Michael Banis

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Banis is the Chief Operations Officer of Virtue Recovery Centers. He oversees locations in both Arizona and Oregon. Michael has over a decade of substance abuse and management experience with a determined mindset and drive to help people which comes from his personal experience in recovery and the desire to help those affected with substance use issues find a new way to live. Michael has assisted in developing and building programs in the Pacific Northwest and understands the needs of those suffering in addiction and afflicted with mental health issues. His goal is to bring comprehensive care to people with his team recruited from around the country to bring a more mental health and trauma informed approach to the addiction field. Michael advocates for treatment to be evidence based and client centered to better address each person’s individual needs and experience. Michael enjoys being hands on with each person and families of those that come to Virtue. Active in the fellowship he finds that we do recover and knows it is something we should not miss.

Erica Trocino

Executive Director for Eating Disorders

Erica Trocino is the Executive Director Virtue Recovery Center Sun City West. She has worked in residential eating disorder facilities since 2013 and has a strong interest in program development. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LPC-S) and Certified Eating disorder Specialist and Supervisor (CEDS-S), Erica has a passion for providing education and training to other professionals with a desire to learn more about eating disorders and trauma. Her favorite parts of the job are walking alongside someone through early recovery and watching them find strength in the painful pieces of their journey. Erica believes that trauma influences our beliefs of self, others, and the world around us and has created a program at Virtue that empowers individuals to reconnect with themselves while embracing their story. Erica enjoys speaking opportunities, attending conferences and networking to connect while continuously learning from other healers.

Edle Burk

Clinical Director for Sun City West

Graduated with her Masters in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. She began her career working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in a crisis and outpatient setting. She transitioned to working with individuals struggling with eating disorders recognizing that their is such a need to provide quality services. The growth experienced as a clinician working with this population is something invaluable. Edle has taken those skills and has had the opportunity to be a part of the growth of new therapists in the field by providing clinical supervision.

Maria T. Smith, LCSW

Clinical Director for Chandler

Maria has been in the behavioral health/mental health field for over 25 years. She has a Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by the State of Arizona. For the last 20 years her focus has been providing general mental health and substance abuse therapy to adolescents, adults, and families to assist them in reuniting with loved ones and maintaining them in the home.

Maria has also provided clinical supervision to other therapists and college interns to assist them in professional development. She has participated in providing training at conferences and webinars, reaching many people around the United States committed to helping others heal and find peace.

“Freedom, comfort, and peace – this is the vision I have for you and your family, as much as I have for myself. Let’s go on this journey together to help you become the best version of yourself.” -Maria T. Smith, LCSW

Nikki Kirby

Director of Nutrition

Nikki has called Arizona home for over 18 years, however her family roots reside in Cleveland, Ohio. She spent most of her adolescent years with various moves around the country, but is happy to call the desert, her forever home. Nikki completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Dietetics at Arizona State University. Her dietetic internship was completed through Iowa State University. Nikki has a history of working in public health by providing care to mothers and their children. She served as a registered dietitian for an inpatient/residential/PHP program for three years.

Nikki has a passion for helping individuals find food freedom, work towards becoming intuitive eaters, canceling diet culture, and helping others believe in an all foods fit philosophy! Nikki earned her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist credential in 2022.
When she is not working she loves spending time with family and friends, enjoying the summer heat at the pool, trying new restaurants, or baking something fun in the kitchen!

Justin Crawford

VA Coordinator

Justin has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University and his Associate Degree in Nursing from South Puget Sound Community College. Justin was a former Sergeant in the United States Army. After leaving his military service, he began nursing school and a career of helping other Veterans. Justin worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a mental health nurse from 2008-2021. During his time at the VA, he worked in many different clinical settings to include inpatient mental health, community mental health, and nursing education. He was nominated for and awarded the national Secretary of Veterans Affairs Hands and Heart Award for his excellence in patient care. Justin is passionate about helping Veterans, and getting them connected to the appropriate clinical services. In his off time, Justin enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with friends.