Timothy Westbrook – Executive Director
Timothy Westbrook is in the business of helping people recover from substance use disorders and process addictions.
Tim was born and raised in Southern California and spent his teen years in Oxnard, California. He attended the University of California, Davis where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business. Most of his post-college years were spent in the San Francisco Bay Area, until he moved to Arizona in 2006.
Struggles with substance addiction eventually began to affect every area of his life. By March of 2011, Tim hit his bottom and became willing to go to any lengths to get and stay sober. Through his journey out of addiction and in recovery, Tim brings experience, strength, and hope to the man who wants lifelong sobriety. His passion for health and fitness, long-term sobriety, and changing lives is not only what inspired him to open Camelback Recovery, but accounts for Camelback’s high success rate.
Today, Tim has held board positions for several non-profits, he actively works a 12-Step program, and he is well connected in the recovery community. He is also an Ironman and avid yogi. In the interest of furthering his education and becoming a better tool for Camelback Recovery, he obtained his Master’s of Science in Addiction Counseling at Grand Canyon University in 2016. His recovery has led him to living a happy, useful and whole life in sobriety.
Anthony Tatum – Program Director
Anthony Tatum was born in Southern California and was raised in Kennesaw, Georgia by two loving parents. After high school, Anthony received a full academic scholarship to Georgia State University to pursue his passions: business and marketing. Unfortunately as a result of the unmanageability of his active addiction, Anthony was forced to withdrawal from school.
In September of 2012, Anthony reluctantly agreed to complete inpatient drug treatment for the second time. During his treatment, the proverbial “miracle” took hold. Anthony became immersed in the 12 steps and the recovery community within central Phoenix. He took the suggestions of his peers to move into sober living after treatment. After being relieved of the plague of active addiction, he became passionate about helping others achieve the same.
In 2013 Anthony began working professionally in drug and alcohol treatment concurrently to his avocational work within the community. During his four-year tenure working at Calvary Healing Center in Phoenix, Anthony co-created program schedules, implemented policies and procedures, and managed 26 employees. Anthony believes in recovery and makes it his life’s work to help those suffering from addiction. He sponsors men through the twelve steps, volunteers on area service boards, and is an active member of the recovery community in Phoenix. Anthony has begun to finish his education, started a small business, and will be getting married in late 2018.
Danielle Zimmer – Marketing and Admissions Coordinator
Danielle Zimmer was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her mother and older brother. Having moved to the Valley of the Sun at the age of 13 to be with her father, she now considers Arizona her home.
Danielle’s substance use disorder began to take shape when she was only 13 years old. Addiction soon became Danielle’s life, controlling her every thought and behavior. After years of torment and emotional turmoil, Danielle’s personal journey in recovery began on March 23, 2010 when she decided to take the first step and seek treatment. This decision, Danielle believes, saved her from suffering the same fate as her mother, whose life was cut short by the disease of addiction.
With her active involvement in a program of recovery, Danielle is a prime example of hope, faith, and courage. She remains active in 12 step recovery, believing wholeheartedly in its transformative power.
Aside from work, Danielle enjoys fantasy football, feeding the homeless, playing volleyball, and spending time with her rambunctious dog, Fitz (short for Larry Fitzgerald). Go Cardinals!
Michele was born and raised on Long Island in New York. At the age of 12 her mom remarried an officer in the military and she began moving around the United States. She has lived in multiple states and eventually ended up in Colorado Springs. Michele’s drug addiction and alcoholism spiraled out of control in Colorado and she relocated to Arizona after high school in hopes to change her life. Michele’s problems followed her and she ended up in treatment at the age of 18. She knew that she would continue down a terrible road if she continued.
Michele surrendered immediately and started her journey of recovery. She has been sober and active in recovery since January 24, 2000. After treatment Michele pursed her degree in Counseling. She graduated from Counselor Training in 2003 and moved to Missouri to run an adolescent group at a well known treatment center. Michele specialized in adolescents and young adults for 5 years in Missouri. After a period of time she started to see a revolving door in the treatment world and left the industry to pursue her love of education. She attended Northern Arizona University and received her bachelors degree in Elementary Education.
Michele taught 1st grade for 10 years in Mesa but always missed helping others achieve long term sobriety. In 2017 a few of her friends approached her with an idea of creating post-discharge services that could help with the revolving door of treatment and lengthen accountability and support. Michele was sold on the new concepts and began to develop a system of support for post-discharge. During this process, the company she started working for developed an accountability app that could help with the services offered. Over the last year, Michele has worked with over 40 clients personally and has seen the effects of having additional support during and after treatment to help engage, direct, and hold a client accountable to their goals.
In August Camelback Recovery bought the license to use the app that Michele was using and they also signed her on to build out the support services to provide extra support and accountability to people early in recovery. We are excited to have such a passionate person on our team to develop quality continued care. Michele is passionate about helping others recover from their own addictions or codependent behaviors that keep them trapped in negative cycles. Michele is active in her own recovery. She sponsors many women and attends 12 step meetings. She also practices and teaches yoga to enrich her own spiritual life. In her free time she loves to spend time with her daughter, hike with her dog, and travel.