Dr. Ryan House:
Born and raised in Phoenix, Dr. House is a co-founder of Mental Health Center of America, a multidisciplinary, outpatient mental health treatment center. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and business from Pepperdine University. After spending the first 10 years of his career in business while transitioning back to psychology in 2016, Dr. House graduated from Midwestern University’s Clinical Psychology Program in 2021 and completed a psychology doctoral internship at Southwest Behavioral & Health Services. Dr. House is also a RxP Committee co-chair for the Arizona Psychological Association, where he is working on legislation that will allow a path for specially-trained clinical psychologists the right to prescribe medication.
After leaving a career as a firefighter/EMT in Scottsdale, Law has been an integral part of many successful nonprofit and for-profit companies, including co-founding 1MISSION, a community development organization that has built over 950 houses throughout Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2008; Mission Create, a non-profit incubator that successfully launched over 90 nonprofits throughout the U.S.; and The Zach Hoffpauir Project, a nonprofit bringing mental health resources to student athletes.
Law’s own personal mental health journey is the motivation behind his recent focus on the global mental health crisis. He is passionate about developing a comprehensive mental health center to address the fractured and confusing system.
What does it mean to be an innovator to you?
Dr. Ryan House: Life is continuously changing, which means that we need to be willing to change with it. For me, this doesn’t mean that we blindly subscribe to the old adage, “out with the old and in with the new”… but we leverage what we have learned from our past in effort to support a better future.
Jason Law: An innovator is someone who creates a better way of doing something. Hopefully, for the better of mankind.
Southwest Behavioral and Health Services
With experience in the behavioral healthcare industry since 2009, Steven Sheets has served as president and CEO of Southwest Behavioral & Health Services since 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University and his master’s in professional counseling from Ottawa University. Sheets has held an Arizona Independent Professional Counseling license since 2016. www.sbhservices.org
Embark Behavioral Health
For the past 10 years, Alex Stavros has been CEO at Chandler-based Embark Behavioral Health, an organization dedicated to premier mental health treatment for teens and young adults across the U.S. Prior to Embark, Stavros was the founder and managing partner of a social investment fund focused on acquiring and leading mission-driven businesses. While at Stanford University, Alex earned an MBA specializing in social entrepreneurship and a public management certificate, and was also a Rising Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a world-renowned public policy think tank. The son of missionaries, Alex grew up in Peru, living and playing alongside the troubled youth and orphans of Lima’s slums. Alex is passionate about the topic of happiness versus joy, and the idea of using business as a force for good—how “doing good” is good business. www.embarkbh.com, @alex.stavros
The Phoenix Counseling Collective
Caleb Mitchell is the co-founder of The Phoenix Counseling Collective, a group of therapists based out of a historic home in downtown Phoenix that offer a welcoming and safe place for individuals of all walks of life to grow and flourish. A licensed professional counselor and supervisor in the state of Arizona, Mitchell believes that his work as a counselor is to facilitate a process where clients listen to their stories, are mindful of their bodies and become aware of their internal experiences. www.phxcounselingcollective.com, @phxcounselingcollective
Dr. Alison Reuter
The Reuter Center
Dr. Alison Reuter is an Arizona licensed psychologist, board certified in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Reuter works in private practice where she conducts evaluations (both private and forensic), and also provides family and professional consultation and counseling. In addition, Dr. Reuter works within an acute inpatient medical setting at Encompass Health Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, specializing in evaluation of and support for individuals with acquired brain injuries and other medical diagnoses. She is a member of the board of the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium, which creates and oversees quality postdoctoral training sites throughout the state. She earned her doctoral degree at Arizona State University. www.thedoctorsreuter.com
Dr. Mona Amini
Dr. Mona Amini is a psychiatry leader with a proven track record in mental health administration, clinical psychiatric care and advising. She enjoys leading complex clinical mental health operations for patients and families, as well as managing psychiatric medication management service delivery. Her mission for mental health is to deliver early intervention and support to individuals, destigmatize mental healthcare, and be a thought leader on approaches to revolutionary mental health treatment. www.mentalhealthcenter.com, @mentalhealthcenterofamerica