Our staff members are chosen for their ability to provide you with the most advanced care possible and their dedication to delivering an extraordinary treatment experience. When you arrive at Bridges to Recovery, you will know that you are in a safe place—one of kindness, expertise, and genuine compassion for the healing process.
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.
Expanding the Possibilities of Antipsychotics
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Qemal holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting from La Trobe University, Australia. He has more than 10 years experience in international and domestic accounting standards and business practice.
Gretchen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in the Mental Health field for nearly 20 years, bringing extensive experience in such areas as Clinical Supervision, Program Management, Compliance, Accreditation, Managed Care (health insurance) along with an on-going Private Practice.
Her experience reaches across all cultures, socioeconomic strata, age and diagnoses. She has worked most intensively with the dually diagnosed and those persons in higher levels of care who require more attentive support in restoring community, behavioral, and interpersonal functioning. Gretchen brings informed clinical excellence in assessing a person’s needs, finding solutions to remove barriers to goal achievement and helping a distressed person gain insight into behavior so that their life can become more fulfilling based on their hopes and dreams.
As an administrator, she has successfully supported several of agencies through accreditation and/or audit reviews . As a leader Gretchen understands that values drive commitment; that holding a vision keeps us moving forward and provides meaning to our day to day activities; and finally, that it is the human connection which allows the extraordinary to happen.
Dr. Gandin has many years of experience in treating various psychiatric disorders. His areas of expertise include the following:
-Mood, Anxiety and Psychotic Disorders -Addiction – Substance, Sex/Love, and Others -Geriatric Psychiatric Disorders, with the utilization of comprehensive memory evaluations -Women’s Mental Health, including the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy and breast feeding and the treatment of post-partum depression -Transgender Issues
Dr. Gandin received his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. He subsequently completed a Masters of Science in Physiological Psychology from California State University. After completing medical school at Sackler School of Medicine, Dr. Gandin performed his Internship and Residency in Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuro-science and Human Behavior at UCLA. As a resident, he received Honors include having been awarded the 21st Century Psychiatry Prize by UCLA Faculty and having been named an American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry/Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellow and a U.S. Psychiatric & Mental Health Care Congress/Eli Lilly Fellow. He served as Chief Resident during his final year of Residency. He also completed both a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry and Community Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Subsequently, he has received psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.
Deborah Sandy received her degree from Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. She has expertise in eating disorders and addictions, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorders, sexual abuse, trauma, couples therapy.
Eric Strang has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, with an emphasis in both psychodynamic and existential/humanistic psychotherapy. He has provided mental health services since 1989. Areas of expertise include: emotional dysregulation, disrupted Attachment, mood instability, existential/spiritual conflicts/crises, trauma, shame, disorders of the self, impulse control, couples work, and executive dysfunction. Methodologies practiced include: Psychodynamic, Existential/Humanistic, Mentalization Based (MBT), Interpersonal (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Dialectical (DBT), Mindfulness, Dream Analysis, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention. His areas of interest include integrative models of psychotherapy, spirituality, philosophy, neuroscience, and metaphoric communication.
Katherine Niemela has worked within the Mental Health field since 1986, in acute care, outpatient, residential, and academic settings. She received a Masters of Mental Health Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a PhD. candidate at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Additional postgraduate work includes training in Gestalt Therapy, Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Group Theory. Recently she has developed a clinical focus on the complex grief responses experienced by family-member caregivers.
Her work with Bridges to Recovery began in 2007, first as a Primary Therapist, then Associate Clinical Director and Program Director of the San Remo House. Katherine was offered an opportunity to design a specialized program for Borderline Personality Disorder, co-developing one of the first residential treatment homes for this diagnosis. The Clearview Women’s Center opened in 2009, and as Clinical Director she supervised and managed this program through its initial 2½ years of service. In private practice and here at BTR, her work is relationally-based, using a contemporary psychoanalytic framework. This type of therapy provides a space for reflection on past experiences while also actively engaging with present day emotions, needs and desires.
Psychotherapist / Psychoanalyst
Dr. Cynthia Brown is a seasoned, licensed marriage and family psychotherapist who guides individuals, couples and families through crises and life transitions that have been precipitated by changes in relationships, psychological health, family life cycle, and sexual and gender orientation. Dr. Brown is an active clinical partner in the creative process needed to move through life transitions. She uses an exploratory and proactive approach to help you meet your psychological, emotional, relational, and situational challenges.
When you work with her you can expect to:
Identify and utilize your existing resources;
Know and use what motivates you to develop new resources and possibilities; Identify what interferes with your ability to achieve the next steps toward adjustments;
Find new options for significant change.
Her areas of specialty are: -Thought disorders–schizophrenia, bipolar -Mood disorders–depression, anxiety -Crisis and trauma -Chronic experiences of low self worth, shame, grief and loss
Dr. Mendenhall serves as a couples and family therapist at Bridges as well as providing individual psychotherapy to Bridges clients. She has 45 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She has a doctorate in contemporary psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at that institute. In addition to couples and family therapy and parenting work, Dr. Mendenhall has extensive experience in working with issues of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, trauma and sexual abuse.
Somatic Experiencing and EMDR Therapist
Cheryl Grant is a Trauma Therapist and specializes in helping people feel better about themselves and eliminate suffering. She is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and became interested in this field when she realized that sexual trauma is often at the root of sexual compulsivity and other addictive behaviors. Both of her parents survived the Holocaust and their productive lives were the inspiration for her interest in working with various types of trauma and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Cheryl has worked with many people in recovery and believes that our society encourages addictive behaviors and is dedicated to promoting balance and well being through fitness and self care. She also has a special interest in animals and their welfare and has two cats and two dogs and hopes some day to have a pig and two goats.
Somatic Experiencing Therapist
Dr. Foster has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute with a specialization in somatics. She specializes in working with both relational and shock trauma and has been approved by the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute to offer private sessions and consults for Somatic Experiencing students in training. She also offers EMDR and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy as a part of her trauma specialization. Her expertise includes working with preverbal trauma and insecure attachment and their sequelae. Dr. Foster is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Ellen received her training at USC School of Social Work and has been in the field for over 25 years. She specializes in working with survivors of trauma, and this interest led her to being trained in EMDR in 1994. She has also been practicing Somatic Experiencing since 2003. Additionally, Ellen specializes in working with couples and relationship issues.
Dr. Judy Ho is a board licensed clinical psychologist and specializes in neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessments/evaluations. She spent three years post-doctorate conducting psychiatric research at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and worked with community mental health providers to improve the delivery of evidence-based care to high-need populations in Los Angeles and New Orleans.
Dr. Ho’s clinical specialties include child and family interventions, culturally responsive treatments for ethnic minority individuals, and treatments for depression and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder.
Shedding Light on the Value of Psychological Assessment
Naomi Tucker is a registered Art Therapist (ATR) and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University’s Department of Marital and Family Therapy. Naomi facilitates art therapy groups for teen moms at LMU’s Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic and also supervises students and interns. In her private practice in West Los Angeles, she utilizes mindfulness and art therapy to provide expansion-focused therapy for individuals, couples and groups.
Mary is a somatic therapist who specializes in trauma, PTSD, dissociative disorders and grief and loss. She received her M.A. from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Mary has extensive experience working in acute mental health settings. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing and Trauma First Aide.
Katie, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who served as the Program Director and a Primary Therapist for Promises, Malibu Vista, a program for women diagnosed with mood and personality disorders, as well as PTSD, in an all-women’s residential setting. She also served as a Primary Therapist at the Sexual Recovery Institute. She received her MA in Psychology from Antioch University.
Earlier in her career, Katie served as an Account Manager for Chiat Day and Davie Brown Entertainment.
Clinical Pscyhologist / DBT Therapist
Dr. Siegel earned a Master in Art in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology (CSPP). Post-doctorally, completed a two-year certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Wright Institute; followed by an intensive training from Behavioral Tech DBT training. Expertise in Dual Diagnosis/Eating Disorders/Substance Abuse/Mood Disorders and Anxiety. Dr. Calò is a member of the Psychology & Child Development Advisory Board at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA; and the National Anger Management Association.
Russell “Buddy” Helm is a classically trained musician since the age of eight. He has recorded and toured with many greats including Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Baba Olatunji, Allman Brothers, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner and many others. He has written two books on drum healing: “Drumming the Spirit to Life” and “Way of the Drum”. He recorded, “No 2nd Chance”, a martial arts drumming CD for Master Martial Arts teacher Guro Dan Inosanto(Bruce Lee’s partner). He was also a Star Wars comic strip writer for George Lucas, has extensive music and film production experience and was post production supervisor at Lorimar. With extensive research into therapies, he developed HelmTone Healing Drum Protocols, a drumming based meditation for relieving stress, balancing metabolism, increasing life energy and self esteem. His drumming protocols are used by counselors, therapists and healing centers across the nation, in Japan, Australia and Europe. He has been teaching weekly drumming meditation workshops in Santa Monica, California and around the country for over twenty five years.
Khana Lacewell has an MA in Clinical Psychology, and is an authorized facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction. She received her teacher training in M.B.S.R. at Insight L.A..
Khana has both personally and professionally explored many practices for better mental and emotional health, including mindfulness, meditation, DBT, and various stress-reduction and coping skills. Her approach to educating and healing is down-to-earth, accessible, compassionate, knowledgeable, and often humorous. She is our resident Meditation Facilitator in Los Angeles.
Mary is a remedial (deep tissue) massage therapist, living and working in Los Angeles since 2009. She completed her 504 hours of training in Britain where she focused on manipulations, mobilizations and some neuromuscular work, regarding muscular-skeletal injuries. The intuitive therapeutic connection she has with a client is the most important aspect of her work. Mary has continued her training with Susan Ross at the Ross Clinic in Scotland and completed training in Hot Stone therapy in California.
Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica. Licensed to practice acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine by the State of California. Acupuncture treats the body, mind, and spirit to create balance in your life and restore your body’s own healing abilities. Elena specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, depression, pain, and other emotional conditions. She is also a trained Reiki practitioner.
Mike is a Certified Fitness Instructor specializing in fitness lifestyle management. He enjoys teaching clients how to maintain regular and consistent exercise as a way to increase fitness level, self esteem, and overall wellness.
Michael has been an ISSA certified personal fitness instructor for over fourteen years. His passion for personal training started while working with physical therapy clients at Beverly Hills Physical Medicine. He since then has become proficient in Circuit training and Boxing instruction. He is very happy and grateful to have been part of the Bridges to Recovery staff for over seven years.
Tonda has more than 10 years of experience in Admissions Development and Training in the Chemical Dependency and Mental Health fields, ranging from assessments to placement.
Nicole attended California State University, Channel Islands, and graduated early with a BA in Psychology. Her interest in behavioral health has been lifelong and was explored in her study about heavy alcohol consumption and risky behaviors as her capstone project. Nicole has been drawn to work in mental health treatment and is grateful to be a part of Bridges to Recovery. She gained admissions experience with Elements Behavioral Health in both mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Her passion is playing a part in the transformation of recovery, starting with the first phone call. She finds purpose in working with the caller to ensure you are not alone and there is someone ready to help you.
Vice President of Clinical Outreach
Christi has decades of experience working in many jobs in behavioral health. Prior to joining Constellation, Christi worked for CRC Health and Sierra Tucson. As a trained clinician, Christi understands the needs of professionals referring clients to treatment. Christi lives with her family in Tuscon, AZ.
East Coast Regional Director of Clinical Outreach
Robin Mastroni earned her Master in Social Work from Widener University and Bachelor Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Throughout her twenty year career in the field of Mental Health, Robin has had the opportunity to have worked in a myriad of clinical environments and to have served in many diverse positions including: direct clinical practice, administration, marketing and clinical outreach. Most recently, Robin served as Sr. National Director of Clinical Outreach and Strategic Development for Elements Behavioral Health and has extensive experience in marketing and clinical outreach with an emphasis on strategic planning and development. Her career at Elements Behavioral Health spanned over eight years and included being part of corporate start up and facility level de novo and acquisitions.
Prior to Elements, Robin worked as Marketing Director for Lifeskills South Florida and spent four years as a Clinical Outreach Coordinator for Sierra Tucson. During her twelve years living in South Florida, Robin also spent time in private practice and worked as a clinical outreach coordinator at The Renfrew Center. Robin has also worked in outpatient and intensive outpatient levels of care.
Over her many years in the field, Robin has developed and maintained many long standing relationships with clinicians and mental health professionals regionally and nationally. She has also had the privilege to have worked side by side with many thought leaders in the industry.
Robin has also spent many years working in South Florida and the Southeast region of the country and is currently living in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Clinical Outreach Representative, Midwest
As a licensed clinical social worker for over 30 years, Carla has had the opportunity to use her extensive clinical skills in a variety of settings: emergency medicine, law enforcement, psychiatry, and, since 1977, the addiction treatment field as well as behavioral health.
After several years with Hazelden Chicago managing intake and admissions, she joined Sierra Tucson as the Midwest Clinical Outreach Coordinator where she was an integral part of the Marketing Team for nearly 10 years. Most recently, she served as Clinical Relations Coordinator for Rosecrance Health Network, which provides adults and adolescents with addiction treatment. This professional path has allowed Carla to assist many in finding the best treatment match for their behavioral health needs. She was drawn to Alta Mira’s clinical depth and ability to operationalize its vision in such a conscious, meaningful way.
Clinical Outreach Representative, Northeast
Amanda earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Mercyhurst University. As a social worker with over 17 years of experience, Amanda has had the opportunity to use her clinical skills in a variety of settings: designing disaster mental health preparedness and response curriculum, training mental health professionals, providing in-home and in-school family therapy, counseling adolescents in residential facilities and working for the Region II Head Start program as the Mental Health Content Specialist. In her most recent experience, she was the Regional Outreach Specialist for CRC Health Group, which provides adults and adolescents with addiction and mental health treatment. In a world often overwhelmed by addiction and mental illness, Amanda strongly believes that we as a community need to advocate for the addicted and mentally ill. Her passion and commitment are always driven by making sure her clients and families receive the best treatment possible. She was drawn to Alta Mira and Muir Wood because of their shared dedication to every step of their clients’ recovery.
Clinical Outreach Representative, Texas
Judith Alexander Priest is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Texas State Board Approved Supervisor with over twenty years working in private practice and non-profit settings. Her clinical experience includes work in addictions, trauma, crisis intervention, domestic violence, criminal justice, veterans’ post-traumatic stress and spiritual concerns. Prior to working at Constellation Behavioral Health, she was the Director of Behavioral Health Programs at Recovery Resource Council in Fort Worth, Texas. As a counselor, trainer and consultant, her passion is helping others discover and maximize their unique gifts and achieve their highest potential. Judith’s undergraduate degree is in music, and she received her Master of Science in Counseling from the University of North Texas.
Clinical Outreach Representative, Northern CA & Pacific NW
Shelby is the Clinical Outreach Representative for Alta Mira in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. In this role, she is responsible for establishing and maintaining professional relationships with therapists, psychiatrists, physicians, substance dependence providers and other professionals in the community. Shelby holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s College of California. She has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health and addictions field with adolescents, young adults, adults, and their families. Shelby has provided individual, group, and family therapy as well as facilitated psycho-educational workshops. Prior to joining the Constellation team, Shelby worked as an outreach specialist for CRC Health Group, Inc., was an Educational Consultant, worked as the Program Director for an international adoption agency, was a social worker with foster youth and foster families, and co-developed a therapeutic residential facility for foster youth.
Clinical Outreach Representative, Northern California
Stephanie Klindt, a Bay Area native, has been working in the mental health field in a variety of roles since 2007. She holds a Masters Degree from Loma Linda University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.
She began her career working as a clinician for the County of San Bernardino. While there she worked with a wide range of clients experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues in county clinics, on the county’s crisis response team, and in a school-based non-profit setting. She was awarded the MHSA stipend from the State of California while working in the County and was certified in the Trauma Resilience Model (TRM) in 2010.
In 2014, she moved back to the Bay Area where she served as an clinician for Los Gatos Teen Therapy, while also starting a community education group focused on providing psycho-education and coaching to families in the South Bay. Most recently Stephanie served as the Director of Business Development at an 80-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital in San Jose.
Stephanie has also spent time traveling to several countries where she has led youth camps and community development projects. Currently, she serves as a coalition member for the Keeping Youth Safe Coalition focused on substance abuse prevention and is a board member for the Eating Disorder Resource Center. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, surfing, traveling, and spending time with family.
Clinical Outreach Consultant
With fifteen years of experience in covering all sides of the mental health community, Brie Ciraulo Rosenfield brings a unique combination of skills and knowledge to a diverse spectrum of clients. From working with patients and their families to sharing insights with treatment centers, therapeutic facilities and non-profit programs, Brie’s comprehensive understanding of the mental health and treatment industry provides essential, empathetic guidance over terrain that can be sometimes confusing and discouraging.
Brie Ciraulo Rosenfield has been a practicing clinician since 2007, licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California and holding a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Over the course of her career, her individual specialties have come to include addiction, post-treatment integration, women’s issues and parenting.
Brie has been director of business development and program director for a dual diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment facility, and previously served as Director of Business Development for Promises Treatment Centers.
Coreen has been the owner and operator of a Los Angeles Personal Chef Service since 1993. She has experience in menu design, staffing, inventory control, budgeting and special dietary needs. Coreen has been managing the food program at Bridges to Recovery for 7 1/2 years. It is her passion and pleasure to offer healthy nurturing meals while using only fresh and local ingredients. She finds that rotating the chefs at Bridges to Recovery keeps the menu selections fresh and new, while being able to meet the culinary needs of all of our guests.
Rodney attended and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. Upon graduating, he acquired experience in restaurants of different cultural backgrounds, broadening his ability to cook different cuisines. With over nine years of experience in the food industry, Rodney has worked for a number of established restaurants, catered for events and cooked for celebrities as a private chef. In the professional kitchen, he has experience as a line cook, sous chef, executive pastry chef, head chef, and chef consultant. With his insatiable curiosity, he believes his food is innovative and creative while still maintaining the respect for classic cuisines.
Lead House Keeper
Sonia has worked at Bridges to Recovery for over seven years and is now the lead housekeeper. She takes pride in making the house feel like home for all of the guests. She enjoys taking care of the house and assisting the guests with anything they need. Sonia is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Elizabeth has been working as a housekeeper for Bridges to Recovery for over four years. She enjoys her position and always greets the staff and guests with a warm smile. Elizabeth treats everyone as if they were part of her family and she is always willing to help out where ever she is needed.