Meet Our Team

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.

Josephine McNary, MD

Medical Director and Psychiatrist

Trevor Small, PsyD

Clinical Director and Psychologist

Qemal Shaholli

Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Gandin, MD


Deborah Sandy, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Eric Strang, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Katherine Niemela MN,RN

Psychotherapist/ Psychoanalyst

Cynthia Rubin Brown, PsyD, LMFT

Psychotherapist / Psychoanalyst

Susan Mendenhall, PsyD, LCSW

Psychotherapist / Psychoanalyst

Cheryl Grant, MA, LMFT, CSAT

Somatic Experiencing and EMDR Therapist

Kristi Foster, PhD, LMFT

Somatic Experiencing Therapist

Ellen Ledley, MSW, LCSW

Somatic Experiencing Therapist

Judy Ho, PhD, ABPP

Consulting Neuropsychologist

Naomi Tucker, MA, LMFT, ATR

Art Therapist

Mary Pivarunis, MA, LMFT

Group Therapist

Katie Corrigan, LMFT

Group Therapist

Gabriella Calo Siegel, PsyD

Clinical Pscyhologist / DBT Therapist

Russell “Buddy” Helm

Group Facilitator

Mary Wells

Massage Therapist

Elena Nazabal-McManus, MA


Mike Piacentino

Personal Trainer

Michael Onofri

Personal Trainer

Tonda Williams

Admissions Director

Adriana Castellanos

Southern California Clinical Outreach Representative

Coreen Peralta

Executive Chef

Rodney Elizaga


Sonia Chamul

Lead House Keeper

Elizabeth Contreras

House Keeper