Staff

Michelle Lynn

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer Michelle Lynn started her career in Arizona in behavioral health in 2002. She holds master’s degrees in both counseling and business administration. Lynn is a hands-on executive that places a high regard on ensuring staff and patients are treated with the best possible care in a compassionate environment. Originally from New York, she relocated to Arizona in search of warmer weather and never looked back.

Aaron WilsonMD

Medical Director

Dr. Wilson received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry and served as chief resident at Tulane’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He currently serves as medical director of the Freedom Care Unit, which focuses on the specific mental health needs of military service members and first responders. Dr. Wilson is an active member of the mental health community in Arizona. He serves on the Executive Council of the Arizona Psychiatric Society and is chairman of the Arizona Disaster Psychiatry Task Force.

Paul R. ValbuenaMD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Paul Valbuena is board certified in adult psychiatry and board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, he has special qualifications in addiction psychiatry. His double board certifications and his special qualifications in addiction psychiatry allow him to comfortably treat the full spectrum of ages from one year old to the geriatric population. He is also versed in treating people who are in acute withdrawal from many illicit substances like but not limited to heroin, methamphetamines and alcohol.

Founder, President and CEO of Valbuena Psychiatry and Valley Neurobehavioral Institute PLLC, Dr. Valbuena completed his general adult psychiatry residency program at Michigan State University and his child and adolescent fellowship program at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.

Dr. Valbuena’s comprehensive experience includes having worked as an attending physician at Aurora Behavioral Health, Jewish Family and Health Services, Maricopa Medical Center and Desert Vista. Aside from his private practice in Scottsdale, he has held a variety of positions at Valley Hospital including Medical Director and President of the Medical Staff. In addition, he is a consulting psychiatrist for Journey Healing Centers, Decision Point Outpatient and Silkworth Manor, all in Scottsdale. Dr. Valbuena is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Andrea RabyDO

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Andrea Raby is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and chemistry at Arizona State University and was also a member of their Honors College. Dr. Raby attended medical school at The University of North Texas Health & Science Center and ultimately completed her residency at Maricopa Integrated Health. She has extensive clinical experience in community psychiatry including emergency psychiatry and working with the seriously mentally ill in an outpatient setting.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Raby also provided forensic evaluations for the acutely ill, including potential court testimonies for those on court ordered evaluations. She now brings her expertise to the private sector, as part of multidisciplinary team working with both the private population and balancing this with the SMI population.

Safdar AliMD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Safdar Ali completed his medical education in a prestigious medical school in Pakistan. He entered in a psychiatry residency training program at State University of New York in Syracuse, New York. Along with completion of his training, he also served two years as a chief resident.

Dr. Ali has special interest in understanding and helping his patients who suffer from mental illness and different kinds of addiction. He entered into the fellowship program in addiction psychiatry in Boston, at Massachusetts General Hospital as part of the Harvard program. Since then, he has been serving at the Valley of the Sun as a staff Psychiatrist for more than two decades. Dr. Ali has also served as a staff psychiatrist and chief psychiatrist at the Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona. Currently, Dr. Ali is our staff psychiatrist here at Valley Hospital. He is a strong proponent of the psychopharmacological approach. He also strongly believes in addressing other issues including trauma/PTSD, relationships/family issues and abandonment issues.