About us at Avenir Behavioral Health Center in Surprise, Arizona.

Our Team

Avenir Behavioral Health Center was founded upon our desire to provide adults experiencing a mental health crisis with the same level of care we would want for members of our own family. Each day, we meet this goal by partnering with an exemplary team of executives, managers, and staff, who all share in the same vision, mission, and philosophy that have made Avenir a leader in their industry. At Avenir Behavioral Health Center, we treat your loved one like they’re our family.

Avenir Behavioral Health Center


16561 N Parkview Place Surprise, AZ 85374

Our Leadership

  • Peter Muhlbach, Chief Executive Officer 
  • Peggy Ulland, President of Operations 
  • Burton Carriker, Executive Director 
  • Nicole Zuccaro, Business Office Director 
  • Lori Frazier, Business Development & Marketing Director 
  • Juan Balderas, Executive Chef, Director of Culinary Services

Our Mission

To provide exemplary acute psychiatric services consisting of individual and group therapeutic care in a comfortable, calming, and soothing environment.

Our Vision

To become the Phoenix area’s leader in providing high-quality acute psychiatric services to our adult population.

Lori Frazier - Director of Business Development at Avenir Behavioral Health Center in Surprise, Arizona

Lori Frazier

Director of Business Development

Lori Frazier serves as The Director of Business Development for Avenir Behavioral Health Center. Her primary role is to build relationships in the community with professionals and organizations and to educate about Avenir Behavioral Health Center's programs. Lori comes to Avenir with over 10 years experience in Business Development, Marketing and Management within the senior industry. She has held previous positions in Behavioral Health Hospitals, Hospice, Home Health and Senior Placement Services. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University.
When she is not working, Lori is spending time with her husband Aaron and her two daughters, Madison and Alexa.

Burton Carriker - Executive Director at Avenir Behavioral Health Center in Surprise, Arizona

Burton Carriker

Executive Director

Burton Carriker, a proven behavioral healthcare executive, will lead Avenir Behavioral Health Center as the Executive Director. For more than 35 years Carriker has worked in the behavioral healthcare field, with more than 20 years in executive leadership roles. His passion and drive to make a difference for individuals and the community as a whole is what led him to Avenir in Surprise, Ariz. Most recently, Carriker was CEO for Diamond Healthcare behavioral health facilities in Surprise, Dallas/Ft. Worth and the greater Cleveland area.
Carriker received his undergraduate degree in psychology from William Jewell College and received his master’s degree from the University of Kansas in counseling and psychology.

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