Lee Johnson, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

A.J Foster, MD


A.J. Foster, MD, has been a Family Practitioner for thirty years. He is Board Certified by the American board of Family Practice and Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine… Read More

Robert Bradley Sanders, DO

Medical Director

With over twenty years of experience as a Psychiatrist, Dr. Sanders serves as the Medical Director for Casa Palmera. Dr. Sanders completed his Psychiatric Residency training at the University of… Read More


Irinel Chiriac, MD


Marina Katz, MD


Bruce Figuered, PhD

Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Figuered is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 18 years of clinical and supervisory experience. After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in Psychology, Dr…. Read More

Edel C. Mahdavifar

Director of Human Resources

With a BS in Accounting, Edel began her career working for a CPA firm in Guam. She also spent time with a tuna purse seine company as well as with… Read More

Jeff Johnson

Director of Ancillary Services

Serving as both Dietary Service Supervisor and Certified Activity Director, Jeff Johnson has a variety of oversight duties for Casa Palmera. He is in charge of daily operations, which includes… Read More

Roberto Enriquez

Director of Environmental Services

As a long-time valued Casa Palmera team member, Roberto Enriquez has widespread responsibility for the smooth operations of daily life at the residential treatment center. Roberto’s twenty-four-year commitment to Casa… Read More

Michelle Martin, MHA, LSSGB

Regulatory Affairs Officer

Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration as well as degrees in Graphic Design, Marketing and Multimedia. Her experience includes marketing, social media, website and grant writing as well… Read More

Jan Wagman, PhD, MFT

Primary Care Coordinator

Dr. Jan Wagman, a mental health industry veteran of twenty-three years, is licensed in the state of California as a Marriage Family Therapist and holds a California Life Time Single… Read More

David Grey, LMFT, CADCII

Primary Care Coordinator

David Grey’s is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADCll) with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) who is extremely… Read More

Curt Moothart, LCSW

Primary Care Coordinator

Curt Moothart is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), in addition to being a certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC II). He began his pursuit of a profession in… Read More

Kellie Delli Colli, PhD

Primary Care Coordinator

Dr. Kellie Delli Colli is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who graduated with her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology. She is BCIA board certified in neurofeedback and specializes… Read More

Joyce Londono, RN, CARN

Primary Care Coordinator

With twenty-five years in the special field of chemical dependency and eating disorders, Joyce Londono, RNC is a certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse (ANCC) and a certified Addictions Nurse… Read More

Greg Buttner, PhD

Primary Care Coordinator

After years of both secular and non-secular studying both in the U.S.A and India, Dr. Buttner strives to provide the client with a unique opportunity to use both ancient and contemporary methods… Read More

Jennifer Mangum, LMFT, CADCII

Primary Care Coordinator

Jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She obtained a duel Masters of Arts in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling from National University. She also… Read More

Brenda McGregor

Primary Care Coordinator

Sandee Richardson

Sandee Richardson, LAADC, MFTI

Primary Care Coordinator

Sandee has been working in the alcohol and other drug field for over 20 years in various treatment modalities, including for profit and non-profit organizations, private-pay clinics and ,residential and… Read More

Michael McGinty, PsyD

Primary Care Coordinator

Dr. Michael McGinty works at Casa Palmera as a primary care coordinator, individual therapist, and group facilitator. He began working in the mental health field in 2008, and has since… Read More

Raymond Peng, PsyD

Primary Care Coordinator

Dr. Peng, Psy.D. earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. He continued his education at Alliant International University-San Diego Scripps Ranch earning a… Read More

Nicole Karst, M.A., L.V.N

Primary Care Coordinator

Nicole has been providing health and mental health care for over 15 years.  She spent the first five years of her career as a hospital corpsman in the United States… Read More


Briana Lefman, MS, CRC

Primary Care Coordinator

Briana has a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from San Diego State University. She is a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has a background working… Read More

Andrea Razavi, MA, LPCC

Primary Care Coordinator

Andrea is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of California and by the CSWMFT Board in Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s… Read More

Nerice L Kaufman, PhD

Primary Care Coordinator

Nerice has been in the healthcare field for 30 years as a clinician, spiritual consultant, community relations specialist and administrator. She is a licensed counselor and has a doctorate in… Read More

Jana Overbey

Utilization Review

With over twenty years in the field of Behavioral Health, Jana Overbey holds an MA in Counseling Psychology, as well as her Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, and Certified Employee Assistance… Read More

Artina Schoenen

Director of Staff Development - Infection Control

Alycia Cordona

Discharge Planner

Jason Wahl

Discharge Coordinator

Daniel Rice

Discharge Coordinator

Joanne Schmidt, LVN

Admissions Coordinator

Joanne Schmidt has been a licensed vocational nurse for 38 years and has been with Casa Palmera since it opened as a treatment center in 2005. Prior to Casa Palmera,… Read More

Antony Barrymore, CADC-II

Admissions Coordinator

Antony Barrymore has earned several certifications including Intervention Specialist, Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CCAPP) and CADC-II Substance Abuse Counselor. His experience includes performing intakes, assessments, treatment planning, discharge planning, family contact, court systems,… Read More

Marci Allen

Admissions Coordinator

Julie Staggs

Admissions Liaison

Doug Smith, MA

Outpatient Services and Family Program Coordinator

Prior to coming to Casa Palmera, Doug Smith has previous experience working with adolescent residential programs, as well as several years in business management. After going back to school and… Read More

Barbara Woods, LCSW (TX), ACSW

Professionals Program Director

Barbara Woods, LCSW (TX), ACSW, has worked in the field of mental health for 35 years. She has specialized in the field of substance dependence and co-occurring disorders having served… Read More

Katie Blake

Scheduling Coordinator

Katie Blake has worked in the social services field for over 18 years. Her previous experience includes working in youth and adolescent residential programs, domestic violence centers and recovery/addiction programs… Read More

Falco Mason

Patient Billing Coordinator

Before joining Casa Palmera in 2011, Falco managed the accounting department in Radiology at the Del Mar Medical Clinic in Del Mar, CA for nearly 25 years. She also acted… Read More

Larry Lampe

Larry Lampe

Insurance Administrator

Larry has over 28 years experience as a licensed insurance agent and broker. He is well versed in nearly any type of insurance issue. After graduating from Iowa State University with a… Read More

Clarisse Jimenez

Insurance Administrator

Clarisse migrated to the United States in 2008 from the Philippines. She was first exposed to accounts payable when she worked at the In- Flight catering company. She was later promoted… Read More

Ernest Georggin

Western Region Marketing Coordinator

“Casa Palmera has given me the opportunity to provide the highest level of hope and care to individuals and families in need of treatment for chemical dependency and co-occurring behavioral… Read More

Philip M. Van Guilder

Central Region Marketing Coordinator

He joined Casa Palmera with many years of executive sales and marketing experience. Past positions include Vice President Pandatel, Vice President MDB Systems (A Lockheed Company), and many other high… Read More

Sheila Rockwell


Kayla Rillie, RD

Registered Dietitian

Kayla is a Registered Dietitian who graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and Minor in Psychology from San Diego State University. She completed her accredited dietetic internship through… Read More

Lorenzo Lazarescu


Lorenzo has a vast culinary experience spanning across the world. He began his career at RESTAURANT SINCRON in his home country of Romania preparing service for 100 seats with traditional cuisine and some international… Read More

Catherine Falter, LAc


Catherine Falter is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist who has a wide variety of experience treating Chemical Dependency and Eating Disorders, internal medicine and acute and chronic pain disorders. Catherine… Read More

Liz Hoffmann, YRT

Yoga Instructor

Liz has been teaching Yoga since 2010 and joined the Casa Palmera team in 2011. She has earned a 200 hour Vinyasa Power Flow and 30 hour Yinki (yin yoga… Read More