SOURCE: Sierra Tucson

Sierra Tucson

September 16, 2014 11:07 ET

Sierra Tucson Appoints Jaime W. Vinck to the Position of Chief Clinical Officer

Treatment Facility Continues to Enhance Staff With Addition of Rich Appert as Director of Intake

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2014) - Sierra Tucson, an international leader in the treatment of complex, co-occurring behavioral health disorders, has announced the appointment of Jaime W. Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, to the position of chief clinical officer. Rich Appert also joins the facility as director of intake.

Practicing psychotherapy in Arizona for more than ten years, Vinck is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. In addition to developing and maintaining a successful private practice in Scottsdale, Vinck is the founder of Hoofprints to Healing™ an Equine Psychotherapy program targeted at addressing the emotions underlying addiction.

Appert's experience in the behavioral health admissions has included management positions at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Seaside Palm Beach in Southern Florida. He has developed successful systems in admissions, alumni teams and insurance departments, and has collaborated with managed care companies to advocate for patients.

"Sierra Tucson has always strived to provide compassionate care and clinical excellence to our patients, and the addition of Jaime Vinck and Rich Appert will bring the type of knowledge base and experience that support our facility's goals," said Dr. Phil Herschman, executive director at Sierra Tucson. "Jaime's depth of experience in the field of addiction and knowledge from her own Equine Psychotherapy Program enhances Sierra Tucson's comprehension in this discipline. On the operational end, we look forward to bringing Rich's talents together with the Intake team and provide the best service to patients and families that have the courage to ask for help."

Before joining Sierra Tucson, Vinck's professional career included working with a variety of treatment programs serving as dual residential therapist, family education therapist, outpatient services director and corporate clinical director. She continues to teach in the Master of Counseling Program at Grand Canyon University as an adjunct faculty member. Before Appert's move to the West Coast, he started a nonprofit that helped install recreational facilities in Palm Beach county parks. Appert received his B.A. from Rutgers University and worked in financial services before moving into behavioral health.

About Sierra Tucson
Sierra Tucson is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral health programs in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced, empirically validated treatment. Serving over 41,000 patients daily in over 140 treatment programs in 33 states, since 1995, CRC programs have helped thousands of individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, please visit

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  • Media contact:
    Christine Simmons
    LFPR (for Sierra Tucson)
    949-502-6200 ext. 320