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About
The Ascend Story

Ascend Healthcare emerged as a significant provider of integrated psychiatric and behavioral health services. Founded with the vision to transform mental health care delivery, Ascend emphasizes patient-centered, high-quality care through innovative telehealth and comprehensive treatment options. Their journey reflects a commitment to enhancing the health and wellness of communities, driven by a passion for improving patient outcomes and experiences. Ascend's story is marked by continuous growth and a dedication to providing accessible, effective mental health care solutions. ​

Who We Are

Ascend Healthcare is dedicated to providing fully integrated, high-quality psychiatric and behavioral health services in a compassionate, convenient, and affordable manner. Ascend’s approach combines psychiatric medication management, substance use disorder treatment, counseling services, peer support, and care coordination for seamless patient care. This commitment is driven by a mission to improve the health and wellness of communities in need through tailored, integrated care models. Ascend's vision is centered on offering seamless behavioral health integration to vulnerable populations, guided by values of improved patient and clinician experiences and better outcomes.

Meet the Ascend Team

The team is composed of experienced and compassionate individuals, each bringing a unique set of skills and knowledge to the organization. This diverse group of healthcare providers and support staff work collaboratively to deliver integrated psychiatric and behavioral health services. Their collective expertise ensures that Ascend maintains its commitment to high-quality care and innovative treatment approaches, making a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve.

Joshua Leslie

Chief Executive Officer

Shane Curtis

Chief Compliance and Risk Officer

Summer Redmon

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Misty Tu

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Constance Tucker

Chief Development Officer

Melissa Jandt

Chief Clinical Officer

Get In Touch With Us

Ascend Healthcare extends an open invitation to individuals seeking mental health services, partnerships, and career opportunities with a dedicated team. Ascend encourages contact through various means, ensuring accessibility and prompt responses to inquiries. This approach reflects their commitment to open communication and their readiness to provide support, whether it’s for patient care, collaborative efforts, or joining their professional team. Ascend values each interaction as an opportunity to extend their mission of enhancing mental health care.

Josh Leslie

Chief Executive Officer

Josh Leslie founded Ascend Healthcare to solve access to behavioral healthcare concerns in underserved communities.

He spent nearly a decade overseeing operations and clinical quality for the largest combined 24/7 psychiatric crisis center, inpatient, walk-in outpatient and opioid treatment center in Arizona. While there, he was awarded Top Physician Assistant in both Arizona and the United States for providing unprecedented quality and efficiency standards.   He took those experiences when creating Ascend Healthcare to collaborate with Community Health Centers to solve for any and all of their behavioral health and medication management needs.

Shane Curtis

Chief Compliance and Risk Officer

Shane has over 20 years of experience working in Behavioral Health.  He has spent the last fifteen years
in leadership of Compliance, Risk Management, Quality Management, and Operations.  He has worked throughout the continuum of care from inpatient to outpatient, including crisis and residential.  He has created, developed, and lead his past companies through regulatory programs and surveys with AHCCCS, CMS, OIG, CARF, The Joint Commission, and DNV.

Summer Redmon

Chief Financial Officer

Summer Redmon, CPA has over 20 years of diverse experience spanning advertising, international
manufacturing, and healthcare. Her finance background is complemented by her prior experience as both a Quality Manager and Security Officer, rounding out her holistic understanding of finance, security, and quality control. She is passionate about how finance partners with an organization at all levels to drive improvement and support making critical decisions.

Dr. Misty Tu

Chief Medical Officer

Misty Tu, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and has been in the behavioral health field for 15 years.  She has worked in several states and provided direct care to patients in many different levels of care.  She has worked and collaborated in both the payor and provider sections of healthcare.  She has held leadership positions overseeing strategy and quality/ peer review for behavioral health and substance use disorders.  Her work at Ascend Healthcare allows her to utilize the expertise gained in each of those past positions to build a robust and integrated program.

Dr. Constance Tucker

Chief Development Officer

With over 21 years of professional experience, Dr. Tucker has served in a variety of healthcare capacities throughout her career. She is a licensed physician in Arizona and California, receiving her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Midwestern University in 2000. She began
her medical career with the National Health Service Corps as a Board-Certified Family Physician. Throughout her illustrious career, she has served as Associate Medical Director at Mountain Park Health Center, Mayo Medical School Preceptor/Clinical Lead, Quality Program Lead for Joint Commission, Chief Medical Officer for Gardner Family Health Centers, senior medical executive for the
Stanford Medical School/Gardner Family Health Network Partnership and most recently as the Chief Medical Officer at Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health. She joined Ascend Healthcare in 2023 as she feels passionate in providing integrated behavioral health and substance use disorder to the communities that need it the most without any stigma. A graduate of two executive leadership
programs (Harvard University in 2007; UCLA in 2014), Dr. Tucker brings to the medical profession both passion and analytics.

Melissa Jandt

Chief Clinical Officer

Melissa Jandt comes with more than 28 years of behavioral health experience working with General Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Seriously Mentally Ill patients. Melissa has experience and passion working within community health and worked for 16 years for the DuPage County Health Department in IL.

After relocating to Arizona in 2016, Melissa assisted with the implementation and opening of an Opioid Treatment Program in Phoenix in 2018 as the Clinical Director of Operations. In 2019, Melissa transitioned to the VP of Operations to manage one of the largest psychiatric crisis centers in Arizona.

In 2021, Melissa joined the Ascend team and currently manages all therapeutic services provided in partnership with FQHC practices in Arizona, California, and New York.