Meet Alta Mira’s Expert and Compassionate Team

When you arrive at Alta Mira, you know immediately that you are in a safe place—one of kindness, expertise, and genuine compassion for the recovery process. Our staff members, many of whom are also in long-term recovery, are chosen for their ability to provide you with the most advanced care possible and their dedication to delivering an extraordinary treatment experience. We look forward to welcoming you.

Bill Morrison, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Ian D. Wolds, PsyD

Executive Director

Steven L. Batki, MD

Consulting Physician: Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine

David Smith, MD

Chair of Addiction Medicine

Helen “Py” Driscoll, MD

Consulting Physician: Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine

Laura Natta, PhD

Director of Neuropsychological Assessment

Peter Shorts, LCSW

Program Director

Chanda Rankin, PhD, CADC II

Primary Therapist

Sharif Ali, LMFT

Primary Therapist, Recovery Support Coordinator

Primary Therapist

Tara Daylami, MA, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Jeffrey Hall, PhD, Primary Therapist

Jeffrey Hall, PhD

Primary Therapist

Peter Curtin, ASW

Primary Therapist, Intensive Outpatient Program

Karina von Middendorf, PhD, DHS, CSAT

Primary Therapist

John Oppenheimer, MA, MFT

Group Facilitator

Stacie Palatianos, MSC, LMHC, RYT

Compliance Manager

Dr. Jim Tracy

Family Program Director

Alan J. Massey, MA, LISAC

Family Program Consultant

Janina Fisher, PhD

Trauma Workshop Facilitator

Kelley Callahan, PhD

Trauma Workshop Facilitator

Gigi Veasey, LCSW, LISAC

Grief & Loss Workshop Facilitator

Ann Foster, LCPC

Rising Strong™ Workshop Facilitator

Melissa K. Hammel, CFP®, NCC LPC/MHSP

Money Workshop Facilitator

Brigitte Lank, PhD

Process Addiction Specialist

Cherlyne Short Majors, PhD

Senior Strategic Advisor

Sebastian Alioto, CPA

Vice President of Finance

Jane Lock

Vice President of Human Resources

Drew Paxton

Chief Strategy Officer

Christi Cessna, MS

Vice President Of Clinical Outreach

Leslie Clarke

Director of Admissions

Robin Mastroni, MSW, LCSW

Robin Mastroni, MSW

East Coast Regional Director of Clinical Outreach

Bill Ryan, CIP, BRI-II, CLC

Sr. Clinical Outreach Representative, Southern California & Arizona

Shelby Swartz, MA

Clinical Outreach Representative, Northern California & Pacific Northwest

Stephanie Klindt, MS, LMFT

Clinical Outreach Representative, Northern California

Carla Chludzinski, LCSW

Clinical Outreach Representative, Midwest USA

Amanda E. Lehrer, MSW

Clinical Outreach Representative, Northeast United States

Judith Priest, LPC-S

Clinical Outreach Representative, Texas

Brie Ciraulo Rosenfield, LMFT

Clinical Outreach Consultant

Nikki Propert, EMT, RN

Lead Detox Specialist

Amy Arnett, CAADAC

Recovery Assistant Manager

Fergus Folan

Experiential Program Coordinator

Minor Hamilton

Senior Overnight Recovery Assistant

Natasha Marcy, LMT

Medical Qigong And Massage Therapist

Sharon Zo, MS, LAC


Lucille Heaney

Program Coordinator

Jonathan West

Human Resources Manager

Audrey Mangini


Hector Barranco

Accounting Assistant

Julia Devaney

Event Specialist

Stephen Cook

Executive Chef

Marvin Johnson

Kitchen Assistant

Deanna Brolly

Certified Personal Trainer & Health Coach

At Alta Mira, we know that client interactions with staff highly influence the results of our program. From the moment you arrive at Alta Mira, our team works to make sure you feel welcome, safe, respected, and comfortable.

Because we understand just how important our staff is to the client’s experience at Alta Mira, we are highly selective in choosing team members. Each staff member is chosen based on their ability to provide clients with the most advanced care possible, while ensuring clients feel secure and understood. Many members of our staff are also in long-term recovery, and have first-hand experience as clients in treatment. The perspectives of staff who have “been there” are highly valued, because they help increase understanding and empathy across our whole team.

Our team members are passionate about helping others on their journey to recovery and are grateful for the opportunity to welcome new clients. Please contact us now to find out more information about how we can help you or someone you know.