Meet Our Team

Our compassionate, expert 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.

Karen Spedowfski, PhD

Karen Spedowfski, PhD

Executive Director

Steven L. Batki, MD

Steven L. Batki, MD

Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine

Helen “Py” Driscoll, MD

Helen “Py” Driscoll, MD

Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine

David Smith, MD

David Smith, MD

Addiction Medicine

Bradley Zicherman, MD

Bradley Zicherman, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Raghu Appasani, MD

Raghu Appasani, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Laura Natta, PhD

Laura Natta, PhD

Director of Neuropsychological Assessment

Brian Seo, PhD

Brian Seo, PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment Consultant

Stephen McDonough, LMFT

Stephen McDonough, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Samuel McFarland AMFT, SUDCC

Samuel McFarland AMFT, SUDCC

Primary Therapist

Antonia Fokken, MA, LMFT

Antonia Fokken, MA, LMFT

EMDR Therapist

Jill Krush MS, LPC, NCC, CAS, CP, PAT

Jill Krush MS, LPC, NCC, CAS, CP, PAT

Family Program Facilitator

Deborah Bowman DNP, PhD, NP, CARN-AP, FIAAN

Deborah Bowman DNP, PhD, NP, CARN-AP, FIAAN

Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Corsello, SEP

Lisa Corsello, SEP

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Gigi Veasey, LCSW, LISAC

Gigi Veasey, LCSW, LISAC

Grief & Loss Workshop Facilitator

Abby Medcalf, PhD

Abby Medcalf, PhD

Having the Best Relationships of Your Life Workshop Faciliator

Ann Foster, LCPC

Ann Foster, LCPC

Rising Strong™ Workshop Facilitator

Debbie Reid, LCSW, SEP, CET2

Debbie Reid, LCSW, SEP, CET2

Trauma Workshop Facilitator

TJ Woodward

TJ Woodward

Conscious Recovery Workshop Facilitator

Tarik Boukhari

Tarik Boukhari

Operations Director

Thomas Peña

Thomas Peña

Program Manager

Monika Lopez, LVN

Monika Lopez, LVN

Nurse Manager

Nico Fitzgerald, CTAS

Nico Fitzgerald, CTAS

Experiential Program Manager

Sandra Sims

Sandra Sims

Alumni Coordinator

Darren Davis

Darren Davis

Client Care Coordinator

Stephen Cook

Stephen Cook

Executive Chef

Harmony Malone

Harmony Malone

Director of Admissions

Jeff Rocco

Jeff Rocco

Senior Admissions Advisor

Mallory McDade

Mallory McDade

Admissions Advisor

Employee Recognition

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. Alta Mira’s Luminary Excellence Award Program (LEAP) gives Alta Mira the opportunity to recognize the difference our employees make every day to fulfill our mission of bringing hope and recovery to the people we serve.

Congratulations to our Employee of the Year 2023, Tristan Hvid, Residential Support Staff II. Thank you, Tristan for your dedication to all those we serve! 

“Tristan is the definition of integrity. He treats everyone equally and practices what he preaches. The clients adore that he ensures all of the rules are being followed as well as his tenacity. He has a great and kind heart.” – His teammates