In Balance

Staff Team

In Balance was founded in 1996 by Patrick and Betsy Barrasso, who still own and operate all of In Balance's programs. We opened In Balance Transitional Living in 2006 and have been thriving ever since. In Balance's Young Adult Services are ran by Tiffany Gallego and Daniel Barrasso. When people ask us, what makes our program different the answer is undoubtedly the people. From the Barrasso Family all the way to the overnight staff, we are a community and we are all invested. All of our life coaches are in their own recovery and they work here because the want to give back what they were given: a life free of drugs and alcohol and full of relationships, self confidence, success and happiness. Many of our staff are alumni which gives them the unique experience of having gone through this process already and the ability to relate with our current campus. Take a look at some of our staff below.


Daniel Barrasso, MSW

Program/Outreach Director | | 520.370.5333

Daniel Barrasso has a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Social Work degree through Arizona State University. He joined the team many years ago with plenty of relevant life and work experience. He previously worked at In Balance during its early stages, when he was a teenager, as a life coach at In Balance Academy, a group facilitator at In Balance Intensive Outpatient and as a life coach for In Balance Transitional Living. He decided to take a three year hiatus after his undergraduate degree in which he worked for a nationally recognized leader in adult residential treatment, where he proved to be a vital member of their team. After becoming lead of their Intake department and garnering extensive professional experience he chose to come back to In Balance to further his career. Daniel is responsible for outreach and admissions for In Balance Transitional Living and for In Balance Sober Living, he is the program director of the In Balance Young Adult Continuum and he is, what he loves the most, a therapist. 

"I am extremely excited about my place at In Balance. I grew up with an intense passion to help others, whether that meant volunteering at the Children's Hospital, staying overnight at a homeless shelter every Thanksgiving or helping a stranger on the side of the road. I've always known that I wanted to make a significant impact on young peoples' lives specifically; I just didn't know how I wanted to do it. I started off my college career looking to get a degree in education, become a teacher and have the ability to make a positive change in my students. My career path took an unexpected turn when I was asked to come work at In Balance one summer 16 years ago. From the second I came into contact with the population we serve and the dream that is In Balance I absolutely, positively knew that I could not see myself doing anything other than this. I believe full heartedly in the vision of In Balance and am thrilled to be part of the team. I am married to my bestfriend Rachel, and have 2 kids: James and Ella. My favorite hobbies are basketball, biking, outdoorsy stuff."

Tiffany Gallego, MSW

Program Director/Director of Clinical Services | | 520.909.7019

Tiffany Gallego is the program director and a therapist at In Balance Living. She carries a small case load, oversees the operations of In Balance Living, supervises the staff and residents and monitors all admissions. Tiffany started at the In Balance Intensive Outpatient Program in 1997. From there she helped with the planning and opening of In Balance Ranch Academy in 2002, serving as a milieu manager and primary therapist at the ranch. She received her Bachelor's in Special Education from the University of Arizona and Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University.

In 2006, Tiffany helped to develop the In Balance Transitional Living program. Tiffany and Patrick Barrasso, owner of In Balance, realized how difficult it was for young adults coming out of treatment to be thrown back into the same environment that got them into treatment in the first place. Often they would stumble in their recovery. It was Tiffany and Patrick's belief that this stumble was unnecessary. Transitional Living was the answer; it would provide a safe and recovery living environment that would allow residents to acclimate back into society at a manageable pace. They would be introduced to young people in recovery in the Tucson area, helping them to realize that their community of support goes far beyond anything they first realized. They could enroll in college classes, find a sponsor that would become essential to their growth, learn how to attain, maintain and succeed at a job. These individuals will achieve success and will take these accomplishments with them as they continue off on their life path.

Mitchell Hestad

Operations Director | | 520.561.7314

Mitchell Hestad is a life coach, as well as an alumni of the transitional living program. He is an active member of a 12 step fellowship, and has been sober since June 17th, 2010. After graduating the transitional living program Mitchell sought out employment at a local bakery while navigating the pitfalls of early recovery and independent living, before making the decision to pursue more meaningful work helping others. Besides work, Mitchell spends his time taking classes at Pima Community College, hiking, going to the gym, and riding his skateboard. Mitchell has an unwavering commitment to fostering change and growth in the lives of the students of transitional living. Mitch's body of work includes tutoring, mentoring, and teaching life skills. His steadfast commitment is represented both on campus and around the Tucson community.

J.B. Yewell, MPA, CAI, MSAC(c)

Primary Therapist

JB comes to In Balance with passion for recovery, and a first-hand experience alcoholism and addiction. After leaving behind a successful career in business and finance, JB shifted his focus to sharing the gift of recovery with others. He has spent the last few years working with residents and their families at a leading residential treatment center specializing in trauma and addiction. He is a Certified ARISE® Interventionist and has guided countless families through the process of recovery. In addition, JB holds a Master’s in Public Administration and is nearing completion of a Master’s in Addiction Counseling.

 “Getting and staying sober was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. It has also been the most rewarding! For years I struggled with alcoholism and eventually, heroin addiction. It took me to places I never thought I would be. For those on the outside, I had it all together; the beautiful family and a great job. On the inside, I was miserable and suffering. I didn’t know how to process traumatic events from my childhood, I was maladjusted to life.”

“What finally happened for me was nothing short of a miracle. After countless attempts at treatment and sobriety, I was finally given the gift of desperation. My family surrounded me with unending love and support. At that moment, I knew that my disease would provide one of two things: life or death. I chose life. I entered a program that allowed me time to rediscover myself. I learned how to cope with the issues that had been plaguing me for so long. I developed healthy, loving relationships. I was given one more opportunity at being the husband and father I was meant to be. I am living a life beyond my dreams. New doors have begun to open, for the first time in my entire life I feel free. Free to be the person I was meant to be. Free to be honest with myself and others. Finally free from the chains of trauma and addiction.”

In his free time, JB enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with his wife and children, travelling, and riding his Harley! 

Thomas Stall, LMSW

Primary Therapist

Thomas Stall received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, majoring in psychology with a minor in sociology. Thomas completed his Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. He is currently a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Arizona and is actively pursuing his Licensed Clinical Social Worker license.


Thomas’s introduction to the mental health field started in 2009 when he volunteered for a long-term residential treatment program for adolescents and young adults struggling with substance abuse disorders. During this volunteer opportunity, he experienced first hand how a positive peer culture acted as a catalyst to young adults making remarkable changes in their lives and the lives of those around them. Witnessing the transformation that the young adults made during his volunteer experience is what led him to make working in mental health his life-long pursuit. 


Since Thomas’s introduction to the mental health field in 2009, he has amassed a wide variety of experiences in the substance abuse and mental health fields. Experience includes: working for local non-profit mental health facilities, working with adolescents diagnosed with eating disorders and substance abuse disorders, working as a court appointed advocate for adults with substance abuse disorders, and most recently working as a therapist for adults and adolescents in a psychiatric hospital. Thomas has taken coursework in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is continuing to learn about transactional analysis. 


Thomas is excited to return to working in a residential treatment setting as he did during his first volunteer experience in 2009 and is eager for the opportunity to be a part of the recovery process for the adolescents and young adults at In Balance Continuum of Care. 


In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, and tending to his cactus garden. 

Ahmad Grigsby BSW, MA, ACE, CPT, PN HC

Primary Therapist

Ahmad Grigsby has an infectious passion to serve. For the past six years, Ahmad has worked diligently in seeking to inspire positive change as a crisis interventionist and a health and fitness coach in Tucson, AZ. 

As a graduate of the University of Kentucky, he was also a scholarship athlete playing defensive back from 2006 to 2009. Ahmad is a nationally certified fitness trainer through the American Council on Exercise and a certified health coach through Precision Nutrition. He has over 10 years’ experience in the sports and fitness industry as a player and coach. After Ahmad completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 2009, he pursued a professional football career, in conjunction with earning a master’s degree from the University of the Rockies in Psychology with a specialization in sports performance.

Ahmad is driven by his faith, family and a professional ethical code. Ahmad also believes that true lifestyle change stems from growing the connection of the mind and body. “Having a healthy and strong mind and body, is a great start towards being on the right track with finding your true happiness”.

Ahmad plans to bring consistent positive energy, optimism, a healthy lifestyle change model and a solution focused clinical eye to help enhance the recovery and transitional living process for his clients at In Balance. “If you can think it and believe it, you will achieve it. So, let’s get it”!!! 


Ahmad Grigsby is the older brother of former collegiate and NFL running back Nicolas Grigsby of University of Arizona, former University of Arizona running back Terris Jones Grigsby and former running back Marcellous Grigsby of Temple University.


When Ahmad is not working at In Balance, he loves to spend his free time conducting group fitness classes for the city of Tucson and is a private health and fitness coach to athletes and working professionals. Ahmad is a lifelong learner and enjoys spending quality time with his 4 children and wife.   

Lauren Impraim, MA, LPC

Primary Therapist

Lauren was born in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University. Since 2006, she has been working in diverse settings including inpatient, outpatient, juvenile probation and adolescent residential.

Throughout her time in the clinical field, Lauren has learned the importance of allowing clients to grow in their own time, while holding space for their process. She promotes a safe and comfortable environment for clients and their families to work through past wounds and help in building resilience. She works from an empathetic and empowering approach. Lauren integrates Solution-focused, Shame-Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral and Strength-based interventions. She is also trained in Level 1- and Level 2 EMDR. 

In her own time, Lauren finds herself involved in the 12-step recovery community. She is a sponsor and has a sponsor. Lauren is passionate about applying the tools she shares with others in her own life. She also enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Landon Rush, Ph.d Candidate

Primary Therapist

Landon has been with In Balance since 2012 where he completed his Master’s Degree clinical hours at the In Balance IOP, followed by his employment as a therapist at In Balance Academy (IBA).  During his time at IBA, Landon has been working on his PhD in Clinical Psychology.  Most of Landon’s clinical work has focused on substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, and depression, but he is skilled in treating clients who are experiencing a range of different problems.  He has worked in the field of substance abuse and psychology since 2008, starting with his time treating CPS cases, doing in-home family therapy for low-income families with a non-profit organization in Tucson, and working at the Vet Center.


His doctoral clinical hours were spent helping clients deal with individual and family problems using a range of different modalities.  Landon’s dissertation and research at the Phoenix VA Hospital focused on assessing PTSD and Depression scales to predict if someone is at risk for suicidality and what the best method of treatment is, then how to apply that treatment to each individual experiencing their symptoms.  Landon has treated clients with a range of struggles paired with their substance abuse over the years and has always brought a thoughtful, but straight forward approach that is key in treating individuals and families struggling with substance abuse.


Landon has an extensive background with the military and much of his military career path has been influenced by what he’s experienced in combat and seen during his years in the Army.  He enlisted in the United States Army (2003) right out of high school and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq during OIF 1 (2003-2004), with the following years spent stationed in Germany.  In 2007, Landon joined the Arizona Army National Guard and commissioned in 2013 through the Arizona Military Academy as an Infantry Officer.  He deployed to Afghanistan in 2018-2019 as an Infantry Company Commander and Senior Advising OIC (Officer-in-Charge) while advising Afghan National Army (ANA) leadership in Western Afghanistan.  Landon currently continues to serve in the Arizona Army National Guard as an officer.


Landon and his family are Arizona natives and have spent most of their lives here.  He has been married to his wife, Kelle, since 2012 and they have 3 kids, Leo, Oliver, and Frances.  He enjoys being outdoors and has a love for classic cars.

Sean Foley

Assistant Operations Director

Sean is a lead life coach here at In Balance Transitional Living. He is a Tucson native. Sean really excels in building genuine, honest, and meaningful connections with our students. Recovery has allowed him to be a father to 2 beautiful daughters and a husband to an amazing wife. He strives to encourage our students to navigate what life in recovery at a young age looks like on a day to day basis. On his time off he enjoys creating art through a myriad of mediums, playing and watching sports, and spending quality time with his family.

Jackie Doyle, BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Academic Advisor and Administrative Director

Jackie Doyle graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works as the Collegiate Recovery Programs Academic Advisor. She has been in recovery since 2014 and dedicates much of her time to sponsoring young women, working a 12- step recovery program, and service work. Jackie's journey with learning how to balance academics with recovery led to her interest in taking on an academic advisor role within a recovery program. She is passionate about helping fellow addicts and alcoholics achieve their occupational and educational dreams while maintaining sobriety and recovery. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband, Peter, who works at In Balance Academy, as well as their new baby son, Tripp. Tripp is technically the youngest employee at In Balance; as he is the resident cutie.

Rebecca Drake

Sober Park Director and Primary Therapist

Rebecca was raised in Northern California and moved to Tucson 8 years ago. She has been in recovery and clean since April of 2013. Recovery has allowed Rebecca to build a healthy and full life with a strong sense of purpose. She currently attends the University of Arizona and is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.  She is a dog lover and enjoys spending free time with her family. Working at In Balance Transitional Living has given her the opportunity to share with young men the many benefits and rewards of recovery. In Balance Transitional Living has afforded her the ability put her passion for recovery and helping others into practice.

Lucas Joyal

Resident Lead

Lucas Joyal is a grateful alumni of In Balance Academy and In Balance Transitional Living Program. Lucas is an active member of a 12 - step fellowship. Lucas is well acquainted with the sober young people community here in Tucson. Lucas has been sober since January 10th 2014. Lucas spends his time weight lifting, hiking, bike riding and art.


After graduating the program Lucas found a passion for helping others and began majoring in social work. Lucas is currently working on his BSW and will be in his masters program next year. He loves his job here at In Balance and working in the field of recovery. Lucas is proud to be an example of how young people can truly stay sober and live a fullfilling productive life while having fun.

Joshua McDaniel

Resident Lead

Joshua McDaniel is a Life Coach at In Balance Transitional Living.  He wishes to share the message of hope through his experiential knowledge of mental health issues and substance recovery. He utilizes Mindfulness, Exploration, Contemplation, Community, and wellness to instill a sense of personal empowerment and self-determination.  Joshua is certified as a Recovery Support Specialist through the University of Arizona peer support program. He says he is “Incredibly Grateful to be part of the recovery process.” and “Hopes one day we can all come together and support each other as much as the recovery community does.  It’s really a beautiful thing.” He is a proud Dad of an 8-year-old boy and enjoys playing Guitar,  working on art projects, and Fishing in his spare time.  

Sam Zimmer

Life Coach/Alumni Coordinator

Sam Zimmer is a grateful alumni of the In Balance Transitional Living Program. Born in San Diego, Sam has always loved playing sports and being active. After high school, he attended and played football at Washington and Lee University in Virginia for around 3 years before his use of drugs and alcohol got the best of him, forcing him to return home. He arrived in Tucson on September 4th, 2015 and has been sober ever since. During and after his stay in the program, Sam held a few retail jobs and attended class at nearby Pima Community College, while waiting for the opportunity to work for In Balance as a Life Coach, something he knew was in store for him since early on in his stay. 

Sam began working In Balance in early August of 2016. He enjoys having the opportunity to connect with and fun with the guys while being in a position to positively impact young men who are in the exact position he was once. He has wholeheartedly embraced his new life of service and the commitment that comes with working in the field of recovery and is active when it comes to sponsorship as well. Sam is one of our full time Life Coaches at the Collegiate Recovery House and currently a student at The University of Arizona, finishing up his education. Sam also works at local Santa Rita High School as an Assistant Football Coach working with the Defensive Line and Linebackers. When he is not working as a Life Coach for In Balance, coaching football, or in school, he participates in recreational flag football and basketball leagues with the transitional living and collegiate revocery residents and lives in and manages one of In Balance's sober living houses. Sam does his best to make time for working out, sketching, and hanging out with friends, most of which also work for In Balance.

Cat Sharp

Life Coach

I am a wife and a mother of 4 beautiful children. I have been in recovery since 04/19/2012, and it has been the best decision I have ever made for myself. I started at InBalance in September 2017 and since then I have reached my goal of going back to school, helping people in recovery, and enjoying my life. I am currently taking classes at Pima Community College and am excited to see what the future brings for me!

Austin Agins

Life Coach

Austin was born and raised in New York, where he started his journey in recovery at the age of 17 years old. While there, he cultivated a love for travel and the outdoors. Throughout his 20’s Austin lived and travelled abroad in places such as Germany and France. A few years ago Austin came back stateside, settling in Colorado for a few years. He then made his way to Tucson, working at In Balance  Academy for 2 1/2 years.  While at In Balance Academy, Austin took the boys out for many excursions, and he has brought this experience back to transitional living, where he loves taking the guys out hiking, fishing, and exploring. Austin is also active in the Arizona AA community and in his home group.

Cesar Teran

Life Coach

Cesar is a life coach at both In Balance Transitional Living and In Balance Collegiate Living. After going through the In Balance Academy and In Balance Transitional Living as a client, Cesar made the decision to stay in the continuum as a life coach. As a member in 12 step recovery and a good samaritan Cesar has a huge interest in helping out young men find their own path. Cesar loves working in the social work field and has passion for addiction treatment. He is bilingual in English and in Spanish, and he is a great communicator. 

Michael D'Aloisio

Life Coach

I am a Life Coach at In Balance Transitional Living. I started my journey in Recovery March 20, 2009. During that time I met my Wife, had two beautiful children, and purchased a home. I owe everything I have today to being fully committed to working a 12 step program of Recovery. I am extremely honored to now have the opportunity to help carry the message of hope to the clients at In Balance. As a Life Coach I strive to help these young individuals create a solid foundation on which to build a fulfilling and meaningful life in sobriety. When I am home I spend a majority of my time playing with my five year old son and one year old daughter. 

Ryan Robb

Life Coach

Ryan is a Life Coach at In Balance Transitional Living. He is super involved in the Tucson Recovery Community and likes to bring his passions of fitness and music to work with him. Having come through the other side of opioid addiction himself nothing makes him feel more useful than connecting with our guys and helping them navigate their own struggles successfully.

Sal Estrella

Life Coach

Sal Estrella is a certified recovery support specialist and a life Coach at In Balance Transitional Living. He started his journey to recovery from an opioid addiction on January, 2018. He has first hand experience with the destruction it can cause to the families of those suffering as well as the individual themselves. As a former athlete he incorporates physical activities such as football, hiking, and weight lifting into his work and personal life as a form of therapy. Sal has found a new passion in using his experiential knowledge of substance use disorders to not only improve his life but also the lives of those still struggling.

Lucas Majkowski

Life Coach

My name is Lucas Majkowski. I am a grateful recovering alcoholic, and am living a fulfilling life in sobriety. I am an alumni of In Balance's collegiate living program. Currently I am a senior at the U Of A pursuing a BA in Psychology. I love working at In Balance because it allows me to give back to the community that helped me so much in my own life and to help fellow addicts and alcoholics at this crucial point in their lives. In my free time I like to write, play music and enjoy the outdoors.

Brandon Valdez

Alumni Services Manager

I’m a Tucson local. Been living here since 1996. I was raised by a beautiful, single mother who always taught me to stay involved and to look after myself. My youth was filled with daycares, summer camps, and after school programs. I was in the BoyScouts for 6 years and fell in love with the wild and doing awesome outdoor activities. Sadly within that time I also was manifesting a drug addiction within myself which robbed me of all of that passion that I had. In high school I was heavily involved with the guitar class and audio production class and relied on that to be by passion all throughout high school until drugs once again robbed me of that joy. By the time I was 18 I was homeless, empty, frail, and hopeless. Fortunately for me I found AA soon after that and quickly turned towards service and fellowship. I was making a life for myself until I tried one night of experimenting and exercising a sense of control over drug use and realized that I still had a very serious problem which then I quickly transformed that more motivation to take my recovery seriously and get to the roots of my pain and the disease of alcoholism. Since February 2016 I’ve been sober, involved heavily in service work and providing hope to the newcomer, and helping other cultivate a sense of fellowship that can last a life time. I started working for In Balance as a life coach in November 2018 and I was immediately enthralled with the opportunities that we were giving to our guys, the community that they were building, and the lives that were being restored. I started working for InBalance just to try out the waters and see if I was interested, and I’ve continued to work for InBalance because I am invested in helping these guys and your kids have the same opportunity that was given to me and help them find their own passions. For me I love to share with them my interest in music, art, physical fitness, and the outdoor in hopes that it will help them find something that they can keep as a part of themselves and use as a tool to continue to use to heal their spirit.

Courtney Blackwell

Life Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Ethan Ten Grotenhuis

Life Coach

Hi my name is Ethan and I am from Oakland, California. I originally came to In Balance as a client in late 2018. I am deeply grateful for this company and also have great aspirations for this line of work. I am currently going to school full time and working part time. 

Connor Starkins

Life Coach

Connor is a grateful alumni of the In Balance Collegiate Living Program. He is an active member of a 12-step fellowship, and has been sober since March 27th 2018. Since becoming an alumni of the program, Connor worked as a life coach at the In Balance Academy before moving on to become a life coach at both the In Balance Transitional and Collegiate Living programs. Connor is an alumni of pima Community College and is currently a student at the University of Arizona where he is pursuing majors in Psychology and PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law). When he is not busy with school, Connor enjoys watching/playing sports and making use of the fun things that Tucson and Southern Arizona have to offer. At work, Connor enjoys the opportunity to share with clients the lessons he has learned himself about sobriety, and living a sober life while still having fun.

Keenan Semans

Life Coach

Hi my name is Keenan and  I am from Santa Rosa Califorina. I feel honored to be an alumni of In Balance and to have the opportunity to help youth change their lives. I am currently going to school full time and working full time. 

Jacob Wolpin

Life Coach

Jacob was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. In addition to being involved in the Tucson recovery community, he is also a grateful alumni of the In Balance Transitional Living program. Before coming to In Balance as a client Jacob went through a Therapeutic Wilderness program, so he understands what it is like to go through treatment. 

Jacob has had an interest in working with others since he interned in high school helping run group therapy sessions. About a month into his stay at TL Jacob knew that he someday wanted to work as a life coach. Jacob understands what it means to be a part of the In Balance brotherhood and hopes to share his experience with what it means to be in recovery with the students at TL.

Rohith Boyilla

Life Coach, Sober Park Resident Manager

BS in neuroscience and Bachelor’s of health sciences in physiology. Rohith has been sober since October 1st 2017 and owes much of his life today to 12 step programs. He hopes to help show young men that sobriety can allow them to not only sustainably flourish academically/professionally, but also enjoy life to the fullest along the way. He prioritizes fellowship and 12 step approaches to recovery, as focusing on those aspects helped him most in all avenues of life. However, he is also very interested in some of the neural mechanisms behind addiction, recovery, and mental illness. He enjoys camping, backpacking, attending music festivals, traveling, and playing boardgames. He plans to apply to medical school to pursue psychiatry to continue helping those affected by addiction.

Thibaut Flemming

Life Coach

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Mark DiFalco

Life Coach

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Henry Ferguson

Life Coach

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