Bridge to Recovery Staff
A Multidisciplinary Clinical Team

Your multidisciplinary clinical team is made up of board-certified, empathic psychiatrists and highly respected and experienced mental health professionals, who provide comprehensive assessment of your clinical concerns and cutting-edge treatment that is constantly evaluated and modified to ensure you meet your treatment goals. Upon admission, you are assigned a clinical team chosen specifically to address your clinical needs that have experience successfully treating your specific symptoms. Your clinical team reviews your progress daily and hold weekly treatment team meetings with the entire clinical staff to continually assess and implement the most effective, multi-systemic interventions to meet your needs.

Your primary therapist, a doctoral level licensed clinician, works as your point of contact and advocate within the program to help you have the most beneficial treatment possible.  Our program believes that the most effective treatment is one that combines individual sessions, which you will receive daily, and group therapies that allow you to illuminate areas of concern and receive the support of the therapeutic community.

As part of our philosophy of respectful and personalized treatment and with your permission, referring professionals are encouraged to consult and follow your treatment. We find that including the referring professional into the treatment team is an essential aspect of aftercare planning and the most effective way to ensure a high retention of skills from our program to outpatient care.

Josephine McNary, M.D.
Medical Director and Psychiatrist

Dr. McNary is a board-certified psychiatrist. She is a staff psychiatrist at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Since 2011, McNary has been the psychiatrist at UCLA’s Simms-Mann Center for Integrative Oncology, a nationally recognized wellness center for patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families. Dr. McNary has a particular interest in the intersection of physical and mental health and the use of integrated strategies to treat complex emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Dr. McNary earned a bachelors degree in human biology and a masters degree in psychology from Stanford University. She earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She trained in adult psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, followed by specialized fellowship training in Mood Disorders and Psycho-Oncology. She has also received speciality training in Women’s Mental Health and Psychotic Disorders. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has worked at Bridges to Recovery since 2010.

Clinical Director and Psychologist

Trevor Small, Psy.D., a graduate of Pepperdine University, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in providing psychodiagnostic and psycho-therapeutic interventions to adolescents and adults. He is an expert in the treatment of Bipolar disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyper-activity Disorder, Personality Disorders, and Mood Disorders. Dr. Small is the Clinical Director of Bridges to Recovery and oversees the clinical care at all the Bridges to Recovery facilities.

Dr. Small has lectured in the areas of: Trauma, Failure to Thrive Adults, ADHD treatment in Adults, and effective treatment of young adults with complex psychological presentations. Dr. Small has been featured recently in both radio and television discussing the impact of 9/11 on the American psyche and has written for the media in the area of mental health disorders and their depiction.

Katie Gregory, CIP. M.A.
Executive Director

Katie Gregory, Certified Intervention Professional, has been working in the behavioral health field for approximately 20 years in both senior level management and clinical positions. Katie also served as a marketing and business development director for treatment facilities both on a national and international level. Katie completed her Master’s at USM in spiritual psychology and received her B.A. in Psychology with honors from Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio. Katie started her career in the mental health field as a social worker for family services and has been an SED and LD teacher for the Los Angeles School District.

Mary Lou Devlin, M.S. MFT
Regional Program Director

Mary Lou, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who served as the Executive and Clinical Director for a residential treatment program specializing in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. She has more than two decades of experience working within the addiction community and her experience as a psychotherapist also encompasses work with trauma, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. She holds an M.S. in Counseling from CSUN, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Meet our Primary Clinical Staff
Alisa Land, M.D.
Jeffrey Gandin, M.D.
Margaret Haglund
Deborah Sandy, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
Eric Strang, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Lynne Oliva, Psy.D., MFT
Katherine Niemela MN,RN
Psychotherapist/ Psychoanalyst
Gail Brodski, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Cynthia Brown, Psy.D. MFT
Psychotherapist / Psychoanalyst
Susan Mendenhall, MFT, Psy.D.
Psychotherapist / Psychoanalyst
Cheryl Grant, MFT, CSAT
Somatic Experiencing and EMDR Therapist
Kristi Foster, Ph.D., MFT
Somatic Experiencing Therapist
Ellen Ledley, LCSW
Somatic Experiencing Therapist
Judy Ho, Ph.D., ABPP
Consulting Neuropsychologist
Naomi Tucker
Art Therapist
Mary Pivarunis, LMFT
Group Therapist
Shannon Corrigan, M.A., MFT
Group Therapist
Valeria Krocak, Psy.D., M.A.
Clinical Psychologist / Group Therapist / DBT Therapist
Gabriella Calo Siegel, Psy.D,
Clinical Pscyhologist / DBT Therapist
Cheryl Woodruff, MFT
Group Therapist
Russell Buddy Helm
Group Facilitator
August McLaughlin, CN, CPT
Mary Wells
Molly Welch
Laura Redmond
Traci Sutton
Suzan Alparslan
Elena Nazabal-McManis, M.A.
Lucy Lau, M.A.
Mike Piacentino
Personal Trainer
Pavlina Aleksandrova
Personal Trainer
Mary Beth LaRue
Yoga Instructor
Khana Lacewell
Yoga and Meditation

Our Administrative Team
Qemal Shaholli
Joan Appleton
Interior Designer
Tonda Williams
Admissions Director
Adriana Castellanos
Alumni and Admissions
Jeff Schlund
Community Outreach
Brenda Jacobs
Admissions Administrator
Naomi Hagel
Bel Air Program Manager

Coreen Peralta
Executive Chef
Iliana Para
Margarita Evans
Rodney Elizaga
Nicole Yaacoubian

Sonia Chamul
Lead House Keeper
Elizabeth Contreras
House Keeper