From our Admissions and Administrative staff to our Senior Fellows and Clinical staff, Remuda Rancha at The Meadows employs only the most knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate people. We pride ourselves on providing quality, cutting-edge care from some of the nation's leading industry experts.
Eating Disorder Treatment Team
James "Buck" Runyan, MS, MFT, LPC, CEDS, F.iaedp, Executive Director
Buck Runyan, Executive Director for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders in residential and inpatient settings as well as private practice. His prior roles have included supporting eating disorder treatment programs as a Program Director, Chief Operations Officer and Clinical Director. For a number of years, Buck had a private practice in Redlands, CA providing family and individual therapy for a broad range of mental health issues including marital and family relationships, mood disorders, self-harm, eating disorders, and bariatric surgery. His credentials include those as a California Marriage and Family Therapist, an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor, and an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor. Buck completed a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University.
Buck has served on the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™) Board of Directors since 2010. He is the current past-President of the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of iaedp. Buck remains an active member of the iaedp Certification Committee. He was the founding chapter president for the first of iaedp's regional chapters in 2004 and has been involved with the development of multiple regional US chapters.
Patricia Kirby, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Patricia Kirby received her Doctor of Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is a skilled psychiatrist with an in-depth understanding of eating disorders. She has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2003, and has been practicing in Arizona since 2000. She spent five years in private practice with Arrowhead Professional Group, and has worked as a hospitalist and psychiatric consult-liaison at Thunderbird Banner Hospital in Glendale, Arizona. She has also previously worked as a staff psychiatrist at Remuda Ranch, Gentle Path, and The Meadows, and as an attending psychiatrist at Remuda Ranch.
Renee A. Bacas, MD, Child Psychiatrist
Dr. Renee Bacas, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows Child Psychiatrist, received her medical degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Bacas is Board Certified in General Psychiatry with added qualifications in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her experience includes public and institutional positions with a concentration in child and adolescent treatment. Dr. Bacas was previously a Staff Psychiatrist at The Meadows as well as Remuda Ranch from 2006-2010. After leaving Wickenburg, she spent over a year in Western Australia as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Rockingham Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Dr. Bacas has interest in integrative medicine, has practiced bikram yoga for over 20 years, enjoys hiking, theater, and art, and has traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. Her vast experience with youth, knowledge, and understanding of family systems help enrich our patient experience.
Mike Gurr, Director of Family Services
Mike received a master’s degree from the University of Utah in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in sport psychology. He then went on to receive another master’s degree from Argosy University Phoenix in professional counseling and is currently a licensed professional counselor in the State of AZ. He has also received licenses to facilitate the work of the Arbinger Institute which focuses on relationships, stopping blame, how to transform and resolve conflict and teaching the power of choice and is a certified daring way facilitator (CWDF) which comes from the research work from Dr. Brene Brown on shame resilence, the power of vulnerablility, living in a place of worthiness, and the ability and importance of connection. Mike has worked in the mental and behavioral health field for 16 years. For the past 13 years he has been the director of a residential treatment center for girls ages 13-18. He has been the program director, clinical director, and interim executive director during that time. When looking at behavioral health Mike believes in a total wellness approach. One needs to look at the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the person to make lasting changes. He has extensive experience with depression, ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar, low self-esteem, extreme shame, defiance, body image, substance abuse, self-harm, addiction, conflict in relationships, trauma, and adoption/attachment.
Vicki Berkus, MD, PhD, CEDS,
Medical Services Advisor
Vicki Berkus, MD, PhD, CEDS is the Remuda Ranch at The Meadows Medical Services Advisor. She serves as a consultant, supervisor, program developer, speaker, and general advocate for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows’ continued excellence in the treatment of eating disorders. She works closely with Remuda Ranch at the Meadows Medical Director Dr. Patricia Kirby and her staff to continually improve the medical services Remuda Ranch at The Meadows offers to patients and families. Dr. Berkus specializes in adolescent and adult psychiatry, eating disorders full spectrum, and sports psychiatry. She has served as president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), holds eating disorders certification (CEDS) through iaedp and is a current board member and head of the iaedp education committee.