San Francisco Bay Area/San Rafael Team

Medical Team

Dr. Scott Barshack, M.D. #A61179

Dr. Barshack is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Maryland Medical School. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Barshack has been working with teens and their families for more than thirty years including both inpatient and outpatient psychopharmacology. He finds that many of the adolescents who come to Paradigm are over medicated rather than undereducated. He is devoted to responsible titration when appropriate and insuring that young people are treated as a whole, rather than simply treating their symptoms. He share’s Paradigm’s philosophy that medication should be a last resort rather than a quick and easy fix. In addition, Dr Barshack is an avid SF Giants and Forty Niners fan and enjoys cross country bicycle trips in his free time.

 

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Melissa Del Valle, B.A., M.S., R.N. #770765

Melissa enjoys interacting with youth in a direct, down-to-earth and compassionate manner in order to promote understanding and a sense of safety. She feels it is important to understand cultural practices and traditions as part of helping youth from various backgrounds feel understood and at ease. Melissa earned her associate degree in nursing at College of Marin and her Master of Science in Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology both from San Francisco State University. She has experience working in a variety of nursing fields and a long-time passion working with youth. Melissa has worked as a residential counselor at Huckleberry House, an intern/health educator at Huckleberry Teen Clinic, an intern with San Rafael Police Department Youth Service Unit, and completed her mental health rotation at Herrick Alta Bates. While interning with SRPD, she accompanied male teens to San Quentin Prison as part of the SQUIRES program. In her free time Melissa enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and training in Krav Maga self-defense.

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Marie White, B.S.N., R.N. #543743

Marie obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco. She is an experienced Registered Nurse who has delivered excellent care in a wide variety of fields for over twenty-two years. Marie joined the Paradigm team to pursue her long-time passion for working with youth who struggle with mental health issues. She is a strong believer in showing patience and compassion to all her clients in order to promote a sense of safety and care. Her goal is to see youth grow in their sense of self-worth, and their relationships with themselves, as they deepen or repair their relationships with their families. In her free time, Marie likes spending time with her husband and daughter, photography, painting, and cooking. Marie hopes to return school and obtain her Master’s in Social Work. 

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Clinical Team

Melissa Guyot, M.A., LMFT #121631
Melissa Guyot, M.A., LMFT #121631

Clinical Director – San Rafael

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Melissa holds a Master’s in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to her work as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she obtained a Master’s in Human Nutrition from McGill University and worked for over 15 years in community nutrition. Melissa is passionate about creating spaces for people to connect and believes strongly in meeting people where they are. Melissa uses a range of relational and somatic therapeutic approaches to establish an environment that feels safe, supported and open to inquiry. Her style is warm and direct. She strives to support teens and families to build relationships with themselves and each other. In honoring and understanding the strategies that have been used to survive, Melissa supports families in identifying a new way forward. Melissa recognizes her role as Program Director as more than a profession and brings immense passion and dedication to the teens and families that she and her team support.

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Siana Orun-Walker, B.A.
Siana Orun-Walker, B.A.

Director of Client Development & Initiatives

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Siana specializes in experiential therapy, emotional intelligence, and personal development. She Is a trail blazer in the realm of youth development and focuses on assisting our youth with staying on track with their treatment goals. Siana has worked with the youth for over a decade leading and facilitating personal development groups and workshops. Some of the initiatives she’s developed are our “LifeSkills Group” to support our alumni in integrating what they’ve learned in our residential program post treatment, and “SHIFT” our diversity & inclusion program that encourages cultural competency in the field of mental health while providing resources for our staff, clients, and the community. Siana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from HBCU-Virginia State University and is a graduate of MITT-Mastery in Transformational Training. She dedicates her life to impacting as many lives as she can by being of service, encouraging transformation, and inspiring breakthroughs.

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Dianna Welsh, M.S., LMFT
Dianna Welsh, M.S., LMFT

Director of Clinical TeleCare

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Dianna holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSU Sacramento and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from San Diego State University. Dianna has extensive experience in both acute inpatient hospitals and residential treatment settings and works exclusively with teens and their families to treat mood-, trauma-, and attachment-related issues. Dianna is a skilled administrator who has trained graduate students in clinical assessments and therapeutic protocols for inpatient mental health care. She also served as the Deputy Director, and later, the Program Director for the San Francisco location of Paradigm Treatment. Dianna utilizes a person-centered and holistic approach to treatment informed by trauma-focused and attachment theories. She believes whole-heartedly in the healing nature of human connection and the importance of teens being seen and valued for who they really are. She employs a range of therapeutic modalities including ACT, IFS and DBT and combines them in a way intended to honor the unique experiences and self-discovery of each teen. 

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Amanda Odren, B.S.
Amanda Odren, B.S.

Intake and Discharge Coordinator

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Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University. At Paradigm she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of San Rafael facilities, supporting Paradigm’s mission, goals, and professional standards. With almost 10 years in the treatment industry, Amanda has a unique combination of experience in; direct care, management, admissions, long-term residential treatment settings, focused on dual diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions. She takes the approach that every teen deserves unconditional acceptance in a nonjudgmental, nurturing environment, that feels safe for them to process difficult emotions and experiences. She is devoted to being a part of a team that can provide the best treatment available and is an empathetic leader who creates teams that people want to be a part of. She has acted in a variety of roles at Paradigm and was the Program Coordinator before moving into her current role as Deputy director. Amanda is passionate about helping individuals learn that they are more than their current lifestyle, thoughts, and behaviors. Amanda is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work and hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 

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Jordyn Bonanni, M.A., AMFT, #117563

Jordyn Bonanni holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Depth Psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University. She has over five years of experience working with teens in a variety of settings including school art programs and teen helplines. Jordyn’s clinical interest is in adolescent addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders. Her approach integrates person-centered therapy with techniques from family systems theory, psychoanalytic theory, narrative therapy, mindfulness, expressive arts, dreamwork, and nature-based therapies. Her goal is to contribute to a unique healing experience for each teen and to foster stronger relationships and communication with their families. Jordyn has many interests, including the outdoors, traveling, painting, and creative writing. She encourages each teen to explore their interests as they move toward self discovery, individuation, and overall health. Jordyn is supervised by Claudia Viadro LMFT #41816

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Natalie Ducastelle

Natalie has always been fascinated with people and why they do what they do. Having struggled a lot in her youth and young adulthood, she has always found herself wanting to understand more about this human experience – what is it that causes us suffering, and what leads to freedom, purpose, and joy? Her approach is holistic, integrating the wisdom of the body, the heart, and the mind. It is a privilege to get to do this work, and she is so delighted to be able to learn, grow, and serve here at Paradigm.

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Ashley Frolich, B.A., M.A., AMFT, LCSW #99596

As a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan, she mentored 75 young adults who were working to earn psychology degrees. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Ashley is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ashley received her clinical training during a year-long internship at an Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit aiding patients in crisis situations. She draws her approach from attachment theories as well as a trauma-focused lens. Ashley’s approach focuses on holistic, strength-based interventions meant to create lasting change. Her clinical interest includes working with adolescents and their families to create effective therapeutic rapport and building clinical insight to help patients succeed far beyond their time at Paradigm. Embroidering and baking new recipes are two of her hobbies when she is not working. She also volunteers at San Francisco Marin Foodbank and Family House San Francisco.

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Zachary Kahn, B.A., M.A., AMFT #126872

Zachary Kahn has a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Neuroscience from Occidental College LA with a minor in theater, as well as a master’s degree in depth counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbra. Zach is also a registered drug and alcohol counselor. Zach has a passion for helping teens and young adults meet their full potential while navigating their mental health challenges. 

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Amy Kim, M.A., LMFT

Amy received a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Notre Dame De Namur University. She has worked as a school counselor for middle school students using art therapy as a tool to communicate, process, and evaluate the growth of self. Amy also has experience developing and working with socio-emotional learning as an educator and clinician. She is an empathetic and committed therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe space for teens and their families. Amy strongly believes in partnering with clients to create the best path forward in treating teen depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addiction, disordered eating and other emotional health issues. 

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Preston Lopez, M.A., AMFT #126133

Preston is originally from Southern California where he lived, studied and worked for most of his life. He earned a Masters in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and is an associate marriage and family therapist. He has ten years of experience working with adolescents in residential treatment in the Los Angeles area. Preston has a particular passion for residential work because of the deep and significant developments clients can experience in a short amount of time. He draws from many different theoretical models and believes in a holistic, strength-based, and mindfulness approach to working with clients. Preston has a passion for working with teens as they explore their identity development and set a course for happy and healthy lives. When not at work Preston can be found on local hiking trails, reading a good book, or hunting for tasty new eateries.

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Chandra Shanmugavel, M.A., APCC #10340

Chandra received a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Her clinical internship versed her in working with adolescents experiencing a wide range of presenting concerns in a partial hospitalization program setting. Chandra also has previous experience working with young adults with a range of intellectual disabilities and adults struggling with substance use. Her warm and empathetic demeanor, combined with her open mindedness and dedication to self-discovery and healing, informs the work she does with her clients and their families. Chandra approaches her clients from a holistic, trauma-informed lens, while incorporating elements from the Internal Family Systems Model and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She strives to help her clients feel, heal, and release any thought patterns and behaviors which no longer serve them, while helping them gain awareness of and cultivate compassion for their roots. Chandra is also dedicated to creating a safe space for clients to explore and develop their racial, ethnic, and sexual identities. Her goal is to support each of her clients in their own unique journey to living authentically. Outside of work with her clients, Chandra enjoys writing, traveling, photography, and expanding her knowledge on human consciousness.

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Ian Vianu, B.A., M.A.

Promoting positive change and healing in individuals, families, and society as whole has always been a central focus of Ian’s life. He has been involved in mental health, social services, and social science research since 2005. Ian has experience in a number of settings including psychiatric hospitals, schools, residential treatment facilities, correctional facilities, and clients’ homes. He was born in Berkeley, California and he has lived the majority of his life in the Bay Area. Ian received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and was involved in research exploring cognition and child development. He then completed his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute and pursued clinical work in the field of community mental health ever since. Ian has advanced training in mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.  In his free time, Ian loves to listen to and play music. He also enjoys traveling, hiking, basketball, and political engagement. He believes having a diverse array of interests and activities that promote a healthy body and personal fulfillment are important for holistic health and wellness! 

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Luciana Castle
Luciana Castle

Lead Clinical Assistant

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Lucy attended Paradigm in the past and has been a member of the sober community in Marin for over three years, mentoring many young people along the way. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Psychology at Santa Rosa Junior College and looking forward to becoming a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She believes teens thrive in a safe, supportive environment and prioritizes building trust with clients. Lucy understands the significance of positive communication, structure and compassionate guidance is needed to help teens and young adults achieve and maintain healing and recovery. She is passionate about helping teens and young adults find happiness and achieve what they never thought was possible.  When not working at Paradigm, Lucy enjoys dance, yoga and hiking.

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Erika Alcala, A.A.
Erika Alcala, A.A.

Clinical Assistant

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Erika Alcala believes in the ability to heal through art and meditation. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing while using her compassion and empathy to help teens with substance use disorders and mental health issues in their healing process at Paradigm. She earned her associate degree in social and behavioral science and worked as a volunteer tutor for young adults at Contra Costa College. Erika enjoys long distance running and is currently training for her first marathon.

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Jordan Brounstein, B.A.

Leadership is a skill that has been important throughout Jordyn’s life and she hopes to inspire young adults and teens to be confident leaders. She views Paradigm as a place for them to explore their identities in a safe environment and to learn the skills to overcome a multitude of hardships. Jordyn hopes to help teens learn to express themselves in a positive way and sees Paradigm as a step on their mental health journey. Jordyn was an Experiential Learning Specialist and Mentor at Camp EDMO in the North Bay area where she worked to help youth reach their academic and personal goals while cultivating a family-focused method to holistically address concerns. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology, a second major in Human Development, and certificates in Adolescent and Mindfulness Studies at Washington State University at Pullman. Jordyn is a former college athlete and now enjoys exercise, yoga and theater in her free time. She also has eight years of expertise playing the flute and ten years of choir experience.

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Samuel Casco
Samuel Casco

Clinical Assistant

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Sam is pursuing a degree in global public health with interests in counseling and social psychology. His experience in the volunteering and internships realm include being a reading tutor for young children, as well as assisting the chef in a kids’ cooking class. Sam firmly believes that exercise, yoga, and meditation help with personal growth and a positive mindset. In his free time, Sam enjoys physical activity such as weightlifting, jumping rope, dancing, and yoga, as well as reading and creative writing.

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Brennen Finney
Brennen Finney

Clinical Assistant

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Brennen is currently pursuing a degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, to achieve his career goal of becoming a physician’s assistant. He has worked at summer camps helping youth and also has had many internships including serving food banks and homeless shelters. He is a believer that you should always try to be the best version of yourself and what helps him reach that is meditation, weightlifting, mountain biking, and reading.

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Yazeed Hamami, A.A.
Yazeed Hamami, A.A.

Clinical Assistant

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Having worked with both children and adults from lower-income areas, Yazeed likes to help create an environment of safety and security by encouraging and listening to those experiencing the adverse psychological effects of financial instability. He has worked with children and adolescents in multiple capacities including volunteering with Walker Creek camps and in HeadStart classrooms. Yazeed prefers a dynamic approach to mental health, fitting clinical approaches to specific client needs. He received his Associate degree from Santa Rosa Junior College and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley.
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Alison Purvis
Alison Purvis

Clinical Assistant

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Alison Purvis is currently enrolled in Santa Rosa Junior College, where she is pursuing an associate’s degree in psychology. Alison then plans to transfer to a four-year university where she can continue her education. Alison believes in reaching out to teens, meeting them wherever they are, and when in crisis, helping them gain the tools and knowledge to be successful adults with a better quality of life.  

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Anahi Sanchez
Anahi Sanchez

Clinical Assistant

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While demonstrating empathy towards her young patients, Anahi uses specific activities to help them destress and to motivate them towards healthy behaviors. Anahi has worked with both teens and children in a variety of settings. She previously worked as a day care attendant at a community center in Marin County. Anahi earned her Associates degree in Psychology at the College of Marin and will graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s from Cal State University at East Bay. She holds certifications in CPR/AED American Red Cross and CEU (Adult and Pediatric). When not at work, Anahi enjoys trying new restaurants, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Michaela Wilkes, PTT
Michaela Wilkes, PTT

Lead Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Michaela is a Bay Area native who has a passion for helping others. She has previously worked in the physical therapy field and in caregiving. She earned her certificate in Physical Therapy Technology from Carrington College. Michaela’s strengths are being supportive, understanding and compassionate. She likes to dance, hike, read, and cook when not at work.

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Chris Gonzalez, B.S.
Chris Gonzalez, B.S.

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Chris Gonzales is a recent college graduate who obtained a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from California State University, Monterey Bay. Chris plans to pursue a medical degree in psychiatry when he has the opportunity to attend medical college. He has a history of volunteering with individuals suffering from mental health issues, as an example organizing a weekly free health clinic in Chinatown Salinas, CA, that was directed towards helping the homeless population in that area. 

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Sophie Hastings
Sophie Hastings

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Sophie attended Paradigm Treatment Center in the past and has been proudly in recovery for over four years. She has helped many young people achieve sobriety and has always found joy in helping others. She worked as a caregiver in San Francisco and plans on returning to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Sophie is compassionate, supportive, understanding, and a great listener. She enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and music.

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Donshana Williams
Donshana Williams

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Donshana has an outgoing personality and loves working with the young people at Paradigm. She brings strong leadership and communication skills to Paradigm. Donshana is a working mom who enjoys spending time with her family and with animals.

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Experiential

Stephanie Holdenried, CEIP

Stephanie Holdenried graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is the 6th generation of a California ranching family and a nationally-certified (CEIP) equine-facilitated educator and nutritionist. She creates and facilitates a wide range of equine therapy programs, including experiences for women, youth, and recovery groups, with the goal of helping individuals find greater self-awareness by connecting to their own intrinsic wisdom. Stephanie is also the founder of GUTS-y Girls, an equine-led life skills and leadership group for 10-12 year olds, and co-founder of Networking at the Barn, in Marin County. Beyond this, she is developing leadership and team building programs for organizations through her licensing with Horse Dream in Europe. Stephanie’s grounded presence combined with her own experience growing up on a ranch and being an avid horsewoman allow her unique insights and understanding to create space for profound equine therapy sessions that allow Paradigm youth to open and connect with themselves and others in a deep, meaningful way.

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Judy Weston-Thompson, M.A., LMFT #23268

Judy Weston-Thompson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified equine interactive specialist. Judy holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Sonoma State University and completed her Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy studies more than a decade ago. She was among the first graduate class of psychotherapists to be certified as an equine interactive professional mental health (CBEIP.org). Judy also holds a therapeutic riding instructor certificate from and is an active member of, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Over time, Judy has developed her own unique form of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, which has proven especially effective for the treatment of teens struggling with anxiety, interpersonal relationship building, depression, trauma, and PTSD. Combining several different types of psychotherapy treatments with various horsemanship and horse-related practices (natural horsemanship, animal communication & horse massage), Judy has developed her own treatment modality; based on a true partnership beneficial to both human and horse.

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Daniel Rauck
Daniel Rauck

Yoga Instructor

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Daniel Rauck completed his teacher training at Greenpath yoga in SF and has been a yoga instructor for more than a decade. Since his very first yoga class, he was inspired at yoga’s potential for healing and transformation. Daniel has taught over 10,000 classes and brought the practice of yoga to folks from a wide variety of backgrounds. He has worked with a full spectrum of physical abilities, from athletes to the differently-abled. Regardless of one’s current physical and emotional state, Daniel teaches yoga in a way that meets each adolescent where they are, in order to help the teen find their own path to balance and empowerment. Augmenting his yoga teaching are studies in Yoga Nidra, restorative yoga, and yin yoga, as well as being a NASM corrective exercise specialist.

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Ian Wilkerson, B.A., MT-BC #BCMT08805

Ian Wilkerson is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has refined his musical skills through years of practice, extensive study, and performance. A person-centered therapy provider, he specializes in supporting creativity, self-expression, and self-empowerment through music. he is the founder of Bay Area Music Therapy, and he is also a passionate singer/songwriter. Ian received a Bachelor of Music with dual majors in Music Therapy and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Before graduating with honors, he sat as President of the Board for the New England Region Music Therapy Association for Students. Additionally, he received his certification training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music (CBRM) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Ian has been a faculty Music Therapist at a Bay Area Music Center and a Music Therapy Coordinator. He is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and he is a trained REMO Health RHYTHMS Facilitator. He specializes in helping people find their own unique and empowered voices through improvisation and songwriting and focuses on youth abilities and preferences to meet the individual teen’s needs.

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Marquis Hundley
Marquis Hundley

Personal Trainer

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Marquis is a former Division 1 football player at the University of Arizona who has a passion for fitness, education, and helping others. As a youth he was always active and involved in sports as well as various other activities. His time and energy spent in sports translated directly onto the field. He excelled in football and received a full ride scholarship to play Defensive back at the U of A, where he stared on defense and led the team in interceptions as a senior. Upon entering college with an eager and hungry mind set, he gravitated towards strength training and quickly fell in love with it. After a short stint with the Chicago Bears of the NFL, Marquis closed the chapter of his football career and geared his attention towards athletic training and helping others reach their highest fitness potential. He began interning at the University of Arizona where NFL players would return to campus in the offseason to train and sharpen their skills. Soon after, he moved back to California where he would start to do more one-on-one training.

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Academics

Saba Khan
Saba Khan

Educational Coordinator

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Saba’s prior work experience as a behavioral technician and mental health clinician has given her unique insight into children and teens struggling with mental health, better equipping her to assist them. Saba believes in providing a comfortable and engaging atmosphere for youth so they feel supported in their environment. Saba has extensive experience working with children and teens and aims to create a space where they can further their development and learn the skills necessary to thrive in the world. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from UC Santa Cruz. After work, Saba likes discovering and listening to new music, and spending time with family and friends.

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Marketing & Admissions

Pat D’Amico, B.S.
Pat D’Amico, B.S.

Vice President of Marketing

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Prior to joining Paradigm Treatment, Pat co-founded and, with his two partners, operated Psynchronous Communications, a marketing and branding agency in the Boston area focused solely on the mental health/substance use disorder treatment category. In that capacity, he has driven marketing strategy and initiatives for a who’s who of treatment brands from coast to coast. Over his 30-year career, Pat has also served as Chief Marketing Office for Granite Recovery Centers and Group Account Director at Boston’s Arnold Worldwide. Pat’s pride and joy are his two grown daughters; Allison, a 2nd grade teacher and Amanda, an actress and singer.

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Jesse Carillo, B.A., CFI
Jesse Carillo, B.A., CFI

Director of Admissions

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As a Certified Family Interventionist, Jesse strives to approach each individual and their struggling family unit with patience, understanding, and respect. He recognizes that emergent situations often seem hopeless, but his goal is to empower youth and help them find working solutions. Jesse uses 12-Step modalities, motivational interviewing, and creative therapies including art, music, and writing. Jesse worked at a recovery center for five years and has volunteered at multiple recovery events in the New England area for the AA program, H&I commitments, conventions and fundraisers. Jesse earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He enjoys exercise, the outdoors, cooking, music, and spending time with animals when he is not working.

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Megan Cleary
Megan Cleary

Admissions Coordinator

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Having been in recovery from alcoholism for 10 years, and also having struggled with anxiety and an eating disorder, Megan is familiar with the fear of stigma, but also, the healing process. She believes in meeting each individual where they are, allowing them the autonomy to pursue whichever path of treatment is most beneficial for them. She loves to work with families, because she believes they experience just as much trauma, fear, and shame as the individual seeking treatment. She enjoys talking to families about what to expect, and helping them navigate the overwhelming process of admitting their loved one into a treatment program. It is her passion to help each person she encounters feel comfortable, safe, and understood. Megan believes every individual is different and has a different recovery and healing process. She enjoys working with CBT, DBT, ART, EMDR, and experiential therapeutic modalities. She was the director of admissions at Desert Cove Recovery, a business development representative at First Step Center, admissions representative at Denver Recovery Center and at The Raleigh. Megan has volunteered with hospitals and institutions bringing Narcotics Anonymous meetings and at Youth Detention Institute. Megan has earned CPR certification, first aid certification and level one fingerprint clearance. Megan enjoys yoga, not only for the physical benefits, but being able to expand her mindfulness, gratitude, and openness to the world.

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Sydney Marino, B.A., M.A.
Sydney Marino, B.A., M.A.

Admissions Coordinator

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As Paradigm Treatment’s Admissions Manager, Sydney handles all incoming admissions requests including questions pertaining to insurance and related financial matters. Sydney also interfaces with clients, families, and our internal team to ensure that our admissions processes are running smoothly and that our programs are accurately messaged to both clients and affiliates.

Sydney has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Addiction & Recovery from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Cal Lutheran University. Sydney is passionate about assisting individuals and their families navigate their unique challenges and circumstances so as to best achieve their goals. When she isn’t working, Sydney enjoys hiking, traveling, and international cuisine.

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Administration

Emily Armour, M.A., LPCC, NCC
Emily Armour, M.A., LPCC, NCC

Director of Special Projects

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Emily Armour is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Nationally Certified Counselor who graduated from Walden University with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University. Prior to joining Paradigm, Emily worked with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings that included schools, Juvenile Hall, and outpatient facilities. She has extensive experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, high risk behaviors, parenting and co-parenting support, and addiction-related issues. She is a certified telemental health provider, certified clinical anxiety treatment provider, and possesses additional training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing (MI). Emily uses an integrative and eclectic approach to treatment based on the client’s needs and presenting issues. Her experience in the field has made her intimately familiar with the pressures, hardships, and life stressors that often can become debilitating for youth and their families. She works to fully understand the core issues that are causing maladaptive behaviors, how they impact the individual, and family and create more personal insight so that her clients are able to gain a sense of intrinsic motivation, develop a positive sense of self, feel better, and better interact with themselves and the world.

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Carla Ballou, M.B.A.
Carla Ballou, M.B.A.

Director of Revenue Cycle

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With three decades of solid and progressive experience, Carla has had an accomplished career in the healthcare industry. She has served a Director of Revenue Cycle for the last ten years and describes herself as a mentor with both strategic planning and diplomatic skills. Carla earned her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix with a concentration in healthcare management. In her free time, Carla enjoys cycling, weight-lifting, and creating jewelry and 3D design.

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Avonlea Ware, M.A.
Avonlea Ware, M.A.

Director of Compliance and Client Services

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Avonlea Ware holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, where she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. She joined Paradigm as a Clinical Assistant and worked with young clients for a handful of years before moving into her current position. She is a high energy team player who has a broad range of interpersonal and administrative skills and who strives to meet the needs of clients and families. Having traveled and lived throughout Europe, India, and the Middle East, Avonlea developed a focus on conflict resolution and communication skills, which she believes are assets to teens struggling to find their place in the world. When Avonlea is not working she enjoys spending time at the beach, gardening, and connecting more with the world around her.

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Guy Ashton, B.S.

Guy oversees the Financing and Accounting division, including vendor relations, daily correspondence, monthly and quarterly financial reporting across multiple categories. Guy holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting Sciences from the University of South Africa, with an emphasis on Accounting and Audit. He has over 20 years of experience working in various industries as an accountant, including 9 years with CBS Television and 5 years at Twentieth Century Fox. Guy has a passion for numbers and the overall viability of the organization. Guy has traveled the world and his other interests include running, golf, and art.

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Lindsay Fenton, B.A., M.S., CMHC

Lindsay has a BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University, and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix.  She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) in Utah, and is in the process of getting her LPCC license in California. After growing up in the Los Angeles area, Lindsay relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2009, where she attended graduate school, and started her therapy career.  She soon found her passion for helping facilities and clients with insurance authorizations and has worked with numerous adolescent and adult mental health and substance abuse facilities across the country. Her behind the scenes clinical work with insurance companies allows clients and their families to focus on receiving the lifesaving treatment they need without the added financial burdens and headaches of dealing with insurance.  Lindsay is also a skilled clinician; she is EMDR trained, trauma focused, and specializes in substance dependence and addiction. After a decade in Salt Lake City, Lindsay moved back home to the Los Angeles area in 2021 to be closer to her family, and work with Paradigm.   

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Emma Cosford, B.S.
Emma Cosford, B.S.

RCM Senior Analyst

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Emma has been with Paradigm since June 2020 and recently joined our billing department. Prior to Paradigm, Emma lived in Brooklyn, New York, working in footwear design after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Economics. Having transitioned from the fashion industry, Emma is grateful to be part of a company that is helping the community and our youth. Outside of work, Emma loves working out, hiking, surfing and traveling whether it be across the world, visiting family in Vancouver, or camping in Big Sur.

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Debora Garcia

Debora’s experience includes being a business owner for 9 years and working for 20 years in customer service. She actively facilitates client communication to and from Paradigm’s clinical team and enjoy establishing caring relationships with patients. Maintaining constructive communication is one of my top priorities. I am also proficient in computer applications and maintain a high commitment to accuracy and efficiency. Debora enjoys spending time with family and likes to stay active with her husband and daughters. She also enjoys bike rides and hiking.

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Channelle Collins
Channelle Collins

Billing & Collection Specialist

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After attending Antelope Valley Medical College where she earned a medical billing certificate, Chanelle began her career in a treatment center facility, working as a collector and junior biller. She enjoyed helping the center increase funds and helping others in need of treatment. In her time off, she enjoys dancing, going to concerts, and traveling to new places.

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Yoanca Reyes
Yoanca Reyes

HR Coordinator

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Yoanca Reyes graduated from UCLA in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Her interest in the HR field led her to seek an HR certificate through Cal State Dominguez Hills. During this time, she also volunteered for Latina Republic as a tutor to elementary school students who needed extra assistance. Her enthusiasm for a positive work environment and stimulating work culture match her role at Paradigm Treatment, where Yoanca assists the HR team in assuring that employees are in accordance with company guidelines and that employees’ questions and concerns are answered.

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Regan Wilson, B.A.
Regan Wilson, B.A.

Director of Wellness & Nutrition

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Regan Wilson has been teaching yoga and studying holistic health and wellness for 20 years. Regan graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder, and later from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) with a specialization on gut-affected psychological symptoms. More recently she graduated from The Sleep Coach School with a focus on teenagers and young adults. Her prir positions span many industries including non-profit organizations, fashion and real estate. Ultimately, she found she was most passionate about health and helping teens and young adults cultivate their intuitive voices for healthier eating, sleeping, movement and beyond.

In 2019 Regan started working as a Clinical Assistant at Paradigm, where she was able to learn about the effects of psychology on health and the need for support with teens and young adults who struggle with mental health. Regan is also educated in nutrition counseling, mindful eating, intuitive eating, eating disorders and yoga therapy. Regan likes to guide her clients to tap into their inner resources and shine light on their own intuitive voices, creating space for more self-compassion and healthy eating habits. Regan is approachable and compassionate and loves witnessing her clients find the tools that work for them and apply these tools to all avenues of healthy living. Her hope for all clients is for them to honor their own body, humanity, taste buds, hunger and fullness. Regan loves traveling, ecstatic dance, hiking, nature and cooking. 

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Priscilla Alcorn, B.A.

Pricilla holds a degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2012. She grew up in Alameda, California. Before joining Paradigm San Francisco she served as the manager at a renowned Latin restaurant in the bay area. Priscilla enjoys sharing her love of food with teens and helping them learn to make healthy eating choices. She believes that what young people eat can have a profound impact on their physical and mental health. She works closely with Paradigm’s on-site nutritionist to ensure that the dietary needs of each client are met.

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Randy Tutsch

Randy has 25 years of professional culinary experience, working in both catering and restaurants. He graduated from the Culinary Arts program at the renowned New York Restaurant School where he learned cooking techniques and hands-on training that he still uses today. Randy brings his skills and passion for cooking a variety of foods to the guests and staff at Paradigm. Outside of work, his hobbies include cooking, camping and hiking.

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