and has practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings.His special areas of interest include addictions, eating disorders, trauma recovery, and both Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Seymour believes strongly in the resilience of the human spirit and sees the role of the psychiatrist as assisting the person in removing obstacles to the natural healing and recovery process.
Cleve Shirey, M.D., joined the staff of Sierra Tucson in August 2013. Dr. Shirey earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and his medical degree from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Dr. Shirey completed his residency in Psychiatry at Brown University School of Medicine in 1994. He is Board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shirey practiced in a variety of public and private settings in Alaska for 15 years. These included the state psychiatric institute, a private group where he was developer and medical director of psychiatric home health care and geriatric psychiatry consultation programs, and the state’s largest tertiary care medical center, where he provided inpatient care and psychiatric consultation services. Dr. Shirey also served as “traveling psychiatrist” to mental health centers in rural towns, acted as psychiatric consultant to a comprehensive pain management center, and operated a private psychiatric practice in Anchorage for several years. He taught medical students and psychiatry and family practice residents from the University of Washington Medical School as well as the Alaska Family Practice Residency and spoke at statewide healthcare conferences and local physician meetings throughout Alaska. Beginning in 2009 at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center in Tucson, Dr.Shirey served in multidisciplinary teams in the mental health clinic and taught psychiatry residents from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Shirey brings to his work at Sierra Tucson a strong interest in integrative psychiatry; an abiding interest in the interface between psychiatry, internal medicine, and neurology; and a passion for patient-centered care.
Medical Director for the Eating Disorders Program
Dr. Nia Sipp joined Sierra Tucson’s medical team in December 2012. After quickly developing a reputation for compassionate, expert care and strong clinical leadership, she was named Medical Director for the Eating Disorders Program in July 2013. Dr. Sipp received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed Fellowships in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. She is board-certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Sipp relocated from the Atlanta area where she was on staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Willowbrooke at Tanner and was in private practice with Meridian Psychiatric Associates. She has received several national recognitions including 2007 Recipient of the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Award.
Sexual Compulsivity Therapist
Shannon Sticken, Psy.D., CSAT, CMAT, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist. Dr. Sticken joined Sierra Tucson in April 2012 as a contract psychologist. At Sierra Tucson she conducts psychological evaluations and facilitates sexual compulsivity work. After earning her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska, she obtained her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Sticken completed her doctoral internship at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology (formerly Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium). She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Gratitude Program (formerly known as Gentle Path at Pine Grove Behavioral Health), a sexual addiction residential treatment facility, where she worked directly with Dr. Patrick Carnes. Dr. Sticken is a member of the following organizations: American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association, Southern Arizona Psychological Association, and International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
Learn More Today
For extended biographies of our team of physicians, and for information about all other members of the Sierra Tucson team, please visit our Staff page.
To get help for yourself or a loved one, call us at 800-842-4487 or fill out our confidential online contact form.